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Practice Analysis Survey FAQs

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 16:45

A few weeks ago we invited you and all board certified general pediatricians to participate in the General Pediatrics Practice Analysis survey to help validate the knowledge required for effective practice as a general pediatrician. This survey is open until Sunday, August 7, 2016. Participation in this survey is one of the most direct ways you can help shape the content of future exams administered by the ABP. 

Thank you again for your help with this important endeavor. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at

Practice Analysis Survey FAQs:

What is the purpose of the survey?

We try very hard to make sure the ABP exams are fair and relevant. The primary purpose of this survey is to give you an opportunity to review the content outline and provide input regarding the knowledge that is required for practice as a general pediatrician. Participation in this survey is one of the most direct ways that you can help shape the content of future exams administered by the ABP, including both the initial certifying and the maintenance of certification (MOC) exams.

Why is the survey so long?

No one enjoys participating in long surveys. The body of knowledge required of pediatricians is incredibly diverse and broad, however, and a short survey would not have provided the opportunity for you to provide meaningful, detailed feedback. It should also be noted that the survey has been designed in such a way that even if you only have time to partially complete the survey, your participation will still be valuable.

Do I have to complete the survey in one sitting?

No. Your answers are saved as you proceed through the survey. If you wish to leave the survey before completing it, simply close the survey window. To return to the survey, simply click on the original link in the in the invitation email and it will bring you back to where you left off.

If I am not practicing as a general pediatrician, should I still complete the survey?

Yes, we would greatly appreciate your input, regardless of your specific situation. We are aware that some of you are retired, working in public health, or practicing in a pediatric subspecialty. A few questions at the beginning of the survey are designed to capture information about your current practice (full time vs. part time, generalist vs. subspecialist, etc.). When we make final decisions about the content to be included on the ABP’s general pediatrician exams, we will primarily focus on the responses from individuals who are currently practicing in general pediatrics. Responses from individuals who are no longer clinically active in general pediatrics will help us identify emerging trends in practice and differences in the roles of general pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists.

How should I rate a particular subdomain when some of the items listed within that subdomain are highly critical/frequently encountered and others are less critical/rarely encountered?

When you rate a particular subdomain, you are really rating a category containing many items. You are not being asked to rate the individual items (e.g., specific diseases or clinical presentations) that are listed as examples within that subdomain. The examples are intended to help define the subdomain by providing additional context. The list of examples within a subdomain is not intended to be exhaustive. If you can identify items within a subdomain (listed as an example or not) that are encountered in practice on a daily basis, you should rate that subdomain accordingly.

We do recognize the ambiguity involved in completing this survey. We simply ask that you do your best to answer the survey questions knowing that several thousand other general pediatricians will also be responding to the survey. In total, the survey results should help to determine the relative importance of each subdomain, which will help us ensure that we are developing exam questions in the content areas that have been identified as being the most important for general pediatrics.