AGP Fellowship Accreditation
The Academic Pediatric Association (APA) has undertaken to provide consultation and potential accreditation of academic general pediatrics (AGP) fellowship programs.
Why an Accreditation Program?
- Ensure that future faculty are equipped with the fundamental skills to succeed in academic pediatrics.
- Enhance the quality and consistency of academic general pediatric fellowships.
- Allow for individuality of programs, yet enable them to achieve core goals and objectives.
- Promote more recognition of AGP fellowships.
- Encourage more residents to select academic general pediatrics as a career choice.
What is the background of this project?
The discipline of Academic General Pediatrics (AGP) is increasingly recognized within pediatric departments in the United States as an important source of teachers, clinical epidemiologists, health services researchers, education researchers, and health care policy experts.
In 2004, a consensus conference sponsored by the American Board of Pediatrics Foundation proposed the development of an accreditation process for AGP fellowship training programs to strengthen the discipline and ensure the success of AGP in pediatric departments. To develop a curriculum for AGP Fellowships, the Academic Pediatric Association (APA) obtained a grant from the Bureau of Health Professions. A process for program review and consultation has been developed and piloted with seven volunteer AGP Fellowship programs and the core curriculum have been published in Academic Pediatrics, 2007. Vol 7, pp. 340-347 and 328-339.
Who is eligible to apply?
Programs eligible for APA Accreditation are:
- Dedicated to the teaching of scholarly skills to fellows in general pediatrics, including academic general pediatrics, hospital medicine, community pediatrics, health services research, health policy and related pediatric disciplines
- Training program of at least 2 years duration
- Not a purely clinical training program
- Not eligible for ACGME accreditation
What are the steps to apply for consultation and/or accreditation?
- Decide whether your program is eligible to apply.
- Carefully review:
- Download a copy of the Program Description Form .
- Decide whether your program can meet the accreditation requirements.
- Decide whether you wish to apply immediately, or would like a consultation visit to help you develop a plan to meet accreditation standards.
- Call the APA Office for answers to any questions (703) 556-9222.
- Submit your application by September 1 to assure review before the following July. Cover letter
- A site visit will be scheduled to discuss your program's compliance with accreditation standards. Accreditation Site Visit
Consultation Site Visit
- Accreditation, if approved, will begin on July 1 at the earliest.
- Accreditation Evaluation
Note: In some cases, provisional accreditation based on careful review of the written application may precede a site visit.
|Initial Application Fee:||$3,000|
|Annual Registration Fee:||$2,500|
|Consultation Visit:||$3,000 + expenses|
Annual Schedule of Submission and Review
July 1: Applications accepted for next accreditation cycle
September 1: Final date for submission of applications to be considered for next accreditation cycle
January 1: Beginning of annual site visit period
June 30: Accreditations take effect for the current cycle
APA Accreditation Project Committee
Louis M. Bell, M.D., Committee Chair, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Constance D. Baldwin, Ph.D. University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Daniel L. Coury, M.D., Columbus Children's Hospital and The Ohio State University
Paul M. Darden, M.D., Medical University of South Carolina
Marge Degnon, Academic Pediatric Association
Thomas G. DeWitt, M.D., University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Benard P. Dreyer, M.D., New York University School of Medicine
James Feinstein, M.D., Children's Hospital Denver
Stephen Ludwig, M.D., The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Mary Ottolini, M.D., M.P.H., Children's National Medical Center
Peter G. Szilagyi, M.D., M.P.H., University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Terri Turner, M.D., M.P.H., Baylor College of Medicine
If you have any questions please contact:
Louis M. Bell, M.D.,