Interdisciplinary Pediatric Researchers SIG


What to look forward to at PAS 2019

Our SIG Workshop at PAS 2019 will feature a panel with methodological talks focusing on conjoint analysis to measure patient health care preferences. These will be followed by an interactive component to allow workshop participants to put lessons learned into practice. The second half of the workshop will focus on demonstrating how non-medically trained researchers at academic medical centers can leverage opportunities to fulfill the different components of promotion criteria - teaching, research, and service.

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SIG purpose/mission:
The mission of this SIG is to connect individuals, who are not necessarily medically trained and are conducting research in pediatric medicine, to provide a forum for sharing ideas and methodologies, and to support their career development within pediatric academic medicine.

Current SIG goals:
-Connect and provide networking opportunities for pediatric researchers who are not necessarily medically trained or engaged in medical practice but are conducting research in pediatric medicine 
-Support career development through sharing of information about different pediatric research department infrastructures and promotion processes. 
-Introduce emerging and existing research methods and related resources commonly used within pediatric research 

Annual summary:
Since our inception at the end of 2017 we have started to build a listserv to connect members of this SIG and also conducted a needs assessment of its members. During our PAS 2018 SIG Meeting, we featured began with two methodological presentations: “Classification and Regressions Trees (CART) and Random Forests” presented by Cole Brokamp and “Mixed Methods Research” by Linda Tewksbury, Caroline Paul, and Eve Colson. The second half of the workshop focused on networking and sharing of the experiences non-medically trained pediatric researchers encounter in an academic medical setting. Based on the feedback during this session our work in 2018 will focus on networking and career development through the sharing of promotion criteria from different medical schools and suggestions on how these can be met by our members.

Other groups (other SIGs and other groups not in the APA) that work in your area of interest:  


  • Faculty Development 
  • Qualitative Research 
  • Quality Improvement           

Outside organizations: 

  • American Statistical Association 
  • American Association for Public Opinion Research (professional organization for survey methodologists) 
  • American College of Epidemiology
  • Society for Epidemiological Research 
  • Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Current SIG Co-Chairs:

Lilliam Ambroggio, PhD, MPH
13123 East 16th Ave, B251
Aurora, CO 80238
Phone: (303) 724-3140

Sonja Ziniel, PhD
13123 E. 16th Ave, B302
Aurora, CA 80045
Phone: (720) -77-0972

Current SIG Mentor:

Marie Leiner, MD
4800 Alberta
El Paso, TX 79905
Phone: (915) 545-6829




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