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2021 Joseph W. St. Geme, Jr. Leadership Award Recipient Announced

Dr. Frederick RivaraWashington, DC – Pediatrician Frederick P. Rivara, MD, MPH, a worldwide leader in injury prevention, is named the 2021 recipient of the Joseph W. St. Geme, Jr. Leadership Award by the Federation of Pediatric Organizations (FOPO).

The Federation is comprised of seven pediatric organizations, representing every pediatrician in the country and the recipient is honored at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Meeting’s Opening General Session scheduled for April 30, 2021.

Federation of Pediatric Organizations Releases Statement on Anti-Asian Hate

The rising number of anti-Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) hate incidents has been of profound concern to the pediatric community. Therefore, the Federation of Pediatric Organizations (FOPO), representing seven major pediatric organizations, has issued a statement of support for the AAPI community (PDF), who are our colleagues and the families of our patients. This statement is a defining moment of solidarity among pediatricians.

ABP Publishes 2020 Annual Report

2020 ABP Annual Report Cover

The 2020 Annual Report from the American Board of Pediatrics is now available online as a PDF.

This issue focuses on how the ABP and others in the pediatric community adapted to change in 2020.

Featured articles include:

President’s Letter

Dear Colleagues,

The year 2020 brought new challenges that few of us anticipated and none of us want to relive. I deeply admire the many ways you not only overcame these challenges, but adapted to improve the care of children in the midst of crisis.

Unquestionably, with determination, innovation, and focus, you have saved lives.

Adapting to Change

2020 was a year of change, and the pediatric community responded.

Even after the World Health Organization declared a COVID-19 pandemic on March 11, 2020, the threat did not seem real to many people. Despite the rapid spread of the virus, many thought it could be controlled in a few weeks or months. The notion that a pandemic would last a year or longer — and radically change the way people around the world live, work, play, and even die — was difficult to imagine.

Yet, the pandemic did last all year, and the toll it took — including lives and livelihoods — increased with each passing month.

Training Programs Adapt During COVID-19

Be flexible.
Be creative.
Be persistent.

In 2020, these characteristics became the essential elements in pediatric training programs — not just for residents and fellows, but also for program directors and coordinators.

Uncertainty, Exhaustion Hardest Part for Trainees, Faculty

COVID-19 has made “uncertainty” the common condition in pediatric residency and fellowship programs.

“I am proud of the way my residents have handled this uncertainty,” says Stacey Chittle Shubeck, MD, Director, Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Residency Program and Section Head of Ambulatory Pediatrics at Beaumont Children’s Hospital in Royal Oak, MI. “They come to work every day wondering if they will get sick and, even worse, wondering if they will bring the virus home to their loved ones.”

To Test or Not to Test…

Imagine you are finishing three years of training in a pediatric subspecialty. You have been preparing for months and are ready to take your initial subspecialty certification examination with the goal of becoming certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.

Then, just days before your testing date, you receive an email saying the exam has been canceled. Testing centers are closing; hospitals are filling up; people are going into quarantine.

The world is facing a pandemic.

MOC Credit Automatically Awarded for COVID-19 Learning and Practice

In the spring of 2020, pediatricians across the country were facing extreme upheaval to their personal and professional lives due to the spread of the novel coronavirus. They had to learn about COVID-19 transmission, symptoms, and treatments, and many were adapting their office triage processes and switching to telemedicine, seemingly overnight.

To recognize their efforts, the ABP made the unprecedented decision to award Maintenance of Certification (MOC) points to all board-certified pediatricians. No action or documentation was required.

Changes to MOCA-Peds

MOCA-Peds, the ABP’s online, non-proctored assessment platform, continued to evolve in 2020 by including four additional pediatric subspecialties and adapting to the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic with even more flexibility.

The pediatric subspecialties added to the MOCA-Peds lineup in 2020 were Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Pediatric Nephrology, and Pediatric Pulmonology. Previously launched in 2019 were General Pediatrics, Child Abuse Pediatrics, Pediatric Gastroenterology, and Pediatric Infectious Diseases.