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APA Focus
The Official Newsletter of the Academic Pediatric Association

Volume 51, Issue 2 April 2014
Communications Director's Message

Hello APA Friends,

The 2014 Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) meeting is just a few weeks away! As always, the meeting will be packed with poster and platform sessions, workshops, mini-courses, hot topic symposia and much more. APA SIG and Region Chairs: Please take advantage of the APA Wiki to post materials and announcements about your upcoming PAS activities! The meeting is a great opportunity to re-connect with old friends and make new connections with others. For those of you who are new to the PAS meeting, there are many networking events, including the Meet the Professors Breakfasts on Sunday, May 4th 7:00-8:00am and the APA Regional Breakfasts on Monday, May 5th from 7:00-8:00am. Check out the PAS program guide on the PAS 2014 meeting website for details. Many of our Region Co-Chairs have included regional breakfast meeting times and locations in this month's newsletter. I'd like to highlight a few of the special plenary sessions at PAS this year. The keynote speaker for the opening general session on Saturday, May 3rd 5:00-6:30pm will be Dr. Chris Elias, President of the Global Development Program with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The AAP Presidential Plenary will be held on Sunday, May 4th 12:30-4:00pm. The APA Presidential Plenary and Armstrong Lecture will be held on Monday, May 5th 11:30am-5:15pm. Be sure to review the program guide and make your personalized schedule. As some of you may recall, last year the APA had a Mobile App for APA-related activities. This year, the PAS office has developed a Mobile App that will be all inclusive of PAS scheduled events. Check out the PAS 2014 meeting website for details in the coming weeks.

The social media PAS buzz has already begun. Check out Twitter and the APA Facebook page for frequent updates and news about APA awardees, SIG event information and more. Don't forget to post on the APA Facebook wall and tweet your personal highlights of the meeting (#PAS2014 and add our handle @AcademicPeds). Speaking of social media, you definitely won't want to miss this year's APA Membership Meeting and Debate on Sunday, May 4th 3:45-5:45pm. This year's debate resolution: The rise of social media is a boon to the practice and teaching of pediatric medicine! Our 2014 Dynamic Debate Teams include social media experts and Tweetiatricians: Donna D'Alessandro and Dipesh Navsaria (@navsaria) vs. Ivor Horn (@DrIvorHorn) and Benard Dreyer (@BenardDreyer)!

One quick APA website update. Over the next few weeks we will be retiring the old APA website domain/address ( If you have this website address bookmarked on your computer or smartphone, you will be automatically taken to our current website. Please change your bookmark to

On a personal note, this is my last newsletter submission as APA Communications Director. I feel incredibly lucky to have been able to work with many of you over the past 3 years. Serving on the APA Board has been a highlight of my professional career. I'd like to thank everyone in the national office at Degnon Associates. The APA staff work tirelessly to help board members, region and SIG chairs, committee and task force chairs, and all APA members meet our vision of creating a better world for children and families. A special thanks goes out to our executive director, email listserve, newsletter, website and wiki communication specialists at the APA national office, including Connie Mackay, Usha Mishra, Jennifer Padilla, Allison Hartle and Christen Brown. I know your new Communications Director, Ivor Horn, will do an incredible job with the support of the terrific APA staff.

See you in Vancouver!

Barry Solomon
Communications Director

Academic Pediatric Association

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President's Message

David Keller Ode to the APA

The people I love the best
jump into work head first
without dallying in the shallows
and swim off with sure strokes almost out of sight.
They seem to become natives of that element,
the black sleek heads of seals
bouncing like half-submerged balls.

          - From "To Be Of Use" by Marge Piercy

If you haven't read Marge Piercy's poem in its entirety, you should. In it, she sums up the essence of what makes the APA great: We are an association of people who want "to be of use", by creating academic careers that use innovations in practice, educational scholarship, scientific research and advocacy for evidence-based policy to improve health and well being of children and families. As your President this year, it has been my privilege to meet many of you who "jump into the work head first", at regional meetings and on phone calls and via the internet. It is somewhat overwhelming to reflect on what we have done. Together this year, we have:

  • embraced the notion that child health systems need to focus on measureable outcomes,
  • explored the concept of educational milestones to find ways to operationalize a new educational paradigm,
  • supported the early careers of the next generation of academic generalist researchers,
  • moved the reduction of child poverty to the center of the pediatric agenda, and built partnerships outside of Pediatrics to further advance this work.

It's been a busy year, and I hope that many of you are able to join us at the PAS meeting in Vancouver to celebrate what we have accomplished and to figure out what we are going to do next.

I do want to highlight a few items on the agenda at this meeting:

  • May 3, 8:00 AM. ACOs, Bundles and Caps: Caring for Children in an Era of Payment Reform. Four state leaders will be discussing how payment and practice are changing throughout the country.
  • May 3, 2:45 PM. Childhood Poverty and Its Consequences: Potential Solutions. National and international experts discussing how we can address the social determinants of health.
  • May 4, 8 AM. Firearm Injury Prevention in Children: Setting the Research Agenda. Experts explore what we know and what we need to learn about this horrific child health problem.
  • May 4, 12 Noon. Preparing for a New Leadership Position: On-Boarding Strategies for Success. A career development workshop led by a past and incoming APA president.
  • May 4, 3:45 PM. APA Business Meeting and APA Debate. The debate topic is "Resolved: that the rise of Social Media is a boon to the practice and teaching of Pediatric Medicine". Moderated by our Communications Chair, Barry Solomon.
  • May 5, 8 AM. Recommendations from the RWJF Commission to Build Healthier America: The Role for Pediatricians. Mark McClellan and others from the RWJF Commission will discuss how we move the focus from disease management to health promotion in the context of health reform.
  • May 5, 4:45 PM. The Armstrong Lecture. Karen Hein of the Vermont Green Mountain Care Board will speak on "OUTSIDE LOOKING IN, INSIDE LOOKING OUT: Expanding the concept of health". Her career is a testament to the many ways that pediatricians can "be of use".

Actually, the whole APA Presidential Plenary session is going to be awesome. Get your seats early, and stay for the duration (May 5, 1:30 - 5:15 PM)

This is my last column as President. Mark Schuster will take up the gavel from here (literally), and Maryellen Gusic will succeed him in San Diego. The best thing about the APA is that there is no shortage of people ready to pick up the gavel. That's who we are.

See you in Vancouver.

David Keller

Academic Pediatric Association

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Past President's Message

Jaffe "Hope Will Never Be Silent." Harvey Milk

As I write this column I am memorizing the music for the Midwest premiere of "I Am Harvey Milk", a new song cycle written by Andrew Lippa in 2013 and premiered last year by the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus. The text contains many references to Harvey Milk's writing and published speeches. Harvey Milk was the first openly gay person elected to public office in the United States, when in 1977 he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. He served 11 months until he was assassinated along with San Francisco Mayor George Moscone on November 27, 1978. Since then, there have been several books, a film, and now this song cycle written about him. There are many wonderful moments in the song cycle, but one of my favorites is the finale "Tired of the Silence" in which Harvey Milk prophetically recognizes the value of coming out and speaking out. I wonder if he could have foreseen that 35 years later, it would be legal for same sex couples to marry in 17 states and the District of Columbia. Six more states have had federal judges rule that their bans on same sex marriage are unconstitutional. I believe that Harvey Milk understood the impact of speaking out in giving hope to those who experience discrimination and social neglect.

So why do I start my last newsletter column with this story? As I reflect on my term on the Board of Directors of the APA, I realize that we in the APA are not silent about so many things that matter to children's health. We are not silent about poverty, about the need to expand Medicaid for children in all of our states, about the impact of firearm injuries on our children, about immunizations and nutrition and obesity and research aimed at improving health and quality, and about medical education and professional development of our members so that we can all serve children and their families better. And we are no longer silent about the needs for health and well-being of LGBTQ children and parents. For those of us fortunate enough to attend this year's PAS Meeting in Vancouver, we will be able to experience the reach of our remarkable organization. Last year more than half of our membership attended the PAS meeting in Washington DC!

So I would like to stay with tradition and highlight some of the many scheduled events at PAS that have captured my attention and interest. My disclaimer is that, as the largest pediatric research meeting in the world, PAS is filled with terrific content, requiring all who attend to make many difficult choices. In providing highlights, I will inevitably leave out some important programming.

On Friday, May 2, there are three core curriculum tracks for fellows each of which focuses on a set of requisite and useful academic skills.

Also on Friday, there is an all-day session on quality improvement research, which has become a core activity of the APA.

On Saturday, May 3, the inaugural meeting of the SIG on LGBTQ health and well-being will occur at 8:30 AM. Competing with this will be a topic symposium, "Why Are Health Outcomes for Children and Youth Lower in the US Than in Our Peer Nations?"

On Saturday at 10:30 AM, there will be a topic symposium: "Is Health Reform Working for Children?: State Implementation of the Affordable Care Act and Its Consequences for Access to Care and the Practice of Pediatrics."

Speed mentoring will return at noon on Saturday. This requires pre-registration, but there is a waiting list, and if you haven't tried this yet, it is a truly innovative approach to supplement mentoring at your home institution.

At 2:45 PM, there will be a topic symposium on Childhood Poverty and its Consequences: Potential Solutions.

On Sunday, May 4, at 8 AM, Barbara Stoll and I will chair a topic symposium: "Firearm Injury Prevention in Children: Setting the Agenda."

The four committees of the APA meet from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM on Sunday. These include Research, Education, Health Care Delivery and Public Policy and Advocacy. Even if you have not been active in a committee to date, you will certainly find content of interest in a Committee meeting of your choice.

The APA Membership meeting starts at 3:45 PM on Sunday, and finishes with the Annual APA Debate which this year will address the issue:
Resolved: The rise of social media is a boon to the practice and teaching of pediatric medicine. The APA Debate is an opportunity to witness comedy, drama, music and often costumes, while the debaters address this issue with tongue firmly implanted in cheek.

Monday, May 5, will begin with regional breakfasts.
At 8:00 AM there will be a topic symposium on Stigma Ostracism and Bullying.

At 10:15 the Childhood Poverty Task Force will meet.

The APA Presidential Plenary Session and Armstrong Award Lecture begin at 1:30 PM on Monday and will last throughout the afternoon. This session is always a highlight for APA members. David Keller will give his Presidential Address. Karen Hein will deliver the Armstrong Award lecture. Her areas of interest are International Health, Adolescent Medicine and Health Policy.

On Tuesday, May 6, there will be a state of the art plenary session on media violence and public health implications.

In addition to these special programs of interest, there will be many platform and poster sessions of original science in general pediatrics, emergency pediatrics, hospital medicine, injury prevention, and much more.

The annual meeting is a time for us to learn, teach, and to dedicate ourselves to speak out on behalf of the health and well-being of the children and families we serve.

On a personal note, this will be my last newsletter column as APA Past President. Writing columns for the Newsletter during the past three years has been one of my unanticipated sources of joy. Moreover, it has been my honor and privilege to serve in leadership of the APA. I continue to be impressed by the enthusiasm, creativity, warmth, and talent of the many APA members I have met throughout the country during this time. I want to thank the APA staff, the Board of Directors, the SIG and Region Chairs, and each and every one of our members for enriching the lives of students, residents, fellows, colleagues and the children and families in your many domains of pediatric and allied health practice.

Harvey Milk said "You have to give them hope." Our APA vision is "To create a better world for children and families by advancing child health and well-being through the work of our members and collaborators." We are optimistic, scholarly, and vocal about the things that matter to children and families, and in so doing, we are givers of hope.

David Jaffe
Immediate Past President

Academic Pediatric Association

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Secretary's Message

selbet We hope to see you at the PAS meeting in Vancouver in May! Vancouver is beautiful and the PAS meeting held there in 2010 received rave reviews. Last year, the PAS meeting set a record for attendance, with more than 7,000 pediatric professionals assembling in Washington DC. This year's meeting could be even larger, as there is a great academic, educational program scheduled. Thousands of abstracts were submitted this year and it was a very competitive selection process. The quality of the science at this meeting is excellent (Thanks to the many APA members who participated in review of research abstracts and workshop proposals). Each year at the PAS meeting there are more and more physicians joining us from all over the world, making this a very exciting forum for discussion. There will be numerous valuable sessions for academic faculty and trainees.

In addition to the usual platform and poster sessions, some of the highlights of the upcoming PAS meeting include:

  • The St. Geme Award at the Opening Ceremony, this year presented to Dr. Lewis First (5/3)
  • The Third Annual APA Speed Mentoring session to connect younger members of the APA with more senior mentors (5/3)
  • The informative and entertaining APA Debate at the annual Membership Meeting (5/4)
  • Late Breaker Session with cutting edge abstracts of importance
  • The Fellows Core Curriculum providing essential didactic sessions exclusively for fellows (5/2) -before the official meeting begins.
  • 5k Run for Research (5/4)

There will also be dozens of new and innovative workshops and the APA Special Interest Groups (SIGs) eagerly await their annual gatherings at the PAS meeting. We cherish our SIGs and in Vancouver APA members can network and discuss important issues with others who have similar interests and valuable experience. For details, check the schedule of events at the PAS website.

Perhaps the best reason to come to Vancouver is to "smooze" with colleagues. Almost half of our APA membership attends the annual PAS meeting!! So join us in Vancouver. Connect with good friends; meet new collaborators at the poster sessions. Share stories at your regional breakfast meeting or at one of the many receptions. Remember to bring your passport!

Steven M. Selbst
Academic Pediatric Association

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APA New Members

Welcome to all of the new APA Members!

Erin Allen
Michael Bendel-Stenzel
Sladjana Courson
Jean Davis
Kimberley Dilley
Susan Duffy
Sarah Evans
Hagit Friedman
Tara Greendyk
Elisa Hampton
Dougal Hargreaves
Bethany Hodge
Zarah Iqbal
Skyler Kalady
Sonal Kalburgi
Liza Karamessinis
Matthew Keefer
Gauri Kolhatkar
Jamie Kondis
Sara Kopple
Melody Lao
Cynthia Lopez
Jeffrey Michael
Christine Mirzaian
Melissa Moore
Molly Moore
Candice Nelson
Abby Nerlinger
Daniel Nicklas
Elizabeth Peacock-Chambers
Lauren Rose
Eli Sprecher
Michael Tunik
Whitney Waite
Anita Ware
Paria Wilson

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Upcoming Conferences
Quality Improvement (QI) 2014

Quality Improvement 2014
May 2, 2014
Hyatt Regency
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Click here for information and registration packet

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Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) 2014

Pediatric Academic Societies 2014
May 3- 6, 2014
Vancouver, Canada

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Pediatric Hospital Medicine (PHM) 2014
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July 24-27, 2014
Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resorts
Lake Buena Vista, FL
Click here for more information

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Academic General Pediatrics Accreditation Committee (AGPAC)

On May 1, 2014, immediately prior to the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting(PAS), there will be a one day national fellow's conference for fellows and faculty leaders of APA accredited fellowship programs. The conference is entitled, "Building a Strong Foundation for a Productive Academic Career!" All fellows and faculty members from accredited Academic General Pediatric Fellowship programs are invited to attend the meeting from 10 am to 6:30 pm at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in Vancouver, BC. The conference is being hosted by the APA's Education Committee through the Academic General Pediatrics Accreditation Committee (AGPAC).

This national conference is designed for fellows who want to enhance their research and build strong collaborative networks with other fellows and fellowship faculty.

This one-day conference will include workshops, a panel discussion, fellow presentations with feedback, and a plenary by former APA President Peter Szilagyi on "Achieving Academic Success." If you know a fellow in an accredited APA Academic General Pediatric Fellowship, then strongly encourage this fellow to register free-of-charge by April 16, 2014 and sign up to present his or her research. Please contact Allison Hartle ( for details and registration information.

Louis Bell and Teri Turner
Co-Chairs of the Conference

Constance Baldwin
Daniel Coury
Paul Darden
Thomas DeWitt
Benard Dreyer
James Feinstein
Stephen Ludwig
Mary Ottolini
Peter Szilagyi

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We are eagerly looking forward to the APA Education Committee Meeting on Sunday May 4, 2014 at the PAS meeting in Vancouver. All APA members interested in education are welcome to attend this meeting between 11 am to 1 pm at Pan Pacific Hotel, in Oceanview 1&2. We have an exciting new program planned this year: the Educational Project Consultation (EPC). In this program, expert consultants will discuss selected projects from junior faculty to guide them with ideas and solutions to their project challenges and concerns. Four projects have been chosen for the consultation program. Congratulations to

Faculty MemberProject Title
Jane Oh
Childrens' Hospital of Los Angeles
Pharmacy Near Misses: Effects of Real-Time Educational Sessions on Pharmacy Call Backs
Daniel Nicklas
Children's Hospital, Colorado
Primary Care Continuity Curriculum: Implementation of the Yale Curriculum
Kira Molas-Torreblanca
Childrens' Hospital of Los Angeles
Teaching Transitions of Care from Hospital to Home in a Medical Student Pediatric Clerkship
Jori Bogetz
Stanford University School of Medicine
The Virtual Home Visit: Early Integration of Palliative Medicine Principles

Before the meeting, we will be posting on the APA WIKI details regarding all programs within the Education Committee. So if you want to know more about the Academic General Pediatric Fellowship Accreditation Program or the Poverty Task Force Educational Activities etc, please visit the APA WIKI and go to the Education Committee Link after April 20 for the most updated information. This year, we will be recruiting new scholars (cohort 7) into the Educational Scholars Program, so here is an excellent opportunity to support promising junior faculty in your institutions! At the meeting itself, we will only be providing very brief updates from all the core programs but you will get to meet the leaders of these programs for networking or further discussions etc.

Date: Sunday May 4, 2014
Time: 11 AM-1 PM
Venue: Pan Pacific Hotel, in Oceanview 1-2

1. Call to orderChandran 
2. Brief summary of Exec Cmte workChandran10 min
3. Brief Update from Activities (Two slide handouts only)20 min
         a. ESP Baldwin 
         b. Ed Guidelines ProjectGigante 
         c. RAT project Paik 
         d. AGPFACTurner 
         e. APA Poverty Task ForceKlein 
         f. COMSEPBarone 
         g. APPDHicks 
4. Award Announcements 10 min
         a. Teaching Program AwardCrow 
         b. Teaching Faculty AwardBalmer

5. Educational Project Consultation IntroChandran5 min
6. Individual Project ConsultationsJr faculty& experts50 min
7. Large group feedback from Consultations Turner15 min
8. Wrap up and Final CommentsChandran 10 min

Latha Chandran
Education Committee Chair

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Health Care Delivery

Blockbuster Panel Planned for the Health Care Delivery Committee Meeting at PAS

Plans are being finalized for the panel, Caring for Poor Children in the Health System of the Future, to be presented at the Health Care Delivery Committee Meeting at PAS in Vancouver. Our panel includes Joanne Cox, Arthur Fierman, Kelly Kelleher and Evan Fieldston. Jon Finkelstein, incoming Chair of the HCD Committee and Vice Chair for Quality and Outcomes at Boston Children's Hospital will moderate. The majority of the HCD Committee Meeting will be devoted to the panel presentations and discussion. If our preliminary planning sessions are any indication this will be a provocative discussion of health care delivery in the future that you won't want to miss. The HCD Committee meeting will be Sunday May 4 in the Pan Pacific Hotel (conveniently located next to the Vancouver Convention Center) from 11:00 - 12:30.

The HCD Committee has also organized the Topic Symposium, Innovative Models in Health Care Delivery for the PAS. The Topic Symposium will be Monday May 5 from 10:30 - 12:00 in the Vancouver Convention Center. Our Topic Symposium this year features Kelly Kelleher, Drew Hertz and Betty Vohr, 3 of the pediatric awardees of CMMS Innovation Grants and a fourth presentation from Bob Finuf, the Executive Director of the Pediatric Care Network in Kansas City. The presentations will focus on the experience, expected and unexpected, of implementing models for innovative care along with outcome data on progress to date.

Make plans to attend the 4th Annual Advancing Quality Improvement Science for Children's Healthcare Research Conference on May 2 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver. This is the premier APA QI Research Conference. There are 6 new topics this year, added to the list of most wanted sessions from the past. The faculty is top notch and consists of the best quality researchers in the country. This is the place to improve your skills in quality research in a day. Find registration information at the APA website under the events tab or follow the link:

In other news, the APA, has joined the National Quality Forum. Activities associated with the NQF will be coordinated through the HCD Committee and Jon Finkelstein will be our primary contact. Membership in the NQF represents an opportunity to increase pediatric representation on important national committees and task forces involved in setting quality standards and health care policy. This will be a tremendous opportunity not only for the APA, but, for our members to apply their pediatric expertise to the national conversation.

Jane Knapp
Health Care Delivery Committee Chair

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The APA celebrates the recipients of this year's Young Investigator (YI) Awards as well as the 2014 Trainee Research Awards. Many thanks to the many APA members who serve as reviewers for each of these award mechanisms.

The APA YI Program funds projects in health services research, medical education, adolescent medicine, public health, epidemiology, emergency medicine, child maltreatment, hospitalist medicine, developmental/behavioral pediatrics, and other general pediatric clinical research domains. The APA Bright Futures YI Program, supported by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics, funds projects aimed at enhancing the effectiveness of and research base for health supervision in primary care. The APA YI Award Program for Primary Care Strategies for the Promotion of Early Literacy and School Readiness, supported by Reach Out and Read, funds research focused on interventions in primary care to support the early stages of literacy development and school readiness among children at risk for reading problems or school failure. CONGRATULATIONS TO:

APA Young Investigator Award
Eric Biondi, MD
Incidence, Epidemiology, Resistance Patterns and Contamination Costs of Suspected Serious Bacterial Infection in Previously Healthy Infants
University of Rochester Medical Center
Mentor: Francis Gigliotti, MD

Arti Desai, MD
Developing a Parent-Reported Outcome Measure to Assess the Quality of Transitions from Hospital to Home: a Validation Study
University of Washington
Mentor: Rita Mangione-Smith, MD, MPH

Charisse Kwan, MD
Climbing the Learning Curve- Teaching the Pediatric Emergency Physician How to Interpret Point-of-Care Ultrasound Images
The Hospital for Sick Children
Mentor: Kathy Boutis, MD

Carolyn Schook, MD
Achieving High Quality Pediatric Hospital to Home Transitions: The Parent and Healthcare Provider Perspectives
University of Washington
Mentor: Rita Mangione-Smith, MD, MPH

Joanna Thomson, MD
Pneumonia in Children with Neurological Impairment
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Mentor: Samir Shah, MD, MSCE (Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center)

APA/ Bright Futures Young Investigator Award
Amy Beck, MD, MPH
Evaluation of a Primary Care-Based Intervention to Reduce Consumption of Sugar-sweetened Beverages and 100% Fruit Juice Among Latino Children
University of California San Francisco
Mentor: Michael Cabana, MD, MPH

Lisa DeCamp, MD, MSPH
Health and Healthcare Activation among Latino Parents of Young Children
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Mentor: Tina Cheng, MD, MPH

Kathryn King, MD
Anticipatory Guidance for Healthy Schools: Exploring How School Wellness Climate Affects Fitness, Academics and Behavior
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Mentor: Nancy Hutton, MD

Jenny Radesky, MD
Parent views about mobile device use around and by young children: A qualitative analysis of styles of use, perceived risks and benefits, and parent-child interaction
Boston Medical Center
Mentor: Michael Silverstein, MD, MPH

Krishna Upadhya, MD, MPH
Enhancing Reproductive Health in Adolescent Preventive Visits Using a Preconception Health Framework
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Mentor: Tina Cheng, MD, MPH

Ashley Weedn, MD, MPH
Cultural Assessment of Obesity in American Indian Preschool Children: A Qualitative Study of Parents and Caregivers
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Mentor: Paul Darden, MD

APA Resident Investigator Award
Francis Real, MD
An Educational Curriculum on the Significance of Neighborhood for Child Health: Will It Change Resident Anticipatory Guidance?
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Mentor: Melissa Klein, MD, Med

Julia Sharp, MD
The Influence of Temperament on Outdoor Play in Early Childhood
The Hospital for Sick Children
Mentor: Catherine Birken, MD, MSc

APA/Reach Out and Read Young Investigator Award
John Hutton, MD
A Neuroimaging-Based Pilot Study Comparing Brain Regions Involved With Receptive Language in Reach Out and Read "Graduates" and Unexposed Children Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Mentor: Tom Dewitt, MD

Jayna Schumacher, MD
Use of E-Books to Support Emerging Readers from Families with Low Socioeconomic Status Boston Medical Center
Mentor: Barry Zuckerman, MD

Intrigued to learn more about the YI programs? Please visit

Thinking of an idea for next year's cycle, but don't know how to craft an application? Consider attending this year's PAS workshop: Grant Writing for Young Investigators: Designing, Funding, and Implementing One-Year Research Projects and Having Fun Doing It! The workshop will be held Saturday May 4, 2014 8:30-11:30.

The APA also is delighted to announce the recipients of the 2014 Trainee Research Awards. These awards recognize research excellence by trainees in the fields of general pediatrics (including public health, epidemiology, health policy, and underserved populations), health services research, education, adolescent medicine, child abuse, developmental/ behavioral pediatrics, emergency medicine, and hospitalist medicine.

Please join us when we present these awards at the APA Research Committee Meeting on Sunday, May 4, 2014 from 11am-12:15 pm at the PAS meeting; the Committee will meet at the Pan Pacific in the Pacific Rim 1. CONGRATULATIONS to this year's recipients.

Prasanna Ananth, MD, MPH
Health Care Utilization and Costs in the Last Year of Life for Children With Complex Chronic Conditions
Mentors: Joanne Wolfe, MD, MPH and Jay Berry, MD, MPH

William Heerman, MD
The Interaction Between Maternal Pre-Pregnancy BMI and Excess Gestational Weight Gain Shapes Infant Growth
Mentor: Shari Barkin, MD, MSHS

Alisa Khan, MD
Same-Hospital Readmission Is an Incomplete Measure of Quality in Pediatrics
Mentors: Mark Schuster, MD, PhD and Mari Nakamura, MD, MPH

Maren Lunoe, MD
A Randomized Clinical Trial of Jet Injected Lidocaine (J Tip) To Reduce Venipuncture Pain for Young Children
Mentors: Amy Drendel, DO, MS and David Brousseau, MD, MS

Michael Flaherty, DO
Effect of Massachusetts' Graduated Driver Licensing System on Adolescent Motor Vehicle Crashes
Mentors: Laura Koenigs, MD and Nancy Miller, MD

Carolyn Sawyer, MD
Greater Infant Acceptance of Maternal Feeding Prompts and Eating Rate at 12 Months Relates To Weight Status from Infancy To 10 Years
Mentor: Sheila Gahagan, MD, MPH

Doug Gilchrest-Scott, BA
Association of Medicaid Managed Care Structure and Receipt of Care Coordination When Needed
Mentor: Rishi Agrawal, MD, MPH

Anglina Kataria, BS
Association between Perfluoroalkyl Acids and Kidney Function in Adolescents
Mentors: Leonardo Trasande, MD, MPP and Howard Trachtman, MD

Sarah McNab, MBBS
A Randomised Controlled Trial of a Solution Containing 140mmol/L of Sodium Compared To 77mmol/L of Sodium for Maintenance Intravenous Fluid Therapy in Hospitalised Children: the PIMS (Paediatric Intravenous Maintenance Solution) Study
Mentors: Trevor Duke, MBBS, MD; Michael South, MBBS, MD and Andrew Davidson, MBBS, MS, MD

Cynthia Minkovitz
Research Committee Chair

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Core Activities

PAS 2014
CORNET is excited to be meeting soon at the PAS meeting in Vancouver, Canada, May 3-6! Every year we come away feeling revitalized from sharing progress on ongoing studies, collaborating on potential new projects and recruiting new continuity programs into our network.

If you are attending PAS this year, please consider stopping by these CORNET events:

  • CORNET General Membership and Recruitment Meeting
    Sunday, May 4 from 9AM - 11AM
    We encourage as many current or potential members as possible to join this event and hear about our network, our project updates and upcoming plans. Location to be announced!

  • Do Point-of-Care (POC) Prompts Increase Adolescent Immunization Coverage? A Randomized Control Trial
    P Szilagyi, J Serwint, S Humiston, C Rand, S Schaffer, P Vincelli, N Dhepyasuwan, A Blumkin, C Albertin, R Curtiss.

    Platform presentation, Immunizations Delivery Session, Monday, May 5 1PM - 3PM
    Presenting author: Sharon Humiston

    The Adolescent Immunization in the Medical Home (AIMHI) project was a collaborative effort with the Greater Rochester Practice Based Research Network (GR-PBRN), to help identify and implement best practices to enhance adolescent immunizations within medical homes.

  • Health Information Technology in Pediatric Residents' Professional and Personal Lives
    L C Garfunkel, N Dhepyasuwan, W L Hobson, R Samuels, R A Bloomfield, Jr., M Deimling, B Margolis, R Wasserman, and J R Serwint.

    Platform presentation, Hot Topics in Medical Education Session, Sunday, May 4 3:30PM - 5:30PM
    Presenting author: Lynn Garfunkel

    The Resident Health Information Technology (RHIT) survey assessed the current healthcare information technology used by pediatric residents and their associated experiences and attitudes regarding medical IT.

  • Obesity and Timing of Boys Pubertal Development
    Wasserman R, Kaciroti N, Gebremariam A, Steffes J, Dowshen S, Harris D, Serwint J, Abney D, Smitherman L, Reiter E, Herman-Giddens, ME.

    Platform presentation, Endocrinology II: Clinical Session, Monday, May 5 1PM - 3PM
    Presenting author: Joyce Lee

    Several CORNET sites were recruited to participate in a study from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Pediatric Research in Office Settings (PROS) network. The Secondary Sexual Characteristics in Boys (SSCIB) study was designed to determine the stages of secondary sexual development and mean ages of onset of pubertal testicular enlargement among boys of varied racial and ethnic origin in the United States.

Ongoing Projects
National Partnerships for Adolescent Immunization (NPAI)

Fourteen CORNET sites have begun the implementation phase of this national Quality Improvement project which focuses on enhancing adolescent immunization delivery in pediatric resident training programs.

During this stage of the project, faculty and residents take iterative steps to improve the changes implemented at their practice throughout the year, and participate in Learning Collaborative conference calls with other programs. In this way we will be able to assess different interventions in different clinics and share in a collaborative way what works, what common barriers exist and what can be done to overcome them. We look forward to working closely with our members to improve the quality of immunization delivery at their practices!

Projects in development
Addressing Families Unmet Basic Social Needs in Pediatric Practices:
We are working on a collaborative project involving both the CORNET and PROS research networks. This project will address poverty related issues and unmet basic social needs of families in our pediatric practices. Arvin Garg serves as the Principal Investigator of this project and the proposal builds on research he has conducted in a continuity clinic setting at Hopkins and at community health centers in Boston. This next step would extend the outreach more broadly to practices across the United States. This project seems to be particularly timely in view of both the APA and AAP's commitment to addressing childhood poverty.

Research questions to be addressed:

  • Do pediatric residents and practicing pediatricians have similar attitudes and behaviors towards screening for unmet basic social needs at well-child care visits?
  • What is the prevalence of unmet basic social needs in families whose children receive medical care at pediatric practices, and how do they differ between types of practices, geographic locations (ie. urban, suburban, rural) and types of insurance coverage?
  • Is a pediatric-based intervention that addresses families' unmet basic social needs and has been field tested in urban pediatric settings feasible in pediatric practices at large?

The social needs that would be assessed include: Risk of homelessness, food insecurity, unemployment, need for GED, need for day care.

This project is currently being discussed by members of our respective research networks and further discussions will take place at the PROS and CORNET national meetings. More details will be available after the PAS meeting. Stay tuned!

Other projects
Does co-location of Mental Health (MH) services diminish disparities in provision of MH services to children?
This project, in early development, continues the CORNET study on integration of mental health service, led by Maya Bunik. This proposal looks at disparities in the receipt of appropriate services for children referred for mental health services, dependent on co-location of services and other barriers to care. Susan Feigelman, Lynn Garfunkel and Sharon Dabrow are leading this project development.

EMR: Another project in early stages is a study of best-practices around use of electronic health records and how best to maximize accuracy, efficiency and patient satisfaction.

COPTER: The COPTER study (Curriculum on Obesity Prevention, Treatment and Evaluation in Residency) aims to test the implementation of a curriculum for pediatric residents while gauging change in resident attitudes and knowledge on the subject of childhood obesity. Members of the CORNET Steering Committee, lead by Bill Stratbucker, are working toward identifying funding and to allow site recruitment to occur.

Published Research

  • Bernstein H, Dhepysuwan N. Connors K, Volkan K, Serwint JR. Evaluation of a National Bright Futures Oral Health Curriculum. A CORNET study. Acad Pediatr 2013:13:133-9.

  • Humiston SG, Serwint JR, Szilagyi PG, Vincelli PA, Dhepyasuwan N, Rand CM, Schaffer SJ, Blumkin AK, Curtis CR. Increasing adolescent immunization rates in primary care: Strategies physician use and would consider implementing. Clin Pediatr. 2013. 52:710-720.

  • Bunik M, Talmi A, Stafford B, Beat B, Kempe A, Dhepyasuwan N, Serwint JR. Integrating mental health services in primary care continuity clinics: a national CORNET study. Acad Pediatr. 2013. 13(6):551-557.

  • Khan MA, Barratt MS, Krugman S, Serwint JR, Dumont-Driscoll MC for the CORNET Investigators. Variability of the Institutional Review Board Process within a National Research Network, (in press) Clin Pediatr.

  • Okelo SO, Siberry GK, Solomon BS, Bilderback AL, Yamazaki M, Hetzler T, Ferrell CL, Dhepyasuwan N, Serwint JR. for the CORNET Investigators. Asthma Treatment Decisions by Pediatric Residents Do Not Consistently Conform to Guidelines nor Improve with Level of Training, in press, Acad Pediatr.

  • Simeonsson K, Olsson J, Dhepyasuwan N, Stratbucker W, Meyer M, Serwint JR for the CORNET Investigators. Self-Prescription and Informal Care Seeking by Pediatric Residents, in press, Journal of Graduate Medical Education

Regional Research Chair Recruitment
We are seeking APA CORNET members from Region X and Region VI to serve as regional research chairs and as members of the CORNET Executive Committee. Region X represents CORNET members from Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Northern California, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, Alberta and British Colombia. Region VI represents Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.

For inquiries or to apply, please submit your name, your CV and a brief summary describing your interest in serving on the CORNET Executive Committee as a Regional Research Chair. Please submit this information to the CORNET Research Coordinator, Nui Dhepyasuwan at New Regional Chairs chosen this spring may be able to participate in our annual meeting at the PAS meeting.

Submitted By:
CORNET Steering Committee

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Educational Scholars Program


The APA's Educational Scholars Program (ESP) is recruiting both scholars and faculty for a new ESP cohort that will begin in May 2013. To download the recruitment flyer, click here. Since 2006, 60 scholars have earned Certificates of Excellence in Educational Scholarship. A total of 41 scholars are currently active in the program.

What do Scholars do in the Educational Scholars Program? Scholars complete an application, as described below. The ESP curriculum includes 3 full-day teaching sessions, which scholars attend over 3 years at the PAS meetings, and educational modules to be completed between PAS meetings. Each scholar develops an educator portfolio and receives expert feedback on it. Finally, scholars must plan and conduct a mentored, scholarly project in education. To receive a Certificate of Excellence in Educational Scholarship, each must provide evidence of a successfully peer reviewed presentation or publication related to the project. For more information on the ESP curriculum and activities, go to the URL above.

What do ESP Faculty do in the program? The ESP is an ideal way for experienced pediatric educators to build their mentoring and leadership skills by working one-on-one with future stars in the world of pediatric education, and enjoying fine networking opportunities with other dedicated educators. Our current group of 42 faculty serve as Faculty Advisors (2 scholars assigned to each), Cohort Leaders, PAS Instructors, Intersession Module Leaders, and ESP Administrators.

Several faculty advisors are needed for the incoming group of scholars. ESP faculty are well positioned for future leadership positions in the APA. If you are interested, email Program Director, Connie Baldwin, at

Scholar Application Process: The ESP application website will open on July 1, 2014, and the deadline for online submissions is October 1, 2014. Scholars complete an application, including a 2-page project proposal, and undergo a rigorous selection process. For those interested in applying, NOW is the time to choose a mentor and begin planning a project for inclusion in your application. The link to the application website will be available by mid-June at: The application fee is $75.

Applicants must submit letters of support from their mentor and another faculty member who knows their work well. They must also provide a statement from their supervisor that commits to payment of an enrollment fee of $5500 and permission for the scholar to devote 10% FTE to the program over 3 years (May 2015 - May 2018). Scholars selected for enrollment are notified by December 1, 2014.

All scholars are expected to be or become members of the Academic Pediatric Association by the time of enrollment in the ESP. For application information, contact Christen Brown: For questions about the program, contact Connie Baldwin:

Connie Baldwin
Educational Scholars Program Chair

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Task Forces
Global Health

Please join in us for the annual meeting of the Global Health Task Force. This is an open meeting and all interested PAS participants are encouraged to attend. The draft agenda follows:

Faculty Competencies in Global Child Health
Sunday, May 4, 2014
8:30 am - 11:30 am

The APA Global Health Task Force has developed a consensus statement on faculty competencies needed to provide clinical service, research and teaching and administration in global settings. The statement, which was drafted by APA Global Health Task Force members from the Academic Pediatric Association, the Association of Pediatric Program Directors, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Canadian Pediatric Society, and the Programme for Global Pediatric Research, will be released at this session.

8:30 Welcome - Ruth Etzel, Chair, Global Health Task Force
8:35 - 9:30 Faculty competencies in global child health
9:45-11:00 Small groups each formulate 12 faculty competencies
  • General competencies common to all areas of global health
    Donna Staton

  • Research competencies
    Ruth Etzel and Bob Bortolussi

  • Education competencies
    Melanie Anspacher, Cindy Howard and Christiana Russ

  • Administration competencies
    Chandy John

  • Clinical competencies
    Mirzada Kurbasic and Yvonne Vaucher

9:30-10:30 Research in global health: Preliminary qualitative survey results - Andrew Sherman
10:30-11:30 Plan for transition - Ruth Etzel, Mirzada Kurbasic, Danielle Laraque and Suzinne Pak-Gorstein

Ruth A. Etzel
Global Health Task Force Chair

Academic Pediatric Association

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Region II

We would like to thank all who attended our Regional Meeting which was held on March 7th at Weill Cornell Medical College. Once again, the meeting was shared with Region 3 and the day was extremely successful. It was wonderful to see both established and new members in attendance at the meeting. Our keynote speaker was Dr. Ted Sectish, Professor of Pediatrics, Vice Chair of Education, and the Program Director of the Pediatric Residency Program at Boston Children's Hospital. We all enjoyed Dr. Sectish's talk titled, "The Future of the Workforce in Pediatrics: A Blueprint for Change and Action."

We would also like to extend a special thank you to all of the workshop leaders. MacKenzie Hillard from Region 3 and Melissa Cellini conducted a faculty development session on engaging the learner in the outpatient setting. Erika Abramson and Jessica Anker raised awareness about health literacy and numeracy and educated our regional members about advocating on this important topic. Caryn Rogers, Marni LoIacono Merves, and Rosy Chhaabra conducted a workshop focused on community based research. All of the workshops were timely, interactive, and educational.

APA President-Elect, Dr. Mark Schuster, gave an enlightening talk overviewing the APA and all of the opportunities available to the members. Based on your interests, there are a variety of ways to get involved. Thanks to all of our platform and poster presenters for sharing their research projects with us. It was so inspiring to see some of the innovative work members from our region are doing. Once again an informal mentoring session took place over lunch. Students, residents, fellows, and junior faculty were given the opportunity to pick the brains of our senior faculty and get great advice. This continues to be a huge success.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone at PAS in Vancouver. Just a reminder about our regional breakfast, it will be held on Monday May 5th from 7:00 - 8:00 am in the Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel, Oceanview 6.

Finally, we would like to extend our congratulations to the next co-chairs of Region 2:

Rachel Gross - Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Attending Pediatrician at The Children's Hospital at Montefiore

Sylvia Lim - Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Attending Pediatrician at The Children's Hospital at Montefiore

Shonna Yin - Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics at NYU Langone Medical Center

Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Region II Co-Chairs:
Jennifer Dipace

Allison Gorman

Brian Lurie

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Region V

Happy Spring from Region V!

We just finished a very successful Region V Meeting last month at Dayton Children's Hospital. Maryellen Gusic kicked off the meeting with a workshop on coaching and sponsoring mentees, followed by an update from the APA Board delivered by APA President David Keller. Other topics presented included Surgical Management of Obesity, Dermatoses in Children of Color, Reforming Medical Business Ethics, and Social Determinants in Pediatrics. Almost 20 trainees presented their research during the annual poster session, and the Trainee Abstract Award Winners presented the platform presentations below:

  • Lauren Solon (Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center) - A Mixed Methods Evaluation of Inpatient to Outpatient Communication
  • Nathan Fleming (Riley Hospital for Children) - Process Analysis to Improve Results Reporting for Children Exposed to HIV in Kenya
  • Sarah McAndrew (Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago) - Resident Use of Problem Lists Improved after Intervention in EMR

If you plan on attending PAS in Vancouver, please make plans to join us on Monday, May 5th from 7-8 am for the Annual APA Region V Breakfast. We will be meeting at the Pan Pacific Hotel, in Oceanview 5. In addition to the annual region business meeting, Lauren Solon, the overall Trainee Award Winner from our Region Meeting, will present her research. Finally, several of our other trainee posters will be on display. It is a great opportunity to network with other region members.

Speaking of trainee presentations, if you are planning on attending PAS in Vancouver, we hope you will consider participating in our trainee poster mentoring program. We will be asking for volunteers to support our trainees and provide them feedback on their posters.

If you are presenting a workshop, poster, SIG meeting, or oral presentation at PAS, please let us know. We will distribute a list of Region V presenters so we can all support the great work that is taking place within our Region!

As always, if you have any suggestions for future webinars or topics you would like to see at our Annual Region Meeting, please let us know.

Have a wonderful Spring and we hope to see you in Vancouver!

Region Co-Chairs:
Merrilee Cox

Chris Peltier

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Region VI

Greetings Region VI Members! As we look forward to spring, we also look forward to our regional breakfast meeting at PAS in Vancouver. Our meeting will take place on Monday, May 5th at 7am - Pan Pacific Hotel, Oceanview 2 room.

Congratulations to Matthew Broom of St. Louis University School of Medicine who has been selected as our new Region VI Co-chair. Matt will be installed as the new Co-chair during the region breakfast at the PAS meeting. We hope everyone will be able to attend.

Institutional Liaisons
In an attempt to increase information exchange and member involvement, the idea of institutional liaisons has been proposed. Institutional liaisons would be individuals who would agree to represent their institution through regular interactions with the Region VI co-chairs. Liaisons would be self-nominated or institution determined and serve for 3 years.
Duties would include:

  • Representing their academic institution as the "Go To" person, that the Region VI co-chairs could approach, to ask for member help with projects or requests from the national APA office.
  • Providing information about member activities/achievements at their institution such as awards and projects. This would be placed in the region newsletter under the "spotlight" section up to 6 times/year.
  • Assist with promotion of regional and national activities including membership, identifying volunteers for committees, projects, etc.

As we move forward with this concept, there will be opportunities to discuss this and entertain any other suggestions for bringing Region VI together.

The Region Spotlight
Mary Ann Queen at Children's Mercy in Kansas City was selected to serve on the steering committee for the pediatric hospital medicine Value in Pediatrics (VIP) network's newest quality project on community acquired pneumonia sponsored by the AAP. Her article entitled "Comparative Effectiveness of Empiric Antibiotics for Community Acquired Pneumonia" was published in the January issue of Pediatrics. Congratulations Mary Ann!

Region Co-Chairs:
Donna D'Alessandro

Anita Moonjely

Sharon Wilkerson

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Region VII & VIII

Regions VII and VIII held their annual regional meeting in New Orleans, February 20-22, 2014 during the Southern Regional Societies Meeting.

The meeting featured outstanding original science and clinical case presentations as well as the opportunity for poster mentoring.

We were thrilled to have David Keller, APA President, present. He addressed attendees prior to the APA Workshops with an APA update, including new APA programs and awards, and future directions for the APA.

This year there were two APA sponsored workshops: The first one was "Don't Re-Invent the Wheel: Sharing Ideas for Community Pediatric and Advocacy Training," presented by Nancy Kelly, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Marny Dunlap, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and Annamaria Church, University of Tennessee COM-Chattanooga. The second workshop was "An Objective Measure of Parenting Skills for the Pediatrician by Gail Beeman,' Marion Hare, Kristen Bettin, and Steven Pishko, University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

For the first time, APA Regions VII and VIII gave joint awards for the abstract presentations in the Pediatric Clinical Symposium. All presentations were by trainees and all presenters were eligible for the awards. The awards are as follows:

1st Place (with a cash award of $300) was Dana LeBlanc, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center/Children's Hospital New Orleans, "Successful Management of Invasive Fungal Sinusitis in a Pediatric Leukemia Patient with Profound Neutropenia."

2nd Place (with a cash award of $200) was Monica Singh, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, "Cutaneous Leishmaniasis Acquired in the US in a Pediatric Patient-Therapy with Topical Ketoconazole."

3rd Place (with a cash award of $100) was Erinn Schmit, University of Alabama at Birmingham: "Group C Streptococcus Sepsis in a Pediatric Patient with Tuberous Sclerosis."

We hope you plan to attend the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting to be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, May 2nd- 6th. If you do attend, be sure to come to the regional breakfasts, to be held Monday morning, May 5th from 7:00-8:00 AM in the Pan Pacific Hotel in Oceanview 3 (Region VII) or Oceanview 4 (Region VIII). Please plan to join us if you'll be in Vancouver! Click on this link to register for the PAS meeting:

Region VII Co-Chairs:
Jennifer Andrews

Paul Cooper

Monique Naifeh

Region VIII Co-Chairs:
Kristina Gustafson

Kimberly Northrip

Michelle Stevenson

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Region IX & X

Please plan to join friends old and new at the Regional Breakfast at the annual Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on Monday, May 5, 2014 in Oceanview 7!

We are planning on a brief update on the regional meeting held in January, followed by presentations by the three winners of the Paul Young Travel Award. Patrick Peebles from UCSF will present "MyPICS: Photo identification cards of a medical team on an inpatient pediatric ward", followed by Kaitlyn Bailey also from UCSF for "uTALK: Evaluation of a Mobile Health Program Addressing Speech and Language Delay", followed by Elizabeth Barnert from UCLA for her abstract "Understanding protective and risk factors for criminal offending from adolescence to adulthood: a life course perspective." The winners will also receive their certificates.

We look forward to seeing you all in lovely Vancouver!

Region IX Co-Chairs:
Gina French

Larry Yin

Region X Co-Chairs:
Mandy Allison

Dean Sidelinger

Tamara D. Simon

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Special Interest Groups
Culture, Ethnicity and Health Care & Environmental Health

This year at the annual PAS meeting in Vancouver we will have the first ever combined meeting of the Culture, Ethnicity, and Healthcare SIG and the Environmental Health SIG on Saturday, May 3, 2:45-4:45 PM. The combined session will focus on an important intersection between the SIG themes - how place influences health. Megan Sandel and James Collins will discuss the life-course perspective on how the environment influences health, as well as social determinants of health and health inequities. Implications for research, policy, and education will be discussed. This is also the first year for our new SIG co-chair, John (JC) Cowden, Medical Director of the Office of Equity and Diversity at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. Please join us for this informative and engaging session.

In other SIG news, co-chair Rashmi Shetgiri and prior co-chair Darcy Thompson presented an interactive group forum entitled Caring for a Culturally Diverse Society: Understanding the Impact of Changing Demographics on the Care We Provide at the 2013 American Academy of Pediatrics NCE in Orlando, Florida. The forum addressed the evolution of demographics in the US and the most current research on how this affects pediatric practice. The discussion focused on the growing immigrant population, cultural and linguistic aspects of providing culturally-competent pediatric care, barriers to quality care for immigrant population, and resources to address these barriers. Please contact Dr. Rashmi Shetgiri at for more information.

Culture, Ethnicity & Health Care SIG Co-Chairs:
John Cowden

Rashmi Shetgiri

Environmental Health SIG Co-Chairs:
Heather Brumberg, MD, MPH

Mateusz Karwowski, MD, MPH

Adam Spanier, MD, PhD, MPH

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Division Directors

APA Division Director's SIG will meet in Vancouver on Sunday, May 4, 2014 from 12pm-3pm.

We would like to extend an invitation to all directors of academic/clinical/educational services, including, but not restricted to: General Pediatrics, Ambulatory Pediatrics, Hospitalist Medicine, Nursery, Adolescent Medicine, Child Abuse, Development and Behavior Pediatrics, and anyone else who interacts in a supervisory role of medical students and residents. This year our goal is to concentrate on discussing and modeling "professionalism". We will incorporate role playing and other techniques to provide a framework that covers the following aspects:

  • Current professionalism practices in your own program and divisions
  • Barriers to teaching and evaluating professionalism in trainees and peers
  • Professionalism both at work and at home (i.e. social media, texting, etc.)
  • Providing available resources for "academic toileting"

Water and acting lessons will be provided to all attendees at no cost.

SIG Co-Chairs:
John Harrington

Mary Rogers

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E-Learning in Medical Education

Daylight savings time has officially marked the Spring season. Around the corner is our Fifth annual e-Learning SIG meeting. This year our SIG meeting is in beautiful Vancouver. We are excited to present our SIG e-learning agenda with a variety of speakers and topics.

Agenda for 2014 e-Learning SIG
Date: Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Course Number: E-Learning in Medical Education (TBD)
Location: TBD
Meeting # 6

  • Kadriye O. Lewis
  • Michal Cidon
  • Erik Black

Time 2014 e-Learning SIG Agenda Items
9:00 - 9:20Welcome, introduction, and overview of e-Learning SIG Activities
(Presenters: Kadriye O. Lewis; Michal Cidon; Erik Black)
9:20 - 9:50Title: Leveraging e-Learning in Pediatric Education
(Presenters: Kadriye O. Lewis; Michal Cidon; John Mahan; Teresa Seto)

Description: Despite the increasing demands and use of e-learning in medical education, research and literature on this topic is in its early stages. We will present a systematic database review of published studies in the field of e-learning in pediatric training between 2002 and 2013. We will also discuss the neglected areas in the implementation of e-learning in pediatric instruction.
9:50 - 10:20Title: Keeping Students Engaged in E-Learning -Lessons from Asia
(Presenter: Ashok Deorari)

Description: Moodle learning environment is used for continuing professional development courses on sick newborn and neonatal nursing in Asia. The greatest challenge in e-Learning is to maintain interest of students for entire 3 month course duration. Various methods adopted to keep online mentors and students engaged in learning will be discussed.
10:20 - 10:30Break (10 minutes)
10:30 - 10:55Title: Apps in Newborn Health: Sharing Smart Phones For Improving Knowledge and Skills of Health Care Professionals
(Presenters: Anu Thukral; Ashok Deorari; BV Adkoli)

Description: Apps is a term used to describe Internet applications that run on smartphones and other mobile devices. Mobile applications usually help users by connecting them to Internet services more commonly accessed on desktop or a notebook. It helps the user to run and utilize internet on their portable devices. We would share technical expertise required for development and also share the efficacy of this device based application in improvement of knowledge and skills of health care professionals working in small hospitals. We shall also share the learners satisfaction assessed on Likert's scale and in a focus group discussion.
10:55 - 11:55e-Learning SIG Sponsored Workshop

Title: Evaluating Pedagogical Affordances of Web 2.0 Technologies
(Presenters: Kadriye O. Lewis; Michal J. Cidon)

Description: Web 2.0 technologies (free or open source) have evolved over the last decade and provide a wealth of opportunities for learners to engage in content creation thereby supporting high-order, authentic learning and assessment techniques. To support this generation of proficient Web 2.0 users, medical educators need to carefully assess the pedagogical affordances of Web 2.0 tools. This workshop is designed to help medical educators assess the following pedagogical affordances of Web 2.0 technologies:

1) Availability
2) Utility
3) Connectivity
4) Collaboration
5) Content creation and editing
6) Information sharing
11:55 - 12:00Wrap-Up and Closing

Strides in e-Learning Projects - 2014:
Information about e-learning in medical education remains fairly fragmented. We would like to increase your exposure to various e-learning initiatives in order to highlight their potential in applying it to your teachings. Learning analytics is increasingly applied to educational websites and social media sites. Learning analytics refer to the measurement, collection, and analysis, and reporting of data about learners and their contexts, usually with the purpose to improve their learning outcome.

Google Analytics ( is a free tool which provides detailed information about websites and social media sites. It is used frequently in user experience and usability studies. Information provided, includes how users navigate the site, which pages they access and how long they remain on each page. Many academic institutions assist faculty in integrating Google Analytics within their educational website. For social network analysis, SNAPP, Social networks Adapting Pedagogical Practice, is a recommended software tool which allows educators to visualize and analyze their discussion and learning activities within commercial and open source learning management systems such as BlackBoard and Moodle. To learn more about this tool, please visit

Recent Publications in E-Learning in Medical Education
Jang, HW, Kim KJ. (2014). Use of online clinical videos for clinical skills training for medical students: benefits and challenges. BMC Med Ed, 14 (1):56.

Lau KH. (2014). Computer-based teaching module design: principles derived from learning theories. Medical Education, 48(3), 247-254.

Nesterowicz, K, Librowski, T., Edelbring, S. (2014). Validating e-learning in continuing pharmacy education: user acceptance and knowledge change. BMC Medical Education, 14 (33).

Soar S, Ryan S, Salisbury H. (2014). Using patient's experiences in e-learning design. Clin Teach, 11(2), 80-83.

Educational Web Tools
The Top 10 Best eLearning Game Templates in 2013

Find informative presentations about the use of ePortfolios at

Medical Apps for Learning, Teaching and Research
There has been a significant increase in the development and use of healthcare related apps in recent years. Here are some useful medical apps for learning, teaching and research:

Medscape (Apple -Android-Windows-BlackBerry)
Medscape from WebMD ( is the leading medical resource most used by physicians, medical students, nurses and other healthcare professionals for clinical information. You can use this app on iPhone, iPad, Android and Kindle Fire devices.

3D Brain (Apple -Android-Windows-Web)
This app that allows you to use your mobile device to rotate and zoom around 28 interactive structures of the brain. This app has an Apple, Android and Windows version.

Epocrates (Apple -Android)
Access Epocrates' trusted clinical resources faster and more conveniently than ever from your iPad, iPad mini, iPhone, or iPod touch. More than 1 million active members, including 50% of U.S. physicians, rely on Epocrates to enable better patient care by delivering the right information, right when it's needed.

modalityBODY (Apple)
The modalityBODY App for iPad enables you to create interactive image libraries of the human body for professional reference, training, and patient education. Compile images from renowned medical texts or from your own photos to create custom collections. modalityBODY serves as an image-centric personal reader for your anatomy and health science reference materials. From within this free app, you'll register for the modalityBODY Store, an in-app purchase mechanism that offers content sets from leading medical publishers and content experts.

Calculate by QxMD(Apple -Android-BlackBerry)
A next-generation clinical calculator and decision support tool, freely available to the medical community.'Calculate' is focused on highlighting tools which are actually useful in clinical practice and serve to impact diagnosis, treatment or determining prognosis

VisualDx(Apple -Android)
VisualDx provides physician-reviewed clinical information with thousands of medical images showing the variation of disease presentation through age, stage, and skin type.

iRadiology (for iPad and iPhones) is an invaluable learning tool for medical students and residents with little time to spare. It allows for quick review of classic radiology cases during rounds or clinical rotations. No internet connection required!

Unbound Medicine (Apple -Android-BlackBerry)
Unbound Medicine creates mobile and web medical reference Apps for iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch), Android, and BlackBerry devices. Nursing apps, medical apps, pharmacy apps and veterinary apps are featured.

DynaMed (Apple -Android-BlackBerry)
Students and physicians can use this clinical reference tool created by physicians for point-of-care situations.It is available for Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices.

iStethoscope Pro (Apple -Android)
iStethoscope Pro turns your iPhone into a stethoscope, allowing you to listen to your heatbeat and see your heart waveform, or listen to other quiet sounds around you. As seen on TV around the world! The professional version includes the ability to see and email a spectrogram of the audio, shows tips and information, and has no adverts. Please note that this app is intended to be used for entertainment purposes. Source:

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops - 2014

To learn further about educational technology and related education conferences, please visit

Call for Presentations about e-Learning:
Please note the following deadlines in your calendar.

Our e-Learning SIG mission is to create a supportive network for medical professionals with an interest in e-learning and exploring hands-on practical ways to implement e-learning in their own institutions. We are inviting all of you to share your knowledge and experiences on trends, ideas and best practices in e-learning in pediatrics.

SIG Co-Chairs:
Erik Black

Michal Cidon

Kadriye Lewis

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Evidence-Based Pediatrics

The EBP SIG leadership is delighted to announce that we have completed our nomination/election process and can announce that our next co-chair will be Rachel Boykan, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Stony Brook University School of Medicine, and director of her institution's evidence-based pediatrics training program for the pediatric residency. She will begin her three year term at the end of the annual APA EBP SIG meeting in Vancouver on May 5. She will replace Hans Kersten, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Drexel University College of Medicine, who completes his second three-year term this year. Rachel has regularly presented her work at the EBP SIG as well as led workshops on EBM at both PAS and APPD. In addition, she has published at MedEdPortal an EBM curriculum she co-developed.

Our annual SIG meeting takes place at PAS in Vancouver on Monday from 8:30 to 11:30 am, May 5, 2014. We have finalized our program for that meeting. 8:40 AM. Co-chair elect Rachel Boykan, and Maribeth Chitkara, both from Stony Brook University School of Medicine, will present "Lessons Learned from Developing an EBM Curriculum (An Anecdotal Journey)."

Jordan Hupert, from University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago will present on "Team-Based Learning and Evidence-Based Medicine."

James McCormack, from the University of British Columbia will present "How to Critically Appraise an RCT in 10 Minutes."

Terry Klassen, CEO and Scientific Director at Manitoba Institute of Child Health, will present his work on "TREKK (TRanslating Emergency Knowledge for Kids): A National Mobilization of Pediatric Emergency Medicine Evidence to General Emergency Departments in Canada." Tom Newman, from the University of California, San Francisco will present "Translating and Disseminating an Evidence-based Approach to R/O Sepsis in Newborns-Our Experience with the Kaiser Neonatal Sepsis Risk Calculator."

A brief business meeting will follow the presentations and will include an introduction of the new co1chair Rachel Boykan, plans for next year's co-chair election, and discussions about inter-meeting SIG efforts.

Please contact the co-chairs Hans Kersten at or Bob Jacobson at for more information, and please visit our SIG's web pages at to access the latest resources for EBM teaching and practice. Particularly useful resources for educators and clinicians alike include our collection of EBM online resources including the following:

  • EBM MedEdPortal publications of note
  • EBM web sites of note
  • EBM calculators
  • Free Access Sources to EBM reviews
  • Search engines and indexed medical literature
  • Pediatric EBM CAT sites

In addition, the SIG has used its wiki pages at to organize board-exam style questions concerning EBM. You do not have to be a member of our SIG to utilize these resources. Furthermore, we would love to get your opinion as to how we can make these web pages a better resource to you.

SIG Co-Chairs:
Robert M Jacobson

Hans B Kersten

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Faculty Development

The Faculty Development SIG will have an exciting presentation by Jennifer O'Toole, Nancy Spector and other members of the I-PASS leadership team on the experience of planning a large scale faculty development project using the recently published I-PASS patient handover program as an example. For faculty developers, organizing and implementing a new faculty development initiative or launching a multi-site program is always a challenge. Come see how successful teachers do it! The I-PASS example is timely, since all training programs, regardless of specialty, must now document training in transitions of care. Drs. O'Toole and Spector will soon publish their experiences in Academic Pediatrics so come hear the story in advance. You will not be disappointed!

When: Saturday May 3, 2014
Time: 8:30-11:30 AM
Place: See the PAS program


SIG Co-Chairs:
Mimi Bar-on

Joe Lopreiato

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Hospital Medicine

SIG co-Chair Election
Your SIG will again elect a co-chair to a three year term this spring. Per APA SIG convention, the newly elected co-chair will immediately serve on the Planning Committee for the 2015 PHM meeting (as well as the 2016 and 2017 Committees), and then fill one of the APA positions on the JCPHM starting in early 2015. Additional key duties include planning the annual SIG meeting and serving as liaison to the APA Board for Pediatric Hospital Medicine-an active responsibility given our field's growth and the planned petition to the American Board of Pediatrics for subspecialty status.

Self-nominations are encouraged, and candidates should prepare a 200 word biography and a 200 word statement of purpose about their motivation to serve the APA and pediatric hospital medicine. Materials are due by Friday, May 9, and should be sent via email to Christen Brown at the APA

At PAS the APA HM SIG meeting (Saturday, 5/3, 8:30-11:30am) we will announce those nominated to date and nominations will close on May 9, 2014. Ballots and candidate materials will then be sent electronically to APA HM SIG members the week of 5/12. Election will close June 6.

Hospital Medicine Annual SIG Meeting: Vancouver, May 3
Please join us in Vancouver at the annual SIG meeting (session #1288) scheduled for Saturday, May 3, 8:30-11:30am in the Vancouver Conference Center (no room assigned yet so check your program). We are excited to present the 3rd in a series of expert panels on scholarly topics. This year we will have distinguished guests from AHRQ, the Thrasher Fund, NIH study sections, the APA (to discuss the Young Investigator Award), and a panelist to discuss medical education grants. The panel should start around 10:20am. Each panelist will briefly summarize their institution's approach to their research portfolio and share insights for young investigators and themes relevant to hospital medicine. There will be ample time for questions from the audience.

During the first hour of the session, we will hear from leaders within the VIP-QuINN network, the PRIS network, and the Education Task Force. We are trying something new this year to mitigate our typical space crunch and to prompt more audience participation. We hope to maintain the informal networking atmosphere as well.

Our middle hour will include updates from the JCPHM and the committee who is preparing the proposal to the American Board of Pediatrics for Hospital Medicine to attain subspecialty status. Finally, we will update SIG members on this spring's election for SIG Co-Chair.

PHM: Orlando, July 24-27
All submission deadlines for this summer's annual Pediatric Hospital Medicine meeting have past. Once again it has been a record setting year, and attendance is expected to reach a new high so be sure to register ASAP. Content for the meeting has again been driven by submissions from practicing pediatric hospitalists in both trusted favorite formats (e.g. conundrums) and innovative new ones. Offerings for hospitalists practicing in community settings and for fellows have been enhanced. Also note the sedation precourse being offered this year.

JCPHM Update
A tri-sponsored (AAP, APA, and SHM) strategic retreat of the JCPHM took place in late February. Detailed information about the content of the meeting will be disseminated after review by leadership within each society. Dan Rauch will review the draft strategic planning at the SIG meeting in May. Key highlights include conversation around generating sustained financial support for JCPHM activities, particularly those that can seed projects that pediatric hospitalists have proposed in quality improvement and education.

SIG Co-Chairs
Vineeta Mittal

Jeff Simmons

Karen Smith

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LGBTQ Health and Well-Being

Please join us for the inaugural meeting of our new SIG

The APA LGBTQ Health and Well Being special interest group will be having its inaugural session on Saturday May 3, 2014 from 8:30am - 11:30am at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting in Vancouver. The purpose of this SIG is to provide a forum within the Academic Pediatric Association for members to share and advance research at various stages of development, innovative teaching activities and ideas, and advocacy efforts in support of LGBTQ children, youth, parents, and members of the health professions including students, residents, faculty, and practitioners.

At this inaugural meeting we will provide a forum for networking, and for prioritizing and advancing our agenda. After introductions, Mark Schuster, APA President-Elect, will address the group discussing the recent IOM report of LGBTQ issues. Immediately following, Dena Hofkosh, Franklin Trimm, and Brian Lurie, co-leaders of the Association of Pediatric Program Director's LGBTQA Pediatric Education Group will speak about the work their group is currently doing in regards to developing a curriculum addressing LGBTQ issues, promoting safe and inclusive work environments, and developing resources for Program Directors to aid in recruitment and interviewing LGBTQ applicants. We will also discuss ideas for collaboration between these two groups as well as the American Academy of Pediatrics' Provisional Section on LGBT Health and Wellness.

The meeting will continue with small group discussions focusing on each of the goals of the SIG: research, education, health care delivery, advocacy, and promoting supportive work environments. The groups will prioritize objectives and strategies with a goal to develop task forces that will continue the work started in our inaugural meeting. All interested members of the APA are invited to attend. Please watch out for further information from us on the APA WIKI, Facebook, and Twitter.

We look forward to seeing you in Vancouver.

SIG Co-Chairs:
David Jaffe, MD

Brian Lurie, MD, MPH

Ellen Perrin, MD

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Medical Informatics and Electronic Health Records (EHR)

The winter weather is hopefully finally behind us! We greatly appreciate those of you who participated in our SIG sessions at the Regional APA meetings recently. There are so many great things going on in the field of informatics!

Clinical Informatics was approved as a board specialty by the American Board of Medical Specialties in September, 2011; however, the first certification exam was not offered until October 2013 by the American Board of Preventative Medicine. Until 2018, there are two pathways to board certification: practice pathway (three of the last five years practicing in clinical informatics at least 25% FTE which can include a non-accredited fellowship lasting < 24 months) and fellowship training pathway (completion of fellowship of at least 24 months that is acceptable to ABPM). Starting in 2018, all applicants for board certification will have to complete an ACGME accredited fellowship program.

We are looking forward to PAS next month with great anticipation. Our session will be on Sunday, May 4 from 12-3 pm. Our guest speakers - Feliciano Yu, Troy McGuire and Marvin Harper - will be presenting on pediatric electronic health records, care decision supports and pediatric health information technology policy. We co-chairs will then discuss mobile health (the practice of medicine and public health supported by mobile devices), registries, big data analytics (the process of examining large amounts of data to uncover hidden patterns, unknown correlations, and other useful information) and pediatric informatics research. There will also be time for Q&A.

Interested in learning more about medical informatics? The American Medical Informatics Association website ( is a great resource. Other resources include:, Child Health Informatics Center/ Council on Clinical Information Technology of AAP.

SIG Co-Chairs:
Erika Abramson

Jane Hull

Michelle Medina

Srinivasan Suresh

Levon Utidjian

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Newborn Nursery

Come join your friends & colleagues from across the nation at the APA Newborn SIG on Sunday afternoon May 4th from 12:00 - 3:00 pm. We look forward to an exciting, jam-packed session!

12:00 - 12:20Introductions and Welcome
12:20 - 12:55"Quantitative Risk Assessment for Early-Onset Sepsis Among Term and Late Preterm Infants-- Karen Puopolo, University of Pennsylvania
12:55 - 1:05Q&A
1:05 - 1:35Poster Presentations & Networking
1:35 - 2:05"Curriculum for Learners in the Newborn Nursery: Experiences and Opportunities" -
Abhay Dandekar, UCSF Pediatric Clerkship Site Director
2:05 - 2:15Q&A
2:15 - 2:30General Business & Introduction of new Co-Chair-Mary Anne LoFrumento, Morristown Medical Center, Goryeb Children's Hospital
2:30 - 3:00SIG Project: Collaborative Review Proposal

Please contact us if you have questions about the agenda. We look forward to meeting with you soon!

SIG Co-Chairs:
Esther K. Chung

Elizabeth Simpson

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APA Obesity SIG meeting at the 2014 PAS Meeting will be on Monday, May 5th 0830-1130

This year's SIG meeting will focus on Practical Strategies in Obesity Management: From Primary to Tertiary Care. Please come to hear Victoria Rogers and Michael Dedekian from the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center/5210 Let's Go! Program and Stephen Pont, Dell Children's Hospital/Chair of the AAP Provisional Section on Obesity, discuss "Next Steps for the Next Generation of Pediatric Obesity Treatment", a new resource for themed follow-up visits. Then, learn about "Practical Experiences with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation's Benefit" from John Moore, Virginia Tech-Carilion School of Medicine and Botetourt Pediatric Associates.

SIG Co-Chairs:
Sarah Hampl

Sandra Hassink

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Patient and Family Centered-Care

Hello from the APA PFCC SIG! We are excited to share that our SIG name has officially changed to Patient-and Family-Centered Care (PFCC) and are looking forward to PAS 2014 in Vancouver. This year's theme is focused on how we can impact medical trainees education: "Keep It in the Family: Using Family as Educators in Patient- and Family-Centered Care" with special guest, Janice L. Hanson. Janice has extensive experience in working with Family Faculty to promote medical student education. We have an exciting panel of physician discussants and Family/Parent Faculty with experience in family involvement during Patient and Family Centered Rounds and small group exercises using previously developed tools that will help participants develop Family Faculty Program in their institution. The Family/Parent Faculty have been trained to participate in educational activities with medical students, residents and nurses to promote Patient- and Family-Centered Care. We hope the discussion generates continued interest and new research ideas! We welcome your thoughts and questions -- please email us anytime: Snezana Nena Osorio, Mike Weisgerber or Heather Toth We look forward to our upcoming SIG meeting on Sunday, May 4th from 8-11am in Vancouver. We appreciate your interest in this forum to exchange experiences and ideas to establish a network that enables further research in PFCC!

SIG Co-Chairs:
Snezana Nena Osorio

Heather Toth

Michael Weisgerber

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Pediatric Clinical Research Network

The Pediatric Clinical Research Networks Special Interest Group (PCRN SIG) will be meeting at PAS from 8:00 - 11:00 on Sunday, May 4th in an as yet unspecified room in Vancouver.

The PCRN SIG is a forum for PAS members who either are involved in or are planning to establish clinical research networks (defined as enduring multi-site clinical research collaborations). Representatives of a diverse group of primary care (PBRNs), specialist, and disease-specific networks meet to discuss common challenges and potential solutions to those challenges, offer consultation to those planning or launching new networks, and hear other news on topics of interest to network researchers.

This meeting will feature presentations on two new networks. Katie Walsh of Cincinnati Children's Hospital will present on the Solutions for Patient Safety network, a network dedicated to eliminating serious harm across US children's hospitals. Dan Lindberg of Children's Hospital Colorado and Joanne Wood of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia will describe their plans for a research network centered on the work of child abuse specialists. After each presentation, attendees will offer consultation regarding starting and building research networks.

In addition, relevant to the rising interest by funding agencies in patient-centered outcomes, Laurel Leslie of Tufts and Alex Fiks of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, will offer a presentation on engaging families and patients in designing and executing network research.

We look forward to seeing network researchers from both new and experienced networks on the morning of May 4th. We will send an APA Listserv reminder message with the location of the meeting and the room number in April.

SIG Chair:
Mort Wasserman

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Serving the Underserved & Teaching in Community Setting

Join us in Vancouver! This year the Serving the Underserved and Teaching in Community Settings SIGs are combining forces to present a unique and informative program: "Teaching the Social Determinants of Health by Example." The program will highlight work by Arvin Garg speaking about screening for unmet basic needs. Then, Andy Beck and Melissa Klein will discuss educational programs that provide multi-disciplinary education on the social determinants of health through partnerships with community collaborators. We will conclude with a panel discussion to provide real life examples and strategies for implementing teaching programs addressing the social determinants of health into a variety of clinical settings.

Everyone interested in community health, education, or serving the underserved is encouraged to attend.

Serving the Underserved Co-Chairs:
Arvin Garg

Margaret Tomcho

Tyler Smith

Steve Federico

Teaching in Community Setting Co-Chairs:
Scott Krugman

Chris Peltier

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Academic Pediatrics: Call for Systematic Reviews

The APA journal, Academic Pediatrics, now regularly publishes systematic reviews and is calling for submissions of systematic reviews concerning health care delivery, public policy, education & professional development, or research methodology.

We expect submissions to be highly structured investigations that follow the latest methodology for systematic reviews. Of course, such submissions will undergo the same level of rigorous peer-review as do other submissions to the journal. Nonetheless, junior investigators can master the methods of systematic review and use such an investigation to launch their efforts in a direction of inquiry.

Those interested in pursuing such an investigation with the intention to publish in Academic Pediatrics may contact the section editor, for more information.--Robert M Jacobson, MD, Mayo Clinic, Desk Ba3b, 200 First St SW, Rochester, MN 55905-0001, ph: 507-538-1642, fax: 507-284-9744,

Submitted by
Robert Jacobson

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Call for Nominations

The APA Nominating Committee is actively soliciting nominations for APA leadership. The Nominating Committee consists of David Jaffe, Chair, Lisa Chamberlain, Wendy Hobson-Rohrer, Cheryl Kodjo and Jen Maniscalco.

Candidates are being sought for:
President Elect, Research Chair, Chair of Workshops and Nominating Committee (2 positions).

Position descriptions can be found on the APA website in the members only section under job descriptions. The election will take place this fall and those elected will take office next Spring.

Please send your nominations (including self nominations) to no later than Tuesday, April 22.

Thank you in advance.

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HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau

HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau provides leadership, in partnership with key stakeholders, to improve the physical and mental health, safety and well-being of the maternal and child health (MCH) population. MCHB recognizes that bullying negatively impacts outcomes for youth involved. Since 2010, HRSA has been working with other federal agencies to centralize investments for bullying prevention by creating the website to provide vital information about federal agencies activities around bullying prevention. MCHB's investment includes the following activities to the bullying prevention initiatives:

  • Advancing the translation of best practices in bullying prevention to action on the local level through Bullying Prevention Training Module which summarizes the latest research about effective policies and practices that can reduce bullying. The accompanying Community Action Toolkit provides tools to guide community leaders through facilitating action planning among local stakeholders to increase adoption of the best practice strategies.
  • Administering the Facebook and Twitter accounts, performing digital landscape research to inform communication strategies which have increased the reach and resonance of federal bullying messaging. This robust social media presence heightens the federal return on investment in bullying by creating direct connections with target audiences, driving the increased adoption of best practices in prevention.
  • Collaborating with the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention. Activities include sponsoring the Stop Bullying Video Challenge and hosted a successful webinar series for the public, focusing on issues such as cyberbullying and the link between bullying and suicide. HRSA also worked alongside the CDC and Department of Education to guide the development of the Uniform Definition of bullying

Next Steps in Bullying Prevention
MCHB has commissioned the Institute of Medicine in a project entitled Increasing Capacity for Reducing Bullying and Its Impact on the Lifecourse of Youth Involved
. A workshop was held on held April 9-10, 2014, which identified conceptual models and interventions that have proven effective in decreasing bullying and its antecedents, as well as methods that increase protective factors which mitigate the negative health impact of bullying. For further information on community toolkits and resources, blog activities please visit

Submitted by
Elizabeth Edgerton

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