Child Abuse Pediatrics Certification

Eligibility Criteria for Certification in Child Abuse Pediatrics

The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) has established a procedure for certification in child abuse pediatrics. In addition to the specific admission requirements listed below, General Eligibility Criteria for all ABP Subspecialties must be fulfilled to be eligible for certification.


Physicians who enter training in child abuse pediatrics on or after January 1, 2013, are required to complete their training in a program accredited for training in child abuse pediatrics by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in the United States or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC).  

A subspecialty fellow entering child abuse pediatrics training before January 1, 2010, may apply for admission on the basis of completion of 2 years of subspecialty fellowship training in child abuse pediatrics in a program under the supervision of a director who is certified in child abuse pediatrics or, lacking such certification, possesses appropriate educational qualifications. Only those child abuse pediatrics training programs that are operated in association with general comprehensive pediatric residency programs accredited by the ACGME or by the RCPSC will be considered. The Subboard requires that the period of training be at least 22 months, excluding leave.  A Verification of Competence Form(s) will be required from the director(s) of the fellow’s child abuse pediatrics program(s).

Three years of full-time, broad-based fellowship training in child abuse pediatrics are required for fellows entering training on or after January 1, 2010.

Absences from Training

No continuous absence of more than 1 year will be permitted. Due to the potential for significant changes in medicine over time, the Credentials Committee must review requests for previous credit when a fellow has interrupted fellowship for more than 12 months.

Absences/leaves in excess of 3 months during the 3 years of training, whether for vacation, parental leave, illness, and so forth, must be made up. If the program director believes that the candidate is well qualified and has met all requirements, the program director may submit a petition to the ABP requesting an exemption to the policy. Training time cannot be waived for convenience, such as for fellows who begin training off cycle.

Part-time training may be completed over no more than 6 years. 

For a fellow who began child abuse pediatrics training on or after January 1, 2010, the following must be accomplished in order to become certified in the subspecialty: 

  • The program director must submit a final evaluation verifying satisfactory completion of the required training, evaluating clinical competence, including professionalism, and providing evidence of scholarly activity/research.
  • The fellow must meet the criteria stated in the “Principles Regarding the Assessment of Scholarly Activity”. Scholarly activity will not be required for individuals who began training before January 1, 2010.
  • The fellow must pass the subspecialty certifying examination.

It should be noted that these criteria and conditions are subject to change without notice.  All applicants are advised to contact the ABP to ascertain whether the information they have is current.