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BIRMINGHAM – The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) recently approved Children’s of Alabama and University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Department of Pediatrics as a Pediatric Portfolio Sponsors for ABP Maintenance of Certification (MOC) activities. The sponsorship gives pediatricians and pediatric trainees a seamless opportunity to earn MOC credit for work they are already doing while participating in Children’s and Department’s quality improvement (QI) activities.
“We are thrilled to be able to participate in this important program,” said Dr. Mitch Cohen, Chair of UAB’s Department of Pediatrics. “We are eager to start this partnership to better help our pediatricians and trainees continuously improve the quality of care they deliver by participating in meaningful improvement work in collaboration with the ABP.”
As a Pediatric Portfolio Sponsor, Children’s and the UAB Department of Pediatrics evaluate local and institutional QI projects against the ABP’s QI activity standards and then approves projects for MOC credit. All physicians in the Department of Pediatrics actively participating in the projects can earn this credit.
“The ABP Portfolio Sponsor Organizations are critical to the success of our MOC program and we thank you for all of the work you do. We are grateful for Children’s of Alabama and UAB Pediatrics leadership in quality improvement and are excited to partner with you to award MOC credit for physicians working hard to improve child health,” said Keith J. Mann, MD, MEd, Vice President of Continuing Certification.
The ABP has approved more than 75 hospitals and medical organizations across the United States as Pediatric Portfolio Sponsors. Hospitals, health care organizations, professional societies and improvement collaboratives can apply to become Portfolio Sponsors.
The American Board of Pediatrics (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 certification provides assurance to the public that a general pediatrician or pediatric subspecialist has successfully completed accredited training and fulfills the continuous evaluation requirements.