• Pediatric Emergency Medicine Maintenance of Certification

    The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) has established a new program to replace its former method of recertification in subspecialty areas. It is called Program for Maintenance of Certification in Pediatric Subspecialties™ (PMCP-S). Diplomates who wish to maintain their certification in Pediatric Emergency Medicine will do so by completing this program.

    PMCP-S™ is comprised of four components: 1) Evidence of satisfactory professional standing, 2) evidence of a commitment to lifelong learning and self-assessment, 3) evidence of cognitive expertise, and 4) evidence of satisfactory performance in practice. These are the four components that the American Board of Medical Specialties has approved for the maintenance of certification program. These four components are also the foundation for the ABEM Emergency Medicine Continuous Certification program.

    ABP phased in PMCP-S™ in 2003 with the initial program focused on evidence of satisfactory professional standing and evidence of cognitive expertise. That is, physicians must have fulfilled the board’s medical licensure policy and took and passed a secure examination to maintain certification.

    The ABP administered the four-hour secure examination at computer testing centers throughout the United States and elsewhere. The 2003 examination was available from March 17 through April 12 and from October 20 through November 15.

    ABP is planning components 2 and 4. ABP expects that all four components will be in place and will be required for diplomates whose certificates expire in 2010.

    ABP has included current information on the new process on its web site. To view this information, log onto www.abp.org and click the “Maintenance of Certification” icon on the home page. This will provide you with several options for viewing information on the PMCP-S program.

    A general requirement for all applicants is that they be diplomates in good standing of ABEM and that they are or have been subcertified in Pediatric Emergency Medicine. Diplomates of ABP must submit applications to ABP.

    Physicians maintain certification in the subspecialty of Pediatric Emergency Medicine by meeting the requirements set forth in the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Eligibility Criteria for Maintenance of Certification, by fulfilling specific credential requirements of their primary board and by successfully completing the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Maintenance of Certification Cognitive Expertise examination.

    Pediatric Emergency Medicine Maintenance of Certification Application Requirements and Credentialing Process

    Pediatric Emergency Medicine Eligibility Criteria for Maintenance of Certification

    Pediatric Emergency Medicine Maintenance of Certification Cognitive Expertise Exam Description

    Pediatric Emergency Medicine Maintenance of Certification Cognitive Expertise Exam Requirements and Process