Press Releases

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. 

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COVID-19The ABP supports and salutes pediatric trainees and board-certified pediatricians who, consistent with the ABP mission, are advancing child health under extraordinary circumstances. Below we have compiled updates and details to answer your questions about certification during this pandemic. We also continue to be available via…

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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.

So before starting her fellowship, Dr. Lopez earned a Master of Public Health degree in health care administration and minority health policy through the…

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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.

This collaborative work comes at a critical time when the health of the population has weakened…

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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.

The development of a learning health network for SCD was proposed by the ABP’s Family Leadership Committee several years ago. In follow up, the ABP Foundation hosted a meeting…

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Due to challenges faced by many pediatricians during the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) has added flexibility to the practice pathway for board certification in Pediatric Hospital Medicine (PHM).

The “look-back window” — the period of time prior to the examination when a hospitalist must have practiced a minimum number of hours — has been expanded from four to five years in an effort to help pediatricians meet the number of hours required to be eligible to take the exam.

“We realize the pandemic has made it difficult to meet practice-hour requirements in 2020,” says Suzanne Woods, MD, Executive Vice President for Credentialing and Initial…

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Recently released results from an American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) 2019 survey of MOCA-Peds participants show what pediatricians think about the new way to test their knowledge, among other key findings.

MOCA-Peds (Maintenance of Certification Assessment for Pediatrics) allows board-certified pediatricians to answer questions online on their own computers instead of taking an exam at a proctored testing center.

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MOCA-Peds logoOn Nov. 5, 2020, the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) took down its MOCA-Peds mobile app for an extended period of evaluation and maintenance. The app, formerly available at the App Store and Google Play, provided a smartphone or tablet option for pediatricians who participate in the MOCA-Peds online assessment to maintain their certification.  

While the mobile app is on hiatus, MOCA-Peds participants will continue to answer MOCA-Peds questions in a browser on their desktop or laptop computers. Only smartphone and tablet use are…

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The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) seeks a highly respected and accomplished pediatrician to serve as its next President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The selected individual will replace current ABP President and CEO David G. Nichols, MD, MBA, who assumed leadership of the ABP in 2012 and will retire in December 2021.

The new President will take the helm at the ABP at a unique time in our nation’s history when strong and courageous leadership in health care will be needed as never before. As the public face of the ABP, the President will maintain and strengthen critical relationships outside of the organization and work alongside the…

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Dr. Paul V. MilesThe American Board of Pediatrics established the Paul V. Miles Fellowship to honor Dr. Miles’ years of service as Senior Vice President for Maintenance of Certification and Quality Improvement. This fellowship is awarded annually to a board-certified pediatrician or pediatric subspecialist who has demonstrated excellence in improving the quality of care for children. The fellowship carries a cash award and an invitation to the American Board of Pediatrics in Chapel Hill to share knowledge that will…

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