• Pediatric Emergency Medicine Maintenance of Certification Application Requirements & Credentialing Process

    To begin the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Maintenance of Certification process, a physician must fulfill the following credential requirements.

    Primary Certification

    Diplomates applying for the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Maintenance of Certification Cognitive Expertise Examination must be, or must have been within the last five years, certified in Pediatric Emergency Medicine.  The physician must be a diplomate in good standing of the American Board of Emergency Medicine. 

    Medical Licensure

    Physicians must continuously maintain medical licensure in compliance with ABEM’s Policy on Medical Licensure to meet the ABEM MOC Professionalism and Professional Standing requirement.

    Obtain and Complete a Pediatric Emergency Medicine MOC Application

    Physicians applying for the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Maintenance of Certification Cognitive Expertise Examination must complete the current year’s application form. The application form can be obtained by contacting the ABEM office at 517-332-4800 ext. 387, or subspecialties@abem.org

    Instructions for completing the Pediatric Emergency Medicine MOC application are included with the application packet. Falsification of any part of the application or the required documentation may result in revocation of any certificate issued or other appropriate sanctions as set forth in the application.

    Physicians with questions about the credential requirements or any portion of the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Maintenance of Certification application should contact the ABEM office for clarification and assistance before submitting their application.

    Submit the Application

    Applications can be scanned and emailed or faxed, or sent via U.S. postal service. ABEM strongly encourages physicians to submit their applications well before the deadline dates and to send them using a method that provides confirmation of delivery.

    Physicians should also ensure that the postmark date is clearly discernable, since the postmark date is used to determine whether the application can be processed within the regular application cycle.

    The following items must be submitted for an application to be complete:

    1. A completed and signed current year Pediatric Emergency Medicine MOC application.
    2. The application fee and the examination fee in U.S. funds. This application fee covers the cost of processing the application only, and cannot be refunded under any circumstances.
    3. Additional items included in the application materials or referred to in the application instructions, if applicable. These may include documentation of a name change or Americans with Disabilities (ADA) accommodation request form.

    ABEM recommends that physicians retain a photocopy of each form and supporting document submitted to ABEM. Applications and related information become the property of the ABEM, and submitted documentation will not be returned to the physician.

    Credentialing Process

    ABEM processes applications as they are received. ABEM checks to ensure that the application is complete and that the physician has submitted the required items, including the applicable fees. An application cannot be processed without full payment.

    If payment is included, but other items are missing or incomplete, ABEM can begin processing the application, but a final review cannot be completed until all information is received.

    ABEM verifies a physician's credentials as part of the application processing. ABEM reserves the right, at any time, to request additional documentation pertaining to the application, and any information requested on the application. ABEM may solicit such information from sources listed on the application, any licensing board, other persons, and third party organizations. Should any questions or problems arise with regard to credentials, ABEM will contact the physician.

    Application Postmark Date

    Postmark date is used to determine whether an application falls within the normal application cycle.

    The rules governing postmark date are as follows:

    • The physician is responsible for ensuring that the postmark date is clearly legible.
    • If the postmark date is not legible, the date ABEM receives the application will be used in lieu of a postmark date.

    One way to ensure postmark date legibility is to use a method of mail delivery that provides the sender with proof of postmark.


    The American Board of Emergency Medicine maintains an appeal procedure for physicians whose applications are determined not to fulfill the credential requirements.