The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) has established a procedure for certification in pediatric cardiology. In addition to the specific admission requirements listed below, General Eligibility Criteria for all ABP Subspecialties must be fulfilled to be eligible for certification.
Physicians who entered training in pediatric cardiology on or after January 1, 1965, are required to complete their training in a program accredited for training in pediatric cardiology by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in the United States or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Three years of full-time, broad-based subspecialty fellowship training in pediatric cardiology are required for fellows entering training on or after January 1, 1988. No continuous absence of more than 1 year will be permitted. Combined absences/leaves in excess of 3 months during the 3 years of training, whether for vacation, parental leave, illness, and so forth, must be made up. If the program director believes that combined absences/leaves that exceed 3 months are justified, a letter of explanation should be sent by the director for review by the Credentials Committee.
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