The application cycle for the 2017 Hospice Medical Director Certification Board (HMDCB) exam is now open through March 21, 2017. Nearly 650 individuals from across the country have already been certified in the organization’s first three exam cycles.
So why is physician certification important? According to Suzanne Karefa-Johnson, MD HMDC, a Physician at Hospice of the Comforter in Altamonte Springs, FL, "The HMDCB certification program is an important avenue to establishing one's expertise in the administrative and clinical skillset demanded of a hospice medical director. It helps to affirm the importance of physicians providing end-of-life care within the larger palliative and medical continuum of care."
In addition, initial physician certification and the continuing education required to maintain certification contribute to the creation of an environment of professionalism and a culture of retention — a critical issue for hospices today. Certification is also a vehicle for hospices to differentiate themselves from competitors and demonstrate to consumers that they have attracted the most skilled and experienced healthcare professionals.
By visiting HMDCB’s Physician and CEO pages on its website, you can learn
more about the benefits of applying and watch two videos featuring hospice
colleagues who share why the certification is valuable.
The early bird application deadline for the Hospice Medical Director
Certification Board’s 2017 exam is Tuesday, February 28. Applicants who
complete their application before the deadline save $250!