The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) has undergone many changes over the past decade, and pediatricians have found that the changes can have real benefits for their patients.

“We have data that show we really are giving better care … plus our patients know they are getting better care, and they know what to do when they get sick,” said Stephen Pleatman, M.D., FAAP, from Suburban Pediatrics in Cincinnati. Dr. Pleatman’s practice has been participating in Improving Pediatric Asthma Care across Community-Based Primary Care Practices, a project that is approved for credit for the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program.

The ABP initiated the MOC program in 2003 in collaboration with the 24 certifying boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties. The intent of MOC is to help physicians demonstrate their ongoing commitment to professional development and providing the highest quality of patient care.

As of January, periodic recertification has...

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