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New subspecialty certification: Hospice and palliative medicine

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Nov. 13, 2006

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The American Board of Medical Specialties has added a new subspecialty certificate in hospice and palliative medicine.

The certification is available to physicians who hold specialty or subspecialty certification by one of the following ABMS member boards co-sponsoring the new certification: anesthesiology, emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, psychiatry and neurology, radiology and surgery.

The subspecialty certification in hospice and palliative medicine is renewable every 10 years, pending completion of certain training, education and exam requirements. The first exam is scheduled to be given in 2008.

"We are thrilled to have our area of care recognized as an ABMS subspecialty," Ronald Schonwetter, MD, president of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, said in a statement.

"Providing certification in hospice and palliative medicine offers another dimension to the career paths of emerging and established physicians."

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2006/11/13/prbf1113.htm.

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