|Child and Adolescent Psychiatry|
|Candidates in the subspecialty of child and adolescent psychiatry are those in the field of psychiatry who are seeking ABPN Board Certification. Child and adolescent psychiatry is a subspecialty that involves having additional skills and training in the diagnosis and treatment of developmental, behavioral, emotional, and mental disorders of childhood and adolescence.
All candidates will need to complete and submit an application in order to qualify and apply for an examination. Each application will be reviewed by the credentials department. Candidates become diplomates after passing their examination. Diplomates will then begin the process of maintenance of certification.
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Initial Certification in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) Certification Process: New Format and Timetable Announced September 2008
For residents who begin CAP training on or after July 1, 2010:
The CAP Part II (oral) examination will be eliminated. The CAP certification process will consist of a single computerized examination (CAP Certification Examination); first administration in 2012.
For residents who begin CAP training before July 1, 2010:
To become Board certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, candidates must pass both the CAP Part I (computer-administered) and CAP Part II (oral) examinations.
Candidates who do NOT pass the CAP Part I examination in 2015* or before, or who do NOT complete the certification process by December 31, 2017, will be required to submit documentation of satisfactory performance in the evaluation of clinical skills completed by the current Program Director of an ACGME-accredited program as part of the ABPN credentialing process. In addition, such candidates will be required to pass the new CAP Certification Examination. [more]
* Note: The 2015 CAP Part I examination will not be available for first-time takers. The current-format CAP Part I examination will be eliminated after 2015.
Maintenance of Certification in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
The Maintenance of Certification Program (MOC) of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology reflects the Board's commitment to lifelong learning throughout one's profession. The mission of MOC is to ensure that diplomates adhere to the highest standards in medicine and pursue excellence in all areas of care and practice improvement. The MOC program requires diplomates to participate in sanctioned self-assessment performance measures, identify perceived weaknesses in their knowledge, pursue learning activities tailored to areas that need to be strengthened, and develop quality improvement programs based on their clinical practice. The goal is for diplomates to reflect on their personal knowledge and performance and commit to a process of improvement and reevaluation of performance measures over a specified time frame that will ultimately lead to improved care for their patients. [more]