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February 2021 Letter from the Section Chair

As I drove home from my last overnight shift in the emergency department, I was weary, eager to commence my “at-home” COVID-doffing routine. Annoyed, as each red light posed a barrier between me and sleep, I caught a glimpse of the majestic sunrise peeking over the horizon. I paused to take in the beauty and reflect on the parallel in my life. After persevering through the bleak “night” of 2020, many of us are weary, exhausted, and perhaps even a bit annoyed. But I encourage you to take a moment and reflect on the positive highlights of 2020, and express gratitude and hope for the new horizon that 2021 brings.

Among the many things I am grateful for, I am thankful for the support and camaraderie of the ACEP organization. While the Pediatric Section officers and I had different plans for 2020, supported by amazing members like yourselves, we were able to pivot and are proud of our accomplishments.

In April 2020, amidst all the uncertainty surrounding the novel coronavirus, the PEM section hosted a very informative webinar, COVID19: The Pediatric Perspective. It featured distinguished panelists from three regions (New York, Washington State, and California), which were highly impacted by the novel coronavirus. More than 300 attendees were present during the webinar, and a wide variety of topics were discussed.

Despite COVID-19’s preeminent position at the forefront of everyone’s minds, we still had to manage other common pediatric complaints in the Emergency Department. To provide ongoing, seasonally appropriate educational material, the microsite editors posted information about orthopedic trauma, caustic ingestions, and firecracker and blast injuries. You can find these and other great articles on our microsite: ACEP’s PEM Microsite | Quality Care for Kids Everywhere!

My simple, personal mantra on some of the darker days of 2020 was “I love my job!” And yes, we think PEM is a great specialty! The section officers wanted to support residents who were interested pursuing it as a career. As such, we hosted a webinar in early fall with PEM Fellowship program directors from varied institutions who answered key questions and provided sage advice to the many residents who attended the session. The discussion was so rich, we ran out of time! Check out a few excerpts from the Q &A at our twitter – @PedsACEP.

One of the highlights of my academic year has always been traveling to the annual ACEP Scientific Assembly. It is a time to catch up with dear friends, embrace new collaborations and learn information to aid my clinical practice. This year, “Unconventional” did not disappoint. If you missed the PEM section meeting, you missed a treat! We celebrated our E-Images winners (to be highlighted on our microsite soon—stay tuned!), did virtual yoga, and had engaging discussions on topics ranging from financial fitness to faculty development and networking. We ended the meeting with a timely mini plenary, “Self-Care for Essential Workers.”

While we cannot discount the blessings of 2020, I, like many of you, am relieved to have it behind me. So, what is on the horizon? As we march into 2021, the PEM section is looking forward to providing you with more educational content and additional ways to engage and network with colleagues. Please let us know how we can best serve you. Finally, I would like to close by introducing you to our new section liaison and administrator, Stephanie Wauson—welcome to the team Stephanie! read more

From the Chair

 

Has it been a month since ACEP already?

Inconceivable.

As the days shorten and we move into the winter holiday season, most of us take some time to reflect upon the year and take stock of where we are and where we will head come January 1st.

For myself, this happens to include the pediatric emergency medicine section.

Mike Greenwald, the outgoing chair, has really gotten me off to a great start with the formation of workgroups/subcommittees.  We will use these groups, Education, Research, Advocacy, and Clinical/Quality to generate new microsite content, produce section grants and leverage as outreach for new members.

Taking a cue from leaders of the past, I wish to have some sort  of legacy.  Creating durable, lasting, projects that go beyond our terms as committee members is my goal.  Examples of past projects include this very microsite, the Emages contest and section grants.

We already have a section grant under the guidance of Marc Auerbach which aims to produce a series of low fidelity pediatric emergency medicine simulations for use as training aids in locales which may not have a more robust simulation setup.  This has ramifications to improve training on a far reaching scale and impact those who need to practice pediatric skills the most.

Because of their potential to impact and involve groups and individuals outside of our local group, I would love for our section to submit and (hopefully) get approval for more grants this coming year.

I would very much like to have our section be more visible in future conferences.  I know that pediatric content is very popular during ACEP and I also know that most of the speakers during these talks are members of our section.  It would be great to leverage this connection to increase awareness of our efforts.

Even more over the top, a project that places us on the exhibit floor next year in Orlando with interactive areas based on pediatric emergency medicine skills would be fantastic and a great way to involve the greater membership.

I am very excited to take on this role and hope to keep rolling with the momentum that Mike has built up.

I’d just like to close with a final thanks to him and the outgoing group and welcome the coming two years!

Sincerely,

Jason Lowe DO