Member Highlights

Two SPS Members Part of AHA Writing Group

On October 15, 2015, the American Heart Association (AHA) released their updated Guidelines.  Every five years the AHA Guidelines are updated.  Two of our SPS members, Élise W. van der Jagt, MD and Cheryl K. Gooden, MD, were members of the writing group for the Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) 2015 Guidelines Update.

Part 12: Pediatric Advanced Life Support - 2015 American Heart Association Guidelines Update for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care.  Circulation.  2015;132(suppl 2):S526-S542.
Allan R. de Caen, Chair; Marc D. Berg; Leon Chameides; Cheryl K. Gooden; Robert W. Hickey; Halden F. Scott; Robert M. Sutton; Janice A. Tijssen; Alexis Topjian; Élise W. van der Jagt; Stephen M. Schexnayder; Ricardo A. Samson 

SPS Provider Simulation Course – Full speed ahead!

By Corrie Chumpitazi, MD

The Society for Pediatric Sedation Provider Course Committee has been busy continuing to expand the offerings nationwide for this quality simulation course.  Over the last few years, we have developed high quality video lectures so we have moved the majority of the lecture content to an on-line format that students watch in advance.  We continue to provide shorter highlight lectures for content review and questions.  In addition, Melissa Cercone, MD, Sushant Srinivasan, MD and Greg Hollman, MD developed an interactive video segment using immersive techniques to review the pre-sedation assessment.

We offered the course at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan on May 4-5, directed by Gretchen Roe, MD; Aaron Calhoun, MD; and Greg Hollman, MD.  In May, Dr. Lia Lowrie organized a great post-conference course at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital at St. Louis University, in collaboration with the annual meeting in St. Louis with students from across the country and as far as Japan. 

St. Louis course

St. Louis course: NDidi Nwokorie, MD; Deborah LaViolette, RN; John Berkenbosch, MD; Amber Rogers, MD; Trish Scherrer, MD; Leonard Comeau, MD; Anne Stormorken, MD; Aaron Calhoun, MD; Camie Hansen, NP; Corrie Chumpitazi, MD; and Michael Turmelle, MD

We have continued to have a busy summer as Dr. Jason Reynolds and I co-directed a course at Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, in the Christus Santa Rosa Simulation Center on July 22, as a pre-conference course for the National Pediatric Hospital Medicine Conference.  Last month, Lloyd Jensen, MD and I co-directed a course at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, UT on August 28-29.  This course was given as a pre-course for the National AAP-sponsored Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellows Conference in Park City.  A variety of fellows, nurses, and faculty from across the country participated. 

San Antonio course

San Antonio course: Trish Scherrer, MD; Samuel Zuckerman, MD; Jason Reynolds, MD; and Corrie Chumpitazi, MD

Salt Lake City course

Park City course: As a pre-course for the National AAP sponsored Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellows Conference in Park City August 28- 29: Back row: Jared Henricksen, MD; Corrie Chumpitazi, MD; Brenna Thomas, RN-BSN; Lloyd Jensen, MD; Douglas Nelson, MD; and Mindee Kunkel, NP.  Front: Catherine Altenburg; Finesse Buendia, NP; and Nicholas May, RN

A million thanks to the phenomenal educators, clinicians, administrators, nurses, child life specialists, simulation experts and researchers who gave their time, energy, and resources to provide expertise teaching these courses.  There are many simulation specialists and unnamed individuals who taught the four courses this year, as well as numerous administrative personnel so please forgive anyone left out of this list:

Elumalai Appachi, MD
Cheryl Gooden, MD
Douglas Nelson, MD
Cathy Altenburg
Rick Hackbarth, MD
NDidi Nwokorie, MD
Jud Barber, MD
Camie Hansen, NP
Gretchen Roe, MD
Brian Bate, MD
Jared Henricksen, MD
Amber Rogers, MD
John Berkenbosch, MD
Greg Hollman, MD
Trish Scherrer, MD
Laura Bredbenner, CCLS
Cory Kartchner, RN
Dan Sedillo, MD
Finesse Buendia, NP
John Kopec, MD
Michelle Sheperd, BSN
Aaron Calhoun, MD
Mindee Kunke,l NP
Neeraj Srivastava, MD
Melissa Cercone, MD
Rishi Laroia, MD
Caryn Steenland
Corrie Chumpitazi MD
Deb La Violette, RN
Anne Stormorken, MD
Leonard Comeau, MD
Mary Landrigan-Ossar, MD
Brenna Thomas, BSN
Gayle Dasher, PhD
Nicki Leblanc
Michael Turmelle, MD
Crystal Davenport, MD
Lia Lowrie, MD
Dottie Whitt, MSN
Sarah Davis, CCLS
Tensing Maa, MD
Samuel Zuckerman, MD
David Fagin, MD
Nicolas May, RN
Robert Fitgerald, MD
Lisa McAndrew, MD

A special thanks to Joye Stewart without whose administrative support and organization, the courses would not be possible!!  Please consider joining our committee as we look to expand the course. 

If you have an interest in simulation, education, or would like to inquire about hosting a course at your institution, please contact Corrie Chumpitazi at

Congratulations to the Sedation Risk Score Development Research Team!

By Trish Scherrer, MD
SPS President

Many congratulations to Mark Buckmaster, MD, Kevin Couloures, MD, and the rest of the sedation risk score research group who have been awarded one of the 2016 Society for Critical Care Medicine Research Snapshot Awards!!!  Their abstract, “Creation of an Adverse Event Prediction Model for Pediatric Sedation,” was chosen from thousands of submissions for one of these coveted awards in recognition of outstanding research. 

Kevin will be giving a short moderated presentation in the main exhibit hall of the 2016 SCCM Annual Conference, an event attended by more than 4000 physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and others involved in the care of critically ill patients.  The sedation risk score team has already received ongoing grant funding for their work, with the ultimate goal of developing a tool that allows clinicians to assign a score based on underlying factors, such as age, procedure, coexisting diagnoses, weight, etc., as they relate to adverse events in all categories. 

This is truly a well-deserved honor, and it’s a great way to spread the mission of our organization to the greater medical community as well. 

Congratulations again!

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