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DEPARTMENT OF Pediatrics ~ 2015 Annual Report

Lewis R. First, M.D., Chair

During the past year, the Department of Pediatrics and the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital maintained and enhanced its academic mission of improving the health of children through clinical, research, educational, and service activities that make a difference for those living in our community, and in turn can be shared with others throughout the country and the world.

Educationally, our department continued to teach actively in all four years of the Vermont Integrated Curriculum. We were fortunate to have our department honored for the third year in a row by the graduating class as Clinical Department of the Year. It was wonderful to see three-fourths of our house staff and a number of our faculty be nominated for the Gold Humanism Award, and to see one of our house staff, Mark Shwayder, M.D., and a faculty member, Alicia Veit, M.D., receive this award. It was also nice to see a third of our house staff nominated for Clinical Resident Teacher of the Year, and again multiple faculty members be named finalists for Clinical Teacher of the Year with Chief of Pulmonology, Thomas Lahiri, M.D., receiving the Graduate Medical Education Teacher of the Year Award. We also awarded second-year resident, Aaron Burley, M.D., the Ann Guillot Prize in Resident Teaching, the first year this award has been given in honor of Dr. Guillot’s superb quarter century of being our residency program director. In addition, the number of fourth-year students choosing pediatrics as a career was 15 percent (above the national average of 10 percent), and the number of applicants to our residency program increased another 25 percent over the prior year’s record-breaking increase. Our nationally-lauded Continuing Medical Education course, the Vermont Pediatric Summer Seminar, sold out again, and brought attendees from all over the country to Vermont.

Nationally, our faculty continue to serve in leadership roles in all the major pediatric educational organizations. We continue to serve for the 41st year in a row as the editorial home of the American Academy of Pediatrics journal Pediatrics, the national and international leading peer-reviewed pediatric journal.

From a research perspective, we continue to be fortunate to receive significant federal, state, and foundation grant funding, especially in the area of health services research. The Vermont Oxford (Neonatal) Network, ImproveCareNow, the AAP’s Pediatric Research in Office Settings, and the Vermont Child Health Improvement Program (VCHIP) expanded their projects and programs. Translational research also flourished in areas such as metabolism, nutrition, and cystic fibrosis, with additional growth noted in the areas of infectious diseases and hematology-oncology. Our efforts in health services research were rewarded with VCHIP Executive Director, Judith Shaw, Ed.D., M.P.H., R.N., accepting the national Health Care Delivery Award from the Academic Pediatric Association on behalf of the National Improvement Partnership Network that she also oversees at a national level.

Advocacy efforts also thrived as faculty and house staff participated in numerous community service efforts to overcome food insecurity or improve health care access to immigrant populations arriving into Vermont. Students, residents, and faculty also worked in partnership with families to lobby the state legislature to remove the philosophical exemption on vaccines.

Inpatient and outpatient services demonstrated quality improvements in every clinical area. The initiation of 24/7 hospitalist coverage, combined with a strong emphasis in implementing new initiatives in patient- and family-centered care, led to record high levels of patient and faculty satisfaction, as well as improved quality metrics in our intensive care, inpatient, subspecialty, and primary care divisions.

The department welcomed eight new faculty in 2015, with new faculty joining us in the upcoming year in hematology-oncology, infectious diseases, neonatology, neurology, emergency medicine, pulmonology and quality sciences, and child psychiatry. We look forward to continuing to foster our educational, research, clinical, and advocacy missions in 2015–2016.

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