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2017_PAS_RAPID_Breakfast

Scholars, NAC members, and mentors had a wonderful opportunity to reconnect and socialize at this year's annual APA RAPID Breakfast at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) 2017 meeting in San Francisco. APA President, Dr. Susan Bostwick, addressed the group, and we welcomed our two newest Scholars, Dr. Tamara Gayle and Dr. Victor Cueto! We are thrilled to have you in our program! Next year, we look forward to celebrating the fifth anniversary of RAPID with a reception for all RAPID Scholars, NAC members, and conference attendees in Toronto at PAS 2018. Stay tuned!

Grants


4 Congratulations to Jennifer Woo Baidal, a 2014 RAPID Scholar, on receiving the prestigious and highly competitive Robert Wood Johnson Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Award (AMFDP) four-year career development award for her proposal, "Applying Non-Invasive Technologies to Diagnose Pediatric Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease."




5Juan Espinoza, 2015 RAPID Scholar, recently received the APA Research Scholars Award, a three-year career development program targeting faculty in general pediatrics who are looking to increase their research skills. Congratulations, Juan!




Publications


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Check out the article published in the December 2016 issue of the International Journal for Equity in Health entitled, "Hot topics, urgent priorities, and ensuring success for racial/ethnic minority young investigators in academic pediatrics,"; which was co-authored by 2015 RAPID Conference attendees, Scholars, and NAC members. Read article here







Recent News

Cristina Fernandez, 2015 RAPID Scholar, presented the abstract, "Food, Energy, and Housing Insecurities and Adverse child Behavior and Health," from her RAPID project in the prestigious AAP Presidential Plenary session at PAS 2017 in San Francisco.

Thao Ly-Phan, 2014 Scholar, presented her RAPID project, "Impact of Psychosocial Risk on Attrition and Weight Outcomes Among Families Seeking Treatment for Obesity," at PAS 2017 as a platform presentation in the Obesity & Disordered Eating: Novel Approaches to Reducing Risk and Improving Outcomes in Pediatric Obesity session.

Thao Ly-Phan, 2014 RAPID Scholar, received a K23 career development grant in 2016 for her proposal, "Integrating Parenting Interventions into Pediatric Obesity Care."; With this grant, Dr. Ly-Phan will develop an intervention consisting of brief, tailored, culturally sensitive videos to provide guidance on the use of evidence-based parenting techniques for managing a child's obesity-related behaviors.

Suzanna Martinez, 2014 RAPID Scholar, received a K01 career development grant in 2016 for her proposal, "Sleep Duration and Risk for Obesity in Mexican American Children."; Dr. Martinez will use this grant to examine behavioral mechanisms that link sleep duration to obesity, data that will be used to plan a randomized control intervention to promote optimal health eating and physical activity among Mexican-American children.


April 2017 Newsletter Article

LATEST NEWS: APA RESEARCH IN ACADEMIC PEDIATRICS INITIATIVE ON DIVERSITY (RAPID), SPONSORED BY NIDDK

2017 APA RAPID Scholars Selected

The APA is delighted to announce the selection of the 2017 class of Scholars for the APA Research in Academic Pediatrics Initiative on Diversity (RAPID), sponsored by the National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).

RAPID's goal is to recruit, retain, and provide career development and advancement for diverse junior faculty in general academic pediatrics pursuing careers in NIDDK mission areas. RAPID targets applicants who are underrepresented minorities, disabled, or from a socially, culturally, economically, or educationally disadvantaged background. The program, which includes both a research project and career development activities, consists of: 1) research grants of up to $15,000 for projects in NIDDK mission areas (pediatric obesity, nutrition, and/or sickle cell disease); 2) pairing of the RAPID scholar with a national mentor who is an accomplished senior investigator and seasoned mentor; 3) in-person mentoring and networking at an annual breakfast at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting; 4) an annual Conference on career development and academic success, including mentoring and networking with leading researchers; and 5) RAPID Scholar telephone conference calls every two months, to provide peer support, peer mentoring, networking, a venue for presenting research in progress, and opportunities for potential research collaborations. Additional information on RAPID is available at: https://academicpeds.org/research/research_YIA_RAPID.cfm

The 2017 RAPID Scholars are:

Victor Cueto  
Victor Cueto, MD
Academic General Pediatrics Fellow
Stanford University School of Medicine
Project title: "Perceptions of Physician Communication Among Latino Parents with Limited English Proficiency and Overweight or Obese Children."
Mentor: Fernando Mendoza, MD
Department Chair: Lee Sanders, MD

Tamara Gayle
Tamara Gayle, MD, MEd
Hospitalist Fellow
Children's National Medical Center
Project title:  "Are Practitioners Identifying our Most Vulnerable Children in the Inpatient Setting at a Large Tertiary-Care Children's Hospital?"
Mentor: Stephen Teach, MD
Department Chair: Stephen Teach, MD

Please join us in congratulating our 2017 class of APA RAPID Scholars!

RAPID in the News

RAPID Scholars have accrued a number of superb accomplishments in the past year. These include:
Cristina Fernández, 2015 RAPID Scholar, will present findings from her RAPID project, "Food, Energy, and Housing Insecurities and Adverse Child Behavior and Health," in the prestigious AAP Presidential Plenary session at PAS 2017 in San Francisco. Presidential plenaries are presented to the very highest scoring abstracts of all submitted to the PAS, making this a tremendous accomplishment for Dr. Fernández.

Thao-Ly Phan, 2014 RAPID Scholar, will present her RAPID project abstract, "Impact of Psychosocial Risk on Attrition and Weight Outcomes Among Families Seeking Treatment for Obesity," as a platform presentation in the "Obesity and Disordered Eating: Novel Approaches to Reducing Risk and Improving Outcomes in Pediatric Obesity" session at PAS 2017 in San Francisco.

Jennifer Woo Baidal, 2014 RAPID Scholar, is the recipient of the prestigious and highly competitive four-year Robert Wood Johnson Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Award (AMFDP) for her proposal, "Applying Non-Invasive Technologies to Diagnose Pediatric Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease." AMFDP was created to increase the number of faculty from historically disadvantaged backgrounds who can achieve senior rank in academic medicine, dentistry, or nursing, and who will encourage and foster the development of succeeding classes of such physicians, dentists, and nurse-scientists.

Thao Ly-Phan, 2014 RAPID Scholar, received an NICHD K23 Career Development Award in 2016 for her proposal, "Integrating Parenting Interventions into Pediatric Obesity Care." With this grant, Dr. Ly-Phan will develop an intervention consisting of brief, tailored, culturally sensitive videos to provide guidance on the use of evidence-based parenting techniques for managing a child's obesity-related behaviors.

Suzanna Martinez, 2014 RAPID Scholar, received an NHLBI K01 Career Development Award in 2016 for her proposal, "Sleep Duration and Risk for Obesity in Mexican American Children." Dr. Martinez will examine behavioral mechanisms that link sleep duration to obesity, data that will be used to plan a randomized, controlled trial of an intervention to promote optimal healthy eating and physical activity among Mexican-American children.
Juan Espinoza, 2015 RAPID Scholar, in addition to spearheading an outstanding initiative to increase RAPID's on-line footprint and social media presence, received an APA Research Scholars Award.

Attendees of the 2015 Annual RAPID Career Development Conference co-authored a recent article in the December 2016 issue of the International Journal for Equity in Health entitled "Hot topics, urgent priorities, and ensuring success for racial/ethnic minority young investigators in academic pediatrics." This compelling article reports the findings of the 2015 Hot Topics session, which will serve as a resource for young investigators in the field of academic pediatrics. Find the open-access article here!

Esteemed RAPID National Advisory Committee (NAC) Members
The APA and RAPID leadership is very pleased to continue to work with our roster of highly accomplished and nationally renowned NAC members, who include:

Monica L. Baskin, PhD
Professor
Division of Preventive Medicine
The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine

Bettina M. Beech, DrPH, MPH
Associate Vice Chancellor of Population Health
Executive Director of the Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Disparities
Professor of Pediatrics and Family Medicine
The University of Mississippi Medical Center

Michael DeBaun, MD, MPH
Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine
J.C. Peterson Chair in Pediatric Pulmonology
Director, Vanderbilt-Meharry Center for Excellence in Sickle Cell Disease
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Elena Fuentes-Afflick, MD, MPH
Professor and Vice Chair of Pediatrics
Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
University of California, San Francisco
Chief of Pediatrics, San Francisco General Hospital

Rafael Pérez-Escamilla, PhD
Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)
Director, Office of Community Health
Yale University School of Public Health

Jason Mendoza, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Principal Investigator, Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development
Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Services
University of Washington Schools of Medicine and Public Health
Seattle Children's Research Institute
Harborview Medical Center

Elsie Taveras, MD, MPH
Chief, Division of General Pediatrics
Director, Pediatric Population Health Management
MassGeneral Hospital for Children
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Harvard Medical School

Jason Wang, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Center for Policy, Outcomes and Prevention
Division of General Pediatrics
Stanford University School of Medicine

APA RAPID Holds Fourth Annual Mentoring and Career Development Conference

RAPID held its fourth Annual Conference in Grapevine, Texas, on January 18-19, 2017. This exciting conference included a panel discussion on keys to success for young investigators, a speed-mentoring session, a reception and dinner, a keynote speech by Dr. Fernando Mendoza, research presentations by the 2016 RAPID Scholars, one-on-one mentoring sessions, and a hot-topic presentation and discussion, led by the young investigators. In addition to the two 2016 RAPID Scholars, conference attendees included 12 additional talented and accomplished young investigators (including residents, fellows, and faculty) from across the country chosen by the RAPID NAC from a strong application pool of candidates. Conference attendees included:

  • Norrell Atkinson, Children's National Health System
  • Lisa Ayoub-Rodriguez, Texas Tech Health Science Center – El Paso Children's Hospital
  • Omar Beckett, Maimonides Infants and Children's Hospital of Brooklyn
  • Edward Cruz, Zuckerberg San Francisco General
  • Vanessa Durand, Drexel College of Medicine/St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
  • Enrique Escalante, Children's National Health System/Freddie Mac Child and Adolescent Protection Center
  • Nia Heard-Garris, North Campus Research Complex
  • Kheyandra Lewis, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
  • Colin Orr, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Alexandra Sims, Children's National Health System
  • Tyler Smith, Family Health Centers of Baltimore
  • Michelle White, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

A post-conference survey revealed uniform agreement that the conference was valuable for young investigators.

The Fifth Annual RAPID Mentoring and Career Development Conference will be held in January 2018. Eligible attendees include junior faculty, fellows, and residents who are members of an underrepresented minority group, disabled, or from a socially, culturally, economically, or educationally disadvantaged background, and who are committed to a career in academic general pediatrics. The Call for Nominations for the 2018 RAPID Fall Conference will be issued in October 2017, with a November 2018 deadline for submission of nomination materials. For more information, please contact Stephanie Blyskal at stephanie@academicpeds.org .

Respectfully,

Glenn Flores, MD
APA RAPID Director

Fernando Mendoza, MD, MPH
APA RAPID Co-Director

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