President's Message

July 2016 Newsletter Article


After working hard to plan, lead and participate in the many successful APA activities at PAS in Baltimore, I hope everyone is enjoying summer and getting the chance for greatly deserved rest and relaxation with family and friends!  It is a time for renewal as we start a new academic year and welcome our ever-younger looking new residents and fellows! 

I am honored to work with you this year as President of the APA and to thank those who have served on the Board: Mark Schuster, Latha Chandran, Darcy Thompson and Cindy Osman and welcome our new Board Members: Sue Bostwick, Teri Turner, Allison Holmes and Tumaini Coker This summer we have a number of important APA initiatives.  Under the leadership of Tumaini Coker we are working to expand the pipeline for diversity in academic pediatrics through the New Century Scholars program by collaborating with the American Pediatric Society and the Society for Pediatric Research.  Finding interested mentors is one of the rate limiting elements for this program- please spread the word with colleagues or consider being a mentor!

The Annual Pediatric Hospital Medicine meeting is July 28-31st in Chicago.  It is one of our largest APA meetings with over 800 attendees; co-sponsored with the American Academy of Pediatrics and Society for Hospital Medicine. Under the leadership of Dr. Barrett Fromme, APEX (Advancing Pediatric Education eXellence-an APA program co-sponsored with the AAP) will launch its third cohort at the PHM meeting.   

The summer is an important time as we lay the groundwork for our November strategic planning meeting in Austin, Texas. We will also be sending out an important survey in the next few weeks to determine the future direction for the APA. We want to be sure that we are addressing your needs while determining how we can grow the APA by reaching out to others in academic pediatrics.  We perceive that there are a number of pediatric specialists who could find a home in the APA for educational opportunities, mentorship and networking. To maximize value to current members and to attract new members, we would like to update our website to offer more opportunities to network virtually as well as deliver e-learning resources. 

One initiative that I am exploring with the Education Committee, the APPD and COPS is to develop an online core curriculum for both academic and subspecialty fellows to address the core competencies around scholarship/research, teaching, advocacy and professionalism.  If you already have e-learning resources are interested in collaborating to develop them please contact me at I am always interested in hearing from current or prospective APA members- Have a wonderful summer!

Mary Ottolini, MD, MPH
APA President

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