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Revised Policy: Time-Limited Eligibility for Initial Certification Exams

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 11:15

The ABP recently approved a revision to its policy for Time-Limited Eligibility for Initial Certification Examinations.  The intent of this policy is to assure that applicants for certification possess current competence in pediatrics or a pediatric subspecialty. For those who have lost eligibility to take an examination, the ABP will require an independent assessment of the individual’s competence to practice without supervision.  The goal is not to fully retrain an individual or to prepare an applicant to take a certifying examination.  

  • The policy now allows a period of supervised practice in the environment of the accredited training program under the oversight of the program director and faculty, who possess the ability to assess and verify competence. 
  • The period of supervised practice has been shortened to a minimum of 6 months that may be spread out over a 12 month period.  
  • There is greater flexibility in the design of the required clinical experiences in order to accommodate personal needs. 
  • Pre-approval of plans for supervised practice and assessment is required for candidates for both the general pediatrics examination and subspecialty examinations.

The revised policy and its accompanying documents, Plan for Supervised Practice and Assessment of Competence in General Pediatrics in the Accredited Training Program and Plan for Supervised Practice and Assessment of Competence in a Subspecialty in the Accredited Training Program, may be found here.