Pediatric Pulmonology: Part 2

In 1986, the American Board of Pediatrics approved pediatric pulmonology as a separate subspecialty area with specific fellowship requirements and a board certification examination. The first examination was administered that year and within the next few years, 150 physicians were certified in pediatric pulmonology. Another group of physicians who had been primarily caring for children with cystic fibrosis (CF), complex asthma, and a variety of other related pulmonary disorders for a minimum 5 to 10 years (prior to the establishment of accredited subspecialty training programs) were “grandfathered-in,”

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