Spring ACC Meeting Minutes
Friday, March 15, 2019
New Orleans, LA
Lowell presented the agenda for the weekend, including the SPCTPD meeting, CHD Community Day, the SPCTPD mentoring session, and the ACC ACPC meeting.
Antonio presented that we will be having elections! The new Secretary/Treasurer will begin their terms at the fall AAP/SCPTPD meeting. We will also be seeking a new fellow liaison, who should be a current first-fellow. More information will follow over email this summer.
Antonio discussed the burnout project. Susan asked if there will be an action plan? The idea is to first collect the data, and addressing trainee burnout is a great target for the SPCTPD. Antonio commented that PD burnout is another potential target. The survey uses the Maslach inventory. Ivan offered that at Cincinnati, the GME office is issuing that survey already. He cautioned that comparison amongst different pediatric subspecialties may not be easy. Julie added that comparison to ACGME wellness data might be interesting. That data, however, is not granular. The SPCTPD survey is far more granular. We will send a blast to the PDs to encourage them to have their fellows participate.
New Administrative support for SPCTPD
Lowell introduced Lindsay Attaway, our new SPCTPD program coordinator. We discussed condensing communications to once/month, and offered SPCTPD as a resource for PDs to communicate. We reinforced that in general, SPCTPD emails go to program directors only and we rely on PDs to send this information to their fellows if they see fit. Susan asked about program coordinators; we moved to include PCs in emails that go out. We could investigate ways for PCs to collaborate/share info.
Antonio presented the financial update on behalf of Laurie. We have a positive balance of $ 17, 811.62.
Slide summary of the above available here.
How other programs do QI and Research
Ivan Wilmot presented the Cincinnati approach to QI and research. Fellows pursue either a personal, class, or institute-wide QI project. They started a QI curriculum this year - 6 classes to discuss the basics. In their first year, they identify a QI target, followed by a course over their second year and a work product in their third year. He also highlighted their “research blitz” - held in August to facilitate fellows identifying mentors; list of faculty research projects. HIRC - Heart Institute Research Core - fellows present in formal fashion. Like a "mini-grant" application. The SOC is separate, although there is overlap. They host a Heart Institute Research Day, including basic and clinical presentations. The program also offers fellows Masters degree program support. Travel for conference is offered at a graded level – 30% for posters, 50% for a talk – on top of regular funds.
Julie Glickstein spoke about the QI experience at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. They have had multiple projects, but one of the most successful projects (nearing publication) focused on improving the fellow clinic experience, including continuity of care.
Susan Etheridge spoke about fellow research at the University of Utah, including a number of research forums and mentoring opportunities. “Research on a napkin” is a novel concept discussed. New this year - "Formal" off-site Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Research Night, with 10-minute formal PPT presentations. They also offer a “Spirited Research Meeting” - established by fellows, with a relaxed atmosphere. There are also grant writing workshops sponsored by the Department of Pediatrics, taking place in Deer Valley in spring and fall (off season for skiing). They have many opportunities, including Intermountain Health, population science, basic, clinical, translational, genetics, and personalized medicine. A MSCI offered to one fellow per year - fellows apply to the program. They offer full financial support for any type of fellow presentation at meetings.
Rob Ross updated the group on CoPS. Our past-president is our CoPS Representative. Rob has been on the CoPs for a number of years and is now sponsored by the AAP. Rob is also chair of the CoPS workforce survey, the next edition of which is coming soon. CoPs is also interested in advocacy, and will be attending congressional sessions in May advocating for medical education and training. He reminded PDs that Progress in Pediatric Cardiology https://www.journals.elsevier.com/progress-in-pediatric-cardiology (PPC) is the official journal of the SPCTPD, and is a great target for QI projects. PPC offers a quick turnaround - fellows should mention that they are in training and it will be quick.