The Hospice Medical Director Certification Board® (HMDCB) was established in 2012 to serve as an independent, not-for-profit certifying body to design, implement, and evaluate a certification program for hospice medical directors and other physicians who provide hospice care for patients.

HMDCB is solely responsible for the development, administration, and evaluation of the certification program. The HMDC® credential promotes professional competence, established standards and ethical practice of hospice physicians.

The role of hospice medical directors in the United States requires a special subset of knowledge, with complicated regulatory, administrative, and ethical aspects in addition to expertise in clinical care.


The HMDCB helps to relieve suffering and improve quality of life by promoting the excellence and professional competency of hospice medical directors.





HMDCB is a member of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE), a leading developer of standards for certification and it is both a provider of and a clearing house for information on trends in certification, test development and delivery, assessment-based certificate programs, and other information relevant to the credentialing community.

"A physician who seeks certification wants to 'stand out'. I believe that this will encourage ongoing education and skill development - and this will benefit the HPM physician field, as well as the hospice providers."

Gail Austin Cooney, MD HMDC FAAHPM
Chief Medical Officer-Access, TrustBridge Health, Palm Beach, FL