APA Educational Scholars Program

Are you interested in educational scholarship, building a network of educational colleagues or working with national leaders in pediatric education?

The Educational Scholars Program is excited to announce the next cohort of its scholars. Through a rigorous peer-reviewed process, we accepted 35 medical educators into the program to begin in May 2019. The scholars originate 19 states and 28 institutions. Each scholar has chosen a local mentor to assist them in completing a scholarly capstone project. They also have been paired with a volunteer national advisor, with experience in educational scholarship, to provide career mentoring. The program wishes to thank both the mentors and advisors for their efforts to assist the scholars.

The ESP is a 3-year national faculty development program for academic pediatric educators who wish to build their skills in educational scholarship and leadership. The program aims to teach scholars to develop, implement, evaluate and disseminate educational interventions and other types of educational scholarship. For more information, contact us at ESP@academicpeds.org,  or follow us on twitter at #BeAScholarESP.

We are proud of our 16 scholars who graduated at PAS 2018 after completion of the program requirements and successful dissemination of their educational scholarship.
We would like to thank Lindsey Lane, MD for her years of service to ESP as a faculty advisor, Cohort leader, ISM facilitator, Chair of Curriculum Committee and Co-Director of the program. We will miss her and wish her best of luck in her retirement.

APA Spring Newsletter, 2019

The APA Educational Scholars Program (ESP) is excited to welcome the 35 Cohort 9 Scholars who will start at this year’s PAS meeting. Our Scholars are faculty from 30 different institutions across 21 states. Their clinical expertise represents the span of pediatrics with scholars working as general pediatricians, pediatric hospitalists and in a variety of pediatric subspecialties. We would also like to welcome and thank their 35 National Advisors who volunteered to help guide the Scholars’ educational scholarship journey and career over the next three years. This role is critical to the scholars’ success and we greatly appreciate their time, effort and expertise.
We are very excited for this year’s PAS meeting! We are proud to announce that 18 ESP Scholars from Cohorts 7 and 8 will graduate this year at PAS after completion of all the program requirements and successful national dissemination of their educational work. Please join us in celebrating their accomplishments at the ESP Celebration on Sunday April 28th at 6pm in the Hilton Baltimore.

To engage our ESP alumni, Jean Petershack (Cohort 1) will be launching the ESP Alumni Association at ESP Day at PAS on Friday April 26th. We welcome all ESP graduates, soon-to-be graduates, advisors and faculty to join us for an interactive discussion.

Congratulations to our ESP scholars, graduates and faculty!

Haneme Idrizi (Cohort 8) selected as the faculty award winner for the 2019 APA Ray E. Helfer Award for her project Promoting Inter-professional Collaboration Between Resident Physicians and Nurses.

Debra S. Regier (Cohort 8) awarded the National Organization for Rare Disorders "Rare Impact" Award. This awards honors individuals and organizations that have truly gone above and beyond to propel progress and bolster rare disease patients and communities. Debra is the first educational researcher to receive the award!

Rita Nathawad (Cohort 8) was selected by the Northeast Florida Pediatric Society to receive the Educator of the Year Award. She was chosen for the award based on her work with pediatric residents and her involvement with the APA ESP program!

Latha Chandran, ESP Co-Director and Chair of Research Committee, was elected to be our APA President.

Ross Myers (Cohort 8) was elected APPD Associate Program Directors’ Executive Committee Chair-Elect.

Sarah Hilgenberg (Cohort 8) was elected APPD Associate Program Directors’ Executive Committee as an At-Large Member.

Scholar name

Scholar institution

National advisor name

Jaclyn Albin

UT Southwestern Medical Center

Ada Fenick

Rebecca Carter

University of Maryland School of Medicine

Hans Kersten

Laura Chamorro Dauer

University of Miami

Jennifer O'Toole

Catherine Chang

Weill Cornell Medicine

Rachel Umoren

Alissa Darden

University of Arizona- Phoenix

Meghan Treitz

Stacy Ellen

St. Christopher's Hospital for Children/Drexel University College of Medicine

Mike Ryan

Jamie Fey

Tufts University School of Medicine, Maine Medical Center

Joseph Lopreiato

Dana Foradori

Baylor College of Medicine

Barrett Fromme

Emily Goodwin

Children's Mercy Hospital

Elena Huang

Lisa Herrmann

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Allison Gault

Kim Hoang

Stanford University School of Medicine

Arthur Jaffe

Erin Howe

University of Iowa

Pamela Wood

Joseph Jackson

Duke University

Sandra Sanguino

Ruchi Kaushik

Children's Hospital of San Antonio, Baylor College of Med

Ginny Niebuhr

Grace Kim

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Cindy Katz

Lindsay Koressel

Northwestern University/Feinberg School of Medicine

Jennifer Jackson

Kathleen Lima

Loma Linda University Medical Center

Liz Hanson

Nandini Mandlik

University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio

Deepa Kamat

Zeina Nabhan

Indiana University School of Medicine

Surendra Varma

Meghan O'Connor

University of Utah

Daniel Richards

Uchechi Oddiri

Stony Brook Children's Hospital

Jody Huber

Maheen Quadri

Northwestern University

Tara Williams

Amanda Rogers

Medical College of Wisconsin

Deb Palazzi

Heidi Roman

UT Southwestern Medical Center

Heather McPhillips

Kathryn Scharbach

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Satid Thammasitboon

Johannah Scheurer

University of Minnesota

Jean Petershack

Barry Seltz

Children's Hospital Colorado and University of Colorado School of Medicine

Mary Rocha

Molly Senn-McNally

University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate

Kimberly Gifford

Kira Sieplinga

Michigan State Medical School

Rebecca Tenney-Soeiro

Tyler Smith

Children's Mercy Kansas City/University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine

Katherine Mason

Kristen Stefanski

Akron Children's Hospital

Elisa Zenni

Ashlie Tseng

Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU, VCU Health

Rani Gereige

Jacqueline Walker

University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine

Cindy Roskind

Adam Wolfe

Children's Hospital of San Antonio - Baylor College of Medicine

Caroline Paul

Lahia Yemane

Stanford School of Medicine

David Keller


Melissa Klein, MD, MEd
Professor of Pediatrics
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Director, Educational Scholars Program
Academic Pediatric Association

Donna D’Alessandro, MD
Professor of Pediatrics
University of Iowa
Cohort 9 Leader, Educational Scholars Program
Academic Pediatric Association

Leora Mogilner, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Cohort 9 Leader, Educational Scholars Program
Academic Pediatric Association




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