Region 4

District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia

2017 Region IV Meeting
February 11-12, 2017
Charlottesville, VA

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April 2017 Newsletter Article

Dear Region IV members,

Another successful regional meeting is on the books! We had record attendance this year as folks from all over the region made the journey to Charlottesville in February. The mild weather encouraged many to explore Downtown Charlottesville and its ever-expanding dining and cultural offerings. Meeting attendees enjoyed the chance to network with colleagues. Old friendships were rekindled and new ones formed. We were happy to see a strong showing from fellows and residents as well as medical students and research coordinators. It was great to see such enthusiasm and excitement during plenary and poster presentations. We had 15 Platform Presentations and a lively Poster Session with 30 posters.

Karen Remley, CEO of the AAP, gave an inspiring Keynote address titled "A Mission for Children: AAP's Blueprint for the New Political Environment." She reminded us, as pediatricians, to speak up and advocate for the needs of all children. We had a fantastic National APA update this year from Mary Ottolini who discussed national priorities for the organization. The Meet the Professor Breakfast offered a variety of mentoring opportunities in small groups, and we continued the Speed Mentoring session which was fast-paced and well-received.

Special thanks to the meeting planning committee, speakers, and Breakfast and Speed mentors for your contributions to the meeting. Lastly, PLEASE consider bringing a friend, mentor, or mentee back with you next year - the more the merrier!

Congratulations to all the presenters including the 2017 APA Region IV Meeting Research Awardees:

Faculty Research Award
Elizabeth Wolf, MD; Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU
Title: The Role of Drug Treatment Access on the Relationship Between Adult Opiate Use and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

Fellow Research Award:
Olayemi Ola, MD; University of Maryland School of Medicine
Title: Impact of PRBC Transfusions and Feeding on Intestinal Barrier Function in Preterm Infants

Resident Research Awards:
Matthew Molloy, MD, MPH; Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Title: Short-term Outcomes of Pediatric Minor Injuries Sustained at Home

Amy Swerdfeger, MBBS; Sinai Hospital of Baltimore
Title: Effects of a Standardized Feeding Protocol on Weight Gain in Very Low Birth Weight Infants

Medical Student/Research Coordinator Research Award:
Jeremy Owens and Krisha Nayak, Eastern Virginia Medical School
Title: Nutritional Assessment of Snacks and Beverages in Southeastern Virginia Daycare Centers

Sophie Ravanbakht, Duke University School of Medicine
Title: Effects of Parent and Child Nativity on Child Obesity Among US Hispanics

Finally, we hope to see you in San Francisco at the APA Region IV Breakfast at PAS to be held on Monday, May 8th from 7:00am - 8:00am in the Yerba Buena Salon 4 - Marriott Marquis. Please join us if you can. Looking even further ahead, send us your ideas for the 2018 Region IV meeting! We will announce the conference date at the Region IV Breakfast.

Meghan Tschudy, Cliff Lee, and Melissa Long / /
APA Region IV Co-chairs

2017 research winners
Research award winners and mentors pose for a photo at the APA Region IV 2017 Conference.

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Past Meetings

Region 4 Meeting
February 20 and 21, 2015
Charlottesville, VA

February 22 and 23, 2014
Charlottesville, VA

Annual Region IV Meeting
February 23 - 24, 2013
Charlottesville, VA

Annual Region IV Meeting
February 25 and 26
Charlottesville, VA

Previous Newsletters

    Current Region IV Co-Chairs:

    Rebecca Carlin, MD
    Children's National Medical Center
    1619 R St., NW
    Washington, DC 20009
    Phone: (917) -57-3925

    Clifton C Lee, MD
    Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU
    1000 East Broad Street
    Richmond, VA 23298
    Phone: (804) 536-3236

    Melissa Long, MD
    Childrens National Medical Center
    111 Michigan Ave., NW
    Washington, DC 20010
    Phone: (202) 476-4170



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