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|Volume 52, Issue 4||October 2015|
|Communications Director's Message|
Message from the Communication Director
It's that beautiful time of year again. The leaves on the trees are transforming to reds and yellows, and the chill in the air tells us it is fall. Everyone is back into the school routine and it is clear that summer vacation is over. What does that mean? Time to start putting together those abstracts for the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting in the spring. Scientific abstracts are due November 10, 2015.
Time to call the biostatistician and crunch those numbers!
In other news, the APA Communications Committee had its first meeting in September and we are moving forward with laying the groundwork to develop our organization's communication strategic plan. If you want to join this gnarly crew, let us know. We have a conference call on the third Tuesday of the month at 9am EST. If you need the password to join us, contact Connie Mackay (email@example.com). You don't want to miss this opportunity to leave your mark.
Finally, I want to share a little secret with the medical educators in the group (so I guess that's everyone). Check out this link on the Academic Pediatrics Journal website to learn more about The Pediatric Milestone Project. The Project provides an important resource for information on the assessment of competencies for pediatric training. Best of all, with your membership in the APA, access is free.
Don't take my word for it. Click on the link!
Until next time, my quote for the month - "Fitting in is boring for anyone who wants to be extraordinary." - Adam Levine, The Voice
Academic Pediatric Association
|APA New Members|
Liz Bayes Santos
Joo Lee Song
|APA Regional Meetings|
APA Region I
March 13, 2016
APA Region II/III
March 11, 2016
New York, NY
APA Region IV
February 19 - 20, 2016
APA Region V
March 11 - 12, 2016
APA Region VI
APA Region VII/VIII
February 18 - 20, 2016
New Orleans, LA
APA Region IX/X
January 30 - 31, 2016
|Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) 2016|
Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) 2016
April 30 - May 3, 2016
PAS Call for Abstracts
Deadline November 10, 2015
The fourth Pediatric Educational Excellence Across the Continuum (PEEAC) Meeting collaboratively sponsored by the APA, APPD, COMSEP and CoPS was held in Atlanta on September 18-19, 2015 at the Westin Peach Tree Plaza in Atlanta. The theme of this meeting was "Optimizing the Learning Environment: Leadership, Training and Patient Care". The PEEAC meeting aimed at current and future leaders in medical education offered plenary talks, networking opportunities, leadership panels, workshops, and poster presentations that focused on numerous topics related to the ideal learning environment. The meeting was overall well attended and allowed for conversations across the different organizations. Thanks to Melissa Klein and Donna D'Alessandro for all their efforts in the PEEAC operating committee.
Educational Scholars Program: Reaching a Ten Year Milestone in 2016!!
Attention APA Members! Planning is underway for an exciting ESP 10 Year Celebration to be held during the PAS 2016 meeting in Baltimore! It is hard to believe 10 years have passed since the ESP was founded. The celebration will allow us to reflect on the past and take pride in the many accomplishments of the program, as well as think about the future of the ESP.
At the event we will celebrate former and current scholars, faculty, local and national mentors, program leaders and institutional partners. Current APA President and former ESP co-director Maryellen Gusic will kick off the celebration with a keynote address. True to our ESP mission, there will be plenty of time for networking.
Planning Committee Co-Chairs Melissa Klein and Barry Solomon have engaged a terrific group of ESP graduates and faculty to make the event special for everyone. The committee represents our past ESP cohorts: Andrew Mutnick (Cohort 1), Len Levine (Cohort 3), Leora Mogilner (Cohort 4), Meghan Treitz (Cohort 5), Liz Hanson (Cohort 6) and ESP program leader, Lindsey Lane. Please contact Melissa (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Barry (email@example.com) if you have any questions or creative ideas to make this event extra special. The date and time of the celebration will be announced soon. Looking forward to celebrating with everyone!
Selection of ESP Cohort 8 Scholars
The Educational Scholars Program (ESP) is in the process of selecting a new cohort of 24 scholars this fall. Applicants will be informed of the results on December 1.
Cohort 8 will begin in May 2016. Over their 3 years in the program, they will add three full-day teaching sessions at PAS, complete 2 educational modules per year, develop an educator portfolio, and plan and conduct a mentored, scholarly project in education. They will receive a Certificate of Excellence in Educational Scholarship after they provide evidence of a successfully peer reviewed publication or presentation related to their project.
If you missed this year, note that Cohort 9 will be recruited and selected in Summer-Fall 2017. For more information on the ESP curriculum and other program activities, go to http://www.academicpeds.org/education/education_scholars_program.cfm.
New faculty advisors for Cohort 8
We will be recruiting a number of new faculty advisors for our Cohort 8 scholars. Former scholars, members of the APA Education Committee or Faculty Development SIG and other persons committed to faculty development in educational scholarship are invited to apply. Advisors serve for three years, coaching two Scholars on career development and scholarship. They are expected to attend the annual ESP Day on the Friday before PAS to participate in project mentoring for scholars and faculty development sessions for advisors. If you are interested, please contact Cohort 8 leader Hans Kersten at Hans.Kersten@DrexelMed.edu.
Two major categories of teaching awards are given by the APA during the PAS annual meeting. The first category is APA Award for Excellence in Teaching Programs. Excellence will be judged on the quality and impact of the program on trainees, the institution and the local community. The second category is APA teaching faculty awards for junior and midlevel faculty. These national awards have been created to recognize excellence in teaching. The awards will be presented at the annual PAS meeting in 2016.
For the faculty teaching awards, excellence will be judged by assessing not only quantity of teaching activities but also quality of teaching and engagement in a broader education community. The nomination committee will use criteria drawn from the AAMC's Toolkit for Evaluating Educators to guide their assessment of candidates. Call for Applications with additional details about the submission packet has gone out. As we begin the 2015-2016 academic year, please encourage worthy educational programs and worthy colleagues who are excellent educators to apply for these 2016 awards, and join the Education Committee in supporting APA's rich tradition of acknowledging and rewarding excellence in teaching. Please note that the deadline for submission of applications is Nov 3.
We will soon be sending out a request for applications to serve on the awards selection committee. Please stay tuned!
Educational Guidelines Resources Update
The Educational Guidelines Update team is happy to offer our membership an updated website with many helpful resources. This website, http://www.academicpeds.org/egweb13/res/HelpToc1.cfm acts as a repository for educational resources in conjunction with many of the topics and rotations offered by the APA Educational Guidelines for Pediatrics Residency. In addition to updating the resources whenever possible the resources are linked to the Pediatric Milestones that are to be reported on Semi-annually. The Milestone links are in red font with initials and numbers indicating the Milestone (e.g. PC1=Patient Care Milestone 1.Gather essential and accurate information about the patient)
This is a "work-in-progress," intended to grow as our colleagues direct us to additional resources. The lists are not intended to be comprehensive. It is our intention to identify accessible and useful resources for educators and learners, who can subsequently pursue more comprehensive resources dictated by their own needs. Many of our users will have expertise in individual disciplines and may wish to suggest additional resources they have identified or others as they become available.
The Educational Guidelines Resource update has truly been a group effort. Over 100 APA members have contributed updated or helped build new resource lists in 76 topics areas. There are six APA members who served as Resource Section Editors for each of the three sections of resources: Standard Rotations (Erica Chung, Karen Smith), Subspecialty Rotations (Jennifer DiPace, Brian Lurie) and Supplemental Learning Experiences (Daniel Neuspiel and Caroline Paul). Mona Hanna-Attisha has uploaded the Resources to the website and serves as technical consultant for this effort. Joseph Gigante served as the Lead Resource Editor
If you have additional resources you would like to see included or have annotations or comments about those listed please send them to Joseph Gigante at firstname.lastname@example.org. Many thanks to all who contributed to this effort!
Academic General Pediatrics Fellowship Accreditation Committee
The Academic General Pediatric Fellowship Accreditation Committee has been working with the National Residency Match Program to facilitate a formal, uniform process for all fellows and program directors of accredited Academic General Pediatric fellowship training programs to identify and be accepted into post-graduate training positions. The benefits of a match include; allowing applicants and programs to consider all options before making decisions, creating an impartial venue for matching programs' and applicants' preferences, and establishing a uniform date for appointments to GME programs. The goal is to join the fall 2016 Pediatric Subspecialty Match program.
This past year, the committee developed and piloted a re-accreditation process which has been successfully implemented this year. Over the past six months we have added 4 new members to our committee who have expertise in both fellowship training and medical education. The new members are Neha Shah, Children's National Medical Center, Melissa Klein, Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Joyee Vachani, Baylor College of Medicine, and Robert Hilliard, Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto. We will be developing standardized program evaluation tools, such as annual fellow and faculty surveys that can be used as benchmarks and outcome measures. This year we have implemented the Pediatric Milestones as a pilot evaluation project in one of the accredited fellowship programs and eagerly await the results of this endeavor. The committee has also added a current fellowship trainee to serve as a liaison from the APA Fellows' Special Interest Group. This individual will serve on the committee to strengthen ties and engagement between our two groups. Lastly, accreditation is underway for our 16th fellowship program and several programs will be re-accredited this year using the new template that was developed and piloted for this purpose.
Here in New Haven, the mornings are crisp, morning runners and dog walkers on Orange Street have traded shorts and T-shirts for fleece, and West Rock Park has a liberal pre-peak smattering of foliage colors. There is no doubt what season it is: Abstract Season.
As your Region I Co-Chairs, we are happy to announce the date and location of this year's Regional Conference. We will be returning to Boston, this time in a larger venue, The Inn at Longwood Medical, adjacent to Children's Boston. Our new space will allow even more dialog during the poster sessions, and foster region-wide networking. The date of the meeting is Monday, March 14, and the planning committee is busily firming this year's theme and recruiting the invited plenary speakers. Please mark your calendars.
As it is abstract season, we encourage all trainees and faculty members to submit their abstracts to the meeting. Next month, we will launch our abstract submission process. This will align submission of abstracts to the regional conference with submission to the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting. The regional conference is, among other things, an outstanding venue to hone presentations for national meetings.
In conclusion, enjoy what is a fantastic season across our region. We'll be in touch soon.
Mark Cicero, MD
604 Chapel Street #5
New Haven, CT 06511
Phone: (203) 444-9786
Matthew Sadof, MD
Baystate Medical Center Children's Hospital
140 High Street C Level
Springfield, MA 01199
Phone: (413) 794-2052
Amy Starmer, MD
Boston Children's Hospital / Harvard Medical School
300 Longwood Ave
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: (617) 355-0673
Greetings friends in Region IV! We hope you've thawed out from last year's region meeting in Charlottesville and the blizzard that nearly derailed it!
We had a great gathering at the Omni where we had phenomenal original science, and an exciting presentation on E-cigarettes and the threats they pose to child health, among many other highlights. We are well into planning the 2016 meeting, which will again be in Charlottesville (perhaps without the snow this time) on February 20-21, 2016. The Meeting Planning Committee members are John Harrington, Kate Connor, Rebecca Carlin, Chris Russo, and Melissa Long,
The meeting will begin Saturday morning around 11 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---stay tuned! For now, block your weekend and plan to spend it connecting with some of your closest Region IV colleagues! We will again be at the Omni 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. This 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!
APA Region IV Co-Chairs
Clifton Lee, MD, FAAP, FHM
Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU
4831 Lippingham Dr
Chester, VA 23831
Phone: (804) 536-3236
Carl Seashore, MD
UNC Chapel Hill
231 MacNider Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Phone: (919) 966-2504
Megan Tschudy, MD
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
960 Fell St #103
Baltimore, MD 21231
Phone: (202) 276-3240
Greetings Region V. Hope everyone is doing well and preparing for the upcoming AAP meeting. The fall has been quite busy and we planning for all of the upcoming activities are region will be involved with in the upcoming year. We hope to have our regional webinar in January and will have a topic more clearly identified for you by the next newsletter. If there are specific ideas for future webinars, please let us know.
We have decided on a date for the Annual Region V Meeting. This year's meeting will take place in Peoria, Illinois on March 11-12, 2016. In the coming month we will be sending out a call for trainee abstracts (residents and fellows), as well as volunteers to review the abstracts. We are again excited to offer complimentary registration to all trainees whose abstract are accepted, as well as cash prizes for the top 3 abstracts in research/quality improvement and the top 2 case report abstracts. Please let us know if you would be interested in presenting, or if you know of topics and speakers that you think would be good for the Regional Meeting. This is an excellent venue to enhance your program's scholarly curriculum and showcase the work being done by your residents and fellows.
Finally, as you are aware, Region V is comprised of Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Illinois. The Co-Chair position is a three year term. Chris is currently in his third (and final) year, and I am Neonatologist and Residency APD in Peoria, is my second year. We are currently looking for a new first year Co-Chair. The main responsibilities of the position are to organize the activities of the Region. The time commitment is minimal. Chris and I usually have a couple of telephone calls for planning purposes. Most of our conversations are done via email. The biggest job is planning the Annual Meeting, which usually is mostly handled by the second year co-chair. It involves finding a site (usually works best to have at your home institution), running the Trainee abstract competition, and planning topics/recruiting speakers. As a first year co-chair, we really just want your input in planning things this year (although you can be more involved if you want). The first year is kind of an opportunity to see what and how things need to be done.
It is a great way to network and get involved in the APA. It is a great leadership opportunity and can help with promotion. Currently the APA Board also drafts letters to our Department Chairs to recognize our leadership as Region Co-Chairs.
I would be happy to talk with you via phone if you have more questions. We hope that you are interested and that you will be able to join us.
Region V Co-Chairs:
M. Jawad Javed, MD
Children's Hospital of Illinois
11129 N. Stone Creek Dr.
Dunlap, IL 61525
Phone: (309) 634-9811
Chris Peltier, MD
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
4371 Ferguson Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45245
Phone: (513) 752-3650
We had an amazing Region VI Fall Meeting at University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas on September 25th. The evening before the meeting, thirteen of our members were able to get together at a colleague's home for a wonderful barbeque dinner . It was a great way to catch up with old friends and meet new ones in a relaxing environment. The meeting was attended by about 70 members from Kansas City Children's Mercy, University of Kansas Medical Center, St. Louis University, University of Iowa, and University of Missouri. Our full day meeting was filled with talks from renowned speakers, interactive workshops, a panel discussion and a poster session. The meeting started with a special Grand Rounds presentation by Maryellen Gusic, MD , President of the Academic Pediatric Association on Ensuring Competence through Authentic Assessment of Learners. Then Keith Mann, MD of the University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Medicine conducted a workshop on Leadership and Quality Improvement. This was followed by a very interactive Leadership Panel Discussion led by five leaders in our region. They each answered a variety of questions in a very wise and honest way. Lunch followed with a concurrent trainee poster session. Forty five abstracts were presented, and awards were given to the two top abstracts. Congratulations to Ryan McDonough and Kelstan Ellis Lynch on their winning abstracts! After lunch, Mary Ellen Gusic, MD conducted a workshop on Mentoring . The meeting concluded with Laura Fitzmaurice, MD of University of Missouri , Kansas City conducting a workshop on Work-Life Balance. The meeting was attended by a great mix of faculty and trainees. It was an opportunity to network and learn from each other. The Region VI Co-Chairs were very happy with the success of the meeting and are very grateful to the hard work of the Co-Planning committee members, the Children's Mercy Support Staff, as well as the wonderful speakers at the meeting.
Upcoming Important Dates
1. PAS Meeting April 30-May 3, 2016 Baltimore
2. PAS Abstracts Deadline 11/10/2015
The Region Spotlight
Kadriye Lewis, EdD , of Children's Mercy Kansas City went to Quito, Ecuador as an "Invited Speaker and Visiting Professor " on June 16-21, 2015. She was requested to give a three day conference at the Universidad San Francisco De Quito College of Health Sciences (USFQ), Quito, Ecuador. She gave a one day workshop on Critical Steps for Building a Competency and Performance Based Curriculum as well as a two day workshop on the Integration of e-Portfolios into Medical Education: The 5 D's Process.
Also Kadriye Lewis's proposal "Identifying Free Riders in Online Work Groups by Using an Intra-Group Peer and Self Evaluation" has been selected as a recipient of the "Best in Track award in the Learning Effectiveness track for the 21st Annual Online Learning Consortium International Conference in Orlando FL.
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Trauma Informed Care Task Force led by one of APA members Resmiye Oral, MD, has been working with invited focus groups consisting of numerous stakeholders to expand trauma informed care practice from the UI Children's Hospital Child Protection Program to pediatric primary clinic among other clinics and units. As a result of this work, the focus groups are in the process of developing a protocol and toolkit to use in the recognition of trauma history of select high risk populations. Thus, children and their families will be connected with needed services, which will be provided through Pediatric and Adult Integrated Health Services of Iowa.
Children's Mercy Urgent Care faculty, Amanda Montalbano, MD, MPH, presented a poster titled, "Urgent Care and Emergency Department Visits in the Pediatric Medicaid Population" at the inaugural meeting of Society for Pediatric Urgent Care (SPUC) conference in Cincinnati, OH in September.
SPUC is a newly formed group representing pediatric providers of urgent care across the country, including representatives from other notable children's hospitals such as Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Children's National in Washington D.C., Seattle Children's Hospital, and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.
Amanda Montalbano has been named the Chair of Research for SPUC. "As chair of research for SPUC, my aim is to elevate the academic profile of pediatric urgent care by increasing publications and scholarly works representing the value that our care brings to the health care delivery model." Modeling similar networks in the APA such as CORNET and BORN, the Organization of Urgent Care Health (OUCH) network will first serve to connect pediatric urgent cares in scholarly work. In the future, SPUC would like to develop this into a database of business, billing, and clinical data.
Sharon Wilkerson-Amendell , MD of Children's Mercy in Kansas City had a recent publication in:- Allergy Asthma Proc. 2015 Sep;36(5):86-91. doi: 10.2500/aap.2015.36.3881.The talking card: Randomized controlled trial of a novel audio-recording tool for asthma control. Cowden JD1, Wilkerson-Amendell S, Weathers L, Gonzalez ED, Dinakar C, Westbrook DH, Williams AR.
Other important information
Newsletter items including Region Spotlight items can be submitted to the national office or the region co-chairs at any time.
Nominations for region co-chair --nominate yourself or someone else by contacting the region co-chairs.
Matthew Broom, MD
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
1465 South Grand Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63104
Phone: (314) 268-4150
Grace Brouillette, DO
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160
Phone: (913) 588-6329
Anita Moonjely, MD
University of Iowa Children's Hospital
200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: (319) 384-6390
|Special Interest Groups|
|Academic Fellows SIG|
Greetings from the Academic Fellows SIG co-chairs! We have been happy to see a recent increase in the number of announcements for academic fellowships in pediatrics. The relative increase in fellowships will likely be a boon to our field, as more and more Pediatricians are being supported in their involvement in public health, quality improvement, research and advocacy. We have noticed, too, that not all of these are categorized as "General Pediatrics” or "Accredited” programs, which may make it difficult for us to communicate with the fellows in different programs.
We are committed to serving the needs of ALL TYPES of Academic Fellows in the APA, and in the future would like to provide more opportunities for communication and interaction within the SIG between PAS meetings. As such, were hoping to get some help from you in making sure that our list of fellowships is complete. Specifically, we are asking:
1. Non-APA accredited Academic Fellowship Program Directors or fellows, please:
a. Contact us so that we can make sure you are on our lists
b. Provide us with a brief summary, or your posting, for your fellowship. We hope to make this information more readily available to current fellows, and, if you wish, to trainees.
2. APA accredited Academic Fellowship Program Directors or fellows, please:
a. Ensure that the information listed on the APA website is current and complete: https://academicpeds.org/education/education_AGP_AccreditedPrograms.cfm
Feel free to send us any of your other thoughts on the fellows SIG and how we can best meet the needs of ALL TYPES of Academic Fellows in the APA.
Elizabeth Dawson-Hahn, MD
2001 8th Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
Phone: (315) 440-9188
Casey Rosen-Carole, Md, MPH
601 Elmwood Ave Box 777
Rochester, NY 14642
Phone: (203) 843-8802
Happy Fall! EBP SIG members have been busy since our meeting in San Diego!
Check out the main webpage: There you will find the notes from the last meeting, along with copies of all the presentations. If you weren't able to go to PAS this year, do check out the power points (click on the link for 2015 presentations): They were all highly rated and found to be useful!
Take a moment to scroll through our resource page: We have been updating it continually:
If you know of any evidence-based resources not listed, do let us know!
Additionally, we continue to update our board-exam style questions concerning EBM on our wiki pages. Do check them out, and feel free to use and comment on the ones posted. If you would like to contribute to the question bank we welcome your input.
Many of you helped us (Rachel Boykan and Bob Jacobson) to pilot a survey for Pediatric Program Directors regarding the use of medical librarians, and teaching of EBM. Thank you! We are pleased to update you that the survey was approved by the APPD Research Task Force and has been sent to 200 program directors. Stay tuned for some interesting data!
Finally, we are looking for speakers for the upcoming annual meeting in Baltimore. All recommendations, including self-nominations, are welcome. We would also welcome your input regarding topics for presentation at the SIG.
Looking forward to seeing you all in Baltimore!
Rachel Boykan, MD
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794
Phone: (631) 444-7884
Kimberley Dilley, MD, MPH
4440 W 95th Street
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Phone: (773) 412-7004
The 2016 Global Health Research Award
The APA Global Health Award has been announced with a deadline of November 10, 2015. If you know of colleagues who are eligible to apply please forward this newsletter.
This is a unique opportunity for junior faculty. The purpose of the Global Health Research Award is to foster clinical research by junior investigators from developing countries in the areas of primary care pediatrics, common child health problems, child health services, or pediatric education. Sponsored by the Academic Pediatric Association, the Global Health Research Award offers the awardee all-expenses paid, including travel, registration fee, and lodging, to the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) meeting on April 30 - May 3, 2016 in Baltimore to present their research. Preference is given to promising investigators at the beginning of their research careers in their home country who have not had a chance to travel and present internationally.
|2016 APA Awards Call For Nominations|
2016 APA AWARDS
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
The Academic Pediatric Association presents
the following awards for nomination:
APA AWARD GUIDELINES
Each award conveys considerable prestige both for the program or individual and for the sponsoring institution. The recipient will be recognized at the annual PAS meeting being held April 30 - May 3, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland.
For the selection process, please consult each individual award description.
If an electronic format is allowed, please:
We had a wonderful PAS meeting last May in San Diego, and part of the credit for the success goes to the participation of our members in the workshop process. Almost 200 APA members served as workshop reviewers last year and almost 200 members led or co-led workshops. The workshops were well-attended and rated highly on evaluations.
Again this year we had a great response from our APA members to the call for workshops for the 2016 PAS meeting. For 38% of all workshops submitted, the lead author was from the APA. We are currently in the process of reviewing the proposals, and leaders will be notified regarding acceptance in November.
We look forward to another successful PAS meeting in Baltimore with outstanding workshops led by our APA members.