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What does board-certified in pediatrics mean?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental and Behavioral 51 years experience
ABP qualified: The pediatrician has passed the american board of pediatrics exam(s), and is well-qualified. There are subspecialty boards, as well, given every 10 years by the abp.
Dr. Peter Karsant
Dentistry 40 years experience
Board Certified: Means you not only had extra education in that particular field but that you also were able to pass another examination (written/verbal or both) to gain the title board certified. Some specialists are board certified and some are not by choice.
Dr. Sathish Adigopula
Pediatrics 21 years experience
Exam done: Means that the person has completed the pediatric board specified exams after the completion of the residency training.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental and Behavioral 51 years experience
And, for you young'uns, every 10 years thereafter?
Oct 4, 2012
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental and Behavioral 51 years experience
And, for you young'uns, every 10 years thereafter?
Oct 4, 2012
Dr. Boris Ripa
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Every 7 years: Pediatrician should take a board to confirm and keep high standard and quality of medical knowledge.
Dr. April Hartman
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Board certification: Board certification in any specialty, including pediatrics, means the physician has completed a residency in that specialty (usually 3-5 years) and has passed a test set up by the American Board of (whatever specialty) Pediatrics, in this case. Certification has to be renewed every 10 years by completing a clinical project and taking another test.
Dr. Stefania Lima
Pediatrics 10 years experience
Quality assurance: Any board certified physician goes through an extensive process including taking closed book board tests, submitting proof of continuing medical education ( conferences, reading journals Etc), involvement in research or quality improvement projects and of course having completed a residency on that specialty.
Dr. Yvonne Brouard
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Passing a test: After all the training that doctors do, they still need to pass a written and sometimes also an oral exam, in their specialty area, in order to be certified by their specialty board. Some doctors don't bother with the test, and some don't test well even though they are great doctors. Most of us take the test and retake it every 5-10 years so that we can prove that we know what we are doing.
Dr. Ahmet Aybar
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Board certified: It means the doctor has competed the required 3 year training after. Completing medical School and successfully passed the 200-250 multiple question Board exam which needs to be renewed ever 10 years. The doctor should also be on good standing and maintain a state license of the state he/she works in and meet the CME requirements for the given state. For more info you can visit www.abp.org
Dr. Martin Fried
Nutrition 37 years experience
Exam: It means your doctor completed a 3 year training program in pediatrics that is approved by the american board of pediatrics, and then sat for an passed an exam provided by the american board of pediatrics. That makes them a board certified Pediatrician.
Dr. Martin Fried
Nutrition 37 years experience
Provided original answer
THey have to sat for the exam and received a passing score
Jan 9, 2015
Dr. David Rosenberg
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Board Certification: To be "Board Certified" in pediatrics, one has to complete an accredited residency training in pediatrics (after Medical School) and pass a test given by the American Board of Pediatrics. Various activities need to be done to maintain board certification as well as retaking a test every 10 years. Each specialty, and sub specialty, has its own board and certification.
Dr. Julio Pajaro
A Verified Doctoranswered
Pediatrics 35 years experience
It means specialist: To be board-certified in pediatrics, physicians must have completed at least 3 years of specialty training in an accredited pediatric center, then have passed an examination given by the American Board of pediatrics. Board certification means he has completed all the steps successfully.
Dr. Nayyara Dawood
Pediatrics 31 years experience
ABP certification: It means they have satisfied the extra requirements for Pediatricians to be Board certified. Now they do the required Registered continuing Medical education activities on a regular basis and also take an exam that tests their knowledge on all the different Pediatric sub topics/ branches. So well Board Certified Pediatricians go through the extra steps to be certified and keep up to date.
Dr. James Aaron Henley
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Passed an exam: It means that a physician has passed an exam and thereby is thought to posses the basic knowledge in the field of pediatrics to be competent. To maintain certification, the pediatrician must continue to demonstrate competency through learning activities and testing.
Dr. Jonathan Kern
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Amer Bd Pediatrics: A pediatrician who is "board-certified" is one who is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. For detailed information on the requirements for board certification, please see www.abp.org . If available where you live, you definitely want your child cared for by a board-certified pediatrician. Pediatricians generally are also also "Fellows" or members of the Academy of Pediatrics.
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 58 years experience
Board Certification: It means the Doctor after graduating from medical school has done an approved Pediatric Residency for three years and after that has successfully passed the exam for certification given by American Board of Pediatrics
Dr. Jeremy Porter
Pediatrics 14 years experience
Pass board exam: To become "Board Certified" Complete medical school. Complete pediatric residency, 3 years. Pass national board exam, offered once yearly in October.
Dr. Katharine Cox
Pediatric Emergency Medicine 46 years experience
Passed exam: Passed an exam based on the standards of the American Academy of Pediatrics. This requires recertification every 10 years. You can check your doctor's status on the aap.org website. All the best.
Dr. Charles Gordon
Specializes in Adolescent Medicine
Board Certified : A person who is Board Certified in Pediatrics must have performed acceptably well in an accredited training program and then passed an examination. There used to be both a written and oral components; now only only written. There used to be lifetime certification, now it is time-limited.
Dr. Carol Jacobs
Specializes in Pediatrics
Passing a test: A board certified Pediatrician is someone who has successfully completed a vigorous test of knowledge in Pediatric medicine. We are asked to test for our certificate approximately every 7 years. It means your doctor is staying updated on the current guidelines and standards of care in the art of Pediatric medicine.
Dr. Tanya Russo
Pediatrics 26 years experience
ABP Certification: is awarded to physicians who have graduated from an accredited medical schoolS, are verified to have completed 3 years of pediatric residency and are clinically competent and ethical, have an unrestricted state license to practice medicine, and have passed a comprehensive one day exam covering all aspects of pediatric care. Board certified pediatricians are called 'Diplomates'.
Dr. James Lee
13 years experience
Qualified: It means they have completed an accredited residency program and passed a difficult examination to be called board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.
Dr. Deborah Ungerleider
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Recertification also: Every 7-10 years most pediatricians must be re-certified by taking another exam and doing a certain amount of continuing medical education to keep up with the latest in the specialty. Some doctors are "grandfathered" and do not have to do that (generally if they became board-certified prior to 1989).
Last updated Mar 17, 2019


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