AAP: Letter from the Med-Peds Chair
Allen Friedland, MD, FACP, FAAP
AAP Chair, Section on Med-Peds
The AAP Section on Med-Peds executive committee is grateful to our section members (and soon to be members) and those from the Med-Peds Program Directors’ Association (MPPDA), the National Med-Peds Residents’ Association (NMPRA), the Society of General Internal Medicine and the Society of Hospital Medicine that participated in our combined executive committee meeting. We are also grateful to so many initiatives such as the Physician Health and Wellness booth (shout out to Himani
Divatia, DO and her medical student, resident and attending army for its success), the NMPRA annual meeting (kudos to Tony Pastor, MD et. al. for a very unique hands on meeting using ultrasound), the med-peds section program (awesome sports medicine talks by Hamish Kerr, MD; Kelsey Logan, MD and Brad Bley, DO) and all the clinical abstract presenters and winners Dr. Tsien and Dr. Rodrigues (many thanks to Valerie Press, MD for spearheading that program).
At the executive committee meeting we discussed:
• efforts on influencing the pediatric hospitalist certification discussion (Russ Kolarik, MD as President of MPPDA will be representing all 3 organizations),
• a proposal to change our section bylaws to include a new Section Affiliate members (thanks to Kevin O’Callaghan, MD and if passed, this will allow medical students to be specifically listed in our section),
• a new combined medical student sign-up sheet (when you visit students they can now be tracked by all 3 organizations at once)
• a cheat sheet to the maintenance of certification process (thanks Steven Scofield, MD),
• transition care (kudos to Patience White, MD),
• new potential CME venues for the section that may include med-peds away CME or webinars,
• a med-peds workforce survey (thanks Michael Donnelly, MD),
• and a donation letter for more section funding (kudos to Sam Borden, MD).
Please consider getting involved in any of the above initiatives or write a newsletter article, review an AAP clinical report (shout out to Tommy Cross, Jr, MD) or propose content to our section website. The section is here to serve your needs and we want to be able to add value to the med-peds physician community and your membership.