Success Stories

The ABP is receiving and approving more quality improvement applications than ever before, as diplomates seek Maintenance of Certification credit for the quality improvement (QI) work they’re already doing.

While diplomates took advantage of the opportunity to claim credit for QI work they were already engaged in, the board used 2016 to focus on improvements to the program. As a result, a…

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Road to Certification

Dr. Jessica Hart has been saving wall space for her American Board of Pediatrics certificate in her Raleigh, N.C., office since she finished her pediatric residency at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015.

This spring, she filled the space, hanging her General Pediatrics certificate alongside other cherished décor, including her medical degree, awards…

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Obesity has increased dramatically in recent decades, but “who wants to deal with the fallout of telling an adolescent girl that she’s overweight?” asks Brad Weselman, MD.

However, studies show that obese children are more likely than those of normal weight to grow into obese adults. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta consulted with Dr. Weselman, Stephanie Walsh, MD, and other physicians in Atlanta in the development of a provider training program to increase physicians’ confidence and effectiveness in counseling children and their caregivers about healthy weight.

The provider training program, which is just one element of…

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Jennifer Carlson has wanted to be a pediatrician since she was a pediatric patient herself.

“If you ask my parents, they’ll say I talked about being a doctor for kids since I was 2 or 3 years old,” she says. “As a medical student, I kept my options open (during rotations), but I kept coming back to the kids. I really enjoy working with the whole family.”

She’s living the dream now, practicing in her hometown of South Burlington, VT, in the very practice where she was a patient all those…

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Dr. Cesar Arias has spent his career treating children in inner city neighborhoods in the Bronx, N.Y. and now in Baltimore, MD. He works in an urgent care clinic, and in the emergency room at St. Agnes Hospital.

Drs Arias & Noja

“We get some of the neediest children, many of whom don’t have (an ongoing relationship with) a pediatrician,” he said. “A lot of times, they come in really sick, but they bounce back quickly. They are so resilient. It’s rewarding when you can help them feel…

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FORT WORTH, TX -- In more than 20 years of pediatric practice, Dr. Zeda Amaya has seen a lot of changes. For example, new vaccinations have dramatically decreased the number of meningitis cases she sees. She’s getting accustomed to electronic medical records that allow her immediate access to lab reports and discharge summaries, instead of waiting for a nurse to pull the files.

She also sees many more patients with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) today than in the past…

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Over a month almost two years ago, an artist painted the walls of the Duke Health Center in Durham, N.C.

Each section of the building’s interior now represents a different part of the globe. The front waiting area is a jungle with smiling monkeys swinging from vines; one back hall takes a visitor through Europe; turn another corner, and they are amid the snow and ice of the Antarctic. Each area is truly its own world.

Within this world, and among patients and medical trainees,  Dr. Suzanne Woods is at home.…

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Every day, the staff at the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) works to support and improve the health and well-being of children. Usually that work involves certification of pediatricians, so children will be cared for by knowledgeable, well-trained physicians.

But each year, the staff also selects a charity that focuses on children and/or their families. In 2013, that charity was the Frankie Lemmon School and Developmental Center in Raleigh. Throughout the year, staff members saw what a great impact the school's programs have had on so many children with special needs, and in turn, made donations to support the…

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Dr. Paul Sharek presented on Quality Improvement (QI) while visiting the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP). While touching base on the importance of improving health care on a daily basis. He pointed out, "The way each individual pays attention to and performs their job, plus the way all individuals inter-relate, interact, and communicate while working ultimately determines the quality and safety of health care."

Dr. Sharek visited…

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