2022 Pediatric Research Retreat

The Pediatric Research Retreat is back after a two-year hiatus amid COVID-19. The 2022 retreat was hosted at Live! by Loews. Boston Children’s David A. Williams, MD, gave the 26th Annual Alexis F. Hartmann, Sr., MD, Lecture — “Flipping the Switch: Post-Transcriptional Genetic Silencing of BCL11A To Treat Sickle Cell Disease.”

Office of Faculty Development

Physicians as Wellness Coaches Program

Nearly half of all physicians report experiencing burnout, which results in poor physician health and affect patient care. Wellness coaching interventions result in reducing stress/burnout and improvement in quality of life through goal setting, resilience development, self-care and an increase in self-awareness. In a peer coaching model, the improvements to personal wellness are reported for both the “coachee” and the coach. The Department of Pediatrics is committed to promoting faculty wellness and is excited to announce a new peer coaching program. Efforts in conjunction with the Department of Medicine. 

We are recruiting faculty interested in serving as a wellness coach for one or two first year residents, beginning fall 2022. Coaches will meet quarterly for about 30 minutes with their “coachee” over a three-year period. The coaching sessions will focus on topics such as coping skills, stress response and resilience, following a planned curriculum. Coaches are asked to commit to at least one year and will be eligible for MOC part 4 credit after the first year.  

Kerri Palamara McGrath, MD, from Massachusetts General Hospital will be conducting curriculum training for the Department of Pediatrics. Faculty interested in serving as a coach should email OFD Coordinator Megan Shaffer at smegan@wustl.edu

  • June 9, 2022, from 2-5 p.m., in person 
  • June 10, 2022, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., in person 
  • June 22, 2022, from 5-8 p.m., virtual 

For questions or further information please contact the program leads: Phil Abraham, Katherine Rivera-Spoljaric or Jenny Duncan. If you’re unable to attend any of the training sessions, please reach out to us.

Freeman Hrabowski Scholars Program

A new program supporting outstanding early career faculty who are committed to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in science. Applications open now. Learn more.

Grand Rounds:  Prioritizing Individual and Organizational Wellbeing

Friday, Aug. 19, 2022 @ 9:15 –10:15 a.m.
In person workshop to follow Grand Rounds

The Department of Pediatrics and the Office of Faculty Development is delighted to encourage you to attend Grand Rounds and wellness workshop on Aug. 19 with guest speaker: 

Catherine F. Pipas, MD, MPH
Professor, Community & Family Medicine,The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI) and Dept. of Medical Education, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth

Physician wellness is crucial for a healthy department and is critical for safe, effective, and empathetic patient care and for creative, innovative scholarly pursuits. This workshop will cover:

  • The importance of the journey toward wellbeing for health professionals
  • Self Reflection utilizing Narrative Medicine 
  • Evidence based wellness strategies 
  • Frameworks for Organizational Wellbeing
  • Showcase of Divisions’ Wellness Initiatives


Contact the Office of Faculty Development with questions
Megan Shaffer, smegan@wustl.edu

See OFD News

Faculty Feature

Drew Schwartz, MD

Drew Schwartz was born in New Jersey, but his family rapidly relocated to Columbus, Georgia, to escape the cold. Thanks to his mother’s passion for horses, he began competing in the equestrian sport of three-day eventing at age 13. Schwartz dedicated his free time to his horses and was rewarded with winning the National Junior Training Rider of the Year at age 16. His horses consumed much of his free time in high school and college and led to several romantic interests… Read more.

Faculty and Staff News

John N. Constantino, MD – Abnormal development of brain’s visual system may contribute to autism

Jason Newland, MD – Inappropriate antibiotics for nonhospitalized kids cost US at least $74 million

Faculty in the News

Christopher Lewis, MD – Young, transgender and targeted in Missouri

Barbara Warner, MD, MSc – The tiniest babies: Shifting the boundary of life earlier

Bradley T. Thach, Professor Emeritus – Biden signs law banning infant sleep products blamed for 200 deaths  

Funded Awards

Congratulations to Jeffrey Bednarski, Patricia Dickson, Andrew Glatz, Cynthia Ortinau, Bryan Sisk and Gregory Storch. Read this month’s funded awards page to learn more.

Funding Opportunities

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R01 Series – new: Oct. 5
U01 – new: Oct. 5
K Series – new: June 12
R03, R21, R33, R21/R33, R34, R36, UH2, UH3, UH2/UH3 – new: June 16
R15 – new, renewal, resubmission, revision: June 25

Washington University/Pfizer’s Center for Therapeutic Innovation. Pre-proposals due June 10, 2022.

Diabetes Research Center Pilot & Feasibility Awards. Applications are due June 30, 2022, by 5 p.m. (CST).

ASPiRE Dissemination and Implementation Pilot Research Program. Applications are due July 15, 2022.

Nutrition Obesity Research Center Pilot & Feasibility Program. Applications are due July 22, 2022, by 4 p.m. (CST).

CRE² Graduate Studio Small Grants. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

CRE² Innovation Space – Labs/Startups/Ateliers. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

ICTS & CRE² Partnership: the Just-in-Time Core Usage Funding Program. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

For COVID-19 related funding opportunities, please visit the OVCR COVID-19 website.

Education & Postdoctoral Opportunities

Master of Science in Applied Health Behavior Research. Applications for Fall are due June 15, 2022.

Master of Population Health Sciences Fall 2022 Program. Applications for the 2022-2023 academic year are due June 17, 2022.

T32 Postdoctoral Training Program in Genomic Medicine. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Position begins July 1, 2022.

Fellowship Writing Workshop for the National Institutes of Health. Completion of Parts 1, 2 and an upload of aims into Learn@Work are due July 1, 2022, in order to receive an invite to Part 3.

Systems Science for Social Impact Summer Institute. Space permitting, candidates will be accepted on a monthly basis through July 15, 2022.

Entrepreneurship for Biomedicine Program. Applications are due Aug. 7, 2022.

Post-Master’s Certificate in Artificial Intelligence Applications for Health Data. Applications are due Aug. 10, 2022.

PRIDE Program in Cardiovascular Disease Comorbidities, Genetics, and Epidemiology. Space is limited. Apply early.

T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cancer Prevention and Control. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Women’s Health. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

TL1 Translational Sciences Postdoctoral Program. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Lipid Research. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Welcome New Employees

The Department of Pediatrics recently welcomed many new employees. Meet them on this month’s new employees page!

IT News

Website update

The Department of Pediatrics website migration project is running full steam ahead! Every single division website has been migrated to the new WordPress content management system, and the Peds communications team is making great progress on the lab websites. To date, 16 lab websites are completed, two are in the process of being approved by Medical Public Affairs, eight are being reviewed by PIs and just over a dozen new lab sites are on the to do list. Once the lab websites are completed, we will wrap up the project by migrating the main departmental website over.

We thank you for your patience and help in this endeavor. We could not have gotten this far without you!

Research News

June 29 – RMS 101: Proposal Prep, Budget, and Routing

In Case You Missed It

FISC Update: Relocation planned for June 2, 2022