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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 Provides Workforce Data for Collaborative Project with the AAP

Data collected by the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) about the pediatric workforce provide the backbone for a new series of fact sheets developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The 50 fact sheets — one for each state— illustrate the impact of pediatric subspecialty shortages on children’s access to health care. 

ABP Names Dr. Keila N. Lopez 2021 Paul V. Miles Fellow

Dr. Keila Lopez

During her pediatric residency at the University of Chicago, Keila N. Lopez knew she wanted to develop clinical expertise in one area: she fell in love with pediatric cardiology. She was all set to become a cardiology fellow at Texas Children’s Hospital, but a feeling kept nagging at her — she wanted to help more than one patient at a time.

Seven National Primary Care Organizations Launch Joint Vision

Seven of the nation’s largest primary care physician organizations released recommendations Dec. 22 on the urgent need to change the way primary care is delivered and financed. The American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Board of Family Medicine, the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Pediatrics, the American College of Physicians, and the Society of General Internal Medicine represent more than 400,000 physicians and have created a unified vision to change the conversation and modernize primary care as we know it.

HHS Grant to Fund Learning Network for Sickle Cell Disease

The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) applauds the Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for awarding $1 million to the American Society of Hematology (ASH) and the Anderson Center at Cincinnati Children’s to support the development of a Learning Health Network focused on Sickle Cell Disease (SCD). The funding is for 2021 and is renewable in 2022.