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Susan BannisterSince 2010, The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has granted COMSEP editorial control over a tri-annual or quarterly column in Pediatrics in its "Perspectives" section. Since the AAP expects COMSEP as an organization to submit an edited, polished, and publication-ready manuscript by the deadline, COMSEP established a Perspectives Editorial Board in 2010 to oversee this process.

Our Editorial Board consists of Chris Maloney (Associate Editor), Janice Hanson, Bill Raszka, Bob Dudas, and myself as Editor-in-Chief. Bob Dudas was asked to join our team in 2012 based on his substantial publication record in the realm of medical education, ability to write well, knowledge of the medical education literature, ability to work to deadlines, and work within COMSEP. We are thrilled to have him join our team. (Chris, Jan, Bill, and I have been members of the Editorial Board since its inception in 2010.)

Our Perspectives column is well-viewed by both the Editors of Pediatrics and the general readership of this Journal. I feel our participation in this column assists in advancing COMSEP's strategic plan in several ways:
- provide a platform for review and dissemination of scholarly work
- promote professional development opportunities beyond the annual meeting
- create an intellectual community
- promote the scholarship of medical education
- develop accessible resources that all clerkship directors can use for local faculty development

In the summer of 2012, our Editorial Board reviewed and rated 19 abstracts that had been submitted for consideration for publication in 2013. We selected three for publication in 2013. They are:

  • "Stimulating Reflective Practice Across the Continuum of Learners" by Lavjay Butani, Rebecca Blankenburg, Michele Long,
  • "Bringing it Back to the Bedside: Family Centered Rounds as the New Classroom" by Suresh Nagappan, Nicole Chandler, Angela Hartsell,
  • "A Diagnostic Dilemma: The Differential Diagnosis of the Learner in Difficulty" by Stacey Bernstein, Adelle Atkinson, Tina Martimianakis.

Pediatrics has chosen to rename some of the features in their journal. COMSEP's publications will now appear under the name of "Monthly Feature" - same length and format as before, just with a different title for the column. The "Perspectives" column will remain in the Journal but will now feature a different type of article than the ones we've been writing. The articles we have selected will still be published as we had anticipated.

I feel honored to lead this initiative.

Susan Bannister
Editor-in-Chief, COMSEP Perspectives column, Pediatrics


  1. Butani L, Blankenburg R, Long M. Stimulating reflective practice among your learners. Pediatrics 2013 [in press]
  2. Fleming A, Cutrer B, Reimschisel T, Gigante J. You too can teach clinical reasoning! Pediatrics 2012;130:795-797.
  3. Dell M, Lewin L, Gigante J. What Would You Like to Hear? Expectations for Oral Case Presentations. Pediatrics 2012:130(1):1-4.
  4. Buchanan AO, Stallworth J, Christy C, Garfunkel LC, Hanson JL. Professionalism in Practice: Strategies for Assessment, Remediation, and Promotion. Pediatrics 2012; 129(3): 407-409.
  5. Roberts KB, Raszka WV Jr. Preparing Future Pediatricians: Making Time Count. Pediatrics 2011; 128(5): 827-829.
  6. Bannister SL, Hanson JL, Maloney CG, Raszka WV Jr. Using the Student Case Presentation to Enhance Diagnostic Reasoning. Pediatrics 2011; 128(2): 211-213.
  7. Raszka WV Jr., Bannister SL. Celebrating Birthdays: An Update on the Status of Undergraduate Medical Education. Pediatrics 2011; 127(5): 807-809.
  8. Gigante J, Dell M, Sharkey A. Getting Beyond “Good Job”: How to Give Effective Feedback. Pediatrics 2011; 127(2): 205-207.
  9. Hanson JL, Bannister SL, Clark A, Raszka WV Jr. Oh, What You Can See: The Role of Observation in Medical Student Education. Pediatrics 2010; 126(5): 843-845.
  10. Raszka WV Jr., Maloney CG, Hanson JL. Getting Off to a Good Start: Discussing Goals and Expectations With Medical Students. Pediatrics 2010; 126(2): 193-195.
  11. Bannister SL, Raszka WV Jr., Maloney CG. What Makes a Great Clinical Teacher in Pediatrics? Lessons Learned From the Literature. Pediatrics 2010; 125(5): 863-865.
  12. Raszka WV Jr., White CB. COMSEP: An Overview of Its History, Mission, and Relationship to Pediatrics. Pediatrics 2010; 125(2): 203-205.