Susan Walley, M.D., Pediatric Hospital Medicine, has been selected as a member of the Pediatric Hospital Medicine Advisory Board for the Inaugural edition of Pediatrics Review and Education Program (PREP) Hospital Medicine, which will be released in January 2018 in anticipation for the first Pediatric Hospital Medicine Board Subspecialty Certification in 2019.
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You can access the recent Spring/Summer 2017 issue of Inside Pediatrics by clicking here. This Children's of Alabama publication highlights Dr. Friedman's Oncolytic Virotherpahy study, Dr. McCormick's efforts in treating newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes patients, improved access to autism experts through project ECHO, and much more. As always, feel free to share the link with colleagues around the country to highlight the excellent care provided by Children's of Alabama and the UAB Department of Pediatrics.
A reception was held on Tuesday, June 6, to honor the award recipients of the 2017 Dean's Excellence Awards. Congratulations once again to Hussein Abdul-Latif, M.D., Pediatric Endocrinology, and Nicole Jones, M.D., Pediatric Emergency Medicine, for being among the eleven 2017 Dean's Excellence Award Winners. In addition, congratulations to all Department of Pediatrics faculty that were nominated for this year's award. To see a list of all pediatric faculty nominated, click here.
The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners and International Lactation Consultant Association have recognized UAB for excellence in lactation care.

“UAB is destined to be the preferred academic medical center of the 21st century,” said Elicia Jacob, DNP, director of Nursing for the UAB Women and Infants Center. “Part of this journey involves a commitment to improving the health and well-being of our community. The IBCLC Care Award is an added seal of approval that is reflective of our efforts.”

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Suresh Boppana, M.D., Pediatric Infectious Disease, has been appointed to the PREP Infectious Diseases Editorial Board. Dr. Boppana's appointment will be July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2020. As a member of the PREP Infectious Diseases Editorial Board, Dr. Boppana will play an important role in the development and success of the PREP Infectious Diseases Self Assessment. 
The winner of the Primary Care Clinic (PPC) Extra Mile Award for this quarter is Dr. Sara Williams. Dr. Williams was alerted by the PICU that one of her PCC patients was involved in a motor vehicle accident and had a poor prognosis. Dr. Williams took time out of her day to go be with the family in the PICU as they prepared to remove support on this infant. Dr. Williams went beyond her clinical responsibilities to be source of comfort for this family.
The University of South Alabama (USA) would like to invite UAB Department of Pediatrics and affiliates to join them at the University of South Alabama Pediatric Leadership Alliance (PLA) Session on June 16-17. This event was developed in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Alabama Chapter of the AAP to enhance the healthcare provider's leadership skills to facilitate clinical practice changes that align with the medical home model. This is a free educational session, with 9 CME hours offered. This will be a great opportunity to network with the USA Department of Pediatric Faculty and staff, as well as the pediatric providers in the Mobile and Baldwin County area. Interested participants can register and find out more at the link below. 

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UAB has established the Breast Cancer Survivorship Clinic to provide specialized follow-up care for breast cancer patients based on their individual health care needs. Survivorship care is provided by a nurse practitioner with expertise in breast cancer care and survivorship issues, and the program is carried out in collaboration with each patient’s primary treatment team.

“The UAB Breast Cancer Survivorship Clinic will provide a comprehensive approach to the care of our breast cancer survivors as they complete their treatment and are ready to turn their attention to leading a healthy and productive life,” said Smita Bhatia, M.D., MPH, professor in the UAB Department of Pediatrics and director of the UAB Institute for Cancer Outcomes and Survivorship.

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Dr. Candice Dye spoke to Consumer Reports on how to prevent and treat Swimmer's Ear this pool season. 

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The inaugural Carolyn Ashworth, M.D. Pediatric Primary Care award, a newly created award named in honor of the wonderful Dr. Carolyn Ashworth, Division Director of General Pediatrics, was given last week to Thomas Tyner, M.D. pediatric resident, for his excellence in Pediatric Primary Care. 

This is a new award that will be given annually to a graduating resident by the Division of General Academic Pediatrics. The award is given in recognition of a graduating resident’s excellence in primary care pediatrics; in their provision and coordination of care to meet the patient's medical, social, emotional, and psychological needs which define high-quality, comprehensive care in the context of the family and society; and for a demonstrated commitment to life-long learning and advocacy.