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The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) officially recognized subspecialty certification for Pediatric Hospital Medicine (PHM) at its October 2016 Board Meeting in Chicago, IL. The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP), an ABMS Member Board, sponsored the subspecialty application and will establish training and assessment criteria, as well as award the certification.

“Many of the illnesses that previously required children to be hospitalized are now…

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The ABP Education and Training Committee (in association with APPD, CoPS, and COMSEP) has revised the Professionalism Guide that was originally created in 2008.  The Guide was created as a resource for the key competency of professionalism and was revised in 2016 to include a digital version, searchable competencies, and adaptable specific content that can be used for a variety of educational sessions.

Click on the link to view the digital version or download a copy:

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The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) congratulates the ImproveCareNow (ICN) collaborative care network for receiving the 2016 Drucker Prize, presented by the Drucker Institute of Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, CA.

"The ImproveCareNow Network has demonstrated robust results, and a rigorous commitment to continuous improvement. We are delighted to recognize them as the winner of the 2016 Drucker Prize."

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Pediatricians may help guide families to proven preventive programs.

Prevention programs that focus on the needs of families can benefit many more children if they can be integrated into primary healthcare settings, according to a paper published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. ABP Vice President of Research Laurel Leslie, MD, MPH, served as the paper's lead author. 

Read Primary Health Care: Potential Home for Family-Focused Preventative Interventions

“Most families already receive advice about child development and health from…

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American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) President and CEO, David Nichols, MD, MBA, has written a letter to all certified pediatricians about Maintenance of Certification (MOC). You should receive a copy in the mail in the next few days. Also, the letter is available on our website.

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In it, Dr. Nichols offers his personal reflections about the dialogue surrounding professionalism and the ABP’s efforts around MOC. He acknowledges the range of opinions about certification and details how the ABP has responded to critiques of…

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The ABP has modified the policy on Time-Limited Eligibility for Initial Certification Examinations. The policy change extends the amount of time a doctor can take to complete six months of supervised practice when regaining eligibility to sit for an initial certification examination. After completing their training, candidates for certification have seven years of eligibility to pass the initial certification exam. 

Formerly, after seven years of eligibility lapsed, candidates had to complete a total of six months of practice under the supervision of a program director before they could sit for the initial certification exam. The six months of supervised practice had to be…

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Would you like to influence the future of the General Pediatrics Certification Examination? Here is a great opportunity! 

In the spring of 2016, the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) recruited a diverse panel of general pediatricians and asked them to identify the knowledge required for safe and competent practice as a board-certified pediatrician. Now the ABP is inviting all certified general pediatricians to help validate the work of that panel by rating the importance of each of those identified areas of knowledge. 

Your input will be used to guide the content of future certification examinations. Your expertise and contribution are essential to ensuring that…

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The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) acknowledges the complex and purposeful process of earning recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). ABP board-certified pediatricians can now claim credit for earning NCQA’s Patient-Centered Specialty Practice recognition.

Credit already is available for general practitioners earning NCQA’s Patient-Centered Medical Home recognition.

NCQA recognition, which can be awarded simply by completing an attestation form, is worth 40 Part 4 points toward Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements.

Are you a pediatric specialist…

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MyCertifiedPediatrician.org

Check out the American Board of Pediatrics’ new website, MyCertifiedPediatrician.org. Pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists work hard to earn and maintain their certification. This site helps parents, caregivers, and others understand what it means to be board certified.

In addition to videos,…

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The pilot version of the American Board of Pediatrics’ (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) exam is on schedule to be launched in January 2017. Physicians currently maintaining certification in general pediatrics and who are due to take their exam in 2017 will be eligible to participate in the pilot.

Last summer, the ABP announced that it would introduce a different method for assessing the knowledge of pediatricians as part of MOC. The proposed testing approach would require shorter, more frequent assessment of pediatricians’ knowledge. Within this new platform, test questions would be…

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