Report From the Section
Ricardo A. Quinonez, MD, FAAP
“If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” I was reminded of this famous Isaac Newton uttering as I attended the recent pediatric hospital medicine conference in Cincinnati. By many standards, Cincinnati’s conference was arguably one of the most successful. Over 600 attendees, 10 concurrent tracks, 3 conferences dedicated to discussing pediatric hospital medicine certification, and the first and very successful social media pairing for this conference. Having had the honor of serving on the planning committee for this conference, I was able to see the applicability of this quote. The planning committee had the resources and previous knowledge amassed by past planning groups. Those other groups made this conference what it is today, and, hopefully, by standing on their shoulders, we were able to see just a bit further.
This phrase also serves as inspiration to me as I take on another task. Recently, as chair-elect of the Section on Hospital Medicine of the American Academy of Pediatrics, I took over as the official chair of the Section. The person whom I replace is truly one of these “giants.” Dr Jennifer Daru recently stepped down as chair of the Section because of personal matters. It is by no means an exaggeration to call Jenn a giant. Jenn’s footprint in pediatric hospital medicine is inerasable. Jen served as planning committee member of past pediatric hospital medicine meetings and as chair of the planning committee in Minnesota in 2010. Jenn is also an original member of the pediatric hospital medicine strategic planning roundtable. Jenn led the clinical practice subgroup of this roundtable, which developed the first pediatric hospital medicine dashboard, recently published in the pages of this journal. Jenn has also authored or coauthored several pediatric hospitalist publications, including the recently published pediatric hospital medicine core competencies.
Most notably, the pages in which these words are written would likely not be possible were it not for the vision of Dr Jennifer Daru. As part of her work for the executive committee of the Section, Jenn identified the need for pediatric hospitalists to have a journal they could call their own. As the original editor in chief of the Section journal, Jenn was instrumental in creating what eventually became the second official peer-reviewed publication of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Hospital Pediatrics.
Jenn was elected unanimously as chair of the Section in October 2009 with a clear vision of where she hoped to lead us. Our Section’s vision, “The Section on Hospital Medicine of the American Academy of Pediatrics is dedicated to the health of all children in the hospital setting through advocacy, education and service—incorporating the core principles of safety, effectiveness, timeliness, efficiency, and equitability in family-centered health care,” is Jenn’s vision. The executive committee of the Section on Hospital Medicine would like to thank Dr Jennifer Daru for her outstanding and irreplaceable service. Jenn truly is a giant, and as we all stand on her shoulders we hope to see even further.
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