Continuing Certification Requirements

The HMDC® credential is valid for 6 years. The hospice physician must complete continuous learning activities every three years 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.

Professional Development Tool

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

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

Practice Hours

Achieve 480 hours of broad hospice-related activities during the 6-year Continuing Certification cycle.

CME / Professional Development 

Obtain 75 points of continuous learning every three (3) years; a total of 150 during the Continuing Certification cycle. Points may be earned exclusively through Continuing Medical Education (CME) or a combination of CME and Professional Activities. Certificants must obtain a minimum of 54 points through CME and up to 21 points through Professional Activities every three (3) years.

Online Examination

Pass a computer-based, multiple-choice examination.