Monday, October 27, 2008
A busy couple weeks from a professional standpoint here in the US:
The first, 'official,' American Board of Medical Specialties sponsored Hospice and Palliative Medicine board exam is this Wednesday. I collectively wish all of you taking it good luck - wish us the same. For those of you freaking out about the pediatric content I'll let you know I read the HPM Fast Peds module and have this to say: 'baclofen' and any answer in which supports the principle 'sick kids are kids first and patients second' is correct.
I hope I will be forgiven for noting that my friend, colleague, fellow blogger & prognosis-completist, and Pallimed design-guru and webmaster, Dr. Christian Sinclair, is running to be a director-at-large for the AAHPM Board. AAHPM members should have received the ballot by now (link to candidate profiles here). Christian - if you'd like to make any comments about why you're running please feel free to. Readers - feel free to ask any questions too.
The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services has officially recognized HPM as a medical subspecialty. This should make it easier for HPM docs to receive reimbursement for our services. We'll see. Regardless - another happy milestone on for the profession. AAHPM press release here.