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Subspecialty Careers: Highlights about Careers in Internal Medicine: Hospice and Palliative Medicine

The Discipline
Palliative medicine aims to relieve symptoms and pain a patient suffers due to a serious illness. Goals of palliative care include reducing suffering, improving the quality of life for a patient, and supporting the patient and family throughout the treatment process.

Hospice care is provided for patients facing a terminal diagnosis who no longer wish to undergo curative treatment. Goals of hospice care include relieving symptoms and supporting patients in the end-of-life stages.

Training
Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship training requires an additional year of accredited training beyond general internal medicine residency in a Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship training program.

Certification
The American Board of Medical Specialties approved the creation of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (HPM) as a sub-specialty of ten participating boards in September 2006. The American Board of Internal Medicine is one of these boards. The first certification exam will be held in October 2008, and will then be offered every other year.

Major Professional Societies
American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
4700 W. Lake Ave.
Glenview, IL 60025
Phone: 847-375-4712
Fax: 847-375-6475
Web site: http://www.aahpm.org/

Major Publications
American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Journal of Palliative Medicine

Back to March 2008 Issue of IMpact

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