ACT NOW! Deadline April 5th.

The Problem: The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) is the governing body that sets the standards for all U.S. medical residency training program. ACGME is proposing no longer require pediatric residency programs to have board-certified Developmental- Behavioral Pediatricians on faculty.

Why it matters: Changing the training requirements to no longer require board-certified developmental-behavioral pediatricians on faculty could have lasting negative consequences for developmentally disabled youth.

What you can do: Add your comments to oppose this change!



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  • Changing the Pediatrics Residency training requirements to no longer require board-certified Developmental-Behavioral Pediatricians threatens to worsen quality of pediatric training and decrease access to quality care for kids with developmental-behavioral disorders.
  • This change could lead to significant delays in diagnosing developmental-behavioral conditions and accessing services, leading to worsened outcomes for the 20% of children across the nation with developmental-behavioral issues. This change threatens to exacerbate the current crisis in child development/learning and behavioral health spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic.