Fellowship Directors

Fellowship Program Directors will find many resources on www.APPD.org to help in your day-to-day job, program development, and personal career growth.

If you are new to the APPD, or to the role of Fellowship Program Director, then click on some of the resources below, or in the links above by category. The following link includes details in the Program Director Handbook: www.appd.org/ed_res/Handbooks/handbooks.cfm. Additional information is found in the FAQ page.  In addition, the APPD sponsors a full-day "Forum for Fellowship Directors" each spring prior to the PAS Meeting and also offers subspecialty-specific sessions at both the APPD Annual Spring Meeting and Fall Meeting.


FD Executive Committee Responsibilities/Minimal Requirements
  • Ensure close communication/collaboration with APPD Board and Management
  • Hold conference calls of the Section Executive Committee at least every two months; submit minutes of all calls to the APPD Board within two weeks of the call
  • Communicate with Section members as often as necessary to assure that member perspectives are represented
  • Meet onsite during the APPD Annual Spring Meeting
  • Develop recommendations to the Board regarding issues pertaining to, or affecting, Section members, including how these align with the APPD Strategic Plan, proposed timeline with action items and outcome measures and what budgetary implications may be connected to these recommendations
  • On an ad-hoc basis the Section Executive Committee may communicate to the Board as needed
  • Help implement strategic plans in concert with the Board
  • Help implement requests from the Board
  • Identify plans arising from the Section that may help implement aspects of the APPD Strategic Plan
  • Encourage Section members to get involved with the work of APPD, including taking on leadership positions
  • Develop an election/appointment process to be ratified by the Board of Directors regarding key leadership positions pertaining to the sechotion
  • Ensure that Section members are being served by conducting the following, which may be delegated with Executive Committee oversight/input:
    • Annual needs assessment of section
    • Submit articles/reports/updates for the monthly APPD Bulletin, as information is available
    • Help populate the APPD Share Warehouse
    • Plan Section specific forums/tracks at both the fall and spring meetings
    • Ensure Section material of APPD website is up to date / used to meet the members' needs

Fellowship Directors' Executive Committee

Pnina Weiss MD (2017-2018) Chair
Dir, Subspecialty Resident Education
Yale Univ Schl of Medicine, Dept of Peds
333 Cedar St, PO Box 208064
New Haven, CT 06520-8064
Phone: (203) 785-3186
Fax: (203) 785-6337
Email: pnina.weiss@yale.edu

Kathleen McGann MD (2017-2018) Chair-Elect
Vice Chair of Education
Duke University Medical Center
2300 Erwin Road
Durham, NC 27710
Phone: (919) 668-4836
Email: kathleen.mcgann@duke.edu

Angela Myers MD, MPH (2017-2018) Past Chair
Fellowship Program Director
Children's Mercy Kansas City
2401 Gillham Road
Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone: (816) 234-3061
Fax: (816) 346-1328
Email: amyers@cmh.edu

Christine Barron MD (2017-2020)
Fellowship Director
Lawrence A. Aubin Sr. Child Protection Ctr
593 Eddy St, Potter Bldg 005
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: (401) 444-7168
Fax: (401) 444-3804
Email: cbarron1@lifespan.org

Jennifer Kesselheim MD, MEd, MBE (2016-2019)
Assoc Fellowship Prog Dir, Educ/ Instructor
Dana Farber Cancer Institute
450 Brookline Ave,
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: (617) 632-6425
Fax: (617) 632-5711
Email: Jennifer_kesselheim@dfci.harvard.edu

Katherine Mason MD (2015-2018)
Vice Chair, Department of Pediatrics
Hasbro Children's Hosp/Brown Univ.
593 Eddy St, Potter 115
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: (401) 444-4201
Fax: (401) 444-5527
Email: katherine.mason@lifespan.org



If you are interested in APPD leadership opportunities, one good first step may begin with involvement in a Task Force or Regional activity. The Fellowship Directors' Executive Committee currently facilitates the Grassroots Forum for Fellowship Directors at the APPD Annual Meeting, plans the Forum for Fellowship Directors at PAS, and helps with programming for the APPD Fall Meeting. Assistance from subspecialty colleagues is always welcome for these three events.

To stay connected to other Fellowship Directors and share in group resources, use the APPD Discussion Board and other site resources to build connections. Annual Meetings are a great time to come together and learn from each other and work with many different members.  Another great resource for Fellowship Program Directors is the Council for Pediatric Subspecialties (CoPS).   http://www.pedsubs.org/ For a list of Subspecialty descriptions on the CoPS site, please go to http://www.pedsubs.org/SubDes/index.cfm