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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.

Bringing Parents into Conversation Changes Everything

“Parents bring a new level of energy to the committees on which they serve and have provided the ABP with closer links to the powerful work being done by collaborative networks,” says Christopher Cunha, MD, a general pediatrician in Crestview Hills, Kentucky, and 2016 Chair of the ABP Board of Directors.

 

There’s a saying among parents of children with chronic conditions—“Nothing about me without me.”

ABP Responds to Executive Orders Impacting Immigrants, Refugees

The American Board of Pediatrics and other members of the Federation of Pediatric Organizations, have released a statement expressing profound concern about the status of refugee children on the Mexican border and possible travel bans to the United States as a result of administration executive orders.

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Dr. Solomon A. Kaplan, 1924–2017

Dr. Solomon KaplanRenowned UCLA pediatric endocrinologist Solomon Alexander Kaplan, MD, a former subboard member and subboard chair at the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP), died at home on Jan. 2, 2017.

ABP Selects 2017 Paul V. Miles Fellow in Quality Improvement

Dr. Mathew GarberThe American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) has selected Matthew D. Garber, MD, FHM, FAAP, to receive the 2017 Paul V. Miles (PVM) Fellowship Award, given annually to an accomplished mid-career pediatrician dedicated to improving the quality of health care for children. Dr. Garber is Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Florida College of Medicine and a hospitalist at Wolfson Children’s Hospital.

ABMS Approves Pediatric Hospital Medicine Certification

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) officially recognized subspecialty certification for Pediatric Hospital Medicine (PHM) at its October 2016 Board Meeting in Chicago, IL. The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP), an ABMS Member Board, sponsored the subspecialty application and will establish training and assessment criteria, as well as award the certification.