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Clinical Case Program


The Clinical Case Program is now closed. Please check back in February 2018 for the next call for abstracts.
The AAP Section on Pediatric Trainees (SOPT) has held an annual "Clinical Case Competition" since 2003. Fellowship Trainees, residents, and medical students can submit abstracts of interesting cases they have come across in their training through the Academy's online abstract submission process. The abstracts are judged by a committee of pediatric trainee leaders, and the top twenty authors are invited to present their case in poster format at the SOPT Reception and Poster Display at the National Conference and Exhibition. The first place winner is determined by the Editor-in-Chief of Pediatrics in Review (PIR) before the conference based on the abstract alone. The Editor-in-Chief will announce the winner at the poster reception and will publish the case in PIR as an Index of Suspicion article the following September.

So pediatric trainees, please keep your eyes open for unusual diseases or common diseases presenting in an unusual fashion. Attendings should encourage medical students, residents, and Fellowship Trainees to participate in this fun and educational program. And everyone, please support the winners by attending the annual poster session held Saturday night at the conference.

For additional Case Report Guidelines for residents please click here.

Past Winners of the Clinical Case Program
(Pediatrics in Review Index of Suspicion Winners)

Cases will be featured in the September 2017 Pediatrics-in-Review Index of Suspicion column.

2016 Index of Suspicion Winners:
Medical student - Diag​nostic Difficulty of Intestinal Malrotation in an Adolescent Male. Anjali Garg, BS,  Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, East Lansing, MI.
Resident – Subgaleal Hematoma Following Hair Braiding in a 6 Year Old Female. Oluwaseun Odewole, MD, MPH, Department of Family Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA.

2015 Index of Suspicion Winners:
Medical student - Primary Cutaneous ALK-Positive Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma. Zachary Graff, Geronimo Mendoza-Urias, MD, Apurv Barche, MD and Curtis Turner, MD, Texas Tech University HSC School of Medicine, Amarillo, TX.
Resident - Gastric Bezoar: A Rare Cause of Abdominal Pain in Sickle Cell Patient. Surabhi Kaul, MD, MPH, Monaliza Evangelista, MD and Erin Josserand, Medical Student (MS3), University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, TX.

2014 Index of Suspicion Winner: How Much Is Too Much? a Case of Hypercalcemia in a 6-Year-Old Boy Given Vitamin A for Eczema. Monica Liao, MD, Philip Magcalas, MD and Patricia M. Hopkins-Braddock, MD, FAAP, Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY.

2013 Index of Suspicion Winner: Chronic, Intermittent Hemoptysis in a 15-Year-Old Girl. Margot Nagan, MD, Marissa Hauptman, MD, Boston Children's Hospital and Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA.

2012 Index of Suspicion Winner: Persistent Flank Pain and Voiding Dysfunction: A Case of Missed Anterior Urethral Valves. Janae Preece, MD, Division of Urology, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, MD, Kristina D. Suson, MD, Ming-Hsien Wang, MD, Division of Pediatric Urology, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD.

2011 Index of Suspicion Winner: Murphy's Law: A Case of Rhabdomyolysis As Initial Presentation of MRSA Sepsis. Jonathan W. Hathaway, M.D, Demetrio Macariola, M.D. and Shawn Hollinger, M.D., Pediatrics, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN.

2010 Index of Suspicion Winner: Shock and Hypoglycemia in a 4 Week Old Boy. Amit Lahoti, MD, Children's Hospital of Michigan; Hanaa J. Zidan, MD, Children's Hospital of Michigan

2009 Ind ex of Suspicion Winner : 11 Year Old Female with Fever & Hemoptysis. Katherine Baker, MD, American Family Children's Hospital, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI.

2008 Index of Suspicion Winner: Metabolic Acidosis in an 11-Year-Old Male With a Chronic History of Fatigue, Vomiting, and Croup-like Episodes. Sarah Tyler, MD and Katie E. McPeak, MD, Department of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.

2007 Index of Suspicion Winner: An InfantWith Tachypnea. Lauri E. Blanch, MD, Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO.

2006 Index of Suspicion Winner : Post-Infectious Torticollis Associated with Atlantoaxial Subluxation: A Case Report. Lainie K Holman, MD, Department of Pediatric Rehabilitation. Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Cincinnati, OH. 

2005 Index of Suspicion Winner: (Case 2) A Child with Swollen Eyes - A Mystery Unraveled. D Ghosh MD, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH

2004 Index of Suspicion Winner: (Case 3) Intentional Ethylene Glycol Poisoning of an Infant Mimicking an Inborn Error of Metabolism. Allison Brachlow MD, Department of Pediatrics, Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children, Falls Church, VA

2003 Index of Suspicion Winner: (Case 3)Acute Altered Mental Status in an Adolescent Male. Mani M. Molkalla MD, Swati Agarwal and Michael Bressack, Pediatrics, Luclie Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA and Pediatrics, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose, CA ​