Updated Content Outlines for Subspecialty Certification and MOC Examinations

By Erik Meyer

The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) continuously engages in thorough reviews of its many content outlines—also known as the blueprints—that define what content will be covered on examinations. The examination committees and subboards work diligently to keep up with the rapidly growing body of medical knowledge by routinely adding new content specifications and revising or deleting outdated specifications as needed. Pediatric Cardiology and Pediatric Gastroenterology are two subboards that recently completed this work.

The subboard for Pediatric Cardiology completed their revisions in December 2015. The subboard consists of eight board-certified pediatric cardiologists, who are appointed to six-year terms, and a medical editor who is also a board-certified pediatric cardiologist. In an effort to get feedback from the practicing community, subboard chair Jennifer Li, MD, first distributed the document to the Society for Pediatric Cardiology Training Program Directors (SPCTPD) for input. She also presented the revised outline to the Joint Council on Congenital Heart Disease (JCCHD).

The eight appointees and the medical editor on the subboard for Pediatric Gastroenterology undertook a similar process of updating their content outline in 2015. Subboard chair, Ivor Hill, MD, and immediate past chair Jonathan Teitelbaum, MD, reached out to the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN) and its Maintenance of Certification Task Force and Training Committee.

Because the ABP wants input from all diplomates, surveys were sent to all board-certified pediatric cardiologists and gastroenterologists in November 2015, inviting them to rate each of the content areas according to frequency and importance to their practice. These ratings informed each subboard’s final decision regarding domain weights for both the initial and Maintenance of Certification examinations, effective beginning August 2016.

The effort continues in 2016 as several subboards and a general pediatrics committee work to update their respective content outlines with some likely to be completed by year’s end.

To view the new Pediatric Cardiology content outline, click here

To view the new Pediatric Gastroenterology content outline, click here.

About the Author

Erik Meyer

Erik Meyer is Director of Test Development at the ABP. The editors and test development specialists in the department support the General Pediatrics Examination Committee and the subboards for each of the 14 pediatric subspecialties, which involve more than 200 board-certified pediatricians in the work of writing and reviewing examination content.