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2006 National Awards of Excellence Presented

  • Acute abdomen;
  • Asthma;
  • Apparent life-threatening event;
  • Bone and joint infection
  • Diabetes;
  • Failure to thrive;
  • Febrile infant;
  • Fluids/electrolytes/nutrition;
  • Gastroenteritis;
  • Jaundice;
  • Kawasaki syndrome;
  • Lower respiratory infection;
  • Toxic ingestion;
  • Meningitis and encephalitis;
  • Non-accidental trauma and neglect;
  • Pain management;
  • Pneumonia;
  • Seizure;
  • Sickle cell disease complications;
  • Soft tissue infection;
  • Special technology needs patients;
  • Upper respiratory infection; and
  • Urinary tract infections.

The style and content of the Pediatric Core Competencies will undergo internal revision and editing before being distributed to external reviewers. Target completion date is the first half of 2007. At this point, we plan to identify appropriate individuals and organizations for the external review process. It would be particularly helpful to identify individuals in lead positions of important organizations (e.g., American Board of Pediatrics), program and clerkship directors, sub-specialty organizations, and so on who have some familiarity with pediatric hospital medicine programs and would be willing to offer a thoughtful critique. The importance of this project cannot be overemphasized. It is the prerequisite for any meaningful discussions for pediatric hospital medicine as a sub-specialty.

Please contact Jack Percelay, MD, ([email protected]) or David Zipes, MD, ([email protected]) with any suggestions for or questions about the Pediatric Committee.

SHM Hospital Quality and Patient Safety Committee Update

By Lakshmi Halasyamani, MD

The Health Quality and Patient Safety Committee (HQPSC) is working to represent members at quality improvement forums and create innovate tools and resources to support members in their local QI efforts.

SHM Chapter Reports


The Baltimore Regional Chapter held a dinner meeting on Feb. 9 in downtown Baltimore at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse. The meeting featured a presentation by George Hoke, MD, on his hospital’s experience with launching a rapid response team.

The conclusion of the meeting allowed for a business meeting in which future directions of the chapter were discussed. In an effort to get new energies and active participation into the regional chapter, the leadership transitioned their roles toward service on the newly formed board to advise the new officers. The Baltimore Chapter is honored to announce the new officers:

  • President: Param Dedhia, MD
  • Vice President: George Hoke, MD
  • Secretary: Todd Lewis, MD
  • Treasurer: David Utzschneider,MD
  • Director of Membership Development: Milena Lolic, MD

Member Education and Resources

At this year’s SHM Annual Meeting, HQPSC will deliver the pre-course, “High Impact Quality Improvement: How to Ensure a Successful Project,” on May 3 from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. The morning session of the pre-course provides in-depth instruction on quality improvement principles and theory. The entire afternoon is devoted to hands-on application of these principles to design and plan local QI programs in one of three areas selected by each participant: glycemic control, VTE prevention, or improving ACE inhibitor/angiotensin receptor blocker (ACEI/ARB) use for heart failure.

The Heart Failure Resource Room recently launched in time for Heart Failure Awareness Week. Visit this Web resource to download a workbook that will guide and support your heart failure-directed QI effort. Learn from an improvement report submitted by Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich., or read or post questions to a panel of heart failure improvement experts.

HQPSC at Large

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