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OUWB nets Pediatric Interest Group Receives National Award from American Academy of Pediatrics

The University of Auckland William Beaumont School of Medicine Student Organization has been named Pediatric Interest Group of the Year by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The OUWB Pediatric Interest Group received the award at the 2022 AAP National Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans in October.

Created and presented by the AAP Section of the Pediatric Resident Medical Students Committee, this award annually recognizes a Pediatric Interest Group for excellence in interest group programming and engagement on the Annual Advocacy Campaign for Pediatric Trainees (SOPT). To do.

The OUWB Pediatric Interest Group has been in place since the beginning of the school and is continually evolving. Now with about 80 active members, this is his third time the group has received his Pediatric Interest Group of the Year award from his AAP.

“It was great and really gratifying to have our group recognized for everything we did last year,” said Tulasi Talluri, M3 and President of the OUWB Pediatric Interest Group for 2021-22. increase.

“We had a great team effort,” she added. It was fun to see it start.”

Current PIG President Max Troyke called the award “a huge honor.”

“We make it a priority to host events that are not only informative and engaging for OUWB students, but also beneficial to our community and pediatric health care more broadly,” he said.

“While this award does not make us do what we do, it fills us with joy knowing that we are staying true to our mission and making a difference.”

Director of Education and Training, Dr. Rose Wedemeyer, works closely with PIG.

“I felt a great sense of pride in the pediatric interest groups when I learned of their achievements, but I was not at all surprised,” she said. We are proud to continue to work with PIG on this, and we know they are making a big impact.”

Helping you find the “just right”

Pediatric Interest Groups provide opportunities to learn and experience the field of pediatrics from the first year of medical school, according to the AAP.

Members are typically interested in pediatrics, combined internal medicine and pediatrics, or different specialties in pediatrics.

The group typically sponsors lectures and networking events, fosters mentoring relationships with pediatric residents and faculty, and creates opportunities to interact with pediatric patients and explore research interests.

“By introducing students to the pediatrics community and allowing them to learn about the field from different perspectives, (Pediatric Interest Groups) helps students decide if a career in pediatrics is right for them. ,” the AAP says on its website.

AAP’s Pediatric Interest Groups of the Year are judged in a variety of areas, including participation in interest group programs and annual advocacy campaigns.

This year’s campaign was titled “Rx Against Racism”.

PIG has organized several events to reduce racial disparities in access to care and raise awareness on how to provide comprehensive care to more people.

One example was the “Pathways to Pediatrics” campaign. This is his two-part series encouraging middle school students from lesser-known backgrounds in medicine to pursue careers in medicine, especially pediatrics. (This program was made possible by a grant from the AAP.)

Another example is the Racial Disparities in Infant and Maternal Mortality series, which collects essential items for maternal and infant care, with many supplies and money donated to mothers and children in need. I was.

PIG members were also busy in many ways, including:

  • Implementation of a mentor match program combining approximately 50 medical students with 20 local pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists based on shared interests. This program is designed to prepare a medical student for her adaptation to pediatrics, help develop her interests, and provide her one-on-one mentorship to address specific questions, hurdles, interests, etc. it was done.
  • Conducting a pediatric case series where pediatricians discuss pediatric medical conditions and reports has further prepared OUWB medical students for pediatric clerical positions and sub-internships.
  • Raised $5,000 for Oakland County Care Houses through the annual PIG Roast.
  • In conjunction with the University of Auckland Raleigh Center for Early Education, PIG members held story times in their preschool classes each week. Each week another medical student came to school and read a story to the class. After reading the story, we discussed the topic of the book.
  • Through a program called Classroom Connection, medical students collaborate with Pontiac middle school teachers and students from low-resource schools to provide age-appropriate learning around topics such as mental health, time management, heart health, nutrition, and microaggressions. I have created a suitable and appropriate lesson plan. Each month a PIG member visited the classroom in the morning to introduce her to one of the modules in a fun and interactive way.

PIG Vice President Emelie-Jo Scheffler said such programming and success (past, present, future) would not be possible without “the dedication of previous generations of OUWB students.” increase.

“Our current membership would not have been able to achieve even a fraction of this success without the leadership of PIG that has come before us. .”

Specifically, Schaeffler said last year’s e-board did its best to prepare and prepare PIG to be a successful organization, and is actively involved in promoting and supporting our efforts. I said yes.

“We are very appreciative of their support and hope to do the same for the next group of PIG members,” she added.

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