Certification Updates During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This letter was emailed March 23 to pediatricians maintaining ABP certification.
By David G. Nichols, MD, MBA

Pediatricians will not lose their ABP certification because of the extraordinary patient care pressures associated with this pandemic.

Dear Colleagues,

The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) thanks each and every pediatrician for the exceptional commitment to caring for children during the COVID-19 pandemic. We recognize that these are truly unprecedented times and want to do everything we can to allow you to focus on what is most important: your patients and your families. Our commitment is that no pediatrician will lose their ABP certification because of the extraordinary patient care pressures associated with this pandemic.  

Pediatricians across the country are learning about COVID-19, applying what they learned to their practice setting, and adapting their approach to better care for patients at an unprecedented rate. The ABP will recognize board-certified pediatricians for these contributions through the MOC program. No action is required on your part. Additionally, if you are unable to participate in MOC activities or MOCA-Peds because of the demands of this pandemic, it will not jeopardize your certificate or your ability to re-enroll in MOC when your cycle is due for renewal.

I thank you again for the incredible commitment to our profession and to the children under your care. The extraordinary dedication, service, and courage on display by board-certified pediatricians during this crisis are in the highest and best traditions of our profession. Our intent is to support you in a shared mission of protecting the health of children during a global crisis. We will communicate regularly as this crisis evolves and continue to be available to answer your questions via phone and email.


David G. Nichols, MD, MBA
President and CEO

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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.