Association of Administrators
in Academic Pediatrics
January 2004 Edition
The President’s Letter – Michael J. O’Connor
November 28, 2003
It is hard to believe this is the day after Thanksgiving and now half way through the 2003-2004 AAAP
year. It has been six months since our annual meeting in Tahoe and a busy time for all of us including the
AAAP. Since May, a number of committees have been formed to assist in making our final plans for
Miami in 2004 and the selection of the Coronado Island Marriott Inn as the site for our 2005 meeting in
San Diego, California. I can share with you that the educational program for our 2004 meeting is
complete and will focus on physician manpower with faculty recruitment, retention and physician
productivity as our primary theme. The education program for our 2005 meeting is also in the planning
stages and will include break-out sessions on topics that are important to all of us as pediatric
administrators. Your board has been extremely busy having just concluded our fall meeting. Topics and
items that we will be reporting on to the membership include our website, membership survey (included
in this newsletter), institutional profile, salary survey, annual meeting expenses and annual dues. My
desire, along with your board, is to provide more educational opportunities while we attempt to maintain
our costs both for the annual meeting and dues in 2004. These are items that your board will continue to
review and discuss prior to our annual business meeting. It was our goal this year to distribute the salary
survey to the membership by the first of the year and we have met that goal. There will be a special
notation regarding the ownership of this survey and the data reported. The salary survey is for our
member institutions only and may not be shared outside our organization without written approval. You
will be seeing a number of changes in our website in the near future. Discussions include changing our
domain as we develop a website that will allow us to be more interactive with our members. We have
already asked you to vote to select the site of our annual meeting for 2006. The site selection committee
has done an excellent job and this will again be a very competitive decision on the part of the membership
in selecting from several great locations for our 2006 annual meeting.
I want to extend to you on behalf of the AAAP a joyous and wonderful holiday season. Yesterday for
Thanksgiving at the O’Connor home we were blessed to have a number of family members with us
including two of our own children. A niece, who just celebrated her 12 th birthday, recommended to us
that we should go around the table and tell everyone why we should be thankful. It was a wonderful
experience and reminded us all that in the eyes of children our future is very bright.
Michael J. O’Connor, President
Association of Administrators in Academic Pediatrics
Northeast/Southern Regional Meeting – Ron Brown
The Northeastern and Southern regions had a joint regional meeting at Georgetown University October 26
– 28, 2003. The group convened at the Leavey Conference Center, located on the Georgetown campus
Sunday October 26. On Sunday evening, the conference attendees traveled down to M Street in the heart
of Georgetown to enjoy a wonderful meal and conversation at Papparazzi’s.
The meeting began early Monday morning with a presentation by Dr. Matthew Levy, Assistant Professor
of Pediatrics on community-based pediatric services. Dr. Levy presented information on the development,
funding, and operation of community-based primary care pediatrics. He provided some of the history on
the beginnings and operation of the Georgetown University mobile van program.
Lisa Murtha, Vice President of Compliance and Audit, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia provided an
interesting session on the employment and billing requirements for nurse practitioners.
The attendees enjoyed lunch in the Leavey Center and the afternoon session consisted of a presentation by
Ron Brown, Georgetown University, on the Department of Pediatrics recently completed strategic
A short business meeting followed. The AAAP president, Mike O’Connor informed the group of some of
the AAAP’s goals and direction for the next year. The group then toured the pediatric inpatient and
outpatient facilities at Georgetown University Hospital.
On Monday evening, the group traveled down to the Georgetown waterfront for dinner at Tony and Joe’s.
The restaurant is located directly on the Potomac River with wonderful views of the Kennedy Center and
the famed Watergate complex. After appetizers, a four course meal, and aperitifs, a group of 13 piled into
Ron’s van for the short ride back to the Georgetown campus. The group enjoyed lively conversation in
the hospitality suite for the remainder of the evening.
The first educational session on Tuesday morning was presented by Duane Alexander, M.D., Director of
the National Institute of Child Health and Development. Dr. Alexander gave an informative lecture on
the history of the NICHD, current research initiatives, and future goals for the NICHD.
Ann Langley, Senior Counsel for Public Policy for NACHRI updated the group on current legislative
issues affecting children’s hospitals and children’s healthcare. She discussed matters such as malpractice
reform and the funding of Medicare/Medicaid.
Western/Mid-Western Regional Meeting – George Liddell
Dear AAAP Member:
The combined West/Midwest Regional AAAP meeting will be held February 12 & 13, 2004, at the
Disney Grand Californian Hotel in Anaheim, California. We have an informative program planned for
our meeting. A formal agenda will be sent to registrants. Scheduled topics include:
Billings and Collections
Strategic Planning/Business Development
A two-part Pediatric Obesity Presentation (including designing a treatment program)
Family Centered Care
Meeting registration is $200.00 and includes breakfast and lunch daily, plus a group dinner planned for
Thursday evening at the ESPN Zone at Downtown Disney. Guests may join the group dinner for an
additional $36.00. Please make your hotel reservations for the Grand Californian as soon as possible. We
have a limited number of rooms available at the special rate of $199.00 per night (plus appropriate taxes).
Call (714) 520-5005 for reservations. The Grand Californian Hotel is located at Downtown Disney, a
strolling area full of shops and restaurants which is located on the Park grounds (but not inside the Park).
Disneyland Park is nearby for you personal enjoyment.
Hope you can attend.
University of California, Irvine
Guest name (for ESPN Zone dinner 2/13/04)
Conference Registration Fees:
AAAP Member: $200.00 $
Guest for Dinner at ESPN Zone, add $36.00 $
Total amount enclosed: $
Please make your check payable to the AAAP
Return your completed registration to: George Liddell
UC Irvine Department of Pediatrics
101 The City Drive, Bldg 2. ZOT 4482
Orange, CA 92868
AAAP 2004 Annual Meeting - Miami - Kelvin King
Planning for the Future: Recruitment & Retention in Academic Pediatrics
AAAP 2004 Annual Meeting
21st Annual Education Meeting
Miami Beach, FL
May 15-18, 2004
Academic Medical Centers (AMCs) require sufficient faculty to carry out patient care, teaching and
research. Recruitment of new faculty is a major concern in the United States and Canada. For example,
40% of Canadian pediatricians are expected to retire by 2010 and currently Canada is graduating 43%
fewer pediatric residents than are required to simply replace those who are retiring (CPS 2000). Once
recruited however, successful organizations must ensure steps are taken to retain these core members of
its team. Key retention strategies begin at the recruitment and orientation phase and continue through the
professionals’ relationship with the organization.
In our 21st annual AAAP meeting we will explore the issues related to planning for future manpower
needs, best practices in the recruitment of Pediatric academic faculty, how to put your best foot forward
as an organization and highlight your key features that are attractive to candidates and look a various
methods of evaluating and measuring individual performance. On our last day will have an opportunity
to explore how the University of Miami is expanding how we think of our involvement in our community
and the world by looking at first hand experiences with 9/11 its involvement in planning for and
responding to bio-terrorism threats. Monday evening join us for cocktails and dinner on the lawn of the
historic St. Moritz.
Dr. Edward Clark – Chair of Pediatrics, University of Utah
Preparing for change in Pediatrics
Carol Westfall – President, Cejka Search
Recruitment of Pediatricians and Pediatric Subspecialties: Thriving in a Volatile Candidate Market
Dr. S. Lipshultz – Chair of Pediatrics, University of Miami
Introduction to the University of Miami
Carol Westfall – President, Cejka Search
Physician Recruiting and Retention
DEVELOPING PRACTICE PERFORMANCE MEASURERS: TWO APPROACHES
MarieAnn North, Senior VP, The Hunter Group
Missions, Monies and Meaningful Metrics – Measuring Your Faculty’s Performance
Debi Croes, Principle, Croes-Oliva Group
Dean Rapoza, Executive Director, CCMC Faculty Practice Plan Inc.
Vesting Physicians in Developing Performance Measurers: A Case Study
G. Praticia Cantwell, Director, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, University of Miami and Medical
Manager, Urban Search and Rescue South Florida
Urban Search and Rescue 9/11/01
Richard S. Weisman, Pharm. D., Director, Florida Poison Information Center
Planning and Responding to Bio-terrorism
South Beach Miami:
Come early or stay late, but be sure you schedule some time to enjoy the sights, sounds and flavors of
South Beach Miami. The meeting will be hosted at the fabulous Loews Miami Beach Hotel on South
Beach. Just 12 minutes from the Miami International Airport, Loews Miami Beach Hotel is an upscale
conference hotel located on Miami Beach.
Loews Miami Beach Hotel Highlights:
- Free-form pool, two spas, 20 cabanas, poolside service, 4,500 foot complimentary fitness center
located in a beautiful beachfront setting;
- Children’s camp with kids programs available for children aged 4-12, including daily activities
and night programs on weekends;
- Pets welcome at the Loews – there is even a pet room service menu;
- 900-foot beach offers a range of water activities for a fee, including parasailing and jet skiing;
- Ask the concierge about arranging sports activities, including golf, tennis, sailing, kayaking,
helicopter/airplane sightseeing and boating.
For further information on the 2004 Annual Meeting visit WWW.AAAP-AAAP.NET
Marie Lou Watkins Travel Assistance Program – Michael J. O’Connor
I am pleased to announce on behalf of the board of AAAP that the Travel Assistance Program for our
annual meeting has been officially named the Marie Lou Watkins Travel Assistance Program. I want to
extend my appreciation to the charter members of AAAP in making this recommendation to our board.
Marie Lou, as many of us know her, was one of our original board members who helped establish the
AAAP. Later, she recommended that AAAP establish a formal travel assistance program to provide
pediatric administrators an opportunity to attend our annual meeting should their department not be able
to provide travel funds. Marie Lou, I congratulate you on behalf of AAAP and I am pleased that our
naming of the Travel Assistance Program will forever recognize the contributions that you have made to
Marie is both a charter and emeritus member of AAAP and may be contacted at her home address in
Oregon should you wish to drop her a note.
Marie Lou Watkins
43 Ladd Street
Lake Oswego, OR 97034-3853
Institutional Profile – Billy Newton
The Institution Profile project has continued with efforts to shorten the survey instrument and ensure the
data to be collected are meaningful and that the questions being asked are clear. Also, a set of
instructions clarifying each question in the survey instrument has also been written. At this time, the draft
Profile is going back to AMSPDC for review by the subcommittee previously assigned to provide input.
It is our hope that the Institution Profile will be ready for distribution in the spring of 2004. I wish to
thank Jackie Jew and Tom East for their continuing efforts on the Profile. I'd also like to add my best
wishes to all for a wonderful, happy and safe new year.
Salary Survey – Patty Segerson
We are delighted to report that the 2003-2004 Faculty Compensation Survey has already been mailed out
to our membership and to members of AMSPDC. Our goal was to have it in your hands for recruitment
season, and we hope we have been successful. With over 5,400 full time physicians represented, we trust
the data will be helpful to all of you. While we made every effort to ensure that the book is as accurate as
possible, we have heard about some errors already. Apologies go to Johns Hopkins University School of
Medicine and Temple University School of Medicine who did submit information on their faculty. Their
information was included in the survey; however, we neglected to list those institutions in the list of
participating schools in the introductory portion of the book. Thank you to the 93 schools that
participated in this process, and to all of the staff that helped to make this possible.
New Member Brochure – Sue Ryburn
Included in the newsletter is a copy of the new AAAP brochure designed to recruit new members to the
AAAP by explaining our mission, the benefits of membership and how to join. The brochures will be
available at the professional meetings where there are potential new members, such as the upcoming
MGMA Academic Practice Assembly meeting in Seattle on May 2-4, 2004. If there is someone in
particular to whom you would like me to send a brochure and invitation to join the AAAP, please let me
know. Or, if you would like a few copies to hand out at a meeting you will be attending, let me know
how many copies you would like.
Please insert brochure.
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AAAP Standing Committee Reports
Nominations Committee (Billy Newton)
AAAP 2004/2005 Board Nomination Process Commencing
Your AAAP Nominating Committee for 2004/2005 consists of Antoinette Brooke, Dennis Harris, Kelvin
King, Lori Mackey, Sue Ryburn, and Billy Newton. The following Board seats will need to be filled
effective at our May 18, 2004 Business Meeting:
The Nominating Committee will be soliciting nominations from you in the coming weeks, if not already.
Antoinette will be requesting nominations from members in the northeast region, Dennis from the south,
Kelvin from Canada, Lori from the Midwest, and Sue from the west. Please respond to their requests for
nominations as promptly and thoughtfully as possible. This is a very important process for our
organization, so please give this some thought and submit your nominations to your regional
Thank you very much!
Site Selection (Carla Slezak)
The Site Selection Committee for 2006 has the following wonderful people preparing the selections for
the AAAP membership to choose from: Gail Cohen, University of Colorado; Carol Daugherty,
University of Louisville; Isabella Losinger, University of British Columbia; Carla Slezak, University of
New Mexico; and Lisa Wohlert, Yale University. The committee has received numerous options and
have chosen the following for membership voting:
Banff, CAN, Les Saggars, University of Calgary
Chicago, IL, Jim Morgridge, Northwestern University
Denver, CO, Gail Cohen, University of Colorado
Seattle, WA, Patty Adams, University of Washington
Washington, DC, Ronald Brown, Georgetown University
Thanks to those of you who participated in voting for our 2006 meeting site!
By-Laws: Leslie Bourne, Ronald Brown, Gordon Langer, David Mountjoy, Billy Newton (Chair), Pam
Finance-Legal: David Coe, Jackie Jew (Chair), Lori Mackey, Ellen Lyons, Jim Morgridge, Sue Ryburn,
Marie Lou Watkins Travel Assistance: Al Dunn, Elaine Gallagher, Jim Morgridge, Gwen Pfeifer,
Hattie Portis-Jones (Chair)
Nominations: Antoinette Brooke, Dennis Harris, Kelvin King, Lori Mackey, Billy Newton (Chair), Sue
Site Selection: Gail Cohen, Carol Daugherty, Isabella Losinger, Carla Slezak (Chair), Lisa Wohlert
Webpage Committee: April Culliton, Kelvin King, Alison Marx, Billy Newton (Chair), Michael
AAAP Member Notes
Ellen Lyons – Columbia University
The new Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian officially opened on November
12, 2003. The new 10 story building occupies 265,000 square feet and will accommodate 100 medical
surgical beds, 50 NICU beds and 41 PICU beds. The bed tower focuses on a family-centered approach to
the care of the child with features including single bedroom accommodations with distinct areas for
clinical care, child’s play and family respite, child life centers located on each inpatient unit, family
lounges, an educational center and a sleep-in suite in the NICU for parents preparing to take their
Please send ideas/articles/items re: Pediatric Advocacy initiatives for the next newsletter. Thanks!
Have suggested readings for the group? Please submit them to Alison Marx for the next issue of the
Have any requests for coding alerts/coding questions or answers? Please submit them to Alison Marx for
the next issue of the newsletter.