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ADHD Conversations: The Williams Family Story

Like most parents, Donna Williams was overwhelmed when her middle daughter, Nylah, was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder -- ADHD.

EPAs, Competencies and Milestones

 

How do you know when pediatric trainees are ready to practice medicine without supervision?

Lean Training Leads to More Streamlined MOC Process

“The staff has always been enthusiastic about quality improvement...Our staff has taken pride in making the MOC process easier and more accessible for our physicians. It’s been rewarding to see the level of excitement when they get behind a project.”

- Dr. Virginia Moyer, ABP Vice President of MOC and Quality

To ease the process of earning Maintenance of Certification credit for Improving Professional Practice activities (MOC Part 4), the ABP developed a system for pediatricians to apply for credit for quality improvement projects they already have completed.

Steal Shamelessly, Share Seamlessly

Jeffrey B. Anderson, MD, MPH, MBA, refused to believe that infants born with serious heart defects could not gain weight, just one factor behind their high mortality rate.

A pediatric cardiologist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Dr. Anderson began studying infants with a rare condition called hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) — a malformation of the heart — as a cardiology fellow.

MOC Credit Provides “Sweet Cookie” Incentive for Improving Implementation

“Our goal was to reduce unnecessary tests.”

- Vineeta Mittal, MD, MBA

Clinical practice guidelines can be a very effective mechanism for sharing best practices in the treatment of many childhood diseases. In 2006, for example, the American Academy of Pediatrics published clinical practice guidelines on the treatment of bronchiolitis, a common cause of hospitalization in children from birth to age 2.

New Online Portal Making Life Easier for Program Directors, Coordinators

Early in 2016 the ABP launched its new Program Director’s Portal. The first phase of the project, now live, allows program directors and coordinators to manage their program profiles online. Features of the portal gives users the ability to change the program’s contact information, add or change coordinators, provide a coordinator access to the portal and view trainee’s examination results.

Additionally, program directors and coordinators can view, download and export examination results beginning with the fall 2015 examinations and 2016 Subspecialty In-Training Examination (SITE) results.

It's More than Just the Science: Patient Safety Can Be Life or Death

“It wasn’t the cancer that killed her. It was medical errors.”

- Carole Hemmelgarn, Mother

Carole Hemmelgarn tells residents, medical school faculty, students, nurses — anyone who will listen at lectures and Grand Rounds — about the importance of patient safety.

To emphasize her message, she tells them the story of nine-year-old Alyssa. Back in 2007, Alyssa’s family went skiing, but the usually enthusiastic girl seemed lethargic. Her mother noticed her glands were swollen and her throat was sore.

“Her mom thought she had mono,” Carole tells her audiences.

Latoshia’s Joy: The Rouse Family Story

“It was hard. It was very hard, but if you look at them now, no one even knows they were preemies. They are very healthy and busy. It’s everything I dreamed when I was sitting there watching them beside that bed; I was dreaming of this day. So all the noise in the background is pure joy. Pure joy.”

- Latoshia Rouse, Mother

Grace’s Advocates: The Trevey Family Story

“We see our role as her advocate in getting the best care, asking tough questions and being really a partner alongside the doctors and nurses.”

- Kate Trevey, Mother

Grace was only 11 months old when she was diagnosed with systemic juvenile arthritis.

“We were first-time parents,” says Kate Trevey of Wisconsin. “Your first response is, ‘my job is to care for and protect this child.’ How do I do that when I know nothing about this disease?”

Being a Patient Will Make Her a Better Doctor

The third annual Stockman Lecture, a plenary address at the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) National Conference & Exhibition, was not delivered by an experienced pediatrician with decades of wisdom to share. Instead, the presentation was given by a second year medical student, living with a chronic medical condition. She shared her insights from “both sides of the bed” with more than 3,000 pediatricians gathered in San Francisco on Oct. 22. Samantha “Sami” Kennedy was diagnosed at age 14 with ulcerative colitis.