Trehan receives national
Humanism in Medicine Award
To express their appreciation for dedication, patience and skill in medical education, students at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis recently honored faculty, residents and staff with the Distinguished Service Teaching Awards for the 2015-16 academic year.
Every year since 1991, students completing their first, second and third year of studies select the course masters, lecturers, clerkship directors, attendings and residents who have made significant contributions to the training of future physicians.
Among those honored was Indi Trehan, MD, an assistant professor of pediatrics who specializes in emergency medicine and infectious diseases and is noted for his work in children’s global health. Trehan is the students’ nominee for the national Humanism in Medicine Award, which is presented annually by the Association of the American Medical Colleges (AAMC). The award recognizes medical school faculty physicians who exemplify the qualities of a caring and compassionate mentor in the teaching and advising of medical students.
Director of the School of Medicine’s Pediatric Global Health Residency Pathway, Trehan’s focuses on childhood malnutrition and infection. He has published related research in prestigious journals and treated patients in impoverished places such as Haiti, Sierra Leone and Malawi.
Van Hare named president-elect of Heart Rhythm Society
George F. Van Hare III, MD, director of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has been named president-elect of the Heart Rhythm Society, a global research and education group focused on cardiac rhythm disorders.
Van Hare, the Louis Larrick Ward Professor of Pediatrics, will become president of the organization in May. The Heart Rhythm Society is the international leader in science, education and advocacy for cardiac arrhythmia professionals and patients, and the primary information resource on heart rhythm disorders.
The first pediatrician to lead the organization in three decades, Van Hare will serve a one-year term as president and then two years as past-president. Van Hare will be the society’s third president from the School of Medicine since the organization’s founding in 1979. more
New director of pediatric critical care medicine division named
Juliane Bubeck Wardenburg, MD, PhD, a nationally recognized physician with expertise in bacterial infections, has been named director of the Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She will begin her new position in January. more
A supplement to our December newsletter highlighting faculty promotions will be sent after the new year.
Children’s Discovery Institute (CDI) requests applications
The Children’s Discovery Institute (CDI) requests applications from all Washington University faculty members and postdoctoral trainees for its spring submission cycle. Applications for the following funding mechanisms will be considered for funding: Large Scale Interdisciplinary Research Initiatives, Core Large Initiatives, Educational Initiatives, and Faculty Recruitment/Scholar Awards. More information about these funding mechanisms as well as the CDI’s submission forms and guidelines can be found on the CDI website (http://www.childrensdiscovery.org/Grants.aspx). Letters of Intent must be submitted by February 1, 2017. Proposals will be due April 3, 2017.
Methadone provides pain relief for kids
with sickle cell
Many children with sickle cell disease experience frequent and severe pain episodes, requiring emergency room visits or hospitalization. In search of more effective ways to treat such pain, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that adding a low dose of the drug methadone to standard treatment can limit pain experienced by children with the condition.
The study is available online in the journal Pediatric Blood & Cancer.
“More than half of sickle cell patients have at least one episode of significant pain every year, and about 20 percent experience multiple episodes each year that require hospital stays,” said first author Jennifer Horst, MD, an instructor of pediatrics at the School of Medicine and an emergency room physician at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. “In this study, the pediatric patients who received a one-time dose of methadone rated their pain levels much lower than those who took standard pain-killing drugs. In many cases, their pain went away, so we believe methadone has the potential to make life better for these pediatric patients.” more
Allan Doctor's research brings medicine one step closer to artificial blood
Artificial blood stored as a powder could one day revolutionize emergency medicine and provide trauma victims a better chance of survival.
Researchers have created an artificial red blood cell that effectively picks up oxygen in the lungs and delivers it to tissues throughout the body.
This artificial blood can be freeze-dried, making it easier for combat medics and paramedics to keep on hand for emergencies, said senior researcher Dr. Allan Doctor. He is a critical care specialist at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. more