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ABP Board of Directors Updates Mission, Vision

A board-certified pediatrician demonstrates the use of an asthma mask.

In June, the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) Board of Directors approved a revised mission statement:

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

The statement is shorter and, we hope, easier to remember. But the mission of the ABP has remained the same since the Board was founded in 1933. The ABP exists to support and encourage the best possible health care for children by setting standards for medical training, assessing levels of competence, and encouraging pediatricians to stay up to date with medical knowledge and best practices. 

The ABP is operated by and for pediatricians who set and meet high standards of professionalism, education, and practice. Certification in General Pediatrics and/or a pediatric subspecialty recognizes a physician’s commitment to delivering excellent child health care. Your certification serves as evidence to your patients and their families, other physicians, employers, health systems, and everyone else that you are well prepared to treat your patients.  

The revised vision statement approved by the Board of Directors is:

Inspiring a lifetime pursuit of learning to improve child health

The ABP can help pediatricians identify gaps in their knowledge and experience and then choose learning tools and activities that will help them fill those gaps. One way we do this is through MOCA-Peds (Maintenance of Certification Assessment for Pediatrics). With this ongoing, longitudinal assessment, pediatricians know immediately after answering a question whether their response was correct. They also have access to peer-reviewed evidence that supports the answer. You can find more results from our MOCA-Peds pilots on the ABP website.

Additionally, the ABP offers examples of quality improvement activities that can help pediatricians take their practice to a new level of success. 

The Board of Directors approved revised statements of our values with the easy-to-remember acronym CERT:

Consistency: Making unbiased decisions based on published ABP policies 
Excellence: Striving to do our best work 
Reliability: Living up to responsibilities and commitments
Transparency: Sharing non-confidential information openly

All of us at the ABP expect pediatricians, trainees, families, and the general public to hold us accountable for these values. 

Help set standards of excellence. Help share best practices. Help keep the joy of learning alive and well within our profession. You can do this by volunteering to give us feedback, help write exam questions, or participate in other ways. Find out more about how you can get involved as an ABP volunteer.

Together, we can keep advancing child health. 

About the Author

David G. Nichols, MD, MBA

David G. Nichols, MD, MBA is the President and CEO of the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP). As leader of the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) staff and a member of the nonprofit organization's Board of Directors, Dr. Nichols actively promotes high-quality health care for children by upholding the standards of certification in pediatrics and by encouraging and facilitating initiatives in quality improvement. Although he assumed his new leadership role in late 2012, he has been associated with the ABP for more than 20 years. He is board certified in General Pediatrics and is board certified and maintaining certification in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine.

Photo: Dr. Lisa Parnell, Duke University
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