Advan​cing Pediatric Educator E​​xcellence (APEX) Teaching Program​​​

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Barrett Fromme, MD, MHPE, FAAP, is a Professor of Pediatrics and a pediatric hospitalist at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, where she is the Section Chief of Pediatric Hospital Medicine. Dr. Fromme has served in undergraduate and graduate medical education roles throughout her career, and she obtained a Master in Health Professions Education in 2009. She is the Associate Dean for Faculty Development in Medical Education at the University of Chicago, while also holding numerous leadership roles in the development of medical educators across the UME, GME and CME continuum at the local and national levels. Additionally, she created and leads a resident-as-teachers program both for pediatrics and at the GME level.  She has received numerous awards from students and residents for her teaching, including the 2016 Pediatric Hospital Medicine Award for Educational Achievement, as well as both the 2017 Pediatric Hospital Medicine Award for Collaborative Impact and 2019 APA Teaching Program Award, along with the co-creators of the APEX Teaching Program.

Nicole Paradise Black, MD, MEd, is an Associate Professor of Pe​diatrics at the University of Florida College of Medicine (UF COM)/UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital. She received her undergraduate degree from The College of William and Mary and her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and went on to do a chief residency year at The Barbara Bush’s Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center. Dr. Paradise Black joined the faculty at (UF COM) in 2005 where she was the Associate Director of the pediatric residency program for five years, became the Program Director in 2010, and Associate Chair for Pediatric Education in 2017.  Her professional areas of interest and expertise include curriculum development, blended learning, and patient- and family-centered care. Dr. Paradise Black is extensively involved in educational and professional development on both the local and national level.  Locally, Dr. Paradise Black is a seven-time recipient of the UF COM Exemplary Teacher Award.   Further, in spring 2013 she was the recipient of the Association of Pediatric Program Directors’ Walter W. Tunnessen, Jr., MD Award for the Advancement of Pediatric Resident Education, the inaugural UF COM David A. Paulus Award for Clinical Excellence by demonstrating “…an unfailing moral compass, engagement at every level of patient care, and championing teamwork” and was inducted into the UF COM Society of Teaching Scholars.  She is proud and grateful to work among this stellar group of APEX educators and was honored when their work was recognized with the 2017 Pediatric Hospital Medicine Award for Collaborative Impact.​​

Becky Blankenburg​Becky Blankenburg, MD, MPH, is a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics and pediatric hospitalist at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Stanford.  She is the Associate Chair of Education and Residency Program Director for the Pediatrics Residency Program and the Combined Pediatrics-Anesthesia Residency Program at Stanford. She is the President Elect for the Association of Pediatric Program Directors. Her educational interests focus on optimizing how people learn – improving communication skills (shared decision-making, family centered rounds, and difficult patient encounters) and clinical reasoning skills through longitudinal coaching – and aiding professional identity formation through scholarly mentorship. Dr. Blankenburg led the National Nighttime Curriculum Study (involving 89 residency programs and over 2,000 learners), which showed that nighttime education can improve knowledge, confidence, and attitudes. She was also actively involved in the national IPASS Handoffs Study, IPASS Family-Centered Rounds Study, and NIH-funded Social Behavioral Sciences Study (intervention to improve bedside teaching and patient care). Dr. Blankenburg earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology at Caltech, completed her medical education at the University of Chicago, Masters of Public Health at UC Berkeley, pediatrics residency and chief residency at UCSF, and was in the first cohort of the APA Educational Scholars Program.

Marta Ania King, MD, MEdMarta Ania King, MD, MEd, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine. She received an undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and a medical degree from University of Cincinnati. She stayed in Cincinnati to complete a pediatric residency program followed by a year as a staff hospitalist at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center prior to joining the faculty at University of Utah School of Medicine as a pediatric hospitalist. While at University of Utah she was the course director for the inpatient rotations and helped develop and administer the hospital medicine elective. Dr. King joined the section of pediatric hospital medicine at Saint Louis University School of Medicine in 2012 as the associate pediatric clerkship director. Dr. King completed formal training in medical education through the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Masters in Medical Education program and the University of Utah Academy of Pediatric Education Leadership. Dr. King's interests include pediatric education in the hospital setting, clinical reasoning, curriculum development and evaluation. She is the site PI of a multicenter study comparing third year medical student oral case presentation teaching methods and was the site co-PI and one of the module authors for the national nighttime curriculum study. She is involved in medical education at both the local and the national level through organizations including the Academic Pediatric Association, Joint Council of Pediatric Hospital Medicine Education Taskforce, the Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics, the Hospitalist PREP curriculum advisory board, and the strategic planning for the pediatric hospital medicine certification planning group. Through the Academic Pediatric Association education committee she served on a taskforce that developed the junior and mid-career teaching award program, as well as on the teaching program and the Ray E. Helfer education research award committees.

Michele Long, MD, is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and a pediatric hospitalist at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Long graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and completed her residency at the University of California, San Diego. She has practiced as a pediatric hospitalist at Children's Hospital San Diego, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, and UC Davis Children's Hospital. She is a graduate of the Academic Pediatric Association (APA) Educational Scholars Program, past co-chair of the APA Medical Student Education Special Interest Group, past member of the Pediatric Hospital Medicine annual meeting planning committee, and past co-chair of the Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics (COMSEP) Curriculum Task Force. Her academic areas of interest focus on resident and student education, and she has published and presented nationally on a variety of medical education topics. In 2017 she received the APA Teaching Award for Mid-Career Faculty. She a member of UCSF’s Academy of Medical Educators, and she is the UCSF Director of the AAMC-sponsored Education in Pediatrics Across the Continuum (EPAC) program, a longitudinal competency-based pediatric training program that spans medical school and residency. She is the UCSF Co-Director of Pediatric Career Launch and Advising for medical students, and she is current Co-chair of the COMSEP Postclerkship Curriculum Collaborative.

Jennifer ManiscalcoJennifer Maniscalco, MD, MPH, MACM, received her undergraduate and medical degrees from Georgetown University and a Master of Academic Medicine from the University of Southern California. She completed a pediatric residency and pediatric hospital medicine (PHM) fellowship at Children's National Medical Center (CNMC) in Washington, DC. Dr. Maniscalco went on to serve as Program Director for the PHM fellowships at CNMC and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. In 2018, she relocated to her hometown and became the Associate Program Director of the Pediatric Residency at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL. Her primary interests are in clinical teaching, promoting trainee autonomy, and mentorship. She is extensively involved in local and national educational and professional development efforts, including serving as the co-editor of the Pediatric Hospital Medicine Core Competencies and Chair of the AAP Section on Hospital Medicine PHM Fellows Conference. Based on her leadership related to PHM fellowship education, Dr. Maniscalco has been an invited participant to PHM national leadership strategic planning meetings and was the 2017 recipient of the PHM Award for Educational Excellence. She is also a two-time recipient of the PHM Award for Collaborative Impact, as a member of the APEX steering committee in 2017 and the PHM Fellowship Directors Council in 2018.

Mary Ottolini, MD, MPHMary Ottolini MD, MPH , is DIO and Vice Chair of Medical Education at Children's National Medical Center and Professor of Pediatrics at George Washington University. She is a clinician educator with an academic interest in developing and integrating innovative educational strategies for healthcare professionals to improve patient care, particularly in the inpatient setting, and she is committed to mentoring junior faculty and fellows to achieve academic success. Dr. Ottolini was awarded the Academic Pediatric Association's (APA) Ray Helfer Award in 1997 for developing and evaluating a computer-based program to teach residents telephone management; in 2004 for a computer-based program to teach ambulatory precepting skills; and in 2013 for a time motion study to determine how pediatric interns' work contributes to patient care quality and education. She is a co-investigator for an ABP Initiative for Innovation in Pediatric Education project designed to enhance the consultation and referral process.She was an APA Faculty Development Scholar from 1999-2000. In 2013 Children's National was awarded the APA Teaching Program Award for the Master Teacher/Children's Academy Longitudinal Faculty Development Program. I have had the opportunity to serve as Chair of the APA Education Committee and as the Educational Scholar Program Cohort 3 leader. Clinically, she is a pediatric hospitalist at Children's National Medical Center and established their Hospitalist Medicine Division in 2000 and initiated the first pediatric hospital medicine fellowship program in the nation. ​

Steve Paik, MD, EdM, FAAP

Steve Paik, MD, EdM, FAAP, is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and pediatric hospitalist at Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Paik received both his undergraduate and medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine. He completed his residency and chief residency at Columbia University Medical Center. He continued his training as an Academic Fellow at Columbia University and earned a Master in Education in Adult Learning and Leadership at Teachers College. Dr. Paik has been actively involved in graduate medical education at NYU School of Medicine and at Columbia University Medical Center where he is the Director of the Pediatric Residency Program. He has also completed the APA Educational Scholars Program as the first cohort. Dr. Paik has been active in promoting resident-as-teacher curricula and programs locally and nationally. His educational interests include: application of adult learning principles, promotion of critical reflection in the workplace, curriculum development and evaluation, leadership skills in training, effective communication skills, conflict resolution applied in the workplace, burnout prevention, faculty development and mentoring. ​

Michael S. Ryan, MD, MEHP, FAAP

Michael S. Ryan, MD, MEHP, is Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Assistant Dean for Clinical Medical Education, and Associate Program Director at Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU Health. Dr. Ryan completed medical school at Loyola University Chicago, Pediatrics residency at The University of Chicago, and received his MEHP from Johns Hopkins University. Locally, Dr. Ryan served as the Pediatrics Clerkship director before transitioning to his current role in the Dean's office in 2013. He led the reform of the clinical curriculum at VCU School of Medicine and currently serves as institutional team leader for the AAMC Core EPA pilot. Nationally, Dr. Ryan is heavily involved in activities for COMSEP, the APA, and the AAMC. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member for the MEHP program at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Ryan has been recognized for teaching at both UME and GME levels at VCU and was selected to receive the APA Junior Faculty teaching award in 2016.

​Jocelyn Huang Schiller, MD, is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and a pediatric hospitalist at the University of Michigan Medical School. As the Director of Medical Student Education in Pediatrics, she is fully committed to improving medical education for all levels of learners, from medical students to faculty. Locally, she has been recognized multiple times as a departmental Top Teacher. In addition to coordinating the required clinical clerkship, her contributions have included the creation of a pediatric Residency Preparation Course, social media curriculum for pediatric residents, and learner handoff between undergraduate and graduate medical education. Dr. Schiller’s interests include learner handoffs, communication, assessment, feedback, sub-internship education, individual learning plans and faculty development.  She has presented several faculty development workshops both locally and nationally on a variety of topics such as feedback, teaching techniques and entrustment.​

Geeta Singhal, MD, MEd

Geeta Singhal, MD, MEd, is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, and a proud pediatric hospitalist for almost 20 years. She is passionate about medical education with a special niche in faculty development. She completed her residency at Children's Hospital, Los Angeles, and her Master's in Education at the University of Houston. She sees patients both in the community and academic settings. Dr. Singhal has held many roles, including fellowship director, section chief, and Director of the Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) Faculty Development. She is currently the Associate Vice Chair of Educational Affairs for the BCM Department of Pediatrics. She also is actively involved in diagnostic errors reduction, patient flow and leads educational programs. Dr. Singhal is the recipient of numerous teaching awards and currently serves on the AAP Section of Hospital Medicine executive council.

Christine Skurkis, MD, is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Connecticut and has served as the Associate Program Director for curriculum and assessment for the Pediatric Residency Program since 2008. She is a Pediatric Hospitalist at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. She received her undergraduate degree from Rutgers College and medical degree from the University of Connecticut. She completed her Residency and Chief Residency at the University of Connecticut. She is Vice-Chair of the APPD Curriculum Learning Community and has presented workshops nationally on curriculum development and implementation. At the residency program level, she oversees curriculum development and implements the inpatient pediatric rotation curriculum for the pediatric and family medicine residents that rotate at Connecticut Children’s. Her areas of interests include curriculum development, assessment, evaluation, and development of web-based curriculum. She is involved in quality improvement in the areas of family-centered rounds and standardizing care of patients with eating disorders.

Michael Weisgerber, MD, MS, FAAP

Michael Weisgerber MD, MS, FAAP, is a Professor of Pediatrics and The Elsa B. and Roger D. Cohen MD's Chair for Medical Education at the Medical College of Wisconsin / Children's Hospital of Wisconsin (MCW/CHW) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  He is the Program Director for the Pediatrics, Pediatrics-Anesthesia, Pediatric Preliminary Year, and Pediatrics-Neurology (pediatric component) residency programs at MCW/CHW. His educational interests include: maximizing resident autonomy; patient- and family-centered rounds (Quality Rounds Initiative/Rounding Like a Ninja Program); resident coaching; and improving resident milestone evaluation. Local/national awards include outstanding medical student teaching pins (Department of Pediatrics), Edward J. Lennon Endowed Clinical Teaching Award (MCW), and the 2010 APA Ray E. Helfer Award for most innovative project in medical education (Rounding Like a Ninja).

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