• Pediatric Emergency Medicine Maintenance of Certification Cognitive Expertise Examination Requirements & Process

    Pediatric Emergency Medicine Maintenance of Certification candidates must be, or must have been, certified in Pediatric Emergency Medicine. Once their subspecialty recertification applications are accepted as fulfilling the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Eligibility Criteria for Certification and Maintenance of Certification, they are offered an assignment to the examination.

    Process

    Registration

    After Pediatric Emergency Medicine Maintenance of Certification Cogntive Expertise examination candidates are accepted to take the examination, ABEM forwards instructions to them about how to register with the testing center.

    Taking The Pediatric Emergency Medicine Maintenance of Certification Cognitive Expertise Examination

    The American Board of Pediatrics administers this examination at computer testing centers across the United States and Canada. ABP plans to continue offering this examination annually. Information and Dates

    The examination is a four-hour long examination with approximately 200 multiple-choice questions. There are no scheduled breaks during the examination but candidates may take breaks but the examination clock will continue to run.

    To be admitted to the examination, all candidates must present proof of identify with a government or state issued photo ID that bears the name and signature of the candidate.

    Scoring The Examination

    The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) is the administering Board for the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Maintenance of Certification Cognitive Expertise examination.  Candidates should contact ABP if they have questions related to scoring the examination or questions about their specific scores.

    Results Communication

    ABEM will send candidates the results of their examination via United States mail within 90 days of the date of the examination. Examination results will only be forwarded to candidates in writing. ABEM will not confirm examination results by telephone or fax.

    Next Steps

    If an ABEM candidate fails the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Maintenance of Certification Cognitive Expertise examination, the Policy on Subspecialty Recertification Active/Inactive Status outlines the process available to retake the examination.

    ABEM awards certificates to its candidates who pass the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Maintenance of Certification Cognitive Expertise examination. Certification in Pediatric Emergency Medicine is for a period of ten years. The certificates are dated from the date of the examination results letter and expire December 31 ten years hence. The diplomate's Emergency Medicine certification must be valid in order for the subspecialty certification to remain valid.

    ABEM sends the names of the diplomates who maintain their certification in Pediatric Emergency Medicine to the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) for publication in the Official ABMS Directory of Board Certified Medical Specialists.  The ABMS website also lists diplomate names and their specialty and subspecialty certifications.