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Pediatric Certification for Subspecialties


In addition to certification in general pediatrics, the American Board of Pediatrics offers a certificate of special qualifications in the following pediatric subspecialties:

Adolescent Medicine
Pediatric Cardiology
Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Pediatric Endocrinology
Pediatric Gastroenterology
Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Pediatric Nephrology
Pediatric Pulmonology
Pediatric Rheumatology
Child Abuse Pediatrics

The following certificates of added qualifications are offered:

Medical Toxicology
Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
Sports Medicine
Pediatric Transplant Hepatology
Sleep Medicine
Hospice and Palliative Medicine

New Subspecialty Training Requirements

Subspecialty training requirements have been changed. Click here for information on these changes.


New Pediatric Subspecialties



The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) does not identify areas appropriate for subspecialty certification but rather responds to petitions from subspecialty societies and interested organizations seeking recognition of a sub-discipline. In considering the establishment of a new subspecialty leading to certification, a number of guiding principles must be met.

Children must be better served by the establishment of the new certificate and the subspecialists must not supplant the role of general pediatricians in providing continuity of care. There must be evidence that the new subspecialty has a unique body of knowledge and a scientific basis and there must be a sufficient number of current and potential subspecialists to justify the certification process.

The New Subspecialties Committee of the ABP judged that Pediatric Transplant Hepatology, Sleep Medicine, and Child Abuse Pediatrics met these guidelines.

Pediatric Transplant Hepatology

The ABP has received approval from the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) to issue a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Pediatric Transplant Hepatology. The ABP will partner with the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), which will be the administrative board overseeing the examination development and administration. There will be a core examination for all examinees plus separate modules: one for adult liver diseases for internists and one for pediatric liver diseases for pediatricians. Certification in Pediatric Gastroenterology will be a prerequisite for certification in Pediatric Transplant Hepatology.

Sleep Medicine

The ABP has received approval from the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) to offer a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sleep Medicine. The ABP will partner with the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (ABPN) and the American Board of Otolaryngology (ABOto) to offer certificates in Sleep Medicine to pediatricians, internists, neurologists, psychiatrists, and otolaryngologists, with each board awarding its own certificate but using a common examination administratively developed under the leadership of ABIM. The examination will be a comprehensive one-day computer-based examination of multiple-choice questions in a single best answer format with an absolute standard passing. The examination will be administered to candidates from the ABP, ABIM, ABOto, and ABPN at the same time in the same testing centers.

Child Abuse Pediatrics

The ABP has received approval from the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) to offer a Certificate of Special Qualifications in Child Abuse Pediatrics. The ABP will offer certificates in Child Abuse Pediatrics to pediatricians.

Hospice and Palliative Medicine

The ABP has received approval from the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) to offer a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. The ABP will partner with several additional boards to co-sponsor this certificate with each board awarding its own certificates but using a common examination administratively developed under the leadership of American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM).

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Courtesy: ABP

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