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Pediatrics-Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Pathway

Training Requirements for General Pediatrics for the Pediatrics-Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Pathway

The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) offers a subspecialty certificate in neurodevelopmental disabilities whereby an applicant who completes at least two years of accredited training in general comprehensive pediatrics, in addition to the necessary training to meet the requirements for neurology certification with special qualifications in child neurology and in neurodevelopmental disabilities fulfills the training requirements of both the ABP and the ABPN.

To qualify for admission to the neurodevelopmental disabilities examination, the applicant must have completed 48 months of combined training in neurology and neurodevelopmental disabilities in a single ACGME accredited neurodevelopmental disabilities program. In addition, two years of ACGME accredited training in general pediatrics will be required.

In order to ensure that trainees receive comprehensive training in general pediatrics and acquire the knowledge and skills to function as competent pediatricians, the ABP requires specific content to be contained within the two years of training in general pediatrics. Training in pediatrics must be completed in an ACGME or RCPSC accredited general pediatrics residency program. The curriculum components that constitute the general pediatrics training must be taken from those experiences that have been approved by the Review Committee for Pediatrics as part of the requirements for categorical pediatrics residency training. Except for the provisions specified below, the training must conform to the program requirements for accreditation of general pediatrics residencies.

Pediatrics Requirements

The training should be the same as described in the ACGME Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education for Pediatrics as outlined in this document with the exceptions that follow. The curriculum must include two years of clinical experiences, and should be organized in educational units. An educational unit should be a block (four weeks or one month) or a longitudinal experience. An outpatient educational unit should be a minimum of 32 half-day sessions and an inpatient educational unit should be a minimum of 200 hours.

The specific curricular elements are detailed in the following chart:

Requirements in General Pediatrics for

Training in Pediatrics-Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

(Effective July 2013)


Educational Unit*

Emergency Medicine & Acute Illness

3 (with at least 2 in ED)

Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics


Adolescent Medicine


Term Newborn


Inpatient Pediatrics (non-ICU)

5 (no maximum)

Ambulatory Experiences to include community pediatrics and child advocacy






**Additional Subspecialty

4 (minimum)

*(Educational Unit = four weeks or one month block OR outpatient longitudinal experience of 32 half-day sessions OR inpatient longitudinal experience of 200 hours)

**Additional Subspecialty includes three units from three different subspecialties from the following list:

  • child abuse
  • medical genetics
  • pediatric allergy and immunology
  • pediatric cardiology
  • pediatric dermatology
  • pediatric endocrinology
  • pediatric gastroenterology
  • pediatric hematology-oncology
  • pediatric infectious diseases
  • pediatric nephrology
  • pediatric pulmonology
  • pediatric rheumatology

Additional one unit of single or combined subspecialties from the list above or below:

  • child and adolescent psychiatry
  • hospice and palliative medicine
  • pediatric anesthesiology
  • pediatric dentistry
  • pediatric ophthalmology
  • pediatric orthopaedic surgery
  • pediatric otolaryngology
  • pediatric rehabilitation medicine
  • pediatric radiology
  • pediatric surgery
  • sleep medicine
  • sports medicine

Subspecialty Experience

Educational experiences in the subspecialties must emphasize the competencies and skills needed to practice general pediatrics of high quality in the community. They should be a blend of inpatient and outpatient experiences and prepare residents to participate as team members in the care of patients with chronic and complex disorders.

Neurology and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities should not be utilized to fulfill the subspecialty requirements during the two years of general pediatrics training.

Supervisory Experience

At least three educational units of supervisory responsibility must be completed during the two years of training.

Continuity Clinic

There must be a minimum of 36 half-day sessions per year of a longitudinal outpatient experience in a continuity clinic at a pediatric primary care site throughout the two years of general pediatrics training. The sessions must not be scheduled in fewer than 26 weeks per year. The patients should include those previously cared for in the hospital, well children of various ages, and children of various ages with special health care needs and chronic conditions. Residents must have a longitudinal general pediatrics outpatient experience in a setting that provides a medical home for the spectrum of pediatric patients and must care for a panel of patients that identify the resident as their primary care provider.

The medical home model of care must focus on wellness and prevention, coordination of care, longitudinal management of children with special health care needs and provide a patient- and family-centered approach to care.

Individualized Curriculum

There is no expectation of an individualized curriculum, but it is acceptable for a resident to complete electives appropriate for their career pathway.

Eligibility for Certification

Candidates for this pathway should be identified early, preferably before or early in the R-1 year but no later than the end of the R-1 year. This is necessary so that the second year of training can be adapted in such a way that specified curricular requirements in general pediatrics will be met. The program director and candidate will not be required to seek prospective approval by the ABP, but must notify the ABP by means of the tracking roster in May of the R-1 year.

To meet the eligibility requirements for certification in general pediatrics, the trainee must satisfactorily complete two years of core general pediatrics training. Vacation leave, or other absences from training cannot exceed two months during these two years. Verification of clinical competence and the specified curriculum will be required from the general pediatrics program director at the end of the two years of training. Candidates for this pathway may apply for certification in general pediatrics in the third year of neurodevelopmental disabilities training and take the examination in the fifth year of neurodevelopmental disabilities training.


These requirements will be effective for those residents entering general pediatrics training as of June 2013.


2/4/06 - approved by ABP Board of Directors
11/06 - revised by the ABP Board of Directors
11/12 - modification to pediatrics effective July 2013
-Revision: 2/16/13 Approved by ABP Board of Directors