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The Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics (COMSEP) is a dynamic organization, which champions the cause of pediatric medical student education. COMSEP was established in 1992 with the support of AMSPDC (the organization of pediatric department chairs) and became an independent organization in 2015.

Join the Editorial Board of Academic Pediatrics!

Academic Pediatrics has invited a COMSEP member to join their Editorial Board. This 3-year commitment involves being a proactive member of the Board and advising the Editors about the Journal's direction and progress. You will be responsible for reviewing 6-8 manuscripts per year. The Editorial Board meets annually at the PAS meeting. Please see the attached description and application form.

Please consider applying for this awesome opportunity!

COMSEP is looking for someone who is:

- Interested in the scholarship of medical education

- Has experience in reviewing manuscripts

- Able to attend the Editorial Board meeting at the PAS conference

Please complete the application and return it and your CV to by Thursday December 6, 2018.

Job Description for Editorial Board

Editorial Board Application

COMSEP-APPD-LEARN Scholarly Opportunity

COMSEP has developed a relationship with APPD-LEARN, the largest educational research network in North America, to help promote multi-institutional educational scholarship by COMSEP members.

For those unfamiliar with APPD-LEARN, please see this link that outlines their capabilities and resources:

This is a pilot innovation. The first step is for interested COMSEP members to submit a Letter of Interest (LOI) and email to by Friday, December 1, 2018, 5:00 pm Pacific time.

The LOI will be reviewed by a subcommittee of the COMSEP Grant Committee. At most a single grant will be supported through this mechanism.

Specific criteria for this submission stream include the following, ALL of which must be met:

1) A research topic that is of significance to pediatric undergraduate medical education

2) Study subjects are learners (medical students or residents) and/or UME educators

3) Investigators are COMSEP members

4) A multi-institutional study that cannot otherwise be feasibly conducted by COMSEP members using the existing Grant mechanism

The reviewers may make comments or suggest modifications to the LOI. Investigators whose LOI’s show potential to be successful using APPD LEARN will be asked to complete and submit a more detailed research proposal.

This is an exciting opportunity for COMSEP members to advance their educational scholarship with innovative multi-institutional research focused on advancing undergraduate pediatric medical education. Should you have any questions about your LOI, please do not hesitate to contact Lavjay Butani,

Additional Information

Alan Schwartz, PhD, APPD-Learn Network Director, held a webinar to explain more about APPD-LEARN and answer questions. You can listen to the webinar, here.

COMSEP Grant Submission

Dear COMSEP Colleagues:

I am delighted to inform you that the application system for COMSEP Grant Proposals is open for submission. You can access the system via this link

Proposals are due by Friday, December 1st 2018, by 5:00 pm Pacific time.

We are accepting applications for COMSEP Grants whether or not the principal investigator submitted a letter of intent. This year, we are also piloting an exciting initiative to fund a project that is wider in its scope and that involves collaboration across learner levels, institutions and educational organizations.

Please carefully read the information on the right side of the COMSEP Grant Application System page: 2018 Call for Proposals to Advance Scholarship in COMSEP. Then on the left side of the COMSEP Grant Application System page you will see the items that you are required to fill in or enter. Note that all information after your name and institution must be uploaded in PDF format only. When you have completed and uploaded each item, you will have completed the submission process; once submitted the system will not permit modifications to the Proposal.

This is an exciting opportunity for COMSEP members to advance their educational scholarship with innovative research focused on enhancing the quality and advancing undergraduate pediatric medical education. Should you have any questions about your grant preparation, please do not hesitate to contact me at

Lavjay Butani, MD MACM
Chair, COMSEP Grant Committee

Engaging the COMSEP Community

Changes to the COMSEP ListServ

The COMSEP Listserve has a new address. Beginning March 10, please use to send messages to the COMSEP Community. This list will continue to be moderated to ensure that there is no spam or commercial product advertised, other than that developed by our own members.

Grant Winners

Amanda Emke, MD MHPE, Department of Pediatrics, Washington University School of Medicine
Title: Early Identification of Medical Students with At-Risk Professional Behaviors: Validating a Novel Preclinical Assessment Tool with Pediatric Clerkship Evaluation Forms
Mentor: Eva Aagaard
Chair: Gary Siverman

Matthew Zackoff, MD, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center,
Title: Implementation of an Immersive Virtual Reality Based Training and Assessment
Package to Develop Standards of Clinical Competence (Sarkin Awardee)
Mentors: Melissa Klein and Corki Lehmann
Chair: Margaret Hostetter

Brian Pomeroy, MD, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Title: Collecting Validity Evidence for a Script Concordance Test on Common Pediatric Diagnoses in the Inpatient Setting in the Pediatric Clerkship
Mentor: Suzette Cooke
Chair: Richard Lampe

COMSEP discussion board

The COMSEP discussion board provides a home for our discussions that is archived, searchable and later able to be referenced by new members or by others to whom a query might not have been relevant at the time of the discussion but for whom it becomes relevant later. The Discussion Board is available to all COMSEP members who are logged in to the COMSEP website.

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