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The Pediatric Dermatology Subspecialty examination is for individuals seeking initial subspecialty certification in pediatric dermatology. The ABD administers this examination every other year in October.
NON-TIME-LIMITED (“lifetime”) AND TIME-LIMITED CERTIFICATES
Certification in dermatology prior to 1991 is non-time-limited (“lifetime”). Those who hold a non-time-limited dermatology certificate do not have to participate in MOC/Continuing Certification in order to retain certification in the primary specialty of dermatology. Certification in dermatology from 1991 forward is time-limited.
All subspecialty certification in pediatric dermatology is time-limited. The first pediatric dermatology subspecialty certification was offered in 2004, after the transition from non-time-limited to time-limited certification.
Diplomates who simultaneously hold a non-time-limited certificate in dermatology and a time-limited certificate in pediatric dermatology must fulfill MOC/Continuing Certification requirements for the certificate that is time-limited in order to retain that certificate. Diplomates who hold a non-time-limited certificate in dermatology but fail to complete the requirements to maintain the time-limited pediatric dermatology certification will no longer be certified in pediatric dermatology but will retain certification in dermatology.
All subspecialty certificates in pediatric dermatology are time-limited. Therefore, diplomates with this certification participate in the ABD’s Continuing Certification program (MOC). During each 10-year MOC/Continuing Certification cycle, diplomates with subspecialty certification in pediatric dermatology must take the MOC/Continuing Certification Exam to renew their certificate, in addition to completing other requirements. The MOC/Continuing Certification Exam is offered twice per year:
|EXAM||EXAM ADMINISTRATION DATES||EXAM REGISTRATION DATES|
|SPRING||April 1 - May 31||February 1 - March 15|
|FALL||September 1 - October 31||July 1 - August 15|
Depending on whether the diplomate has a non-time-limited (“lifetime”) or a time-limited PRIMARY dermatology certificate, different MOC/Continuing Certification Exam modules are required:
|CERTIFICATION||GENERAL DERM MODULE||PED DERM 1 MODULE||PED DERM 2 MODULE|
|NON-TIME-LIMITED ("lifetime") PRIMARY DERM + TIME-LIMITED PEDIATRIC DERM||NOT REQUIRED||NOT REQUIRED||NOT REQUIRED|
|TIME-LIMITED PRIMARY DERM + TIME-LIMITED PEDIATRIC DERM||REQUIRED||REQUIRED||REQUIRED|
|GENERAL DERM MODULE||PED DERM 1 MODULE||PED DERM 2 MODULE|
|Number of Questions||100||50||50|
|Question Format||Image-based all asking: Which of the following is the most likely diagnosis?"||Combination of image & non-image questions.||Combination of image & non-image questions.|
|Study Material Available?||YES||YES||YES|
|Study Material Format||A list of approximately 200 conditions from which the 100-image questions will be drawn.||A study guide of 100 questions (including question stem, answer options, and image, if applicable). 50 questions will be randomly selected for the exam.||A study guide of 100 questions (including question stem, answer options, and image, if applicable). 50 questions will be randomly selected for the exam.|
|Exam Fee||No Fee||No Fee||$100|
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