Pediatric Emergency Medicine Certification

Eligibility Criteria for Certification in Pediatric Emergency Medicine

The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) in collaboration with the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) has established a procedure for certification in pediatric emergency medicine. To be eligible for this subspecialty examination, a physician must be certified in either pediatrics by the ABP or emergency medicine by the ABEM. This document provides the requirements of the ABP. In addition to the specific admission requirements listed below, General Eligibility Criteria for all ABP Subspecialties must be fulfilled to be eligible for certification. (Note: A candidate who has a primary certificate from the ABEM should contact the ABEM regarding its eligibility criteria.) Examination registration dates may differ for each board.


Three years of full-time fellowship training in pediatric emergency medicine are required to be completed in a program accredited for training in pediatric emergency medicine by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education in the United States or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

No continuous absence of more than 1 year will be permitted. Combined 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 combined absences/leaves that exceed 3 months are justified, a letter of explanation should be sent by the director for review by the Credentials Committee. Part-time training may be completed over no more than 6 years.

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."
  • 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 and the ABEM to ascertain whether the information they have is current.