Pediatrics in 2016: A Snapshot

Ellen R. Wald, MD
Ellen R. Wald, MD
Professor and Chair
Alfred Dorrance Daniels Professor on
Diseases of Children

I’m proud to welcome you to the UW Department of Pediatrics’ 2016 Annual Report, an overview of our accomplishments in education, research, and patient care.

Medical Student and Resident Education Achievements

Throughout 2016, our department was actively involved in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health’s curriculum transformation. Three of our faculty are on the steering committee and 13 more are longitudinal teacher-coaches, integrated block leaders or internship prep course design team members.

Our residency program worked to improve the continuity clinic experience and formalized a community-based health experience with Centro Hispano of Dane County and Access Community Health Centers.

We’re especially proud that in 2016, board scores for our graduating residents were in the top 10 among pediatric residency programs in the U.S. For the last two years, the department has had a board pass rate of 100%.

Finally, we congratulate Residency Program Director John Frohna, MD, MPH, who received the 2016 Medicine-Pediatrics Program Directors Associate (MPPDA) Leadership Award.

Research Funding Jumps 22 Percent

Pediatrics in 2016: A Snapshot

177 faculty & 236 staff
39 residents & 31 fellows
$24.8M in research funding
PIs and/or co-Is on 254 grants; 73 clinical studies managed
218 published journal articles
125,528 outpatient visits
8,555 hospital admissions
13,196 emergency department visits
$89M in total revenue

In FY16, our department had $24.8 million in extramural funding—a 22 percent increase from FY15.

For the second year in a row, we ranked in the top 20 for total National Institutes of Health (NIH) awards among medical school pediatric departments nationwide.

Our faculty were PIs or co-Is on 254 grants in 2016. We submitted 112 proposals; 47 (42%) were funded.

Our clinical research efforts also continue to grow: in 2016, our centralized clinical research coordinators managed 73 studies, a 20 percent increase from 2015.

Finally, faculty, residents and fellows presented 59 abstracts at the department’s 2016 Spring Research Day. Of these, 24 (41%) were accepted at the Pediatric Academic Society (PAS) meeting: 18 as poster sessions and 6 as oral presentations.

Clinical Facility and Outreach Expansions

In 2016, the American Family Children’s Hospital (AFCH) Emergency Department nearly tripled its space to better accommodate the nearly 12,000 children who receive care there each year.

In addition, AFCH, along with all of UW Health, created "No Hit Zones" as part of a community-wide initiative to stop corporal punishment.

Clinical outreach grew considerably in 2016: our faculty cared for patients at outreach clinics in 24 cities in Wisconsin and the region, up 50 percent from 16 cities in 2015. Our cardiology, hematology/oncology, gastroenterology, nephrology and pulmonology faculty also now provide patient care for 14 new UW Health pediatric regional service projects launched in 2016.

Finally, in 2016, U.S. News and World Report ranked AFCH among the top 50 children’s hospitals in cancer, gastroenterology, orthopedics, nephrology, pulmonology and urology.

Thanks to Our Faculty and Staff

I would like to thank all of our outstanding faculty and staff for their accomplishments and contributions to our department in 2016. Your extraordinary efforts in support of our clinical, research and educational missions make us the successful, growing department we are today.

Ellen R. Wald, MD
Professor and Chair
Alfred Dorrance Daniels Professor on Diseases of Children