Continuing Certification Requirements

The 2022 Continuing Certification Program application is open! Click here to apply online. 


The HMDC® credential is valid for 6 years. The hospice physician must complete continuous learning activities and satisfy other general Continuing Certification requirements every six years to maintain an active certification status. 

Due to the timing of the Continuing Certification Program rollout, physicians certified in the first three years (2014 – 2016) have reduced requirements for their first cycle. 

The following outlines the required components of HMDCB’s Continuing Certification program, which can also be found in the Continuing Certification Program Candidate Handbook.


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

CME / Professional Development 

Obtain 150 points of continuous learning during the Continuing Certification cycle. Points may be earned exclusively through Continuing Medical Education (CME) or a combination of CME and Professional Activities. If using a combination, you must obtain a minimum of 108 points through CME and up to 42 points through Professional Activities

Reivew the Continuous Learning Guide to learn which points are acceptable and how to upload them. 

Online Examination

Pass a computer-based, multiple-choice examination.