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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


Getting Physical: The Hypothesis Driven Physical Exam
Eric Balighian, Michael A. Barone
Pediatrics Mar 2016, 137 (3) 1-3;

Taking Humanism Back to the Bedside
Jennifer Plant, Michael A. Barone, Janet R. Serwint, Lavjay Butani
Pediatrics, Nov 2015, 136 (5) 828-830

Practical Framework for Fostering a Positive Learning Environment
Susan L. Bannister, Janice L. Hanson, Christopher G. Maloney, Robert A. Dudas
Pediatrics, Jul 2015, 136 (1) 6-9

Questioning as a Teaching Tool
Michele Long, Rebecca Blankenburg, Lavjay Butani
Pediatrics Mar 2015, 135 (3) 406-408

It’s Not Just What You Know: The Non-Cognitive Attributes of Great Clinical Teachers
Robert A. Dudas, Susan L. Bannister
Pediatrics, Nov 2014, 134 (5) 852-854

Teaching the Essentials of “Well-Child Care”: Inspiring Proficiency and Passion
Erin K. Balog, Janice L. Hanson, Gregory S. Blaschke
Pediatrics, Aug 2014, 134 (2) 206-209

Writing Medical Student and Resident Performance Evaluations: Beyond “Performed as Expected”
Alison Volpe Holmes, Christopher B. Peltier, Janice L. Hanson, Joseph O. Lopreiato
Pediatrics May 2014, 133 (5) 766-768

Key Elements of Highly Effective Teams
Susan L. Bannister, Hayley M. Wickenheiser, David A. Keegan
Pediatrics, Feb 2014, 133 (2) 184-186

Opting in to Online Professionalism: Social Media and Pediatrics
Terry Kind, Pradip D. Patel, Desiree A. Lie
Pediatrics, Nov 2013, 132 (5) 792-795

Diagnosing the Learner in Difficulty
Stacey Bernstein, Adelle R. Atkinson, Maria Athina Martimianakis
Pediatrics Aug 2013, 132 (2) 210-212

Teaching in a Family-Centered Care Model: The Exam Room as the Classroom
Suresh Nagappan, Angela Hartsell, Nicole Chandler
Pediatrics May 2013, 131 (5) 836-838

Stimulating Reflective Practice Among Your Learners
Lavjay Butani, Rebecca Blankenburg, Michele Long
Pediatrics Feb 2013, 131 (2) 204-206

You Too Can Teach Clinical Reasoning!
Amy Fleming, William Cutrer, Tyler Reimschisel, Joseph Gigante
Pediatrics Nov 2012, 130 (5) 795-797

What’s the Story? Expectations for Oral Case Presentations
Michael Dell, Linda Lewin, Joseph Gigante
Pediatrics, Jul 2012, 130 (1) 1-4

Professionalism in Practice: Strategies for Assessment, Remediation, and Promotion
April O. Buchanan, James Stallworth, Cynthia Christy, Lynn C. Garfunkel, Janice L.Hanson
Pediatrics Mar 2012, 129 (3) 407-409

Preparing Future Pediatricians: Making Time Count
Kenneth B. Roberts, William V. Raszka
Pediatrics Nov 2011, 128 (5) 827-829

Using the Student Case Presentation to Enhance Diagnostic Reasoning
Susan L. Bannister, Janice L. Hanson, Christopher G. Maloney, William V. Raszka, Jr
Pediatrics, Aug 2011, 128 (2) 211-213

Celebrating Birthdays: An Update on the Status of Undergraduate Medical Education
William V. Raszka, Jr, Susan L. Bannister
Pediatrics, May 2011, 127 (5) 807-809

Getting Beyond “Good Job”: How to Give Effective Feedback
Joseph Gigante, Michael Dell, Angela Sharkey
Pediatrics Feb 2011, 127 (2) 205-207;

Oh, What You Can See: The Role of Observation in Medical Student Education
Janice L. Hanson, Susan L. Bannister, Alexandra Clark, William V. Raszka, Jr
Pediatrics, Nov 2010, 126 (5) 843-845

Getting Off to a Good Start: Discussing Goals and Expectations With Medical Students
William V. Raszka Jr, Christopher G. Maloney, Janice L. Hanson
Pediatrics, Aug 2010, 126 (2) 193-195

What Makes a Great Clinical Teacher in Pediatrics? Lessons Learned From the Literature
Susan L. Bannister, William V. Raszka, Jr, Christopher G. Maloney
Pediatrics, May 2010, 125 (5) 863-865

COMSEP: An Overview of Its History, Mission, and Relationship to Pediatrics
William V. Raszka, Jr, Christopher B. White
Pediatrics, Feb 2010, 125 (2) 203-205