The American Board of Dermatology has established certification and maintenance of certification processes for the subspecialties of Dermatopathology and Pediatric Dermatology. These subspecialty certifications have been approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties and its 24 member boards. Surveillance and periodic reviews of the training programs are carried out by the respective RRCs (Dermatopathology), under the auspices of the Accreditation Council for Gradute Medical Education (ACGME), and/or by the ABD (Pediatric Dermatology). Although all general dermatology residents receive comprehensive training in each of these subspecialties, candidates who pursue the additional year(s) of training in subspecialty fellowships will have met additional standards and qualifications that will prepare them for specialized careers in teaching, research, and/or the practice of these subspecialties. It is emphasized also that the additional year(s) of training in Pediatric Dermatology and Dermatopathology must occur after the candidate has met the full training requirements for certification in the primary specialty of dermatology. Dermatopathology certification is also offered by the American Board of Pathology for physicians with a primary certificate in pathology.
ABD subspecialty certification is linked to primary certification in dermatology. Maintaining valid subspecialty certification is contingent upon maintaining certification in dermatology.