“American Pediatric Society (APS) and Society for Pediatric Research (SPR) Virtual Chats”

To address the many challenges facing academic pediatrics, the APS and SPR have jointly created a series of virtual thematic meetings and discussions presented by leaders from our societies.  The overall goal of this webinar series is to present timely and critical issues regarding academic pediatric medicine as provided by outstanding leaders, including medical school deans, CEOs, Chairs, Vice-Chairs, Section Chiefs, Heads of Research Institutes and others, whose diverse experiences have provided exceptional and highly impactful guidance to our field.  These webinars are structured to have brief presentations from our experts, which will be followed by moderated but informal discussions “by chat” among the participants.

Topics include: attracting and retaining successful careers from the early, mid-level and senior stages; addressing social disparities that impact child health; balancing academic and economic issues in academic medical centers;  enhancing mentor-mentee relationships; understanding the dynamics, functions and opportunities within sections and departments; achieving diversity in academic medicine; strategies to improve grant funding and publication success; developing successful careers and leadership in advocacy.

We believe that this series will provide unique opportunities for early-career, mid-level and senior academicians with diverse backgrounds to share insights into vital issues that currently challenge our ability to improve child health outcomes through our missions of research, education, training, clinical care and advocacy.  We hope that these sessions will provide new insights into current barriers or gaps in academic medicine, novel strategies to overcome these hurdles, and will stimulate new thinking in each of these areas.

Thanks to all who have made our chats such a success! Our one-sheet flier makes it easy to share the word with your colleagues, and the Chats are open to all.


The 2020/2021 schedule is listed below:

June 22: “Transitions: Navigating Career Choices throughout the Lifespan”

Phillip Pizzo, MD, Stanford University

Norman Rosenblum, MD, University of Toronto

July 20: “Disparities in Child Health Care and Outcomes”

David Keller, MD, University of Colorado

Tumaini Cooker, MD, University of Washington

August 24: “Challenges facing Academic Medicine in the Modern Era: The Deans’ View”

Wesley Burks, MD, University of North Carolina

Thomas Boat. MD, University of Cincinnati

Barbara Stoll, MD, University of Texas McGovern Medical School

September 21: “Valuing and Achieving Diversity in Academic Medicine”

Elena Fuentes-Afflick, MD, UCSF

Marva Moxey-Mims, MD, George Washington University

Robin Steinhorn, MD, UCSD

October 19: “Insights into the Impact of Sections and Departments on Your Career”

Stephanie D. Davis, MD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Jeffrey Fineman, MD, UCSF

Joseph St. Geme, MD, University of Pennsylvania

November 16: “Mentor-Mentee Interactions: A 2-Way Street”

Anne Libby, PhD, University of Colorado

David Cornfield, MD, Stanford University

Tessie October, MD, MPH, George Washington University

December 21: “Academic Skills: Of Grants and Publications”

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Kurt Albertine, PhD, University of Utah

William Balistreri, MD, University of Cincinnati

Cynthia Bearer, MD, PhD, University Hospitals of Cleveland

January 25: “Enhancing Academic Careers throughout the Pipeline”

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Michael DeBaun, MD, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital

Catherine Gordon, MD, Harvard University

Margaret Hostetter, MD, University of Cincinnati

February 22: “Developing Careers and Strategies to Promote Advocacy in Child Health”

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Gary Freed, MD, MPH, University of Michigan

Jon Davis, MD, Tufts University

Moira A. Szilagyi, MD, PhD, UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital

March 22: “Aligning Academic Medicine within the Healthcare System”

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Allison Brashear, MD, MBA, University of California, Davis

Tom Shanley, MD, Northwestern University

S. Claiborne (“Clay”) Johnston, MD, PhD, University of Texas Austin