Coordinators' Handbook

This handbook is updated on a regular basis, and your feedback is welcome. Send any suggestions for additional sections or topics to info@appd.org.

Purpose

The Association of Pediatric Program Directors Coordinators' Section is dedicated to promoting and enhancing graduate medical education in the specialty of pediatrics. The Coordinators' Section of APPD is established as an educational resource to foster the exchange of ideas and information for persons in the position of pediatric program coordinator. Our goal is to enhance graduate medical education within each program and promote communication among coordinators, program directors, and the APPD membership.

Coordinators' Executive Committee

Francisco Hernandez, MBA

Chair (2022 - 2023)
System Director, GME
Tower Health
420 South Fifth Avenue
West Reading, PA 19611
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Cassandra Shorter, BS

Chair-Elect (2022 - 2023)
Program Manager Pediatric Residency
Baylor College of Medicine - Houston Texas Children's Hospital
6621 Fannin W1985
Houston, TX 77030
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Melissa Bales, C-TAGME

Past Chair (2022 - 2023)
Fellowship Coordinator, Pediatric Clinical Care; Fellowship Coordinator, Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care; Program Coordinator, Morris Green Physician Scientist Development Program
Indiana University School of Medicine
705 Riley Hospital Drive, Phase 2, Room 4900
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Lindsey Gurganious, BSHA

At-Large Member Year 3 (2020 - 2023)
Business Operations Supervisor
Pediatrics: Palliative Care - Fellowship Coordinator Baylor College of Medicine Texas Children's Hospital
6651 Main St. E.415.33
Houston, TX 77030

Tina Cochran, C-TAGME

At-Large Member Year 2 (2022 - 2024)
Subspecialty Program Coordinator
Indiana University School of Medicine
705 Riley Hospital Drive, RI 5960
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Kiley Alpert, C-TAGME

At-Large Member Year 1 (2022 - 2025)
Pediatric Residency Program Coordinator
Atlantic Health/Goryeb Children's Hospital
100 Madison Ave, Box 10
Morristown, NJ 07962

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Sample Coordinator Job Description

Workgroups

The purpose of each Workgroup is to enhance the overall value of membership in APPD. Workgroups represent an opportunity for member involvement, provide opportunities to identify and serve the overall purposes of the section and APPD.

  • The APPD President and Executive Director shall be ex-officio members of all workgroups, without vote, unless either or both are designated members of that workgroup.
  • The Board of the APPD shall receive semi-annual reports on the activities of each workgroup.
  • The workgroup chairperson, selected by the Executive Committee, will report to the Coordinators' Executive Committee at the Spring and Fall Meetings of the APPD or to the Executive Committee Co-Chairs if they are unable to attend those meetings.
  • The workgroup chairperson will also have the option of asking a member of their workgroup to report in their absence.
  • The Coordinators' Executive Committee will recommend workgroups and develop their responsibilities, subject to APPD Board approval.
  • The Executive Committee will be responsible for selecting each workgroup.

There are currently two Coordinators' Workgroups. To participate, please contact any member of the Coordinators' Executive Committee or the APPD office at info@appd.org.

Coordinator Communication Workgroup

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Cassandra Shorter, BS

Chair-Elect (2022 - 2023)
Baylor College of Medicine - Houston Texas Children's Hospital

The Coordinator Communication Workgroup is responsible for the following:

  • Provide written communication to all coordinators (monthly e-bulletins and other APPD communications as needed and requested). (Communications will be reviewed by the Coordinators' Executive Committee and APPD office prior to dissemination.)
  • Work with the Coordinators' Executive Committee to ensure that the APPD is represented in a professional manner.
  • Lead in the collation and dissemination of information to all coordinators in a timely and professional fashion. Welcome new members with correspondence and notify the membership when coordinators receive certification, degrees or awards.
  • Work with the APPD office in the development and management of the Coordinators section of the APPD Website. Provide up-to-date, appropriate content, suggest improvements to functionality, and ensure branding is a key priority.
  • Communication workgroup guidelines

Mentoring: Bringing Members Together

Mentoring new APPD members in individual and group settings is a major component of our activities at the regional and national level. Members are linked by similar roles, program size, region, and academic interests.  Learn more here.

Mentoring for coordinators, managers, and other program administrators at APPD Meetings and throughout the year is provided through the Coordinators’ Mentoring Work Group.

APPD Mentor Workgroup Job Descriptions and Expectations

Mentoring
Workgroup

Tina Cochran, C-TAGME

Mentor Workgroup Lead
Indiana University School of Medicine

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Andrea DelGiudice

Mid-America/Mid-Atlantic

PA, OH, WV, KY, IN, MI, Southern NJ, DE, MD, Washington DC

University of Michigan

Melissa Gabriel

Mid-America/Mid-Atlantic

PA, OH, WV, KY, IN, MI, Southern NJ, DE, MD, Washington DC

University of Michigan
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Cindy Colpitts, AS

Midwest

IL, WI, MN, IA, MO, KS, NE, OK, SD

University of Nebraska Medical Center
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Brooke Seaton, C-TAGME

Midwest

WI, MN, IA, MO, KS, NE, OK, SD

University of Nebraska Medical Center/Creighton/Children’s Pediatrics Residency Program Omaha, NE

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Monick Powell

New York

New England

ME, NH, MA, CT, VT, RI, Northern NJ

University of Massachusetts

Dennisse Reyes

New York

New England

ME, NH, MA, CT, VT, RI, Northern NJ

Brown University

Kristina Wertheimer

New York

New England

ME, NH, MA, CT, VT, RI, Northern NJ

Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell at Staten Island University Hospital
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Avis Grainger

Southeast

VA, NC, SC, GA, FL, AL, MS, LA, AR, TN

Carolinas Medical Center/Levine Children’s Hospital
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Ann Islas, MA

Southwest

TX

UT Health San Antonio

Pam Knight, C-TAGME

TX

Southwest
University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School / Dell Children's Medical Center

Christina Ash

Western

CA, NV, OR, WA, WA, AK, CO, NM, UT, AZ, HI

Phoenix Children's Hospital
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Jodi Leonard, C-TAGME

Western

CA, NV, OR, WA, WA, AK, CO, NM, UT, AZ, HI

Oregon Health & Science University
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Twinkle Patel

Western

CA, NV, OR, WA, WA, AK, CO, NM, UT, AZ, HI

University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)

For mentoring concerns, ideas, questions or to reach a mentor:

Tina Cochran – Lead

Kiley Alpert – Co-Lead

Grassroots Forum
for Coordinators

The Coordinators’ Executive Committee facilitates the Grassroots Forum for both residency and fellowship coordinators at the APPD Annual Spring Meeting. Sessions cover a variety of topics around the job of being a Coordinator.

APPD LEAPES

APPD Leadership Empowerment for Advancing Pediatric Education Specialists

The Association of Pediatric Program Directors serves pediatric programs by leading the advancement of education to ensure the health and well-being of children. Pediatric Graduate Medical Education Specialists (coordinators, managers, and other program administrators) are an integral part of the pediatric program leadership team. LEAPES is designed to enhance the knowledge, skills, and networking for Pediatric Graduate Medical Education Specialists who wish to gain expertise needed to successfully guide the success of graduate medical education programs and advance their GME careers.

Carol Berkowitz Award

The Carol Berkowitz Award for Advocacy and Leadership in Pediatric Medical Education honors a Program Coordinator for extraordinary or innovative contribution(s) of advocacy and leadership in pediatric medical education at a national level through APPD.

 

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