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The Pediatric Forum
December 2007

Genetics Is Not a Subspecialty

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2007;161(12):1219. doi:10.1001/archpedi.161.12.1219-a

In the May issue of the Archives, Nicholas M. Nelson, MD,1 reviewed a book about pediatric subspecialties. He mentions that genetics is a “major pediatric subspecialt[y] . . . not yet (nor likely to be) graced by an ABP [American Board of Pediatrics] subboard certifying examination.”

I would agree that genetics is unlikely to have an ABP subboard, but not because genetics is “a very new clinical focus”; rather, because genetics is a separate specialty and has been a full-member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties since 1991. It is not a subspecialty of pediatrics or any other area of medicine. Genetics has its own residencies, medical board, and certifying process. More information can be found at the American Board of Medical Genetics (http://www.abmg.org) and the American College of Medical Genetics (http://www.acmg.net) Web sites.