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Trainees and Early Career Neonatologists

The Section on Perinatal Pediatrics Trainees and Early Career Neonatologists (TECaN) group is dedicated to the interests of trainees and neonatologists who are within 7 years of their fellowship completion.  The group was established and is supported by the Section of Perinatal Pediatrics of the AAP.  TECaN strives to engage, educate and support young neonatologists as they advance through their training, seek employment, evaluate professional positions, and progress along their career trajectories.  The group also promotes communication and networking among members. The TECaN Council comprises district fellow representatives from each of the ten districts and other elected and nominated positions.

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In Memoriam

Robert B. Cotton, MD

Dr. Robert B. Cotton, Jr. passed away on Friday, January 2nd, 2014 at the age of 74.  Bob had been ill for some time and died in the company of his family.

Dr. Cotton joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 1975 and served with distinction until his retirement. He conducted groundbreaking research that focused on infants with patent ductus arteriosus, a cardiac consequence of prematurity, which resulted in a novel therapeutic approach utilizing the drug indomethacin to close the ductus in lieu of surgery, while simultaneously describing the benefits of a surgical approach for some. Few physician scientists have achieved true bench to bedside translation of their research during their career.  Bob’s achievements have benefited countless numbers of premature infants and are accepted as standard therapy in Neonatology. In collaboration with Dr. John Oates, these studies also set the standard for pharmacologic studies in premature infants, paving the way for expanding bedside investigation and pharmacotherapeutics to this extremely vulnerable and challenging population. Later studies on newborn lung disease involved the development and use of novel approaches for infant ventilation that resulted in multicenter clinical trials. He was continuously funded throughout his long career and was participating in research and mentoring young investigators up until his death.  Taken together, Bob’s research contributions placed Vanderbilt Pediatrics at the forefront of clinical investigation in premature infants and further established Vanderbilt Neonatology as a premier program worldwide.

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In the News

NRP Grant Opportunities

NRP Research Grants, up to $50,000, and Young Investigator Awards (available to residents, fellows-in-training or those professionals who are no more than four years out of their fellowship), up to $15,000, are available from the American Academy of Pediatrics Neonatal Resuscitation Program to support research that furthers knowledge in the area of neonatal resuscitation.  Researchers from US and Canadian medical institutions are invited to apply.  Applicants must submit an intent for application to the NRP Steering Committee by Friday, May 1, 2015

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CoPS Shares Information About Training & Certification

The Council of Pediatric Subspecialties (CoPS), in which the AAP Section on Perinatal Pediatrics participates, works closely with the American Board of Pediatrics and other significant pediatric organizations to address issues common across pediatric subspecialties.   We offer a recent CoPS update on subspecialty competencies, entrustable professional activities (EPAs), fellowship training and other contemporary issues.

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New AHRQ Toolkit Designed to Improve
Safety of Fragile Newborns

A new toolkit is available to help improve the safety of infants born preterm or with complex congenital conditions as they transition from the neonatal intensive care unit to their home. Funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the toolkit features information on how to create a Health Coach Program, where the “Health Coach” serves as a teacher and facilitator who encourages open communication with the parents/caregivers to identify their needs and concerns and facilitates follow-up care for the infant by primary care providers. As an online product, the Health Coach Program can customize a broad range of information for each family based on their needs and concerns. Included are approximately 30 fact sheets, directed to either the clinician or the infant’s family, on topics that range from medications to breastfeeding to insurance coverage tips.

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TIOP III - Toward Improving the Outcome of Pregnancy III

CHAPTER 10: Quality Improvement Opportunities to
Promote Equity in Perinatal Health Outcomes

Despite more than a decade of federal support for programs to eliminate disparities in health outcomes, many disparities — especially in chronic diseases and perinatal health — continue to plague urban and rural communities, individuals with disabilities and special health needs, and racial and ethnic populations.

Ch 10: Quality Improvement Opportunities to Promote Equity
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