The 2017-2018 academic year showcased group and individual academic achievements for faculty in pediatric emergency medicine (PEM). The division matched the intensive pace of our 24/7 clinical work by the highly productive pace of project work across key areas of scientific focus: brain and behavior, infection and inflammation, and the science of everyday care which includes the science of teaching and assessment as well as standardization, informatics, simulation, and resuscitation. As the lead site for the HOMERUN node of PECARN (Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network), 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 enjoyed a year of notable recognition locally and nationally. The Division of Emergency Medicine was honored by the graduating pediatrics residents at Cincinnati Children's with the Divisional Teaching Award in June. We take great pride in our bedside teaching and contributions to our pediatric residency program. Recognition of our faculty for excellence as educators from the UC Department of Pediatrics in early 2018 are as follows: honoring of Dr. Connie McAneney, MD, MS, with the senior faculty in education achievement award, and honoring of Dr. Dan Schumacher, MD, MEd, with the junior faculty in education achievement award. At the 2017 AAP National Conference and Exhibition, Dr. Chuck Schubert, MD, received the Michael Shannon Humanitarian Award.
Our research success is fueled by talented faculty with innovative and impactful ideas and the diligence to plan an arc of scientific inquiry that builds to R-level funding. The 2017-2018 year was notable for a series of awarded new grants: Dr. Lynn Babcock , MD, received R21 funding for her project Trial of the SMART Intervention for Children with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Dr. Judith Dexheimer, PhD, received R01 funding for Personal Health Record for Youth Emancipating from Foster Care. R01 funding awarded to Dr. Melinda Mahabee-Gittnes, MD, MS, CTTS, for Contribution of Thirdhand Smoke to Overall Tobacco Smoke Exposure in Pediatric Patients. Dr. Dan Schumacher received a Place Outcomes Award for Association Between Entrustment Decisions and Indicators of Quality Care (EDIQ): Entrustment Decision Tool Development.
PEM faculty are thought leaders on the national and international stage. Faculty members were key participants and/or leaders in prestigious forums including the AAP, the APPD, the Josiah Macy Foundation, and the EPIC physician advisory board. Multiple faculty traveled “across the pond” as invited speakers at conferences in Italy, Sweden, and Spain, in addition to invitations to conferences across the Western Hemisphere in Canada, the Caribbean, and South America. Several members of the faculty serve on National Institutes of Health (NIH) study sections (Drs. Mahabee-Gittens, Dexheimer and Porter). Of note, Dr. Rich Ruddy, MD, will conclude his term as Chairperson of the PECARN Steering Committee in 2018.
The Division of Emergency Medicine met the challenge of continued excellence as evidenced by a robust portfolio of funded work, a strong volume of academic output, and active participation in the sharing of scientific ideas and best practices. We head into the FY19 year ready to sustain and grow our success.