Academic Pediatric Registry

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How Does the Registry Help Program Directors?

Fellowship Program Evaluation

Some evaluation might be accomplished by review of written materials whereas in other cases, it may be necessary for on-site review. Program Directors can be provided with a list of potential reviewers identified by area(s) of interest and prior experience with fellowship training. From this list, program directors can contact reviewers and arrange for needed input.

We expect that this activity will benefit the reviewers as well as the programs. Further, we expect that the cost of such review (unless additional activities are associated with the request) will be those related to any expenses for travel.  Any expenses and financial arrangements are to be handled independently between the reviewers and  program directors.

How Does the Registry Help Fellow or Junior Faculty?

Mentorship and Career Advice

Society Members interested in becoming career mentors have identified their areas of expertise. You are invited to use the search engine to find members who meet your area of interest. Mentees submit an application to the Central Office with a brief biosketch and description of what they are looking for in a mentor.

The potential mentee should identify up to 5 potential mentors they have found using the search engine. The Central Office will work to match the applicant with a potential mentor. Mentors and mentees should mutually agree on expectations for their interactions and means for communication. We expect t that this activity will benefit the mentees, mentors and our pediatric societies.

What is the Academic Pediatric Registry?

A collaborative effort between APS/SPR and ASPN, the Academic Pediatric Registry is a national registry of individuals who are willing to provide expertise and critical assessment of ongoing or proposed fellowship programs, career mentoring and advice on clinical and research program building.
Our Societies have a particularly deep dedication to the education of fellows. We all recognize that they will create the future of pediatrics, they will soon be our colleagues, and they are the individuals most likely to bring excitement and innovation into the field.

Many individuals within our societies have experience directing subspecialty training programs or advising on career development, research and clinical program building, and in a variety of ways, contribute to the education of fellows and the development of junior faculty.

This is a registry of members within these societies with a particular expertise and a willingness to provide advice and critical assessment of on-going or proposed fellowship programs, career mentoring and advice on clinical and research program building.

Review of Fellowship Programs

The American Board of Pediatrics has adopted a number of changes in the Subspecialty Training Requirements for Fellows. The requirement for meaningful accomplishment in research was reaffirmed but broadened to accommodate a wider variety of scholarly activities including:
  • Each fellow must have a Scholarship Oversight Committee to provide guidance for scholarly activity and evaluation of progress
  • A core curriculum in scholarly activities must be included as part of the training program
  • A program’s ability to provide a satisfactory scholarly experience for all trainees will be evaluated periodically.
Many departments already undergo intra-mural evaluation of their fellowship programs conducted internally. However, obtaining valuable expertise in the particular field is more costly and complicated.  Our members offer a particular expertise to programs and can assist with this external review.

Mentorship Areas

Fellows and junior faculty can often benefit from advice and mentoring in a number of areas where members of our societies have expertise; career advancement and opportunities, basic and clinical research, clinical practice management, contract negotiation, and work/life balance. Our members offer a particular expertise to individual society members and can assist with mentoring in these areas.