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Autumn Challenge

Posted Date: 9/27/2012

Autumn Challenge

Danielle Laraque, MD, FAAP
Chair, Department of Pediatrics
Vice-President, Maimonides Infants and Children's Hospital of Brooklyn
Professor of Pediatrics, New York University

Fall is upon us and we welcome a new academic year.  Each year we are challenged to surpass our previous accomplishments and to continue to solve the pressing problems that plague us.  This year is no different, but we have all the reasons to approach this task with optimism.  In July 2012 we welcomed a number of new faculty who came to us from around the country representing excellence in Pediatrics.  They are (in alphabetical order)  Suzette Brown, MD, MPH General Academic Pediatrician – graduate of the Harvard Pediatric Health Service Research Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital ; Heda Dapul, MD, Pediatric Critical Care –graduate of the Massachusetts General Hospital Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship Program; Taris Faha, MD, Pediatric Neurologist and Epileptologist - graduate of the New York University Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship (EEG track) and Residency at the Mayo Clinic (Florida); Maghna Nayak, MD, General Pediatrics - graduate of the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore’s Pediatric Residency Program;  Heather Needham, MD, MPH,  Adolescent Medicine - graduate of the Adolescent Medicine Fellowship, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital, and previously at Mount Sinai School of Medicine;   and Yelena Roschina, DO, Pediatric Neurologist – graduate of Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center Child Neurology Fellowship. 

Our recent faculty meeting welcomed the new physicians and witnessed standing room only participation of an interdisciplinary group of clinicians, academicians, and administrators to outline the programmatic and academic goals for the year.  Among these is our commitment to a strong pediatric residency program.  Our residency program is fortunate to have the leadership of Ingrid Walker-Descartes, MD, MPH, Jeremiah Cleveland, MD, Revital Caronia, DO, George Foltin, MD and our three pediatric chiefs, Satish Chikkabyrappa, MD, MRCPCH, Jane Germano, DO, Vikas Uppal, MD.  In July our residency program instituted a new duty hours schedule limiting resident call to 12 hour shifts.  While challenging, this change is in line with our institutional mandate as well as the Next Accreditation System (NAS) scheduled for phased implementation beginning in July 2013.  The aims of the NAS are threefold: 
1. To prepare physicians for practice in the 21st century via a peer-review process
2. To accelerate the move to an ACGME process based on educational outcomes (via milestones)
3. To reduce the burden of the current process-based approach
Our department has been fortunate to have the strong support of Robin Gitman, MS – DIO and David Cohen, MD and we are confident that not only will we be able to comply with the requirements but that our innovation in pediatric residency training will lead the way nationwide.  Stay tuned for more regarding our focus on professionalism and cultural effective care. 

Our grand rounds series for this academic year was kicked off by Dr. David J Schonfeld, the Thelma and Jack Rubinstein Professor of Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center who spoke on Supporting the Grieving Child and Family.  We have a number of exciting notable speakers  including Dr. Glenn Flores, Professor of Pediatrics, Clinical Sciences and Public Health and the Judith and Charles Ginsburg Chair in Pediatrics, from UT Southwestern and Children’s Medical Center in Dallas who will speak to us on December 4, 2012 on the Successful Elimination of Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Children’s Health and Healthcare. 

So, please join me in welcoming the autumn season and keep your ears to the ground for additional information on our academic endeavors including Health Services Research initiatives and our efforts at obtaining intra- and extramural funding.  Happy Fall!


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