Go to ABU Home
MOC Login Only
User Name:
Your Privacy

Subspecialty certification in Pediatric Urology began in 2008 for those urologists whose practice is a minimum of 75% pediatric urology. Applicants approved by the Board to enter the process of subspecialty certification must be engaged in the active practice of pediatric urology, and must hold a current unrestricted general certificate in urology issued by the American Board of Urology.

All subspecialty certificates are time limited and subject to MOC. When a Diplomate becomes certified in a subspecialty, the Diplomate’s general urology certificate will be extended to coincide with the expiration date of the subspecialty certificate. The Diplomate will enter the MOC process after completing subspecialty certification.

The Pediatric Subspecialty application process can only be completed following unrestricted general certification in urology and MUST have all components successfully completed within 6 years of Fellowship training. (Due to the timing of the exams and the application deadlines, it is possible, should one desire, to apply for both the Certifying (Part 2) Examination and the Pediatric Subspecialty Certification Examination within the same calendar year).

Schedule and Fees

The next Pediatric Subspecialty Certification Exam (PSCE) will be October 14 or October 23, 2015. Applications for the 2015 American Board of Urology Pediatric Urology Subspecialty Certification Examination will be available on December 1, 2014. A completed application, practice log of twelve months in length, documentation of a current valid medical license, documentation of 30 hours of Category 1 pediatric urology focused CME hours earned within two years immediately preceding the application deadline, and an application fee of $2,500 must be submitted to the Board office by March 15, 2015. Late applications will be accepted with a $750 late fee from March 16-March 31, 2015. No applications will be accepted after March 31, 2015.

Candidates for subspecialty certification must be in the active practice of pediatric urology and have completed at least 24 months in a pediatric urology training program. Applicants will be required to provide the Board with an electronic log of 12 months in length. All logs must demonstrate that a minimum of 75% of the candidate’s practice is dedicated to pediatric urology, and/or the candidate has an adequate number of major pediatric urologic surgery cases as determined by the Board.

The June 2010 examination was the final opportunity for pediatric urologists who have not completed an ACGME or RCPS(C) approved pediatric urology residency of at least 24 months in length to achieve pediatric urology subspecialty certification.

Candidates may contact the American Board of Urology at (434) 979-0059 or via email to lindsay@abu.org

Application Documents

Applications must be submitted on forms for the current cycle. Prior year forms are given for informational purposes only.

To provide the Board with a notarized copy of a document, take the original document to a notary public. He/she will make a copy of the document and notarize the copy as a true copy of the original. Mail, email or fax the notarized copy to the ABU office.

Adobe Reader is required to view and print
the documents listed below.

Click on the button to the right to download the
latest version of the free Adobe Reader.

Download the latest Adobe Reader from Adobe.com
2015 PSC Application Packet  
Handbook for Applicants for Pediatric Subspecialty Certification
Practice Log Template  

About the Exam

The examination is the final component of subspecialty certification. It is taken after satisfactory completion of the other elements of the process. The examination will be given on October 14 or October 23, 2015. It is a proctored, computerized examination, administered at over 200 Pearson VUE testing centers located throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. The candidate may take the examination on either day, dependent upon site availability.

The four hour examination will consist of approximately 150 multiple choice questions designed to assess knowledge of the field of pediatric urology. The exam will include all aspects of pediatric urology, including but not limited to congenital abnormalities, childhood acquired urologic problems such as tumors and trauma, and overlapping problems of adolescence.

Candidates seeking subspecialty certification have 3 opportunities to pass the examination, and must do so within 6 years of completing the fellowship process. All cases will be reviewed on an individual basis by the appropriate subspecialty certification committee. In order to re-enter the process, candidates who have "timed-out" or failed three attempts at certification, will require completion of an additional fellowship year in an ACGME accredited fellowship.

The American Board of Urology is aware that there is a conflict this fall between the Prague joint meeting with the ESPU and the Pediatric Subspecialty Certifying Exam. The 2015 PSCE will be offered on October 14 and 23; applicants may select either day, provided an exam center and seat are available. We are unable to change the dates of the examination. The exams are administered by Pearson VUE, which is a national testing center. Our dates are booked two years in advance and we are not able to change the exam dates. The dates are the same dates that we offer the recertification and MOC exam for the adult urologists.

The conference in Prague ends on October 17, which should give attendees who are also interested in taking the PSCE time to travel back to the US and take the exam on October 23. Alternately, one can wait and take the examination in 2016. Those exam dates are October 21 and 28, 2016. This examination impacts both MOC pediatric subspecialty applicants and initial certification applicants. For MOC applicants, 2015 is the first opportunity to complete Level 4 requirements; therefore, if one chooses to defer the examination in 2015, he/she will still have two additional opportunities to take the examination. For initial subspecialty certification applicants, those choosing to defer the examination in 2015 may do so without penalty.

Pearson Professional Examination Rules


The method used to determine a passing score on the Pediatric Subspecialty Certification Examination is based on criterion reference testing. Criterion reference testing uses a benchmark examination to establish a performance which all candidates must meet. Examinations are compared to the benchmark standard and the passing score varies according to the difficulty. The probability of passing remains constant, and the examination process provides a uniform opportunity to pass from one year to the next. In theory, all who take the examination could pass; there is no mandatory failure rate.

On average, approximately 98% of first-time takers pass this examination.

600 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 150, Charlottesville, VA 22911
Amy H. Woodson, MOC Coordinator Lori R. Davis, Administrator Donna Payne, Staff Associate Gerald H. Jordan, MD, Executive Secretary Charles S. Hall, Information Technology Coordinator Lindsay W. Franklin, Certification Coordinator Denise D. Files, Senior Staff Associate James R. Surgener, Recertification Coordinator