CDC Health Advisory: Increase in Influenza A(H3N2) Activity
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a health advisory today, notifying clinicians that influenza activity remains high in the United States, with an increasing proportion of activity due to influenza A(H3N2) viruses, continued circulation of influenza A(H1N1) viruses, and low levels of influenza B viruses. Influenza should be considered as a possible diagnosis for patients with respiratory illness while local influenza activity remains elevated. CDC recommends antiviral medications for treatment of influenza, regardless of a patient’s influenza vaccination status. Details here.
Football, Soccer Lead to the Most Brain Injuries in Kids
The authors analyzed emergency department visits by children for sports- and recreation-related head injuries. An estimated 2 million children visited an emergency department for a traumatic brain injury sustained during sports- and recreation-related activities between 2010 and 2016, a new federal study finds. Read more here.
CDC: Emerging Infectious Diseases: Pertusis
Resurgence of pertussis may partially be due to genetic mutation making vaccine less effective.
Welcome New Board Members!
The Society for Pediatric Urgent Care is pleased to announce the additional of two new board members. Dr. Amy Romashko is a Pediatrics specialist at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Dr. Romashko facilitates “Language of Caring” modules created to help improve communication between providers and families. She is an active member of the SPUC Program committee.
Dr. John Santos joins us from Children’s Hospital Colorado. Dr Santos has received numerous Patient-Family awards. He is chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) subcommittee on Urgent Care.
Welcome New Board Members!
Meet the newest members of the Society for Pediatric Urgent Care’s Board of Directors.
Tiffany Addington MD
Kansas City, MO
Tiffany Addington, MD is a Pediatrician and Medical Director at Children’s Mercy Urgent Care East in Kansas City, MO. Dr. Addington has been extremely active in the society, serving for two years as Co-Chair of the SPUC Program committee. Dr. Addington has spent countless hours carefully planning the SPUC annual conference in Seattle and now for the 2018 in Orlando, FL.
Theresa Guins MD
Virginia Beach, VA
Dr. Theresa Guins is a Pediatric Emergency Medicine Doctor in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Dr. Guins is Medical Director for Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters. Through advocacy and education, both regionally and at the state level, Dr. Guins hopes to improve the care that pediatric patients receive from pre-hospital providers.
Academic Urgent Care Fellowship Opportunity
The Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Children’s National is accepting applications for a fellow in Academic Urgent Care for 2018-19 academic year
This fellowship program will train general pediatric residency graduates/general pediatricians in aspects of clinical care, procedural skills, teaching strategies, quality improvement and research fundamentals related to the emerging field of pediatric urgent care. The goal of the fellowship is to facilitate the integration of pediatricians into all pediatric environments—emergency departments, fast track, urgent care, private practice and develop future leaders in the field.
Fellows spend dedicated blocks of time learning from specialists in disciplines such as orthopedics, radiology and ENT and gaining experience in sedation, ultrasound, and procedural skills. Regularly occurring didactics and a course in quality improvement is provided and fellows are encouraged to participate in departmental teaching activities, administrative committees, research, and quality improvement projects depending on interest.
Suitable candidates must have completed a residency in pediatrics. Interested practicing pediatricians are also encouraged to apply. This one-year fellowship is designed for pediatricians interested in practicing in either an academic or community setting who desire additional clinical and procedural pediatric training. Fellows will work alongside Pediatric Emergency Medicine faculty at both campuses of the Emergency Department at Children’s National.
Children’s National is the only free-standing Children’s hospital and the only Level 1 Pediatric trauma center in Washington DC. Children’s National has two emergency departments, a 40 bed ED located at our main campus and a 15 bed ED at United Medical Center in Southeast Washington DC. Between the two campuses we see >130,000 pediatric ED visits a year. Our large and diverse faculty consists of successful clinicians, educators, scientists and advocates. Our physicians have full faculty appointments in the George Washington School of Medicine.
To apply or for additional information, please contact the program directors by Feb 15, 2018.
SPUC Call for Nominations – Board of Directors
The SPUC Nominating Committee is seeking nominees to fill two (2) At-Large Director positions on the Board of Directors. All SPUC members may submit the name of a full member in good standing, or you may submit your own name. All nominations, accompanied by a photo and a CV or bio, should be sent to Carolyn Moffatt at: email@example.com by December 1, 2017. Nominees will be contacted to confirm their willingness and availability to serve.
Board of Director Responsibilities
- The Board of Directors shall have full responsibility for the management, direction and control of the business, policies and affairs of the Society for Pediatric Urgent Care.
- Members of the Board of Directors are required to observe and promote the highest standards of ethical conduct in the performance of their responsibilities to SPUC.
- Members of the Board of Directors will serve a 3 year term. The two open positions will be filled immediately with a term that ends in the fall of 2020.
- Members of the Board of Directors shall participate in four (4) Board meetings each calendar year. These meetings consist of three (3) teleconference meetings and one (1) face-to-face meeting during the Annual Meeting.
- Members of the Board serve as a Board Liaison on SPUC committees, as assigned by the President, in order to facilitate communication between the Board and the committees. Regular contact between the Chair of the Committee or Activity and Board Representative is required. Board Representatives keep the Board informed of progress on charges and activities, and work with the chairs to ensure that charges are completed in a timely manner.
- Members of the Board of Directors should expect to incur financial responsibility for meeting attendance and pay membership dues at the founder level