A method for defining competency in Pediatrics

J Med Educ. 1976 Oct;51(10):824-8. doi: 10.1097/00001888-197610000-00004.


In 1972 the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) initiated studies leading to a report which identifies the important components of competency needed in the practice of pediatrics. The development of the report involved a group process engaging ABP board members and examiners. The outcome has been (a) the delineation of a process for establishing definitions of competency in a medical discipline; (b) the development of a framework for specifying the abilities needed to perform the tasks required of pediatricians; (c) an elaboration of samples of pediatric subjects to which these abilities and tasks are relevant; and (d) the development of a basis for choice of methods to use for purposes of certification.

MeSH terms

  • Certification*
  • Child
  • Clinical Competence*
  • Education, Medical, Graduate
  • Humans
  • Pediatrics / education
  • Pediatrics / standards*
  • United States