Pediatric Hospital Medicine: A Proposed New Subspecialty.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Over the past 20 years, hospitalists have emerged as a distinct group of pediatric practitioners. In August of 2014, the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) received a petition to consider recommending that pediatric hospital medicine (PHM) be recognized as a distinct new subspecialty. PHM as a formal subspecialty raises important considerations related to: (1) quality, cost, and access to pediatric health care; (2) current pediatric residency training; (3) the evolving body of knowledge in pediatrics; and (4) the impact on both primary care generalists and existing subspecialists. After a comprehensive and iterative review process, the ABP recommended that the American Board of Medical Specialties approve PHM as a new subspecialty. This article describes the broad array of challenges and certain unique opportunities that were considered by the ABP in supporting PHM as a new pediatric subspecialty.

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Cited Authors

  • Barrett, DJ; McGuinness, GA; Cunha, CA; Emans, SJ; Gerson, WT; Hazinski, MF; Lister, G; Murray, KF; St Geme, JW; Whitley-Williams, PN

Published Date

  • March 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 139 / 3

PubMed ID

  • 28246349

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1098-4275

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1542/peds.2016-1823


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States