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.