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Dr. Carol Carraccio wins 2020 Hubbard Award

Dr. Carol CarraccioCarol Carraccio, MD, the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) Vice President for Competency-Based Medical Education, has received the 2020 John P. Hubbard Award, presented annually by the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME). She shares the award with Rebecca Lipner, PhD, Senior Vice President for Assessment and Research at the American Board of Internal Medicine.

ABP Publishes 2019 Annual Report

2019 ABP Annual Report Cover

The 2019 Annual Report from the American Board of Pediatrics is now available.

This issue focuses on how the ABP and others in the pediatric community are working to "mind the gap" in pediatric training, knowledge, and practice.

Featured articles include:

Minding the Gap — Individually and Collectively

Anyone who has stepped onto a train, subway, or airplane has noticed the space between the platform and the transport. In the London Underground, prominent signs warn subway passengers to “Mind the Gap.” Pediatricians face gaps, too — in their own knowledge and medical practice. But through their commitment to continuous learning and improvement, these dedicated physicians also strive to “mind the gap.”

Certification activities can help.

Study Identifies Gaps in Training

Pediatricians routinely monitor a child’s growth and development at well-child visits. Similar checks are part of a pediatrician’s training. The traditional way to track a resident is through knowledge tests and time in training — usually three years of supervised clinical rotations.

But pediatric program directors, among others, have been searching for a better measure of readiness for unsupervised practice.

Dr. Carol Carraccio

Preparing Pediatricians to Treat Behavioral and Mental Health

As behavioral and mental health problems become more prevalent among children and adolescents, pediatricians have an increasing responsibility to meet their needs, say the authors of “Preparing Future Pediatricians to Meet the Behavioral and Mental Health Needs of Children,” a special article in the December issue of Pediatrics.1

Minding the Mental Health Gap in Minnesota

At any given time in the United States, about one in seven children has a mood or anxiety disorder — or both — that could be improved with medical intervention and treatment.1 Yet, with only 8,300 practicing child psychiatrists in the country, it can take months for these children to get an appointment with a mental health professional.2 And many pediatricians, who are often the first to see young patients, do not feel adequately trained to identify or treat these conditions.3

New Jersey Minds the Gap Between Symptom Onset and Intervention

When behavioral and mental health treatment is delayed for children and adolescents, disorders become more difficult and costly to handle. Yet, the average delay between the onset of symptoms and intervention is eight to 10 years, in part because of a nationwide shortage of child and adolescent psychiatrists.1

To increase early identification and close the intervention gap, New Jersey is one of many states working to integrate mental health services with primary care.

Winning in Wisconsin: Advancing Family-Centered Care

Nearly one in five children in Wisconsin has a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional illness or condition, such as ADHD, autism, cancer, diabetes, or heart disease. But less than half of those children consistently receive care in a “medical home” that focuses on all aspects of their physical and mental health care needs, ensures that they and their families make informed decisions about their health, and coordinates the child’s care across disciplines and health care systems.1

First Pediatric Hospital Medicine Certification Exam Given

In November, almost 1,500 pediatricians took the first Pediatric Hospital Medicine (PHM) certifying examination at nearly 200 testing centers across the United States and in eight other countries. The pass rate was 84.2%.

Hospital Medicine is the 15th pediatric subspecialty certification offered by the ABP. Certificates in another five subspecialties are offered in conjunction with other boards.

Dr. Suzanne Woods

New Assessment Platform Changes How Pediatricians Think About Exams

From the beginning, the ABP hoped that MOCAPeds, its new online assessment platform, would not only satisfy a pediatrician’s continuing certification examination requirements, but would also foster learning. It was to be “assessment for learning” instead of only “assessment of learning.” The questions would help pediatricians identify gaps in their knowledge, and the rationales that accompany the answers would help them fill those gaps.

However, no one anticipated how many pediatricians would find that MOCA-Peds questions would help them identify and fill gaps in their professional knowledge.

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