Resident Initiatives

Resident Initiatives

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Residents Adopt Family for Christmas!

Dec 2011 . . . It has become an annual tradition for our intern class to adopt a patient family for Christmas. This year, working closely with social worker Greg Nelsen, interns Brynne Sullivan, Liz White, and Courtney Ballengee organized the project with the intern class. They collected donations and went Christmas shopping for a family of six, including 4 children, their mother, and grandmother, delivering the gifts in person just before the Christmas holiday. The family was very appreciative of everyone's generosity, and the children could hardly contain their excitement, ripping into the gifts right after they were delivered! 

Resident Community Resource Fair

Oct 2011 . . . Drs. Almea Matanock and Anne Robertson submitted and obtained CATCH grant funding for a project entitled "A Safe Environment for Every Kid Specific for Our Kids (SEEK OK)."  The grant targets children at risk for injury, abuse, and neglect living in the greater Charlottesville area.  As part of this grant, they organized a resident community resource fair in October, bringing over 15 community agencies together to share information with our pediatric and family practice residents about what they do and how they can help our patient families access community resources for the benefit of their children's health and education. In addition, as part of this project, screening for risk factors that impair a healthy and safe home environment will be implemented in the Primary Care Center clinic. If risks are identified, then referral to appropriate community resources can be made.  An additional benefit of the work will be to strengthen relationships between the medical system and the community.

2011-2012 Resident Representatives to VA AAP Board Selected

Jul 2011 . . . The Virginia Chapter, AAP, includes a resident member from each of the pediatric training programs in the state. Drs. Leah Fleming, Anne Robertson, and Cortney Ballengee will co-represent UVA for the next year, to attend Board meetings, bring resident concerns to the Board, bring information on current Board issues and initiatives back to colleagues in their training programs, and work with the chapter on various initiatives including the development of a statewide advocacy training curriculum.

At the national level, Drs. Sarah Hesselman, Almea Matanock, and Anandani Nellan will be UVA's resident representatives to the national AAP.

Interested in working with the state or national AAP in such a capacity during your residency?
Contact Dr. Diane Pappas or Dr. Linda Waggoner-Fountain to learn about the many opportunities to serve. 

Resident Delegates to the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition

Sep 2010 . . .  Drs.  Amy Brown, Almea Matanock, and Anandani  Nellan have been chosen to be UVA delegates to the AAP National Conference and Exhibition Meeting (NCE) in San Francisco in October. Delegates also serve as liaisons between the AAP, their residency program, and the Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

New  “Advocacy Day” Tour of Charlottesville

Aug 2010 . . . Chief residents Drs. Cara Haberman and Lauren Youell have introduced an “advocacy day” tour of Charlottesville for our residents. Following a scripted scenario, residents take the city bus and do certain “errands” as if they were the parent of a clinic patient. This provides a more realistic appreciation of how families might navigate the city and the various systems (housing, health care, food, etc.) they need to maintain their families.  

BAMA Works Award Benefits Greene County School Students with sthma

Jul 2010 . . .  Dr. Almea Matanock, working with Greene County Public Schools and Blue Ridge Care Connection for Children has received a $1400.00 grant from BAMA Works, a charity of the Dave Matthews Band, to provide spacers and asthma education to students in Greene County. This project was initiated after an in-service on asthma management in which the Greene County School nurses identified the use of spacers as something that would allow them to better manage asthmatic children at school. Currently, within the Greene County Schools, approximately 10% of the students are identified as having asthma. Many of these students have inhalers at school, but often do not have spacers. This project aims to remedy this by providing asthma education and spacers for use at school.

2010 Virginia AAP Resident Board Members Selected

Jul 2010 . . . The Virginia Chapter, AAP, has expanded their Board to include a resident member from each of the pediatric training programs in the state. Drs. Leah Fleming, Amy Brown and Cara Haberman will co-represent UVA for the next year, to attend Board meetings, bring resident concerns to the Board, bring information on current Board issues and initiatives back to colleagues in their training programs, and work with the chapter on various initiatives including the development of a statewide advocacy training curriculum.

At the national level, Drs. Almea Matanock, Amy Brown, and Cara Haberman will continue their work as resident representatives to the national AAP. An intern representative will be chosen in the fall.

Interested in working with the state or national AAP in such a capacity during your residency?
Contact Dr. Diane Pappas or Dr. Linda Waggoner-Fountain to learn about the many opportunities to serve.

UVA Children’s Hospital Telethon

Jun 2010 . . .  UVA pediatric residents came together once again to raise money for the annual UVA Children's Hospital Telethon.  Under the leadership of Dr. Cami Michaud, they sold 120 T-shirts and raised $1025.00!  The donation was presented at the telethon on June 5 by Drs. Erin Chiu and Katie Furman and will be used to help with Child-Life costs (games, activities, etc.) for pediatric inpatients.

Dr. Cara Haberman Develops Support Group for Adolescents with Chronic Illnesses

Dec 2009 . . . In 2008, Dr. Cara Haberman received an AAP Resident CATCH grant to develop and implement an adolescent leadership mentoring alliance to help youth with chronic illnesses. Since that time, she has been working with a core group of young adult mentors who have established an active group which provides support as well as a place for teens and young adults with chronic illnesses to share experiences and advice with each other. As the group has evolved, it has become clear what a valuable resource it is to bring the older students who have been dealing with their  illnesses for a longer time together with the younger students who are just beginning to deal with their illnesses as young adults for the first time. Plans are underway to continue this group on the UVA undergraduate campus.