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Plan of the Week: Apr 23 - Apr 29

Updated: Apr 28, 2023

Plays of the Week:

Play of the week goes to Dr. Joseph Lopreiato, who was selected to the National Academy of Distinguished Educators in Pediatrics (NADEP). The selection process is highly competitive and occurs every three years. In a letter to Dr. Lopreiato, the NADEP committee wrote: “You have been chosen after careful peer review by expert NADEP members. The reviewers were impressed by the depth and breadth of your educational experiences, expertise and contributions to the field. You should be very proud of the fact that your years of commitment and hard work is being recognized by your peers in such an elegant manner.” 🎉

Play of the week goes to Dr. Cade Nylund, who was selected as this year's AOA Uniformed Services Chapter Faculty Mentor of the Year. 🎉

Play of the week also goes to Dr. Nicole Martin, who completed a champagne tap! 🍾

Play of the week goes to the NICU Fellowship, who enjoyed an academic field trip to the Multidrug-Resistant Organism Repository & Surveillance Network (MRSN) at WRAIR.

Thank you to those who helped cover the inpatient teams during the Residency Retreat: Drs. Urbina, Schulz, Groomes, Drumm, Friedman, Hepps, Ahmed, Bumgardner, and Whiteway. As well as our amazing PICU mid-levels: Mills, Harrison, and Lewis.

Last but not least, a BIG farewell to RN Charmoine Draughn, who has been part of the NCCPeds family since 2004. She will be moving on from the Pediatrics PCMH to Executive Medicine. Best of luck, you will be missed!!





Time and Location


Sunday, 4/23

Residency Retreat! 🚤

Monday, 4/24

MR: Education/Reverse Ed

STAFF: 0730 - 0850 (America 2525 B/C)

RESIDENTS: 0745 - 0850 (Canyon Conf Room, 4th Floor, America bldg)

Academic/Military Advisors, Rotation Supervisors, Residency Leadership Only Pediatric Residents Only

Tuesday, 4/25

MR: DEI Ageism Presentation, McGirt

0745 - 0850 America 2525 B/C

All welcome

Wednesday, 4/26 Denim Day👖 (Sexual Violence Awareness Month)


Military Child Health Symposium

1300 - 1630

See below for the agenda

Resident Happy Hour

1700 - 1900 Tommy Joe's

Medical Students and Residents Only

Thursday, 4/27 Start of PAS Conference (click here for a calendar with presentations)

MR: Case & Journal Club, Martin

0745 - 0850 America 2525 B/C

All welcome; see below for journal club article

Friday, 4/28 Anniversary of USS COMFORT (T-AH 6) Kamikaze Attack 1945

MR: PI Working Session and Sustainment/PDCA, Step 8 Lecture, Richards

0745 - 0850 America 2525 B/C

All welcome; invite stakeholders for meeting

Martin's Journal Club Article:

Download PDF • 255KB

Military Child Health Symposium Agenda:

Download PDF • 136KB

PAS Conference Agenda:

PAS agenda
Download PDF • 132KB

Save the Date 🗓

Upcoming Birthdays 🎉

2MAY: NCR Research & Innovation Research Presentations Start

2MAY: Amy Davis

5MAY: Cinco de Mayo

8-10MAY: Intern CSA

12MAY: Davis Journal Club

16-18MAY: CC OpMed Field Trip

10JUN: Hail & Farewell

Do you have a birthday that you want added to the calendar? Email/text Britt



All Staff Updates

Intern Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA) Volunteer

  • We are still looking for volunteers for the upcoming Intern CSA which is scheduled to take place May 8-10th.

  • For those of you who may be new or new to the Intern CSA, this event is a half-day of simulated patient encounters during which interns are directly observed by faculty and provided specific, educational feedback. We have done this for many years in conjunction with the Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC) residency program. Each faculty is assigned to observe 5-6 individual interns from Walter Reed or CNMC conduct a specific simulated clinical encounter with a standardized patient/family. You will receive guidance about your specific clinical scenario ahead of time. General pediatricians and subspecialists are all welcome.

  • Please email Dr. Cassie Carr ( if you are interested in participating, the sessions are:

    • Monday 8MAY2023 1200-1730

    • Tuesday 9MAY2023 1200-1730

    • Wednesday 10MAY2023 1200-1730

Locked out of your CAC?

BREATHE Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Study

  • Researchers at USU are looking for teens (age 12-17 at consent) who may be at risk for type 2 diabetes. Some of the inclusion criteria for the study include having a BMI of at least 85th percentile for their age/sex and having at least one 1st or 2nd degree biological relative who has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, prediabetes, or gestational diabetes.

  • If the teen is eligible they will be enrolled in a 6-week virtual group program that targets healthy lifestyle choices and/or stress and mood management. Outside of this 6-week group program on Zoom, there is one virtual or in-person study visit and 3 in-person-only study visits at USUHS. These visits take place over the course of one year.

  • For more information, please call Holly Spinner at (202) 643-6352 or email

Recruitment Flyer
Download PDF • 176KB

Clinic POC Lead and Hemoglobin How-To-Guide

Ordering POC Lead and Hgb in Genesis
Download PDF • 350KB

DEI Religion in Medicine Panel

  • We will be having our second annual DEI Committee Religion in Medicine Panel during morning report on May 23. We hope to have several religious leaders present for the discussion. To ensure this remains a valuable session for residents and faculty, we are collecting questions and topics of interest prior to the panel. Please email your questions and ideas to Emily Ferraro ( NLT 03 MAY 2023. Thank you!

Pediatric DEI Research Study

  • Check out the information below regarding an approved SAUSHEC qualitative study regarding a pediatrician’s role in addressing racism and racial identity.

  • Although professional organizations have appropriately stated racism and bias should be addressed for the optimal health of all families, how to do so in a non-offensive and supportive way from the parental and youth perspective has not been reported. We seek to help our healthcare professionals develop practices that advocate for and are helpful, not harmful, to minoritized families.

  • For clarification- please note that although we would appreciate child and parent/guardian involvement, there is NO obligation for children to be present or to participate. Child participation is left up to the discretion of the family.

  • Contact Lt Col Michelle Lawson for questions/concerns (

IRB approved Handout
Download PDF • 599KB
Social media recruitment-2
Download PDF • 138KB

MHS Genesis Updates:

Important Announcements:

MHS GENESIS Peds Provider Survival Guide 1
Download PDF • 6.98MB
  • Looking for a pharmacy in Genesis? Check out this quick guide

NCR Military and TPHD Pharmacies Accepting E-Prescriptions
Download PDF • 70KB


Resident-Specific Updates

Intern Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA) Information

  • This is an opportunity to get feedback on clinical skills in the setting of patient care simulation.The CSA is not something you have to pass to get to PGY2 year; it's just for feedback and personal improvement.

  • When: May 8-10th (you are assigned to only one of the afternoon sessions -- see below)

  • Where: Val G Hemming Simulation Center at Forest Glen

  • Who: both WR and CNMC interns!

  • Dress Code: Civilian business clothes; no military uniforms please!

  • If you are on an inpatient service, do not worry because we have you covered by a cross-covering resident. If you are on nights, you will go to your night shift following your CSA and will not break duty hours based on how you are scheduled.

  • Assignments

    • Monday, May 8th -- Hanciles, McNamara

    • Tuesday, May 9th -- Davis, Martin, Warren

    • Wednesday, May 10th -- Liggett, Sukenaga, Westbrook

New PCM Change Request Process

PI/QI Project

  • 28APRIL: Teams should be at Step 8: Sustain Success/Transfer Knowledge.

  • 6JUNE: Final Presentations

    • Each group should finalize their A3 Slides in order to present a summary of Steps 1-8.

    • You will have 10 minutes for your presentation.

    • If you haven't done so already, please ensure that one of the members of your group can present on 6/6.

Transition to Practice (PGY-3s only)

  • This week's focus: TTP Session Notes & Board Reimbursement Section

    • Check out the updated details about Graduation Rehearsal and the Graduation Ceremony

    • There has been specific change to the Air Force section for board reimbursement


Educational/Teaching Opportunities

Targeted Interventions Focused on the Whole Health and Wellbeing of the Military Child: April 27th from 0745-1735

Overview of Topics for Live Event

Continuing Education


Promoting Child Health: from Environmental Challenges to Pandemic: April 27-28th

USU Teaching Opportunities

Clerkship Round Robin (recurring throughout the year)


Research Opportunities & Upcoming Conferences

SOCR Updates:

  • Next meeting will take place May 16th, please email Dr. Zanetti and Dr. Kolasinski if you would like to sign up for one of the time slots: 0700, 0715, 0730, 1200, 1215, 1230, and 1245.

  • Please note, this will be our last session of the academic year (and last opportunity for interns to start PGY2 with a second ARM half day). The next session will occur in July.

A brief overview of the program is below:

Scholarly work mentoring contract - Apr 2021
Download PDF • 495KB
SOCR Project Proposal Template updated
Download DOCX • 13KB
ARM Longitudinal Curriculum AY 2022-23
Download PDF • 308KB

Upcoming Conferences:

2023 Helfer Annual Meeting: April 16-19th in Tucson, Arizona as well as virtually

Partnership for Military Child Health Research Symposium: April 26th

Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Conference 2023: April 27-May 1st in Washington, DC

Military Health System Research Symposium

6th annual Architecture of High Value Health Care: October 12-14th in Baltimore, MD (NEW!)






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