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Comment & Response
March 2015

The American Board of Pediatrics Should Close Up Shop

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Pediatrics, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, Washington
JAMA Pediatr. 2015;169(3):287-288. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2014.3108

To the Editor The Nichols1 Viewpoint recently published in JAMA Pediatrics on the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) begs the question of whether the ABP should have a future. I think not. When the ABP was formed in 1933, it was important for the public to have a means to identify physicians with special competence in the care of children. Now, numerous bodies (public and private) perform background checks. Patients are even able to discover what their physician eats for breakfast.

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