As Isaias moves through the Atlantic Ocean and eastern states, some Prometric testing sites might be closed. We understand that this would be a great inconvenience for those who are scheduled to take their initial certifying subspecialty examination on Aug. 3.

If you are in an affected area and are scheduled to take an exam at a Prometric Testing Center, please visit the Prometric Site Closure list above. If your testing site is closed, there is nothing for you to do at this time. Prometric will work closely with…

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Dr. Jimmy L. SimonJimmy L. Simon, MD, Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, died June 4, 2020. 

Certified in General Pediatrics, Dr. Simon was a volunteer with the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) for more than 20 years, starting as an oral examiner. He also served on the ABP Board of Directors, Long-Range Planning Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, Joint Committee with the Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs (AMSPDC), and the Certifying…

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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. 

Racism is life-threatening and life-ending. As pediatricians, we see its pernicious effects on newborns and children of color and their families. In this moment of national mourning and anger over the lethal effects of racism, the American Board of Pediatrics pledges to do its part to fight racism in children’s lives. In particular, we commit to working with others to eliminate racial disparities in health…

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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.

Renowned as a pediatric hematologist, Dr…

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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.

Currently, Dr. Turner is with the Duke University Hospital and Health System, where he is Associate Director, Graduate Medical Education; Associate Professor with Tenure, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Critical Care; and Section Chief, Pediatric Intensive…

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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.

Shaw is the public member on the American…

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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.

Created in 1983, the award is given annually to individuals who make outstanding contributions to the pursuit of excellence…

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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:

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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.

A major goal of the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) is to help identify and fill gaps faced by pediatric trainees, faculty, practitioners, programs, and the profession as a whole. Over the past few years, the ABP has made significant…

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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

“We have to think about the essential activities residents need to perform…

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