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Hospice & Palliative Medicine Board Review Topics Covered:

  • Impending Death
  • Prognostication and Natural History of Serious Illness
  • Ethical and Legal Decision Making
  • Approach to Care
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Psychosocial and Spiritual Considerations
  • Management of Nonpain Conditions
  • Pain and Pain-Related Issues
  • Communication and Teamwork

Information About the ABIM Hospice and Palliative Medicine Certification Exam

According to the ABIM, the Hospice & Palliative Medicine Certification Exam is designed to test the knowledge, diagnostic reasoning, and clinical judgment skills expected of a physician practicing in the domain of hospice and palliative medicine.

What is covered on the ABIM Hospice and Palliative Medicine Certification Exam?

The exam content is distributed in the following percentages as outlined in the ABIM Hospice and Palliative Medicine Certification Exam Content Outline, and the BoardVitals question bank follows suit:

  • Approach to Care 9%
  • Psychosocial and Spiritual Considerations 11%
  • Impending Death 9%
  • Grief and Bereavement 5%
  • Pain 20%
  • Management of Nonpain Conditions 25%
  • Communication and Teamwork 6%
  • Ethical and Legal Decision Making 7%
  • Prognostication and Natural History of Serious Illness 8%

How long is the ABIM Hospice and Palliative Medicine Certification Exam?

The exam is a one-day exam lasting approximately 10 hours, which includes a tutorial and break time.

How many questions are on the ABIM Hospice and Palliative Medicine Certification Exam?

The exam is made up of 240 multiple-choice questions in single best answer format.

In 2016, the First-Time Taker Pass Rate for the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Certification Exam was 92%.

Information About the AOA Hospice and Palliative Medicine Certification Exam

According to the AOA, the Hospice & Palliative Medicine Certification Exam covers the broad aspects of HPM that specialists practicing in the field are expected to know and assesses candidates' knowledge and clinical judgment in aspects of HPM required to perform at a high level of competence. Candidates who pass the exam will receive a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

What is covered on the AOA Hospice and Palliative Medicine Certification Exam?

The exam content is distributed in the following percentages as outlined in the American Osteopathic Conjoint Committee of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AOCHPM) Hospice and Palliative Medicine Certification Exam Blueprint.

  • Approach to care 10%
  • Psychosocial and spiritual considerations 11.5%
  • Impending death 6.5%
  • Grief and bereavement 5%
  • Pain 18.5%
  • Communication and Teamwork 6%
  • Ethical and Legal Decision Making 7.5%
  • Prognostication and Natural History of Serious Illness 9%

How long is the AOA Hospice and Palliative Medicine Certification Exam?

The exam is a one-day exam lasting approximately 5 hours.

How many questions are on the AOA Hospice and Palliative Medicine Certification Exam?

The exam is made up of 200 multiple-choice questions in single best answer format.