January 2018

Dear APA Members,

Happy 2018! CORNET has a few new updates to share with you!

Project Updates

CORNET welcomes any interested individuals and groups to submit research proposals for the Executive Committee’s review. If you have a research question you would like to develop or are considering submitting to the network, please contact CORNET’s Research and Network Coordinator, Holly Tyrrell, and CORNET’s Network Director, Iman Sharif, for more information.



Great news! The WE CARE proposal, which is a collaborative study including CORNET, PROS, and Arvin Garg, MD, MPH, as principal investigators, has been funded by NICHD. We will begin recruiting sites who are interested in participating soon.

Stay tuned for more details.

In Progress:

Meeting the Healthcare Needs of Sexual Minority Youth: A Qualitative Investigation

PI: Lindsay Taliaferro, PhD, MPH

Dr. Taliaferro and her colleagues are working with CORNET to understand clinicians' needs related to healthcare for LGB adolescents. They are conducting semi-structured interviews to better understand physicians' and residents' knowledge, attitudes, behaviors, and training needs related to working with sexual minority youth. Any primary care physician or medical resident who provides healthcare services to adolescents or young adults interested in participating may sign up by emailing Participants' responses will remain confidential and participants will receive a $35 Amazon gift card.

National Immunization Partnership with the APA (NIPA)
PIs: Peter Szilagyi, MD, MPH, & Cynthia Rand, MD, MPH

This large-scale, quality improvement project coaches clinical sites through practice changes in order to increase adolescent HPV vaccination rates and limit missed opportunities for HPV vaccination at every clinic visit.

Faculty who meet minimum participation requirements will receive MOC 4 credit. Moreover, we are excited that we will be able to offer banked MOC credit for residents as well.

We are preparing manuscripts based on Waves 2 and 3. The project team is recruiting continuity clinics for Wave 4 who have not yet participated in the project. Wave 4 is expected to run between March 2018 and November 2018, and consist of 1-month start-up including orientation and QI training, baseline data collection, a 6-month intervention period, and post-intervention data collection.

Benefits of participation

For practices:

  • $2000 compensation for practice efforts
  • Monthly feedback on individual practice performances
  • Customized tools and materials available for use in all practices

For faculty:

  • Receive ABP MOC part 4 credit (25 points) for your portfolio after completing all requirements

For residents:

  • Meets ACGME requirements for Resident QI project
  • Receive banked ABP MOC part 4 credit (25 points) for your portfolio after completing all requirements

Please contact Holly Tyrrell at for questions or if you are interested in participating.

Card Study #1: Do You See What I See and Do You Hear What I Hear?
PI: Iman Sharif, MD, MPH

CORNET is beginning a large, national research project about the experiences of primary care pediatricians via its first card study, entitled, “Do You See What I See, And Can I Do What You Do?”

Practice-Based Research Networks have implemented “card studies” since the late 1960s, wherein clinicians across many practices collect de-identified data on patients they see through brief surveys. Although an individual physician may collect only 5 surveys, as a network, CORNET can create a large sample size. CORNET plans to conduct a series of card studies with the following objectives:

  1. To characterize the demographic characteristics, clinical characteristics, and health care needs of children cared for in CORNET practices.
  2. To answer “hot topic” research questions posed by pediatric trainees.
  3. To increase involvement from network members by developing a large data set, allowing for collaboration on multiple abstracts/manuscripts.

Card Study #1
The goal of Card Study #1, “Do You See What I See…”, is to compare the complexity of patients seen by pediatric residents to patients seen by attending physicians in primary care settings around the country. This study has been reviewed by APA’s Board of Directors. It has also been reviewed by the Nemours Institutional Review Board and classified as Exempt Research. The principal investigator is Dr. Iman Sharif, CORNET’s Network Director.

We are asking both residents and attending pediatricians providing care in the primary care setting to survey five consecutive primary care patients that you see in your practice.

  • The patients do not have to all be seen on the same day. For example, if you only see two patients in clinic, it is okay to survey those two patients, and survey the next three patients you see during your next shift in clinic, even if there is a one or two in week gap in between.
  • Use a new survey link for each patient you survey.
  • Do not include specialty patients (i.e. foster care or headache clinic patients).

This survey is completely anonymous and voluntary. Your decision not to participate will have no effect on your membership in APA CORNET, your employment, or any other factors. Each survey you submit for an individual patient will take approximately 5 minutes.

Interested in Participating?
Due to the anticipated large sample size, all participating sites will have the opportunity to co-author abstracts/manuscripts from this study. If you would like to be involved and your site would like to participate in Card Study #1, please contact Holly Tyrrell directly at

We look forward to beginning this new series and sharing the results with each of you.

CORNET Executive Committee

Recruiting for Region IX
CORNET is seeking APA CORNET members from Region IX to serve as a member of the CORNET Executive Committee in the role as the Regional Research Chair

The Role of a CORNET Regional Research Chair is to:

  • Facilitate communication among the Region's CORNET member sites and direct information to and from the Executive Committee
  • Recruit additional institutions/clinics within their region to participate in CORNET activities
  • Generate research study ideas from regional sites
  • Advise on possible funding opportunities
  • Participate in the annual 1 ½ day national CORNET planning meeting following PAS, as well as quarterly conference calls

To apply, please submit your name, CV, and a brief summary describing your interest in serving on the CORNET Executive Committee as a Regional Research Chair at this link by December 15th, 2017.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact current CORNET Leadership!

Do you know your Regional Research Chair?
Here is the current list of CORNET chairs by APA region. Please reach out to your local contact for any questions or research ideas. They would be happy to provide you with guidance and suggestions.

Region I: Mona Sharifi,
Region II: Allison Gorman,
Region III: Lucy Holmes,
Region IV: Mike Steiner,
Region V: Heather Burrows,
Region VI: Sue Heaney,
Region VII: Teresa Duryea,
Region VIII: Sharon Dabrow,
Region IX: VACANT - currently recruiting
Region X: Annika Hofstetter,


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