CELEBRATING AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH WITH OUR COMMUNITY
During African-American History Month, several pediatrics faculty will engage Birmingham City Schools with a presentation outlining the significant impact of African-Americans in Medicine. The presentation which highlights various doctors and their contributions is titled, “African-Americans in Medicine: The ABCs.” For example, the influence of Dr. Charles Drew (represented by the letter ‘D’) to the science of transfusion medicine and general surgery will be discussed. Dr. Drew developed techniques to improve blood storage during World War II, which led to the formation of the American Red Cross. The presentation is designed to engage students regarding health careers and will end with questions and answers. Drs. Brian Sims, Tom Harris, and Susan Walley welcome any interested faculty or staff to join them during these presentations.
It is important that we reflect and celebrate the tremendous contributions of past generations and observe overcoming adversity as a platform and inspiration for future growth.
In honor of African-American History Month, the UAB History Department, Office of Multicultural Affairs & the African American Studies Program is sponsoring an evening with James Meredith. Join the discussion recounting the 1962 integration of the University of Mississippi on Feb, 12 at 6 p.m. in the Hill Center Ballroom. Click here to view the flyer.
FORMER U.S. SURGEON GENERAL DAVID SATCHER, MD, PHD, TO SPEAK AT DIVERSITY DAY GRAND ROUNDS
David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., former surgeon general of the United States, will speak at Diversity Day Grand Rounds on Friday, Feb. 5 at noon in the Margaret Cameron Spain Auditorium.
Satcher served simultaneously in the positions of surgeon general and assistant secretary for Health from February 1998 to January 2001. He previously served as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry from 1993 to 1998, and was he was President of Meharry Medical College from 1982 to 1993.
FACULTY SELF-EVALUATIONS SHOULD BE
COMPLETED BY MARCH 1.
MAGIC CITY MEDCAST RELEASES FIRST PODCAST
Magic City Medcast is a podcast produced by UAB School of Medicine medical students covering the incredible and often hidden stories of medicine, medical school and Birmingham. As the website states, the podcast is "by medical students, for everyone." The first episode explores the legacy of the namesake of Volker Hall. Listen and subscribe by clicking here.
ACHIA PUBLISHES FIRST NEWSLETTER
The Alabama Child Health Improvement Alliance (ACHIA) recently published its first newsletter. Click here to read about current quality improvement initiatives, collaborative outcomes and more.
PICU ESTABLISHES QUIET ZONE
The PICU is known for its outstanding patient care. To ensure that our patients and families receive the highest quality care, and to decrease some of the unnecessary noise in the unit, we are establishing the PICU as a Quiet Zone (keeping voices and noises no higher than a normal speaking decibel). New signage will be posted at the entrance to the PICU. We want the unit to be a friendly and collegial place and be respectful of the families and patients. We appreciate your assistance as we implement our new policy.
Margaret Winkler, M.D. Shirley Ward, R.N.
Medical Director PICU PICU Charge Nurse
INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION APPOINTMENT, EFFECTIVE FEBRUARY 1
Majd Zayzafoon, M.D., Ph.D., has been appointed to the newly created positions of Director of International Medical Education in the School of Medicine and Director of International Education in the Office of the Senior Vice Provost at UAB, effective Feb, 1, 2016. In his position as Director of International Medical Education, Dr. Zayzafoon will assist the Senior Associate Dean and Chair of Medical Education, Craig Hoesley, M.D., in leading the SOM’s effort to expand our international health footprint and impact in medical education. As Director of International Education, Dr. Zayzafoon will assist the Senior Vice Provost, Suzanne Austin, in leading UAB’s efforts to expand and coordinate international education initiatives (outside the SOM). Specifically for the School of Medicine, Dr. Zayzafoon will focus on several key areas, including the international visiting medical student clinical program to launch in May 2016, the international visiting medical student research program, the ongoing Pre-Residency Fellowship Training Program and coordinating SOM students’ international clinical rotations and research activities.
PEDIATRIC PULMONARY FACULTY CANDIDATE DR. KRAMER TO GIVE SEMINAR FEB. 9
Elizabeth L. Kramer, M.D., Ph.D., is a clinical fellow in pediatric and pulmonary medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Dr. Kramer will present "Pulmonary Administration of TGF-beta Downregulates CFTR and Causes Goblet Cell Hyperplasia: A Potential Modifier of Cystic Fibrosis Disease" on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 2 - 3 p.m. in the Finley Conference Center- Kaul Genetics Building (2nd Floor Patio).
REMINDER: RARE DISEASE GENOMICS SYMPOSIUM
The third annual Rare Disease Genomics Symposium will be held on Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 from 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. It is located in the Bradley Lecture Center on the 4th floor of the Children's Harbor Building located at Children's of Alabama. The cost to attend is $15. To register, visit www.childrensal.org/genetics.
Please contact Shaila Handattu with any questions. To view the informational flyer, click here.
INTENSIVE COURSE IN NUTRITION FOR INFANTS, CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS
Presented by the Department of Pediatrics and Nutrition Sciences
and the University of Alabama at Birmingham
The conference will be held at the Westin Birmingham
located at 2221 Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard North, Birmingham, AL 35203 Wednesday, Feb. 24 - 26, 2016
POVERTY STATUS, EDUCATION, HEALTH EQUITY IN CHILDREN & ADOLESCENTS
All UAB/Children’s faculty, community pediatricians, fellows, residents, and medical students are welcome to attend our two-day mini-conference sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics Leonard P. Rome CATCH Visiting Professorship. Poverty Status, Education, Health Equity in Children and Adolescents includes a Wednesday Noon Conference with Dr. Mona Fouad, Wednesday evening Town Hall with local community leaders, and Thursday Grand Rounds with Dr. Veda Johnson. During our two-day informative event, come learn more about expanding our advocacy efforts, enhancing our community experience, and addressing the social determinants of health. Please Save the Dates: Wednesday, April 20 and Thursday April, 21. For more information contact Dr. Jaime McKinney.
To view the agenda, click here.
To view the flyer for the Town Hall Meeting, click here.
FROM PEDIATRIC RESEARCH OFFICE (PRO)
UAB to raise minimum wage for its employees UAB and UAB Medicine will raise the minimum wage for employees to $11 per hour — more than 50 percent higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 — effective with the March 20 pay period. More than 1,100 current UAB employees are expected to benefit directly by the change.
J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2016 Jan 29. Comparison of Recommendations in Clinical Practice Guidelines for Acute Gastroenteritis in Children. Vecchio AL, Dias JA, Berkley JA, Boey C, Cohen MB, Cruchet S, Liguoro I, Lindo ES, Sandhu B, Sherman P, Shimizu T, Guarino A. This article contains a comparative analysis of the guidelines available in the world for treatment of gastroenteritis. We have evaluated the recommendations included in the guidelines on gastroenteritis published in English, Spanish and Chinese (Mandarin), the three most common languages in the world, and identified consistencies and discrepancies. The goal of this paper is to establish the basis for universal guidelines for the management of gastroenteritis which will be undertaken by an international working group to convene next fall.
POSTER AND PRESENTATION ANNOUNCEMENTS
David Kimberlin, M.D., presented the Floyd Denny Professor Lectureship at the University of North Carolina on Feb. 4, 2016 on Neonatal HSV and Congenital CMV: Advances in Diagnosis and Treatment.
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