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ABP Directors Denounce Racism

In addition to the trauma of COVID-19, the chronic, latent trauma of racism has exploded with increasing force over the past weeks. Consistent with our mission statement, the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) Board of Directors has voted to release the statement below. 

Dr. Thomas R. Kinney, 1944-2020

Dr. Thomas R. KinneyThomas R. Kinney, MD, Duke University School of Medicine Wilburt C. Davison Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Chair Emeritus in the Department of Pediatrics, died May 25, 2020. 

Dr. Kinney was certified by the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) in General Pediatrics and Pediatric Hematology-Oncology. He had been a volunteer with the ABP since 1992, serving on the Certifying Exam Committee and the Long-Range Planning Committee.

David Turner, MD, Chosen to Lead ABP Competency-Based Medical Education

Dr. David TurnerThe American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) has selected David A. Turner, MD, to be Vice President for Competency-Based Medical Education (CBME), beginning Sept. 9, 2020. Dr. Turner will succeed Carol L. Carraccio, MD, MA, who will retire June 30.

Judy Shaw Selected for PAS Meeting Program Chair-elect

Judy ShawThe Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) has announced that Judith “Judy” Shaw, EdD, MPH, Professor of Nursing and Pediatrics at Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, has been selected by its Board of Directors as the incoming PAS Meeting Program Chair-elect. She will serve as PAS Meeting Program Chair-elect from July 2020 through June 2022, and as Program Chair from July 2022 through June 2024. She is the first nonpediatrician to serve in this prestigious role.

Dr. Carol Carraccio wins 2020 Hubbard Award

Dr. Carol CarraccioCarol Carraccio, MD, the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) Vice President for Competency-Based Medical Education, has received the 2020 John P. Hubbard Award, presented annually by the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME). She shares the award with Rebecca Lipner, PhD, Senior Vice President for Assessment and Research at the American Board of Internal Medicine.

ABP Publishes 2019 Annual Report

2019 ABP Annual Report Cover

The 2019 Annual Report from the American Board of Pediatrics is now available.

This issue focuses on how the ABP and others in the pediatric community are working to "mind the gap" in pediatric training, knowledge, and practice.

Featured articles include:

Minding the Gap — Individually and Collectively

Anyone who has stepped onto a train, subway, or airplane has noticed the space between the platform and the transport. In the London Underground, prominent signs warn subway passengers to “Mind the Gap.” Pediatricians face gaps, too — in their own knowledge and medical practice. But through their commitment to continuous learning and improvement, these dedicated physicians also strive to “mind the gap.”

Certification activities can help.

Study Identifies Gaps in Training

Pediatricians routinely monitor a child’s growth and development at well-child visits. Similar checks are part of a pediatrician’s training. The traditional way to track a resident is through knowledge tests and time in training — usually three years of supervised clinical rotations.

But pediatric program directors, among others, have been searching for a better measure of readiness for unsupervised practice.

Dr. Carol Carraccio

Preparing Pediatricians to Treat Behavioral and Mental Health

As behavioral and mental health problems become more prevalent among children and adolescents, pediatricians have an increasing responsibility to meet their needs, say the authors of “Preparing Future Pediatricians to Meet the Behavioral and Mental Health Needs of Children,” a special article in the December issue of Pediatrics.1

Minding the Mental Health Gap in Minnesota

At any given time in the United States, about one in seven children has a mood or anxiety disorder — or both — that could be improved with medical intervention and treatment.1 Yet, with only 8,300 practicing child psychiatrists in the country, it can take months for these children to get an appointment with a mental health professional.2 And many pediatricians, who are often the first to see young patients, do not feel adequately trained to identify or treat these conditions.3