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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.”

Nichols' Blog: "Global Health" is "Health"

A host of medical problems--not just Ebola--has made it clear that there is no longer a plausible separation between global health and health in the United States. In this month’s blog, Dr. Nichols explores the implications for pediatricians in regards to training, knowledge and professionalism.

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Dr. William L. London IV 1930 - 2014

Dr. William L. London IV treated generations of children in Durham, NC, for more than 40 years. He generously volunteered countless hours to the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) over two decades. In 2000, he received the Distinguished Service Award from his alma mater, the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.

Dr. London died Oct. 20, 2014, just days before his 84th birthday.

Moyer MOC Article Published in Contemporary Pediatrics

This summer, Virginia Moyer, MD, MPH, ABP's Vice President for Maintenance of Certification (MOC) and Quality, wrote an article published in Contemporary Pediatrics. The article addresses some of the myths regarding MOC, what the process entails, why the program is important and what it helps to accomplish. 

Nichols To Receive Prestigious Society of Critical Care Medicine Award

David G. Nichols, MD, MBA, American Board of Pediatrics President and Chief Executive Officer, has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the Shubin-Weil Master Clinician/Teacher: Excellence in Bedside Teaching Award, presented annually by the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM).

American Board of Pediatrics Launches Redesigned Website

The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) has redesigned its website. The new design launched Oct. 14 at www.abp.org.

In response to feedback from users, the site has been specifically designed to meet the needs of pediatricians, program directors, residents, fellows, parents and caregivers.

New features include:

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. 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 (CPS's). 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 benefitting from these services.

Dr. Louis E Underwood (1937-2014)

Dr. Louis E Underwood, pioneering pediatric endocrinologist, died July 21, 2014 in Rockville, MD. He was 77 years old.

Born on Feb 20, 1937, he was an alumnus of the University of Kentucky and Vanderbilt Medical School, where he also completed his internship, residency, and chief residency in pediatrics. Dr. Underwood also served in the United States Navy.

Health Literacy PIM 'Teaching Back' to Doctors

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.

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