Professional Development

Vision and Mission

Our vision is that all faculty, staff, and trainees in the Department of Pediatrics will flourish in their personal lives and professional careers.

Our mission is to create and maintain relevant and innovative growth opportunities for faculty, staff and trainees within the University of Wisconsin Department of Pediatrics. These opportunities are guided by principles of diversity, equity and inclusion to address personal and professional well-being. Professional development opportunities will be developed based on the needs of faculty and staff within our department and through the recognition of national and local issues affecting pediatric clinical care, education, quality improvement, research, and advocacy. Consistent with the Wisconsin Idea, the impact of our professional development education will benefit the children and families that we serve in our communities and throughout the state.

Regularly Scheduled Series & CME

Pediatric Grand Rounds

Thursday's from 7:30-8:30 a.m. via Zoom

Pediatric Grand Rounds is a weekly multidisciplinary conference designed to improve participant's ability to practice pediatric medicine. These sessions are for CME and MOC Part II credits.

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Medical Education Scholars in Pediatrics

Medical Education Scholars in Pediatrics is a monthly conference for faculty and trainees to conduct research in medical education, viewing medical education as a primary focus for academic scholarship.

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Pediatric Collaborative Care Behavioral Health Conference

The Pediatric Collaborative Care Behavioral Health Conference is a bi-monthly interactive lecture series that focuses on core behavioral health clinical topics encountered in pediatric primary care settings.

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Conferences

Clinical Care Week

September 18-22, 2023

This conference highlights innovations in clinical care through state and nationwide lenses.

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Medical Education Week

March 18-22, 2024

This conference highlights medical education and scholarship for faculty, staff, and trainees.

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Research Week

May 13-17, 2024

This institutionalized conference highlights the latest advances and practices in pediatric research.

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Lectureships

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The Allen Inspiring Children Lecture

The Allen Inspiring Children Lectureship welcomes our new trainees each July. This lectureship is grounded in motivating, creating connections and sparking passion in these new learners, by sharing the experiences that have made faculty wiser clinicians and to keep learning and growing from patients.

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The Gilbert-Barness Lecture

The Gilbert-Barness Lectureship, as designated by its endowment, invites University of Wisconsin medical community individuals who will provide state-of-the-art, contemporary information and ideas in the areas of pediatrics and pathology. The lectureship is co-administered by the Departments of Pathology and Pediatrics. The lectureship embodies the highest ideals of academics. It broadens the learning potential of both departments and will bring to the entire University community fresh ideas on which to contemplate. This lectureship happens every fall.

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The Norman Fost Lecture on Skepticism and Critical Thinking

The Norman Fost Lecture on Skepticism and Critical Thinking will be presented on a topic that reflects the engagement of skepticism and critical thinking about a health care issue that may be guided by conventional wisdom rather than facts, preferably about an ethical issue related to pediatrics. If no speaker is available to speak about ethics, the lecture could address any area of medicine or health care that challenges conventional wisdom. This lectureship happens in February.

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The Murray Katcher Child Health Advocacy Lecture

The Katcher Lectureship will feature speakers who address the challenges and successes of such advocacy. Murray Katcher, MD’75, PhD, emeritus professor of pediatrics, retired from the Department of Pediatrics in 2012 after 35 years as both a clinician and a focused, tireless, prodigious advocate for the health and safety of children and vulnerable adults. The Katcher Lectureship will feature speakers who address the challenges and successes of such advocacy. This lectureship happens every April.

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The Iams-Tuffli Lecture

The Iams-Tuffli Lecture is an annual lecture series on the practice of pediatrics. The series is named after the late Alexander Iams, MD, and Gordon Tuffli, MD, two Madison-based pediatricians and friends who embodied the lecture series’ goal of promoting camaraderie in the field of pediatrics. After Iams passed away in 1984, his family – including son and daughter-in-law Jay and Pat Iams – established a memorial fund and lecture series to honor his 35+ years in pediatrics. The annual lecture covers a diverse range of topics relevant to pediatricians in both private and academic settings. Additionally, the memorial fund generously pays for the registration fees for all participants. This lectureship happens every April/May.

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The Odell Lecture

The Odell Lectureship was established in 1994 to honor Dr. Gerard B. Odell, Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics. Dr. Odell was internationally recognized for his research in the field of neonatal jaundice and bilirubin metabolism. In addition to the lectureship, the Gerard B. Odell Research Award was established to honor Dr. Odell’s distinguished career in pediatrics research, academics, clinical practice and education. The award is given to an assistant or associate professor of pediatrics in recognition of outstanding research accomplishments and demonstrated potential for future contributions in basic or translational research. This lecture happens every May during Research Week.

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Workshops and Special Series

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Flourish Hour

Flourish Hour is accessible to all faculty, staff, and trainees with the purpose of supporting department members in flourishing in their careers. Sessions may include a variety of topics that relate to our department’s strategic priorities, as well as topics such as finding passion in your work, how to utilize time management strategies, and how to live a healthier life.

These sessions are recorded and can be accessed on the DOP Intranet. If you are interested in hosting, teaching and/or suggesting a future professional development event, please complete the Professional Development Activity Request Form.


2023-2024 Flourish Hour Schedule

*All sessions occur 12–1 p.m. via Zoom

Date Topic Speaker
September 7 Well-Being Sarah Webber, MD
October 26 Fall Adventures Reva Finkelman, MS

Heidi Kloster, MD

Julia Clemens, MD

November 30 Passion and Purpose Casey Freymiller, MD FAAP

Dominic Co, MD, PhD

January 25 Life Hacks Sushant Srinivasan, MD, MHPE
February 29 Advocacy/DEI Megan Yanny, MD

Alex Wolfe, MD

Amanda Gatewood, PhD

April 4 Passion and Purpose
June 27 Summer Adventures

Academic Lunch and Learn

Academic Lunch and Learn series is a four part series aimed at helping department members with their scholarly work, such as writing abstracts, creating poster presentations, and more!

*All sessions occur 12–1 p.m. via Zoom

Date Topic Speaker
August 31 Abstract Writing Brad Kerr
November 9 Presentation Skills for an Academic Meeting Bernadette Gillick, PhD
February 22 Power Point Presentations and Data Sharing Jenna Contreras
June 20 Inclusive Leadership Mala Mathur, MD

How to Stay Left of Bang: A Wellbeing Masterclass

Date: Thursday, September 14, 9:30 a.m. | Zoom

Speaker: Sue MacLellan-Tobert, MD, ACC, physician development coach, Pediatric Cardiology, Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, WI

As a health care professional, have you ever felt out of balance in work or life? Increasing demands placed on your time and energy leave little space for self-reflection and personal growth?

Join Dr. Sue MacLellan-Tobert, physician development coach, and your UW-Madison colleagues for a refreshingly interactive workshop where you will learn proactive ways to manage stress, avoid burnout, and promote development of a healthy workplace culture. In breakout sessions you will experiment with personal growth tools like The Wheel of Work-Life Harmony and The Wellbeing Payoff Vector. Walk away from this experience feeling empowered to care for yourself and your team as fiercely as you care your patients!

Coaching for Change: Using a Coach Framework to Foster Growth in Your Learners

Date: Thursday, December 14, 9–11 a.m. | in-person

Speaker: Nikki Orlov, MD, associate professor of pediatrics, University of Chicago

Coaching is a skill well known in the fields of athletics and music that has begun to take hold in medical education. The coaching framework can help learners reach their fullest potential. Do you know how to use coaching skills to support and develop your trainees? What makes coaching different from advising and mentorship?

Nicola Orlov, MD, MPH will guide you through workshop where you will learn ways to implement coaching skills into your busy clinical life. She will highlight the differences between coaching in the moment (CIM) and coaching over time (COT).  You will walk away from this workshop with the knowledge, skills, and tools you need to coach your students, residents, and fellows to their fullest potential.

*Dr. Orlov is presenting an in-person Pediatric Grand Round prior to the workshop.

*Registration is required.

MESP Day & Workshop

Date: Thursday, February 8, 9:15–11 a.m. | in-person

Speakers: Mike Weisgerber, MD – professor, Medical director of Medical Education, Pediatric Hospital Medicine, Children’s Wisconsin & Amanda Rogers, MD, associate professor, Pediatric Hospital Medicine, Children’s Wisconsin

Title: Making Your Work in Med Ed Scholarly and Successful: Using Baby Einstein, Shakespeare, Ted Lasso and More: The Workshop, Volume 1

Overview:  This workshop takes a deeper dive into the concepts of the Grand Rounds Session using practice medical education scenarios for small group practice.  The second portion of the workshop allows group wisdom sharing and feedback to discuss existing medical education projects among participants.  Participants are encouraged to bring project ideas and dilemmas to share, a pen, and be prepared to have fun!

*This workshop will follow Dr. Weisgerber’s Pediatric Grand Round from 7:30–8:30 a.m. via Zoom and in-person in HSLC 1335.

*Registration is required.  Registration information can be found here.

Residency Education Workshop: Mindsets, Cognition, and Well-Being

Date: Thursday, February 22, 9:15–11 a.m. | in-person in HSLC-ILC 3110B

Speaker: Stuart Slavin, MD – Senior Scholar for Well-Being, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

Title: Mindsets, Cognition, and Well-Being

Overview: In this workshop, Dr. Slavin will provide an overview of common problematic mindsets and automatic thoughts that can add to stress and distress.  He will provide easy-to-use techniques for identifying and managing these mindsets and thoughts that can help people feel less distress when facing adversity.

*This workshop will follow Dr. Slavin’s Pediatric Grand Round from 7:30–8:30 a.m. via Zoom and in-person in HSLC 1335.

*Registration is required. Registration information can be found here.

Medical Improv Workshop

Date: Thursday, March 21, 9:15–11 a.m. | in-person

Speaker: Amy Zelenski, PhD – associate professor, Department of Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

*This workshop will follow Dr. Zelenski’s Pediatric Grand Round from 7:30–8:30 a.m. via Zoom and in-person in HSLC 1335. This workshop is a part of Medical Education Week 2024.

*Registration is required.

Finding Your Passion Workshop

Date: Friday, March 22, 1:30–3 p.m. | in-person

Speakers:

Megan Moreno, MD, MSEd, MPH – professor, interim department chair, Division of General Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, University of Wisconsin Madison School of Medicine and Public Health

Mala Mathur, MD, MPH – associate professor, director of professional development, Division of General Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, University of Wisconsin Madison School of Medicine and Public Health

*Registration is required.

Professional Development Team

Mala Mathur, MD, MPH

Position title: Associate Professor, Director of Professional Development

Address:
Division of General Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine
For Academic Inquiries: (608) 265-5835

Reva Finkelman

Position title: Professional Development Manager

Email: rfinkelman@pediatrics.wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 263-8542

Address:
Academic Affairs
600 Highland Ave, H6/577

Catherine (Kate) Dougherty

Position title: Professional Development Specialist

Email: catherine.dougherty@pediatrics.wisc.edu

Address:
Academic Affairs
600 Highland Ave, H6/577

Jenna Contreras

Position title: Strategic Initiatives Specialist

Email: jrcontreras@pediatrics.wisc.edu

Address:
Academic Affairs
600 Highland Ave, H6/577

Professional Development Calendar

The below calendar includes: Pediatric Grand Rounds, Medical Education Scholars in Pediatrics, Conferences, Lectureships, Flourish Hours and workshops/series.

Flourish Hour- February 2024

Via Zoom

Theme: Advocacy/DEI Speakers: Megan Yanny, MD, Alex Wolf, MD, & Amanda Gatewood, PhD Zoom Link: https://uwmadison.zoom.us/j/99777430293 Flourish Hour is accessible to all faculty, staff, and trainees and these sessions are created to support department members …

Pediatric Grand Rounds- Jomol Mathew, PhD *ABP MOC II

Via Zoom

Date: Thursday, March 14, 2024 Time: 7:30-8:30 a.m. CST Zoom Link Title:  Forthcoming Speaker: Jomol Mathew, PhD, chief of biomedical informatics, associate dean for informatics and information technology, director of the UW Clinical & Health Informatics Institute, …

Pediatric Grand Rounds- Medical Education Week- Amy Zelenski, PhD

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Date: Thursday, March 21, 2024 Time: 7:30-8:30 a.m. CST via Zoom and HSLC 1345 Zoom Link Title: The Science of Teaching the Art of Medicine: Empathy and Improv in Medical Education Speaker: Amy Zelenski, PhD, associate professor, …

Flourish Hour- April 2024

Via Zoom

Theme: Passion and Purpose Speakers: TBD Zoom Link: https://uwmadison.zoom.us/j/94967665624 Flourish Hour is accessible to all faculty, staff, and trainees and these sessions are created to support department members in flourishing in their careers. Sessions may …

Murray Katcher Lecture

Via Zoom

Date: Thursday, April 11, 2024 Time: 7:30-8:30 a.m. CST Zoom Link Location: HSLC 1335 Title:  TBD Speaker: Mary Ehlenbach, MD, associate professor, director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Division of Hospital Medicine & Complex Care, Department of …

Rosenbloom Lecture- Durga Singer, MA, MD * ABP MOC II

Via Zoom

Date: Thursday, April 18, 2024 Time: 7:30-8:30 a.m. CST via Zoom and HSLC 1335 Zoom Link Title: Mind the Gap, Close the Gap: Advancing a Workforce That Drives Equity Through Pediatric Research Speaker: Durga Singer, MA, MD, associate …