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Press Releases

Dr. Moyer Co-Authors Article Published in JAMA

Virginia Moyer, MD, MPH, ABP's Vice President for Maintenance of Certification and Quality, co-authored an article published in Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Dr. Moyer also serves as the chair of the US Preventive Services Task Force.

Moyer, along with Coleen A. Boyle, PhD, and James M. Perrin, MD, focused on the use of clinical preventative services (CPSs). As the authors state, these services rendered throughout the stages of a child's life, could ultimately lead to improved outcomes. Unfortunately, millions of children may not be benefiting from these services.

ABP Chooses Two Paul V. Miles Fellows in Quality Improvement

The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) has chosen two pediatricians for the 2014 Paul V. Miles Fellowship in Quality Improvement.

The fellows are Brad C. Weselman, MD, a pediatrician practicing in Decatur, GA, and chairman of Atlanta's Kids Health First Quality/Utilization Management Committee, and Marlene R. Miller, MD, MSc, professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Each will receive a cash award, and will be invited to meet with the ABP to share their experience and insights on how the Board can further advance the mission of pediatricians devoted to better health care for children.

Zhang Joins ABP to Lead Information Technology

Dongming Zhang, MLS, MS, has joined the American Board of Pediatrics as Vice President of Information Technology, effective March 17, 2014.

In his new role, Zhang will plan and direct the strategic goals and objectives of the information technology organization aligned with the ABP's overall business mission and plan. Reporting to the ABP's President and Chief Executive Officer, Zhang will be a member of the organization's senior management team.

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Dr. Lewis R. First Receives St. Geme Award

The Federation of Pediatric Organizations announced Lewis R. First, MD, MS, FAAP, as the 2014 recipient of the Joseph W. St. Geme, Jr. Leadership Award. The award, given in honor of Dr. St. Geme, recognizes an individual who is a leader in the field of pediatrics, a role model, one who has contributed broadly to the field, and most important, "created a future."

Dr. First will receive this award on Saturday, May 3, 2014 during the Opening Session of the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting in Vancouver, Canada.

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Pediatric Milestones Video Explains Importance of Project

Still have questions about the Pediatric Milestones Project, created by The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)?

Answers are available in a new video, starring Mark Batshaw, MD, Physician-In-Chief and Chief Academic Officer at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC. In the six-minute video, Dr. Batshaw explains the focus and process of the Pediatric Milestones Project.

ABMS President Blogs About Value of MOC

Lois Margaret Nora, MD, JD is President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), has published an editorial on The Health Care Blog: "Why Maintenance of Certification Will Make you a Better Doctor."

The article looks at both the pros and cons of Maintenance of Certification (MOC).

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ABP Announces New Communications Director

The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) has named Ramona DuBose as Director of Communications. DuBose will be responsible for developing the ABP's communications strategy. She will direct activities and services including Web content, online and print materials, media and public relations, executive communications and social media efforts.

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ABIM Announces New Area of Certification

The American Board of Internal Medicine® (ABIM) has announced a new area of certification. Adult Congenital Heart Disease is designed to recognize the requirements of physicians who are specialists in the care of a wide range of adult patients with congenital heart disease.

Pediatrics Highlights Collaborative Networks

Collaborative networks are expanding opportunities to effectively test practices, gather and interpret data, and share information within a team or community.

In a recent commentary in Pediatrics, Paul V. Miles, MD, and Carol Lannon, MD, MPH, outline the focus of the 2011 National Meeting on Collaborative Improvement Networks.

The meeting, sponsored by the American Board of Pediatrics Foundation, focused on the potential influence of successful collaboratives, opportunities that can spring from networks, and key elements of successful collaboration.

Research, Quality Improvement Serves as Main Focus at Conference

The American Board of Pediatrics Foundation was one of five sponsors to support the 2013 Academy for Healthcare Improvement (AHI) Conference, which focused on "Doing Research at the Front Line of Improving Health Care."

The meeting was an international, inter-professional opportunity reviewing best methods for healthcare quality improvement research.

Paul V. Miles, MD, Immediate Past President for AHI and former American Board of Pediatrics Senior Vice President for Maintenance of Certification and Quality, opened the meeting and introduced the keynote speaker, Chad Boult, MD, MPH, MBA.