Clinical News

Countdown to EPIC

June 2, 2018 is the date that the SLCH, BJH and WUSM academic practices will go live on the EPIC integrated system. Ambulatory, inpatient, emergency department documentation, and diagnostic testing results will be maintained in one system. EPIC will also be used for scheduling, WUSM registration and for professional billing. In the months ahead, we will learn more about EPIC functionality and how it directly impacts your work. What can you do to now to prepare?
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Faculty Feature

Amit Mathur, MD, MRCP

Amit Mathur was born in New Delhi, India and comes from a family of engineers. Bucking the family trend, he graduated from Medical School at Delhi University in 1982. His Pediatric residency at Safdarjung Hospital in New Delhi with Prof. Santosh Bhargava, sparked his initial interest in Neonatology. With 12,500 deliveries a year and a 100 bed NICU, his initial training in neonatology was rich with exposure to diverse pathology. His subsequent residency training in Pediatrics occurred initially in Agra and New Delhi, and then in Scotland, UK where he trained for an additional 6 years in Pediatrics, attaining the Membership of the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh in 1991. Along this journey, through family connections, he met his lovely wife Sunita, then a medical student at Lady Hardinge Medical College in New Delhi. Yes! It was an arranged marriage and it is still going strong at 32 years!
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Faculty News

Stephanie Fritz, MD, MSCI

Antibiotics warranted for kids with minor staph infections
The overuse of antibiotics has left some doctors questioning whether to give such drugs to children diagnosed with uncomplicated staph infections. Such infections often occur on the skin and look like a pus-filled bug bite.

Now, research led by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis indicates that prescribing antibiotics — in addition to lancing and draining staph-infected areas — reduces the risk of recurrent infections.
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Jamie Kondis, MD, FAAP

Noticing the warning signs of opioid abuse
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Local experts report opioid abuse is having a serious impact on our city’s kids. It’s affecting not just the users, but their families; and the youngest victims are oftentimes the children of addicts.

Dr. Jamie Kondis, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Washington University and St. Louis Children’s Hospital, is an integral part of Voices for Children, a nonprofit group that supports foster care kids with its noted CASA program.
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Research News

  • Revisions to the Education in Good Clinical Practice Policy
  • Epic Update for Researchers October 2017
  • Becker Library Researcher Workshop Series:  NCBI My Bibliography Live Demo on 11.2.17 and Scopus on 11.14.17
  • Research Misconduct:  A Responsible Conduct of Research Training, 11.13.17, Seigle Hall, 12:00-1:00

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Funding Opportunities

R01 Series – new: February 5
U01 – new: February 5
K Series – new: February 12
R03, R21, R33, R21/R33, R34, R36, UH2, UH3, UH2/UH3 – new: February 16
R15 – new, renewal, resubmission, revision: February 25

  • Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC)
    JUST-IN-TIME Core Laboratory Funding Program
  • Biostatistical Support – FREE, Department of Pediatrics Faculty, Fellows and Residents
  • WU Center for Cellular Imaging (WUCCI), CDI Micro Grant Funding – The intent of the WUCCI-CDI Micro-Grant Funding Program is to support seed grants for current CDI Investigators and CDI center members as a mechanism to offset WUCCI hourly usage fees

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Funded Awards

Congratulations to Avraham Beigelman, F. Sessions Cole, Allan Doctor, Peter Michelson, Jason Newland, Philip Spinella, Gregory Storch, and Kel Vin Woo
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Office of Faculty Development News

Advocating for Child Health

The first meeting of a new interest group, Child Health Advocates is Nov. 10 from 8-9 am in NWT9A.  Faculty and fellows wanting to learn how to become advocates for child health are invited to join. As pediatricians, we are all equipped with the knowledge needed to effect a change in policies related to children. Learn how to become involved whether you have only one hour or several per month. Whether or not you are available for this first meeting, email if you would like to join the group.
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Diversity Training

January 23 @ 8 am, SLCH 3rd Floor Auditorium
January 29 @ noon, SLCH 3rd Floor Auditorium



Work-Life Balance

New Lactation Room NWT14215

There are currently 38 private lactation spaces across the medical campus. Rooms are equipped with a chair, table and electrical outlets. Some rooms have refrigerators, sinks, pumps and microwaves. NWT14215 is equipped with an Ameda pump. The NWT8145 lactation room is still available for use.
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OFD is developing a new wellness program. Our first happy hour in October was very successful and will continue. See the November events in this newsletter for our newest offerings. We welcome ideas you have of ways to develop a stronger community and deal with the challenges of our daily lives. Feel free to email your ideas to or discuss with any of the OFD directors, Bess Marshall, Yumi Turmelle and David Schnadower.
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Brasserie Lunch Discounts

Brasserie by niche is offering a 15% discount to all WashU/BJC employees who visit for lunch. Lunch is served from 11 am – 2 pm Monday – Friday. Brasserie is located at 4580 Laclede Ave in the Central West End.
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Welcome New Employees

The Department of Pediatrics recently welcomed many new employees.
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IT News

  • ClickShare information and instructions for NWT conference rooms:  8A, 8C, 9A, 9C, 10A and 10E
  • How to sign up for Eduroam wireless and benefits
  • Reporting Phishing and SPAM –
    When SPAM or PHISHING emails are received, there is a process in place to report them that will automatically update filters and let our Information Security Office be made aware of the issue as well.
  • The instructions for reporting SPAM or to update false positives are maintained at the following site.
  • Reporting via webmail is also effective for O365 filters.
    To inform our Information Security Office of Phishing emails, please forward them to (if “forward as attachment” is used, that will provide more detail for the Security Office).

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Upcoming Events

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Peds News

  • Employee Appreciation Distribution – Thank You!
  • Northwest Tower Pumpkin Decorating Contest and Chili Cook-Off
  • MPRB Pumpkin Decorating Contest and Chili Cook-Off
  • United Way Gift Basket Raffle – Thank you for your support of the United Way!

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