OSTEOPATHIC BOARD CERTIFICATION

Subspecialty Certification Exam

Eligibility

To be eligible for subspecialty certification in Pediatric Dermatology, candidates must meet the criteria below:

  • Be a graduate of a COCA-accredited college of osteopathic medicine
  • Satisfactorily complete a one-year internship or PGY-1 in an AOA-approved training program.
  • Satisfactorily complete three years of AOA-approved residency training in Dermatology.
  • Must be certified in Dermatology by the AOBD.
  • Must have completed at least one year of an accredited fellowship program in Pediatric Dermatology involving inpatient and outpatient care.
    • If you did not complete such a fellowship, you may still be eligible via the clinical practice pathway. Please note, the clinical practice pathway will close in 2019. Qualified osteopathic dermatologists with significant focus in Pediatric Dermatology will be considered for examination. Candidates will be approved on a case-by-case basis. Expertise must be documented by one of the following:
      • At least six months of recognized Pediatric Dermatology postdoctoral program involving inpatient and outpatient care. A candidate’s residency certificate or verification from the supervising Pediatric Dermatologist must be submitted with the application; OR
      • Significant pediatric dermatology practice as evidenced by Pediatric Dermatology Practice Case Logs (submitted on AOCD Pediatric Dermatology Case Log Form) demonstrating sufficient inpatient, outpatient care, and consults by the candidate for the preceding three years (minimum of 250 cases, 50 of which are procedural pediatric dermatology cases). In addition, at least 30 CME credits in Pediatric Dermatology during the previous three years of application.
  • Hold an unrestricted license to practice in a state or territory.
  • Adhere to the AOA Code of Ethics.

Requirements

At the time of application, you must submit the following to the AOBD:

  • A copy of your osteopathic medical school diploma.
  • A copy of your PGY-1 diploma.
  • A copy of your dermatology residency diploma.
  • A copy of your fellowship training certificate.
    • If applying via the clinical practice pathway, you must submit a minimum of 250 cases, 50 of which are procedural pediatric dermatology cases, via the AOCD Pediatric Dermatology Case Log Form, as well as CME forms showing that you have earned at least 30 CME credits in Pediatric Dermatology in the last three years.
  • A copy of your primary certification certificate.
  • A letter of recommendation from your program director is required.
  • Proof that you are a member in good standing of the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology for at least one year immediately prior to date of certification.
  • 10 written case management presentations (submitted on AOCD Pediatric Dermatology Case Management Presentation Form), including patient presentation, clinical photograph(s), diagnosis, work up and therapeutic management.

Exam Fees

A non-refundable application fee of $1,800 must be submitted with your completed application. The fee is payable by check or credit card. No application will be considered complete until all fees have been paid. If an applicant fails any part of the exam, the fee for re-examination is $900 for one part or $1,800 for the entire exam.

Exam Dates and Deadlines

The Pediatric Dermatology Written & Clinical Exam is offered once per year, generally every fall. Applications are due June 1 of each exam year.

Exam Content Outline

Pediatric Dermatology Certification Exam is a two-part exam consisting of a written portion and simulated cases. The written examination includes questions derived from but not limited to the following subjects:

  • Newborn, including newborn skin physiology, transient newborn dermatoses, congenital skin anomalies& lesions, and cutaneous lesions associated with prenatal and natal exposures.
  • Atopic dermatitis, including epidemiology, clinical features, associated disorders and treatment
  • Other dermatitis, such as seborrheic dermatitis, perioral dermatitis, lichen planus, psoriasis, Pityriasis Rubra Pilaris, allergic contact dermatitis, and other papulosquamous disorder
  • Cutaneous infections:
    • Viral – HSV, molluscum, varicella, human papilloma virus, viral exanthems
    • Bacterial – Primary bacterial cutaneous infections, staph and strep infections, toxin-mediated reactions, pseudomonas
    • Secondary bacterial infections
    • Fungal – Candida, dermatophyte, deep fungal
    • Rickettsial /Lyme disease/Bartonella
    • Mycobacterial
    • Cutaneous infections and cutaneous lesions in the immunosuppressed patients
    • Infestations
  • Cutaneous signs of malnutrition
  • Urticaria/ Erythemas/Hypersensitivity Syndromes: Urticaria, serum sickness-like reaction, erythema multiforme, and Steven Johnson and TEN
  • Lymphoproliferative Disorders (Pityriasis Lichenoides, lymphomatoid papulosis, cutaneous T cell lymphoma)
  • Immunobullous disorders
  • Vascular and Lymphatic Anomalies
  • Vascular tumors
  • Adnexal disorders and growths
  • Disorders of pigmentation (vitiligo, congenital pigment anomalies)
  • Hair disorders (hair shaft defects, alopecia areata)
  • Nail disorders (congenital, acquired)
  • Melanocytic Nevi
  • Genetic disorders (primary skin disease, skin associated with genetic disorders)
  • Disorders of Fat
  • Histiocytoses
  • Signs of Physical and Sexual Abuse
  • Pediatric Dermatology surgery
  • Vasculitis and collagen vascular disorders
  • Acne, including epidemiology, clinical presentation and treatment
  • Photosensitivity syndromes
  • Drug Eruptions
  • Endocrine disorders of skin
  • Inborn errors of metabolism
  • Cutaneous manifestations of Psychiatric disorders
  • Skin signs of systemic disease

The clinical case presentations section of the exam consists of 10 case scenarios with digital photographs. Candidates will evaluate history intake, physical exam, differential diagnosis and expected laboratory/radiological work up and treatment.

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