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Honor Code

The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) expects residents and fellows in training, candidates for initial certification, and its diplomates to uphold fundamental moral and ethical principles. As specified by The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and the American Board of Medical Specialties, residents, fellows, candidates and diplomates must demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles and sensitivity to diverse patient populations.

The material developed by the ABP for its in-training, certification and maintenance of certification exams and other certification activities are copyrighted as the sole property of the ABP and may not be reproduced in any way. Reproduction of copyrighted material, in whole or in part, is a federal offense. Irrespective of copyright, any attempt to distribute ABP in-training, certification or maintenance of certification material, in whole or part, undermines the fairness of the certification process and will be considered unethical, unprofessional and dishonorable and will constitute grounds for the ABP to disqualify the resident, fellow, candidate or diplomate from future exams and/or other certification activities, invalidate current activities, revoke certificates or take any other action deemed appropriate by the ABP and its legal counsel.

Residents, fellows, candidates and diplomates must understand that unethical and unprofessional behavior, including but not limited to the listing below, may be sufficient cause for the ABP to deny admission to an exam for a period of up to 5 years, to terminate participation in an exam, to invalidate the result of an exam, to withhold scores or certificates, to require an individual to retake an entire activity or portions thereof, to revoke a certificate(s), or to take other appropriate action as deemed appropriate by the ABP and its legal counsel:

  1. Falsification of an ABP application;
  2. Submission of any falsified documents to the ABP;
  3. Use of any falsified ABP documents or the submission of such documents to other persons;
  4. Giving or receiving of aid in an exam as evidenced either by observation at the time of the exam or by statistical analysis;
  5. Unauthorized possession, reproduction, recording, discussion, reconstruction of content from memory, or disclosure of any materials, including, but not limited to, exam questions or answers before, during, or after an exam or other certification activities;
  6. Offering of any financial or other benefit to any director, officer, employee, proctor, or other agent or representative of the ABP in return for any right, privilege, or benefit that is not usually granted by the ABP to other similarly situated candidates or persons.

Candidates and diplomates must also understand that the ABP may withhold scores and may or may not require a candidate or diplomate to re-take one or more portions of an exam if the ABP is presented with sufficient evidence that the security of one or more portions of the exam has been compromised, notwithstanding the absence of any evidence of personal involvement in such activities. Candidates must agree that the ABP will not be liable for candidate travel and/or other losses or expenses incurred as a result of an exam cancellation or postponement for such cases.