Is it time for pediatric hospital medicine (PHM) to become a full-fledged subspecialty? Yes! The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) defines a subspecialty as “That which provides advanced GME in a narrow field of study within a medical specialty, eg, geriatric medicine within the field of internal medicine.” In addition, many authorities feel that a robust research agenda may be the sine qua non of a subspecialty. Does PHM meet these definitions? In April 2010, the Pediatric Hospital Medicine Core Competencies were published as a supplement in the Journal of Hospital Medicine, codifying our contribution to advanced graduate medical education. Of course the words you are reading reside in the inaugural issue of Hospital Pediatrics, the only official American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)–sponsored journal other than the flagship Pediatrics. While quality improvement literature from pediatric hospitalists has been appearing in journals such as Pediatrics and the...

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