Education Committee

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    Education Committee
    Teri Lee Turner, MD, MPH, Med (2019)
    Baylor College of Medicine
    3006 Mandale Road
    Friendswood, TX 77546
    Phone: (832) 822-3441

Education Committee/Chair Responsibilities

Core Programs and Activities

Activities During Term

  • Create executive committee/task forces to implement agenda and appoint key leaders for activities as needed.
  • Engage committee members in the review of abstracts for PAS workshops and presentations.
  • Review responsibilities of position with incoming chair.


The Education Committee Chair is responsible for coordinating the following awards provided by the APA:

Organization/Communication Responsibilities

  • Communicate with membership regarding opportunities and activities via emails, surveys, tweets, APA wiki etc.
  • Provide updates to general membership via APA newsletter write ups
  • Review and provide updated website materials to the APA web manager to ensure accuracy of content

Responsibilities as an APA Board Member

  • Review, update and participate in the implementation of the APA Strategic Plan
  • Submit annual report to the board
  • Participate in bimonthly phone calls (third Tuesday 12-1:30pm ET)
  • Attend fall and spring board meetings
  • Attend appropriate regional meetings

PAS Meeting Responsibilities

  • Chair Education Committee Meeting at PAS meeting
    • Develop annual/triennial agenda
  • Attend APA board meeting, past officers breakfast, membership meeting, board/awardee dinner meeting

April 2016 Newsletter Article

10th Anniversary Celebration for the
Educational Scholars Program!

We are excited to announce that the Educational Scholars Program is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this year during the PAS 2016 meeting in Baltimore! The celebration will allow us to reflect on the past and take pride in the many accomplishments of the program, as well as think about the future of the ESP.

At the event we will celebrate former and current scholars, faculty, local and national mentors, program leaders and institutional partners. Current APA President and former ESP co-director Maryellen Gusic will give the keynote address. True to our ESP mission, there will be plenty of time for networking.

Planning Committee Co-Chairs Melissa Klein and Barry Solomon have engaged an enthusiastic group of ESP graduates from all our past ESP cohorts to make the event special for everyone. We look forward to celebrating this important milestone together! Please see attached infographic for details regarding the event. It is at the Baltimore Hilton on Sunday from 6-830 PM.

A Quick Glimpse at our History. The ESP was founded in 2006, when it was built within the APA as a successor to an earlier National Faculty Development Scholars Program, led by Lucy Osborn. Beginning in 2003, educators in the APA who had participated in the earlier program conducted an intensive, grass-roots planning process for a new faculty development program, which became the Educational Scholars Program. The founding director, Connie Baldwin, led this development effort in her roles as Chair on the APA Faculty Development Special Interest Group, and then APA Education Chair. The ESP was approved by the APA Board in 2005. ESP faculty were recruited from the large pool of educators in the APA. As of 2016, we have enrolled 171 scholars and have so far graduated 77 from Cohorts 1-5. The program currently includes 49 active scholars and 51 faculty.

New Cohort of Scholars Joins the ESP in 2016. Cohort 8 includes 26 scholars, whom we are anxious to meet in person on April 29 in Baltimore. This year, we have created a new ESP Launch activity to jump start the cohort's participation in the program. They are doing a scavenger hunt on the APA-ESP Portal (our Moodle-based program management platform), as well as conducting a literature search related to their project and refining their project plans in preparation of discussion and feedback in small groups on ESP Day. Hans Kersten is the leader of this cohort and in this role has joined the ESP Executive Committee.

New Crop of ESP Graduates. Cohort 6 scholars are working hard to complete graduation requirements for receipt of their Certificate of Excellence in Educational Scholarship on May 1. The graduation will take place during the anniversary celebration. The focus of these scholars' projects ranges widely, including teaching family centered rounds, EBM, interprofessional teamwork, professionalism, child advocacy, and resuscitation skills. We are proud of our scholars' excellent work and creative contributions to pediatric education!
For more information on the ESP curriculum and other program activities, go to

APA Awards
Miller Sarkin Mentoring Award
The 2016 APA Miller Sarkin Mentoring Award will be presented to Paul Young, professor of pediatrics at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Young has had many educational leadership roles throughout his career including General Pediatrics Clinical Research Fellowship Director and Director of the Division of General Pediatrics. He has served as a mentor for over 30 pediatrics faculty at Utah and is now a senior mentor in the Vice President's Clinical and Translational Research Scholar program. His style of mentoring has been extremely successful locally, regionally and nationally. Please join us in congratulating Paul on his receiving the Miller Sarkin Mentoring Award which will be presented at the APA Membership Meeting.

APA Teaching Program Award:
The 2016 APA teaching program award will be presented to Educational Scholars Program (Director Constance "Connie" Baldwin)

This program is a national 3-year faculty development program which has provided an excellent base for scholarly achievement and career advancement for its scholars. It now includes nearly 150 participants that come from all over the United States and have gone on to be leaders in Pediatric Education not only at their own institutions but at state, regional and national levels. In addition, the ESP has also created a model for faculty development which has been emulated in the development of programs such as the Research Scholars Program, the LEAD program for leadership development of program directors and the Society of Hospital Medicine's APEX program for hospitalist educators.

Comments from the committee included: "A faculty development model with indirect but profound impact on student and graduate learners."

"The biggest innovation for this program is the breadth that it has been able to have due to its strong affiliations and forward thinking creators who have found ways to grow, tweak and keep vital the teaching and topics while also keeping it as a self-sustaining program of excellent national caliber."

"If this program continues and maintains the high standards it has started with, it stands to put Pediatrics in an on-going position at the forefront of excellence in medical education and scholarly work with faculty trained in this program literally all across the country."

Congratulations to the Educational Scholars Program and a very happy 10th Anniversary to you as well!!

APA Faculty Teaching Awards
Junior Faculty Teaching Award
Michael S. Ryan, MD, M.Ed.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Assistant Dean for Clinical Medical Education
VCU School of Medicine
Michael Ryan, the recipient of the 2016 APA Teaching Award for Junior Faculty is a caring and humble clinical teacher who goes out of his way to help a learner. He is an outstanding role model As stated by one of his students, "He has an open door policy and I have never seen him turn a student away no matter what he is working on or how busy he is." Michael has found a way to unify his three career passions: art, sports, and punk rock into the best career possible, medical education. Michael is very involved in teaching at the VCU School of Medicine (Assistant Dean for Clinical Medical Education, former clerkship director, medical education track director for pediatric hospital medicine fellows). He is also active at the national level and serves as the team leader for the AAMC CEPAER Pilot Project which is focused on developing instruction and assessment for the Core EPAs for entering residency.

Mid-level Faculty Teaching Award
Melissa D. Klein, MD, MEd
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Director, General Pediatric Master Educator Fellowship
Co-director, University of Cincinnati Masters of Education Program
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Melissa's passion for teaching began in grade school and she has consistently been recognized for her stellar teaching skills. She is a patient-centered teacher and actively pursues teachable moments with her learners. One of her trainees stated, "Whenever Dr. Klein is in clinic, I know the first thing she is going to ask when I come out of the room is what did we learn from the patient." She has committed her scholarly career to educating others about the impact of the social determinants of health on children. Her passion for this topic continues at a national level as a part of her work on the APA's task force on child poverty. At Cincinnati Children's Hospital, she directs many of the educational activities for general pediatrics and has created one of the first General Pediatric Master Educator Fellowship training programs while also working as the co-director for the University of Cincinnati Masters of Education program. She was a graduate of the first cohort of faculty scholars from the APA Educational Scholars Program. She currently serves as an Associate Editor for Academic Pediatrics.

Thanks to Drs Janet Crow, Teri Turner, Mimi Baron and Lyuba Konopasek for their leadership in the awards selection committees and to all the volunteer members of the review teams.

Academic General Pediatrics Fellowship Accreditation Committee
The Academic General Pediatric Accreditation Committee will be hosting a half-day conference on Thursday, April 28th from 1:30 to 7:00 PM entitled "Negotiating the Academic Waters: Building a successful career from fellowship to faculty." This conference is open to residents, fellows and junior faculty interested in Academic Generalist or Hospital Medicine careers. The conference will be held at the Baltimore Hilton and is free of charge. You do not have to be associated with an APA accredited fellowship training program to attend. The purpose of the conference is to create a gathering of the national community of generalist fellows and faculty of the APA. We aim to build camaraderie across programs, provide valuable networking opportunities, offer high caliber workshops, and provide a forum in which fellows can share and receive constructive feedback on their scholarly works in progress. See the attached brochure for details. Although the registration deadline has passed, if you, or someone else you know, is interested in attending, please contact Teri Turner, MD, MPH, MEd at

The AGPAC committee would like to acknowledge the support and collaboration of members of the Academic Fellows SIG. Under the leadership of Marybeth Jones, MD (a member of both the AGPAC and Academic Fellows SIG) a needs assessment was developed and distributed to the fellows which guided the content of the conference above. Not only are academic fellows part of the conference planning committee but they will also be presenting. Additionally, based on a recommendation by the Academic Fellows SIG, a link to the APA Fellowship Page was added to the American Academy of Pediatrics Resident and Fellowship Trainees Webpage. This will allow residents to learn about opportunities for Academic General Pediatric and Hospital Medicine Fellowships and the various institutions which host training programs.

The committee would also like to announce the accreditation of the University of Minnesota Interdisciplinary Research Training in Child and Adolescent Primary Care as the sixteenth fellowship training program to be accredited by the Academic Pediatric Association. The program is led by Ivor Borowsky, MD, PhD.

Respectfully submitted
Latha Chandran MD, MPH
APA Education Committee Chair.

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