Brenham Pediatrician Goes “Above and Beyond” Maintaining High Standards of Care
When Donald Draehn, M.D. was certified in General Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) in 1979, he fulfilled all the requirements necessary to earn a lifetime membership in the prestigious organization. But that wasn’t good enough for Dr. Draehn.
Although not required, he believed he owed it to his patients and himself to demonstrate he still possesses the same knowledge and skills that earned him his first ABP certification, so he voluntarily signed up for the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) evaluation. Recently, he found out he successfully completed the rigorous exam.
In 1985, the MOC became mandatory for all pediatricians. They must complete the MOC course every seven years.
However, an exemption was made for pediatricians, like Dr. Draehn, who were certified before May 1, 1988. They are not required to take the extensive and expensive MOC, but Dr. Draehn chose to do so anyway.
According to the ABP, the purpose of the certification is to,”…provide assurance to the public and the medical profession that a certified pediatrician has successfully completed an accredited educational program and an evaluation, including an examination, and possesses the knowledge, skills and experience requisite to the provision of high quality care in pediatrics.”
Dr. Draehn has been with the Brenham Clinic since 1977. During the past 33 years, he has attended to thousands of children, their children, and even some of their children’s children.
Dr. Draehn attended the University of Houston where he received his B.S. from the College of Pharmacy. He continued his medical education and received his Medical Doctorate from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.
Dr. Draehn's Pediatric Residency was in Galveston as well as Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, North Carolina.