Certification of Added Qualifications in Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible for the Certification of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, candidates must meet the criteria below:

  • Hold AOBNP certification in general neurology or general psychiatry that is active and in good standing
  • Successfully complete a one (1) year AOA-approved fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine
  • Successfully sit for and pass all sections of the written certification examination.  The 

    examination intends to measure the knowledge, skills, and judgment of osteopathic psychiatrists who have been properly trained and are experienced hospice and palliative neurologists or psychiatrists. Physicians in this specialty have expertise in hospice and palliative medicine.  This is a five-hour written examination consisting of multiple-choice single answer questions taken from current literature, including journals, monographs, recent publication, and recognized texts.

    Clinical Practice Pathway (through December 2013)
    If applying via means of the Clinical Practice Pathway, the applicant must demonstrate the following requirements:

  1. Thirty (30) hours of specialty CME in hospice and palliative medicine (non-teaching) over the preceding two (2) years prior to application for examination.
  2. Clinical practice for a minimum of two years, and demonstration that a minimum of 25% of practice is in the care of the terminally ill. Child neurology and child psychiatry candidates must demonstrate that a minimum of 15% of practice is in the care of the terminally ill.
  3. Direct participation in the active care of at least fifty (50) terminally ill patients in the preceding three years for whom palliative medicine was the predominant goal of care. Candidates who specialize in pediatric patients must have participated in the active care of twenty-five (25) terminally ill and/or severely/chronically ill pediatric patients with life limiting illness in the previous three years.
  4. Participating as a physician member of an interdisciplinary clinical care team for at least two (2) years, which included a minimum of 100 hours of active participation in team meetings that complied with the Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care. A candidate that has served as a hospice Medical Director in a palliative care practice for one (1) or more years may request a waiver from the Board for this prerequisite.
  5. Verification by two palliative care medicine colleagues that the applicant is an established hospice and/or palliative care provider physician and meets the criteria above.