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Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics: Inside the Simulation Center - 08/25/2014

The Sim Center has come a long way since 2011, when it was only beginning in earnest. Many of the programs and features that are present today existed only in the minds of Dr. Tom Kallay, Director of Simulation and Skills Center at Harbor-UCLA and his indispensable Simulation Coordinator Johnny DiBonaventura.
In 2011, there was no control room, no high definition televisions, and no video recording. There was, however, blue Cold War-era carpet -- a furry reminder that the space in which the Sim Center currently occupies was once a part of modest military barracks.

The carpet is gone now. Tiled floors now lie at the foot of million dollar equipment that peppers the Simulation Center, which today stands vastly improved and more widely used compared to its early days in 2011.

Who Uses the Sim Center?

Read the Harbor Pediatrics Summer Newsletter - 08/22/2014

The Summer 2014 newsletter is available for download.

Featured stories include a fresh look at the Sim Center. We last visited Sim Center in 2011 when it was just getting started. Now considered a mainstay at the hospital, the Sim Center is visited by more than a dozen departments and divisions with about 1,500 visits per year.

Also in the issue is our story on residents practicing in Guatemala and the app review on UpToDate app (instructions on how to access the mobile UpToDate app are here).

See past newsletters here.

Dr. Ruey-Kang Chang's ECG Device Enters Phase II of Development - 08/14/2014

Dr. Ruey-Kang Chang's medical device company, QT Medical, has entered Phase 2 for development of an ECG device designed for long QT syndrome screening in newborns.

We featured Dr. Chang in our "Faculty Spotlight" in March. In that interview, Dr. Chang said that his device would be "the world's most compact 12-lead ECG system designed for newborn babies." He went on to say that it will probably also be the first ECG system that parents or patients without ECG training can do at home with simple instructions.

It seems others see great potential in the device as well. The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute is funding the project with a budget totaling $1.5 million.

AAP Launches Genetics in Primary Care Institute - 08/01/2014

The American Academy of Pediatrics has developed the Genetics in Primary Care Institute (GPCI) to facilitate primary care providers’ integration of genetics into everyday practice with the use of curated information and point-of-care resources. The mantra behind GPCI is "What every PCP should know" and begins at the most basic level with the simple question: What is Genetics?"

Christmas in July with Child Life Services - 07/21/2014

It was Christmas in July with Child Life Services at the Child Life Playground. Many thanks to CoachArt for hosting the event and thanks to special guests from the Children's Music Fund and Piece by Piece for helping with the festivities. Thanks to our partners, children were supplied with ample fun with arts and crafts, games, and music.

Kids from all of the pediatric clinics participated. CoachArt volunteers were on hand for face painting. Children's Music Fund supplied music entertainment and Piece by Piece, our newest nonprofit partner, was there as well.

Carmen Roman, clinical social worker at Hemocology-Oncology estimated that over 100 toys were donated for the attending children. "We're just here to put some cheer in the kids life, cheer up their summer. These kids need it for sure."

Dr. Gauri Kolhatkar Awarded Prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Fellowship - 07/17/2014

Child Abuse Pediatrics fellow Dr. Gauri Kolhatkar has been selected to be a Robert Wood Johnson Fellow. Dr. Kolhatkar joins 30 of the country's most promising physician to be a part of the prestigious 2015 RWJ fellowship.

Dr. Kolhatkar has been a bright spot within the Child Abuse clinic at Harbor Pediatrics during her first year of her fellowship.

Dr. Berkowitz is Kolhatkar's program director and supervises her in a number of clinical settings and inpatient services. "She is extremely thorough, detail-oriented, highly professional, and very conscientious," says Dr. Berkowitz.

The Robert Wood Johnson Fellowship will aim to teach Dr. Kolhatkar and the other physicians to conduct innovative research and work with communities, organizations, practitioners and policy-makers in order to take a leadership role in improving health and health care in the U.S.

Dr. Kolhatkar is especially interested in human trafficking and has immersed herself in the topic. Those who work with her agree she is very thoughtful when she is approaching cases and always goes above and beyond what is required of her.

Sights and Sounds from Meet the Interns Lunch - 07/11/2014

There was a gathering last week, an opportunity to meet the new interns. We got a chance to learn about the new class between slices of pizza.

Drs. Diana Chen and Alejandra Navarro come to Harbor Pediatrics from Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, respectively.

Tools of the Trade: UpToDate - 06/26/2014

UpToDate App is now available for use. Instructions on downloading the app are on the eLearning site under Resources > Useful Resources > iPad Resources.

UpToDate is a medical resource proving to be a go-to application for doctors looking to make decisions based on accurate and well-cited information.

Right on its homepage, UpToDate boasts that it is the premiere evidence-based clinical decision support resource and is the only resource of its kind associated with improved outcomes. Strong words backed strongly by Dr. Gordon Guyatt – the man who coined the phrase "evidence-based medicine." He visits UpToDate to work with UpToDate editors 6-8 times per year.

Harbor Pediatrics resident Reis Harney, MD, hasn't coined any medical buzz-words yet, but he uses UpToDate every day, most recently to check if the age cutoff on the dosage of a particular medication was 6 months or a year. "UpToDate is super quick and a really efficient way to look up basically anything, from diagnosis to management," says Dr. Harney.

Pediatric Resident Lori Prakash Accepts Hospitalist Position at UCLA - 06/06/2014

Pediatric resident Lori Prakash, MD, has recently accepted a position at UCLA (main campus) to be a pediatric hospitalist, joining Dr. Kelly Vasant as the second resident to be joining UCLA as a hospitalist.

A graduate of Western University of Health Sciences, Dr. Prakash became a resident at Harbor Pediatrics in 2011. She's made many memories and life-long friendships. When asked what her most memorable moments have been, she said saying goodbye to her Continuity Care Clinic patients whom she has known for up to three years. "It is incredible how lucky we are to be a part of their lives and watch them grow. I never realized how close I had become to my patients and their families. It's what I love about pediatrics!"

The Importance of Child Life Services - 06/06/2014

The AAP recently reaffirmed its support of Child Life Services, calling it an "important component of pediatric hospital–based care to address the psychosocial concerns that accompany hospitalization and other health care experiences."

Child Life at Harbor Pediatrics makes use of many of the techniques outlined in the AAP report. Art therapists and music therapists are employed in our play centers. "Play" as therapy can be seen throughout play centers. And our child life specialists make use of preparation kits to handle a myriad of scenarios that require children to be emotionally healthy.