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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.

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.

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, after which it will 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

Major Publications

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