Pediatric Dermatology Board Certification

Applications for Ped Derm Certification are due to the ABD office by June 1.

This requires:

  • Copy of medical license displaying an expiration date
  • Electronic submission of the application, fellowship evaluation, and approval of the Program Director to take the examination
  • Completion of application
  • Payment

More information regarding requirements and application form (downloadable) can be found on the ABD website: http://www.abderm.org/subspecialties/pediatric.html

The ABD now has posted online Candidate applications, Candidate evaluations, and Program applications, all of which will need to be completed for individuals applying for Ped Derm Board Certification (and programs where individuals completed their fellowships).
The Curriculum outline for Subspecialty training in Pediatric Dermatology is also available at the same website.


Qualifications for Potential Candidates for Pediatric Dermatology Board Certification

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


A. 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 The candidate may be denied certification if his/her license has been revoked, suspended, restricted, or surrendered in any jurisdiction - or if the candidate is subject to adverse licensure proceedings.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.


B. Education, Training, and Experience

1. One or more years of ACGME-approved residency training in Pediatrics followed by the requisite training and certification in Dermatology and one additional final year of fellowship training in Pediatric Dermatology;

-OR-

2. An ACGME-approved transitional year or an ACGME-approved broad-based year of residency training in emergency medicine, family medicine, general surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, or a preliminary year followed by the requisite training and certification in dermatology, followed by completion of 1 additional year of fellowship training in Pediatric Dermatology during which 80% of fellowship time is spent in direct pediatric dermatology clinical activity;


C. Examination

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, Oct 14, 2016 at Pearson VUE testing centers. The deadline for receipt of applications is June 1, 2016. The application fee is $1,600.00.


D. Appeals Process

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.

For more information refer to the American Board of Dermatology website.


E. Maintenance of Certification

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.


F. With the successful completion of this certification process fellows are eligible to receive 60 AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits(tm). The ABD has contracted with the AMA to provide these credits to you at no cost in order to assist diplomates in fulfilling licensure and MOC requirements. The AMA will send you a certificate for this credit via e-mail approximately 6 to 8 weeks after receipt of your pass letter.


PEDIATRIC DERMATOLOGY FAQs:


Q: I am certified by the American Board of Pediatrics but not by the American Board of Dermatology. I have practiced Pediatric Dermatology for many years. Will I be eligible for certification in the subspecialty of Pediatric Dermatology?

A: No. All candidates taking the examination must have primary certification by the American Board of Dermatology followed by an approved fellowship in Pediatric Dermatology.


Q: I am certified by the Canadian Board of Dermatology but not by the American Board of Dermatology. Will I be eligible for certification in Pediatric Dermatology via this mechanism?

A: No. All candidates taking the Pediatric Dermatology examination must be certified by the American Board of Dermatology. (This same answer also applies to dermatologists from other countries as well as DO s trained in osteopathic dermatology training programs.)


Q: I am certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, am currently a Dermatology resident, and will soon be certified by the American Board of Dermatology. Will I be required to complete a Pediatric Dermatology fellowship in order to sit for the Pediatric Dermatology examination?

A: Yes.


Q: Will the Pediatric Dermatology examination be given every year?

A: No. The Pediatric Dermatology examination is given every other year.


Q: Will I have to travel to a specific site to take the exam?

A: This examination is given at Pearson VUE test centers which are found in most large cities.