Charge: Pediatric subspecialty workforce issues have become a significant concern in the subspecialty community. CoPS has taken a leadership role in the understanding and coordination of this workforce activity. In 2016, CoPS first developed a workforce action team; focusing on categorizing the issues and concerns for the pediatric subspecialty workforce. Through surveys of our Council and working groups, we have established a better understanding of the needs of the subspecialty community. The CoPS workforce action team has now been transitioned to a standing Workforce Committee with 4 new action teams to address some of the major issues identified. These action teams are:
Workforce Surveys Action Team
-Developing workforce survey templates in partnership with the AAP. Surveys will then be available to all subspecialties wishing to survey their own population.
Exposure of Pediatric Subspecialties Action Team
Chair: Mary Moffatt
-This AT is identifying methods for early exposure and recruitment into the pediatric subspecialties. Currently, they are working to develop toolboxes for each subspecialty to post on the CoPS website.
Exploring Length of Training Action Team
-This group is working to understand the effects of the new length of hospitalist fellowship on recruitment into other subspecialties. In addition, they are addressing the interest of current fellowship to move to a new length.
Recruiting and sustaining fellows and junior faculty in their research paths Action Team
-This action team has been coordinating with other societies to determine best practices in the promotion of research careers for fellows and faculty. Significant coordination is occurring with AMSPDC on these efforts.
In addition to the action teams described above, the Workforce Committee is partnering with the ABP to create a Pediatric Virtual Workforce Network. This network will engage all the pediatric organizations noted to be stakeholders in pediatric subspecialty workforce issues to promote dialogue and coordinate efforts.
Workforce-related work within the American Board of Pediatrics can be found in the workforce booklet: , https://www.abp.org/content/workforce and within the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Pediatric Workforce at: https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/Committees-Councils-Sections/Pages/Committee-on-Pediatric-Workforce.aspx
If you have interest or questions about our work involving pediatric subspecialty workforce, please contact Debra Boyer at email@example.com
CoPS Communications Committee
Charge: This group addresses the core goal of CoPS to communicate effectively among the Council membership, our constituent subspecialties, and with subspecialists.
Chair:Jill Fussell (Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics)
Other current committee members:
History of the CoPS Communication Committee:
The Communications efforts in CoPS began as an Action Team in 2013, including the development of a Social Media Subcommittee at that time. The Action Team took a deep-dive into evaluating effective communication to support CoPS missions. This Action Team and Social Media Subcommittee considered the potential benefits of using social media (e.g. blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin) to communicate with the Pediatric subspecialty community, particularly as CoPS strives to communicate with medical students, residents and fellows, but weighing that against the potential drawbacks of employing social media, including the time commitment needed to keep the information current and the costs. It was ultimately concluded by the Communications Action Team that Twitter was likely the most feasible platform for us to engage first, in our efforts to improve our social media visibility and communication successes.
In 2017, CoPS Executive Committee (EC) decided to transition the Communications Action Team into a Committee. The EC does not see the need for effective communication as a transient issue, but one we need to incorporate in our regular administrative efforts, as a standing Committee.
Current efforts within the Communications Committee include enhancing the CoPS website, exploring the possibility of website redesign, and maintaining up-to-date descriptions of subspecialties. Communications Committee is also reaching out to subspecialists and those interested in pediatric subspecialties through social media platforms such as Twitter and Student Doctor communication forum(s). Future efforts might also include making the website mobile-friendly, and continuing to adapt to the rapidly changing electronic communications being used by current and potential pediatric subspecialists.
We are very interested in growing the membership of this Committee, and welcome any Council member to join. Considering the fact that our efforts in social media still need nurturing and enhancement, we would be particularly interested in any members savvy and versatile in social media communications. We would also be especially interested in recruiting council members with website design and maintenance- but welcome any council member who just wants to help with communication!
Within pediatrics we work with a network of colleagues from other pediatric subspecialties that care and advocate for the health of children and adolescents who are currently not members of CoPS. The Membership Committee’s aim is to expand CoPS membership to include other pediatric subspecialties, societies and organizations who are involved with pediatric and adolescent healthcare.
Chair: Tandy Aye
The Transition Action Team is working to identify best practices in transitioning pediatric subspecialty patients to adult providers. We did identify that each subspecialty is developing programming and materials or using template programs like Got Transition. We wanted to create a forum to prevent duplicative efforts and share best practices.
Current projects identified are below:
- Serving as a library of different subspecialty and disease specific materials / tools for transition and quality assessment.
- Introducing information on novel models of transition across multiple subspecialties examples are intuitional coordination and emergence of free standing transient clinics i.e. all patients are moved to a dedicated transition care team at age 16.
- Address the complexity of transitioning of the intellectually disabled patient in a subspecialty clinic.
- Improving partnerships and communication with our adult colleagues and assisting in the development of expertise and educational materials that will enhance the care of our pediatric subspecialty patients as they become adults.
Please contact Lisa Imundo, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you are interested in joining this action team.
Chair: Lisa Imundo
What is happening Adolescent to Young Adult Care – October 2019 Meetings of Interest for Pediatric Subspecialists
20th Annual Chronic Illness and Disability Conference: Transition from Pediatric to Adult-Based Care
October 24-25, 2019
The program includes:
-Transitioning Successful Models of Pediatric Complex Care into Adulthood – Eyal Cohen, M.D., M.Sc., The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada
-Clinical Pathway – Developing a standardized approach to transition across services at a large children’s hospital – Sophie Jan, M.D.
The second meeting involves novel medical trial design that will span the transition age group and involve pediatric subspecialties.
Introduced Novel Trial Design Aimed at Accelerating Enrollment Recruitment
For a cardiovascular disease indication in which there were a limited number of available eligible patients for a trial, I-ACT for Children introduced a novel study design that would reduce the necessary sample size by extrapolating data from previous adult studies. If the proposal for this extrapolation is accepted by regulatory authorities, the design is projected to shorten patient-recruitment time by up to one year.
October 15-16, 2019
I-ACT for Children’s 1st Annual Pediatric Research Innovation Forum
Pooks Hill Marriot – Bethesda, MD
Please save October 15-16, 2019 to attend I-ACT for Children’s 1st Annual Pediatric Research Innovation Forum.
This year’s conference will focus on the Inclusion of Adolescents in Adult Clinical Trials.
This meeting will bring key stakeholders together to discuss the benefits and challenges of incorporating adolescents into adult clinical trials – and will produce recommendations for navigating the potential hurdles to advance the development of new treatments for this pediatric population.
The goal: To accelerate development and enhance the availability of medicines for adolescents that have been studied in – and are indicated for – this age group.
Event attendees will include:
- Academic pediatric experts/researchers
- I-ACT for Children Site Network leaders
- Pharmaceutical/biotech/device industry
- Patient advocates