Number of physicians who passed for the first time the most recent Hospice and Palliative Medicine (HPM) board-certifying exam given in October by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). This number, an 83% success rate, represents a major influx of mid-career physicians qualifying in HPM just ahead of the closure of an experiential pathway to HPM board certification. Starting in 2013, physicians must complete a full-time, yearlong fellowship in HPM in order to sit for its board exam. ABIM and nine other specialty societies are responsible for HPM board certification. The last experiential pathway exam for HPM, in osteopathy, will be in September.