Children's of Alabama has been granted a three-year term of accreditation in the area of Pediatric Transthoracic Echocardiography by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). Accreditation by the IAC means that the COA Echo Lab has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts. The IAC grants accreditation only to those facilities that are found to be providing quality patient care, in compliance with national standards through a comprehensive application process including detailed case study review and ongoing quality improvement initiatives. COA has the only Pediatric Echo Lab in the state with IAC accreditation. Congratulations to Robb Romp, MD, and the entire ECHO team!
Underrepresented in Medicine Senior Scholarship Announced
The Pediatric Clerkship Directors and Pediatric Residency Program Directors are excited to announce the establishment of the Underrepresented in Medicine Senior Scholarship Program for Pediatrics at the University of Alabama School of Medicine. The Scholarship will provide funding for visiting fourth year medical students to participate in four-week clinical rotations in the Department of Pediatrics. Our goal is to attract highly talented students from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, and ethnic backgrounds interested in the field of pediatrics to UAB, providing exposure to our excellent training program. Students from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine, including African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native American, in addition to students whose backgrounds may bring a unique dimension to our training program will be encouraged to apply. Scholarship recipients will have opportunity to network with faculty members within the Department of Pediatrics as well as UAB’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. For more information, please contact Will Sasser (email@example.com).
Will Sasser, MD
August New Faculty Spotlight
Online resources available for new faculty New faculty joining your department? Have them visit the SOM Faculty Resources web page for access to an onboarding checklist and information about obtaining a ONE Card, parking pass and more.
7th Avenue Construction Update
UAB is in phase 1 of a chill water pipe installation project on 7th ave south. This phase is planned to continue through mid September which completes the road work from 17th street to the 7th ave entrance of Children's Hospital.
Phase 2 of the project will start in approximately 2 weeks which will incorporate converting 16th street from University Blvd into a 2 way street. A traffic signal is being installed at the intersection of University Blvd and 16th street. During this time there will be some redirecting of the traffic flow into and out of the 7th ave parking deck with most of the redirecting occurring on weekends.
Phase 3 will start in approximately 6 weeks and will close the remainder of 7th ave south between Children's 7th ave crosswalk and 14th street south. This work will continue for approximately 6 weeks. During this phase the doctors entrance to 7th ave deck will be closed and ALL entrance will be from Children's entrance Blvd.
Dr. Nefertiti Durant, with support from the Alabama Heart Association and Rodney Joseph, PhD, has developed a web-based technology to meet young adults struggling with obesity. Love Your Heart is a virtual community of support to help members lose weight and improve their overall health. To read more about this exciting program, click here.
Pre-Award Research Office News
Guidance on Changes That Involve Human Subjects in Active Awards and That Will Require Prior NIH Approval: Updated Notice (NOT-OD-15-128)National Institutes of Health
Prior NIH Approval of Human Subjects Research in Active Awards Initially Submitted without Definitive Plans for Human Subjects Involvement (Delayed Onset Awards): Updated Notice (NOT-OD-15-129)National Institutes of Health
Professional Skills Development Series: "Developing Abstracts"
Dr. David Chaplin
Director, UAB CCTS Training Academy Thursday, August 13th, 11am-12:15pm at PCAMS
(1924 7th Avenue South)
Please mark your calendars now with the 2016 Faculty Meeting dates. These meetings provide faculty with important Department of Pediatrics information and the opportunity to interact with your colleagues.
New Diversity & Inclusion Website Announced
I’m pleased to invite you to visit the new website for the UAB School of Medicine Office for Diversity & Inclusion, at http://www.uab.edu/medicine/diversity/. The website is an important component of our overall communication strategy. Our intention is for the site to be a resource and touchstone for SOM faculty and prospective faculty as we pursue excellence through diversity and inclusion.
In addition to providing news, organizational information about the Office for Diversity & Inclusion, and dates and information for important events, the website is also the home of our exciting new Diversity Dashboard. This resource not only displays current diversity information for the whole of the UAB School of Medicine by both race and gender, it allows users to view these statistics on a departmental level.
We welcome your feedback on the website, and encourage you to utilize its resources to communicate with potential faculty and trainees.
Mona N. Fouad, MD, MPH Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
“Birmingham’s the Best!” Pilot Program for Fellowship Recruitment
Dr. Cohen is generously supporting a pilot project for all fellowship programs during the upcoming interview season (Fall and Spring). It is an effort to try to help improve the image of Birmingham to our fellowship applicants. An outside group (the VAL Group) will provide a “Birmingham is the Best” presentation/appointment for each fellow applicant who is interviewing. The VAL Group will be providing a discussion of culture, housing, entertainment, family issues, and the positive aspects of Birmingham Living and the UAB Campus. The representative will also leave the candidate with a packet containing demographic information about our city and brochures about venues, housing and services for adults and children. We hope this will truly highlight Birmingham as the BEST, and allow us to recruit the best fellow applicants into our fellowship programs. If you are scheduling fellowship interviews, please contact Ronda Chandler (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more details about this exciting project.
Ann E. Klasner, MD, MPH
Residency Interview Season is Around the Corner!
Residency Interview Season will kick off October 30, 2015. If you have not been a part of the committee in the past, we would like to invite you to join the Pediatric Residency Recruiting Committee. Please sign up for one of the 30 minute meetings listed below. We will review the results of last season’ s post-recruiting surveys, and quickly outline some key points to remember as you interview these young applicants. We have added this as a mandatory requirement for all Recruiting Committee Members in an effort to keep everyone updated on program changes and progress.
August 13, 2015 10am; 12pm
August 19, 2015 10am; 12pm
August 25, 2015 7am; 12pm; 5pm
September 1, 2015 7am; 12pm; 5pm
September 9, 2015 10m; 12pm
Please RSVP to Kimberly Butler KButler@peds.uab.eduor 638-9589 All Pediatric Residency Program Policies, Procedures, and Guidelines have been reviewed and updated for the 2015-2016 academic year. You may view them on the PedsPortal: URL is https://pedsportal.peds.uab.edu/default.aspx
Use your email login and password to sign into the portal.
Click on the Policies and Procedures tab in the upper left of your screen.
Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns regarding the updates.
Recent Reviews and Publications
SLEEP, 38 (8). 323-1330. Comparison of a Commercial Accelerometer with Polysomnography and Actigraphy in Children and Adoelscents. Meltzer, LJ, Hiruma, LS; Avis, KT, Montgomery-Downs, H, Valentin J. We aimed to evaluate the reliability and validity of the commercially available Fitbit Ultra (2012) accelerometer compared to polysomnography (PSG) and two different actigraphs in a pediatric sample of 63 children. Compared to PSG, the Normal Fitbit Ultra mode demonstrated good sensitivity (0.86) and accuracy (0.84), but poor specificity (0.52); conversely, the Sensitive Fitbit Ultra mode demonstrated adequate specificity (0.79), but inadequate sensitivity (0.70) and accuracy (0.71). Compared to PSG, the Fitbit Ultra significantly overestimated TST (41 min) and SE (8%) in Normal mode, and underestimated TST (105 min) and SE (21%) in Sensitive mode. Similar differences were found between Fitbit Ultra (both modes) and both brands of actigraphs. Despite its low cost and ease of use for consumers, neither sleep-recording mode of the Fitbit Ultra accelerometer provided clinically comparable results to PSG. Further, pediatric sleep researchers and clinicians should be cautious about substituting these devices for validated actigraphs, with a significant risk of either overestimating or underestimating outcome data including total sleep time and sleep efficiency.
J Perinatol.2014 Nov;34(11):842-6. doi: 10.1038/jp.2014.105. Epub 2014 Jun 5. Inhaled nitric oxide usage in preterm infants in the NICHD Neonatal Research Network: inter-site variation and propensity evaluation.Truog WE, Nelin LD, Das A, Kendrick DE, Bell EF, Carlo WA, Higgins RD, Laptook AR, Sanchez PJ, Shankaran S, Stoll BJ, Van Meurs KP,Walsh MC; NICHD Neonatal Research Network. Nitric oxide reduces the need for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in term and near term infants with pulmonary hypertension but beneficial effects have not been reported in preterm infants. In a large observational multicenter study of extremely preterm infants conducted in the Neonatal Research Network, treatment with nitric oxide was not associated with reduction in death or bronchopulmonary dysplasia, consistent with the data from small randomized controlled trials.
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