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Committee for the Future

Chair, Angela Lumba-Brown, MD, FAAP

Vision and Goals


The Vision for the Committee for the Future (C4F) is “to identify and mentor Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM)
physicians to assume leadership roles in the future.” In order to fulfill the committee’s vision, several goals have
been created:

1. The Chair will create and maintain a list of recently graduated PEM faculty members in our database.

2. The Chair will continue conducting a “needs assessment survey” to define the needs of this junior faculty
during the first 5-7 years of their career development.

3. The Chair will create an additional “short program” that meets the needs of the members of our constitu-
ency during the annual AAP National Conference & Exhibition (NCE) meetings.

4. The Chair will develop a mentoring program to match junior faculty with seasoned leaders in the field of
PEM and annually evaluate successes and opportunities for improvement.

5. The Chair will create an infrastructure that allows for members of our constituency to be involved in SOEM
activities. This will be accomplished by doing the following:

  • Working groups that encourage collaboration across institutions will be created. These work groups will
    be formed around common areas of interest. For example we have facilitated the formation of an
    advocacy workgroup, simulation in PEM workgroup, and a faculty development workgroup amongst our
  • Innovative methods for faculty development, networking, education, etc will be encouraged based on
    discussions during our annual business meetings. Example – Wine and Cheese celebration, Fun Run,
    etc. An example of innovative methods for education is junior and senior faculty pairing for workshops.
    This encourages involvement of junior faculty at a national level. Additionally, we anticipate a high quality
    educational program because of the senior faculty involvement.
  • The committee will facilitate communication between members of our constituency, and other SOEM
    subcommittees – example – supply names of potential applicants to AAP advocacy conference,
    encourage collaborative research studies for submission to PEM CRC, etc.

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Job Description


The Chair of the Committee for the Future will be appointed by the Chair of the Executive Committee of the
Section on Emergency Medicine (SOEM). Candidates must be members of the AAP and SOEM. The Chair’s term
will be three years. During the last year of the term, the Chair will provide mentorship for the incoming chair.

1. The term will begin immediately following the NCE of the year in which the chair is appointed. The chair will
be asked to participate in the Executive Committee proceedings--subcommittee reports/meetings--following the
NCE of each year of his/her term. The responsibilities of the Committee forthe Future Chair will include the

2. Provide reports to the Executive Committee twice annually regarding the activities of the Committee for the

3. Provide leadership for the members of the Committee for the Future.

4. Set goals for the year to reflect the needs of the Section.

5. Reflect the vision of the Committee for the Future by identifying future leaders in PEM and providing
opportunities for them to become active within the SOEM.

6. Continue to assess the needs of the members of the Committee for the Future, and use the short program at
the NCE to address those needs.

7. Communicate with members of the Committee for the Future via e-mail and use of listserv.®

8. Communicate with members at large of the SOEM by regular updates in the Section newsletter.

9. Attend the Executive Committee meeting immediately following the NCE.

10. Provide advice to the SOEM Chair regarding a successor to become Chair of the Committee for the Future.

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Work Groups

  • Advocacy
  • Faculty Leadership and Development
  • Ultrasound
  • Simulation

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Working Group


The simulation working group strives to leverage the resources of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Section
on Emergency Medicine in order:

  • To define current uses of human patient simulation in training pediatric emergency medicine physicians and other health care providers
  • To outline uses of simulation to augment existing PEM curricula home fellowship programs and to assist program directors in documenting competency for infrequently encountered clinical situations
  • Medical decision making
  • Procedures
  • To define standards and best practices for simulation-based training within pediatric emergency medicine to ensure a minimum standard of training
  • To serve as a resource for educators of pediatric emergency medicine
  • To serve as a formal liaison within other Committees in the Section of Emergency Medicine, such as Fellowship Training and Administration to identify opportunities for synergy in documenting markers of quality improvement and augment existing training curricula, and address issues of simulation-based training and assessment for maintenance of certification
  • To serve as a liaison between the Section on Emergency Medicine counterparts in the American College of Emergency Physicians
  • To develop strategies for providing high-quality simulation-based educational experiences to trainees and practitioners of PEM through efforts to identify regional centers with resources and sources of funding to promote local efforts
  • To develop a PEM Simulation Network with regional centers
  • To serve as a vehicle for career development for fellows and junior faculty with an interest in simulation-based medical education
  • To serve as a model for other specialties for the integration of simulation-based training into postgraduate medical education and continuing medical education.
  • To promote high-quality simulation-based research through collaboration with PEM CRC
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    • A national needs assessment of PEM training program to determine the scope of current simulation-based educational efforts
      • A survey of PEM training programs is planned
    • Development of a standards of training and competency assessment for PEM fellows in infrequently encountered procedures and the extent to which simulation can serve this function

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