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Training Irregularities for Subspecialties

To apply for certification by the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP), an individual must meet the training requirements as specified in the eligibility criteria.

Absences from Training
The duration of fellowship training is 36 months. Thirty-three months of training are required. If total absences (during the 36 month training period) exceed 3 months, the missed time must be made up. This applies to any extended absence, whether the absence be for illness, vacation, parental leave, etc. The ABP must approve any variation in meeting this requirement.

Interruption in Training
No continuous absence of more than 1 year will be permitted. Fellows who experience an absence in fellowship of more than 12 continuous months and who wish to re-enter fellowship training must petition the ABP to determine whether credit may be awarded for prior training. The request for credit must be submitted by the candidate or the fellowship director before the fellow re-enters fellowship training.

Fellow Transfers
For continuity of training experiences, mentoring and assurance of meeting training requirements, a fellow should complete all training in the same program. Occasionally, a fellow may need to transfer to another program for compelling reasons. In such circumstances, the program director of the current program and the proposed program director must communicate to ensure that the fellow meets all the requirements if he or she desires to apply for a certifying examination in the subspecialty.

The ACGME requires that the program director receive written verification of previous educational experiences and a statement regarding the performance evaluation of the transferring fellow prior to acceptance into the program. Months of credit for clinical experience and research or scholarly activity completed must be clearly communicated. The ABP must be informed of the plan to ensure continued appropriate mentoring for scholarly activity upon transfer, including the role of the Scholarship Oversight Committee.

The ABP has developed a Transfer Information Form to facilitate communication between programs and has provided copies of the form to pediatric subspecialty program directors. The ABP should be sent a completed copy of this form to ensure that fellows in the tracking system receive appropriate credit for training.

Upon request from a training program that has accepted or is considering accepting a fellow in transfer, the ABP will release information obtained through its tracking system regarding summary evaluations, dates of training and credit provided.