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RAPID 2019 Call for Proposals


The APA Research in Academic Pediatrics Initiative on Diversity (RAPID) has opened its call for 2019 proposals. Submit an application today!

NIH Renews RAPID Funding for Another Five Years!


We are thrilled to announce that on July 5, 2018, NIDDK renewed RAPID for another five years, through 2023! RAPID was only one of four programs from across the country to receive funding for this competitive NIH R25 award, one of only two national programs to be awarded a competitive renewal, and the only pediatric recipient. RAPID also is the first and only APA program funded by an NIH grant. With this competitive renewal, NIH’s generous support of RAPID now totals over $1.4 million. We are grateful to our RAPID Scholars, conference attendees, NAC, and the APA for making RAPID so successful in its first six years, and enthusiastically look forward to the next five years.

RAPID is a research educational program with the goal of successful recruitment, retention, professional advancement, and leadership training of diverse junior faculty in general academic pediatrics who are pursuing careers in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social sciences workforce consistent with NIDDK mission areas. RAPID targets applicants who are members of an underrepresented minority group (URM) or are disabled. In the sections that follow, we briefly highlight RAPID’s rationale, successful approach, and proven solutions.

Welcome to Elsie Taveras, MD, MPH, as a RAPID Co-Director!


4 We are excited to announce that Elsie Taveras, MD, MPH, has joined us as a RAPID Co-Director. Dr. Taveras is Chief of the Division of General Pediatrics and Director of Pediatric Population Health Management at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is also Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She is an international expert on childhood obesity, with a focus on understanding determinants of obesity in women and children and developing interventions across the life course to prevent obesity, especially in underserved populations. She had been a member of the RAPID National Advisory Committee since the program’s inception in 2012



Updates on Previous RAPID Scholars


RAPID Scholar successes underscore the major impact that RAPID has had on the careers of URM/disadvantaged young investigators. See below for just a few examples!

1. Adebowale Odulana, MD, MPH

4 Dr. Odulana was a fellow in his last year of the Primary Care Research Fellowship at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine when he applied to and was accepted by RAPID in the first (2013) cohort. His project was entitled, “Assessing the Perspectives of African American Adolescents about Obesity Prevention in Eastern North Carolina.” It was the first funding that he had received as an investigator. The data generated from his project resulted in him receiving an internal scholar award as a faculty member, applying for a second internal grant, and submitting a K23 proposal. He currently is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and has published nine articles since becoming a RAPID Scholar, several of which address obesity and physical activity. He states that “I am certain that the RAPID has been one of the most influential components to establishing and maintaining my research career.”


2. Thao-Ly Phan, MD, MPH

4 Dr. Phan was a fellow (of Vietnamese descent) in her final year of the Nemours/A.I. du Pont Hospital for Children Fellowship in Weight Management when she applied to and was accepted by RAPID in the second (2014) cohort. Her project was entitled, “Psychosocial Risk, Adherence, and Outcomes in Pediatric Obesity Treatment.” Findings from this project resulted in a prestigious platform presentation at the 2017 PAS meeting in the Obesity & Disordered Eating: Novel Approaches to Reducing Risk and Improving Outcomes in Pediatric Obesity session. Pilot data generated from her study also resulted in her successful application for an NICHD K23 award entitled, “Integrating Parenting Interventions into Pediatric Obesity Care,” which began in 2015. Since receiving the RAPID award, she was promoted from Assistant Research Scientist to Research Scientist, appointed to her institution’s IDeA States Pediatric Clinical Trial Network Outcomes that Matter Council, has published three articles on obesity and childhood weight management, and has a manuscript on her RAPID project findings under review by Pediatrics. She states, “I am grateful to the RAPID program for providing me with an opportunity to conduct important research, further advance my research career, and receive unparalleled mentoring from a strong network of colleagues.”


3. Suzanna Martinez, PhD

4 Dr. Martinez was a post-doctoral scholar in the Division of General Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine when she applied to and was accepted by RAPID in the second (2014) cohort. Her project was entitled, “Development of a culturally appropriate tool for assessing bedtime routines and sleep hygiene in preschool-age Latino children.” Findings from this project resulted in her becoming a recipient of the NIH Loan Repayment Program and having a successful application for an NHLBI K01 award entitled, “Sleep Duration and Risk for Obesity in Mexican American Children,” which began in 2016. She currently is a researcher in the University of California-wide Nutrition Policy Institute, and has published 12 articles since being a RAPID Scholar, almost all of which address obesity, weight management, and physical activity. She states, “My participation in RAPID has been one of the most valuable programs that I been a part of to date. RAPID allowed me the opportunity and time to build my research program, which contributed to my career development and successfully obtaining a K01 Career Development Award (NHLBI).”


4. Jennifer Woo Baidal, MD, MPH

4 Dr. Woo Baidal was in her final year as a fellow in the Harvard Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship when she applied to and was accepted by RAPID in the second (2014) cohort. Her project was entitled, “Early Life Risk Factors for Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in Children.” Findings from this project resulted in abstract presentations at national meetings, and two published articles, obtaining funding on the Columbia University Irving Center (CTSA) KL2 award, receipt of a prestigious four-year Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program career-development award (for a project which began in 2017 entitled, “Applying Non-invasive Technologies to Diagnose Pediatric Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease”), and an NIDDK K23 award which began in 2018. Since receiving her RAPID award, she was promoted from Instructor at Harvard Medical School to Assistant Professor and Director of Pediatric Weight Management at Columbia University Medical Center, making her the only Latina junior faculty member in a tenure-track position in her Department, and she has published 13 articles (including a New England Journal of Medicine Perspective with her institutional mentor [Dr. Elsie Taveras, who also was a RAPID NAC member and is a current RAPID Co-Director]), all of which address NIDDK mission areas. She states, “RAPID provides strong senior and peer mentorship that is crucial to navigating an academic career.”


Publications


Jennifer Woo Baidal, a 2014 RAPID Scholar, also has an article in press in the Journal of Pediatrics related to her RAPID project entitled, "Associations of Early to MidChildhood Adiposity with Elevated Mid-Childhood Alanine Aminotransferase Levels in the Project Viva Cohort."

Kudos to Thao-Ly Phan, a 2014 RAPID Scholar, who just had a manuscript accepted to the Journal of Pediatrics which describes the main findings from her RAPID project on psychosocial risk, adherence, and outcomes in pediatric obesity treatment.

Kudos to Morgan Walls, a 2017 RAPID Scholar, who just published an article in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders entitled, "Prevention and Management of Obesity in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Among Primary Care Pediatricians,"" which describes the main findings from her RAPID project. The abstract can be accessed at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29450838

Congratulations to Jennifer Woo Baidal, a 2014 RAPID Scholar, who published an article in Hepatology related to her RAPID project entitled, "Association of vitamin E intake at early childhood with alanine aminotransferase levels at mid-childhood." The abstract can be accessed at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29119610

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.

Grants


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.

Jennifer Woo Baidal, a 2014 RAPID Scholar, on receiving a K23 Award from NIDDK, entitled "Improving Diagnosis and Prevention of Pediatric Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease."

Thao Ly-Phan, 2014 RAPID Scholar, received an NICHD 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 an NHLBI K01 career development award 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.

Other Awards and Activities


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, a three-year career development program targeting faculty in general pediatrics who are looking to increase their research skills.


RAPID Mentoring and Career Development Conference


2019 Call for Nominations


RAPID will soon open the call for nominations for junior faculty, fellows, and residents interested in attending the annual conference. More details about the conference agenda and attendee eligibility can be found here.

2018 RAPID Conference


RAPID held its fifth annual Mentoring and Career Development Conference at Stanford University on January 29-30, 2018. This exciting conference included a leadership preconference led by Dr. Fernando Mendoza (RAPID Co-Director), panel discussion on keys to success for young investigators, a speed mentoring session, research presentations by the 2017 RAPID Scholars, an inspiring keynote speech by Dr. Elena Fuentes-Afflick, one-on-one mentoring sessions, a hot-topic presentation and discussion (led by the young investigators), and a reception and dinner. In addition to the two 2017 RAPID Scholars, conference attendees included nine talented and accomplished young investigators (including three residents, three fellows, and several faculty) from across the country chosen by the RAPID NAC from a strong application pool of candidates.


Photo: 2018 RAPID Conference attendees, including young investigators, 2017 RAPID Scholars, RAPID NAC members, Senior Mentors, and the RAPID Director and Co-Director


Photo: 2018 RAPID Conference attendees enjoying the conference proceedings.


Photo: Superb, inspirational keynote speech at 2018 RAPID Conference being delivered by Dr. Elena Fuentes-Afflick, APS President, Chief of Pediatrics at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, and Professor, Vice Chair of Pediatrics, and Vice Dean for Academic Affairs at the UCSF School of Medicine.

2017 RAPID 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 a 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 talented and accomplished young investigators (residents, fellows, and faculty) from across the country chosen by the RAPID NAC from a strong application pool of candidates. A post-conference survey revealed uniform agreement that the conference was valuable for young investigators.

2015 RAPID Conference


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!


Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Meeting


PAS 2017


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 2017 RAPID 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.

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.


APA Newsletter Contribution


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

NIH Renews RAPID Funding for Another Five Years!

We are thrilled to announce that on July 5, 2018, NIDDK renewed RAPID for another five years, through 2023! RAPID was only one of four programs from across the country to receive funding for this competitive NIH R25 award, one of only two national programs to be awarded a competitive renewal, and the only pediatric recipient. RAPID also is the first and only APA program funded by an NIH grant. With this competitive renewal, NIH’s generous support of RAPID now totals over $1.4 million. We are grateful to our RAPID Scholars, conference attendees, NAC, and the APA for making RAPID so successful in its first six years, and enthusiastically look forward to the next five years.

RAPID is a research educational program with the goal of successful recruitment, retention, professional advancement, and leadership training of diverse junior faculty in general academic pediatrics who are pursuing careers in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social sciences workforce consistent with NIDDK mission areas. RAPID targets applicants who are members of an underrepresented minority group (URM) or are disabled. In the sections that follow, we briefly highlight RAPID’s rationale, successful approach, and proven solutions.

Rationale: Lack of Diversity in Pediatrics

Minority children will outnumber white children at some point in 2018. Unfortunately, pediatric workforce diversity has failed to keep pace, especially in academia. Minorities comprise 49% of US children, but only 24% of US pediatricians, and underrepresented minorities (URMs) make up only 11% of pediatricians and 8% of US medical-school faculty.

APA RAPID’s Successful Approach to Diversity and URM Career Development

APA’s RAPID is the first research educational program targeting faculty diversity in general academic pediatrics. Inaugurated in 2012 with a five-year NIDDK R25 grant, RAPID’s original goals were the successful recruitment, retention, and academic advancement of URM junior faculty in general academic pediatrics. RAPID provides: 1) small research grants; 2) pairing RAPID Scholars with accomplished senior national mentors; 3) in-person mentoring and networking at an annual PAS breakfast; 4) an annual career-development and leadership conference; and 5) monthly Scholar phone conference calls.

Proven Solution: RAPID’s Dramatic Success with Diversity and URM Career Development

The first 5 years of RAPID were highly successful, with the program achieving or exceeding all original aims, including: 1) significant increases in APA societal diversity (by 43%; P<.0001; see Fig. 1); 2) RAPID Scholars (see RAPID Case Studies) obtaining four career-development awards (three K awards and one RWJ AMFDP award to the first six RAPID Scholars); 3) Scholars generating multiple publications and presentations at national conferences; 4) establishing a highly rated annual conference of URM investigators from across the country spanning the spectrum from residents to mid-level faculty; and 5) convening an annual networking breakfast of Scholars, National Advisory Committee (NAC) members, and RAPID and APA leadership.

Upcoming RAPID Opportunities for APA Members

Please stay tuned for two upcoming RAPID opportunities which will be announced in the fall of 2018: 1) the call for applications for the 2019 RAPID Scholars; and 2) the request for applications for the annual conference on career and leadership development and academic success, which is open to residents, fellows, and faculty.

FIG. 1

RAPID Associated with Significant Increase in Societal Diversity Through Recruitment and Retention of URM Young Investigators Implementation of RAPID has been associated with a significant increase in societal diversity in the Academic Pediatric Association (APA):

Implementation of RAPID has been associated with a significant increase in societal diversity in the Academic Pediatric Association (APA):

4 The figure documents the diversity of the APA membership in the five years prior to implementing RAPID (2007-2011), the year of the RAPID launch (2012), and the subsequent five years of RAPID (2013-2017). In the five years prior to RAPID, the proportion of URM APA members stagnated between 6.3% to 7%. In the year that RAPID was launched (2012), APA URM membership jumped to 8% for the first time in APA history. In 2013, APA URM membership increase to 9%, a level that was maintained through 2016, and 2017 was marked by the highest proportion of URM membership ever in the APA, at 10%. Statistical analysis reveals that this dramatic 43% increase in APA societal diversity since RAPID implementation was highly significant (P < .0001). The figure also shows specific URM-group increases in the proportions of Latino and African-American APA members (there were no American Indian/Alaska Native members) after RAPID implementation.


 

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