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Each examination adheres to a blueprint, also known as the content outline. The outline, which is developed by a committee of pediatricians and educators, defines the categories -- and the percentage of questions from each category -- contained in each certification exam.
Each content outline is developed and periodically reviewed by content experts based on analyses of practice in the specialty area and modified to reflect the breadth and relative importance of the clinical situations pediatricians encounter. The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) test development staff uses the content outline to determine the number of new questions needed for each content area of the specialty. If questions are needed in a specific area, test committee members write new ones based on their areas of expertise.
The ABP accepts questions from Diplomates. All Diplomates are encouraged to submit their own questions through the new ABP Item Writing Portal, featured on the Diplomates' Portfolio Home page. Questions submitted by Diplomates undergo the same review and acceptance process as questions developed by the test committees. Unfortunately, the ABP is not able to give direct feedback on questions submitted through the Portal.
Program directors and candidates may find the outlines helpful; however, keep in mind:
Download the content outline for pediatric subspecialties:
Child Abuse Pediatrics
Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Pediatric Transplant Hepatology