Key Milestones and Outstanding Academic Achievements

The 2016-2017 academic year showcased key milestones and outstanding academic achievements for pediatric emergency medicine (PEM.) The Division of Emergency Medicine continued to refine its focus on areas of academic excellence: brain and behavior, infection and inflammation, and the science of everyday care with particular expertise in simulation, improvement science, resuscitation, and educational scholarship. As the lead site for the HOMERUN node of Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN), the Division of Emergency Medicine at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center continues to be a leader of collaborative and high-quality outcomes research in our specialty.

PEM faculty and fellows won, and continue to win, awards. At the 2016 AAP National Conference and Exhibition, recognized the following individuals: Dr. Javier Gonzalez-del-Rey, PhD, received the Steve Miller Award for Excellence in Education & Mentorship; Dr. Brad Sobolewski, MD, MEd, received the EBSCO/PEMSoft Award for Technological Innovations in PEM; and Dr. Theresa Frey, MD, received the Ken Graff Young Investigator Prize for outstanding research by a PEM fellow. Locally, Dr. Charles (Chuck) Schubert, MD, received the Founder's Award from the Cincinnati Pediatric Society given for his career-long distinguished contributions to the health and welfare of the children in our community. At Cincinnati Children's, Dr. Schubert received the Advocacy Achievement Award, and PEM faculty member, Dr. Todd Florin, MD, MSCE, received the Mentoring Achievement Award. Dr. Florin was also recognized as Teacher of the Year by the Pediatric Residency Program for FY17.

A cornerstone of academic and operational excellence for the medical center, the Center for Simulation, is under the lead of faculty emergency medicine (medical director Dr. Gary Geis, MD; and associate director Dr. Ben Kerrey, MD) in collaboration with director Aimee Gardner. In fall 2016, the Center was formally re-accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare in four domains–core, education, systems integration, and research; becoming the first pediatric academic center to receive this comprehensive designation. The Center offered more than 100 courses, and over 9,000 providers received training in 2016.

Educational scholarship shines a bright light on a key function of an academic medical center–the training and evaluation of learners, and the science of defining and demonstrating competency in practice for health care professionals. Faculty, within the division, produced a significant volume of scholarship on educational themes in FY17. Dr. Connie McAneney, MD, MS; and Dr. Matthew Mittiga, MD, were part of a collaborative of PEM leaders who published a seven article seminal series “Essentials of Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowships” in Pediatric Emergency Care. Dr. Daniel Schumacher, MD, MEd, who is pursuing a PhD focused on the association between entrustment decisions and indicators of quality of care, presented a workshop at the first International Summit on Competency-based Medical Education.

The efforts of faculty members Dr. Rich Ruddy, MD; and Lynn Babcock, MD, MS, provides an anchor to our national leadership in PECARN. Dr. Ruddy serves as Chair of the National Steering Committee for PECARN. Two new R01s awarded to the network in FY17 have site PIs based at Cincinnati Children's (sepsis, local PI is Dr. Evaline Alessandrini, MD, MSCE; and diagnostic error, local PI is Dr. Rich Ruddy).

Overall for FY17, the Division of Emergency Medicine had three faculty funded on career development awards: Drs. Todd Florin, Jennifer Reed, MD; and Tara Rhine, MD, MS. Five faculty funded through R01/U01 mechanisms as PI: Drs. Rich Ruddy; Judith Dexheimer, PhD; Melinda Mahabee-Gittens, MD, MS, CTTS; and Jackie Grupp-Phelan). More than 20 PEM faculty funded from at least one grant source during the year.