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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 21 or October 28, 2016. Applications for the 2016 American Board of Urology Pediatric Urology Subspecialty Certification Examination will be available on December 1, 2015. A completed application, practice log of twelve months in length, documentation of a current valid medical license, documentation of 90 CME credits (30 hours pediatric focused Category 1 and 60 hours general Category 1 or 2) earned within three years immediately preceding the application deadline, and an application fee of $2,500 must be submitted to the Board office by March 15. Late applications will be accepted with a $750 late fee from March 16-March 31. No applications will be accepted after March 31.

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.

***NEW –PEDIATRIC SUBSPECIALTY WINDOW***

The Trustees of the American Board of Urology have reviewed the certification process for Pediatric Subspecialty Certification. They have determined that some candidates erroneously assumed that their period of eligibility for enrollment in the certification process extended to the expiration date of their primary urology certificate. The ABU is opening a window for graduates of ACGME accredited pediatric urology training programs from 2005-2013 to apply for the subspecialty certification process in pediatric urology. Individuals who believe that this situation applies to them should apply for entry into the Pediatric Subspecialty Certification process by March 15, 2016. The candidates will have 3 opportunities to pass the Pediatric Subspecialty Certification exam, 2016 through 2018. All applications will be reviewed individually to ensure that all criteria for eligibility are met. Diplomates will be notified of the determination by the board regarding their pediatric subspecialty application status.

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.

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2016 PSC Application Packet  
Handbook for Applicants for Pediatric Subspecialty Certification
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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 21 or October 28, 2016. 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 in 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.

Pearson Professional Examination Rules

 
Scoring

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 examinees pass this examination.

 
 
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