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MOCA-Peds Mobile App Returns to App Store and Google Play

The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) today announced the relaunch of the MOCA-Peds mobile app. The app provides a smartphone or tablet option for pediatricians who participate in the MOCA-Peds online assessment to maintain their certification.

“We are thrilled that the mobile app is back and ready to go,” says Linda Althouse, PhD, Vice President for Assessment at the ABP. “The ability to answer questions on the go was always an important part of the flexibility this kind of assessment platform offers.”

ABP Names Dr. Judy Schaechter as President, CEO

The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) has selected Judy Schaechter, MD, MBA, to be its new President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), beginning Jan. 1, 2022. Dr. Schaechter will succeed David G. Nichols, MD, MBA, who will retire Dec. 31, 2021, after more than 25 years of association with the ABP.

Prior to assuming leadership of the ABP in December 2012, Dr. Nichols served more than 15 years as a volunteer — from chairing the Critical Care Subboard and MOC committees to membership on the ABP Board of Directors.

ABMS Seeks Comments on Draft Standards for Continuing Certification

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) has opened an 80-day “Draft Standards for Continuing Certification – Call for Comments” to obtain input and feedback from all stakeholders who possess, use, or rely upon the board certification credential as an indicator of a diplomate’s professionalism and proficiency of specialty knowledge and skills. The “Call for Comments” will be open from Tuesday, April 20, 2021 through Thursday, July 8, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. CT.

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.”

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