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For Residents and Fellows

Quick Links for Residents/Fellows:

  • Login to your ABP Portfolio
    The ABP Portfolio is a personalized and secure website designed to help you plan and track your success throughout the certification process. Learn more about becoming certified by logging on to your secure, personal ABP Portfolio website.

     
  • Subspecialty Initial Certification Dates and Fees
    Plan ahead and be prepared for the time and cost investment of your subspecialty initial certification exam. Important dates and fees through the end of 2015 are listed here.

     
  • Residents and Fellows FAQ
    Some of our most frequently asked questions by our residents and fellows, ranging from how to apply, to required documentation and what happens after the exam is over.

     

News for Residents

MOC for Residents has Arrived!

As of Spring 2015, you will be able to earn MOC credit for approved quality improvement work you’re already doing in residency. Once you pass your initial American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) examination, you will be enrolled in MOC and need to earn MOC points to maintain your certification. Your “banked” credit will count.

HOW IT WORKS

You register for your ABP Portfolio any time after November of your PL1 year.

As part of the MOC for Residents program, you’ll have access to all ABP-developed activities, including Self-Assessment (Part 2) and Part 4 activities. However, as a resident, you can earn bankable credit only for Part 4 activities.

For QI projects already approved by the ABP, you’ll submit an MOC attestation form, specific to your project, when the QI work is completed. You can find your personalized attestation form under the project name at abp.org.

You can receive credit by:

  • Leading or participating in an ABP-approved QI project, or 
  • Participating in online ABP Performance Improvement Modules (PIMs), or 
  • Other approved online modules (such as AAP EQIPP), or 
  • You can also submit your own projects for ABP approval

Upon passing the initial certification exam and becoming board certified, you enter into your first 5-year MOC activities cycle. Any previously-banked credit is then added to your MOC Part 4 requirements.

Eligibility Criteria for Pediatric Subspecialty Certification Update

Click here for updated eligibility criteria for certification in pediatric subspecialties.

ABIM's 1st Certifying Exam in ACHD

The American Board of Internal Medicine began registration for the first certifying examination in adult congenital heart disease in March 2015. Registration is open to qualified pediatricians who hold a current certificate in pediatric cardiology.

New Motivational Interviewing PIM

A new Motivational Interviewing PIM allows both you and your Program Director to work together to earn your MOC credit. Using feedback from patients, parents and observers, you will learn how specific strategies can influence patient behavior and promote healthier actions to help reduce chronic and preventable diseases.

If you wish to complete this activity as a team, you and your program director must enroll, individually.

If you have questions, email moc@abpeds.org.

Learn About Non-Standard Training Pathways

The ABP offers several non-standard training pathways for residents and fellows, including:

  • Integrated Research Pathway 
  • Subpecialty Fast-tracking
  • Dual Subspecialty Training Combined Training
  • Combined Training in Adult and Pediatrics Subspecialties 
  • Accelerated Research Pathway

Additionally, the pediatrics-neurology pathway, pediatrics-neurodevelopmental disabilities pathway and the Accelerated Research Pathway require specific educational units to be satisfactorily completed during the general pediatric training. Program directors must identify residents and report them to the ABP by the end of the PL-1 year of training. Residents in these pathways must complete the specific pediatric educational units that are required.

A Guide to Board Certification -- Booklet of Information

Residents can find certification requirements, review policies and learn about applying for certification by viewing the Booklet of Information. Click here to download!

Check the Date: General Pediatrics In-Training Examination (ITE)

The 2015 General Pediatrics In-Training Examination will be administered the second week of July. Once the examination is scored, your training program director will share the results of the examination with you.

Check the Date: General Pediatrics Certification Examination

Applicants for the General Pediatrics Certification Examination must submit a valid, unrestricted medical license by October 1, 2015, as part of the application process. Temporary and training medical licenses do not meet this requirement.

Applying for a Fellowship? General Pediatrics ITE Test Scores Should Not Be Used for Fellowship Applications

The ABP strongly discourages you and your program directors from providing ITE test results as part of the fellowship application process. More information about the ABP’s position on use of ITE scores may be found on our website.

Updated Time-Limited Eligibility for Initial Certification Examinations Policy

The ABP does not allow an unlimited amount of time to become certified. Certification must be achieved within 7 years of completion of training in the discipline in which an applicant is seeking certification. If certification is not achieved within the 7 years, an individual must complete at least 6 months of supervised practice in an accredited program. The policy and accompanying documents are available here.

News for Fellows

Requirements for Subspecialty Certification

The latest eligibility criteria for certification in pediatric subspecialties can be found in the Subspecialty Certification section of the ABP website, abp.org. In particular, note the requirements for Scholarly Activity, which include:

  • Forming a Scholarship Oversight Committee,
  • Completing a Core Curriculum in Scholarly Activity,
  • Producing a Scholarly Activity Work Product, and
  • Writing a personal statement.

Each fellow must establish a Scholarship Oversight Committee (SOC) during the first year of training and be actively engaged in the work product by the second year of fellowship. Fellows in Canadian programs who wish to apply for certification by the ABP also must meet these requirements. An SOC established during the third year of fellowship will not meet the requirements.

Subspecialty certifying examinations are offered every two years. Registration for the exam is available nearly 9 months before the exam date, but is open for a limited time. Be sure to refer to the ABP website at least 9 months before the examination to learn when the registration opens and closes.

Even Year Spring Exams
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Pediatric Nephrology
Adolescent Medicine

Odd Year Spring Exams
Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
Pediatric Rheumatology

Even Year Fall Exams
Pediatric Cardiology
Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Pediatric Pulmonology
Medical Toxicology
Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Pediatric Transplant Hepatology

Odd Year Fall Exams
Child Abuse Pediatrics
Pediatric Endocrinology
Pediatric Gastroenterology
Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Sleep Medicine

Yearly Exam
Sports Medicine

A candidate who took the fall general pediatrics exam may apply for a subspecialty exam offered the following spring, pending notification of the general pediatrics exam results. Email sscert@abpeds.org for more information.

Updated Time-Limited Eligibility Policy

The ABP does not allow an unlimited amount of time to become certified. Certification must be achieved within 7 years of completion of training in the discipline in which an applicant is seeking certification. If certification is not achieved within the 7 years, an individual must complete at least 6 months of supervised practice in an accredited program. The policy and accompanying documents are available here.

Pediatric Milestones and Entrustable Professional Activities

The ABP is a partner in developing milestones and EPAs for pediatrics and pediatric subspecialties, but will not use the assessments for certification decisions until more data is available. We encourage programs to participate in research initiatives conducted by APPD’s LEARN and other organizations. We are collaborating with subspecialty groups and the Council of Pediatric Subspecialties (CoPS) to develop EPAs, and so we encourage subspecialty programs in research initiatives to examine entrustment decisions in the context of EPAs.

Initiative on Subspecialty Training and Certification

Updates and information on this initiative are available in a supplement to the May 2014 issue of PEDIATRICS and on the ABP website. The initiative was led by the ABP, in conjunction with CoPS.

ABIM Offers 1st Certifying Exam in ACHD

The American Board of Internal Medicine has begun registration for the first certifying examination in adult congenital heart disease, which will be offered in October 2015. Registration is open to qualified pediatricians who hold a current certificate in pediatric cardiology.

A Guide to Certification -- Booklet of Information

Want more info about policies and requirements. The Booklet of Information is available here.

Earn While You Learn: MOC for Residents has Arrived!

Residents and fellows can now “bank” Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part 4 credit to use after certification. As of Spring 2015, residents will be able to earn MOC credit for approved quality improvement projects, and can apply that credit to their first MOC cycle after passing the initial American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) examination. Fellows in an ACGME-approved fellowship program who have not yet passed their initial General Pediatrics Certifying Exam also are eligible to participate in this program. Fellows who have already passed the general pediatrics exam are already certified, so their QI activities may earn MOC credit.

HOW IT WORKS

If you have not yet done so, register for your ABP Portfolio. For QI projects already approved by the ABP, you’ll submit an MOC attestation form, specific to your project, when the QI work is completed. You can find your personalized attestation form under the project name at abp.org.

As part of the MOC for Residents program, you’ll have access to all ABP-developed activities, including Self-Assessment (Part 2) and Part 4 activities. However, you can only earn bankable credit for Part 4 activities.

You can receive credit by:

  • Leading or participating in an ABP-approved QI project, or 
  • Participating in online ABP Performance Improvement Modules (PIMs), or
  • Other approved online modules (such as AAP EQIPP), or
  • You can even submit your own projects for ABP approval

When you pass the initial certification exam and become board certified, you enter your first 5-year MOC activities cycle. Any previously-banked credit is then added to your MOC Part 4 requirements.

If you have questions, please email moc@abpeds.org.