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Plan of the Week: June 18th - June 24th

Updated: Jun 19, 2023

Plays of the Week:

Play of the week goes to Drs. Caballero, Martin, Meyers, Molter, and Warren. There was an RRT called for a sick child on 3W. The floor team residents provided an excellent presentation and had initiated an appropriate escalation of care to stabilize this patient. These same residents followed the patient to the PICU and without hesitation jumped right in to help in multiple different roles. Their presence and initiative was crucial to the care of this patient. Drs. Caballero and Martin, in particular, stayed side-by-side with these worried Spanish-speaking parents and demonstrated outstanding compassion, communication, and family-centered care. Awesome job!

Play of the week also goes to Dr. Gopalasubramanian, for volunteering to cover the ward on a short notice!

Play of the week also goes to CAPT Emerick on her retirement! A resounding salute to her steadfast dedication and immense contributions! 🎉

Play of the week goes to all of our AAP SOUS acceptances:

  • Using an Innovative Teaching Bundle to Improve Performance of the Infant Hip Exam: Brian Graziose, Sidney Zven, Connor Liggett, Dr. Lopreiato

  • Congenital Lymphatic Dysplasia and Bone Disease in a Neonate with PIEZO1 Mutation: Sidney Zven, Sharen Wilson, Brian Graziose, Chase Groomes, Elizabeth Ketchum, Alexis Ghersi, Dr. Schacht, Dr. Curtis, Ms. Rebecca Hicks

  • Food Insecurity and the Impact of Protocoled Screening for WIC Enrollment in the Military: Sidney Zven, Brian Graziose, Colin McNamara, Dr. Chokshi, Dr. Smith

  • Open Your Eyes to a New Variation of Ethylmalonic Encephalopathy: Amy Davis, Kevin Westbrook, Marianna Caballero, Jack Goetzman, Dr. Kolasinski, Dr. Schacht, Dr. Arora

  • A Tough Pill to Swallow: Congenital Glottic Stenosis as a Clinical Manifestation of FREM1 Associated Disorders: Taylor Meyers, Kayla Sallander, Dr. Schacht

  • Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis: The Effects of Wild-Type GATA3 on Cytokine Expression in Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells: Genesis James

  • To Steal or Not to Steal: A Rare Pediatric Case of Congenital Isolated Left Subclavian Artery: Alexis Ghersi, Alex Mauro, Noelle Molter, Dr. Mulreany, Dr. May





Time and Location


Sunday, 6/18 Father's Day

Monday, 6/19 Juneteenth


Tuesday, 6/20

Education/Reverse Education

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

RESIDENTS: 0745 - 0850 (Canyon Conf Rm)

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

TTP: ID Board Review, Helfrich

0900 - 1030 Canyon Conf Rm

PGY-3s Only

TTP: Cardiology Board Review, Hughes

1030 - 1200 Canyon Conf Rm

PGY-3s Only

TTP: Genetics Board Review, Schacht

1430 - 1600 Canyon Conf Rm

PGY-3s Only

Wednesday, 6/21

Grand Rounds: "Master Learning Teletraining to Ensure Effective Ventilation in Neonatal Resuscitation, "Dr. Charles “Chase” L. Groomes, "Perceptions of Gender Equity in Pediatric Academic Medicine," Dr. Elizabeth V. Schulz

0745 - 0845 Room A3, Bldg A, USUHS and Google Meet Virtual Platform

All welcome; outpatient providers are highly encouraged to attend in-person

TTP: SIM Bootcamp

0900 - 1100 SIM Center

PGY-3s Only

TTP: Library Resources, Mason-Coles

1100 - 1200 Audiology Conf Rm 5406

PGY-3s Only

TTP: Graduation Rehearsal

1300 - 1500 Strathmore Music Center

PGY-3s Only; see below for more details

Thursday, 6/22

MR: Case & Dysautonomia Lecture, Cook **Award presentations for CPT Kondiles and CPT Jack**

0745 - 0850 America 2525 B/C

All welcome

Friday, 6/23 GRADUATION DAY 🎓

MR: Wellness

0745 - 0850 America 2525 B/C

Residents and Medical Students Only

Staff Meeting

0745 - 0850 Virtual Meeting

Staff Only


1000 - 1200 The Music Center at Strathmore

See below for details

Save the Date 🗓

Upcoming Birthdays 🎉

26JUN: Intern Welcome Lunch

29JUN: Taylor Meyers

28JUN: Pulm Academic Half-Day & PCMH Potluck

29JUN: Resident & Medical Student Happy Hour

3JUL: Block 1 Starts 🎉

4JUL: 4th of July 🇺🇸 🎆

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



Meet our Rotating 4th Year Medical Students!

All Staff Updates

Graduation: Friday, June 23rd 1000-1200

  • We will have Senator Tammy Duckworth join us to celebrate this amazing milestone. Her bio:

  • Ceremony: Friday, June 23, 1000-1200, The Music Center at Strathmore (arrive NLT 0930 for line-up; if you are not in line at 0930, we will need to remove your name from the list)

  • Uniform for Ceremony:

    • Navy: Service Dress White Uniform (No Nametags)

    • Army: Service Uniform (Nametags required) or AGSUs (Army Greens) are authorized

    • Air Force: Service Dress Blues (Nametags required)

    • All services: no covers, wear ribbons not medals

  • Guests: Guests are invited to attend; no tickets required

  • Transportation: You have the option for bus, metro, or POV to both Rehearsal and the Ceremony.

    • Buses:

      • 21JUN (rehearsal): Pick up at 1200 in front of Bldg 1 (tower). | Return from Strathmore at 1500

      • 23JUN (graduation): Pick-up times in front of Bldg 1 (tower) at 0800 for the graduates; and 0900 (front of Bldg 1) for faculty, staff, and families. | Return from Strathmore back to Walter Reed is at 1200

    • Metro rail: Metro rail is available across the street from WRNMMC, Medical Center Metro Station to Grosvenor Metro Station. The trip is approximately four minutes at a cost of $2.25 with SmarTrip Fare each way. information. Note: you will need your cover if taking Metro. For more information, go to

    • POV: Limited paid parking is available in the metro garage or street.

  • COVID Protocols: None

Department of Pediatrics Meet & Greet

Peds Sedation Unit Reminder

NEW Peds Sedation Request Form NEW
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Healthy Habits Clinic

  • If you're not familiar with Healthy Habits, it is a virtual clinic provided to eligible pediatric patients ages 6-18 with stage 1 obesity who are motivated and ready to make changes. Eligible participants and their families should be able to participate in virtual group exercise and in a classroom environment.

  • Here are 3 Important Changes

  • In order to align ourselves with the 2023 AAP Guidelines on management of Pediatric Obesity, which recommends at least 26 hours of IHBLT, the Healthy Habits Program now meets twice monthly for 90-minute virtual group health behavior and group exercise sessions. Sessions are offered on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month beginning at 1515. Each session is unique and interactive.

  • For patients 6-18 years of age with overweight or stage 1 obesity (BMI at the 85% to ≥ 120% of the 95%) , please consider the following:

    • Step 1: SMART goals set with PCM and plans for in person follow up with PCM every 3-6 months to track change, assess for weight related co-morbidities and formally reassess goals. Step 2: Referral to the Healthy Habits Program for Intensive Health Behavior and Lifestyle Treatment

    • For patients 6-18 years of age with severe obesity ( ≥ 120% of the 95%) or stage 1 obesity and a comorbidity including: hyperlipidemia, concern for PCOS, or concern for pre-diabetes, please consider the following:

    • Step 1 and Step 2 as outlined above

    • Step 3: Refer to Pediatric Endocrinology at WRNMMC for further evaluation and treatment of severe obesity and metabolic sequela

  • To refer to the Healthy Habits Program, create a message to Ms. Ramona Sanchez-Brady within Genesis. Search Sanchez,Ramona in messaging and use the dot phrase "..HH" which will auto populate the following message:

    • Ms. Sanchez-Brady, I would like to refer _______________________ to the Healthy Habits Program. A good contact number for this family is ________________________ and they would prefer to receive information about upcoming Healthy Habits sessions at the following email: _____________________________________.

WRNMMC ED Communication

  • Please continue to communicate with the ED team anytime you know/believe there is a patient headed their way (the ED’s use of “pre-arrival notes” has helped the workflow tremendously, both to expedite & focus any workup the patient is coming in for), particularly complicated ones.

  • Also send a message to the 3rd Deck Team (AMS Connect: Pediatric Ward Resident) to make them aware of a patient the child would benefit from a Peds Consult.

Peds Travel Clinic

  • Referrals are no longer required for Peds ID Travel Clinic but the travelers must be Tricare-eligible. We request that you screen the patient’s destination to determine if travel clinic is required. Please see the information below:

  • Pediatric Infectious Disease Clinic at WRNMMC offers Travel Clinic appointments for Tricare-eligible families traveling overseas. Due to limited appointment availability, priority is for PCS and high-risk travel. Please note these appointments are NOT for PCS clearance (which should be completed by the PCM).

  1. PCM determines if Travel Clinic is needed. Look at the destination of travel:

2. If Travel Clinic is needed, instruct the parent/guardian to have the following information ready and call Peds Subspecialty Clinic to book.

  1. Destination(s) of travel

  2. Travel Dates

  • Note that patients should be seen at least 2 weeks prior to departure (ideally 4-6 weeks) but also NO earlier than 2 months prior to departure. Peds ID clinic schedule is available 3 months in advance and will be strict with this timeline/window for travel clinic appointments.

  • Families MUST CALL the Peds Subspeciality Clinic to schedule their appointment at 301-319-4959. Please advise families to be patient when calling as the Peds Subspecialty Clinic front desk manage many subspecialities and also check in patients while managing the phone.

PCMH Clinic Updates:

  • Newborn bilirubin orders: Please order BOTH a total and direct bilirubin. The Neobili panel order does not communicate correctly within Genesis that we need both the total and direct.

  • Telemynd is a great resource for virtual Mental Health care as we no longer have an embedded Behavioral Health Psychologist at the moment. Families can self-refer and request care. Active Duty need a referral from their PCM. As discussed at Morning Report today, it may be difficulty for families with young children or adolescents if they are concerned about their families not giving them privacy at home.

  • Audiology:Walter Reed does not currently have any pediatric outpatient audiology services for the next 10 weeks. All patients that need hearing tests will be referred out to the network. Newborns will still get screened in the MICC, but there will be no walk in capabilities.

  • PCM Changes: For future PCM Change Requests please fill out the request form below and send to the email below:

  • CAPS Provider to Provider consult line: Please see the flyer below

    • This is for providers to ask clinical questions/assistance, but not to book any appointments

    • This number is NOT for families/patients

  • Coding: Please ensure you are documenting a problem and coding each encounter before the end of the day. This also includes all our staff, resident, rotator, and student encounters. Please see the coding cheat sheets attached!

(PCM Change Request)WRNMMC
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Download PDF • 284KB

Genesis Updates:

  • We need to make sure date of signature is the same as date of service. If you are signing on a different day than the day of service, use the “Correct Note Date” attachment to correct this.

Correcting Note Date_22FEB22
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  • There have been lots of medication ordering errors. The “Wave Walter Reed-Wave Belvoir” attachment can be used to see what the most often prescribed meds are in our clinic to help you make favorites. Use the “Provider Favorites Setup Guide” ppt to do this.

Wave Walter Reed-Wave Belvoir MEPRS3 Report (002)
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  • The “Pharmacy Info Patient Flyer” has a list of all the NCR pharmacies and instructions on the Q-anywhere for that location if they have it.

Pharmacy Info Patient Flyer_March 2023
Download DOCX • 37KB
  • New updated patient portal guide attached

Download PDF • 222KB
  • Setting up your favorites

Provider Favorites Setup Guide Final
Download PPTX • 281KB


Resident-Specific Updates

Block 1 Schedules

  • Don't forget to reach out to your Block 1 Rotation Supervisors regarding your schedule. View the attachment below for the most up-to-date contact information.

  • Additionally, check MedHub and review updated goals & objectives for your upcoming rotation!

Rotation Contacts_for residents_UPDATED JUNE 2023
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MHS Genesis Message Center/Proxy Workflow

  • Please review the update message center and proxy workflow document.

Combined Proxy Message Center Document (1)
Download PDF • 6.74MB

Resident Appointment Binder

  • We have a new follow-appointment binder for residents that will be kept at the front desk . If a residents wants a pt to follow-up add the name in the binder if that resident doesn’t have any open appts.

  • If a pt calls and wants an appointment with a certain resident add the name to the binder if that resident doesn’t have any open appts. Ms. Holly/Ms. Tamarta (Blue Team) will call the patient when the slots become available or will talk to Dr. Goetzman/Dr. Carr to come up with a solution if the resident is totally booked. Residents can also send messages to PEDS TEAM Blue Messaging Scheduling in MHS Genesis if they want pts to have follow-up appts with them.

Blood Type Ordering in the NICU

  1. When ordering things in the NICU I highly recommend the residents use the NICU quick orders panel (highlighted and shown in the image below). That way they aren’t scrolling through numerous order options to chose the correct combination of STAT, nurse collect etc.

  2. For blood type in the NICU if it comes from the cord please select cord blood profile (this will give you ABO/Rh and DAT status)

  3. If it is not from the cord (for example you need a blood type prior to administering blood products) please use the ABO/Rh (<4mth) also as highlighted below

  4. These blood type orders are also in the NICU admission powerplans. However, the admission power plans also include “type and screen”. Do not order this on babies <4months.

Transition to Practice (PGY-3s only)


Educational/Teaching Opportunities

USU Teaching Opportunities

Clerkship Round Robin (recurring throughout the year)

Reproduction and Endocrinology Module Small Group Teaching Opportunities


Research Opportunities & Upcoming Conferences

Upcoming Conferences:

APPD: Mid-Atlantic Annual Meeting: Wednesday, Sept 20 at CNMC

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

AAP NCE 2023: October 20-24th in Washington, DC


Community Pediatrics Updates:

LGBTQ+ Pride Month:

USU Spectrum Pride Events

Spectrum Pride Month Events 2023 (1)
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