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Catie Mintz, MA, a recently hired Test Development Specialist at the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP), has received a highly competitive grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to continue her research on the value of computerized adaptive, multi-subject tests. Computerized adaptive tests serve questions to examinees based on their performance on previous test questions.

In addition to her role in the ABP’s Assessment Department, Mintz is a PhD candidate in the Educational Measurement and Statistics program…

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Entrustable professional activities (EPAs) represent one of the most common approaches to competency-based medical education (CBME) worldwide and are an important next step in the continuing shift toward a competency-based approach in pediatrics and pediatric subspecialties. Evidence continues to grow to support this transition. In a new supplement just published in Academic Medicine, experts from around the world in a variety of specialties address the cutting-edge work being done in the field, while imagining a future where EPAs are adopted as a global framework for assessing medical students,…

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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.”

The app returns from a brief hiatus after undergoing eight months of…

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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.

As President and CEO, Dr. Nichols ensured that the ABP remains one of the key leaders and conveners among pediatric organizations. He guided the ABP through many…

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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. Feedback received will guide and inform the development of the final Draft Standards for Continuing…

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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.…

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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.

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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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