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  March/April 2013
Monthly Pediatric Updates   

Research, Quality,
and Safety

Dr. Asha Willis is conducting a pediatric obesity intervention for patients with Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD). The GOALS (Generating Opportunities to Achieve Learn and Succeed) Program, funded by a grant from the Maimonides Research and Development Foundation, was created to identify patients with NAFLD in Brooklyn and to help them identify their own goals for healthful eating and physical activity.  The GOALS program seeks to recruit 150 obese children with NAFLD aged 11- 18 years for a 1 year intervention.  Read More>



Kudos to...

Dr. Danielle Laraque on her APA article entitled, "Resident Cross-Cultural Training, Satisfaction, and Preparedness."

Drs. Lisa Altshuler and Elizabeth Kachur on their PAS poster presentation entitled,
Dr. Shipra Kaicker on her abstract presentation at the EAHAD meeting on February 8th entitled, "Anti-Drug Antibody Formation in Haemophilia Patients with Inhibitors after Receiving Recombinant Activated FVII Analogue (vatreptacog alfa)", on behalf of the adept™2 investigators.

Fond farewell to Dr. Lisa Altshuler and Dr. Mikhail Kazachkov.  We thank them for all their years of service to MICH and wish them much success in their future endeavors.  
Congratulations to Lenia Batas on the birth of her beautiful baby girl, Nicolette Amalia.

New Staff 




Message from the Chair

Dr. Laraque message from ChairCoincident with our welcoming of Spring, we welcome a new pediatric intern class. And, in this month's eConnection we feature the publication of an article addressing the issue of cross-cultural training of pediatric residents nationally and its relationship to resident satisfaction and preparedness to care for a diverse population of children. (1)  The issue of diversity is not foreign to us at Maimonides Medical Center.  Our child populations come from families, many of whom speak English as a second language whether foreign born or not, may be recent immigrants, may have different religious faiths and health practices, and may face many challenges with regard to acculturation and health literacy. Read More > 
Pediatric Spotlight
Pediatric Endocrinology at Maimonides Infants and Children's Hospital
The Division of Pediatric Endocrinology  understands that the whole family is often affected when a child has an endocrine disorder or diabetes. Our dedicated team of highly trained physicians and nurses are here for you. We provide a coordinated approach to diagnosing and treating all forms of endocrine and diabetes problems in children and adolescents, as well as disorders related to growth and puberty. The division is fortunate to have received grant funding for two major research projects and has published 20 articles in peer-reviwed journals over the past two years. Read More >

Treatment of Children with Diabetes
Our approach to treat children with diabetes is innovative and revealed great results with better HbA1c and decreased hospitalization days for readmission.  We have an individualized plan for each family, 24/7 availability of a physician on call and our approach is self-empowering of the patient. We have more than 15 publications in peer reviewed journals, sharing our experience in the treatment of diabetes. Read More>

Latest News


Primary Care
Maimonides Infants and Children's Hospital of Brooklyn has received a grant from the New York State Department of Health to improve obesity prevention in pediatric healthcare settings. Learn how our primary care pediatricians are combining obesity prevention/treatment, resident education, and the "PDSA" (Plan, Do, Study, and Act) project, a systematic approach to quality improvement. Read More>

Now that the interview season has come to a close, we would like to share the metric we applied to select our class of interns for last year's interview season and this year's interview season.  Since the interview season beginning November 2011, the Division of Education has started tailoring our processes to incorporate the concept of Behavior-based interviewing. Read More >

Family Centered Care
Parents are often charged with managing the complex levels of care when their child is diagnosed with diabetes. Due to this responsibility, often parents feel ashamed or guilty when their child's blood sugar levels are not ideal and when their child acts symptomatic. Parents have to make sure to monitor foods that their kids ingest, the need to frequently monitor the level of sugar in their child's blood to make sure the sugar is not too high, and not to mention, they have to administer frequent doses of insulin. See how Zaira, one of our own residents diagnosed with diabetes, and Sharon, a mother raising multiple children with diabetes, lend their perspective to families. Read More>

For Your Interest
The results of the 2013 Residency Match are in! This was a great year given all the work we have placed into improving the process for applicants as well as faculty. In the previous interview season (2011-2012), we had a total of 2,175 applications, while in the 2012-2013 interview season we received 2,290 applications.  Meet the 20 members of the new intern class. Read More>

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