Ann E. Burke, M.D., has been elected as a director of the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Pediatrics Foundation.
Burke, an associate professor of pediatrics at the Boonshoft School of Medicine and director of the school’s pediatric residency training program at the Dayton Children’s Hospital, began a six-year term on Jan. 1, 2013. The American Board of Pediatrics is one of the 24 certifying boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties. The board of directors of the American Board of Pediatrics includes distinguished pediatricians in education, research, and clinical practice.
Burke is the past president of the Association of Pediatric Program Directors (APPD), which serves pediatric programs and their leadership by advancing the art and science of pediatric education for the purpose of ensuring the health and well-being of children. She also served as the APPD’s secretary-treasurer and curriculum task force chair.
Burke is working on the board to further Pediatrics Milestones, a collaboration of the American Board of Pediatrics and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), a private, nonprofit organization that evaluates and accredits more than 9,000 residency programs in the United States. The Milestones project aims to objectively assess pediatric resident development in a more outcomes-based manner.
She has coauthored articles in the Journal of Graduate Medical Education, a peer-reviewed, editorially independent journal published by the ACGME, about the Pediatrics Milestones Project, which addresses measurement tools and benchmarks to help develop pediatricians.
“There was not a good standard to determine when a pediatric resident is ready to graduate,” said Burke. “The process was very subjective and not standardized. The outcomes- based, accreditation-based evaluation system will provide benchmarks for residents.”
Burke became passionate about pediatrics while a medical student at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. She enjoyed working with children and their families. “When children are sick, they act sick. When they are well, they are running around,” said Burke. “Helping children and educating families is very rewarding. It’s part of our job as pediatricians.”
“Dr. Burke has established herself as a leader in pediatric education,” said Arthur Pickoff, M.D., professor and chair of the school of medicine’s Departments of Community Health and Pediatrics. “This prestigious appointment to the American Board of Pediatrics comes right on the heels of her completion of her term serving as president of the Association of Pediatric Program Directors, another attestation to her expertise in education.”