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Maintaining subspecialty certification in Pediatric Dermatology is contingent upon maintaining certification in Dermatology.

All candidates for subspecialty certification in Pediatric Dermatology must meet the following requirements:

  1. Prerequisites

    1. A currently valid, full and unrestricted license to practice medicine or osteopathy in the state or province of the candidate's residence in either the United States or Canada. The candidate may be denied certification if his/her license has been revoked, suspended, restricted, or surrendered in any jurisdiction - or if the candidate is subject to adverse licensure proceedings.
    2. Primary certification by the American Board of Dermatology (ABD).
    3. Additional specific education and training or experience that must be completed:
      Satisfaction of 1. and 2., plus one additional year of fellowship training in Pediatric Dermatology. The minimum amount of time in direct clinical care during fellowship will be determined in part from whether the candidate has had prior pediatric training. For candidates without one or more years of post-graduate pediatric residency, a minimum of 80% time in clinical pursuits is mandated.

      Candidates who trained in Pediatric Dermatology fellowships prior to the development of ABD-approved fellowship training programs will be permitted to sit for the certification examination after approval on a case-by-case basis.

  2. Leave of Absence Policy

    1. In general, high priority should be given to completing 12 continuous months of full time training.
    2. Any departure from (1), for example time lost for a medical leave of absence, should be documented and fully justified in the trainee evaluation forms filed by the training program director with the Board.
    3. It is necessary that 11 months of training are completed in order to qualify for subspecialty certification. Thus, without exception, any absence (inclusive of vacation) resulting in less than 11 months of training during a 12-month program will require an additional period of training to achieve 11 total months. Only when this requirement is documented by the program director will the trainee be qualified to take the subspecialty certifying examination. If the program director anticipates that this additional training will be completed in a satisfactory manner before September 1, the Board may allow the trainee to take the certifying examination in that year.

  3. Examination

  4. Candidates who have satisfied the above requirements are eligible to apply to the ABD to take the subspecialty certification examination in Pediatric Dermatology. Candidates planning to take this examination should complete and submit the application online by logging in above with their username and password. (Call the ABD office at 313-874-1088 for your username and password.) The next examination (which is a 4 hour exam) will be administered on Friday, October 14, 2016 at Pearson VUE testing centers. The deadline for receipt of applications is June 1, 2016. The application fee is $1,600.00.

  5. Appeals Process

  6. An appeals procedure similar to that described for the certification process in Dermatology is available for candidates for subspecialty certification in Pediatric Dermatology who were declared ineligible by the Board for Pediatric Dermatology or who failed the subspecialty examination. Candidates submitting such appeals should contact the Board for additional current information.

  7. Maintenance of Certification

  8. Certification in Pediatric Dermatology is time-limited for 10 years. When a candidate is certified in Pediatric Dermatoogy, he/she will enter into Maintenance of Certification for the 10-year period. See the Maintenance of Certification requirements.

  9. Individuals who successfully complete an ABD certifying, subspecialty, or recertification/MOC examination will automatically receive the AMA PRA Category 1 CME award (60 credits) via email from the AMA courtesy of the ABD.