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ABP's Leslie Co-Authors Prevention Reports

Two recent papers addressing children’s behavioral and mental health needs across the U.S.

2015 Future of Testing Conference Materials Now Available

The Future of Testing Conference (FOTC) was held May 15 - 16, 2015 in Chapel Hill, NC. The participants included a number of practitioners and leading experts in the field of testing and medical education. Discussion topics included: 

AAP: 7 Great Achievements in Pediatric Research

Release from the AAP: In an effort to educate the public about the importance of sustained funding and support for pediatric research, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has developed Seven Great Achievements in Pediatric Research. This campaign highlights seven groundbreaking therapies and technologies developed through research made possible by federal investments.

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.