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Annual Reports

Behavioral and Mental Health: Gaps and Challenges

Pediatricians are often the first professionals parents turn to when their child needs behavioral or mental health services — because of their trusting doctor-patient relationship or to avoid the perceived stigma of going to a mental health professional. So when Alexis King’s* middle child needed mental health services, she looked for help where Simon* was already receiving care.

Portfolio Sponsors Spotlight: Children's National Health System

“This project demonstrates not just that we can develop great QI collaboratives with community-wide stakeholders, but also that we can align the work with the ABP requirements for practitioners to get MOC credit,”

- Dr. Mark Weissman, Chief, Division of General Pediatrics and Community Health

ABP Publishes 2017 Annual Report

The 2017 Annual Report from the American Board of Pediatrics is now available. It features:

  • Building Strong Careers from Residency to Retirement
  • Integrating Behavioral Health into Your Practice
  • When to Trust Trainees to Practice on Their Own
  • Improving Training to Promote Lifelong Learning
  • and more

Read the 2017 Annual Report:

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New Year, New Leadership

The ABP extended a fond farewell in 2017 to Gail A. McGuinness, MD, and offers a warm welcome in 2018 to Suzanne K. Woods, MD.

Gail A. McGuinness, MD

Dr. McGuinness joined the ABP in 2002 as Senior Vice President of Examination Administration and Credentialing, responsible for exam administration, credentialing, oversight of the subboards, and new subspecialties. Also named Executive Vice President in 2006, she provided redundancy for internal operations activities for the President and CEO. In this role, she served as a voting member on the ABP Board of Directors and the ABP Foundation Board of Directors.

Steal Shamelessly, Share Seamlessly

Jeffrey B. Anderson, MD, MPH, MBA, refused to believe that infants born with serious heart defects could not gain weight, just one factor behind their high mortality rate.

A pediatric cardiologist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Dr. Anderson began studying infants with a rare condition called hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) — a malformation of the heart — as a cardiology fellow.

Lean Training Leads to More Streamlined MOC Process

“The staff has always been enthusiastic about quality improvement...Our staff has taken pride in making the MOC process easier and more accessible for our physicians. It’s been rewarding to see the level of excitement when they get behind a project.”

- Dr. Virginia Moyer, ABP Vice President of MOC and Quality

To ease the process of earning Maintenance of Certification credit for Improving Professional Practice activities (MOC Part 4), the ABP developed a system for pediatricians to apply for credit for quality improvement projects they already have completed.

EPAs, Competencies and Milestones

 

How do you know when pediatric trainees are ready to practice medicine without supervision?

MOC Credit Provides “Sweet Cookie” Incentive for Improving Implementation

“Our goal was to reduce unnecessary tests.”

- Vineeta Mittal, MD, MBA

Clinical practice guidelines can be a very effective mechanism for sharing best practices in the treatment of many childhood diseases. In 2006, for example, the American Academy of Pediatrics published clinical practice guidelines on the treatment of bronchiolitis, a common cause of hospitalization in children from birth to age 2.

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

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.

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