Certification by the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) is a multistep process. The first step consists of the successful completion of a period of graduate education in pediatrics that is defined by the ABP and accomplished in a program accredited by the Residency Review Committee and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, which are independent agencies ensuring separation of the evaluation of the training program (accreditation) from the evaluation of the individual (certification). The second step is recommendation of the applicant by the program director. The third step is a written examination that allows candidates to demonstrate their knowledge and, to some extent, their problem-solving skills. Passing the written examination is a requirement for the final step to certification, an oral examination. In this article, we describe the second step in the ABP's certification process, ie, evaluation and recommendation by the program director and how this relates to performance
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