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Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC’s Division of General Academic Pediatrics Honored With Prestigious National Award

Alejandro Hoberman, MD, will accept award at Pediatric Academic Societies meeting

The Division of General Academic Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC has been named the recipient of the prestigious 2009 Teaching Award from the Academic Pediatric Association (APA).

The award will be presented to Alejandro Hoberman, MD, chief of the division, during the 2009 Pediatric Academic Societies meeting, which will be held May 2–5 in Baltimore.

According to the APA, the purpose of the award is to foster interest in the teaching of general pediatrics by giving national recognition to an outstanding general pediatrics program. Programs must demonstrate excellence in educational teaching methods, acceptance by students and/or residents, acceptance by the community and the institution innovations and adaptability, or outstanding quality of the individuals trained in the program. Emphasis is placed on the award being given to an outstanding program.

“I am honored to be accepting this award on behalf of the many current and former faculty members and division chiefs who have made this Division of General Academic Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital such an influential group in educating new generations of pediatricians. Over many decades, we have trained hundreds of new pediatricians who have, in turn, provided cared for large numbers of children,” said Dr. Hoberman, the Jack L. Paradise Professor of Pediatric Research, and professor of Pediatrics and Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. “We are committed to developing and disseminating new knowledge about common childhood diseases and conditions, new approaches to treatment, best practices and standards of care, health outcomes and models-of-service delivery.”

The APA Teaching Award recognizes efforts faculty in the Division have made to update, strengthen and expand the considerable education and training of medical students, residents, fellows and allied health professionals. In particular, they have moved far beyond the apprenticeship model of education to include evidence-based content and instruction. They incorporated instructional approaches and electronic tools that fit with the learning styles of today’s students.

“The Academic Pediatric Association is proud to be able to recognize the Division of General Academic Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh as the recipient of the 2009 Academic Pediatric Association Outstanding Teaching Award,” said Dr. Danielle , president elect of the APA. “This competitive award is in recognition of substantive and sustained efforts in support of excellence in educational teaching methods, involvement of trainees and educational innovations.”

Two members of Children’s Division of General Academic Pediatrics received Innovation in Medical Education Awards to develop cutting-edge curricula, and three have been selected as members of the Academy of Master Educators, an exclusive group of medical education leaders at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

In addition to training future generations of pediatricians, the division has a long-standing record of receiving federal funding for landmark studies initiated in the 1970s by Jack L. Paradise, MD, followed by Ellen Wald, MD, and Heidi Feldman, MD.

Outcomes of these studies have modified health care delivery for millions of children. Questions addressed have included criteria for performance of tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy, diagnosis of sinusitis, impact of otitis media on child development, prevalence of vitamin D insufficiency, and prevalence, diagnosis, treatment and imaging for children with urinary tract infections and vesicoureteral reflux.

“It is clear that an environment that establishes a legacy of high-quality evidence for what we do in general practice substantially enhances the inquisitive nature of our trainees. Research and education go hand in hand to help us provide the best care we can to children — now and in the future,” Dr. Hoberman said.

Past APA Teaching Award winners include Children’s Hospital of Dartmouth, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University, UCLA, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Children’s Hospital Boston.


Marc Lukasiak, 412-692-7919 or 412-692-5016,
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