M Michelle Moss, MD FAAP
|I hope that 2013 is off to a good start for you all. May it be productive and safe!
The 2012 Course on Neonatal and Pediatric Critical Care Transport Medicine in New Orleans was a great success. The participants were enthusiastic and engaged in the course activities. Help me thank and congratulate our 2012 Course Directors — Director: Keith Meyer, MD; Co-Director: Hamilton Schwartz, MD, FAAP; and Co-Director: Renee McCraine Taylor, NNP, MSN. As usual we had a good combination of transport specialists — nurses, paramedics, administrators, respiratory therapists and physicians.
Among the highlights of the course was the session on developing consensus guidelines for quality metrics in neonatal and pediatric transports. This session was a huge step forward for our specialty industry in developing best practice — something that has been missing in our field. Thanks to Hamilton Schwartz and Mike Bigham for their hard work and insight in this session.
Noticeably higher quality abstracts are getting submitted to our scientific session. This reflects the maturing of our specialty as folks are asking more important questions and designing studies to answer those questions. Because of that special congratulations to our abstract award winners: David J. Mathison MD MBA — C. Robert Chambliss Best Paper Award, and Michael E. Valente MD — Best-In-Training Paper Award. Click HERE to read their complete abstracts. Congratulations to them both!
Believe it or not, work has already been underway for our 2013 Section on Transport Medicine Educational Program. Mark your calendars to join us in Orlando on October 27, 2013. Additionally, mark your calendars and make your plans to attend 2014 Course on Neonatal and Pediatric Critical Care Transport Medicine October 12-14, 2014 in beautiful San Diego.
Look forward to two new publications from our Section — the 4th edition of the Guidelines for Air and Ground Transport of Neonatal and Pediatric Patients as well as the 1st edition Field Guide for Treatment of Neonatal and Pediatric Patients during Transport (tentative title).
I am thankful to be able to serve as your chairman for the next two years. Please let me know if you have questions about the Section or any ideas about areas where we need to be working.