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- June 2013 E-News Update -
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Record-setting Attendance Reached at 2013 PAS
The participating organizations of the Pediatric Academic Societies' (PAS) Annual Meeting are proud to announce that 2013 PAS was the largest meeting to-date with 8,442 total registrations. A warm thank you to all attendees, speakers, exhibitors and participating staff for making 2013 PAS the huge success it was.

APS Highlights and Photos
The 2013 APS Presidential Plenary and Awards Session was outstanding. It included Dr. Barbara J. Stoll's APS Presidential Address, the presentation of the 2013 APS Norman J. Siegel New Member Outstanding Science Award on Dr. Sten H. Vermund and the prestigious 2013 APS John Howland Award being bestowed on Dr. Elizabeth R. McAnarney. Photo Highlights: 2013 APS Presidential Plenary and Awards Session.

The 2013 APS Members' Networking Lunch had record attendance, and featured invited speakers Christopher P. Austin, MD, Director, National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS), Bethesda, MD, and Mark Del Monte, JD, Director, Department of Federal Affairs at the American Academy of Pediatrics. Photo Highlights: 2013 APS Members' Networking Lunch & 125th APS Anniversary Celebration.

The 2013 APS Members' Dinner was a memorable celebration held in honor of 2013 Howland Award Recipient, Dr. Elizabeth R. McAnarney. Photo Highlights: 2013 APS Members' Dinner.

We hope to see you next year for 2014 PAS/ASPR in Vancouver, Canada, May 3-6!

In This Issue:

APS Announces 2013-14 President and 2013-14 APS Council

The American Pediatric Society is excited to announce Alan L. Schwartz, M.D., Ph.D., as APS President for the 2013-14 term. Dr. Schwartz joins us from Washington University School of Medicine where he resides as Harriet B. Spoehrer Professor and Chair. Welcome, Dr. Schwartz!

View the entire 2013-14 APS Council


Alan L. Schwartz, Ph.D., M.D.
APS President

APS Viewpoint in JAMA

In 2012, the American Pediatric Society was invited to contribute a column to JAMA Pediatrics. Now entitled "Viewpoint," the goal of these invited columns is to use them as a platform for leaders in academic American pediatrics (as represented by the APS) to speak out on the major issues confronting pediatrics and child health in the United States. The first of these columns was authored by Dr. Susan Shurin and was entitled "The Future of Pediatric Physician Scientists is in our Hands." Since then, a second column has been published (Dr. Judith Hall, "Trajectory of an Academic Career: Coming of Age of Academic Pediatrics," a third will appear this summer (Drs. Scott Denne and William Hay, "The Future of Pediatric Scientists is in our Hands") and a fourth is in progress regarding pediatric faculty diversity. Dr. Christine Gleason is the current editor for this column. The articles are all available on the APS website, https://www.aps-spr.org/about/aps/voice.asp. If you have any suggestions for future topics and authors, please send them to Dr. Gleason.

Proposed Amendment to APS Constitution & By-Laws

Due to the extended length of time individuals are staying actively involved in their professions, the APS Council critically evaluated whether the eligible age for APS Members to request Emeritus status should be modified from the age of 65 to 70 and/or fully retired. After discussion at the 2013 Spring Council Meeting, the APS Council proposed a change in the APS Constitution & By-Laws to modify the minimum age criteria to request Emeritus status to be 70 years of age and/or fully retired. This proposed amendment has been presented for vote to the APS Active Members and will take effect immediately upon final vote on June 21, 2013. The outcome of the vote will be provided in the July 2013 APS E-News Update.

Article V with the proposed changes can be viewed in entirety at: Proposed Constitution Amendment

Call for Howland Award Nominations_Deadline: July 1

The American Pediatric Society (APS) is pleased to announce the 2014 Call for APS Howland Award Nominations. You are encouraged to nominate outstanding colleagues who have made lasting contributions to the field of pediatrics. The John Howland Award has been given each year since 1952 "to honor those who, by their contribution to pediatrics, have aided in its advancement."

Please take a few minutes to review the nomination process for the John Howland Award, available at: www.aps-spr.org.

Nomination Receipt Deadline: July 1, 2013.

If you have questions regarding the nomination process, please contact Brenda Peat at the APS Central Office.

Call for APS Membership Applications_Deadline: July 31

APS is pleased to announce the 2014 Call for Membership Applications.

Please take a few moments to consider colleagues from your own institution who you can nominate or encourage to be nominated for APS membership, as there are distinguished faculty in every department and state who qualify, but have never been nominated.

You may access the membership directory (located in the My APS/SPR section of the website) to quickly find out whether colleagues of your department are members. Or you may also contact Brenda Peat at the APS Central Office.

The 2014 APS Membership Application is available online or can be mailed upon request.

Application Receipt Deadline: July 31, 2013.

If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact Brenda Peat at the APS Central Office.

Call for APS Council Nominations & Meet the APS Nominating Committee

The American Pediatric Society (APS) Council has appointed a Nominating Committee for the 2013-14 year. Members of the committee are: Barbara J. Stoll, M.D., Chair, Wanda D. Barfield, M.D., M.P.H., Howard Bauchner, M.D., Diana W. Bianchi, M.D., and Deepak Srivastava, M.D.

It is the responsibility of the Nominating Committee to select a slate of two candidates for each of the following positions:

  • Vice President (President-Elect) - Beginning May 2014. This person will serve on APS Council as Vice President for the 2014-15 year, as President for the 2015-16 year, and as Past President for one subsequent year.
  • One Council Member Position - Beginning May 2014 (five-year term).

The Nominating Committee would greatly appreciate your advice and counsel in the selection of nominees. Learn more

APS Virtual Business Meeting

The 2013 APS Business Meeting was conducted as a virtual meeting and the accompanying Business Update PowerPoint is now available for download. The file will also be available throughout the year on the APS website, on the About APS page.

Committee on Diversity & Inclusion (CODI)

The Committee on Diversity & Inclusion (CODI) was created in May 2012 and has held conference calls nearly every month. The CODI has two goals: 1. To promote diversity and inclusion within APS, and 2. To promote diversity and inclusion in academic pediatrics. The CODI members are: Judy Aschner (ex officio), Jose Cordero, Phyllis Dennery, Elena Fuentes-Afflick (Chair), Christine Gleason (ex officio), Danielle Laraque, Fernando Mendoza, Alan Schwartz (ex officio), Bruder Stapleton, and Leslie Walker. Read Committee Report

Strategic Plan Committee Updates

  1. Advocacy for Academic Pediatrics
  2. Communication
  3. Leadership in Academic Pediatrics

2014 PAS/ASPR Call for Invited Science Proposals_Deadline: June 28

You are encouraged to submit Invited Science Proposals (state of the art plenary, topic symposia, hot topic, and/or mini-course) for the 2014 PAS/ASPR Joint Meeting, May 3-6, in Vancouver, Canada. Your proposal submissions are important and strongly contribute toward the ultimate make-up of the meeting.

Proposals should be submitted electronically using the web-based 2014 PAS/ASPR Online Proposal Submission Program that is available on the PAS website at www.pas-meeting.org. The submission deadline is June 28, 2013.

Call for Research Success Stories

The APS Advocacy for Academic Pediatrics Committee is requesting the help of all members in collecting research success stories-specific evidence of improved health and economic benefit from child health research. The APS intends to make these examples available to the Pediatric Policy Council for direct lobbying at Congress and to Dr. Collins and the NIH. A white paper would make these examples available to all who provide child health care and conduct child health research, and also could serve to inform the lay public. A library of pediatric research successes would be made available to all APS members, who could use it for a wide variety of personal advocacy activities.

Read more and access forms.

In Memoriam

Caroline Breese Hall, MD, of Rochester, NY, died December 10, 2012. Dr. Caroline Hall was one of the first physicians in the USA to begin characterizing the significance and epidemiology of primary human herpesvirus-6 (HHV-6) infection among infants and young children. HHV-6 is an ubiquitous virus that causes one-third of complex febrile seizures, post transplant imbic encephalitis in transplant patients and is under study as a cause of epilepsy. Her work on viral diseases in children resulted in more than 500 published articles.

Dr. Hall was a faculty member since 1971 at the University of Rochester School of Medicine as Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine. She remained a very active researcher until her death last year, with her most recent work focusing on congenital infection with HHV-6. Dr. Hall's several groundbreaking discoveries and commitment to HHV-6 research shaped the field for two decades, and will continue to inform how researchers and physicians understand the virus moving forward.


Robert A. Hoekelman, MD, of Canandaigua, NY, died March 7, 2013. During his tenure at the University of Rochester, Dr. Hoekelman wrote grants and received funding for 26 research and educational projects. He was an internationally sought medical consultant and visiting professor at over 25 institutions worldwide. He was editor of 13 medical textbooks, and 5 medical journals and authored over 250 textbook chapters and monographs as well as articles and editorials in scientific journals. He was a leader in the establishment of the Ronald McDonald House in Rochester. He received numerous awards for his contributions to child healthcare and medical education, including the American Academy of Pediatrics Lifetime Achievement Award in Medical Education in 1998. Read Obituary

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