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2006 National Awards of Excellence Presented

Dr. McKean received her bachelor of arts from Yale University (New Haven, Conn.), completed post baccalaureate science courses at Stanford University, and earned an MD from Dartmouth Medical School (Hanover, N.H.) in 1977. She completed her residency and chief residency training at The New York Hospital and Memorial Sloan Kettering (Cornell Medical Center) in New York City and completed a fellowship in nephrology at The Rogosin Kidney Center, The New York Hospital, New York City.

Thomas Yacovella, MD—Excellence in Teaching Award

Dr. Yacovella is assistant professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota Hospitals and Clinic in Minneapolis; section head, Department of Internal Medicine, Regions Hospital in St. Paul; and a practicing hospitalist with HealthPartners Medical Group in St. Paul.

Dr. Yacovella has been recognized throughout his career for his expansive medical knowledge and ability to convey complex medical concepts to his students. He has received more than seven prior distinguished teaching awards from the University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinics in Minneapolis, where he is currently an assistant professor of medicine.

He discovered his love of teaching early in his career as chief resident at St. Paul Ramsey Medical Center (now Regions Hospital) from 1996-1997. He was one of the first hospitalists hired there for what is now a well established, hospitalist program. Many credit the success of the program to Dr. Yacovella.

Dr. Yacovella received his BA in Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1989, where he also obtained his MD in 1993. He began his residency program at the University of Minnesota Hospitals and Clinics and was made chief resident at St. Paul Ramsey Medical Center in 1996.

A Preview of the Pediatric Core Curriculum

By Jack Percelay, MD, and David Zipes, MD

Pediatric activity and visibility within SHM has increased over the past several months with increased membership, a focus on the Pediatric Core Competencies, and plans for SHM to sponsor the Pediatric Hospital Medicine Meeting in the summer of 2008.

SHM Time Capsule

How many years has the SHM Annual Meeting been held?

Answer: 2006 is the ninth year the meeting has been held.

Approximately 20% of SHM’s new members are pediatricians. Historically, pediatricians number roughly 10% of SHM membership and 10% of hospitalists overall. This increase in pediatric membership is most likely due to a combination of highlighting the value of SHM membership by word of mouth, word of the Listserv, and word of Larry Wellikson as the keynote speaker at the 2005 Pediatric Hospital Medicine Meeting in Denver.

Pediatricians also took advantage of the 2005 productivity survey to generate current benchmarks for pediatric hospitalists. Roughly 15% of returned surveys came from pediatric hospital medicine groups. Initial results will be revealed at this month’s SHM Annual Meeting, and will be available as a benefit to current SHM members through the SHM Web site.

Pediatrics hospitalists were nominated in all four categories of the SHM 2006 Hospital Medicine Awards in 2006. The nominees illustrated the depth and breadth of pediatric hospital medicine programs. Pediatricians Christopher Landrigan, MD, MPH, and Erin Stucky, MD, have been honored as award winners. (See “2006 National Awards of Excellence,” p. 6.)

Pediatric topics continue to appear regularly in The Hospitalist, but as yet there has been no original research published in The Journal of Hospital Medicine. Your contributions are encouraged. Information about submitting topics for either SHM publication is available on the Web site and in the publications themselves.

The current focus of pediatrics within SHM is development of the Pediatric Core Competencies under the leadership of pediatricians Tim Cornell, MD, and Dan Rauch, MD, and SHM Board Member Alpesh Amin, MD, who helped lead the development of the adult core competencies. The core competencies currently include the following proposed clinical, procedural, and systems topics:

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