Education Committee

  • Chair, Education Committee
    Mary Ottolini MD, MPH
    Children's National Medical Center
    5600 Griffith Road
    Gaithersburg, MD 20882
    Tel: 202/884-3938
    Fax: 202/884-4741

Summer 2008 Newsletter Article

The Education Committee met on Sunday May 4th at the PAS meeting in Honolulu.

Ray Helfer Award Winner:
Dr. Jennifer Arnold for her paper entitled: "Effect of a High Fidelity Simulation Curriculum on Pediatric Resident Competency in Neonatal Airway Management Skills". Dr. Arnold and her collaborators in the Division of Neonatology at Stonybrook determined that the neonatal intubation simulation she developed significantly enhanced resident performance in real intubating real neonates.
Teaching Award:
Leslie Fall, Norm Berman and their many collaborators won the Teaching Award for the interactive computer program: CLIPP, which incorporates the COMSEP competencies and is used by most pediatric clerkships across the nation.
APA Educational Guidelines
The Educational Guidelines Team monitors website usage (new registrants, log-ins, and downloads) and is happy to report high satisfaction and sustained usage of the website over the past three years. We have received some requests to post new and updated curricular materials (EBM, community pediatrics and mental health). To accommodate these and other requests, we have developed a review process and we are developing the administrative component of the website so we can update our database of goals and objectives more easily.
Groups such as APA SIGs, APA committees, etc., that are writing curricular goals, objectives and/or competencies should contact us early in their writing process, so we can discuss formatting requirements. Advanced planning will allow us to integrate your material more effectively into the website. Please contact Diane Kittredge or another member of the Editorial Team.
PAS Educational Scholars Program
The ESP is currently recruiting its third cohort of 20 scholars, who will include about 10 pediatric hospitalists and 10 faculty from other pediatric disciplines. (Please see the accompanying newsletter article by Connie Baldwin for details)
4th Year Medical Student Curriculum:
Drs. Konopasek and Sanguino, leaders of the COMSEP Curriculum Task Force are developing a Pediatric Sub-Internship rotation curriculum. Dr. Bill Raska, the COMSEP president has been developing a survey to be circulated through the COMSEP, APPD and APA listserves to determine perceived gaps in current 4th year medical student education for those entering a pediatric internship after graduation.
" Pediatric Educational Excellence Across the Continuum Conference"
Maryellen Gusik is leading a planning committee which includes members from the leadership of COMSEP (Bill Raszka, Chris White), APPD (Rob McGregor and Susan Guralnick) and Mary Ottolini to work out logistics for the conference which is tentatively being planned for fall of 2009. We will seek the wealth of experience and creativity within the membership of the three organizations when planning the educational sessions.

We envision this "Pediatric Educational Excellence Across the Continuum Conference" (PEEAC) to be the first in a series of annual meetings to enable pediatric educators teaching different levels of learners (students, residents, fellows) and in different clinical settings including the ED, primary care in either academic or community based setting or inpatient or critical care unit to collaborate and learn from each other. We envision that this conference will offer tracks focusing on different topic areas/levels of teaching experience and the opportunity to collaboratively plan pilot projects to introduce new curricula to improve education across the pediatric continuum.
Education Committee Selected Workshops:
Connie Baldwin, Larrie Greenberg, Fred McCurdy and Mary Ottolini led the Education Committee sponsored workshop this year: 3156 Educational Scholarship: Writing, Publishing, and Reaping the Rewards

The Committee selected a workshop proposed by Lindsey Lane and Rob McGregor for the 2009 sponsored workshop, focusing on how to encourage collaboration between educators responsible for teaching different levels of trainees and in different settings.Drs McGregor and Lane gave a preview, leading a mini-workshop during the Education Committee meeting this year discussing how to translate theories about overcoming barriers to collaboration from the business to the medical education setting. We look forward to learning more from them in Baltimore!
Summary of COPE: The American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Pediatric Education
COPE held its annual meeting in Chicago, IL on November 18-19, 2007. (The Education Committee was represented by Franklin Trimm due to the overlap with the APA Fall Board Meeting) Several topics of importance to present and future Pediatric education were discussed and are summarized here.
Physician Re-entry into the Workforce.
With the growing proportion of women in pediatrics and other specialties, there will likely be an increase in the number of pediatricians taking an extended leave during their career or returning to medicine after retiring. Physicians returning to the workforce will face questions about their competence to resume clinical practice. The AAP established the Physician Reentry into the Workforce Project with four workgroups focusing on the concerns noted above. For further information see
Residency Review and Redesign in Pediatrics Project (R3P) Changes Direction.
A project is under way to assess general pediatric residency training and design the best education for pediatricians now and in the future. Three colloquia have been convened over the year of August, 2006 through August, 2007 to create a shared body of knowledge through dialogue within the pediatric community. The ongoing responsibility of the R3P project will be to determine how best to permit goal-oriented innovation in pediatric residency education, how to initiate, facilitate and sustain it, how to oversee it, and finally how to disseminate proven innovations. For more information or to give feedback see the R3P section of the American Board of Pediatrics website,

Resident Education in Environmental Health and Medical Toxicology
The AAP Committee on Environmental Health (COEH) developed educational strategies to improve the education of healthcare providers. Dr. Helen Binns, Chair of the COEH, presented these strategies. the 2nd edition of the "greenbook", Pediatric Environmental Health 2003, free to all AAP members/all incoming pediatric residents. For more info call 866-843-2271. See case studies from the CDC:; webcasts from the EPA:
Resident Education in the Uniformed Services
A presentation by Capt. Gregory Blaschke, MD focused on the unique aspects of pediatric education in the uniformed services and the impact of military action on families and children
International Pediatric Education
Two separate focus areas have been addressed by COPE and the AAP Section of International Child Health (SOICH). The Global Health Educational Council (GHEC) is in the midst of surveying every medical residency program on their international rotations and is going to develop a large resource online composed of all those international opportunities. To address and remove these barriers, the AAP submitted a resolution to the American Medical Association House of Delegates to "work to achieve improved flexibility in graduate medical education funding to defray the costs of rotations in underserved and underrepresented areas that take place outside of a residency's sponsoring institution, included international settings."
Culturally Effective Pediatric Care (CEPC)
A number of educational resources for teaching CEPC have been collected over the past year by COPE members and administrators. The next phase will be to further develop specific educational goals and objectives/organize educational resources to effectively accomplish the educational objectives. These will be available through the Association of Pediatric Program Directors (APPD) web-based Share Warehouse ( .

Mary Ottolini MD, MPH-

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Members of the Education Committee Executive Group and the FD Program Executive Committee

Education Committee Task Forces: Faculty Development Certification Program Task Forces:
Educational Resources
Educational Research
Humanism Workshop

FD Program Marketing and Communications
FD Enrollment and Certification
FD Curriculum Planning
FD Project Facilitation

Name Email Roles
Baldwin, Constance FD Exec Comm Co-Chair
Bar-on, Miriam Awards (co-leader), FD Curr Plan
Barratt, Michelle Educ Research (co-leader), FD Proj Facil
Chandran, Latha FD Exec Comm, Co-Chair; FD Curr Plan (leader)
D'Alessandro, Donna FD Market/Comm
Devries, Jeff FD Enroll/Certif
Ferrell, Cindy FD Curr Plan
Gaebler, Charlene FD Exec Comm, E-Conn (co-leader), Proj Faci
Garfunkel, Lynn Educ Resources (co-leader), FD Proj Facil
Gusic, Maryellen FD Exec Comm, E-Conn (co-leader), FD Enroll/Certif (leader)
Johnson, Carl Educ Research (co-leader)
Keller, David FD Exec Comm; FD Market/Comm (leader)
Konopasek, Lyuba Awards (co-leader), Humanism wksp (co-leader); FD Market/Comm
Kuo, Alice FD Exec Comm; FD Proj Facil (co-leader)
Lopreiato, Joe FD Exec Comm; FD Enroll/Certif
McCurdy, Fred FD Enroll/Certif
Niebuhr, Virginia FD Exec Comm; Market/Comm; Humanism wksp
Ottolini, Mary Educ Comm Chair
Rauch, Daniel Educ Resources (co-leader), FD Curr Plan
Rider, Elizabeth Humanism wksp (co-leader)
Risko, Wanessa FD Proj Facil (co-leader)
Trimm, Franklin Educ Resources (co-leader), FD Curr Plan
Zenni, Elisa Humanism wksp


  1. Develop an annual educational agenda for APA and submit to Board for approval
  2. Create task forces to implement annual agenda and appoint leaders for key activities
  3. Provide follow-up on past projects: e.g., support continuing development, evaluation and dissemination of the Educational Guidelines for Pediatric Residency
  4. Lead the APA Faculty Development Program in collaboration with the Faculty Development SIG
  5. Participate in planning for the Academic Pediatric Generalist fellowship accreditation program
  6. Choose topic, submit abstract and conduct committee-sponsored workshop for PAS
  7. Communicate with larger membership of the Education Committee about new opportunities and activities
  8. Write articles on current activities for the APA newsletter
  9. Plan and maintain committee webpage on the APA website
  10. Review abstracts for PAS workshops
  11. Review abstracts for PAS presentations
  12. Assist with selection of the annual APA Teaching Award (to programs) and Young Investigator Award
  13. Choose annual winner of Helfer Award (to individuals, based on submitted abstracts in the education domain)
  14. Oversee Miller/Sarkin Mentoring Award process
  15. Represent the APA at the AAP Committee on Pediatric Education (COPE)
  16. Plan for spring PAS meeting:
    • Report to the Board
    • Educ committee meeting agenda
    • Committee-sponsored workshop
    • FD Program activities

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The mission of the APA Faculty Development Program is to assist the membership in developing themselves as productive, advancing and fulfilled faculty members and to increase the quality, status and visibility of pediatric educators in academia. The program operates the Educational Scholars Program and E-Connections.




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