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Dr. Grant Morrow III, 1933–2019

Dr. Grant Morrow

Grant Morrow III, MD, former chair of the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) Board of Directors, died May 18, 2019. He was 86.

Dr. David Stevenson Receives 2019 John Howland Award

Dr. David StevensonThe American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) congratulates David Kendall Stevenson, MD, who has been named the 2019 John Howland Award recipient, the highest honor bestowed by the American Pediatric Society (APS). 

FOPO Issues Vision Commission Statement

The Federation of Pediatric Organizations (FOPO), of which the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) is a member, has released the following statement, affirming that the conclusions reached by the Continuing Board Certification: Vision for the Future Commission align with FOPO’s own recommendations for improvements in board certification. FOPO also expresses support for changes that the ABP already has made or is in the process of making.

FOPO statement (PDF)
 

2019 Joseph W. St. Geme Jr. Leadership Award Recipient Announced

Dr. F. Bruder Stapleton

Washington, DC - The Federation of Pediatric Organizations (FOPO) is delighted to name F. Bruder Stapleton MD, the 2019 recipient of the Joseph W. St. Geme, Jr. Leadership Award.  Dr. Stapleton will receive the award on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting’s Opening General Session in Baltimore, MD.

ABP's Qunbar to Receive Award for MOCA-Peds Recommender System

The American Board of Pediatrics’ (ABP) Saed Qunbar has been awarded the 2019 Graduate Student Research Award by the Association of Test Publishers (ATP).

ABP Publishes 2018 Annual Report

The 2018 Annual Report from the American Board of Pediatrics is now available. This issue focuses on the work of nearly 400 board-certified pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists who volunteer countless hours making the certification process work. 

Featured articles include:

Who Better to Do the Critical Work of Board Certification?

Have you ever wondered who writes the certification exam questions for pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists? For that matter, who decides which topics are included in exams? And who decides what the passing score is?

The answer is pediatricians themselves who are maintaining their certification and who represent a variety of practice types, geographic locations, ages, races, and genders.

Board Chair Among Many Who Bring Perspective to ABP

Dr. Anna Kuo

Anna Kuo, MD, started volunteering with the ABP nearly two decades ago when she was invited to submit two questions to be considered for the certification exam.

“A couple of months later, I received a letter from the ABP inviting me to join the Pilot Testing Committee. I guess I did OK!” laughs Dr. Kuo, a general pediatrician and 2019 Chair of the ABP Board of Directors.

Anatomy of an Exam

Volunteers and ABP Staff Work Many Hours to Ensure Board Exams Reflect Knowledge Base Necessary for Practice

For many pediatricians, board certification is synonymous with examinations. For both initial certification and continuing certification, exams are a major component of assessing whether pediatricians have the knowledge that their peers have determined is essential for the safe practice of pediatrics.

Diversity Among Volunteers Broadens Perspective

Pamela Simms-Mackey, MD, volunteers on both the ABP General Pediatrics Examination Committee and the Maintenance of Certification Committee.

“I think it’s important for the Board to have a wide range of physicians, with respect to ethnic background, age, practice setting, and geography, on its committees,” says Dr. Simms-Mackey, a general pediatrician practicing in Oakland, CA. “The diversity helps ABP volunteers create the tools that we use to assess and evaluate our physicians.”