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A special tribute by Karen Marcdante, new editor of the Journal Club, after the untimely deaths of Editor and COMSEP President, Steve Miller, and COMSEP Past-President Rich Sarkin.


 

A special tribute by Karen Marcdante, new editor of the Journal Club, after the untimely deaths of Editor and COMSEP President, Steve Miller, and COMSEP Past-President Rich Sarkin.

In 1997, I piloted a journal club for the Pediatric Educator, highlighting an evidence-based approach to the education literature. That was all I did, although Steve Miller credited me in each edition that followed. However, it was Steve who served as the chief editor of this resource for us all since 1998. In his usual fashion, Steve used the Journal Club and reviews to help us learn, to keep us connected, and to highlight what our own members have done. I was touched when Robin and Bruce asked me to serve as the guest editor for this edition. I will miss Steve's comments and insight into each article presented.

Given the quiet newness of our loss, I, like others, took on this task in memory of Steve and Rich. So, many of the articles have to do with humanism, altruism and how to improve ourselves as educators. My thanks to the many reviewers who took the time to read and comment on the articles (see the list on the website). I know this was not an easy task this time. As for me, my comments were often prompted by the question: how would Steve and/or Rich view that? (You'll see that perspective-taking is an underlying theme for some of these articles and it seemed appropriate to try to view the pieces through the eyes of others.) Our own biases, of course, show through. I hope that you find this useful, learn at least one new thing, and reach out to someone to begin a collaborative effort to improve pediatric education. May the new year remind us of good times with old friends and bring us new colleagues, new ideas, and passion for life. Here's to Rich and Steve!

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