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

Click here to dive into the 2014-2015 Workforce Databook.

Study shows majority of new pediatricans satisfied with first jobs

According to a recent study, at least one group of doctors seem to be happy with their first jobs out of residency.

That group? Pediatricians.

The findings, published March 23rd in Pediatrics, show that more than 80% of new pediatricians are very satisfied with their post-residency jobs and how those positions matched with their future plans, career goals and lifestyle.

Leslie to lead American Board of Pediatrics Research

The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) has named Laurel K. Leslie, MD, MPH as Vice President of Research, with responsibility for developing and leading all research programs for the ABP and the ABP Foundation.

ABP Releases 2014 Annual Report

The 2014 Annual Report from the American Board of Pediatrics is now available. It features:

  • Information on Maintenance of Certification,
  • Pediatricians who are improving care,
  • New ways to earn MOC credit,
  • The 2014 Paul V. Miles Fellows,
  • and more.

To read the Annual Report, click the link below:

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2015 Future of Testing Conference

What will ABP testing look like in the future? That will be the subject of a May 2015 conference in Durham, N.C., which will explore innovative ways to measure knowledge, learning and competency.

Message from ABP President regarding ABIM MOC announcement

The following statement comes from David G. Nichols, MD MBA, President and CEO of the American Board of Pediatrics:

ABP responds to Internal Medicine’s MOC announcement

The American Board of Pediatrics is well aware of the current debate throughout the medical community regarding the value of Maintenance of Certification (MOC). On Tuesday (Feb. 3), the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) announced significant changes to its MOC requirements. While we are fellow members of the community of medical boards, ABIM and ABP serve different populations and have approached MOC differently.  The ABP is looking closely at ABIM’s changes and the reasons behind them.

General Peds Medical Editor Pens Passionate Op-Ed

Many of us at the ABP have had the pleasure of working with Dr. Ben Alexander, one of the two medical editors who works with the General Pediatrics Examination Committee. In addition to being a pediatrician at WakeMed Health and Hospitals, he is also a child medical evaluator at SAFEchild Advocacy Center in Raleigh, NC.

Over the holidays, and following the tragic death of 2-year-old Tristan Blue, Dr. Alexander wrote a passionate response--and a call to action--that appeared in The Raleigh News & Observer.

Revised Policy: Time-Limited Eligibility for Initial Certification Exams

The ABP recently approved a revision to its policy for Time-Limited Eligibility for Initial Certification Examinations.  The intent of this policy is to assure that applicants for certification possess current competence in pediatrics or a pediatric subspecialty. For those who have lost eligibility to take an examination, the ABP will require an independent assessment of the individual’s competence to practice without supervision.  The goal is not to fully retrain an individual or to prepare an applicant to take a certifying examination.  

Vermont doctor finds QOW relevant to her practice

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.”