The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) Foundation recently awarded the National Medical Association (NMA) Pediatric Section a new grant in honor of David G. Nichols, MD, MBA, ABP President and CEO. The David G. Nichols Educational Symposium grant was announced during a meeting of the Pediatric Section at the National Medical Association’s Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly in July 2021.
The grant will fund an educational session for pediatricians at the NMA annual convention for the next five years and includes a small honorarium for the symposium speaker(s). In conjunction with the award, pediatricians who attend future David G. Nichols Educational Symposiums — or any pediatric-related session at the annual convention — will now have an opportunity to receive both CME and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Self-Assessment (Part 2) credit for their participation.
“At the NMA meeting, I was humbled to learn about the five-year educational grant from the ABP Foundation in my name,” said Dr. Nichols. “Thank you so much for the overwhelming surprise!”
To commemorate his mentorship and leadership, Dr. Nichols received a custom-made, blown-glass sculpture (pictured) of a pediatrician taking care of a patient.
At the meeting, he received a stirring tribute.
Dr. Nichols has been the President and CEO of the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) since 2013 and will retire at the end of 2021.
“Any recognition I receive belongs to the entire ABP team,” said Dr. Nichols. “I express my deep gratitude to those who made this grant possible.”
Yolanda Wimberly, MD, MSc, Professor of Pediatrics and Senior Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs and Graduate Medical Education at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA, coordinated with the ABP Foundation, board members, and staff to establish the award and honor Dr. Nichols. “As retirement starts to really come into focus, the biggest gift remains the opportunity to work with you and call you friends,” Dr. Nichols added.
“We understand you must move on to the next phase of your career, so we thank you for your inspiring service and unfailing commitment to the field. With gratitude, we wish you success in every aspect of your new life.”
— NMA statement in the video
About the National Medical Association
The NMA is the collective voice of African American physicians and the leading force for parity and justice in medicine and the elimination of disparities in health. Established in 1895, it is the largest and oldest national organization representing more than 50,000 African American physicians and their patients in the United States. The organization seeks to improve the quality of health among minorities and disadvantaged people through its membership, professional development, community health education, advocacy, research, and partnerships with federal and private agencies.