Javier Gonzalez del Rey, MD, MEdProgram Director, Pediatric Residency Program
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
“Greatness is not where we stand, but in what direction we are moving…” (Oliver Wendell Holmes)
I am truly honored to be nominated as a candidate for President-Elect of the APPD. I am currently Professor of Pediatrics, Associate Director/Division of Emergency Medicine and Director of Pediatric Residency Training Programs at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC)/University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. I graduated from medical school at the National University Pedro Henriquez Ureña in the Dominican Republic, completed my pediatric residency at the University of Connecticut Pediatric Primary Care Program, and General Academic and Pediatric Emergency Medicine fellowships at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Due to my interest in medical education and improvement, I also completed a Masters in Medical Education and advanced training in Quality Improvement Methodology (I2S2). I am board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine.
Since medical school, education has been my interest, passion, and hobby. I have been honored and feel very fortunate to have participated and benefitted from the guidance, support, and energy provided at all levels of the APPD. During my early years as a young faculty, fellowship and residency director, through my involvement in various interest groups and task forces, and during times of evolution and change in residency training requirements such as the implementation of duty hours and milestones, the APPD has provided overwhelming support, advice, collegiality, and friendships that have helped guide my development along the way. Over the past 7 years, the APPD has also allowed me to contribute and grow professionally in my leadership skills as part of the Board and Chair of the Task Forces. I have also been able to contribute as an educator to other national and international pediatric organizations. I was the Chair and member of the planning committee of the AAP PREP: EM Course for more than 10 years. I have been a member of the Executive Committee for Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the AAP and PEM National Fellows Conference Planning Committee for more than 16 years. Internationally, I have helped develop training programs in pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine, as well as faculty development programs focused on evidence-based medicine, quality improvement and family centeredness.
I have been fortunate enough to have received a number of local and national teaching and leadership awards during my career including the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Faculty Teaching Award, the University of Cincinnati Department of Emergency Medicine Golden Apple Award, the “Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award” by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education, and most recently the Walter W. Tunnessen Jr, MD Award of the APPD.
Despite the awards and experiences I mentioned above, the true reason for my success and why I call myself the luckiest man on this “planet” (you knew the humor was coming at some point) is because of my wonderful and loving family. Without the support and “persistent” advice of my wife, and the constant teaching and gentle correction of my grammar and communication skills from my daughters, I would have gone nowhere. I am also thankful and lucky to be able to care for children every week in CCHMC’s emergency department. It would be my privilege to share my gratitude, energy, and passion for the betterment of our beloved organization. The road in front of us has many challenges. However, through collaboration and dedication I believe we can make the residency training experience wonderful for all our residents and faculty. Together we can make a difference. I am truly honored to be considered by all of you for this important role. Thank you!