Volunteers are the lifeline of any not-for-profit organization. HMDCB values its volunteers and encourages physicians working in the hospice setting to become involved in the organization. Volunteering provides professional development, networking and collaboration opportunities with other hospice physicians across the country.

HMDCB accepts volunteer interest forms throughout the year. If you are interested in participating on a committee, please complete the volunteer interest form and forward to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. along with your curriculum vitae. 

Item Writers

Item writers are subject matter experts with strong writing skills who represent the diverse field of hospice physicians. Item writers generate questions, or items, that appear on the certification examination. Training and orientation on writing effective items is provided by the testing company partnering with HMDCB to develop the examination.

Materials for current HMDCB Item Writers

Exam Committee

The exam committee is composed of experienced subject matter experts representing the diverse field of hospice physicians. The exam committee is specifically responsible for oversight and performance of the certification examination. Their responsibilities include development of the initial assessment forms, recurring review of content relevancy, both item-level and examination-level performance data, and expertise with respect to establishing the cut score for the examination.

Materials for current HMDCB Exam Committee Members

*Item Writers and Exam committee members will be limited from serving as faculty or educators of programming or product development related to content areas of the certification examination.

"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