All of us who participate in CORNET are looking forward to meeting soon at the PAS meeting in Washington DC, May 4-7, 2013! Each year many of us comment on how wonderful it is to have the opportunity to see each other, share progress on our collaborative studies, brainstorm on potential new projects and hopefully recruit new Resident Continuity sites to join our practice-based research network. The networking which occurs is invaluable and has been strategic in the professional and personal growth of so many APA members.
Here is a quick rundown of 4 CORNET events occurring at the meeting which we hope you will be able to attend.
- CORNET General Membership and Recruitment Meeting: Sunday May 5, 2013 from 9-11 AM. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible during this time to share your experiences over the past year. We also invite any interested Resident Continuity preceptors to join us, see the enthusiasm of your colleagues in participating in projects related to resident education, health care disparities and quality improvement in primary care.
- Teaching Pediatric Residents Quality Improvement Using Adolescent Immunization Delivery as the Focus: National Partnerships for Adolescent Immunization (NPAI) Workshop. Tuesday May 7, 2013 from 8:30-11:30 AM.
This workshop will highlight strategies to enhance adolescent immunization delivery through the implementation of QI activities in community primary care and pediatric resident practices. The dissemination and adoption of best practice tools specifically designed for implementation in medical home clinical settings for vulnerable, low-income populations is a follow-up to a previous study spearheaded by Peter Szilagyi and Sharon Humiston along with Janet Serwint. This collaborative project now continues with CORNET and is gearing up to recruit 12 CORNET sites for the QI portion of this project funded by the CDC. Much of the information provided during this workshop will be a precursor for what we plan on doing for the upcoming NPAI project.
Importantly, if you are unable to attend this session but are interested in participating in the project, please let us know!
- Pediatric Residents' Attitudes and Experiences with Electronic Health Records: Poster presentation, Medical Education Session, Tuesday May 7, 2013, 12-2 PM. Serwint JR, Garfunkel L, Samuels R, Hobson-Rohrer W, Bloomfield R, Deimling M, Meyer M, Margolis B, Slora E, Dhepyasuwan N.
This "Resident Health Information Technology Survey (RHIT)" assessed the current healthcare information technology use by pediatric residents and their associated experiences and attitudes regarding medical IT. This project was funded through the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB).
- Assessing the Value of the Continuity Research Network after a Decade: Poster presentation, General Pediatrics Session, Tuesday May 7, 2013, 12-2 PM. Stratbucker W, Dhepyasuwan N, Dabrow S, Feigelman S, Ferrell C, Garfunkel L, Hetzler T, Samuels RC and Serwint J.
Thanks to everyone who contributed their time by responding to this survey.
PROJECTS APPROACHING COMPLETION
The Adolescent Immunizations within a Medical Home (AIMHI) Study is nearing completion. Post-intervention chart audits are now being performed which designates close to the end of this CDC-funded project. We'd like to complete data collection within the next month or so. If your site is a participant, please send in your forms.
Evaluation of a National Bright Futures Oral Health Curriculum for Pediatric Residents manuscript was published in Volume 13, No. 2 of Academic Pediatrics, the March/April issue, which will be available online through the Journal's website at http://www.academicpedsjnl.net/ or at
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science (follow the links). Congratulations to all that have contributed!
NEW CORNET-PROS PROJECT
Plans are underway to develop another collaborative project with the AAP PROS network. This will be the 3rd CORNET-PROS study. Many of you participated in the past project collaborations; one project focused on national scientific data on boys' pubertal development and the other focused on comparing pediatric visit data from Continuity Research Network practices with data from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey. Several topic areas are being considered and will be determined based on PROS and CORNET member interest and feasibility.
NEW CORNET MEMBER INITIATED PROJECTS Our goal is to develop projects which are driven by the interest of the CORNET membership. We are actively and enthusiastically soliciting ideas and projects which would advance the mission and goals of our network.
The CORNET MISSION is to maintain a self-sustaining collaborative research network among pediatric continuity clinic clinicians that produces quality research in primary care, health care delivery and medical education. Findings will be disseminated in order to improve the training of future pediatricians and the health care of children, with special attention to underserved children.
The CORNET GOALS are:
- To study health and healthcare issues of minority and underserved children.
- To compare health care issues of minority and underserved populations to those of other populations, especially examining healthcare disparities.
- To study resident education, a) compare practice behavior between residents in their continuity practices and pediatricians in their practice settings and b) increase resident exposure to and involvement in primary care research
The CORNET Steering Committee and Regional Chairs will be meeting in Washington DC immediately after the close of the PAS meeting to discuss plans for the future. We hope you will share with us projects you would like to initiate. Many of us will be attending PAS and we would love to have the opportunity to chat with you!
Don't forget the CORNET General Membership and Recruitment Meeting on Sunday May 5, 2013 from 9-11 AM. We hope to see you there and please invite any colleagues who would like to attend' It's a fun group with which to network as we share so much passion for what we do each day and innumerable common interests and issues in enhancing quality of care and pediatric education.
See you in DC or contact one of us by email!
CORNET, Chair of Membership