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

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Beth Wueste, MAEd, C-TAGME

Chair (2020 - 2021)
Associate Program Director
UTHSCSA
7703 Floyd Curl Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78229
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Melissa Bales, C-TAGME

Chair-Elect (2020-2021)
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
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Amy Gaug, C-TAGME

Past Chair (2020 - 2021)
Senior Program Administrator, Pediatrics
University of Minnesota
2450 Riverside Ave, M136, East Bldg
Minneapolis, MN 55454
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Francisco Hernandez, MBA

At-Large Member Year 3 (2018 - 2021)
Assistant DIO
Jersey Shore University Medical Center/Hackensack Meridian Health
1610 Route 88, 3rd Floor
Brick, NJ 08724
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Cassandra Shorter, BS

At-Large Member Year 2 (2017 - 2022)
Program Manager Pediatric Residency
Baylor College of Medicine - Houston Texas Children's Hospital
6621 Fannin W1985
Houston, TX 77030
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Lindsey Gurganious, BSHA

At-Large Member Year 1 (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

Interested in joining the Coordinators' Executive Committee?

Sample Coordinator Job Description

Work Groups

The purpose of each Work Group is to enhance the overall value of membership in APPD. Work Groups 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 work groups, without vote, unless either or both are designated members of that work group.
  • The Board of the APPD shall receive semi-annual reports on the activities of each work group.
  • The work group 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 work group chairperson will also have the option of asking a member of their work group to report in their absence.
  • The Coordinators' Executive Committee will recommend work groups and develop their responsibilities, subject to APPD Board approval.
  • The Executive Committee will be responsible for selecting each work group.

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

Coordinators' Communication and Tools Work Group

The Coordinators' Communication and Tools Work Group 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.

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.

Mentoring
Work Group

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Cassandra Shorter, BS

Mentor Work Group Chair
Baylor College of Medicine - Houston
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Lindsey Gurganious, BSHA

Mentor Work Group Co-Chair
Baylor College of Medicine - Houston

Bahkahkenah “Nena” Buie

Southeast

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

Emory University Hospital
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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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Carla DiNunzio

Mid-America/Mid-Atlantic

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

University Hospitals/Rainbow Babies and Children’s
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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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Catherine Hughes-Rose

Midwest

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

University of Nebraska Medical Center
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Ann Islas, MA

Southwest

TX

UT Health San Antonio

Carrie Johnson, MBA

Western

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

Stanford Health Care
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Dawn Larson

Southwest

TX

TTUHSC – School of Medicine
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Charlene Rotandi, AB, C-TAGME

Western

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

Stanford University School of Medicine
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Brooke Steinbronn, BA

New England

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

University of Rochester

Jessica Williger, BA

Mid-America/Mid-Atlantic

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

University Hospitals/Rainbow Babies and Children’s

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

Cassandra Shorter – Chair

Lindsey Gurganious – Co-Chair

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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