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Professional Services: The ABP ‘Dream Team’

Calling them meeting planners is like calling Julia Child a cook. Technically, yes, they plan every detail to ensure that the purpose and goals of meetings are met, but they do so much more and do it with flair! For example, overseeing the interactions and relations with the ABP volunteers and other certified pediatricians and organizations also is on their bill of fare.

ABP Names Dr. Gary Frank 2019 Paul V. Miles Fellow

Gary Frank, MD, MS, Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, has been selected by the ABP to receive the 2019 Paul V. Miles (PVM) Fellowship Award. The award is given annually to an accomplished mid-career pediatrician dedicated to improving the quality of health care for children. Later this year, as part of the fellowship, Dr. Frank will visit the ABP offices and give grand rounds at the University of North Carolina and Duke University medical schools to discuss his work in quality and patient safety.

ABP Details Development of New Assessment Option in Pediatrics

The waiting room. A desk in an office. A comfortable chair at home.  These aren’t places that physicians normally associate with taking a high-stakes certification exam. But for pediatricians certified by the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP), that will soon change.

MOC Part 4 Section of Website Revamped for Easier Use

The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) has given the Quality Improvement (MOC Part 4) section of its website a face-lift to make it easier for board-certified pediatricians to explore the many ways to complete their MOC Part 4 requirements. For pediatricians with MOC cycles ending in 2018, the renewal is especially timely.

Dr. Fred G. Smith Jr., 1928-2018

Fred G. Smith Jr., MD, former Vice President of Special Programs at the American Board of Pediatrics, died Sept. 1, 2018, in Durham N.C. He was 90.

Dr. Smith was a renowned pediatric nephrologist. A native of California, he completed much of his medical education and career at UCLA. Later, he was Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Director of the Children’s Hospital at the University of Iowa. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

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 page includes a more individualized, tailored layout.

Physicians’ personalized homepages feature:

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).

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