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Vermont Medicine Magazine

DEPARTMENT OF Pediatrics ~ 2014 Annual Report

Lewis R. First, M.D., Chair

During the past year, the Department of Pediatrics continued to strengthen 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.

actively in all four years of the Vermont Integrated Curriculum. We were fortunate to have our department honored for the second year in a row by the graduating class as Clinical Department of the Year, in addition to other teaching and national leadership honors received by our faculty during the past year. Of the six house staff across departments given Gold Humanism Awards as selected by the third-year class, four were from our residency program. In addition, the number of fourth-year students choosing pediatrics as a career was over 15 percent, now 20 years in a row, above the national average of 10 percent, and the number of applicants to our residency program increased again another 25 percent over the prior year’s record-breaking increase. Our nationally lauded summer continuing medical education Vermont Pediatric Summer Seminar course sold out again and brought attendees from all over the country to Vermont to be updated on new developments in the field of pediatrics.

Nationally, our faculty continue to hold leadership roles in all the major pediatric educational organizations. In particular, Lewis First, M.D.’s local and national leadership in pediatrics was recognized with his winning the highest leadership award in academic pediatrics — the 2014 Joseph W. St. Geme, Jr. Leadership Award. We also continue to serve for the 40th year in a row as the editorial home of the journal Pediatrics, the leader in peer-reviewed general pediatric journals nationally and internationally.

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 (a national network for collaborative improvement research in inflammatory bowel disease), the American Association of Pediatric’s Pediatric Research in Office Settings, and the Vermont Child Health Improvement Program (VCHIP) expanded their projects and programs and published their results in multiple peer-reviewed journals. Translational research also flourished in areas such as metabolism, nutrition, cystic fibrosis, and oncology.

Advocacy efforts also flourished as faculty and house staff participated in numerous community service efforts involving projects to overcome food insecurity or improve health care access to immigrant populations arriving in Vermont. We also worked hard in all areas to increase our family-centered, child-friendly care efforts through some innovative changes in our rounding processes.

Inpatient and outpatient services demonstrated quality improvements in every clinical area. The initiation of 24/7 hospitalist coverage, as well as our pediatric “Transforming Primary Care” initiative, led to record high levels of patient satisfaction and improved outcomes in our quality metrics.

From a philanthropic standpoint, the department was also successful setting records in its fund-raising and friend-raising events, most notably the “Big Change Roundup for Kids” in which almost $270,000 in change was collected throughout Vermont and upstate New York during the five day event.

As to personnel changes, the department welcomed new faculty, including Kelly Cowan, M.D., (Pulmonary), Abby Adler, M.D., Karin Gray, M.D., and Molly Moore, M.D., (hospitalists) with new faculty joining us in the upcoming year in gastroenterology, critical care, adolescent medicine, neonatology, and nephrology.

Finally, after a quarter century of overseeing our residency program, Ann Guillot, M.D., has stepped down from that role, and assistant program director Jerry Larrabee, M.D., became our residency program director. Although Dr. Guillot will continue on as director of our nephrology division and interim director of the Teaching Academy, we thank her for the outstanding job she has done and in her honor have created the Guillot Resident Teaching Award to be given to the outstanding resident teacher at the end of the academic year.

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