AMERICAN BOARD OF PEDIATRICS INC

Certifying excellence in pediatrics - for a healthier tomorrow

Chapel Hill, NC   |  www.abp.org

Mission

Advancing child health by certifying pediatricians who meet standards of excellence and are committed to continuous learning and improvement.

Ruling year info

1964

President and CEO

Dr. David G. Nichols

Main address

111 Silver Cedar Ct

Chapel Hill, NC 27514 USA

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EIN

23-1417504

NTEE code info

Pediatrics (G98)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) exists to promote excellence in medical care for children and adolescents. Certification represents dedication by pediatricians, pediatric subspecialists and pediatric trainees to the highest level of professionalism in patient care. ABP certification activities -- which include examinations, quality improvement projects and self-assessments of knowledge -- provides opportunities for physicians and trainees to attain and maintain a high standard of knowledge and understanding of medical treatment and advances that will lead to excellent health care for infants, children and adolescents. Also, ABP certification provides a standard of excellence by which the public can select pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Initial Certification in General Pediatrics

The ABP's certifies physicians in General Pediatrics after all the following requirements have been met: 1) graduation from an accredited medical school in the United States or Canada or from a foreign medical school recognized by the World Health Organization; 2) completion of three years of training in pediatrics in an accredited residency program; 3) verification of satisfactory completion of residency training and acceptability as a practitioner of pediatrics, including the achievement of clinical competence and the demonstration of professional and ethical behavior; 4) possession of a valid, unrestricted state license to practice medicine and 5) successful completion of a comprehensive one-day examination covering all aspects of health care for infants, children, and adolescents.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Children and youth

The ABP certifies pediatricians in subspecialties who are certified in general pediatrics and have completed three additional years of training in a pediatric subspecialty. They must be evaluated and recommended by someone qualified to judge their work, and they must pass a demanding examination in their subspecialty.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Children and youth

After their initial certification, physicians are enrolled in the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program which consists of four parts: 1) professionalism; 2) life-long learning and assessment; 3) assessment of knowledge, judgment and skills; and 4) practice-based learning and improvement. MOC is designed by and for pediatricians as an ongoing process of lifelong learning and self-assessment to continuously improve knowledge and clinical performance.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Children and youth

The ABP offers an In-Training Exam to pediatric trainees in international training programs to enable residents to assess strengths and weaknesses in general pediatric knowledge at the time of the exam; to assess progress from year to year; and to compare performance with peer groups

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Program Expense Percentage

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The percentage of total expense allocated to program activities

Administrative Expense Percentage

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The percentage of total expense allocated to management and administrative activities

General Pediatrics Initial Certification Pass Rate

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Initial Certification in General Pediatrics

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Percentage of GP initial certification exam takers that passed the exam

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) aims to assure the public that a general pediatrician or pediatric subspecialist has successfully completed accredited training and fulfills the continuous evaluation requirements that encompass six core competencies: patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, and systems-based practice. The ABP certifies general pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists based on standards of excellence that lead to high quality health care during infancy, childhood, adolescence, and the transition into adulthood. The ABP's quest for excellence is evident in its rigorous evaluation process and in new initiatives undertaken that not only continually improve the standards of its certification but also advance the science, education, study, and practice of pediatrics.

The ABP helps improve the healthcare of children through its influence on training, lifelong learning, and practice improvement in the field of pediatrics.
Physicians who have graduated from medical school, completed three years of training in an accredited residency program, and met the ABP’s criteria become eligible to sit for the initial certifying exam. Similarly, physicians certified in general pediatrics who have completed accredited subspecialty fellowships (such as pediatric gastroenterology) may sit for the subspecialty certifying exam.
After being certified in general pediatrics and/or a pediatric subspecialty, pediatricians maintain certification by fulfilling requirements including knowledge self-assessment, practice improvement and cognitive expertise. The ABP requires that a pediatrician’s state license remain unrestricted.

The ABP has more than 100 employees with appropriate skills (in test development, quality improvement, medical education, etc.) needed to accomplish the aims of the organization. This number includes 5 certified pediatricians. But much of the work of the ABP is done by more than 400 pediatrician volunteers. These general pediatrics and subspecialist volunteers spend many hours each year on committees, subcommittees and task forces that contribute to the board’s work of self-regulation of the profession of pediatrics.
A 15-member Board of Directors governs the ABP and ultimately is responsible for all decisions. The Board comprises 11 board-certified general pediatricians and subspecialists who work in education, research and clinical practice and two public members. The ABP President and Executive Vice President serve on the Board.
The ABP is one of 24 members of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) who share information about credentialing processes and improvements.

Since 1933, more than 118,000 physicians have been certified in general pediatrics and more than 28,000 certified in a subspecialty. We believe millions of children have benefitted because high standards have been set and met by thousands of pediatricians.
In response to concerns that a proctored exam given once every 10 years was ineffective, the ABP has developed a new testing format that allows pediatricians to answer questions relevant to pediatric practice online throughout the year. After two years of a successful pilot, the ABP will offer the new testing format as an option in 2019 for maintaining certification. With the new format, pediatricians will know immediately if their answer is right and will get resources to support the correct answer. The idea is to promote learning as well as assessment.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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AMERICAN BOARD OF PEDIATRICS INC

Board of directors
as of 01/05/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Anna Kuo

Partner, Peachtree Park Pediatrics

Term: 2019 - 2019

Ann Burke

Professor, Pediatrics Residency Director and Vice-Chair for Education, Wright State Univeristy Boonshoft School of Medicine

Anna Kuo

Partner, Peachtree Park Pediatrics

David Nichols

President & CEO, American Board of Pediatrics

Rutledge Hutson

Public Member

H. Nicholson

President and Chair of Pediatrics, Carolina Healthcare System & Levine Children's Hospital

Victoria Norwood

Robert J. Roberts Professor of Pediatrics, Vice Chair for Academic Affairs and Chief of Pediatric Nephrology, University of Virginia

Diane Pickles

Vice President, M & R

Stephanie Davis

Physician in Chief, North Carolina Children's Hospital

Robin Steinhorn

Senior Vice President, Center for Hospital Based Specialties at Children's National Health System

Suzanne Woods

Executive Vice President, Credentialing & Intitial Certification, American Board of Pediatrics

Brad Weselman

Partner, Snapfinger Wood Pediatrics

DeWayne Pursley

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School and Chair, Department of Neonatology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

John Barnard

Ann I. Wolfe Endowed Chair in Pediatric Research; President, The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, Professor and Chair, Dept. of Pediatrics, The Ohio State University College of Medicine

James Chmiel

Professor of Pediatrics & Chief, Division of Pediatric Pulmonology, Riley Children's Hospital

Ricardo Quinonez

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Section Head and Service Chief, Pediatric Hospital Medicine, Texas Children's Hospital and Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes