Additional Flexibility Added to PHM Practice Pathway

American Board of Pediatrics (12/21/20)

The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) has added flexibility to the practice pathway for board certification in Pediatric Hospital Medicine (PHM) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic's challenges to pediatricians. The board has expanded the period of time prior to the examination when a hospitalist must have practiced a minimum number of hours from four to five years, so pediatricians can meet the number of hours required to qualify for the exam. "Extending the look-back window still allows a candidate to attain sufficient duration and breadth of experience and also allows the ABP to be true to its mission and represent to the public that the candidate is qualified to take the exam," explained ABP Executive Vice President for Credentialing and Initial Certification Suzanne Woods, MD. The practice pathway is accessible to pediatricians through 2024.

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