The APA belongs to the Association for American Medical Colleges' (AAMC) Council of Faculty and Academic Societies (CFAS). This Council is part of the AAMC Governance and represents the 150,000 faculty members at AAMC schools through the appointment of 2 representatives from each school, one senior and one faculty member with <10 years on faculty; and academic societies through the appointment of 2 representatives each. Representing the APA, I have been the senior representative to CFAS and also serve as Past-Chair of this Council.
The Council hopes to be a voice of faculty in the AAMC and to especially bring suggested policies and practices to the AAMC for consideration or dissemination. Some of the areas that have been highlighted as having considerable importance to faculty include the emphasis on clinical productivity over education and research in many schools; the effects of sequestration on the academic mission of medical schools; defining the value of a faculty member; work-life balance and mentoring. It is likely that the schools and societies will become increasingly engaged in the CFAS efforts to better serve faculty.
APA Liaison to CFAS
The AAP Section on International Child Health (SOICH) and the AAP International Office are the leading force for AAP global health initiatives.
Following are some of the SOICH activities:
The SOICH H Program with the 2nd Annual Global Child Health Symposium at the October AAP National Conference and Exhibition, in Orlando, featured platform presentations of GCH research, followed by presentations on "Hot Topics in Global Child Health" and "Health and Human Rights of Underserved Populations". Keynote speaker Zulfiqar Bhutta addressed "Beyond 2015: Priorities for Global Child Health". In addition to the traditional poster display, "SOICH pix" were added this year, displaying a selection of members' photographs depicting themes in global child health. SOICH also sponsored sessions on ethics pertaining to GH work ("First Do No Harm", Cliff O'Callahan and Tracy Rabin) and the care of immigrant and refugee patients ("When Nowhere is Home", Anna Banerjee and Kate Yun). This years' Hillman Award for Lasting Contributions to Global Child Health was presented to Karen Olness. Click here for complete program.
The ICATCH Program is one of the section's signature programs. ICATCH empowers local health care providers in resource limited settings by offering funding, mentoring and technical support to implement original projects designed to improve access to healthcare services. To date, ICATCH has funded 41 projects in 26 countries. Six additional projects have been selected for funding starting in 2014. At the 27th International Congress of Pediatrics in Melbourne, Australia in August, the ICATCH Committee organized a well-attended workshop entitled "ALL ABOUT ICATCH - International Community Access to Child Health: How to Turn Your Healthcare Idea into an ICATCH Grant Proposal". More information about the ICATCH Program, including a complete list of awarded projects, is available at http://www2.aap.org/sections/ich/i_catch.htm
The AAP International Elective Award (IEA) was established in 1998 to offset the costs of elective rotations abroad. Since then, over 1,000 residents and fellows have applied for the award, and 137 residents from 56 different residency programs in 26 US states and 3 Canadian provinces have received it - helping to fund electives in more than 40 different countries. Recipients of the IEA regularly contribute articles for the SOICH Newsletter, describing their life- and career-changing experiences.
SOICH Newsletter is published every 2 months. Issues that offer reviews of articles relevant to global child health alternate with issues focused on section news and activities. The newsletters can be accessed under the "Publication" tab at section website http://www2.aap.org/sections/ich/.
The collaboration between the AAP SOICH and the APA has been, and will continue to be, directed toward enhancement and promotion of activities related to global child health, including APA global health programs, such as thr Global Health SIG, the APA Global Health Research Award, and the APA Global Health Task Force (GHTF). The GHTF is finalizing a document defining global health faculty competencies, which will be submitted to SOICH Executive Committee for review and endorsement.
APA Liaison to SOICH
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