Two Miller School Pediatricians Named APA Educational Scholars

Two members of the University of Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics have been accepted into the Educational Scholars Program of the Academic Pediatric Association (APA).

Kimberly Reynolds, M.D., and Liz Bayes Santos, M.D., M.S., both of whom are hospitalists, board-certified pediatricians and assistant professors of pediatrics, were among 24 physicians nationwide chosen for this prestigious academic program, which supports innovative, evidence-based strategies in physician education.

“We encourage our faculty to participate in the APA’s Educational Scholars Program, and are proud that two of our outstanding clinical-educators were selected,” said Judy Schaechter, M.D., M.B.A., Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, Chief of Service at Holtz Children’s Hospital, and the George E. Batchelor Endowed Chair in Pediatrics.

Reynolds and Bayes Santos will conduct educational research projects at Jackson’s Holtz Children’s Hospital, and complete a rigorous curriculum during a three-year training period, while being mentored by Jeffrey Brosco, M.D., Ph.D., professor of clinical pediatrics, the Department’s Faculty Education Development Director, and Associate Director of Clinical Services at the Mailman Center for Child Development.

“This is an exciting opportunity for both of us to contribute to the field of medical education while building our skills as researchers,” said Reynolds. Her research project “C.H.E.C.K. Your Biases” focuses on developing a curriculum for addressing implicit bias in medical students. “Physician biases, which are usually subconscious, play a role in the delivery of care to minorities and may be a factor in community health care disparities,” she said. “A curriculum to build awareness and develop mental skills can help medical students overcome these issues.”

A native of Peru, Bayes Santos has a long-standing passion for educational research.

“As an APA educational scholar, I want to create a high-quality learning experience for our residents at Holtz Children’s Hospital,” she said. “I believe in the importance of the ‘thinking out loud’ methodology — prompting residents to reason aloud about the case, to describe the key pertinent positive and negative findings, and prioritize their differential diagnoses. This process creates opportunities to foster teaching skills and receive timely feedback.”

Bayes Santos says her research project, “The Impact of an Enhanced Morning Report Curriculum on Pediatric Residency Education at Holtz Children’s Hospital: A Quality Improvement Approach,” is designed to improve residents’ learning experience by implementing an illness script and thinking out loud approach to morning report. Thinking out loud makes the clinical thought process explicit for peers, medical students, and faculty, which offers a critical opportunity to teach, evaluate and provide feedback to the night float team.

The APA’s program is designed to support the development, implementation, evaluation and dissemination of educational interventions or evaluation methods that are consistent with best practices in the field and reviewed by peers for excellence. The Educational Scholars will receive a Certificate of Excellence in Educational Scholarship after completing the program.

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