top of page

Plan of the Week: May 28th - June 3rd

Updated: May 30, 2023

Plays of the Week:

Play of the week goes to the NICU team, Drs. Podraza, Schulz, Weber, Drumm, Bencze, Stark, and Groomes, who put together a creative and highly interactive academic half-day!

Play of the week also goes to Drs. Sidney Zven, Brian Graziose, and Billy Bennett for covering chief duties. Your extra effort and time did not go unnoticed!!

Play of the week also goes to Dr. Alexis Ghersi for her leadership as the Ward senior overnight, supporting her fellow residents and managing busy nights of ER consults and transports.

Lastly, play of the week goes to Drs. Rob Crutcher and Colin McNamara for helping staff with the MICC babies over the weekend.





Time and Location


Monday, 5/29 Memorial Day 🇺🇸


Tuesday, 5/30

MR: Case & Journal Club, Sukenaga

0745 - 0850 America 2525 B/C

All welcome; see below for journal article

Wednesday, 5/31

MR: Case & Video Rounds/Gait, Horvat

0745 - 0850 Canyon Conf Rm, 4th Floor, America Bldg

All welcome

Thursday, 6/1 Start of LGBTQ+ Pride Month 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️

MR: CPC, Rahman

0745 - 0850 America 2525 B/C

All welcome

Code Green Drill

0645 - 0800

Designated residents/faculty report to radiology lobby

Friday, 6/2

MR: Board Review, Bumgardner

0745 - 0850 America 2525 B/C

Medical students and residents only

Sukenaga Journal Club Article:

Telehealth for Anxiety and OCD during COVID19
Download PDF • 718KB

Save the Date 🗓

Upcoming Birthdays 🎉

5JUN: Block 13 Starts

6JUN: PI Final Presentations

9JUN: Supervisory Seminar

10JUN: Hail & Farewell

18JUN: Father's Day

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

LAST CALL: Hail & Farewell Coverage

  • We are looking for 1-2 volunteers to cover the ward Saturday 10JUN (0600-0600) to allow our hardworking residents to attend the NCC Peds Hail & Farewell. Below are the available shifts (this can either be two 12-hour shifts, or one 24-hour shift). A BIG thank you to the NICU team and their already planned coverage.

  • Saturday, 10JUN 1700 – Sunday, 11JUN 0600

  • Email Britt (chief.resident@nccpeds) if you are interested!

Pharmacy MHS Genesis Updates

  • Use AMS Connect to engage directly with Pharmacy team in outpatient and inpatient settings to clarify medication types/doses/needs for individual patients

  • An update that Q Anywhere 2.0 is in the works and will allow for further identifying new meds plus allowing for patient comments (i.e. I have to pick up a new medications but I also need these refills..)

  • Ensure you are "launching" a new order for medications as opposed to adding new medications in the "Document Medication History" section when reconciling medications

  • If a provider is unsure if a particular medication is in stock, they should contact the outpatient pharmacy via AMS Connect before ordering and sending the patient to the pharmacy

  • When changing instructions on a prescription, ensure to update the "Instructions for Patients" section and avoid placing in "Comments" section (the pharmacist can't see all lines in the Comments section)

Peds ID Travel Clinic Updates

  • Just a friendly reminder that Peds ID Travel Clinic is NOT seeing patients who will be PCSing to Japan or South Korea. Please review the attached guidance regarding vaccinations recommended prior to PCS that can be ordered by the PCM.

  • You may have also heard about the Tick-Borne Encephalitis (TBE) vaccination that was recently FDA approved and available in our immunizations clinic. Peds ID travel clinic has created a single-page handout as guidance to determine who may be eligible. Note this is a 3 shot series so will take up 6 months before truly effective. It can be ordered by PCMs (does not require Peds ID / Travel clinic referral) but there are very few children who would qualify for this series.

TBE Vaccine Guidance Handout
Download PDF • 229KB
Travel Guidance PCS Japan or South Korea
Download PDF • 642KB

Ordering Spacers in MHS Genesis

  • When ordering – just pick any spacer based on the general type (without a mask or with a mask and specific size).

  • The pharmacy staff will see the order, and rewrite it to fill the order with whatever is currently the brand in stock (which may change over time).

  • In the pharmacy location “Send to” box it will say “Do Not Send: Route to Federal Pharmacy” – and this will be visible to any DOD pharmacy.

  • Please remind patients if you put an order in for a spacer so they can be sure they get it.

Faculty Leadership Position opening for AAP Chapter East

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics Uniformed Services Chapter East is looking for motivated pediatric clinicians to fill upcoming vacancies on the executive board. The Vice President assists in program development, district initiatives, planning for the annual gathering at the national meeting. The Member at Large aids in special projects with involvement time scalable to the member’s bandwidth. The treasurer manages fund dispersal, as well as annual taxes. The treasurer role is also joined with the secretary to aid in minutes during chapter meetings.

  • Being a part of the executive board affords an opportunity to learn about national AAP governance, as well as collaboration with district and section partners. Travel, when recommended, is funded by the AAP. Although not required, travel opportunities include the annual leadership forum each spring, the district meeting each summer, and the national conference each fall. The spring and summer meetings are in Itasca, which is near Chicago. The fall conference rotates in location each year. For any questions please reach out to Lt Col Nitasha Garcia (, immediate past president or Maj Caitlin Hammond (, current president. Thank you!


Resident-Specific Updates

Don't forget to reach out to your Block 13 Rotation Supervisors regarding your schedule. View the attachment below for the most up-to-date contact information.

Rotation Contacts_for residents_UPDATED MAY 2023
Download PDF • 69KB

PD End of Year Meetings

  • 30 minute sessions to review your progress from the 2nd half of the academic year and review your short and long-term goals. For PGY3s, this will also be an opportunity to finalize your End of Training documents.

  • Resident Pre-Meeting Checklist [ ] Update your MedHub Resident Portfolio (Journal Club, SOCR/ARM activities, CPC, QI/PI projects, ILP if not in Pedialink). Uploading guidance here: MedHub Resident Portfolio How-To [ ] Update your Procedure Log on MedHub

  • HOW TO SCHEDULE: PD Meeting Google Calendar Link

    • Access the calendar on your phone or other personal device

    • Look at 6/1-6/28

    • My availability is listed as "Dr. Hepps PD Meeting Slots"

    • Within the block of availability ADD a NEW 30-min block with your name, indicating your preferred meeting time


    • Do not delete or type over the "Dr. Hepps PD Meeting Slots", as this deletes the entire slot for the day.

    • Make sure you are entering your NEW slot into the "NCC Peds PD Meeting Calendar" and not your personal calendar, which is the default on most devices.

    • If you're having trouble using the GoogleCalendar, text or email me which slot you want, and I will enter it into the calendar.

Toxic Stress Continuity Clinic Module

PI/QI Projects

  • 24MAY: Project Brainstorming Session

  • 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)


Educational/Teaching Opportunities

USU Teaching Opportunities

Clerkship Round Robin (recurring throughout the year)

Reproduction and Endocrinology Module Small Group Teaching Opportunities NEW!


Research Opportunities & Upcoming Conferences

Upcoming Conferences:

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:

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Spotlight:

DHA PI 6025.15 for Gender Affirming Care

  • Please see the attached DHA PI 6025.15 for Gender Affirming Care has been officially signed by the DHA Director. Keynote is FFS, voice training, and hair removal in preparation for GAS (gender affirming care) are now officially considered medically necessary and may be provided in the MTF.

DIR SIGNED TAB A_DHA-PI 6025.15 Gender Affirming Care_PSO (4.19.23)_clean
Download PDF • 425KB

AAP Advocacy Guide

  • Explore the AAP Advocacy Guide, Resources for Pediatricians

  • The Academy's new digital Advocacy Guide provides AAP members with the information, tools and resources they need to be effective child health advocates. The guide offers an in-depth look at different advocacy skills, from choosing an issue and crafting an effective advocacy message to communicating with lawmakers or using the media to amplify your efforts.

  • The guide is designed for advocates at all levels - with interactive tools and practical guidance to help shape your own advocacy journey. Advocates can navigate the guide's main sections using the icons on the homepage, choosing to start at the beginning or focusing on a specific advocacy skill.






248 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All


bottom of page