Education Committee

Education Committee/Chair Responsibilities

Core Programs and Activities

Activities During Term

  • Create executive committee/task forces to implement agenda and appoint key leaders for activities as needed.
  • Engage committee members in the review of abstracts for PAS workshops and presentations.
  • Review responsibilities of position with incoming chair.


The Education Committee Chair is responsible for coordinating the following awards provided by the APA:

Organization/Communication Responsibilities

  • Communicate with membership regarding opportunities and activities via emails, surveys, tweets, APA wiki etc.
  • Provide updates to general membership via APA newsletter write ups
  • Review and provide updated website materials to the APA web manager to ensure accuracy of content

Responsibilities as an APA Board Member

  • Review, update and participate in the implementation of the APA Strategic Plan
  • Submit annual report to the board
  • Participate in bimonthly phone calls (third Tuesday 12-1:30pm ET)
  • Attend fall and spring board meetings
  • Attend appropriate regional meetings

PAS Meeting Responsibilities

  • Chair Education Committee Meeting at PAS meeting
    • Develop annual/triennial agenda
  • Attend APA board meeting, past officers breakfast, membership meeting, board/awardee dinner meeting

APA Newsletter from the Education Committee and Core Programs

Spring has sprung and Education is blossoming within the APA!

If you are planning on attending the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, May 5-8 in Toronto, Canada, then grab your passport and plan to attend the Education Committee on Sunday, May 6th from 11-12:30 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in the "Territories" room. Last year we brainstormed several topics and had several great ideas that are being developed. This year we will be focused on building a framework for online professional development. In order to make this the best product for the APA, I encourage everyone to attend, (trainee, junior faculty, mid-career, and senior leaders). We need your wisdom and innovations! Grab a friend or a mentee (or both) and join us for a great brainstorming and networking session!

Education activities and updates from programs (15-20 min)
Networking and Collaboration Activity (20 min)
Brainstorming: Online Professional Development Framework, Content Delivery Methods, and Outcome Measures (30 min)
Large Group Report Out of Brainstorming Session (20 min)

Please plan to also attend the invited science session following the Education committee from 1 - 3 PM in Room 204 of the Convention Center entitled "Top Articles in Medical Education 2017: Applying the Current Literature to Educational Practice and Scholarship." This is an opportunity to learn about the most recent educational discoveries impacting pediatric education.

Have You Heard the Great News: The AAMC announced that MedEdPORTAL: The Journal of Teaching and Learning Resources has been selected for inclusion in MEDLINE! Now is a great time to gather data on the impact of your curricular innovations and submit them for peer review to MedEdPORTAL. Also make sure and share this news with others (including promotion committee and other leaders at your institution.

Teaching Tip: Four Student Misconceptions about Learning

Recently I have been reading about the concept of "desirable difficulty." Desirable difficulty was coined by Robert Bjork in 1994. It is defined as a situation which makes something harder to learn initially (harder to encode into memory), but nevertheless easier to recall and apply at a later time (easier to retrieve from memory). The key distinction is that the cognitive strain is “desirable” – In other words with effort the student will be successful. As we think about both efficient and effective learning Maryellen Weimer, PhD describes four student misconceptions about learning. (I would add that sometimes we as educators also possess these mindsets as well).

  1. Learning is fast.
  2. Knowledge is composed of isolated facts.
  3. Being good at a subject is a matter of inborn talent rather than hard work.
  4. I'm really good at multi-tasking, especially during conferences or when I am studying.

Check out the brief article here at

Three great resources that apply the research on the science of learning to our daily work as teachers are:

  1. 1. Brown, P. C., Roediger, H. L., & McDaniel, M. A. (2014). Make it stick. Harvard University Press.
  2. 2. Didau, D. (2015). What if everything you knew about education was wrong?. Crown House Publishing.
  3. 3. Benassi, V. A., Overson, C. E., & Hakala, C. M. (Editors). (2014). Applying science of learning in education: Infusing psychological science into the curriculum. Available at the Teaching of Psychology website: (Featured as well in the last newsletter – it's such a great reference and it is FREE)

Faculty Development Resource: DR MERL
DR MERL or Dependable Reviews of Medical Education Research Literature is a FREE monthly digest of key articles in medical education with reviews and links to the articles.

Article worth reading (and sharing)
In addition to the great articles published in Academic Pediatrics, consider reading and sharing the article below with your colleagues. Have you implemented a great curricular innovation but don't know how to write it up for publication or where you should send it? The article from the Journal of Graduate Medical Education by Blanchard et al. provides you with tips on the writing process and examples of various outlets for disseminating educational innovations for publication.
Blanchard, R. D., Nagler, A., & Artino Jr, A. R. (2015). Harvest the low-hanging fruit: strategies for submitting educational innovations for publication. Journal of graduate medical education, 7(3), 318-322.

Educational Resource: The U.S. Child Poverty Curriculum

The Academic Pediatric Association (APA) Task Force on Child Poverty convened the Education Subcommittee to develop educational tools to promote understanding of the impact of poverty and other social determinants of health on child well-being over the life course and across generations. These training modules include a facilitators' guide, and a presentation. Some also include cases and learner pre-work.

  1. Module 1: The Epidemiology of Child Poverty
  2. Module 2: Social Determinants of Health
  3. Module 3: The Biomedical Influences of Poverty
  4. Module 4: Taking Action to Address Child Poverty

News from Core Programs

The Educational Scholars Program (ESP) will be recruiting its next cohort of scholars in Summer/Fall 2018. The ESP is a 3-year national faculty development program for academic pediatricians who wish to build their skills in educational scholarship and leadership. The ESP is an ideal way to gain mentored training to build your educational scholarship skills and join a community of educators.

The ESP has a lot of successes to celebrate:

  • We have enrolled 170 scholars from over 80 institutions across the country.
  • Graduates are thriving as educational scholars, with robust productivity (200 scholarly products since graduation), national networking, and many promotions. A large number of educational leaders at their home institutions and within the APA, APPD, COMSEP, and PHM.

Visit ESP faculty at PAS to discuss your project proposal!

Program Leadership

ESP Director: Melissa Klein, MD, MEd, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati.
Co-directors: Latha Chandran, MD, MPH, SUNY Stony Brook, and Lindsey Lane, BM, BCh, University of Colorado.
Cohort leaders: Donna D'Alessandro, MD, University of Iowa and Leora Mogilner, MD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Click on the following link at the APA website to learn more about the application process.

The Academic General Pediatrics Accreditation Committee (AGPAC)

2018 APA Pediatric Academic Generalist & Hospital Medicine Fellows' Conference Negotiating the Academic Waters: Building a Successful Career from Fellowship to Faculty
May 3, 2018
12:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Fairmont Royal York Hotel
Toronto, Canada

This conference is organized by APA’s Academic General Pediatric Accreditation Committee and is designed to focus on the academic core competency domain of Career Development and includes opportunities for participants to:

  • Describe how to apply for and successfully secure an academic position
  • Identify methods to enhance the presentation and effectiveness of one's CV
  • Describe methods to build non-clinical skills to be a successful academician.

The conference provides opportunities to network, to develop professionally and for fellows to share scholarly interests in research, education, quality improvement or advocacy.

Registration is currently open, please click on the following link:

All Fellows are invited to attend. Registration is free thanks to the APA Academic Pediatrics Accreditation Committee (AGPAC). All AGP accredited fellows may apply to receive a $200 stipend to attend this meeting.

The APA is considering sponsoring an Academic General Pediatric match with the NRMP in Fall 2018.

Please contact Paul Darden at or Teri Turner at if you have any questions or comments about the process. If you are a program director of an AGP program and did not receive the survey on participation, please contact, Laura Turner at to be sent the survey.

Save the Date: July 19-22, 2018 in Atlanta, GA
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