Subspecialty Certification

Subspecialty Certificates Offered by the ABP

A candidate for ABP subspecialty certification must have achieved initial certification in general pediatrics and continue to maintain current general pediatrics certification, or, in some circumstances current certification in another subspecialty in order to take a subspecialty examination. Training requirements differ by subspecialty.

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The following are pediatric-related subspecialty/specialty certifications offered by other ABMS boards:

Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD)

Certification in ACHD is offered by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and is available to qualified pediatric cardiologists. ABIM requires a pediatrician be certified in pediatric cardiology before sitting for the ACHD certifying examination.

Learn more about the ACHD admission requirements here.

Once a candidate passes the ACHD certifying exam, no other certification must be maintained in order to remain certified in ACHD by ABIM, and ACHD certifications will be listed only on the ABIM website.

If a candidate for this examination wishes to continue to be certified by the ABP and also be listed as a certified pediatrician on the ABP website, he or she must continue to maintain either a general pediatrics certificate or pediatric cardiology certificate.

Allergy and Immunology

Certification in allergy and immunology is offered by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology, a Conjoint Board of the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Internal Medicine.

A Conjoint Board is a body established under the joint sponsorship of not less than two Primary Boards. Its purpose is to set training standards and evaluate competence of individual candidates in an area of specialty practice common to the sponsoring groups.

Full details about Certification and Maintenance of Certification requirements in allergy and immunology can be found at the American Board of Allergy and Immunology website.

The ABP and ABAI have agreed that the Accelerated Research Pathway is open to those completing allergy-immunology fellowship. Access the requirements here.

Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

From 2001-2007, the ABP and American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology jointly offered a certificate of added qualifications in neurodevelopmental disabilities. Since 2007, applicants for certification in neurodevelopmental disabilities must complete two years of general pediatrics training with specific pediatric training requirements and 48 months of neurology and neurodevelopmental disabilities in a single ACGME-accredited neurodevelopmental disabilities program.

Full details about Certification and Maintenance of Certification requirements in neurodevelopmental disabilities can be found at the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology website.