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APA Focus
The Official Newsletter of the Academic Pediatric Association

Volume 53, Issue 4 October 2016
QSIS and RSP Applications

Academic Pediatric Association
Is pleased to announce the following programs are now accepting applications for 2017!!!

Quality and Safety Improvement Scholars (QSIS)
Research Scholars Program (RSP)

To submit an application, please click on the link:

Click here for QSIS
Program Directed by:
Daniel Hyman, MD, MMM
Shawn Ralston, MD, MS

New extended deadline: Friday, November 4, 2016 11:59 pm EST

Click here for RSP
Program Directed by:
Janice Hanson, PhD, EdS
Alex Kemper, MD, MPH, MS
Alan Mendelsohn, MD

New extended deadline: Thursday, December 1, 2016 11:59 EST

For more information on the programs, send an email to

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APA New Members

Welcome New Members!


Unoma Akamagwuna
James Antoon
Abeer Azzuqa
Angela Bachim
Petter Bjornstad
Whitney Chadwick
Adrienne DePorre
Candice Dye
Olanrewaju Falusi
Andrea Foldes
Tamar N. Goldberg
Kathleen Huth
Christina Jung
Ann Kane
Bhargavi Kola
Divya Lakhaney
Michele Alexandra Ledesma
Hilda Loria
Nandini Mandlik
Tintin Manuela-Abad
Gary Maslow
Vanessa McFadden
Skyler McLaurin-Jiang
Cierra Moss
Tiffany Munzer
Andrea Nederveld
Roger Nicome
Rebecca Ohman-Hanson
Shweta Parmekar
Carmen Powell
Kristen Samaddar
Parag Shah
Meenakshi Singh
Tracy Stroud
Jacqueline Walker
Walter Wickremasinghe
Bethany Woomer
Ei Ye Mon
Derek Zhorne

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Pediatric Policy Council

In September the Pediatric Policy Council (PCC) sent four general child health policy-related questions to this year's presidential candidates. Click here to read the questions and read the candidates responses.

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Upcoming Conferences

APA Regional Meetings

APA Region IV
February 11-12, 2017
Charlottesville, VA

February 11-13, 2017
New Orleans, LA

APA Region IX and X
February 11-12, 2017
Monterey, CA

7th APA Quality Improvement Research Conference

2017 Pediatric Hospital Medicine May 5, 2016
San Diego, California

2017 Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS)

2017 Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS)
May 6 - 9, 2017
The Moscone Center West
San Francisco, California
2017 Pediatric Academic Societies

2016 Pediatric Hospital Medicine (PHM)
PHM 2016

2017 Pediatric Hospital Medicine
July 20 - 23, 2017
Omni Nashville
Nashville, Tennessee

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Education Committee

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Call for Application for the APA Teaching Program Award and the APA Annual Teaching Award for Junior and Mid-Career Faculty (Due Friday December 2, 2016 at 5:00 pm Eastern Time).
The APA Education Committee is pleased to announce the following two national awards

  •  The APA Teaching Program Award:  The purpose of this award is to foster interest in the teaching of general pediatrics by giving national recognition to an outstanding general pediatric program. Programs must demonstrate excellence in educational teaching methods, acceptance by students and/or residents, acceptance by the community and the institution innovations and adaptability, or outstanding quality of the individuals trained in the program. Emphasis is placed on the award being given to an outstanding program.
  •  The APA Annual Teaching Award (one for a junior faculty member and one for a mid-level faculty member):  These national awards have been created to recognize excellence in teaching. The awards will be presented at the annual PAS meeting in 2017.  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 for these awards. As we begin the 2016-2017 academic year, please encourage a worthy colleague to apply for either the 2017 APA Teaching Award or the APA Teaching Program Award, and join the Education Committee in supporting APA's rich tradition of acknowledging the accomplishments of its members and of rewarding excellence.

PAS original science abstracts.
Abstracts can be submitted beginning November 1, 2016.  Deadline for submission is January 4, 2017.  Please consider submitting your educational projects.  The following are great articles to help you with your abstract. 

  • Cook DA, Bordage G. Twelve tips on writing abstracts and titles: How to get people to use and cite your work. Medical teacher. 2016 May 30:1-5.
  • Varpio L, Amiel J, Richards BF. Writing competitive research conference abstracts: AMEE Guide no. 108. Medical Teacher. 2016 Aug 26:1-9.

Teaching Tip.  The SNAPPS model for ambulatory teaching
Wolpaw et al developed a model (SNAPPS) for ambulatory teaching in the case presentation format.  SNAPPS is not only learner-centered, it is learner-driven and pushes the learner beyond the reporter level of the RIME model.  First, the learner briefly Summarizes the results of the history and physical examination.  Then the learner Narrows the differential diagnosis to three possibilities and Analyzes these by comparing and contrasting them.  Next, the learner Probes the teacher (rather than the reverse) in regard to any questions or uncertainties he has and for alternative diagnoses or explanations.  Then the learner develops a Plan for management of the patient, and finally, the learner Selects an issue related to the case for self-directed learning.  Watch the following two YouTube videos to see this model in action.

Wolpaw TM, Wolpaw DR, Papp KK.  SNAPPS: a learner-centered model for outpatient education.  Acad Med. 2003;78:893-98.

Web application for Teaching:  QuizEgg (
QuizEgg is an online test maker.  Build automatically graded quizzes that can be published online, then view the results in easy-to-read reports.  There is no complicated software to download or install. QuizEgg runs in your web browser.  With QuizEgg, you can build challenging online tests. You aren't stuck with multiple choice questions, you can spice things up with matching, ordering, fill in the blank, multiple response, word list, essay, and true/false questions.  It costs $50 a year.  Check out the review at

If you are either interested in seeing what a quiz looks like or learning more about headaches in children, you can take a quiz at    You will need to REGISTER for the site by entering your name, choosing and entering a username, and choosing and entering a password.  Click "Sign Up".  This will take you into a 16 question Headache quiz.  Each question is followed by an in-depth answer regarding the topic.  (The quiz was developed by Drs. Courtney Smith and Teri Turner from Baylor College of Medicine).  The quiz is free of charge and you should not receive any annoying emails for registering. 

Article worth reading (and sharing) - Twelve tips for early career medical educators.
In addition to the great articles published in Academic Pediatrics, consider reading the article below.  Here is a great article for those individuals beginning to embark on a career in medical education or the more senior faculty members who provide guidance and wisdom. 

Cristancho S, Varpio L. Twelve tips for early career medical educators. Medical teacher. 2016 Apr 2;38(4):358-63.

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Core Activities
Academic General Pediatric Fellowship Accreditation Committee (AGPAC)

Save The Date

SAVE THE DATE: 2nd Annual APA Pediatric Academic Generalist & Hospital Medicine Fellows' Conference

Thursday, May 4, 2017 in San Francisco, California from 1:30-7:00 pm

We are seeking fellows, particularly those from APA-accredited Academic General Pediatric (AGP) and Pediatric Hospital Medicine fellowships to attend a half day national fellows' conference on Thursday, May 4, 2017 in San Francisco, CA (immediately before the PAS meeting). This conference is designed for all pediatric fellows interested in enhancing their academic career skills and building strong collaborative networks with other academic fellows and faculty. There is no registration fee for this conference as it is hosted by the APA's Education Committee through the Academic General Pediatrics Accreditation Committee (AGPAC)

AGP fellows will have the opportunity to:

  • Obtain feedback from AGP leaders on their advocacy, quality improvement, education, or research projects?
  • Find like-minding individuals for networking and collaboration?
  • Identify and practice strategies to be a more effective academician

All trainees who are fellows within APA accredited training programs will receive a $200 voucher at the meeting to offset the hotel costs of attending the meeting.

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Advancing Pediatric Educator Excellence (APEX) - an APA co-sponsored program

Co-sponsored by the APA and the AAP section on Hospital Medicine

Applications for the 2018 Educator class of APEX due in January 2017

The APEX Teaching Program will provide pediatric hospitalists with the knowledge and skills to become successful clinical educators. Through a unique longitudinal national model, anchored by sequential Pediatric Hospital Medicine national meetings, participants will learn educational theory and specific skills that they will then apply at their home institution with direct observation by a local mentor. They will continue to engage with their cohort between national conferences through an asynchronous web-based curriculum to expand on the sessions on site. For more information go to

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Dear CORNET Members,

We wanted to share with you what is new within CORNET. 

Project Updates

In Progress: National Immunization Partnership with the APA (NIPA)
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 in the data analysis stage for Wave 1.  We will complete the implementation phase in November with our sites participating in Wave 2.  We have begun recruitment for a third wave that is expected to start in January 2017.  If your site is interested in joining, please contact Holly Tyrrell at for details.

In Progress: Preventive Services Improvement Project – State Spread (PreSIPS2)
A quality improvement initiative based on Bright Futures to improve the preventive health outcomes of young children is underway.  Four Continuity Clinics from CORNET are participating in this collaborative project with AAP State Chapters.  Measurement-based preventive services, implemented by faculty and residents in continuity clinics, are the key to the "future" of Bright Futures as well as incorporation into community practices as our residents transition into their professional careers.

CORNET Partnerships

Family Voices
Family Voices is a national, non-profit organization of parents of children with special healthcare needs.  Its mission is "to achieve family-centered care for all children and youth with special healthcare needs and/or disabilities."  Through the network, FV provides families with resources and support to make informed decisions, advocate for improved public and private policies, build partnerships among families and professionals, and serve as a trusted resource on health care.  FV strength is parent-to-parent support.

CORNET has developed a relationship with FV over the past year.  Since May 2016, CORNET's Executive Committee has included a FV representative from each of the APA's 10 regions across the country.  Ann Phillips, the FV Delaware regional representative presented her organization's interest in resident education, participation in research, and further collaboration with individual families at the CORNET national meeting during the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting (PAS) in May 2016.  She emphasized the importance of a mutually beneficial, two-way partnership between stakeholders.

We are currently developing a workshop for pediatricians in which FV representatives are partners, in addition to a recent PCORI Pipeline to Proposal Engagement Award submission.  Our Family Voices collaborators will educate the CORNET practitioners and educators about the important healthcare issues facing families.  Residents should gain comfort from the concept of community engagement.  As this project unfolds, we will be strengthening ties between CORNET and Family Voices at both the regional and national levels.

CORNET Transitions

Region Research Chair Recruitment
We are seeking APA CORNET members from Region I, Region III, and Region X to serve as members of the CORNET Executive Committee in the role as the Regional Research Chairs.  As a member of this Committee, you will benefit by acquiring new skills from other members, enhancing networking while making new friends and professional contacts, and developing opportunities for collaborative research.  Moreover, this is a great way to add "national contributions" to your CV.

The CORNET Executive Committee will review and consider the materials submitted from all interested applicants for this position.

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.
    • Set up a regional email listserv and/or make periodic phone calls to regional training programs.
    • Provide communication at least quarterly with regional sites.
    • Represent and present updates about CORNET at Regional APA meetings.  Materials can be obtained from the Network Director or Coordinator.
  • Solicit additional institutions/practices within their region to participate in CORNET.
  • Solicit and help generate research study ideas from regional practices.
  • Communication with regional practices about upcoming research studies and recruit interested practice sites.
  • Assist participating practices whenever possible in the implementation of research studies through mentoring.
  • Help maintain regional lists of programs.
  • Advise on possible funding opportunities.
  • Attend the annual 1½ day national CORNET planning meeting following the PAS meeting.  To date, we have been able to provide one night's hotel accommodation for this purpose; however, transportation must be available through the member's own institution.

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 to

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: To be filled
Region II: Allison Gorman,
Region III: To be filled
Region IV: Mike Steiner,
Region V: Heather Burrows,
Region VI: Sue Heaney,
Region VII: Teresa Duryea,
Region VIII: Sharon Dabrow,
Region IX: Wendy Hobson-Rohrer,
Region X: To be filled

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Educational Scholars Program

APA Newsletter for Educational Scholars Program: Fall 2016
The Educational Scholars Program has just celebrated its 10th year. Our mission is to teach early career pediatric faculty how to develop, implement, evaluate and disseminate educational interventions using a creative, planned and rigorous process. We also aim to provide scholars and faculty a venue for national networking around educational scholarship. On our 10th anniversary, we offer our thanks to the many, many APA members who have contributed to our successes.

In 2017, we are looking forward to the next decade with excitement. After a decade of program implementation and development, we will be undertaking a major reorganization this year. We have decided to simplify the program and reduce the number of scholars. Future recruitment cycles will be every 3 years, instead of 2 out of 3 years, so the next recruitment year will be in 2018. The application website will open on June 1, 2018, and the deadline for completion will be September 1. We will accept 30 scholars in a single cohort, rather than 25 scholars in each of 2 simultaneous cohorts. Hence each cohort of 30 will complete the program as the next cohort begins.

These changes will make the program easier to operate and allow us to focus more faculty effort on individual scholars. We enjoy enthusiastic participation from our ESP graduates, who now make up half of the ESP faculty. In the future we will be expanding faculty participation, even though scholar numbers will be reduced, giving faculty more opportunities for mentoring/advising, teaching and program-related research.

We are discussing a plan to offer consultations to future applicants who are developing project proposals, in order to give new scholars a head start on planning a high quality project with excellent prospects for completion within 3 years of program enrollment. We plan to give ESP-sponsored workshops on educational scholarship at regional APA meetings and at PAS, to create a more fertile ground for educational scholarship across the pediatric academic community. These new activities will provide excellent opportunities for our alumni to undertake new roles.

In this transition year, we are choosing a successor to our founding director, Constance Baldwin, PhD, who will be staying on with the program to help with the transition, and thereafter plans to work on our ESP research agenda. A call for applicants was published in the summer, and interviews are in progress.

We believe that the planned ESP changes will make the program more rewarding for scholars and faculty alike, and we are optimistic that the next decade of the ESP will be as successful as the last.

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Educational Guidelines for Pediatric Residency

Are you in need of educational resources for a teaching session, workshop or course? If so, then check out the Educational Guidelines for Pediatric Residency. There are several resources for a variety of topics such as the ones listed below.

  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  • Consultations
  • Leadership
  • Medical Errors and Patient Safety
  • Palliative Care
  • Sleep and Fatigue
  • Social Media and Medical Education

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Region VI

Thank you to all the wonderful region VI members able to join us at our fall regional meeting. The event took place in St. Louis, MO with Saint Louis University School of Medicine at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital serving as the event host with networking event the evening of September 29th followed by the conference on September 30th. We had a jam packed day of exceptional speakers with our regional lucky to have Dr. Mary Ottolini present ground rounds: "Failure: How to Turn Challenges into Stepping Stones for Success." This grand rounds was attended by roughly 120 students, residents, faculty and eager learners. The day then proceeded with a fabulous workshop by Dr. Angela Sharkey and Dr.  Lisa Moscoso titled: "Mentorship, Sponsorship and Academic Advancement." This was then following nicely by "Lifelong Learning in End of Life Situations" by Rebecca Benson to end our morning activities. The afternoon then concluded with two final workshops titled: "Work-Life Balance" by Dr. Mary Ottolini and "Stress and Burnout in Academic Pediatric Practice: Challenges and Opportunities" by Dr. Staurt Slavin.  And back by popular demand, an exceptional leadership panel took place that allowed for interactive questions and answers from our panel which included: Dr. Rebecca Benson, Dr. Lisa Moscoso, Dr. Mary Ottolini, Dr. Stuart Slavin and Dr.  Robert Wilmott.

During our meeting we also had 26 poster presentations from medical students, residents and faculty members. Final judging took place on poster presentations with two awards awarded to trainee abstracts to Priya Parikh in the clinical case report category and Taryn White in research/quality improvement category.  As part of their winning package, they will now enjoy one year of APA trainee membership! It is always a wonderful experience to network within the region and see work that our colleagues and trainings are doing.

If you were not able to join us this year, we hope to see you next year at our regional meeting, tentatively to take place again in the fall.

As the winter months approach, make sure you mark your calendars for PAS where APA members from our region will once again be networking, presenting inspiring workshops and sharing projects taking place at their various institutions.  We look forward to seeing our fellow APA members there!

Region VI Co-Chairs,

Jessica Bettenhausen, MD,
Matthew Broom, MD,
Grace Brouillette, DO, MBA,

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Region VIII

Greetings Region VIII,

Please save the date for our 2017 Southern Regional Meeting!

The meeting will be held in New Orleans from Saturday, February 11-Monday, February 13.

In addition to opportunities to meet and network with fellow Region VII and VIII members, two APA sponsored workshops will be presented: "Let's Get Social: Being an Advocate in the Digital World," and "Micro to Macro Teaching in the Busy Clinical Setting."
Use the following link for more information on the meeting and for registration:
We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans!

Your APA Region VIII Co-chairs,
Deborah Davis
University of Louisville

Amy Pattishall
Emory University

Jaime Pittenger
University of Kentucky

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Region IX & X

Dear Region IX and X APA Members,

It’s about that time again where we as region members can come together and enjoy networking and discussing the latest and best research from our fellow members.

The Region IX-X APA meeting will once again take place in beautiful Monterey, California February 11-12, 2017. This year we will be changing venues for the conference to the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa On Del Monte Golf Course at Old Golf Course Rd, Monterey, CA 93940. This will also be where we will have discounted rooms available. It will be a great opportunity to take advantage of visiting this beautiful part of the region and join us for what will be another fantastic meeting.  We know that similar to last year, we will have a record number of scientific abstracts, works in progress, and workshop submissions. We are excited to showcase all of the exciting scholarly work that is being done by our colleagues in the region.  As noted in the past abstracts that may be submitted to PAS can also be submitted to the Regional APA IX, X meeting.  Abstract and works in progress submissions will be open from November 1st through the 30th.

Our meeting format will again include roundtable discussions of scientific abstracts, and works in progress, giving the authors a chance to present and receive feedback on their work.  There will also be abstract oral presentations, a keynote address, and ample opportunity for networking with your fellow APA Region IX, X colleagues.

For additional information regarding registration and hotel information please see the regional page on the APA website which will be posted soon.
We would also like to introduce our new region Co-Chairs, for region IX Patricia Castillo who will be joining Michelle Thompson, and for Region X Rochelle Cason-Wilkerson, and Sunitha Kaiser who will be joining Jenny Reese. We look forward to seeing you all in Monterey!

Region IX
Patricia R. Castillo
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Keck School of Medicine at USC

Michelle Thompson, MD
Associate Director, Pediatric Residency Program, Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Clinical Associate Professor, Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine of USC

Region X
Jenny Reese, MD
Medical Director | Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics |Pediatric Hospital Medicine  
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Inpatient Medical Director | Children's Hospital Colorado

Rochelle Cason-Wilkerson MD, MPH
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Pediatrician-Rocky Mountain Youth Clinics

Sunitha Kaiser, MD, MSc
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
University of California San Francisco School of Medicine

Special Interest Groups
Division Directors

It's finally Autumn and planning for the 2017 PAS Annual Meeting has begun.  We want to invite directors from any APA program (hospitalist, neonatal, adolescent medicine, general academic pediatrics, ambulatory pediatrics, child abuse, etc.) to join our SIG and benefit from the networking opportunities and leadership tools available within the group.  We try to provide critical information that our SIG can use immediately in their daily lives.  Last year we focused on the recruitment of future leaders in Academic Pediatrics from chief residents and in 2015 we focused on the multiple facets of Quality Improvement.  This year we wish to tackle the use of Advanced Practitioners in Academic Pediatrics.   This is likely to be a lively discussion and we welcome input from everyone concerning your experience using advanced practitioners in Academic Pediatrics.See below for what we have in store and stay tuned for more information once the date of our SIG meeting becomes available.

"The Rise of Advanced Practitioners in Academic Pediatrics: Embrace or Defend?"  A Primer for Division Directors

Outpatient models have "patient-centered medical homes" and inpatient models have hospitalist, nursery, and ICU teams that provide systems of care that are being measured nationally. Bending the cost-curve requires producing high quality outcomes with lower costs and overhead. A steady and well-trained workforce is necessary to achieve these quality and productivity goals. In Academic Pediatrics, compliance with resident work-hour restrictions has prompted academic departments to find alternative workforce solutions.  Academic Pediatrics has responded with the use of the advanced practitioners such as neonatal nurse practitioners (NNPs), Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (PNP), Physician Assistants (PAs), and Clinical Nurse Specialists. Some states and medical societies have embraced this as the "brave new world" and are expanding training opportunities for advanced practitioners while other states and medical societies are limiting scope of practice to maintain their turf for physicians only. We will discuss the different levels of care currently provided by advanced practitioners in academic pediatric healthcare settings and trends for the future. Please join us to discuss this movement in Pediatrics and strategies for adapting to this new practice environment.

See you in San Francisco!

Division Directors Co-Chairs:

John Harrington: Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters, Norfolk, VA

Mary K. Rogers: Levine Children's Hospital, Charlotte,

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Dear Ethics SIG members

We hope your summer has been fabulous and you are enjoying the beautiful fall!!
We have been working hard to put together another great session for our meeting in San Francisco in May 2017. Here is the info:

Session title: Difficulties of Being an Ethicist


-Discuss and identify the impact of ethics consultations on ethicists

-Discuss ways which ethicists can use to relieve the impact of emotional labor ethicist experience while doing ethics consultations

-Mindfulness and self-care while being an ethicist---Chris Feudtner

-Challenges of doing an ethics consultation and impact on the ethicist --Panel Discussion-Chris Feudtner, Doug Diekema, Becky Benson, Joshua Arthur and John Lantos

Session description: In this session participants will hear from the experts about how to deal with the stress of working as ethics consultants in clinical context. Many skills and techniques that have been found helpful will be discussed by the panelists. These skills are essential for any clinician who experience ethical and moral dilemmas in their professional lives.

We are also pleased to announce our sixth ethics essay contest-please see the information below.
We will keep in touch via our newsletter and we will continue to be a platform sharing our views and concerns about the impacts of ethics in our clinical work, research and teaching.

Warmest regards,
Ethics SIG Co-Chairs
Zeynep Salih, M.D., MA
Adrian Lavery, M.D., MPH

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Evidence-Based Pediatrics

We had an informative and very interactive SIG this year with at least 35 people in attendance.

Sarah Mennito shared her expertise and experience at MUSC in developing evidence based order sets.  She highlighted the importance of a team-based approach, including librarians, quality officers, physicians and other health care providers in defining PICO questions, obtaining and evaluating the evidence, and providing links within the EMR to support decision making. Residents are also crucial to the process in identifying optimal work-flow and potential issues.

Following Dr. Mennito's presentation we learned about EBM curricula at three different institutions. Chrystal Wittcopp, Julie Sanville, Anne Hanley and Kevin O'Callaghan described the multi-faceted and longitudinal approach of Baystate Children's, including EBM morning reports, educational prescriptions and journal article reviews on subspecialty rotations. Ana Creo presented Mayo's curriculum, which includes a didactic board-relevant curriculum along with point-of care practice utilizing iPADs in the clinical setting.  Kathryn Spectorsky described the curriculum at Children's Mercy Hospital, with a focus on clinical practice guidelines, quality improvement, and encouraging participation of subspecialty faculty.

Following these three presentations, the group had a lively question/answer session and discussion regarding curricular design and strategies.

In a brief business meeting, Adam Schickendanz highlighted some activities of the Health Care Value SIG (in its inaugural year), highlighting resources through the ACP, including Pediatric-specific on-line modules, accessed at  Rachel Boykan and Bob Jacobson updated the group on the progress of the Librarian study initiated at last year's SIG; data are currently being analyzed. Bob Jacobson encouraged the group to participate in resubmitting the HPV grant application  - which the SIG came in 3rd place for last year. Other ideas for collaboration were solicited and participants were reminded to complete evaluations on line and to provide feedback and ideas for next year's presentations.

Finally, Ricardo Quinonez spoke about dogmas in pediatrics and the evidence (or lack thereof) behind them. He highlighted three examples - breast-feeding, flu vaccines and consideration of UTI as serious bacterial infection - which provided the group with much food for thought and continued discussion.

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Hospital Medicine

HM SIG at 2017 PAS Meeting -This year's SIG meeting will be a joint session between the HM and Patient and Family-Centered Care SIGs titled "Engaging Patients and Families in Hospital Care"

We are partnering with the Patient and Family-Centered Care SIG at PAS! As clinicians, we strive to not only provide care for and communicate with patients but to also incorporate families of our patients into everything we do. As such, it is important to meaningfully engage patients and families in hospital care and processes; however, accomplishing this can be challenging. We are planning to specifically address 4 topic areas: patient/family engagement in family-centered rounds, patient/family engagement in hospital safety, using technology to engage patients and families in the hospital setting and family-centered transitions of care from hospital to home. The session will include an opportunity to interact with and learn from experts in hospital medicine who have found ways to successfully engage patients and families in hospital care. We encourage all hospitalists to join us! Keep an eye out for more details over the coming months.

Save the Date and Call for Content!
Pediatric Hospital Medicine Meeting
July 20th-23rd, 2017
Omni Nashville, Nashville, TN
Currently accepting Mini-Plenary Sessions and Workshops! - Due October 26th by 5pm

PREP® Hospital Medicine Self-Assessment - Coming in 2018 from the American Academy of Pediatrics Based on the acclaimed PREP® Self-Assessment for general pediatrics, PREP® Hospital Medicine presents case-based clinical questions in a hospital setting. Stay tuned for more details!

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Newborn Nursery

Our SIG members have been actively engaged in discussing topics of interest on the Newborn Nursery Directors listserv. Recent topics have included
*         Hospital discharge planning and co-ordination of care of infants born to mothers who are incarcerated.
*         Drug screening using umbilical cord specimens.
*         The evidence (or lack thereof) of keeping babies NPO before circumcision.
*         Use of dextrose gel for newborn hypoglycemia.

Please consider joining our SIG to learn more about these topics and more.

We are working on an exciting agenda for our Nursery SIG meeting next year at PAS, more to come!

Newborn SIG co-chairs
Jaspreet Loyal (
Mary Ann LoFrumento (

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Ethics Essay Contest at Ethics SIG

Ethics SIG at APA Ethics essay contest announcement

Dear Pediatric Residents and Fellows of all Subspecialties in Pediatrics,

We are pleased to announce the fourth APA Ethics Special Interest Group (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 while caring for patients. Topics may include but not limited to personal narratives of ethical dilemmas faced in training or 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 and may be used for expenses related to PAS attendance:

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

The winning essays will be read at the PAS meeting in San Francisco, CA and will be published in PAS website as part of Ethics SIG newsletter in June 2017. If the resident or fellow will be attending PAS in San Francisco they may present their paper themselves.

Deadline: March 10, 2017

Submit essays to:

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

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

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

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2016 Election Winners

APA is Happy to Announce This Years Election Winners!


Steve Selbst

Barry Solomon

Communications Director
Nancy Kelly

Chair, Health Care Delivery
Arvin Garg

Chair, Public Policy and Advocacy
Jean Raphael

Nominating Committee
Mandy Allison
Tamara Simon


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Greetings friends in Region 4!  We are coming down the days until the 2017 APA Region 4 conference in Charlottesville, VA!  We had another successful gathering last year where we had phenomenal original science, a terrific poster session, and very exciting speed mentoring sessions among many other highlights.  We are well into planning the 2017 meeting which will once again be in Charlottesville, VA February 11-12, 2017.  The meeting will begin Saturday morning at 11AM and conclude by noon on Sunday.  We will be opening abstract submissions soon and soliciting input for additional activities when registration opens on the APA website-so stay tuned!  For now, block your weekend in February and plan to spend it connecting with some of your closest region 4 colleagues!  We will again be at the Omni Charlottesville ( and will have a room block with a special rate.  Keep your eyes on the website and your email for details.  Our challenge to everyone this year-for those who’ve attended before-is to bring someone new with you to the meeting this year.  Could be a student, resident, fellow, new colleague, or senior faculty member who has never made the trip.  We are excited to bring you another amazing region 4 meeting!

Megan Tschudy, Cliff Lee, and Melissa Long, (your region 4 co-chairs) and Rebecca Carlin, Kate Connor, John Harrington, Anne Kane, Chris Russo (your meeting planning committee)

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2016 Pediatric Policy Council Presidential Candidate Questions and Responses

In September, the Pediatric Policy Council (PPC) - a collaboration of the Academic Pediatric Association, the American Pediatric Society, the Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs, and the Society for Pediatric Research dedicated to promoting public policies to advance child health and well-being - developed four general questions related to child health to be sent to the campaigns of the two major party candidates for President of the United States, Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump, with the goal of better understanding where both candidates stand for children.

The answers provide a glimpse into how the two candidates seeking the presidency will handle some of the most important issues facing children's health care now and in the future. Please see the document for more information. You can read more about the PPC here:

Click Here To View the 2016 PPC Presidential Candidate Questions and Responses

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Rx To Vote

Rx to Vote
Voting season is officially here. Early voting will begin in just a few weeks and we want to be sure that everyone has the opportunity and information to make an informed vote. To encourage your patients and families to vote, the APA created Rx to Vote. This prescription provides clear information about where to register and how to cast a ballot on or before November 8, 2016. Please download and share Rx to Vote, in English and Spanish, in your clinics and hospitals**. We can all advocate for children by ensuring that parents vote.

**Note, many hospitals and clinics request or require that an internal government affairs or marketing team be alerted to political messaging. Please be aware of rules in your institution before distributing this non-partisan message.

Rx to Vote - English

Rx to Vote - Español

Advancing Pediatric Educator Excellence (APEX)

Co-sponsored by the APA and the AAP section on Hospital Medicine

Applications for the 2018 Educator class of APEX due in January 2017

The APEX Teaching Program will provide pediatric hospitalists with the knowledge and skills to become successful clinical educators. Through a unique longitudinal national model, anchored by sequential Pediatric Hospital Medicine national meetings, participants will learn educational theory and specific skills that they will then apply at their home institution with direct observation by a local mentor. They will continue to engage with their cohort between national conferences through an asynchronous web-based curriculum to expand on the sessions on site. For more information go to


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