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ABP Co-Sponsors Forum on Organizational Quality Improvement

The American Board of Pediatrics recently co-sponsored the Forum on Organizational Quality Improvement, along with The Multi-Specialty Portfolio Approval Program and the American Board of Medical Specialties.

The event was held May 13, 2015, in Rosemont, IL, and showcased initiatives within the ABMS Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Multi-Specialty Portfolio Approval Program. This particular pathway allows physicians to submit QI projects through their institutions for MOC credit approval. Discussions centered around leadership concepts, best practices by Portfolio Program sponsors, and successes and obstacles faced by participants.

Dr. Moyer Promotes QI Training Programs in Pediatrics

Because the use of quality improvement (QI) methods and safety principles can improve child health outcomes and reduce harm, more training programs must be developed, along with more academic recognition and promotion for successful QI activities, according to a commentary published in the June 2015 issue of Pediatrics.

Physicians Improve Counseling Skills While Earning MOC Credit

Obesity has increased dramatically in recent decades, but “who wants to deal with the fallout of telling an adolescent girl that she’s overweight?” asks Brad Weselman, MD.

However, studies show that obese children are more likely than those of normal weight to grow into obese adults. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta consulted with Dr. Weselman, Stephanie Walsh, MD, and other physicians in Atlanta in the development of a provider training program to increase physicians’ confidence and effectiveness in counseling children and their caregivers about healthy weight.

Dr. Calvin Sia’s Lifelong Quest for Medical Homes for Children Earns Starfield Award

Although Dr. Calvin J. Sia earned a permanent certificate in 1960, he chose to maintain his certification throughout his clinical career. He last recertified in 1987 before transitioning into retirement.

Hawaii primary care pediatrician Calvin J. Sia, MD, FAAP, is considered “the grandfather” of medical home concept of care for children, which provides patients a personal general pediatrician who will monitor and coordinate care, even to outside subspecialists and other treatment facilities.

New PIM Focuses On Febrile Immunocompromised Systems

Infections are a common and sometimes fatal complication in young patients with compromised immune systems — such as children with sickle cell disease, or those undergoing cancer treatment or bone marrow transplant. Administering antibiotics in a timely manner is key, yet it can be difficult due to identification and communication issues, central line access issues and other barriers.

The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) and the American Society of Pediatric Hematology Oncology (ASPHO) are teaming up to offer a new learning tool to help pediatricians break through these barriers and deliver antibiotics more quickly to children who need them.

MOC QI Credit Now Available Through NCQA PCMH Recognition

The patient in Dr. Shelly Voet’s examining room was at risk for diabetes: She was obese. Her grandfather had diabetes. Her blood sugar and insulin levels were elevated.  

“She was pre-diabetic,” Dr. Voet says. “And obesity is a hard topic to talk about.”

But Dr. Voet knew how to counsel this patient and her family. Her practice, Pediatric Associates in Crestview Hills, Ky., had developed plans for counseling overweight and obese patients as part of their process for earning recognition as an NCQA Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH).

Exploring New Assessment Methods for Pediatricians

More than 75 experts in testing and medical education will gather in Durham, N.C., May 15-16, to explore new ways to measure the knowledge, learning and competency of pediatricians.

DeAngelis receives prestigious John Howland Award from APS

Although Dr. Catherine D. DeAngelis has a permanent certificate in General Pediatrics, she chose to maintain her certification throughout her clinical career and beyond. She continued to recertify while serving as editor-in-chief of JAMA.

Zuckerman 2015 Recipient of Joseph W. St. Geme, Jr. Leadership Award

Barry S. Zuckerman, MD, FAAP, has been chosen as the 2015 recipient of the Joseph W. St. Geme, Jr. Leadership Award for his tireless efforts to understand how social and environmental factors adversely impact children, and to create practical, scalable and sustainable tools that allow pediatric practitioners to intervene to improve developmental outcomes.

The ABP Remembers Russell Chesney, MD

It is with deepest sadness that we inform you that our colleague, Russell W. Chesney, MD, Le Bonheur Professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and formerly Chair, Department of Pediatrics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center passed today.