2018 APPD Annual Spring Meeting
March 20-23, 2018
Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Atlanta, GA


2017 APPD Annual Spring Meeting

April 5-8, 2017

Anaheim, CA

Western Regional Breakfast –Friday, April 7th from 7:00-8:30 am.

APPD Western Research Grant Program

The Research Selection Committee will accept proposals from April 1st until June 1st of each academic year.
The final submission deadline is June 1, 11:59 PM (EST).

  • Click here for more information and requirements about the Research Grant Program.
  • View the currently funded research grant projects here.

Click here to download the W-APPD Research Grant Proposal form.

November 2016

Western APPD Region Updates


October 2016

Western APPD Regional Meeting

Denver, Colorado on Friday, October 7th

Children’s Hospital Colorado
Harvard Conference Center

Click here for the meeting agenda…


Western APPD Regional Research Grant Funded Projects

View our currently funded Western APPD Regional Research Grant Projects

Coordinators Section

Check out our new Coordinator’s Section

June 2016

W-APPD Research Grant Proposals Due 6/1/2016

To access the guidelines and to download the proposal form please click here W-APPD RESEARCH GRANT PROGRAM

March 2016

Winter/Spring 2016 Newsletter – APPD Western Region


APPD Western Region Leadership Board

(Left to Right): Sylvia Yeh, MD– Vice Chair for Meetings (regional and national), Sean Elliott, MD, FAAP– Chair of Western Region Leadership, Joyce Soprano, MD– Vice Chair for Communications and Nominations, Lynne Huffman, MD– Vice Chair for Research and Scholarship, Stefanie Grundy, C-TAGME– Vice Chair for Program Coordinators professional development.



Remember to identify one contact person at your program who will receive communication from the regional chairs and then distribute important notices, requests for proposals, etc. to appropriate members of the program. Complete this form to identify the contact person for your program:

Fall 2015 Regional Meeting

The Fall 2015 regional meeting was held in San Francisco on September 25th. There were 13 programs from the western region represented at the meeting, which provided an opportunity for collaboration and networking. Dan West, Pediatrics Program Director from UCSF, and his faculty and chief residents were wonderful hosts and gave us a tour of their beautiful new hospital and Mission Bay campus.  See the highlights of the meeting below, including the themes of resident wellness and advocacy curriculum.

Resident Wellness


Hilary McClafferty, MD, APD for the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, and John Mark, MD, Director of the Complex Care Program at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, led a discussion on resident wellness, including best practices and how to incorporate resident wellness into your own program.

Burnout is the feeling of being overextended and depleted of one’s emotional and physical resources. Drs. McClafferty and Mark reviewed the fact that 50% of practicing physicians report symptoms of burnout, and that there is a strong association between burnout and suicidal ideation. Risk factors for burnout in residency include: chronically elevated stress, patient care demands, chronic fatigue, time constraints, lack of exercise, erratic meals, and grief, among others. Symptoms may peak in February and March of the intern year and may include: loss of sense of self, compassion fatigue, loss of empathy, depression, self doubt, alienation of peers, and physical symptoms such as chronic pain. Elements associated with lower rates of burnout include a sense of personal control, absence of role conflict, feelings of being fairly treated, positive social supports, and appropriate rewards.

The Pediatric Milestone Project has addressed some of these issues in the newly developed Personal and Professional Development competencies. The AAP SIG on Physician Wellness, housed within the Section on Integrative Medicine, addresses the needs of pediatricians for health and well-being.

Some of the things those in the region have been doing include:

  • Stanford “Well MD” Peer Support Program and Pediatric Residency Wellness Curriculum
  • OHSU Resident and Faculty Wellness Program
  • University of Arizona Pediatric Integrative Medicine in Residency Program


Lisa Chamberlain, MIMG_2036D, Director of the Stanford Pediatric Advocacy Program, and Anda Kuo, MD, Founding Director of the UCSF Pediatric Leadership for the Underserved (PLUS) Program, led a discussion about developing an advocacy training curriculum.

They discussed how pediatricians are poised for community participation and collective advocacy, but tend to have low overall political involvement. They outlined some barriers to advocacy, including funding, faculty support, resident support, and faculty development

They each reviewed the advocacy curriculum at their own programs (the Stanford Pediatric Advocacy Program including the Stanford Advocacy Track (StAT) and the UCSF Pediatric Leadership for the Underserved (PLUS) Program) as well as the multi-institutional medical educational collaborative to improve advocacy training among California pediatric residency programs.

Additional resources include:

  • Community Pediatrics Training Initiative (CPTI) – an AAP program that includes: educational goals and objectives to help residency programs meet the community pediatrics and advocacy requirements of the ACGME, advocacy training modules, an advocacy toolkit for partnering with communities to improve child health, sample curricula, and links to grants.
  • AAP Agenda for Children – summary of common surveillance tools to address social determinants of health
  • APA Task Force on Childhood Poverty


Research in Progress

Let your colleagues know what research work you currently are pursuing!

Click here to view information on current research in our region and to submit what you are currently working on.

Research Highlights

Recent Publications in the Western Region

UCLA Pediatrics Residency Program

Arora G, Perkins KL, Hoffman R. Optimizing global health electives through partnerships: A pilot study of pediatric residents. Academic Pediatrics. 2015 Sept-Oct;15(5):565-7.

Stanford University Pediatrics Residency Program

Bogetz JF, Bogetz AL, Rassbach CE, Gabhart JM, Blankenburg RL. Caring for children with medical complexity: Challenges and educational opportunities identified by pediatric residents. Academic Pediatrics. 2015 Nov-Dec;15(6):621-5. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2015.08.004. Epub 2015 Sep 26.

University of Colorado Pediatrics Residency Program

Lockspeiser TM, et al. In pursuit of meaningful use of learning goals in residency: A qualitative study of pediatric residents.  Academic Medicine. 2015 Dec 1. [Epub ahead of print].

Complete this form and tell us about your recent publications! We will feature the submitted information in the next issue of our newsletter.

Research Grants

W-APPD is launching a new research grant program that supports resident- and fellow-initiated research. Through monetary support from this program, pediatrics residents and pediatrics subspecialty fellows will be able to conduct and/or present original research that pertains to and directly affects pediatrics trainee education. W-APPD members believe that resident/fellow research in the field of pediatrics trainee education helps to:

  1. define new and meaningful methods for education
  2. foster a learning environment that emphasizes practice-based learning and systems-based practice

More research in this area is needed, and we hope that this funding will stimulate interest.

We plan to utilize $3000 each year for research project funding (three 1-year projects; $1000/project).

The first cycle for grant proposals is April 1 – June 1, 2016. Funding decisions will be made in June 2016 and grant payments dispersed no later than July 1, 2016. It is expected that funded projects will be completed within the 2016-2017 academic year.

Use this link to access additional information and proposal forms related to the W-APPD Trainee Research Grant Program: W-APPD RESEARCH PROPOSALS

cliparti1_medical-clipart_04   Clinical Corner

Professionalism question:

A current PL-3 resident in my program has been the source of multiple complaints and now four separate PSN (Patient Safety Network) reports filed by nurses and nurse practitioners in the NICU, where this resident currently is the over-night senior resident. According to the complaints, the resident has been abrasive and curt when approached with patient issues (ABGs, nutrition changes, ventilator changes, etc.) and has progressed to the point of going straight into the call room after night-time tuck-in rounds, closing the door, and turning off the phone/pager…Read more

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APPD Spring Meeting in New Orleans

In addition to the multidisciplinary sessions planned for the APPD spring meeting, the APPD Coordinators’ Executive Committee has put together an exciting program of Program Coordinator-specific activities and workshops. We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans!

Wednesday, March 30

9:30am-4:30pm – Coordinators’ Session

Friday, April 1

9:00-11:00am – Program Coordinator Wellness: Combating Burnout and Promoting Career Satisfaction

1:15-3:15pm – Steering The Elephant: Balancing Change Management Lessons From The Business World With The Emotional Heart of Pediatric Education

The Coordinators’ Executive Committee would like to invite all coordinators to a French Quarter Ghost & Legend guided tour on Friday, April 1st, at the APPD meeting in New Orleans. 

Check them out here:

These will be two hour walking tours and offered at either 6pm and 8pm, rain or shine (pack an umbrella).  It goes at a slow pace, will not be strenuous but will be full of history and lore.  

Please e-mail Cheryl with your preference to attend the 6pm tour or the 8pm tour, your cell number (so we have while you are in N.O.) and who in your group are Seniors (60 or over) or Children (6- 11 or under 6). 

The price is $25 for adults, $18 for students/seniors/military and $14 for children.  Payment will be exact cash to be collected on Wednesday during one of our Coordinators’ Session breaks and Cheryl will let you know prior how much you will owe. 

Note: the location for the start of the tour is a 10 minute walk from the hotel and we will need to be there 30 minutes early. 

Saturday, April 2

8:45-10:15am – Conflict Resolution in an Educational Environment

10:30am-12:00pm – Combat Boots to White Jackets: Your Veteran Student

Western Region Updates

APPD Spring Meeting FYI

The Western Regional Breakfast will be on Friday, April 1, 2016 from 7 to 8:30am. We hope to see you there!