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Looking Back, and Ahead: A Call to Action for Increasing the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Specialty Pipeline.

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Summary of "Looking Back, and Ahead: A Call to Action for Increasing the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Specialty Pipeline."

Thanks to the efforts of many individuals and organizations, the field of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (HPM) has undergone unprecedented growth over the last two decades. To meet the needs of seriously ill patients and families in inpatient, outpatient community setting in the future, the field of HPM must develop innovative strategies to expand the specialist workforce pipeline. With 148 programs participating in the National Residency Matching Program and 285 matched applicants in 2019, the specialty of HPM can barely replace those who are retiring or leaving the field. We call for a renewed and coordinated effort to increase the applicant pool for HPM fellowship positions, as well as greater access to specialist HPM training through expanded traditional fellowship programs and innovative specialist training pathways. Without such an expansion, our specialty will struggle to serve those patients and families who need us most.

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Name: Journal of palliative medicine
ISSN: 1557-7740
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