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Pediatric Portfolio Sponsors Meet to Learn About Quality Improvement

Nearly 50 representatives from Pediatric Portfolio Sponsor organizations across the country met in Durham, North Carolina, this summer to learn and share best practices with their peers. Pediatric Portfolio Sponsors are authorized by the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) to evaluate local and institutional QI projects against the ABP’s standards and then approve QI projects for MOC credit.

Mann named ABP’s Vice President, Continuing Certification

Keith J. Mann, MD, M.Ed, will become Vice President of Continuing Certification at the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP), effective Jan. 1, 2019, the ABP has announced. He is ABP certified in general pediatrics and is meeting the requirements of maintenance of certification.

Dr. Mann will succeed Virginia Moyer, MD, MPH, who will retire on Dec. 31, 2018. He may begin transitioning into his responsibilities in the fall of 2018.

ABP Portfolio Showcases Tailored Layout

The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) has redesigned its ABP Portfolio homepage, focusing on making relevant information readily available and easily accessible for physicians.

The ABP consulted with board-certified pediatricians, who use the site regularly, to ensure it understood obstacles, concerns, and needs of the physicians. As a result, the new homepage includes a more individualized, tailored layout.

Physicians’ personalized homepage features:

Question of the Week (QOW) Participation Approaches 21,000 in 2018

After the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) made enhancements last year to its Question of the Week (QOW) self-assessment activity, participation in the popular activity has risen to nearly 21,000 board-certified pediatricians.

ABP's Woods to Receive MPPDA Leadership in Med-Peds Award

When the Medicine-Pediatrics Program Directors Association (MPPDA) holds its annual spring meeting this week, it will present the MPPDA Leadership in Med-Peds Award to a physician who has made significant contributions to the profession of Medicine-Pediatrics (Med-Peds).

The award winner is "outstanding in their clinical field, a national leader in med-peds, and has made a significant contribution to the education of med-peds residents, promoted student interest in training in med-peds, supported faculty development of med-peds, and supported the development and betterment of med-peds as a discipline."

ABP Publishes 2017 Annual Report

The 2017 Annual Report from the American Board of Pediatrics is now available. 

ABP's Woods Receives Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award

Last week, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) presented awards to 27 recipients at its Annual Educational Conference, one of the largest gatherings of graduate medical educators in the world. 

Suzanne K. Woods, MD, Executive Vice President of the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP), was one of nine recipients of The Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award. The award is “given to program directors who have fostered innovation and improvement in their residency programs and served as exemplary role models for residents.”

MOC Now More Efficient and Effective

The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) has made significant changes to its Maintenance of Certification Program (MOC) over the past several years. Many changes were prompted by diplomates who believe in the benefits of certification and ongoing assessment, and want to help improve the process.

The ABP is striving to make the MOC process more efficient and effective for pediatricians who want to provide excellent care for children. MOC provides tools for life-long learning, knowledge assessment, and quality improvement, and documents for the public that pediatricians are staying current and improving their practice. 

Building Strong Careers from Residency to Retirement

Pediatricians in practice have spent, on average, four years in medical school and have successfully completed three years in pediatric residency (plus another two-to-three years if they trained in a subspecialty).

These pediatricians have qualified for a medical license in each state in which they practice. And the majority have taken and passed an intense, seven-hour, 335-question exam to become certified by the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP).

This wealth of skills and knowledge provides a strong foundation on which to start a successful and rewarding career. 

Improving Training to Promote Lifelong Learning

Dr. Pamela Londres confers with Dr. Christian Lawrence.The journey of continuous learning for pediatricians begins during residency, when they are gaining the competencies to provide medical care for children without direct supervision. During these years of training, they are guided by pediatric program directors who, along with other pediatric faculty members, monitor their progress and help them identify and fill gaps in their knowledge and skills.