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ABP Co-Sponsors Forum on Organizational Quality Improvement

The American Board of Pediatrics recently co-sponsored the Forum on Organizational Quality Improvement, along with The Multi-Specialty Portfolio Approval Program and the American Board of Medical Specialties.

The event was held May 13, 2015 in Rosemont, IL and showcased initiatives within the ABMS Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Multi-Specialty Portfolio Approval Program. This particular pathway allows physicians to submit QI projects through their institutions for MOC credit approval. Discussions centered around leadership concepts, best practices by Portfolio Program sponsors, and successes and obstacles faced by participants.

Dr. Moyer Promotes QI Training Programs in Pediatrics

Because the use of quality improvement (QI) methods and safety principles can improve child health outcomes and reduce harm, more training programs must be developed, along with more academic recognition and promotion for successful QI activities, according to a commentary published in the June 2015 issue of Pediatrics.

Dr. Calvin Sia’s Lifelong Quest for Medical Homes for Children Earns Starfield Award

Although Dr. Calvin J. Sia earned a permanent certificate in 1960, he chose to maintain his certification throughout his clinical career. He last recertified in 1987 before transitioning into retirement.

Hawaii primary care pediatrician Calvin J. Sia, MD, FAAP, is considered “the grandfather” of medical home concept of care for children, which provides patients a personal general pediatrician who will monitor and coordinate care, even to outside subspecialists and other treatment facilities.

New PIM Focuses On Febrile Immunocompromised Systems

Infections are a common and sometimes fatal complication in young patients with compromised immune systems — such as children with sickle cell disease, or those undergoing cancer treatment or bone marrow transplant. Administering antibiotics in a timely manner is key, yet it can be difficult due to identification and communication issues, central line access issues and other barriers.

The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) and the American Society of Pediatric Hematology Oncology (ASPHO) are teaming up to offer a new learning tool to help pediatricians break through these barriers and deliver antibiotics more quickly to children who need them.

MOC QI Credit Now Available Through NCQA PCMH Recognition

The patient in Dr. Shelly Voet’s examining room was at risk for diabetes: She was obese. Her grandfather had diabetes. Her blood sugar and insulin levels were elevated.  

“She was pre-diabetic,” Dr. Voet says. “And obesity is a hard topic to talk about.”

But Dr. Voet knew how to counsel this patient and her family. Her practice, Pediatric Associates in Crestview Hills, Ky., had developed plans for counseling overweight and obese patients as part of their process for earning recognition as an NCQA Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH).

Exploring New Assessment Methods for Pediatricians

More than 75 experts in testing and medical education will gather in Durham, N.C., May 15-16, to explore new ways to measure the knowledge, learning and competency of pediatricians.

DeAngelis receives prestigious John Howland Award from APS

Although Dr. Catherine D. DeAngelis has a permanent certificate in General Pediatrics, she chose to maintain her certification throughout her clinical career and beyond. She continued to recertify while serving as editor-in-chief of JAMA.

ABP Names Dr. David G. Nichols as President, CEO

The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP), along with the American Board of Pediatrics Foundation, has named David G. Nichols, MD, MBA as its new President and CEO, succeeding James A. Stockman III, MD.

Read the full press release.

ABP Releases Updated Workforce Data

The 2014-2015 Workforce Databook is now available. It features rich data on pediatricians entering the workforce, including the total number of physicians initially certified in 2014 for each of the certificates the ABP administers and their demographic information.

Have you ever wondered how many General Pediatricians or how many subspecialists were certified by the ABP? What’s the ratio of men-to-women in the pediatric workforce? Where are these physicians located throughout the United States?

Click here to dive into the 2014-2015 Workforce Databook.

Study shows majority of new pediatricans satisfied with first jobs

According to a recent study, at least one group of doctors seem to be happy with their first jobs out of residency.

That group? Pediatricians.

The findings, published March 23rd in Pediatrics, show that more than 80% of new pediatricians are very satisfied with their post-residency jobs and how those positions matched with their future plans, career goals and lifestyle.

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