(Pediatric Science And Research Career Day)

Jump start your PAS experience on Friday with special sessions targeted towards trainees, fellows and career development. PAS provides a variety of high-quality educational, career-developmental, and collaborative opportunities to help you make the most of your meeting experience. This new focus for Friday’s pre-conference programming creates opportunities for PAS Partner and Alliance societies to continue growing the pediatric research pipeline and to feature their career development initiatives.

APA Quality Improvement Conference (Ticketed Event)*

Friday, May 1, 2020 7:00am – 5:00pm 

The 10th Annual Advancing Implementation and Quality Improvement Science for Children’s Healthcare conference brings together experts, trainees, clinicians, and researchers to explore both fundamental and highly specialized areas in QI. Topics include planning, implementing, and reporting on QI projects; qualitative and statistical approaches and analysis; and ethical, social, and behavioral considerations. Attendees can customize their experience by selecting from the mix of plenary, break out, and poster sessions, which encourage networking between young investigators and top QI professionals. Additional fee: $300 physicians/non-trainee, $200 trainee; register through the PAS registration system starting Nov. 5, 2019.  

*Please Note: A follow-up email will be sent from the APA office with additional information once you have registered. Please contact Jennifer Padilla,, with any questions or concerns.  

APPD/PAS Fellows Core Curriculum Workshop (Ticketed Event)*

Three tracks with three sessions (90 minutes each). The sessions will focus on skill and knowledge acquisition to provide a comprehensive core curriculum for fellows that address areas of academic development identified in the American Board of Pediatrics Guidelines for Fellowship Training. The topics covered are appropriate for individuals at the fellowship level of training and provide a foundation for those who may not have had exposure to some required topics, as well as those who wish to pursue a topic in greater depth in the future. It is intended that these themes will repeat each year so individual curriculums can be created to complement education provided by local fellowship training programs. Certificates of completion will be available for participants.

Fellows Core Curriculum Workshop – Track I

1:00 pm – Writing Your First Paper – How To Make Sure It Gets Accepted
Writing your first paper is a challenge. In this session we will discuss how to get started – from properly formatting a draft to selecting the right journal. We will review all aspects of a paper, including the abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion, tables, figures, and references. Authorship issues and how to help reviewers appreciate the importance of your paper will be discussed. Peer-reviewed papers are an important ingredient in academic success. At the end of this session the goal is to ensure that you will be more comfortable submitting your first paper.

2:30pm Break

2:45 pm Recognizing Common Bio-statistical Errors
Fellows must be aware of bio-statistical errors in the literature. Recognition will help researchers prevent similar errors in their own scientific work. Case vignettes will be used to highlight common errors. The errors discussed may include standard error vs. standard deviation, non-independence, use of paired measurements, meaning of P-values, confidence intervals.

4:45 pm Break

5:00 pm Effective, Efficient, and Innovative Teaching as a Fellow
With increasing pressures to learn the knowledge, skills, and other competencies required for fellowship training, teaching of medical students and residents has the tendency to become less of a priority at this level of training. Yet fellows are frequently called upon to teach trainees in the inpatient and outpatient settings. Effective, efficient, and innovative teaching strategies are needed, and this workshop will provide attendees with such strategies. A variety of teaching techniques including the use of ‘trigger’ videotapes, live demonstrations, and discussion will be used to highlight key take-home concepts that are designed to improve the teaching skills of participants.

Core Curriculum Fellows Workshop – Track II

1:00 pm Principles of Research Ethics for Fellows
Fellowship training provides opportunities for scholarly pursuits which often include research with human subjects. Such research requires both an understanding of the federal regulations for the protection of human subjects and related ethical issues. While the regulations are based on ethical principles, sometimes the regulations and ethical considerations conflict. This session will use two controversial pediatric clinical trials as case examples of public health research and comparative effective research and that contrast medical record review and randomized designs. The session will provide fellows with a basic understanding of some key regulatory issues related to risk and consent and, and eight ethical criteria for assessing research. This session will also expose fellows to the role of ethics scholarship, including empirical research, and role of research ethics consultation, as resources when facing ethical complexity in designing and implementing clinical research.

2:30 pm Break

2:45 pm Fundamentals of Quality Improvement- How to Do QI
This session will be helpful to those participating in or planning quality improvement/patient safety projects, but who have little to modest experience or training in QI science. The session will include a survey of common over-arching QI methodologies (eg, lean engineering, the model for improvement, process control), specific QI strategies (eg, standardization, error-proofing, checklists, iterative PDSAs), issues around quality measures (eg, outcome measures, process measures, balancing measures), and a very brief introduction into broad but related concepts (eg, scoping, high reliability organizations, safety culture). Small groups will take example quality/safety problems, explore possible QI approaches, plan interventions and interpret mock data. Participants will be encouraged to see how particular problems may suggest very fitting QI approaches, just as a particular QI approach may suggest very fitting analytic methods.

4:45 pm Break

5:00 pm Grant Writing – Key Components and Strategies for Success
Grant writing is a critical skill for many fellows and faculty. While the details of funding applications vary, there are many common elements across funding sources and shared strategies for success. The objectives of the session are: 1) to demystify the grant application process; 2) identify potential funding sources for new investigators; 3) consider key components of grant applications; and 4) discuss strategies for success.

Core Curriculum Fellows Workshop -Track III

1:00 pm Leading Innovative Projects: Important Skills for Fellows
Fellows often lead innovative projects as part of their scholarly activities during fellowship. This interactive session will provide fellows with a framework to use as a project leader and will introduce fellows to skills that will make them successful leaders throughout their careers. At the end of this session, participants should be able to identify an innovative project that aligns with their professional development plan, assemble a project team, list important steps to manage and lead project teams, and articulate the process for performing a team audit

2:30 pm Break

2:45 pm Negotiation 101
Congratulations! You are finishing fellowship and have just been offered a new job. You are about to meet with your future boss to discuss your position. Now what happens? The reality is that for most of us, we have no idea. As clinicians, most of us were never taught the basics of how to negotiate. Negotiation 101 will introduce you to some of these nuts-and-bolts skills. First, workshop participants will pair off and negotiate a deal. We will then regroup and see how everyone did. We’ll use this exercise to introduce some basic negotiation concepts BATNA, ZOPA and reservation value. We’ll also try to answer the question of “is it better to make the first offer or respond to a first offer?” (Answer – it depends). We will then take the lessons learned from the negotiation exercise and apply it to the academic medical setting. We’ll try to cover questions such as “What is negotiable and what isn’t?” and “What are the things that I don’t even know to discuss or to ask for?” Finally, we’ll end the workshop doing a few self-reflection exercises to help figure out what one may want out of a career. Knowing what you actually want is the first (and possibly most important step) in the negotiation process

4:45 pm Break

5:00 pm Getting Yourself Promoted
As soon as you finish fellowship and take your first academic position, you should begin to think about getting promoted. The promotion process, whether you are a researcher or a clinician-educator, can be challenging to navigate. A basic understanding of the promotion criteria will allow you to design your path for a successful academic career. This session will help you to think more intentionally about what you desire from an academic career. You will also gain a better understanding of the essential requirements for promotion, the definition of scholarship and how to use educational and clinical efforts to fulfill this scholarship requirement. The basic elements of an effective CV will be reviewed.

Journeys & Frontiers in Pediatric Research (By Invitation)

Friday, May 1, 2020 1:00pm – 6:30 pm 

PAS M4 Reception – m4 = (mentor/mentee)+(mix+mingle) 

Friday, May 1, 2020 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

Join fellow trainees, faculty leaders, and hospital sponsors for a reception that promises to be full of networking opportunities, pediatric specialty education and a warm welcome to PAS 2020!

*All PAS Friday Ticketed events can be purchased during the PAS registration process. If you have already registered, you may return to your registration and add additional ticketed events.

Please RSVP by April 1 in the registration portal. Already registered and want to add these event? No problem—just update your registration (refer to your registration confirmation email.)