Annual Reports

Like most parents, Donna Williams was overwhelmed when her middle daughter, Nylah, was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder -- ADHD.

More than Medicine

When Nylah was in the second grade, Donna suspected something was amiss because Nylah was having trouble learning. Since Donna worked in a doctor’s office, she had access to the Vanderbilt Rating Scale (courtesy of National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality, or NICHQ),…

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Jeffrey B. Anderson, MD, MPH, MBA, refused to believe that infants born with serious heart defects could not gain weight, just one factor behind their high mortality rate.

A pediatric cardiologist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Dr. Anderson began studying infants with a rare condition called hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) — a malformation of the heart — as a cardiology fellow.

Dr. Anderson is now Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Chief Quality Officer in the medical center’s Heart Institute, and a faculty member in the James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. For his persistent work…

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“The staff has always been enthusiastic about quality improvement...Our staff has taken pride in making the MOC process easier and more accessible for our physicians. It’s been rewarding to see the level of excitement when they get behind a project.”

- Dr. Virginia Moyer, ABP Vice President of MOC and Quality

To ease the process of earning Maintenance of Certification credit for Improving Professional Practice activities (MOC Part 4), the ABP developed a system for pediatricians to apply for credit for quality improvement projects they already have completed.

But after reviewing applications…

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How do you know when pediatric trainees are ready to practice medicine without supervision?

In recent years, researchers have been attempting to use the direct observations of trainees providing care, by members of the health care team, to develop reliable approaches to assessing competence. In order to do so, medical educators have created programs of assessment using frameworks such as Entrustable Professional Activites (EPAs), Competencies and Milestones. They have also used advances in technology to make these assessments more user friendly by making them accessible on mobile devices. These new approaches are currently being developed and refined by various…

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“Our goal was to reduce unnecessary tests.”

- Vineeta Mittal, MD, MBA

Clinical practice guidelines can be a very effective mechanism for sharing best practices in the treatment of many childhood diseases. In 2006, for example, the American Academy of Pediatrics published clinical practice guidelines on the treatment of bronchiolitis, a common cause of hospitalization in children from birth to age 2.

However, pediatricians at the Department of Pediatrics at University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW) Medical Center and Children’s Health System of Texas at Dallas noted that integrating all the guidelines…

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Early in 2016 the ABP launched its new Program Director’s Portal. The first phase of the project, now live, allows program directors and coordinators to manage their program profiles online. Features of the portal gives users the ability to change the program’s contact information, add or change coordinators, provide a coordinator access to the portal and view trainee’s examination results.

Additionally, program directors and coordinators can view, download and export examination results beginning with the fall 2015 examinations and 2016 Subspecialty In-Training Examination (SITE) results.

“The ABP Program Portal is a wonderful tool for residency and fellowship programs,”…

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“It was hard. It was very hard, but if you look at them now, no one even knows they were preemies. They are very healthy and busy. It’s everything I dreamed when I was sitting there watching them beside that bed; I was dreaming of this day. So all the noise in the background is pure joy. Pure joy.”

- LaToshia Rouse, Mother

LaToshia Rouse’s triplets are 3 years old now, but they were born at 26 weeks gestation and required more than four months of inpatient hospital care. The rotating staff, medication changes, exhausting days and draining nights were an additional strain on an anxious mom.


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“It wasn’t the cancer that killed her. It was medical errors.”

- Carole Hemmelgarn, Mother

Carole Hemmelgarn tells residents, medical school faculty, students, nurses — anyone who will listen at lectures and Grand Rounds — about the importance of patient safety.

To emphasize her message, she tells them the story of nine-year-old Alyssa. Back in 2007, Alyssa’s family went skiing, but the usually enthusiastic girl seemed lethargic. Her mother noticed her glands were swollen and her throat was sore.

“Her mom thought she had mono,” Carole tells her audiences.

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“We see our role as her advocate in getting the best care, asking tough questions and being really a partner alongside the doctors and nurses.”

- Kate Trevey, Mother

Grace was only 11 months old when she was diagnosed with systemic juvenile arthritis.

“We were first-time parents,” says Kate Trevey of Wisconsin. “Your first response is, ‘my job is to care for and protect this child.’ How do I do that when I know nothing about this disease?”

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The third annual Stockman Lecture, a plenary address at the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) National Conference & Exhibition, was not delivered by an experienced pediatrician with decades of wisdom to share. Instead, the presentation was given by a second year medical student, living with a chronic medical condition. She shared her insights from “both sides of the bed” with more than 3,000 pediatricians gathered in San Francisco on Oct. 22. Samantha “Sami” Kennedy was diagnosed at age 14 with ulcerative colitis. Her experience with doctors, hospitals and ImproveCareNow, a collaborative chronic care network of patients…

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