Press Releases

The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) congratulates Dr. Thomas F. Boat, who has been named 2018 John Howland Award recipient, the most prestigious award presented within the American Pediatric Society (APS).

Dr. Boat is Dean Emeritus of the College of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati, and Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Pulmonary Medicine, at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and was chair of the ABP Board of Directors in 1994.

Dr. Boat began his…

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The New England Journal of Medicine has published a perspective article featuring the American Board of Pediatrics Vice President, Dr. Carol Carraccio and her colleague, Dr. Deborah E. Powell. The piece outlines the recent evolution of competency-based medical education in pediatric training models and highlights the need for a more flexible training approach and timelines.

While the standards of education remain rigorous, the required timeframe in which to train and assess trainees may vary. The authors also stressed the importance of the continuum of education and proper assessment.

Carraccio and Powell encourage the…

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Patience Leino, Senior Administrator for MOC External Activities at the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP), received a 2017 Partners in Healing Award from the Patients' View Institute (PVI). She received the award, together with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) Medical Center, on Dec. 7, 2017.

Patience Leino with her son, Isaac

Leino received the award for sharing her story and…

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Patients, hospitals and health systems rely on highly skilled physicians to deliver high quality, evidence-based patient care.

The ABMS is dedicated to constantly evolving to meet the needs of physicians and their commitment to lifelong learning by continually ensuring that the certification process is relevant, convenient and flexible.

 

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The ABP and its staff expresses deep concern for those displaced or affected by recent hurricanes and wildfires. We encourage our pediatricians to remain focused — first and foremost — on the safety of their families and their patient care.

Despite these primary concerns, some of you have had questions about upcoming exams. If you are in an affected area and are scheduled to take an exam at a Prometric Testing Center, please visit the Prometric Site Closure list above. If your testing site is closed, Prometric will…

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Suzanne Kathleen Woods, MD, will become Vice President of Credentialing Initial Certification at the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP), effective Jan. 1, 2018, the ABP has announced. She is certified by the ABP in general pediatrics and is meeting the requirements of maintenance of certification. 

Dr. Woods will succeed Gail McGuinness, MD, who will retire on Dec. 31, 2017. In her role as vice president, Dr. Woods will provide oversight for the development of training standards, the…

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The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) has announced eligibility criteria for subspecialty certification for Pediatric Hospital Medicine (PHM). 

View Eligibility Criteria for PHM

Pediatricians who wish to become certified in Pediatric Hospital Medicine can learn what will be required to apply for the exam in 2019 and beyond. In addition to the specific admission requirements, pediatricians can also browse a list of frequently-asked questions.

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) officially …

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The ABP congratulates Ann E. Burke, MD, who has been named the 2017 Recipient of the Walter W. Tunnessen Jr. MD Award for the Advancement of Pediatric Resident Education. The award was presented to Dr. Burke at the Association of Pediatric Program Directors (APPD) Spring meeting April 5–8.

Dr. Burke is Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Pediatric Residency Training Program at Wright State University’s Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio. She is also chair-elect of the ABP Board of…

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Board certification has been part of the social contract in which physicians commit to maintaining up-to-date scientific knowledge and improving the quality of patient care. "Maintenance of Certification and the Challenge of Professionalism," written by ABP President and CEO David Nichols, MD, MBA and published in Pediatrics summarizes the philosophical underpinnings, published literature, recent improvements, and future directions of the American Board of Pediatrics maintenance of certification program.

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The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) has updated its privacy policy to provide information about changes to our processes.  These include: 

  • MOCA-Peds, our 2017-2018 pilot of an alternative MOC Part 3 assessment, collects de-identified log errors encountered by diplomates using the MOCA-Peds mobile app.
  • The ABP also is using a third-party vendor to host any surveys it conducts.

Additionally, the updated policy permits the sharing of individual-level, de-identified data, including test scores, for approved research projects. This change was included in…

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