Reduced Requirements

To be eligible to take the recertifying examination, all certificants must complete the following requirements of the Continuing Certification Program (CCP) at the time of application. Reduced requirements for the Practice Hour and Continuing Medical Education (CME)/Professional Development components for 2014, 2015 and 2016 certificants are below.

Licensure

Continuously hold a current, active, and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States or its territories or any province of Canada.

Professional Development Tool

Complete the HMDCB Professional Development Tool once per 6-year cycle; recommended in the third year.

Complete Your Professional Development Tool

Results are provided solely to the certificant for learning development; a tool for guidance on areas where certificants may need further study.

Online Examination

Pass a computer-based, multiple-choice examination. 

Practice Hours and Continuous Learning

In addition to the requirements above, due to the timing of the CCP rollout, certificants from 2014, 2015 and 2016 have reduced requirements for the Practice Hour and CME/Professional Activities components.

2014 Certificant Requirements 

  • Achieve160 practice hours of broad, hospice related activities before applying for the 2020 exam
  • Obtain 50 points of continuous learning. Points may be earned exclusively through CME or a combination of CME and Professional Activities. Certificants must obtain at least 36 hours through CME and up to 14 hours through professional activities.

2015 Certificant Requirements

  • Achieve 240 practice hours of broad, hospice related activities before applying for the 2020 exam
  • Obtain 75 points of continuous learning. Points may be earned exclusively through CME or a combination of CME and Professional Activities. Certificants must obtain at least 54 hours through CME and up to 21 hours through professional activities.

2016 Certificant Requirements 

  • Achieve 320 practice hours of broad, hospice related activities before applying for the 2020 exam
  • Obtain 100 points of continuous learning. Points may be earned exclusively through CME or a combination of CME and Professional Activities. Certificants must obtain at least 72 hours through CME and up to 28 hours through professional activities.