The Children's/UAB Department of Pediatrics CME Program has once again been awarded Accreditation with Commendation by the Medical Association of the State of Alabama. This status is conferred to CME programs that demonstrate excellence in educational outcomes, which include involvement in multi-interventional and inter-professional collaborations with the goal of improving patient and population health outcomes. 
September is childhood cancer and sickle cell awareness month and is a time that is near and dear to us and many of the patients and families we serve. We are blessed to have wonderful family and community support and the month will be full of opportunities to engage with patients and families, community groups, and each other in honor of the work we all do.

To see a full list of the many events in the next two months, clickhere.
The UAB Pediatric Residency Program and Coat of Arms is working to help provide relief to the victims of the floods in Louisiana.  Many of the people affected are family and friends of our residents. There are many ways to contribute to the cause.

We will be holding a Donation Drive from Aug. 22 to Sept. 2 for supplies and various goods to assist affected families in the Baton Rouge, LA area. Goods requested include: cleaning supplies, mops, pillows, blankets, diapers, baby food and formula, toilet paper, packages of new underwear or socks, feminine hygiene products, shampoo, soap, lotion, deodorant, and school supplies. Boxes to donate will be located at the information desk of Benjamin Russell Hospital, the Pediatric Residency Housestaff Office and Lounge, and outside of the Aug. 25 Pediatric Grand Rounds. Goods collected over the next two weeks will be delivered to the Capital Area United Way and the Ascension Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness running the shelter at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center. Attached is the flyer, please feel free to share.

Additionally, for anyone interested in donating money, below is a list of links to various flood relief causes.
*Our Lady of the Lake (OLOL) Pediatric Residents suffered significant losses due to the recent flooding in Louisiana. Please contribute on Go Fund Me --https://www.gofundme.com/2k8aynw.
*The Louisiana Capital Area United Way --To make a monetary donation, text LAFLOOD to 313131 or visit www.cauw.org and click donate. Donations can also be mailed to Capital Area United Way, Attn: Flood Relief, 700 Laurel St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802.
*The Baton Rouge Area Foundation -- To donate, visit www.braf.org/louisiana-flood-relief, which also provides links for donating to employee assistance funds of several companies.
* The East Baton Rouge Schools Foundation has set up a fund to take care of facilities, students and teachers. Visit http://www.foundationebr.org/

Thank you very much for your thoughts and contributions!
Randy Cron, M.D., Ph.D., Pediatric Rheumatology, was recently selected by the Rheumatology Research Foundation to serve on their 2017 Scientific Advisory Board. The Scientific Advisory Council is charged with overseeing the Foundation’s research and education funding programs to ensure they are run effectively and efficiently and are meeting the needs of the rheumatology community and people with rheumatic diseases.
David Galloway, M.D., Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition, has been appointed to the Clinical Care and Quality Committee of the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN). Dr. Galloway will serve a three year term from October 2016 - October 2019.

Click here for more about NASPGHAN.
Prescott Atkinson, M.D., Ph.D., Pediatric Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology, and Frederick Goldman, M.D., Pediatric Hematology & Oncology, will present in a Satellite Conference and Live Webcast Tuesday, August 23 at 2 - 3:30 p.m. The webcast titled "Severe Combined Immunodeficiency: Diagnosis and Treatment" is produced by the Alabama Department of Public Health. Register at: http://www.adph.org/alphtn. Download the flyer here.
The Medicaid funding situation in Alabama is a critical issue for the state’s health care industry, as well as patients, families and the business community. Alabama health care leaders say securing additional funding is critical for hospitals, physicians and patients from across the state. In this special supplement in the Birmingham Business Journal, three experts, including Mike Warren, CEO of Children's of Alabama and Dr. Will Ferniany,CEO of the UAB Health System, share their thoughts on the funding situation, explain the stakes and show how Medicaid funding impacts not just their facilities, but Alabama’s entire health care system – including patients who are not on Medicaid.

Click here to continue reading.
Children's patients received a special visit from USA Wheelchair Rugby yesterday afternoon. The team is preparing to leave for the Rio 2016 Paralympic games on Sept. 4. The team spent time with our brave patients and families and gave them a glimpse of what can be possible. Thanks to the Lakeshore Foundation for making this visit possible.

Click here to see the full photo album from yesterday's visit. 
2016 Nominees from the Department of Pediatrics: 
Hussein Abdullatif, M.D., Pediatric Endocrinology, was nominated in the category of Best Educator in Endocrine Systems. 
Kimberly Whelan, M.D., Pediatric Hematology & Oncology, was nominated in the category of Best Educator in Hematology & Oncology. 
Lauren Nassetta, M.D., and Chang Wu, M.D., of Pediatric Hospital Medicine, were nominated in the category of Best Birmingham Clinical Educator. 
The Department of Pediatrics was honored as a nominee for the Best Clinical Department in Birmingham.

The Argus Awards, created in 1996 to recognize faculty members, give medical students the chance to honor their mentors, professors, courses and course directors for outstanding service to medical education. Faculty members are nominated by course evaluations, and students vote to select award winners in each category.

The recipients will be announced and the nominees honored at a ceremony on Friday, October 7. Click here to view the full list of nominees. 
Leadership in Academic Medicine Lecture will take place at 8 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 16 in the Margaret Cameron Spain Auditorium. Paul B. Rothman M.D., dean of the medical faculty and vice president for medicine of Johns Hopkins University, and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, will present “Toward a Fully Integrated Academic Health Center.”   

The lecture will also be streamed live online. Click here to download the flyer.