About Us

​Section o​n Medicine-Pediatrics​

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About Us

Welcome to the Section on Internal Medicine & Pediatrics (Med-Peds). As a Section, we have been busy organizing the Section and advocating for Med-Peds physicians since 1997. Currently the Section has over 2800 members. The Section strives to be the home for physicians trained in treating adults and children. We have a very strong relationship with the National Med-Peds Residents Association (NMPRA) and the Medicine Pediatrics Program Directors Association to help ensure a strong pipeline and a united voice on activities, research, advocacy and education that is important to med-peds physicians.

Mission Statement 

The American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics (Med-Peds) is dedicated to promoting and enhancing the practice of physicians trained in both specialties. The Section on Med-Peds is committed to advocacy, education, improving communication, and research related to the practice and training of physicians in combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics.​

    Improved communication between practitioners of combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

     1. Establish and publish regularly a Med-Peds newsletter.

    Status: Published 2-3 times per year since November 1996. Features, goals, and publication schedule have been established with aim of eventual quarterly publication. Editor sits on the Section Exec Committee. Includes regular columns from each of the Section Work Groups and Resident ​Liaison. Includes classified ads for professional placement that may eventually allow Newsletter to be self-supporting. Currently discussing creating Newsletters around specific Med-Peds career or practice themes.

    2. Establish and maintain a database with on-line access to practitioners.

    Status: Working with the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Board of Pediatrics, the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine, and the American Board of Internal Medicine, the first date base of Med-Peds graduates was completed in February 1999. The Section has recruited a member with high-level computer programming expertise who works with the Section Membership chair to coordinate sharing and updating of data with the four key organizations. Currently a Web-based version of the database is under development with the AAP, with initial preview by the Exec Committee planned for December, 2001.

    3. Publish electronically information on Med-Peds on a Web Site.

    Status: Web site established on AAP site. Content may transition to ACPonline site to share burden of maintenance with American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine (ACP-ASIM). Goals and Web Master have been established.

    4. Establish and maintain a Med-Peds forum on-line and at the annual AAP and ACP meetings.

    Status: Forums have been held at the Annual meetings of the AAP and ACP-ASIM since 1995. They have proven to be particularly popular with younger practitioners and residents. The Section Membership Chair maintains a Web based forum. A set of FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) is being developed for the Newsletter and Web Site to serve as a focus for discussion.

    Advocacy for combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics graduates

    1. Regular presence at annual meetings of the AAP and ACP.

    Status: Regular forums and educational programs have been held since 1995.

    2. Liaison to Med-Peds Program Directors and representation to other key and pertinent organizations

    Status: Liaisons established to the Med-Peds Program Directors Association and the AAP Residents Section. Seat has been granted to the Council on Pediatric Education. Similar seat under discussion with the ACP-ASIM for the subcommittee of their Education Committee called the Advisory Group on Training. Liaison relationships to other organizations maintained through the AAP and ACP-ASIM.

    3. Voice to leadership of the AAP, ACP, AMA, American Board of Internal Medicine, American Board of Pediatrics, State and County Medical Societies, insurers, and hospitals.

    Status: Section Exec Committee meets at the Annual Meetings of the AAP and ACP-ASIM to be apprised of and participate in key initiatives of each organization. The Section utilizes its on-line forum to expeditiously respond to AAP and ACP-ASIM requests for nominees to national committees, councils, PREP and other programs. The Section developed written input to FOPE II, and has provided suggestions for future conferences on Pediatric Education to the editors of Pediatrics. It has provided a detailed critique for the pending revision of A Pediatrician's Guide to Managed Care. The Section has a contributing Editor to AAP Grand Rounds and contributed to the selection of its Associate Editors. The Section has been invited to submit nominees to the Scientific Program Committee, Education Committee, and Health and Public Policy Committee of the ACP-ASIM. The Section is apprised of all vacancies on each committee and council of the AAP and ACP-ASIM, and the Section Chair posts a request for nominees on the Med-Peds Forum.

    The development of FAQs, Web site, Newsletter, Forums, and Work Groups are intended to facilitate local and national efforts to achieve this goal.

    4. Identify needs and expand resources in the area of Med-Peds practice management, clinical practice, academic advancement, and CME.

    Status: Utilizing periodic surveys of its membership as guides for goal development, Practice, Transition and Mentoring Work Groups have been established to address this objective. The Mentoring Work Group has proven to date the most popular, with roughly 1/3 of Section members expressing an interest in participation. The ACP-ASIM has agreed to provide some of the staff support and assistance with the Work Groups. To develop a model for collaboration between the 3 national Med-Peds organizations (the Section, the National Med-Peds Residents Association, and the Med-Peds Program Directors Association), and foster development of new leaders within the Med-Peds community, the Section developed a proposal and collaborative team to participate with the AAP Leadership for the 21st Century Program.

    The need to belong to multiple organizations has been identified as a barrier to optimum Med-Peds practice and organizational participation. The Section has worked with the AAP and ACP-ASIM since its inception to minimize that barrier by developing a mechanism for joint membership. All Med-Peds graduates were surveyed in February 1999 to ascertain their interest in joint membership. Results of the survey have served as a blueprint for a joint membership proposal passed by the AAP Board of Directors in June 2000, with an implementation date July 2001.

    5. Education/information regarding Med-Peds to other specialists and the public at large.

    Status: Brochures Work Group established, and developed a Med-Peds Practice brochure. FAQs will be a resource for this objective. Responsibility has transitioned to Practice Work Group and MPPDA with liaison input from the Section.

    Education
     

     ​1. Curricular. Exploration of specific medical themes particularly germane to the practice of Med-Peds.

    Status: Program Committee has been established. Scientific programs have been sponsored or co-sponsored at the Annual Meetings of the AAP and ACP-ASIM since the Section was established, including:​

    1997 ACP Annual Meeting
    Medicine-Pediatrics Panel Discussion and Forum

    1997 AAP Annual Meeting
    Medicine-Pediatrics Panel Discussion and Forum
    Family Systems and Solution Building

    1998 ACP Annual Meeting
    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Across the Lifespan: Children, Adolescents, and Adults
    Life and times of Med-Peds Physicians

    1998 AAP Annual Meeting:
    Medicine-Pediatrics Panel Discussion and Forum
    Putting Prevention into Practice
    Effective CME: Stewarding Your Resources

    1999 ACP-ASIM Annual Meeting:
    Medicine-Pediatrics Panel Discussion and Forum
    Transitional Diseases: Survivors of Childhood Malignancy, Cystic Fibrosis
    Learning Disabilities: Childhood through Adult

    1999 AAP Annual Meeting:
    Med-Peds Careers and Practice 5 Hour Workshop
    Health Literacy: What is it and what does it mean for patients, parents, and health care providers?

    2000 ACP-ASIM Annual Meeting
    Transitional Diseases: Common Genetic Factory Defects
    Thursday, 4/13/2000 3:45-5:15 P.M.
    Clair Francomano, MD, Clinical Director, NIH Human Genome Research Institute
    Reed Pyeritz, MD Johns Hopkins
    Parenting for Internists: Roles, Reversals, and Tricks of the Trade
    Friday, 4/14/00 11:00A.M. - 12:30 P.M.
    Robert McCann, MD Univ of Rochester
    David Schonfeld, MD Yale
    Attention Deficit Disorder Across the Age Spectrum
    Friday, 4/14/00 3:45-5:15 P.M.
    Howard Schubiner, MD Wayne State
    Med-Peds Careers and Practice Workshop
    Saturday, April 15, 2000 1:30-5:15 PM

    2000 AAP Annual Meeting
    All grown up and no place to go: Transitioning to adult health care for Adolescents.
    David Rosen, MD, MPH University Of Michigan
    Med-Peds Careers and Practice Workshop
    Annual Section Business Meeting, and Forum

    2001 ACP-ASIM Annual Meeting
    All grown up and no place to go: Transitioning to adult health care for Adolescents.
    David Rosen, MD, MPH University Of Michigan
    Sex, Drugs, Rock and Roll: Has Adolescence Changed?
    Victor Strasburger, MD Univ New Mexico
    Med-Peds Careers and Practice Workshop

    Since 1998, Med-Peds programming has been featured as a theme in the program guide for the Annual Meeting of the ACP-ASIM.

    Med-Peds careers and practice workshop planned for each Annual Meeting of the AAP and ACP-ASIM for the next several years.

    A member of the Section Exec Committee wrote the Adolescent component of the 12th Edition of the Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program of the ACP-ASIM.


    2. Practice. Review of current and developing resources and strategies pertinent to the practice of Med-Peds.

    Status: The charge to the Practice Work Group.


    3. Identity. Regular educational sessions about Med-Peds and for Med-Peds at the Annual Meetings of the AAP and ACP, including reporting on related research.

    Status: Implemented via semiannual Forums, and Med-Peds Practice and Careers workshops.

    To enhance access of residents to the initiatives of the Section, promote communication, foster their sense of self, and establish a legacy that ties residents more firmly to the AAP during their years of transition into practice, the Section worked with the AAP to modify AAP bylaws to permit residents to belong to other Sections in addition to their continued membership in the Resident's Section. A bylaws referendum was mailed to Section members and passed in favor of allowing resident membership in the Section.

     

    4. Advocacy. Education/information regarding Med-Peds to other specialists and the public at large.

    Status: Section responded to HCFA's decrease in funding of 4th year of Med-Peds training via successful introduction; bi-partisan, bi-cameral, and broad organizational support; and passage of the Primary Care Promotion Act of 1997 in the 105th Congress of the United States.

    Health Insurance Listings of Med-Peds Physicians as Adult and Pediatric Clinicians passed by the AMA House of Delegates in 1997 after sponsorship by the Section and the AAP.

    The Section makes an annual call for resolutions to the AMA House of Delegates. Brochures work group established for this objective.

    Research

    1. Promote and disseminate research on Med-Peds as a specialty.

    Status: Survey on Med-Peds researchers completed via on-line forum in 1998, and expanded via recent Newsletter. Pediatric Research in the Office Setting (PROS) and AAP Resident research grants announced, have been promoted to the Section, and will be put on Web Site.

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