Latha Chandran, MD, MPH, MBBS (2016)
SUNY at Stony Brook School of Medicine
SUNY at Stony Brook
Stony Brook, NY 11794-8111
Phone: (631) 444-1030
Education Committee/Chair Responsibilities
Core programs and activities
- The Education Committee Chair must provide oversight of all educational activities listed as APA core programs. These include
- Educational Scholars Program
- Educational Guidelines for Residency Training
- Academic General Pediatrics Fellowship Accreditation Program
- Residents as Teacher Website and Curriculum ( as of 2014)
- Coordinate APA collaborations and activities with COMSEP and APPD including PEEAC conference every other year.
- Represent the APA at the AAP Committee on Pediatric Education (COPE).
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.
- Miller-Sarkin Mentoring Award
- Helfer Award for the Best Educational Abstract
- APA annual teaching award to programs
- APA annual teaching award to faculty
- 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
I wanted to write to express my gratitude to each of you for your active and enthusiastic participation in the core programs and new initiatives of the education committee. It has been an honor to serve as the Chair of the Education Committee and I have truly appreciated the opportunity to work with you all. I thought I would share a few brief updates with you and with this column, demonstrate the seamless transition to Latha's leadership of the committee's ongoing great work.
Update on Core programs:
Educational Scholars Programthe ESP has enrolled its 6th cohort of scholars. Over 120 scholars have enrolled in the program and over 40 faculty teach and serve as advisors in the program. As of May 2013, 60 scholars have graduated from this 3 year, certificate granting program. The program focuses on educational scholarship and at the 2013 PAS meeting alone, scholars and graduates presented over 30 abstracts and 15 workshop sessions.
The Academic General Pediatric Fellowship Accreditation Program has accredited or reviewed 15 fellowship programs over its 5 years as a core APA activity. This program also provides consultation to those who want to start a fellowship training program with a focus on health services research, hospital medicine, environmental health, clinical effectiveness research and community pediatrics.
The Educational Guidelines for Pediatric Residencya revision of the Guidelines Resources component of the Guidelines has begun. This project will incorporate efforts to map the updated resources to the Milestones. Indicative of efforts to enhance collaboration across pediatric organizations, the plan for mapping was created in consultation with members of the Milestone Project Working group and members of both APA and COMSEP have been recruited to participate in this project.
Speaking of collaborationThe 3rd biannual Pediatric Educational Excellence Across the Continuum (PEEAC) meeting is scheduled for October 4th and 5th. The meeting is co-sponsored by APA, APPD, COMSEP and CoPS and will include interactive workshops, "work in progress" posters and sessions focused on the career development of educators.
AwardsThis year's winners of the awards overseen by the education committee include:
Teaching program award: The Longitudinal Faculty Development and Departmental Educational Academy Initiative at Children's National: The Master Teacher Leadership Development Program and the Children's Academy of Pediatric Educators
Children's National Medical Center, Department of Pediatrics,
The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Miller Sarkin Award: Iris Borowsky, University of Minnesota
Helfer Award: PDA-Based Self-Work Sampling Study of Pediatric Residents Quantifies Educational Value of Workday Activities
Michael Ortiz1, Joyce Campbell1, Sarah Birch1, Nelson Lee2, Mary Ottolini1 and Dewesh Agrawal1. 1Pediatric Residency, Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC and 2Rapid Modeling Corporation, Cincinnati, OH.
A Resident as Teachers Web-Based Platform has been approved by the board. This site will serve as an online resource for peer-reviewed Resident as Teacher curricular materials for use by educators. The site will be a part of the APA website and will also serve to connect educators for communication and collaboration on scholarly activities. Keep posted for additional information about this exciting new resource.
In response to the APA strategic plan, a proposal for the creation of Teaching Awards for junior and mid-career faculty and for trainees is in its final stages of preparation for review by the board. The hope is that if the proposal is approved, the awards can begin to be granted in 2014.
Once again, I want to thank you all for your engagement in the APA and for your commitment to the educational activities of the organization. I look forward to being a part of these and other wonderful new programs and activities of the APA and specifically, of the education committee.
First, let me thank all those who participated at the Education Committee Meeting during the PAS meeting this year. The brainstorming session at that meeting was particularly helpful in organizing our action plan. As the new Chair of the Education Committee, I would like to welcome your ideas and thoughts on areas of improvement. The responsibilities of the APA education Committee has been updated on our website. We are in the process of establishing an executive committee of the education committee to coordinate the various activities and programs. We will also be sending out a short survey to all members of the Education Committee to understand the current needs of our membership. Please return these surveys promptly to us so we can begin planning for the next few years. We plan to work closely with COMSEP and APPD in the coming years. Lastly, I will be tweeting on and off regarding events of importance for the Education Committee. Please feel free to follow me on twitter@drlathachandran.
Education Committee Chair
Past Education Committee Chair