Subspecialty Clinical Training

Now in Publication: Initiative on Subspecialty Clinical Training and Certification

The May 2014 issue of Pediatrics includes a supplement containing background information, recommendations, data, commentaries and more, based on the Initiative on Subspecialty Clinical Training and Certification (SCTC), led by the ABP, in conjunction with the Council of Pediatric Subspecialties (CoPS).

Gail A. McGuinness, MD
ABP Executive Vice-President

This publication is the culmination of 3-years' work by a 20-member task force, which examined the model of subspecialty fellowship training and certification as it currently stands and considered the needs of competency-based clinical training of the future.

"We are very pleased to provide such comprehensive information for the subspecialty community," said ABP Executive Vice-President Dr. Gail A. McGuinness. "It will enhance their ability to strategically plan training programs for the future."

The pediatric community provided valuable information, collected through surveys conducted by the Child Health Evaluation and Research Unit at the University of Michigan under the direction of Gary F. Freed, MD, MPH.

Participants included fellows, program directors, recent graduates of fellowship programs (within five years), and those in mid-career (completed training 15-20 years ago).

View, in-depth, the survey results for each subspecialty.

The final recommendations of the task force were approved by the ABP Board of Directors in June 2013, based on analysis of current training requirements, examination of length of training, and considerations for the future.