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?

Note: In some cases, provisional accreditation based on careful review of the written application may precede a site visit.

Fee Schedule:
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

Terri Turner, M.D., M.P.H., Committee Chair, Baylor College of Medicine
Louis M. Bell, M.D., Past Chair, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Daniel L. Coury, M.D., Columbus Children's Hospital and The Ohio State University
Paul M. Darden, M.D., Medical University of South Carolina
Benard P. Dreyer, M.D., New York University 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 California Los Angeles

If you have any questions please contact:
Teri Turner, M.D.,
Committee Chair

July 2017 Newsletter Article

Academic General Pediatrics Accreditation Committee (AGPAC) - Paul Darden, Chair

The Academic General Pediatrics Accreditation Committee hosted the General Academic Pediatrics and Hospital Medicine Fellowship Conference, a pre-PAS meeting on May 4, 2017. This meeting was planned by committee members Melissa Klein and Marybeth Jones. Topics included a workshop on "Interviewing and Negotiation Strategies" moderated by Marybeth Jones and Teri Turner, "Works In Progress" moderated by Debra Bogan and Lou Bell, and a panel discussion "Building Your Academic Career: Critical Career Development Skills" with Julieanna Nichols, Joyee Vachani and Dan Coury. The conference was a great success, it was well attended with over 50 participants and had active participation. This conference is planned to repeat prior to next year's PAS, please encourage your fellows to attend.

AGPAC is planning to join the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) with the first match to occur in Fall of 2018 for Fellows beginning in July 2019. Those who can participate will be currently accredited programs.

AGPAC needs members. It is looking for educators and Academic General Pediatrics Fellowship Directors to join the committee. There will be a solicitation going out on the listserv or feel free to contact Paul Darden for further information.

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