Volume 10, Issue 4, December 2016

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 StIndi Trehan, MD, Washington University medical students? nominee for the national Humanism in Medicine Award, speaks at the Distinguished Service Teaching Awards ceremony Thursday, Oct. 27.. 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

Van Hare

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


Research Awards



Faculty Breakfast

February Faculty Breakfast Topic:

Summer Childcare and Enrichment Opportunities

February 24, 2017
8:00-9:00 am
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Demystifying the hiring, retention, and discharge of employees for faculty members and administrators

A 3-part series:

Thursday's set of sessions
Jan. 26, Feb. 2 and 9
NWT10A, Noon-1 pm
Bring your lunch. Beverages and dessert provided.
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Monday's set of sessions
Jan. 30, Feb. 6 and 13
MPRB 8 Seminar Room B, Noon - 1 pm

Bring your lunch. Beverages and dessert provided.
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Clinician Educator Portfolio Workshop

A brief presentation on clinician educator portfolios followed by individual review of your CEP with expert faculty. Please bring your portfolio. To view sample CEP's contact Janet Braun at braun_j@kids.wustl.edu

Feb. 3, 2017
3 - 5 pm
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Upcoming OFA Career Development Programs

Thursday, December 15, 2016  –

Improving Communication

Strategies for Successful Grant Proposals - Research Strategy (Significance, Innovation)

Submit your samples to karen.dodson@wustl.edu for review by December 1 (limited to the first four submissions)

Click to Register

Time: noon-1:00 p.m.

Location: Schwarz Auditorium (map)

CRTC Career Development Seminar: 

Using Mentoring and Individual Career Development Plans to Facilitate Career Success, Peter Nagele, M.D., Assoc Professor,  Anesthesiology

Tues, January 10, 2017, 3:30-5:00 pm, Wohl Auditorium

For more information visit crtc.wustl.edu


Work-Life Balance

Child Care

Students of the Brown School of Social Work at WUSTL are available for child care for WUSTL/WUSM staff and faculty’s children. For a list of students and their areas of expertise use this link.
Brown School Care List

Celebrating December Holidays

Holiday Fun Around St. Louis

Faculty Benefit Briefing

Jan. 4, 2017
9-10 am
4480 Clayton Ave., Room 1140A

One-hour Washington University Faculty Benefit Briefing. Please register by contacting any School of Medicine Benefit Staff Member: Pam Guntli, 362-4925, pguntli@wustl.edu, John Henderson, 362-9341, John.Henderson@wustl.edu, or Matt Roser, 362-4929, Matthew.Roser@wustl.edu.

Health & Fitness Discounts

Many fitness clubs in the St. Louis community offer reduced rates or other specials to Washington University faculty and staff. Information about discounts at fitness centers and other health-related services is available on the Healthy Living and university human resources websites.



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