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COVID-19 Updates

Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 09:30

Dear Colleagues,


The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) thanks each and every pediatrician for the exceptional commitment to caring for children during the COVID-19 pandemic. We recognize that these are truly unprecedented times and want to do everything we can to allow you to focus on what is most important: your patients and your families. Our commitment is that no pediatrician will lose their ABP certification because of the extraordinary patient care pressures associated with this pandemic.  

Pediatricians across the country are learning about COVID-19, applying what they learned to their practice setting, and adapting their approach to better care for patients at an unprecedented rate. The ABP will recognize board-certified pediatricians for these contributions through the MOC program. No action is required on your part. Additionally, if you are unable to participate in MOC activities or MOCA-Peds because of the demands of this pandemic, it will not jeopardize your certificate or your ability to re-enroll in MOC when your cycle is due for renewal.

I thank you again for the incredible commitment to our profession and to the children under your care. The extraordinary dedication, service, and courage on display by board-certified pediatricians during this crisis are in the highest and best traditions of our profession. Our intent is to support you in a shared mission of protecting the health of children during a global crisis. We will communicate regularly as this crisis evolves and continue to be available to answer your questions via phone and email.


David G. Nichols, MD, MBA
President and CEO


Subspecialty Initial Certifying Exams

Because of current and likely future travel restrictions, possible personal illness or quarantines, and ongoing Prometric site closures, the ABP is postponing all subspecialty initial certifying examinations that are scheduled in March. We have heard from many that the stress of uncertainty is worse than the disappointment of delaying exams after significant preparation time. If this affects you, there is nothing for you to do at this time. We are working with Prometric to find future new dates and will communicate with you once more information is available.

Proctored MOC Exams

For those scheduled with Prometric to take a proctored exam, Prometric has determined it is necessary and appropriate to close testing centers in the United States and Canada for 30 days, starting March 17. They anticipate reopening test centers effective April 16; however, please note that the specific date will depend on circumstances that are changing daily. Prometric operations teams are actively reaching out to individuals with testing appointments to reschedule those impacted to a new date after the planned reopening, and they will communicate that information to the impacted individuals. They will work closely with physicians to find new appointment dates and times that work for their schedules, and they will waive any Prometric rescheduling fees. Prometric will provide current information on their COVID-19 response and actions on their public website,   

Training Absences

For trainees who are affected by the COVID-19 situation, please address with your program director. 

For program directors and coordinators who have questions about affected trainees, please see our Absences from Training (PDF) information, and if there are additional questions, please contact the ABP through the online Program Portal.

ABMS Statement

The American Board of Medical Specialities (ABMS) has released a statement reaffirming support for physicians to focus their priorities on patients, families, and the communities they serve. The ABP is one of 24 member boards of the ABMS.

ABP Subboards and Committees 

Subboard and committee meetings are being held as scheduled, but remotely. Participants will be provided with remote access details.

COVID-19 Resources

For additional information on COVID-19, please check out these resources: