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What is TECaN?


Established by the AAP Section on Perinatal Pediatrics, the Trainees and Early Career Neonatologists group(TECaN) consists of trainees in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and Early Career Neonatologists within 7 years of graduation from fellowship training who are AAP members. Under the mentorship of Judy Aschner, MD, and Linda J. Van Marter, MD, MPH, TECaN is working to foster career development and leadership skills in a new generation of leaders in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. For more information, please contact Meredith Mowitz, Thomas Parker, or Linda Van Marter.

TECaN promotes communication and networking among members, keeping them informed about pending issues in Neonatal-Perinatal training and career development.

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District Fellow Representatives (DFR) and Early Career Neonatologists (ECaN) for TECaN

We are excited to announce our newest incoming District Fellow Representatives (DFR) for TECaN! Please welcome Alison Slone, MD as the incoming District IV DFR and Sharla Rent, MD as the incoming District V DFR. We would also like to welcome our new Early Career Neonatologist Representatives on the TECaN Executive Council, Stephanie Kukora, MD and Shelly-Ann Williams, MD.

Dr. Slone is currently a first year neonatology fellow at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY. She has a strong history of leadership both in her pediatric residency and in a multitude of advocacy initiatives. Dr. Rent is currently a first year neonatology fellow at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. She is passionate about fostering networks in neonatology and has pursued advanced education in global health, as well as participated in multiple global health ventures.

Dr. Kukora joined the neonatology faculty at the University of Michigan Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI in 2015. She earned a certificate in pediatric bioethics in 2014, and has research interests in neonatal palliative care, antenatal counseling, shared decision-making, and parents' values. She recently received grant funding to explore the use of techniques from improvisational theater to teach clinicians advanced communication skills for difficult conversations.

Dr. Williams started her first year as neonatology faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC in 2016. She is very interested in global health and has been involved in a grant-funded initiative to implement a pilot newborn screen program for sickle cell disease in her home country of St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Workshop on Perinatal Practice Strategies

March 31- April 2, 2017
Scottsdale, AZ

The 2017 Workshop on Perinatal Practice Strategies in Scottsdale, AZ is fast approaching and promises to be a fantastic meeting for neonatologists, neonatology trainees, advanced practitioners, and any pediatric professional caring for the fetus and newborn! The Workshop on Perinatal Practice Strategies seeks to empower leadership, provide a forum for networking, guide change, encourage quality, and promote advocacy. This year’s sessions focus on using simulation, quality improvement, advocacy, and clinical topics such as transfusions.

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Upcoming Conferences

Workshop on Perinatal Practice Strategies

March 31- April 2, 2017
Scottsdale, AZ

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AAP National Conference & Exhibition

September 16-19, 2017
Chicago, IL

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Using Technology To Stay Up to Date With Literature

Thousands of manuscripts are published each month, and every year these numbers continue to increase. It is difficult for a busy physician to keep up to date with current literature. Using Pubmed and searching articles with the help of keywords, and downloading the PDF’s to a folder is a good start, but it can be inconvenient to keep yourself organized. Thankfully, there have been many applications and programs developed to help the clinician stay up to to date on current literature. Here we discuss some of the relevant apps/programs which helps you keep track of all the research articles of your interest.

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AAP SoNPM’s TECaN group was very well represented at the meeting and had a wonderful turn out at our annual TECaN reception at PAS. This was an excellent opportunity to meet fellow TECaN members, network, and discuss the opportunities available through our group! As usual, PAS had an overwhelming number of excellent talks, workshops, and poster presentations. Some highlights included the annual William Silverman, MD Lecture given by Dr. Jeffrey Horbar and a Tribute to the Life and Work of Dr. Maureen Hack given by Dr. Fanaroff, Dr. Vohr, and Dr. Wilson-Costello. Many of the members of our TECaN executive council also had outstanding platform presentations of their research including Laura Rubinos, Emily Fishman, and Shawn Sen (SPR David G. Nathan Award winner). Both our TECaN executive council and our TECaN members were well represented in platform and poster sessions throughout the meeting.

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Organization of Neonatal Training Program Directors (ONTPD)

The Organization of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Training Program Directors (ONTPD) was formed in 1991 to provide an annual forum for program directors to identify and address issues relevant to Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine (NPM) Fellowship Training. Its membership consists of the program directors from all accredited NPM training programs in the US and Puerto Rico. The leadership structure of the ONTPD is a Council consisting of 6 elected program directors. In 2010, a 7th member, a representative from TECaN, was added.

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TECaN Mission and vision


To launch and support an endeavor that will establish a dedicated group of trainee and early career neonatologists within the AAP Section on Perinatal Pediatrics; with the goal of fostering career development and enhancing leadership skills in a new generation of leaders in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.

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