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Transitioning Youth to Adult Health Care Pediatric Course Updated (2018-2021) Online Training Approved for Pediatricians for CME and MOC Part 4 Credit

This course was prepared by the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Division of Specialized Care for Children at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau provided funding for course development. This training is current and approved for the time period of May 1, 2018 to April 30, 2021.  The course is currently retired for CME and MOC credit, however, the course resources remain current and are downloadable.

Purpose of Course

The goals of the Transitioning Youth to Adult Health Care Pediatric Course Updated are to equip pediatric primary care medical homes with the information, tools, and resources to help patients and their families make a smooth transition to adult health care, and to help practices measure and improve transition care and planning.


Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Define Transition and describe why transition planning is important
  • Identify key roles in the transition planning process
  • Recognize how to optimally perform key clinical activities (KCAs) identified for effective transition planning in accordance with recommended AAP guidelines:
    1. Develop/maintain a registry for transition planning purposes
    2. Provide/explain a written transition policy
    3. Assess youths’ health care skills
    4. Review individualized transition goals
    5. Provide benefits and services information resources
    6. Discuss need for guardianship with families of patients with intellectual disabilities
    7. Provide a portable medical summary
    8. Help identify adult oriented physicians
  • Understand how to code transition services to maximize reimbursement
  • Participate in a Maintenance of Certification (MOC)-approved Quality Improvement (QI) Project on transition (optional for pediatricians)

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ICAAP Members $275/ Non-ICAAP Members $300


Two Track Learning and Improvement
This course offers two tracks for participants.

In track one, for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit, participants will complete 11 modules. These modules focus on KCAs related to transitions with special emphasis on practice-based learning and improvement. Participants will complete pre-tests, content, and a post-test for each module. Participants may also utilize interactive tools that develop an improvement plan for their practice and addresses barriers. The minimum passing score for CME credit is 75% on the post-test for each module.

In track two, the QI Data Collection track, pediatricians who elect to participate will utilize the Model for Improvement to complete an MOC Part IV Quality Improvement Activity. The course provides an approved data collection tool and technical assistance from ICAAP staff. To receive MOC Part IV credit learners must collect de-identified patient data for three required KCAs over four-and-a-half months (18 weeks). Learners may complete the CME track alone or both tracks.  All participants will have access to the extensive course resource library and QI implementation tools during and after course completion. Completion of ICAAP's QI Basics training or a similar training is a pre-requisite to beginning both tracks.

CME Credit

The Illinois Chapter,  American Academy of Pediatrics is accredited by the Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Commitment to Change

Upon completion of this course participants will be directed to identify areas of their practice that they intend to change as a result of this course.


The CME track will take approximately 15 hours to complete. This includes viewing the course content, taking pre- and post-tests for each module, interacting with each module’s resources and QI planning tools, and developing and implementing a QI plan.

Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Credit
Pediatricians who elect to complete the QI Data Collection Track for Maintenance of Certification Part IV credit, approved by the American Board of Pediatrics,  must complete the following tasks:

  • Successfully complete the CME track with a minimum passing score of 75% for each module
  • Work on required Key Clinical Activities (KCAs) for practice-based improvement
  • Collect and report on a baseline plus three cycles of data for three KCAs using the LMS directions: Data Collection Tool
  • Complete quality improvement tasks as planned and developed in the CME track
  • Complete chart reviews and input data into LMS every six weeks for the next 18 weeks for a total of four data collections cycles. (baseline = cycle 1, plus three cycles)
  • Submit results to ICAAP staff for review to verify improvement in transitioning youth to adult health care

This course offers 20 MOC Part IV points to diplomates of the following boards: American Board of Pediatrics.  The approval period is May 1, 2018 to April 30, 2021.

Transitioning Youth to Adult Health Care for Pediatric Providers Course Faculty (2018-2021)

Mary Keen, MD, Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital
Darcy Contri, RN, BSN, MPH, Division of Specialized Care for Children
Miriam Kalichman, MD, FAAP, Retired Neurodevelopmental Pediatrician, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago
Rachel Caskey, MD, MaPP, FAAP, Meds-Peds, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago

Lead Staff:  Kathy Sanabria, MBA, PMP, ICAAP Associate Executive Director,

None of the course faculty, presenters, or content reviewers have any relevant financial disclosures. View the full original course faculty by visiting the course on ICAAP's LMS at