Pediatric Emergency Medicine is a clinical subspecialty that focuses on the care of the acutely ill or injured child in the setting of an emergency department.
In 1990, ABEM and the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) sought American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) approval to offer subspecialty certification in Pediatric Emergency Medicine. In March 1991, the ABMS approved Pediatric Emergency Medicine as a subspecialty recognizing ABP and ABEM as the sponsoring boards. ABP is the administering board. The first examination was offered in 1992 and has been administered biennially since 1992.
ABP is responsible for examination development, administration, scoring, and analysis. Each sponsoring board is responsible for credentialing its respective candidates and notifying them of their examination results.
Each sponsoring board appoints members to the jointly sponsored Pediatric Emergency Medicine Subboard. There are four members from ABEM and four members from ABP. The primary functions of the joint subboard are to:
- Develop examinations in Pediatric Emergency Medicine
- Credential individual applicants at the request of individual sponsoring boards.