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2015 Future of Testing Conference Materials Now Available

The Future of Testing Conference (FOTC) was held May 15 - 16, 2015 in Chapel Hill, NC. The participants included a number of practitioners and leading experts in the field of testing and medical education. Discussion topics included: 

  • the use of test centers,
  • access to electronic searchable resources,
  • alternative testing methods,
  • and more.

FOTC materials, including the agenda, speaker presentations, session summaries, and videos, are available on our website.

AAP: 7 Great Achievements in Pediatric Research

Release from the AAP: In an effort to educate the public about the importance of sustained funding and support for pediatric research, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has developed Seven Great Achievements in Pediatric Research. This campaign highlights seven groundbreaking therapies and technologies developed through research made possible by federal investments.

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 Quest for Medical Homes 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 the 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.

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.

Zuckerman 2015 Recipient of Joseph W. St. Geme, Jr. Leadership Award

Barry S. Zuckerman, MD, FAAP, has been chosen as the 2015 recipient of the Joseph W. St. Geme, Jr. Leadership Award for his tireless efforts to understand how social and environmental factors adversely impact children, and to create practical, scalable and sustainable tools that allow pediatric practitioners to intervene to improve developmental outcomes.

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 is the ratio of men-to-women in the pediatric workforce? Where are these physicians located throughout the United States?

Read the 2014-2015 Workforce Data Book.

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