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  • Micro-opportunities and Research in Pediatrics Primary Care
  • Free Access to an Online Care Coordination Curriculum
  • Poem:  I am a Pediatrician

Micro-opportunities and Research in Pediatrics Primary Care
Jessica Rian Anglin, MD FAAP
SOECP Member Since July 1, 2013

PROS is the AAP's network of primary care pediatricians who participate in research studies conducted in their offices.  Imagine you are at the Pediatric Research in Office Settings (PROS) Chapter Coordinators' April 2014 meeting.  You've been meeting for almost 9 hours straight, planning upcoming PROS research studies on topics ranging from food insecurity to HPV vaccination. You're looking forward to getting back to your hotel room and calling home, checking email, and or may be catching a movie.
Two pediatricians begin presenting data from focus groups conducted with young pediatricians (YPs) about participating in PROS at the NCE in October 2013.  YPs in the focus groups described:

  • managing children with chronic conditions
  • supervising physician extenders,
  • balancing work and family,
  • working as employees and not owners of their practice settings, and
  • thinking through dissemination and implementation of study results outside of PROS practices with a research team.

The two presenters introduce possible PROS "micro-opportunities"-- brief periodic episodes of volunteer activities. You join with other members of your table thinking about possible  PROS "micro-opportunities" and find yourself actually energized and brainstorming. YPs could "get their feet wet" in PROS by:

  • participating in focus groups to prioritize research questions,
  • serving on a rapid response team providing feedback on a study design,
  • testing materials for a study,
  • recruiting parents for a panel, or
  • thinking through dissemination and implementation of study results outside of PROS practices with a research team.

Someone at your table pushes the envelope a little further, suggesting "crowd-sourcing" everyday problems encountered in the office and seeking on-line practitioner and parent input into possible solutions. The energy at your table builds and, before you know it, it iss 9:30 PM.  You head back to your hotel room, chatting with the other PROS Chapter Coordinators, and looking forward to seeing what develops.

That is a typical PROS meeting.  The energy, enthusiasm, commitment, and community are what draw us to PROS --the opportunity to be part of creating the future of pediatric research and pediatric care.

Free Access to an Online Care Coordination Curriculum
Michelle Esquivel, MPH, AAP Staff

Care coordination addresses family-centered care, calls for partnership across systems, and emphasizes quality and cost outcomes. The Pediatric Care Coordination Curriculum is an online resource that helps practices implement the recommendations in the new AAP policy: Patient- and Family-Centered Care Coordination: A Framework for Integrating Care for Children and Youth Across Multiple Systems. The majority of the curriculum content is universally relevant, but optimal use results when it is adapted and customized. For more information on care coordination: National Center for Medical Home Implementation.

I am a Pediatrician
Submitted and Authored by:
Ruchi Kaushik, MD, MPH, FAAP
SOECP Member since July 1, 2007

The following essay is a reflection upon the American Academy of Pediatrics' definition of medical home and current state of health care services for children in our nation, based upon a review of the National Survey of Children's Health. Each adjective used to describe the AAP medical home is evaluated and described individually.

I am a Pediatrician

I am a healer:  I serve your child and family to heal both her physical and non-physical ailments.
I am an educator:  I provide anticipatory guidance regarding growth, development, and safety daily.
I am a learner:  I approach innovative research and updated policy recommendations with an open mind and apply them to practice daily.
I am a parent:  I, too, struggle with similar issues in my own home.
I am a friend:  I listen to your frustrations and fears as a caregiver, and support your strengths and successes.
I am in marketing and sales:  I sell children's health.
I am in research and development:  I investigate today's health topics and how addressing these issues can benefit the health of our children.
I am a travel agent:  I help families to plan their journey and how they would like to experience it.
I am a liaison:  I bridge the gap between primary care and public health.
I am a lobbyist:  I collaborate with policy-makers to place the future of our children at the top of legislative priorities.
I am a journalist:  I contribute informative articles to various publications to educate our parents and caregivers.
I am an attorney:  I represent and advocate for innocent and eager young minds.
I am a confidant:  I provide young adults with a safe environment to discuss their choices in health behaviors.
I am a mediator:  I often help settle disputes among caregivers about parenting methods.
I am an advocate:  Amidst family dysfunction, I stand up and carry the vulnerable youth.
I am a Pediatrician.

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Opinions expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The recommendations in this publication do not indicate an exclusive course of treatment or serve as a standard of medical care. Variations, taking into account individual circumstances, may be appropriate.
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