News Archive 2011

News Archive 2011

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September 2011 . . . First Resident Advocacy Leadership Institute Held!

At the Virginia Chapter AAP meeting in Williamsburg, more than 20 pediatric residents representing each of the programs in Virginia came together for the first Resident Advocacy Leadership Institute. This was a special 3½ hour interactive session designed specifically to provide residents with formal leadership training. The goal was to introduce them to the best science of leadership and to share the essentials of forming and leading effective teams. The curriculum was based on the Pediatric Leadership Alliance (PLA) program of the AAP and was led by Dr. Ken Slaw, Director of Membership and of Strategic Planning for the AAP, and Dr. Sandy Chung, President of Fairfax Pediatric Associates, PC. Plans are underway to continue the work started in Williamsburg with a “Resident Advocacy Leadership Institute 201” session tentatively scheduled for Saturday, March 24, 2012, 2-5 PM, at the Birdsong pediatric conference in Charlottesville. Details to follow...

June 2011 . . . UVA Pediatric Residency Program Receives CPTI Training Grant for Community Pediatrics

The UVA Pediatric Residency Program is one of 10 sites chosen to receive funding under the CPTI Transforming Pediatric Residency Training to Improve Care for Underserved Children grant program offered by the American Academy of Pediatrics with support from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation.  Drs. Diane Pappas, Linda Waggoner-Fountain, and Almea Matanock lead the UVA team for this innovative new programming, as this award will provide funding and team support over a 2 year period in order to completely revise and improve our community pediatrics training. This will include a complete revision of the PL-2 Community Pediatrics rotation as well as the addition of a new intern introduction to community pediatrics, tentatively entitled "Community Pediatrics ABCs." This award will also provide funding for the development of a number of statewide community pediatrics and advocacy training initiatives in conjunction with the Virginia Chapter, AAP, to include a Resident Advocacy Leadership Institute and Pediatric Day at the General Assembly.

Check Out Our New Community Resources for Families on Our Intranet Site!

Up-to-date information on community resources has been added to the UVA Children's Hospital intranet site (access available to for UVA affiliates only). Find resources or print them off to give to families. As part of the PL-2 Community Pediatrics rotation, residents collect and prepare fliers so that we always have up-to-date information available for families no matter what service you are on. Find info on:

  • Autism Resources Discount Medications
  • Dental Resources Mental Health Resources
  • Nutrition Resources Smoking Cessation Resources
  • Early Intervention Referral Form
  • Care Connection for Children Referral Form


To get to the site via Epic (UVA's EMR), go to "Resources" > "Portal" > "Children’s Hospital Intranet" > "For Housestaff" on left menu > Select "Primary Care Resources." If you have ideas or other information to share here, email Dr. Diane Pappas.

January 2011 . . . Pediatric Day at the Virginia General Assembly

Despite snow and ice, over 50 residents, students, pediatricians and other child advocates came together in Richmond in January and learned how to meet with their legislators on behalf of children’s health! Issues included coverage for autism, physical education in public schools, maintaining Medicaid reimbursement, and many others. Participants learned directly from state policy-makers including Commissioner of Health (and pediatrician) Dr. Karen Remley and VA Chapter AAP President Dr. William Moskowitz. VCU received the VA Chapter Award for the most (8) residents participating. Participants also met with Senator Northam (pediatric neurologist) to learn more about the legislative process and how pediatricians can impact it. The day ended with a de-briefing lunch led by Dr. William Hazel, VA Secretary of Health and Human Resources.

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(L) Lunch debriefing with Dr. William Hazel; (R) Morning briefing with policy-makers