To date, there are disproportionately fewer women than men in leadership positions in the McGill Department of Pediatrics especially in the roles of Division Directors, Associate Chairs, Vice-Chair, Department Chair, Head of the Montreal Children's Hospital Child Health Research and designation of "professor". Therefore, the Chair of the Department of Pediatrics has mandated a Task Force to develop realistic action plans that can be implemented to engage more of the Department of Pediatrics female faculty to take on leadership roles.
The Department of Pediatrics is pleased to inform our community that starting June 1, 2017 Dr. Robert Sternszus, Assistant Professor, will assume leadership of the Pediatric Residency Training Program as its Program Director. Though but a few years on staff, Dr. Sternszus has established himself as one of the Department's many rising and established stars in medical education. A McGill graduate and a product of the training program he now leads, Dr. Sternszus has an M.A. in Educational Psychology.
Dr. Larry Lands, Professor and Division Director of Respiratory Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics, was recently awarded a grant from the US Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of $192,000 over 2 years to continue his work on rhinovirus infection in cystic fibrosis bronchial epithelial cells. For more information on Dr. Lands research please visit Meakins-Christie Laboratories.
Dr. Lands was also appointed as Chair of Cystic Fibrosis Canada's Research Advisory Council in February 2017.
The Department of Pediatrics is pleased to announce that Dr. Aris Hadjinicolaou and Dr. Matthew Magyar will be the new Chief Residents for the Pediatrics Residency Program, effective March 13, 2017. They are both superb residents and leaders and we are delighted that they will be assuming this important role.
Simulation education is a key way to both learn and maintain professional skills. In our continuing effort to improve patient safety and the quality of the the health care we provide, it is now an integral component of how we achieve and maintain excellence.
Congratulations to Dr. Alexandre Barbier, Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, who will be assuming the role of co-Program Director of the Perinatal-Neonatal Fellowship Program. Dr. Barbier is succeeding Dr. Louis Bartholomew, and will be working with fellow co-Program Director Dr. Julie Bartholomew from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Jewish General Hospital to direct what has been a successful training program with a high level of international participation.
Congratulations to Dr. Julius Erdstein, Assistant Professor, who has been appointed Division Director of Adolescent Medicine within the Department of Pediatrics and the MUHC for a five-year term beginning December 1st, 2016. Dr. Erdstein served as Interim Director of this Division since May 2015.