Journeys & Frontiers in Pediatric Research

Building on the highly successful APS and SPR Journey Program, we are pleased to launch the 2023-2024 APS SPR Journeys program.  This year the Journeys program will feature eight virtual sessions designed to encourage and support promising early-career investigators in pediatrics by offering inspiring career journey stories, career development mentoring, feedback on research and networking with experienced Cohort Leaders and peers in academic medicine.

Program participants will be organized into eighteen small cohort groups each guided by two leaders, experienced and successful academic pediatric professionals drawn mainly from the membership of APS and SPR. Pediatric department chairs, as well as leaders from FOPO and RAPID will nominate a total of 120 early-career participants, giving special attention to groups underrepresented in medicine. Further program details are below.

2022-2023 APS SPR Journeys Sessions

All Times CT, except for Mini-Gordon Conference

 

Session 1: Opening Plenary: The Power of Grit, Passion, Resilience, and Perseverance in Researcher Success.

November 10, 10-11am CT

Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Woo Baidal

Participants: Open to All – APS & SPR Members and Journeys Cohorts

 

Session 1: Cohort Breakout

November 10, 11-11:30am CT

Participants: Cohort Members and Leaders – invitation only

Sessions #2 – 6: Cohort Breakout Sessions (2nd Fri of month) (1-hour time TBD*)

December 8* between 10am-12pm CT

January 12* between 10am-12pm CT

February 9* between 10am-12pm CT

March 8* between 10am-12pm CT

April 12* between 10am-12pm CT

Topic: Science & Career Development

Participants:  Cohort Members and Leaders – invitation only

Mini-Gordon Conference

May 3, tentatively 7am-12pm ET at PAS 2024, Toronto, Canada

  • 7-7:10am ET: Welcome
  • 7:10-8:40am ET: 3 Presentations
  • 8:40-8:55am ET: Break
  • 8:55-10:50am ET: 3 Workshops
  • 10:50-11:00am ET: Break
  • 11-11:45am ET: Lunch

Participants: Cohort Members and Leaders – invitation only

Session 7*:Cohort Breakout Session

May 10, 10am-12pmCT

Participants: Cohort Members and Leaders – invitation only

Session 8: Closing Plenary: The Power of Grit, Passion, Resilience, and Perseverance in Researcher Success.

June 14, 10-11am CT

Speaker: TBD

Participants: Open to All – APS & SPR Members and Cohorts

Session 8: Cohort Breakout

June 14, 11-11:30am CT

Participants: Cohort Members and Leaders – invitation only

 

 Journeys Success Stories

2020-2021 Cohorts

2021-2022 Cohorts

2022-2023 Cohorts

Fantastic program, I found it very valuable since there are few physician-scientists at my institution.

I’m grateful for the opportunity to participate in this seminar. The small groups allowed for the ability to ask meaningful questions. I enjoyed being able to present my research ideas and gain feedback (also was great timing I was applying for an internal research training program and pilot grant and the feedback was very helpful).

Really enjoyed the journey and the honest stories and advice that the leaders provided. Also enjoyed meeting the other members and hearing similar questions and struggles that we all have. I particularly enjoyed the expert sessions with all the incredible experiences that each person had; truly encouraging and inspiring. Thank you for organizing this super important program!

This was a wonderful program. I loved the stories from leaders, mentors, and guest speakers. I loved being able to connect with other researchers who were early-career, and to know that I’m not operating in a silo where I feel like I’m toiling away in my research. It is nice to hear from all different aspects and fields of research within pediatrics, since all of our work is so varied. I can’t rave enough about this program. Thank you for the opportunity to participate.

This group helped me talk to leadership about needing a partner and needing additional protected time. I said it multiple times over the years, but previously I approached it incorrectly. This time, I dug into numbers and showed them that I am currently at 1.7 FTEs. Starting May 1, I officially have more protected time. We hired 2 local family med / sports med physicians to pick up my dropped clinics until we hire another physician full time as a partner. (They can continue to stay on after that if they want to). I am hopeful that things are heading in the right direction! This group really gave me the tools to jump-start things here.

Great program! Didn’t realize how helpful it was going to be until I had multiple “aha” moments. THANK YOU!

I thought this was an exceptional program! Coming from a smaller pediatric department where clinical research is just emerging as a priority, I found it so valuable to meet others in a similar career path and stage as me. I thought the plenary speakers gave incredibly sage wisdom, particularly for women. In the plenary and in my group, I found the conversations around leadership, imposter syndrome, balancing clinical and research, and work-life balance so powerful. I really valued having a senior career leader who is a woman.

APS SPR Journeys Cohort Leaders

Kurt Albertine, University of Utah School of Medicine
Pankaj Agrawal, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Brett Anderson, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Eric Austin, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Vineet Bhandari, The Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper/Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
David Brousseau, Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University and Nemours Children’s Health, Delaware
Helen Christou, Harvard Medical School
Ann Chahroudi, Emory School of Medicine
Stephanie Fritz, Washington University School of Medicine
Misty Good, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
CW Gowen, Eastern Virginia Medical School
Lori Holtz, Washington University School of Medicine
David Hunstad, Washington University School of Medicine
James Jarvis, Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Praveen Kumar, University of Illinois
Ashwini Lakshmanan, Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine
Henry Lee, University of California, San Diego
Steven Miller, University of British Columbia
Teresia O’Conner, Baylor College of Medicine
Anna Penn, Columbia University
Jochen Profit, Stanford University
Sally Radovick, University of Arizona
Norman Rosenblum, University of Toronto
Lisa Satlin, Icahn School of Medicine
Emily Tam, University of Toronto
Beth Tarini, Children’s National Hospital, George Washington University
David Warburton, Keck School of Medicine of USC
Ariel Williamson, University of Oregon

APS SPR Journeys Cohort Participants

Babajide Abidemi Ojo, Stanford University
Pankaj Agrawal, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Joseph Alge, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Ashaunta Anderson, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Madison Anderson, Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine
Nicolas Bamat, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Maria Barbian, Emory University & Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Tracy Bedrosian, Nationwide Children’s Hospital/The Ohio State University
Soumyaroop Bhattacharya, University of Rochester
Noah Bierwirth, University of Texas Health San Antonio
Catherine Biggs, UBC & BC Children’s Hospital
James Bohnhoff, The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center
Viola Caretti, UTHealth Houston
Matthew Carwana, UBC & BC Children’s Hospital
Jessica Calihan, Boston Children’s Hospital
Mia Chandler, Boston Children’s Hospital
Marie-Coralie Cornet, UCSF
Aditi Dhir, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Paula Dias Maia, University of Colorado
Chinenye Dike, UAB
Mallory Downie, McGill University
Melanie Dubois, Weill Cornell Medicine
Thomas J. Duggan, NYU Grossman Long Island School of Medicine
Carol Duh-Leong, NYU Grossman School of Medicine
Son Duong, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Melissa Dvorsky, Children’s National Hospital
Daniel Ebbs, Yale School of Medicine
Kelsey Egan, Boston University School of Medicine/Boston Medical Center
Osayame Ekhaguere, Indiana University School of Medicine
Rishi Ganesan, Western University, Children’s Hospital LHSC
Alexander Glick, NYU Grossman School of Medicine
Daniel Goldenberg, Saint Louis University
Irina Gorbounova, Brown University/Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Daniela Guisado, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Leslie M Harris, Rush University Children’s Hospital
Jo-Anna Hudson, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Zeyar Htun, NYU Grossman Long Island School of Medicine
Cara Janusz, Wake Forest University School of Medicine
LaQuita Jones, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Camilia Kamoun, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Andrew Kern-Goldberger, Cleveland Clinic
Marcy Kingsbury, Massachusetts General Hospital
Lauren Klein, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Emily Knight, University of Rochester
Nana Kwaku Minkah, University of Washington/ Seattle Children’s Hospital
Kayla LaRosa, Norton Children’s Medical Group/ University of Louisville
Jimin Lee, Weill Cornell Medicine
Carmen Monthe-Dreze, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Sonia Morales, University of California, Irvine
Alison Nair, University of California San Francisco
Christian Nieves Rivera, Louisiana State University Health Science Center
Daniel Nolan, Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin
Marisa Orbea, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Esli Osmanlliu, McGill University
William R. Otto, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Samuel Pabon Rivera, The University of Texas Health San Antonio
Andrea Pedroza Tobias, Stanford University
Angela Peraino, Dept of Pediatrics & Human Development, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Ryan Perkins, Boston Children’s Hospital
Katherine Pickard, Emory University & Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Catherine Poholek, University of Pittsburgh
Spencer Poore, UAB
Aidan Porter, University of Pittsburgh
Jennifer Porter, University of Louisville
Weston Powell, University of Washington/Seattle Children’s Hospital
Ellen Pudney, Eastern Virginia Medical School/Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters
Vidya Puthenpura, Yale School of Medicine
Alexander Raskin, Medical College of Wisconsin
Sara Sabbagh, Medical College of Wisconsin
Ahmad Salah Sami, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Monica Serrano Gonzalez, Brown University/Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Allison Shapiro, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Katharine Simon, University of California, Irvine
Kanya Singhapakdi, Louisiana State University Health Science Center
Fotios Spyropoulos, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Michelle Stransky, Boston Medical Center
Brittany Tayler, Dept of Pediatrics & Human Development, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Kalie L. Tommerdahl, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus/Children’s Hospital Colorado
Keri Toner, Children’s National
Laura Vella, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Alaina Vidmar, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Umesh D. Wankhade, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Lece Webb, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Miheret Yitayew, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine- Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU
Leal Yonker, Massachusetts General Hospital
Diana Zepeda-Orozco, Nationwide Children’s Hospital/The Ohio State University

 Thanks to our 2023 – 2024 Journeys Book Sponsors for providing complimentary copies of the book GRIT: The Power of Passion and Perseverance to all Journey participants!