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APA Focus
The Official Newsletter of the Academic Pediatric Association

Volume 52, Issue 1 January 2015
President's Message


Back in July, I attended the Pediatric Hospital Medicine 2014 conference, which was co-sponsored by the APA, the Society of Hospital Medicine, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, and I would like to take this opportunity to share some of the latest developments in the fast-growing field of hospital medicine. I came away from the conference impressed and excited by their plans to continue growing their field and to widen the scope of their contributions to patient care. Practitioners of hospital medicine represent a key part of the APA, and we are proud to provide a professional home for them and to maintain a Special Interest Group in this area.

From a growth perspective, it seems clear that the number of hospitalists will continue to increase, and many service lines (e.g., medical and surgical subspecialties, NICU and PICU, the nursery and delivery room, sedation services, emergency department consultation) will draw more on hospitalists. Community-based hospitals will also require more hospitalists. In addition, based on current trends, the inpatient balance will shift more to complex care; so many hospitalists will be our main experts on the care of children with complex conditions.

As a relatively young field, hospital medicine has a lot of room to grow, and many of the field's leaders are taking a thoughtful approach to its continued development. A number of areas have been identified as important for the future. For instance, it will be crucial to avoid physician burnout by striking a balance among clinical work, administration, education, research, and advocacy efforts, while providing support and mentorship to junior hospitalists.

Additionally, it is imperative to promote academic productivity for those in academic settings, but it can be difficult to carve out time from other responsibilities to devote to academic work, which involves both research and educating others. The APA provides opportunities for education, mentorship, networking, and recognition for one's academic work. The APA is also a good place to launch new projects, for example it served as the initial administrative home for the Pediatric Research in Inpatient Settings (PRIS) network.

It's so important for junior hospitalists to get to know more established members of their field and related field, who are in a position to provide mentorship, connect them with leadership opportunities, and perhaps even hiring opportunities. The APA has provided mentors for educational and research scholars and has small grants to help them get started through the Educational Scholars and Research Scholars programs. Hospitalists have been terrific contributors to the APA and great participants as educational and research scholars. We hope they will continue to be active participants in the future.

Another area of consideration is how hospital medicine will adapt to health care system redesign, given that hospitalists are directly affected by the changes. Hospitalists are at the forefront of Accountable Care Organizations and health care redesign and will be taking care of a lot of the patients who are now covered under the Affordable Care Act. Hospitalists are currently engaged in developing solutions to these new challenges. For example, they are already doing important work on quality improvement, a major component of health care redesign.

In the near term, I am excited that the APA will be hosting the Pediatric Hospital Medicine Conference this summer, July 23-26 in San Antonio, Texas. If the impressive array of abstracts and presentations from 2014 are any indication, 2015 will be a terrific meeting. This year, we will continue to plan and present the APA Leadership Pre-Course on July 22-23. This has been a hugely popular and successful training opportunity. Everyone is welcome to attend, not just hospitalists, so I hope you will consider participating.

Mark A. Schuster

Academic Pediatric Association

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APA New Members

Welcome to all of the new APA Members!

Monica Alba Sandoval
Michael Anderson
Yassar Arain
Rasha Atallah
Sarah Bauer
Kehvon Bekarev
Jennifer Benjamin
Rebecca Benson Benson
Samudragupta Bora
Melissa Bright
Grace Brouillette
Callie Brown
Francine Bynum
Steven Chapman
Debanjana Chatterjee
Justine Cohen-Silver
Liat Corcia
Megan Curran
Nina Dadlez
Nor Darwish
Wendy S. Davis
Celia de Souza Batista
Neal DeJong
Sara Del Campo De Gonzale
Jennifer Dilts
Audrey Dionne
Tiziana DiSalvo
Gretchen Domek
Fadiyla Dopwell Louis-Obike
Angela Douglas
Marilisa Elrod
Juan Espinoza
David Estroff Estroff
Kori Flower
Brian Gin
Alexander Glick
Priya Gupta
Jesse Hansen
Maria Henry
Katherine Hill
Meghan Hofto
Akshata Hopkins
Lynne Huffman
Joyce Hui-Yuen
Edward Iglesia
Sai Iyer
Jami Jackson
Laura Johnson Faherty
Kelly Kamimura-Nishimura
Shannon Kaneaster
Folasade Kehinde
Kajal Khanna
Vinita Kiluk
Laura Kinlin
Thomas Klitzner
Erica Labar
Jody Lin
Sarah Luthy
Courtney Maguire
Alefiyah Malbari Malbari
Steven Marek
Ashley McClary
Daniel Nishijima
Laura Norton
Deepak Palakshappa
Sherine Patterson-Rose
Laura Phillips
Paulo Pina
Lisa Prosser
Maya Ragavan
Erica Reynolds
Molly Rideout
Robert Riss
Angela Rivers
Lindsay Rogers
Corey Rood MalbariRood
David Rubin
Roya Saisan
Nipa Sanghani
Michael Sgro
Anita Shah
Rina Shah
Snehal Shah
Sophie Shaikh
Ashley Shamansky
Andrew Smith
Emily Spengler
Lindsay Stevens
Elizabeth Strachan
Shazeen Suleman
Roopa Thakur
Sajani Tipnis
Jessica Tomaszewski
Maria Trent
Dawn Tuell
Chloe Turner
Sarah Turse
Anne VanGarsse
Adam Vukovic
Xiaobin Wang
Denise Warrick
Adam Was
Joy Wen
Chung Wi
Clarissa Wong

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Upcoming Conferences

APA Regional Meetings

APA Region I
Children's Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts
March 16, 2015
Click here for more information.

APA Region II and III:
Children's Hospital
at Montefiore in the Bronx
New York, New York
March 6, 2015
Click here for more information

APA Region IV
Omni Hotel
212 Ridge McIntire Rd
Charlottesville, VA 22902
February 21 and 22, 2015
Click here for more information

APA Region V
Children's Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati, OH
February 27 and 28, 2015
Click here for more information

APA Region VI
Save the Date
September 25, 2015
Kansas City
Click here for more information

APA Region IX and X
Naval Post Graduate School
Monterey, California
January 31 & February 1, 2015
Click here for more infomation.

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APA QI Research Conference 2015

San Diego, CA
April 24, 2015

Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) 2015
PAS 2015

Pediatric Academic Societies 2015
San Diego, CA
April 25-28, 2015

Leadership Conference 2015
Leadership 2015

Leadership Conference 2015
July 22-23, 2015
Marriott Rivercenter
San Antonio, TX

Pediatric Hospital Medicine (PHM) 2015

Pediatric Hospital Medicine 2015
July 23-26, 2015
Marriott Rivercenter
San Antonio, TX

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  • NEW!
    AAP APA partnership in APEX program: Advancing Pediatric Educator Excellence is a one year faculty development program for junior pediatric educators interested in enhancing their teaching skills. APA will be jointly sponsoring this program along with the AAP as of 2015. Please stay tuned for more on this exciting collaboration!

  • PEEAC meeting
    Mark your calendars- The next PEEAC meeting will be held mid-September 2015. COMSEP, APPD, APA and CoPS jointly sponsor the Pediatric Educational Excellence Across the Continuum meeting. This is a forum for pediatric educators to present their work and develop their skills in educational strategies, program management and leadership. The topic for the next PEEAC meeting is “Optimizing the Learning Environment: Leadership, Training and Patient Care.” This meeting is bound to be informative for faculty and leaders involved in medical education at all levels.

  • Educational Scholars Program
    APA’s Educational Scholars Program (ESP) is currently recruiting its eighth cohort of scholars from pediatric junior faculty across the country. This cohort will start the program at the PAS meeting in 2015. Our next recruitment will be in 2015 for the ninth cohort. The next cohort will begin in May 2016. Since 2006, the ESP has enrolled 122 scholars. Of these, 63 have so far earned a Certificate of Excellence in Educational Scholarship. For more information on the ESP curriculum and activities, go to: ESP Curriculum 

    For questions about the program, contact Connie Baldwin (Director):

    As of January 2015, COMSEP will be an independent organization.  COMSEP will continue to have the same mission and will continue to provide outstanding opportunities for educational scholarship that its members have appreciated in the past.  As COMSEP moves forward as an independent organization, they will be working closely with the APA Education Committee, as well as with AMSPDC, APPD, and CoPS.  For more information, please contact Michael Barone at

APA Teaching Awards for Faculty
The APA Education Committee is pleased to announce two Teaching Awards for Faculty, one for junior faculty and one for mid-level faculty. These national awards have been created to recognize excellence in teaching. The awards will be presented at the annual PAS meeting in 2015. Excellence will be judged by assessing not only quantity of teaching activities but also quality of teaching and engagement in a broader education community. The nomination committee will use criteria drawn from the AAMC's Toolkit for Evaluating Educators to guide their assessment of candidates. Look for the Call for Application with additional details about the submission packet. The award submissions are being currently reviewed.

APA Teaching Award for Educational Programs
This award is given out to diverse and innovative teaching programs around the country each year. The purpose of the award is to foster interest in the teaching of general pediatrics by demonstrating excellence in educational teaching methods, acceptance by students and/or residents, acceptance by the community and the institution, innovations and adaptability, and outstanding quality of the individuals trained in the program. To view a list of previous programs that have received this prestigious award, click here.

The award submissions are being currently reviewed.

Latha Chandran
Education Committee Chair

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Core Activities

Warm regards to all of you during the holiday season! As 2014 has come to a close and we gear up for a new year, we want to thank all of you who have supported CORNET along the way. CORNET has had a successful year with a focus on study and manuscript completion, continued involvement with the NPAI study and the start of the new NIPA project. We are also working diligently on the leadership transition so we remain a vibrant network in the coming years. More information to come as we begin interviewing candidates.

Welcome New Members!
CORNET would like to extend a welcome to the newest CORNET site:

All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins- Chad Brands

Ongoing Projects
We are nearing the conclusion of CORNET's CDC-funded Quality Improvement project National Partnership for Adolescent Immunization (NPAI). For almost a year, 13 CORNET sites have worked to enhance the delivery of adolescent immunizations through quality improvement, sharing and learning practice improvement strategies from other teams involved in the collaborative. Post-data collection will begin soon and we are excited to see the results of the participants’ hard work. Thanks for all your efforts in getting this project going.

New Projects
National Immunization Partnership with the APA (NIPA)
As a part of the grant, the APA will be working with CORNET and the National Improvement Partnership Network (NIPN) to implement a large-scale practice-based quality improvement (QI) program to prioritize HPV vaccination at every adolescent visit. The goal is to increase HPV vaccination rates in 65 primary care practices in Year 1 and create a template for practice change that can be used across the United States. CORNET leaders are committed to immunization QI projects and we believe CORNET is an optimal setting to implement/disseminate immunization QI strategies and teach immunization QI to residents (to translate lessons to their ultimate practices).

We will initiate the recruitment phase for this exciting QI project very shortly. Invitations to participate will be sent out on the listserv soon, so please let us know if you are interested or have any questions. For more details, contact

Projects in the Pipeline

We are currently developing several other projects, including a collaboration with the authors of the Green light obesity prevention program (Eliana Perrin, Lee Sanders, Mike Steiner, Russell Rothman and others). We will keep you updated on the progress as we continue to flush out the details.

2014 Published Manuscripts

We are proud to have had a few manuscripts published in the past year:

  • 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. Acad Pediatr. 2014. 14(3):287 293
  • 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, Clin Pediatr. 2014. 53(6):556-560
  • Simeonsson K, Olsson J, Dhepyasuwan N, Drutz J, Benun J, Serwint J. Use of healthcare services by pediatrics residents: a CORNET study. Journal of Graduate Medical Education. 2014. 6(2): 264 - 269.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to these efforts! If you served as a site co-investigator for either SPACER or Resident Health IT survey, make sure you include the manuscripts to your CVs!

Happy New Year!

Submitted By
CORNET Steering Committee

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Educational Scholars Program

Next ESP Cohort application cycle:
Please note that applications for a new ESP cohort will be accepted from July - October 2015. Additional details will be available in the spring at ESP Cohort.

ESP Cohort 7 will begin in May 2015:
The ESP has just completed selection of 24 new scholars, who include 12 general pediatricians, 7 hospitalists, and 5 subspecialists. Topics for scholars' projects are high varied, including mental health, interprofessional education, critical care, LGBTQ issues, health literacy, global health, transitions of care, and student and resident assessment. We are delighted to welcome this new cohort to the ESP family! Cohort 7 scholars will convene for the first time at the San Diego PAS meeting for a full day of instruction and peer networking to discuss their scholarly projects.

The New ESP Portal:
The ESP is the first program to use the new APA Portal, a learning management system powered by Moodle. ESP Portal Manager, Virginia Niebuhr, has been working with APA IT support to build online "courses", or self-contained learning experiences for scholars. The first course is a self-directed learning module on reviewing the literature, which was launched December 1. More courses will be added throughout the new year. Eventually, we will be transferring most the ESP's management tasks to the Portal, including our directories, assignment tracking functions, communications system, and document repositories.

A heartfelt thank you and goodbye:
We sadly say goodbye and many, many thanks to Maryellen Gusic, ESP Co-Director for Research since 2006. She has stepped down from her role in the ESP as she takes on her new duties as the Chief Medical Education Officer of the AAMC. Maryellen is incoming APA President and will continue as a member of the ESP teaching faculty.

Lindsey Lane, a longtime member of the Curriculum Committee, has stepped into the role of Curriculum Committee Chair, while Latha Chandran has become Research and Evaluation Committee Chair. Connie Baldwin continues as the ESP Director, with Drs. Lane and Chandran serving as co-directors.

New Faculty:
After an application process, seven faculty members have been selected to join the Curriculum Committee and the Research and Evaluation Committee.

Curriculum Committee (new members): Mark Cicero (Yale), Alix Darden (Oklahoma), Ingrid Walker-Descartes (Maimonides of Brooklyn); and Sara Multerer, Scholar Representative (Louisville).

Research Committee (new members): Donna D'Alessandro (Iowa); Dorene Balmer (Baylor Medical, Texas Children's), Deborah Rana (UC San Diego, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center).

Other individuals with new ESP roles: Alison Holmes (Dartmouth), ESP liaison to APEX and Leora Mogilner (Mt. Sinai), Assistant ISM Coordinator.

Executive Committee Members (no changes): Constance Baldwin, Director (Rochester); Latha Chandran, Research and Evaluation Chair (Stonybrook); Lindsey Lane, Curriculum Chair and Cohort 5 Leader (Colorado); Wendy Hobson-Rohrer, Faculty Advisor Leader (Utah); Virginia Niebuhr, Portal Manager, and Cohort 7 Leader (Texas Medical Branch); Teri Turner, Intersession Module Coordinator (Baylor Medical, Texas Children's); and Elisa Zenni, Cohort 6 Leader (Florida-Jacksonville).

A Final Note: ESP's 10th Birthday!
The ESP will be celebrating its 10th year at the 2016 PAS meeting in Baltimore. Two stellar ESP graduates, Barry Solomon (Hopkins) and Melissa Klein (Cincinnati), are leading the Planning Committee, and will be soliciting additional members in the coming months.

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Upcoming Events

Annual PRIS Executive
Council Meeting

February 11-13, 2015
Park City, UT
PRIS News & Study Updates

In November, the PRIS Network achieved a new and significant milestone. The New England Journal of Medicine published the long anticipated results from the I-PASS study in its November 6th, 2014 edition. In brief, I-PASS found in a detailed review of 10,740 patient admissions that a 23% reduction in medical errors and a 30% reduction in injuries due to medical errors (preventable adverse events) occurred following implementation of the I-PASS Handoff Bundle in 9 academic medical centers. In direct observation of thousands of hours of resident workflow (time motion analysis) before and after implementation of the program, conducting handoffs using the I-PASS method was found to require no more time per handoff, and resident workflow throughout the shift was likewise unchanged, including no change in the amount of time spent at the computer or in direct patient care.

Citation: Starmer AJ, Spector ND, Srivastava R, West DC, Rosenbluth G, Allen AD, Noble EL, Tse LL, Dalal AK, Keohane CA, Lipsitz SR, Rothschild JM, Wien MF, Yoon CS, Zigmont KR, O’Toole JK, Wilson KM, Bismilla Z, Coffey M, Mahant S, Blankenburg RL, Destino LA, Everhart JL, Patel SJ, Bale JF, Spackman JB, Stevenson AT, Calaman S, Cole FS, Hepps JH, Lopreiato JO, Yu CE, Sectish TC, Landrigan CP, and the I-PASS Study Group. Changes in Medical Errors after Implementing a Handoff Improvement Program. N Engl J Med 2014;371:1803-12

The I-PASS Handoff Program is a finalist in the Harvard Business School Health Acceleration Challenge. As one of 4 finalists (selected from 478 applications), we will share the $150,000 Cox Prize and have a Harvard Business School case study written about our innovation. The members of the I-PASS Executive Council will have the opportunity to present at the Forum on Health Care Innovation conference to 150 senior health care executives on April 15 and 16, 2015.

The I-PASS Core Resident workshop module is one of MedEdPortal's top 5 most downloaded modules for 2014. The module can be found at MedEdPortal. There are currently 7 I-PASS modules published on MedEdPortal.

Dr. Shilpa Patel presented, "Improvement of Patient Handoffs between Attending Hospitalists Utilizing the I-PASS Handoff Bundle and Direct Peer Observation" at the 20th Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Scientific Symposium on December 8, 2014 in Orlando, Florida.

Members of the I-PASS consultation group continue active engagements to facilitate the implementation of the I-PASS Program at Mass General Hospital, New York Presbyterian Hospital and MD Anderson. Members of the I-PASS Institute also continue work on a project funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) partnering with the Society of Hospital Medicine to provide mentored implementation of the I-PASS Program in 32 institutions (16 adult and 16 pediatric). In addition, they continue work on a project titled, "Bringing I-PASS to the Bedside: A Communication Bundle to Improve Patient Safety and Experience". This project is funded by a grant from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

PIVVOT- Comparative Effectiveness of Intravenous v. Oral Antibiotic Therapy for Serious Bacterial Infections
The aims of this project are 1) to compare the effectiveness of oral antibiotics vs. intravenous antibiotics delivered via a PICC and, 2) to compare patient and caregiver reported quality of life and adherence to therapy for oral antibiotics vs. IV antibiotics delivered via a PICC in children who require prolonged home antibiotic therapy after hospitalization for a serious bacterial infection.

The PIVVOT study published its first manuscript in JAMA Pediatrics and hosted a "Tweet Chat" Journal Club on it. The manuscript can be found on the JAMA Pediatrics website or click here.


  • The Pediatric Respiratory Illness Inpatient Measurement System (PRIMES) is a previously developed quality measurement tool that assesses the quality of care provided for 5 respiratory illnesses commonly encountered in the hospital setting:
    • Asthma (41 PRIMES quality indicators)
    • Bronchitis (21 PRIMES quality indicators)
    • Croup (17 PRIMES quality indicators)
    • Community Acquired Pneumonia (18 PRIMES quality indicators)
    • Cystic Fibrosis Acute Pulmonary Exacerbation (28 PRIMES quality indicators)
  • Stage 2 of this work in conjunction with PRIS seeks to answer the question: Does better performance on these quality indicators lead to better health and health care outcomes? Progress to date: As of 12/12/14, we have enrolled approximately 690 children across 5 hospital sites (Seattle Children's Hospital, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Monroe Carell Jr. Hospital at Vanderbilt, Texas Children's Hospital/Baylor and University of Colorado Children's Hospital). The majority of these children had an admitting diagnosis of asthma (285), followed by bronchitis (163), pneumonia (118), croup (70) and cycstic fibrosis (54).

PHIS+: Augmenting the Pediatric Health Information System (PHIS) with Clinical Data

Grant funding period: September 30, 2010 - September 29, 2014. We received AHRQ approval to work into a no cost extension year. This project is linking clinical data from six hospitals to a common administrative database to conduct comparative effectiveness research (CER) studies. The PHIS+ project has collected and mapped 5 years of clinical data (laboratory tests, radiology results, microbiology results) from 6 PRIS member children's hospitals. The team is now using the data to complete 4 separate comparative effectiveness research projects on the topics of osteomyelitis, gastroesophageal reflux in neurologically impaired children, appendicitis, and pneumonia.

Global Assessment of Pediatric Patient Safety (GAPPS): a national validation study of a comprehensive tool to identify adverse events in hospitalized children

The objective of this project is to test the validity and reliability of the Global Assessment of Pediatric Patient Safety (GAPPS) tool in identifying adverse events in the inpatient setting. In the current phase of this project we are testing a trigger tool modified based on a pilot study and expert panel results to validate its use across different hospital settings. Multiple academic and community sites from regions across the country are participating in the project, reviewing hospitalizations from their own medical records using the GAPPS methodology to gather data on the efficacy of the trigger tool. The results will be used to refine the final tool and improve the implementation of GAPPS in the future.

This project has two specific aims:

  • To test a pediatric-specific global trigger tool, GAPPS, used to detect adverse events in all areas of care;
  • To test the GAPPS tool in a national setting allowing for comparison and utilization across a variety of hospitals with differing characteristics to allow improved national application across a large number of care centers

Data collection and analysis from all participating sites is now complete. Currently, the team is preparing training materials for institutions that would like to use the GAPPS Trigger Tool for their quality improvement efforts.

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Region I

Hello to all of New England and Eastern Canada.

As the Winter settles in, its time to think about plans for the year and our spring meeting. Here are two ideas to mull over as you plan your academic growth in the upcoming year.

1. CORNET(Continuity Research Network)
CORNET's mission is to maintain a self-sustaining collaborative research network among pediatric continuity clinic clinicians that produces quality research in primary care, health care delivery and medical education. Findings will be disseminated in order to improve the training of future pediatricians and the health care of children, with special attention to underserved children.

Be on the lookout for a new CORNET project in January. The project is a large-scale practice-based quality improvement program to prioritize HPV vaccination at every adolescent visit. This project is one component of a large grant the APA received from the CDC. If there are any institutions our Region that are not yet CORNET members but are interested in the project, now would be a good time to sign up! Click here for Instructions on joining CORNET. You can also contact to check whether your continuity practice is already a member, or if you have any questions about the project.

2. Participate in our Spring Meeting on March 16th
This year our regional meeting is titled, "The Future of Pediatric Medical Education". It will be held in Boston at Children's Hospital (Thanks go out to Dr. Joanne Cox and Yvonne DeJesus for their help). We will be able to waive a meeting fee for trainees this coming year. We plan to try alternating between Boston and a more western location for the next few years and see how things go.

This year we will focus on medical education and our keynote address will be by Dr. Leslie Fall, pediatric hospitalist, Professor of Pediatrics, Vice-Chair for Education, and Associate Dean for Faculty Development at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. We are planning a new activity for a networking lunch - please stay tuned to the region listserv announcements for your chance to lead a table discussion and access to the agenda.

If you have an abstract that you have recently submitted for PAS/ESPR, APPD, COMSEP or a local or specialty conference, or if you have a new project that is a work in progress you would like to present at our meeting, please forward a 350 word abstract to before Friday, January 15. We will announce accepted abstracts on January 31. We are particularly interested in abstracts presented by trainees. The region meeting provides a small and friendly audience where it is easy to get good feedback and/or to practice for larger meetings.

We look forward to seeing in the Spring.

Your region I Co-Chairs,

Alison Holmes, Dartmouth

Matthew Sadof, Baystate

Mark Cicero, Yale

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Region II

Save the date for the upcoming Region II/III meeting which will be held on Friday, March 6, 2015 at Children's Hospital at Montefiore in the Bronx, NY! We have an exciting day of events planned. Our key note speaker will be Heather Forkey, MD, from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, who will be speaking to us on toxic stress, a timely and important topic that was brought to the forefront with the recent release of the AAP Policy Statement "Early Childhood Adversity, Toxic Stress, and the Role of the Pediatrician." We are currently working to finalize our workshop topics for the Region II/III meeting, and are in the process of reviewing the many abstract submissions we received for platform presentations and poster sessions. We were excited to see how many APA members are interested in having the regional meeting be a place to present their work. We are hopeful that many APA members from Region II/III will be able to attend our Regional meeting!

We are also delighted to announce, on behalf of our Region II Young Investigator Grant Coordinator, Nora Esteban-Cruciani, MD, MS, that the winner of this year's Region II Young Investigator Award is Ruth Abaya, MD, MPH, a fellow in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (mentor: Frances Balamuth, MD, PhD). Ruth will receive $1000 in support of her project, entitled "The Utility of Procalcitonin in the Diagnosis of Invasive Bacterial Infections and as a Predictor of Intensive Care Unit Admission in the Pediatric Emergency Department."

If you have are interested in helping us plan the Region II/III meeting or other Region II activities, have comments, suggestions, or questions, please let us know!

Region II Co-Chairs:

Rachel S. Gross, MD, MS

Sylvia W. Lim, MD

H. Shonna Yin, MD, MS

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Region IV

Hello Region IV members,

The 2015 Academic Pediatric Association Region IV Annual Conference website for registration and abstract submission is now open. Please forward this message to all academic general or hospitalist pediatric faculty, fellows, residents and medical students at your institution as this meeting is a great venue for networking and connecting with other academic general pediatricians in the Mid-Atlantic region.

  • Our meeting will be from 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 21 to 12:00 noon on Sunday, February 22 at the Omni Hotel, Charlottesville, VA (212 Ridge McIntire Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22902)
  • You may visit our website or register here.
  • For hotel accommodations, please call the Omni hotel directly at 1-800-THE-OMNI. You must mention the group name: Academic Pediatric Association and book by Friday, February 6, 2015 (5:00 p.m.) to receive the discounted room rate of $158 (plus taxes and fees). The group rate is available for the nights of February 20 & 21.

Meeting Highlights

  • Keynote Address: "E-cigarettes: What You and Your Patients Should Know," Ii-Lun Chen, MD, Director, Division of Individual Health Sciences, FDA Center for Tobacco Products
  • Quality Improvement Plenary: "Quality Improvement Implementation Tips To Enhance Adolescent Immunization Delivery," Sharon Humiston, MD, MPH, Professor of Pediatrics, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
  • Meet our APA President-Elect, Maryellen Gusic, MD, Chief Medical Education Officer, AAMC
  • Debate Virginia Commonwealth's bills!: To fine or not to fine adults for smoking in private cars while in the presence of minors
  • Original research and advocacy presentations: New this year: PAS travel awards for best trainee presentations!
  • Special Interest Group (SIG)-based working group/workshops: On the registration form we ask that you select the top three APA special interest groups you might be interested in participating in. We will be offering a selection of the top-ranked SIGs at the meeting.
  • Breakfast with the Professors: Great opportunity for informal mentoring on a variety of topics important to consider early on in an academic pediatric career.

Details about abstract submission: Guidelines for abstract submission are attached to this email and can also be downloaded from the registration website. However, all presenters of selected abstracts must register and pay the applicable fees to present. Presentation is required to be considered for a trainee award.

Looking forward to seeing you in Charlottesville, VA.

The APA Region IV Meeting Planning Committee
Cliff Lee, Kate Connor, John Harrington, Carl Seashore, Melissa Long, Megan Tschudy, Linda Fu and Parvathi Kumar

Questions? Email:, or

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Region V

Happy Holidays from Region V! We are busy planning the Region V Annual Meeting which will be held February 27-28, 2015 at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. The tentative agenda includes our Keynote Speaker and former APA President Tom Dewitt reflecting on a career in Academic Pediatrics, an update from the National APA Board as well as an update on Regional activities, presentations on advocacy, the workup and treatment of fever in the young infant, and evaluation using Milestones. In addition, there will be two separate trainee abstract presentation sessions, as well as two separate trainee poster sessions. We are currently reviewing the record number 29 trainee abstract submissions and winners will be notified in the coming weeks. A special thank you to all of the trainee mentors and abstract reviewers. Registration and travel information will be released soon. We hope you can join is in Cincinnati!

Our other major Region event in early 2015 is our next quarterly webinar which will take place on Monday January 26 from 12-1 pm EST. The topic is Toxic Stress: Moving Beyond the Black Box (Translating What We KNOW Into What We DO). Our presenter is Andrew Garner, MD, FAAP from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. If you are involved with a residency program, we would encourage you to broadcast the webinar for your resident's noon conference on that day. Log in information will be sent in early January.

If you have any suggestions on activities for the Region or topics for the webinar, please let us know. We would love to hear from you!

We hope everyone has a fantastic holiday season and we hope to see you in Cincinnati in February.

Region Co-Chairs:

Merrilee Cox

Chris Peltier

Jawad Javed

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Region VI

Save the Date for 2015 Fall Regional meeting!
Friday September 25, 2015 in Kansas City.
Our very own President-Elect Maryellen Gusic, MD will be our featured speaker during a full-day meeting that will be designed with something for everyone. So put this date on your calendar and plan to attend along with others from all over the region.

Institutional Liaisons - To increase information exchange and member involvement, institutional liaisons will be re-established this year. These are individuals who would agree to represent their institution through regular interactions with the Region VI co-chairs. Liaisons are self-nominated or institution-determined and serve for three 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.
  • Assist with promotion of regional and national activities including membership, identifying volunteers for committees, projects, etc.

Please consider becoming an institutional liaison. If you are interested in this position, please contact the co-chairs.

The Region Spotlight
You'll remember that we have reinstituted a section for highlighting more regional or institutional news. You'll see below some of the great work our members have been doing in the last few months. So don't be shy to contribute your own information. Or look around your institution and shine the spotlight on other APA members. Information can be submitted at any time for inclusion in the next newsletter.

Child Protection Program Medical Director Resmiye Oral, M.D. at the University of Iowa, has been awarded a Fulbright specialist scholarship to conduct training and research activities in developing countries on child abuse and neglect and systems building regarding the same. She also was awarded a $29,500 grant to perform sexual abuse prevention activities.

Robert Jacobson, M.D. was named the Medical Director of the Population Health Science Program at the Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Jacobson has also completed his term as President of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and during his term the Minnesota Chapter received the Outstanding Large Chapter Award.

Mayo Clinic has also begun their inaugural year with six new Population Health Science Scholars. This is a three-year program to train clinicians to conduct of health sciences research and in particular population health sciences.

Your name could be here too! Remember to submit your own or your colleague information to the region co-chairs at any time.

Other Important Information
Newsletter items including Region Spotlight items can be submitted to the national office or the regional co-chairs at anytime. Nominations for regional co-chair - nominate yourself or someone else at anytime by contacting the region co-chairs.

Region Co-Chairs:
Matthew Broom

Donna D'Alessandro

Anita Moonjely

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Special Interest Groups
E-Learning in Medical Education

Happy Holidays! We are excited to celebrate the joy and warmth of the season with you. As we look ahead towards next year, we would like to share with you a few digital tools and educational venues that introduce the application of these tools.

Agenda for 2015 e-Learning SIG

The 2015 PAS meeting is not far away. We have started planning our SIG agenda. We will continue to feature a variety of speakers and topics which offer enrichment opportunities across all spectrums of the e-Learning field. Here is the preview of the e-Learning SIG sponsored workshop that is scheduled on Sunday, April 26 in San Diego:

Kadriye O. Lewis, Ed.D and Douglas Blowey, MD from Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO will present a workshop titled "Curriculum Dissection: The Critical First Step toward a Competency-and-Performance based Model". The objectives and the description of their presentation are below:

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Analyze the entities of a medical curriculum down to its core components, skills, or sub-skills, and ensure those elements are taught effectively in a systematic way
  • Develop a method or infrastructure to organize medical curricula into a competency-and performance-based teachable sequence using collaborative technologies
  • Discuss how to identify and assess patterns of learning behaviors consistent with competency-and performance-based curriculum

Description: The last two decades have witnessed the expansion of competency-based medical education at most stages of undergraduate and postgraduate medical training from curriculum development to assessment of outcomes. However, many faculty members struggle with designing or organizing medical curricula in a competency-and performance-based teachable sequence.

Using a wiki platform as a mock site, we have dissected our nephrology curriculum to convert it into competency-based performance units. We divided the curriculum into clinical experience, educational activities, research, and administrative responsibilities. Educational activities in each section were transformed into assessment tasks by inserting more structure around desired fellows' work products or performances while aligning the learning objectives with ACGME's core competencies and milestones. The over-arching goal was to begin the process of tracking fellows learning analytics with their performance on specific benchmarks that we identified to predict their success within the program. This workshop is an exciting opportunity to learn about performance-based curriculum design, including our ongoing competency-based curriculum dissection.

The workshop will provide strategies on how to design pre-defined outcomes comprised of the knowledge, skills, values, attitudes, and behaviors expected of the learner throughout a training program. The session will also introduce how collaborative technologies (Wiki, have facilitated our curriculum revision through collegial conversation in a team working approach. Participants will share their respective programs and brainstorm on how to approach curriculum dissection with their current program resources. In addition, participants will gain improved knowledge, skills and tools that they can take back to their institutions.

A Closer Look at Great Resources about e-Learning in Medical Education

Courses that focus on digital technology are emerging. Harvard Macy Institute has implemented a five day course entitled "Become a Digital Citizen-Technology in Health Care Education." Already in its second year, the course is run on a hybrid platform using Moodle to embed the structure of the course and the final group project uses Google Communities to align the interactive assignments with Moodle. A month prior to the course students use the gaming technology QStream to benefit from spaced education methodology. Students are able to post assignments, links, comments, pictures and videos throughout the course. Users actively learn about the application of web 2.0 tools (Powtoons, Quizlet, Poll Everywhere, Screencasting, animated videos, and Prezi) through hands on mini-workshops and assignments. At the conclusion of the course, students share a final e-learning project which demonstrates their collaborative effort to showcase the mastery of select web 2.0 tools. The project is assessed by colleagues using an e-learning rubric.

For more information about the program visit Become a Digital Citizen-Technology in Health Care Education

Powtoons launched last month Slides, a quick and fresh way to utilize the web for animated presentations. Check out Slides

Google+ has some powerful applications: the application Communities allows you to collaborate with others; the application Hangout allows the simultaneous interaction of 11 live video feeds. Google Bookmark Manager uses a nice visual interface (organized as cards) to search, share, and annotate bookmarks.

Upcoming 2015 Conferences and Workshops

For further information on upcoming conferences in education and technology, click here.

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

Again, have a joyous holiday season and a new year of peace and happiness.

SIG Co-Chairs:
Erik Black

Michal Cidon

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Dear Ethics SIG members,

We hope you are having a wonderful Holiday Season!

As the year goes along we are also working on our next PAS meeting schedule in April 2015. We have identified the topics and speakers. This year’s topic “End-of-life (EOL) Decision Making and Cultural Differences". Our speakers will bring perspectives/experiences from various cultures.

Ryan Coleman-African experience
Jagdish Chinnappa-Indian experience
Michael Schimmel-Israeli experience
Eduard Verhagen-Netherlands experience

We are also proud to announce the fourth APA Ethics SIG Essay Contest.
The contest is open to all pediatric residents and pediatric subspecialty fellows (including pediatric surgical fellows). Essays should focus on the ethical issues that residents and fellows face in patient care. Topics may include but not limited to personal narratives of ethical dilemmas faced in training, practice or scholarly presentations of issues related to organizational, interprofessional or global health ethics.

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

Two awards will be offered:

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

The winning essays will be read at the PAS meeting in San Diego and will be published in PAS website as part of ethics SIG letter in June 2015. If the resident or fellow will be attending PAS in San Diego they may present their paper themselves.

Deadline: March 10, 2015
Submit essays to:

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

Here are other 2015 Ethics Conferences- National and International:

Four Day Intensive Course in Bioethics Mediation Sponsored by Montefiore-Einstein Center for Bioethics - January 5, 6, 12, 13, 2015 in Bronx, New York. Instructors: Carol Liebman, Tia Powell, Nancy Dubler. Website: Contact Information: Stacy Govan at or 718-920-4630.

The Dysregulation of Human Subjects Research Children’s Mercy Bioethics Series - January 19, 2015, Kansas City, MO. Website: Speaker: Norman Fost, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics and Bioethics, University of Wisconsin. Contact Information: Mary Ellen Hudson at Bioethics Center, or 816-701-5284.

Ethics and Professionalism in Health Care: Backgrounds, Frameworks, Challenges - February 9-13,
2015, Ruhr University - Bochum, Germany. Ruhr University website. Contact Information: Verena Sandow at Note: abstracts submission deadline has expired November 7, 2014 to Verena Sandow.

Suffering, Death and Palliative Care, Advanced European Bioethics Course February 10-13, 2015 - Nijmegen, Netherlands. Healthcare website. Contact Information: Simone Naber at or +31 24 36 13359.

Spiritual Dimensions of Illness and Healing 4th Annual Conference on Medicine and Religion March
6-8, 2015, Hyatt Regency - Cambridge, Massachusetts. Abstracts accepted until October 23, 2014. Contact Information: Website:

Genomics and Ethics in Research and Medical Decision Making Sponsored by University of Cincinnati Center for clinical and Translational Science and Training and Ethics Center of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital - March 12-13, 2015, Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center - Cincinnati, Ohio. Keynote Speakers: Gail Jarvik, MD, PhD, and Barbara Koenig, PhD. Website: Contact Information: Bettie Durant at

Conversation in Ethics: Ethics of Caring National Nursing Ethics Conference March 19-20, 2015 - Los Angeles, CA. Website: Information: Katherine Brown-Saltzman at or 310-794-6219.

International Conference on Neuroethics (ICONE) April 9-10, 2015 - Lisbon, Portugal. ICONE website. Contact Information: Antonio Jacomo at

2015 Annual Conference on Law, Religion and Healthcare Sponsored by The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics at Harvard Law School, May 8-9, 2015 - Cambridge, Massachusetts. Harvard Law School website. Call for Abstracts open. Contact Information:

Intensive Bioethics Training Course Sponsored by Baylor College of Medicine Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy and Houston Methodist Hospital, May 11-15, 2015 - Houston, Texas. Website: Contact Information:

Improving Quality and Professionalism of Clinical Ethics Education and Consultation 11th Annual International Conference on Clinical Ethics Consultation (ICCEC) May 20-22, 2015 - Hess Center, Mount Sinai Medical Center and The New York Academy of Medicine, New York City. Note: abstracts submission deadline has expired November 7, 2014.

Wonder and the Natural World Hosted by the Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics and
Society, Indiana University. CSRES hosts paired sequences of conferences on 2 year cycles and will host first symposium on May 22, 2015, primarily IU faculty to begin exploration of this theme. CSRES will host an international conference in 2016. Plenary Speaker: Bron Taylor.

Kennedy Institute of Ethics Intensive Bioethics Course June 2-5, 2015, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. Website:

29th European Conference on Philosophy of Medicine and Health Care August 19-22, 2015 - Ghent, Belgium. Focus is on Medicalisation. Website: Contact Information: Bert Gordijn at

5th International Conference on Advance Care Planning and End of Life Care September 9-12,
2015 - Munich, Germany. Website: Contact Information: Ralf Jox or Georg
Marchmann at

ASBH 17th Annual Meeting October 22-25, 2014 - Houston, Texas.

Call for Applications for Children’s Mercy Certificate in Pediatric Bioethics Sponsored by Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO. Deadline is March 1, 2015 and program runs from September 2015 to May 2016. Website: Contact Information: Vanessa Watkins at or 816-701-5285.

Call for Papers: The Journal of Science and Law Journal founded in August 2014 by Dr. David Eagleman from Baylor College of Medicine Initiative on Neuroscience and Law. Website: . Questions:

TEDMED Great Challenges of Health and Medicine Sponsored by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Questions being solicited by TEDMED on persistent problems in health and medicine (end- of-life care, childhood obesity, medical communication) that have bioethical implications. Additional specifics available at TEDMED.

Call for Case Studies and Narrative Education Reports for Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics: A Journal of Qualitative Research Peer Reviewed Journal published by Johns Hopkins University Press. Case study articles should be 3500-5000 words and narrative education reports should be 2000-4000 words. Author guidelines and further information is available. Please direct inquiries and submissions to

Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing Submission of articles for this peer reviewed journal encouraged. For more information visit the “For Authors” page on the website or contact

Wishing you and your families a very happy and healthy New Year!!


Diane Plantz, M.D
University of Missouri Kansas City,
Children's Mercy Hospital

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

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

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Evidence-Based Pediatrics

The Evidence Based Pediatrics SIG is calling for suggestions for invited speakers for its annual meeting in San Diego, on April 25 - 28th, 2015. We welcome all nominations, including self-nominations, for speakers. Also let us know if there is a particular topic you would like to hear about or recommend.

Please visit our SIG's web pages to access the latest resources for EBM teaching

to access the latest resources for EBM teaching and practice. Note the updated and greatly expanded list of resources for clinicians and educators, including EBM MedEdPortal publications, EBM web sites, EBM calculators, open access EBM reviews, search engines, indexed medical literature, and pediatric EBM CAT sites.

If you know of a website or resource we have left out, please let us know!

Also, we are soliciting a few interested SIG members for input and to help us pilot a survey to be sent, eventually, to all pediatric programs. The survey seeks to define the role of medical librarians in pediatric residency programs and specifically their involvement in EBM curricula and teaching.

The survey would eventually be sent to all pediatric program directors; we plan to apply for support through the APPD Research and Scholarship Task Force by April 1st (the next deadline).

If you are willing to help us pilot the survey, we would send you a draft version of the survey and ask you to complete the survey to the best of your ability for the residency program with which you are most familiar-your current institution's if you have one or a past one for which you were associated-just to test out the survey questions. Best guesses are fine. We just want to make sure the wording and choices make sense. Once we finalize the survey, we would send the official version of the survey to your residency program's director.

Please contact us directly at: or

We look forward to seeing you all in San Diego in April!

SIG Co-Chairs:
Rachel Boykan

Robert M Jacobson

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Health Literacy

We are pleased to announce that due to the efforts of our APA Health Literacy SIG members, we have two health literacy-focused workshops accepted to the 2015 PAS meeting! The two workshops are: "Doctors are from Mars, Patients are from Venus: Teaching Health Literacy Strategies Across the Medication Education Continuum to Close the Communication Gap and Keep Patients Safe and Well" and "Health Literacy from 'Bench' to Bedside: Verbal, Written, and Technological Tools for Clear Communication in Clinical Practice and Research". Thank you to all the HL SIG members that contributed to putting the proposals together - it was a real team effort!

In other news, the Health Literacy Annual Research Conference (HARC) recently took place in Bethesda, MD on November 3-4. Among the highlights of the meeting were keynote addresses from Dean Schillinger, who spoke on advancing public health literacy and a very interesting diabetes prevention campaign he is involved in, and Judith Hibbard, who discussed the intersection between health literacy and patient activation. The Pediatrics Interest Group at HARC met and had a lively discussion about issues of dissemination and implementation, using the IOM Roundtable on Health Literacy's 2012 report on the "Ten Attributes of a Health Literate Organization" as a template for bringing about change in members' institutions. The leaders are APA HL SIG members Barbara Bayldon and Shalini Forbis; unfortunately Shalini was not able to attend HARC this year due to the flu. APA HL SIG members also met for an informal dinner at HARC.

We are currently working on planning the upcoming PAS meeting, and brainstorming about how to best engage our Education, Research, and Policy working groups. If you are interested in getting more involved, please contact us!

APA Health Literacy SIG Chairs

Barbara Bayldon

Lee M. Sanders

H. Shonna Yin

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Hospital Medicine

Hospital Medicine SIG meeting at Pediatric Academic Societies 2015
Saturday, April 25, 2:45-4:45 pm

The theme of the upcoming 2015 APA Hospital Medicine SIG will be multisite collaborative research and QI projects.

Come join us at our SIG meeting in San Diego. Get updates from leaders in education, research, quality improvement, practice management and network with colleagues. This year we are planning an interactive discussion on how to start and get involved in multi-site projects.

Pediatric Hospital Medicine (PHM) 2015 - San Antonio, Texas
The 12th annual PHM meeting is scheduled for July 23-26 at the Marriot Rivercenter in San Antonio, Texas. The Pediatric Hospital Medicine Conference is the premier educational conference for pediatric hospitalists and other clinicians involved in the care of pediatric inpatient and the conference continues to be a huge success. Last year we had over 800 attendees. Make plans now to gather with your colleagues from across the spectrum of our field and to enjoy the attractions in San Antonio. The Conference is co-sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Academic Pediatric Association (APA), and the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM).

The Academic Pediatric Association (APS) and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) are sponsoring the Advancing Pediatric Educator Excellence (APEX) program, a robust leadership pre-course to PHM '15 for those in leadership positions or aspiring to be future leaders. Please be on the look-out for the call for registration.

What's new in 2015? This year three new tracks have been added to the conference:

  • Complex Care
  • Health Information/ Information technology
  • Global Health

We are also introducing two new sessions. One on speed mentoring for those in practice over 3 years and a World Café Presentation for those with 1-3 years of practice.

Important Dates to Remember:
PAS - April 25-28, San Diego
PHM '15 - July 23-26, San Antonio, TX
PEACE conference

Pediatric Hospital Medicine
Call for Abstracts and Conundrums is open with a deadline of January 13, 2015. Please take advantage of these opportunities for personal and professional growth and to contribute to advancements in Pediatric Hospital Medicine.

SIG Co-Chairs:
Kathy Bradford

Vineeta Mittal

Karen Smith

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Newborn Nursery

Our Newborn Nursery SIG for this year's PAS/APA meeting in San Diego is scheduled for Sunday, April 26, 2015 from 12:00-3:00 PM. Following the successful format we had last year we will have two speakers:

Our Hot Topics speaker is Valerie Flaherman, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Flaherman will speak about patterns in neonatal weight loss and future research in this area.

Our Quality Improvement Speaker will be Carrie Anne Phillipi, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Oregon Health and Science University, will speak about challenges that physicians face related to refusal of universal practices (such as erythromycin eye ointment, hepatitis B vaccine and Vitamin K) in the newborn nursery. She will review the literature and help provide guidance for Newborn Nursery Directors facing similar challenges.

We plan to have a poster session at the Newborn Nursery SIG again this year. All abstracts must go through the PAS submission process and cannot be considered outside of this process. If you are accepted to the national meeting and want to increase the audience for your poster, we will consider having your poster at the SIG if you send us the acceptance letter and a copy of the abstract.

We are very excited about the planned program and look forward to seeing many of you in San Diego.

SIG Co-Chairs:
Esther Chung

Mary Ann LoFrumento

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CDC/APA HPV Immunization Grant Activities

Grand Rounds: We are offering a Grand Rounds to (1) explain the importance of HPV vaccination and describe current rates, (2) discuss the rationale for vaccinating at 11-12 and for vaccinating boys (3) provide useful communication strategies to inform parents about HPV (4) to develop a plan to increase your practice's HPV vaccination rate, and (5) to help providers locate resources that are relevant to current immunization practice. If interested in having a Grand Rounds in your location, please email

SIG RFA: An RFA was recently announced to fund 2 SIGs (up to $5,000/project) to perform projects to strengthen provider recommendations and effectiveness of healthcare settings in delivering HPV vaccinations. For more information, contact

CORNET Recruitment: CORNET is very excited to be working on this project to improve HPV vaccine delivery. We are beginning the recruitment phase for this exciting QI project. Invitations to participate will be sent out soon, so please let us know if you are interested. For more details, contact Community-based practices that are part of the National Improvement Partnership Network (NIPN) will also be recruited to participate in these QI project activities.

Scholarly Innovations in Pediatric Education

Academic Pediatrics is excited to announce a new type of article: Scholarly Innovations in Pediatric Education. Melissa Klein and Su-Ting Li, the journal's associate editors for research in pediatric education, look forward to receiving your submissions of scholarly innovations in pediatric education.

Scholarly Innovations in Pediatric Education
Author Instructions

This type of manuscript provides an opportunity for medical educators to disseminate projects related to teaching activities, curricular interventions, learner assessment, advising and mentoring and program evaluation. These articles should report on educational innovations that have been recently implemented (within the past 2 years). The innovations described should represent a new approach or the application of an established method/tool in a novel setting or context (e.g., projects that utilize established methods/tools in a novel setting/context with no new insights gained would not be considered innovative). Pilot projects, projects that are part of a larger but not yet published research project, projects from one program and projects with early/short term outcomes are appropriate for this type of manuscript.

Content Requirements:

  • Maximum of 1000 words in length (excluding What's New?, table/figure and references) with maximum 1 table or figure.
  • Maximum of 10 key references.
  • An abstract is not required.
  • The reports should be organized into the following sections
    • What's New? - Summarize innovation and outcomes in maximum of 40 words.
    • Background - Brief background to establish the importance of the issue addressed in the intervention.
    • Educational Approach and Innovation - Description of the educational innovation and methods utilized in assessing the intervention. Justification of what makes the approach to or type of education innovative
    • Results - Assessment of the intervention's outcomes.
    • Discussion and Next Steps - Discussion of the impact of the work in advancing what is already known about the topic. Outline next steps to further understand the issues related to the problem.

These articles will undergo the peer review process and be evaluated on the importance of the problem being addressed, the innovative nature of the project, the methods utilized in assessing the intervention, and the significance of the outcomes. We aim to publish one report in each issue.

Su-Ting Li, MD, MPH
Associate Professor, Pediatrics

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