Pediatric e-briefs - October 2011

Pediatric Grand Rounds @ ACH
Pediatric Grand Rounds at All Children's Hospital are held Fridays in the Education & Conference Center from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Lunch is available for $5. Grand Rounds presentations are not streamed via live webcast, but archived presentations are available at, usually within 72 hours of the presentation.

November's schedule includes two presentations that fulfill State of Florida maintenance of certification requirements. The full schedule is:

November 4
Provides 1 Hour of HIV Education
Updates in Pediatric HIV
John Sleasman, M.D.
Professor & Chief, Division of Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology, Department of Pediatrics, USF

November 11

Evolution in the Management of Complex Chiari Malformations
Douglas Brockmeyer, MD
Professor of Neurosurgery, Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics
University of Utah School of Medicine/Primary Children's Medical Center
Salt Lake City

November 18
Special 2-Hour Presentation on Prevention of Medical Errors
Sandra Strickland
Director, Risk Management Services
First Professional Insurance, Jacksonville

Festival Genome
Festival of the Genome
Lecture Series
The University of South Florida St. Petersburg will mark the tenth anniversary of the sequencing of the human genome with a free public lecture series exploring the scientific and societal impacts of this achievement. Lectures will be held Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library at USFSP, 140 7th Avenue South.

The series begins Thursday, October 20 when Gary Litman, PhD, Distinguished University Professor and the Andrew and Ann Hines Professor of Pediatrics, USF, will discuss "The Human Genome: 10 Years and 247 Days Later." The series will conclude on November 17 when Dr. Robert Cook-Deegan, Director of the Center for Genome Ethics, Policy and Law at Duke University presents "The Genome and the Internet: Growing Up Together."

A 6 p.m. reception will precede each lecture. More information is available at

Students and Volunteers Stride for Safety
Students & Volunteers Stride for Safety

Students in more than 60 area schools in Pinellas, Pasco, Polk, Manatee and Sarasota counties took part in International Walk to School Day. The event was sponsored by FedEx and organized by members of the Suncoast Safe Kids Coalition led by All Children's Hospital and staff members of Safe Routes to Schools. Participation of law enforcement and fire rescue personnel, PTA members, city, county and school board representatives, teachers and parents contributed the event's success.

This year marked the 12th anniversary of the program, and 189 Safe Kids Coalitions and 400 schools across the U.S. held events at elementary schools to teach children how to walk safely to school.

Throughout the school year, ACH provides pedestrian and bicycle safety education for elementary through middle school students through Suncoast Safe Kids Coalition and Safe Routes to School events. The latter program addresses safe transit to and from school in Pinellas, Pasco, Polk and Manatee counties and is funded by the Florida Department of Transportation.

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Influenza Vaccine Still Available
ACH medical staff and affiliates can receive an influenza vaccine by scheduling an appointment with Employee Health Services. Call 727-767-4190. Flu shots and the FluMist intranasal spray are both available.

MRI at All Children's Outpatient Care, Tampa
Pediatric MRI services at All Children's Outpatient Care, Tampa have been relocated to a spacious new MRI suite and control room within the center. Both the new magnet (a Phillips 1.5 tesla) and the new suite feature an underwater theme that is friendly and appealing to all ages.

Many patients require sedation for an MRI scan in order to obtain quality images. The team in the Tampa location includes pediatric nurses, techs, a pediatric anesthesiologist and pediatric radiologist. The MRI suite is located directly next to the PACU and is easily accessible to the pediatric anesthesiologist and nursing staff.

The new MRI suite provides additional advantages: improved patient flow, closer proximity to additional staff, supplies, equipment and medication in case of an emergency.

Older patients who do not require sedation are able listen to music through headphones throughout their scan and can also hear words of encouragement and explanation from the MRI technologist through a speaker in the unit.

Pediatric MRI at All Children's Outpatient Care, Tampa and at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg can be scheduled by calling 727-767-8497.
Sylvia Powell Joins Office of Vice Dean of Education
Sylvia Powell, M.B.A.
Sylvia Powell, M.B.A., has joined All Children's Hospital as Assistant Dean of Administration in the Office of the Vice Dean of Education. Drawing on more than 35 years of administrative experience in academic medicine, Sylvia will work with Dr. Jonathan Ellen, Vice Dean and Physician-in-Chief at All Children's in the academic integration of All Children's Hospital to Johns Hopkins Medicine. The development of a residency program here at ACH will be one of the first steps towards academic integration. Other steps will involve the development of clinical research, translational research and basic research programs. During more than 30 years at the University of Miami School of Medicine, Sylvia had several administrative roles. She was Vice Chair of Administration for the Department of Neurology and also held other positions that focused on academic affairs, research administration, professional services and contracting. Sylvia also earned an M.B.A. from the University of Miami.

From 2008-2011, Sylvia was Director of Administration for the Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, part of the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. In this role she was responsible for all research, philanthropic, professional practice and service line operations of the Children's Center, overseeing a $119 million budget.

"Working at the Children's Center was a wonderful experience," says Sylvia. "I had never before seen such total involvement of faculty, staff and families working toward one goal—helping children with cancer." However, strong family ties in Florida led Sylvia to seek new opportunities in her home state. She is pleased to be back in Florida and to take part in expanding the scope of academic medicine at All Children's.

"From the moment I toured the new hospital I could see that All Children's is a very impressive facility where the needs of the patient are paramount. I'm excited to have the chance to share in the hospital's history. We have an opportunity to create a pediatric residency program that will incorporate innovative approaches to pediatric care, and to help All Children's gain in both national and international prominence."

Sylvia will work closely with Jonathan Ellen, M.D., in the recruitment of faculty who will be based at All Children's. A director of graduate medical education has been appointed and will play a key role in this effort. This team has just submitted a proposal for the new residency program to the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education and is in the process of preparing for a potential site visit early next year. The goal is for the first class of residents to enter the new program in 2013.
Asthma Educator Institute Set for January 2012 at ACH
All Children's is teaming up with the American Lung Association to offer the two-day Asthma Educator Institute on January 26-27, 2012 for healthcare professionals who want to improve their ability to provide asthma education for patients and families. It covers the curriculum needed to sit for the National Asthma Educator Certification Board exam. Case reviews, hands-on skills presentation and practice are included in the two-day workshop.

The workshop steering committee includes these ACH staff members: Jeffrey Ewig, MD, Seifu Demissie, MD, Karen Baybut, RN, BSN, Pam Neely, PharmD, Trish Blake RT, and Mary Mahoney, along with representatives from the American Lung Association. RT and RN continuing education hours are available.

Registration is $250, with a 10 percent discount available for groups of eight more. For registration info please contact Candy Holloway at 1-800-940-2933 ext.1114 or
Wednesday Pediatric Grand Rounds from Baltimore Added to CME Lineup
In addition to Friday Pediatric Grand Rounds at ACH, we are pleased to provide an additional weekly educational opportunity:

Pediatric Grand Rounds Videoconferenced Live from
The Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore

Wednesdays, 8:30 – 9:45 a.m.
ACH Outpatient Care Center Classrooms A&B

Each week a 15-minute "warm-up" discussion precedes a 60-minute presentation; topics may not be available until the morning of the presentation. You must attend this live program and sign in each time to receive CME credit from Johns Hopkins Medicine.

LInks to the archived presentations are made available on BeACH and
2nd Annual Perinatology Conference: A Day with the Perinatologst to be held Saturday, October 29
This one-day conference will focus on The Preterm Birth Syndrome and will include hands-on ultrasound workshops. The conference will be held in the ACH Outpatient Care Center, Auditorium A (1st floor), 601 5th Street South, St. Petersburg. Registration and breakfast begin at 8:30 a.m. followed by:

Use of Progesterone in the Prevention of Preterm Birth
Jose A. Prieto, MD, MPH, FACOG
Clinical Practice Director
All Children's Perinatology Specialists

Tocolytic Management of the Patient in Acute Preterm Labor: Do's and Don'ts
Andrew W. Helfgott, MD
All Children's Perinatology Specialists

What is the Appropriate use of Magnesium Sulfate in the Preterm Labor Patient?
Washington Hill, MD
Director, Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Sarasota Memorial Hospital

Keynote Lecture: Use of Prenatal Ultrasound in the Detection and Prevention of Preterm Labor
Jude P. Crino, MD
Director, Perinatal Ultrasound
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Lunch with the Experts: Roundtable Discussion
Moderator: Jeffrey K. Carlson, MD, FACOG
Director, Division of Obstetrics & Gynecology
All Children's Specialty Physicians

Outcomes of Preterm Infants
Rajan Wadhawan, MD, MMM
Neonatalogist & Director of Clinical Research, Neonatology
All Children's Specialty Physicians

Ultrasound Workshops
Attendees can participate in both these workshops: Basic Ultrasound Measurements and First Trimester Ultrasound.

The program is presented by All Children's Hospital and sponsored by Johns Hopkins Medicine. Space is limited and registration is required. The early registration deadline (for a $20 discount) is October 21. Register at
ACH Foundation Sponsors a Physician Creditor Protection Planning Workshop
There is still time to attend this one-hour workshop, sponsored by the All Children's Hospital Foundation,
at a time of your choice:

Monday, October 31: Noon to 1 p.m.
Outpatient Care Center Room A (1st floor)

Monday, November 7: 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.
Outpatient Care Center Room B (1st floor)

The workshop is focused on two topics:

What Every Doctor Should Know About Asset Protection
Presented by Alan S. Gassman, JD, LLM. of Gassman, Bates & Associates, PA

A Florida Physician's Guide: Creditor Protection and the Changing Financial Landscape
Presented by the Madeira Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, St. Petersburg: Keith Robinson, Senior VP, Melissa McLeod, Senior VP, John Amick, CIMA, First VP and Richard Hilburn, First VP

Please sign up at at least five days before the presentation you plan to attend. For more information, contact Lydia Bailey at 727-767-8914.