October 2016 Newsletter Article

Ethics Essay Contest at Ethics SIG

Ethics SIG at APA Ethics essay contest announcement

Dear Pediatric Residents and Fellows of all Subspecialties in Pediatrics,

We are pleased to announce the fourth APA Ethics Special Interest Group (SIG) Essay Contest.

The contest is open to all pediatric residents and pediatric subspecialty fellows (including pediatric surgical fellows). Essays should focus on the ethical issues that residents and fellows face while caring for patients. Topics may include but not limited to personal narratives of ethical dilemmas faced in training or practice or scholarly presentations of issues related to organizational, interprofessional or global health ethics.

Essays should be between 800 to 1600 words. Essays longer than 1700 words will be disqualified without review. Essays must be original and unpublished works. If multiple authors, the award will be shared. All co-authors should provide demographic information (training status) and role in manuscript preparation.

Two awards will be offered and may be used for expenses related to PAS attendance:

1st Place - $200
2nd Place - $100

The winning essays will be read at the PAS meeting in San Francisco, CA and will be published in PAS website as part of Ethics SIG newsletter in June 2017. If the resident or fellow will be attending PAS in San Francisco they may present their paper themselves.

Deadline: March 10, 2017

Submit essays to:

We wish you all the best in your writings in ethics!

Zeynep Salih, M.D., MA
Indiana University School of Medicine
Riley Hospital for Children

Adrian Lavery, MD, MPH
Loma Linda University
Children's Hospital

2017 APA Election Winners

APA is Happy to Announce This Years Election Winners!


Steve Selbst

Barry Solomon

Communications Director
Nancy Kelly

Chair, Health Care Delivery
Arvin Garg

Chair, Public Policy and Advocacy
Jean Raphael

Nominating Committee
Mandy Allison
Tamara Simon


Greetings friends in Region 4!  We are coming down the days until the 2017 APA Region 4 conference in Charlottesville, VA!  We had another successful gathering last year where we had phenomenal original science, a terrific poster session, and very exciting speed mentoring sessions among many other highlights.  We are well into planning the 2017 meeting which will once again be in Charlottesville, VA February 11-12, 2017.  The meeting will begin Saturday morning at 11AM and conclude by noon on Sunday.  We will be opening abstract submissions soon and soliciting input for additional activities when registration opens on the APA website-so stay tuned!  For now, block your weekend in February and plan to spend it connecting with some of your closest region 4 colleagues!  We will again be at the Omni Charlottesville ( and will have a room block with a special rate.  Keep your eyes on the website and your email for details.  Our challenge to everyone this year-for those who’ve attended before-is to bring someone new with you to the meeting this year.  Could be a student, resident, fellow, new colleague, or senior faculty member who has never made the trip.  We are excited to bring you another amazing region 4 meeting!

Megan Tschudy, Cliff Lee, and Melissa Long, (your region 4 co-chairs) and Rebecca Carlin, Kate Connor, John Harrington, Anne Kane, Chris Russo (your meeting planning committee)

2016 PPC Presidential Candidate Questions and Responses

In September, the Pediatric Policy Council (PPC) - a collaboration of the Academic Pediatric Association, the American Pediatric Society, the Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs, and the Society for Pediatric Research dedicated to promoting public policies to advance child health and well-being - developed four general questions related to child health to be sent to the campaigns of the two major party candidates for President of the United States, Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump, with the goal of better understanding where both candidates stand for children.

The answers provide a glimpse into how the two candidates seeking the presidency will handle some of the most important issues facing children's health care now and in the future. Please see the document for more information. You can read more about the PPC here:

Click Here To View the 2016 PPC Presidential Candidate Questions and Responses

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