National Child Health Day

22 Jan, 2010

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Radio Rounds recognizes National Child Health Day — which falls by tradition on the first Monday of October every year — with this special episode focusing on the field of pediatrics.

This childhood health episode naturally features a pair of interviews with pediatricians. In the first, the Radio Rounds team speaks with Dr. Joel Fein, an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and an Attending Physician in the Emergency Department at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

Dr. Fein discusses his interests regarding mental health screening and violence prevention, and as the conversation progressed, it becomes evident that working in a major urban pediatric emergency department is far from — shall we say — child’s play. One study he discusses involved the use of an interactive voice response tool to followup with patients, and right on cue, the results from that study were published the week of this episode, in the journal Academic Emergency Medicine. You can find that published paper at this link on PubMed.

Also featured in this episode is Dr. Shalini Forbis from the Children’s Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Forbis highlights the aspects of pediatrics that make it so worthwhile for her and her colleagues — the ability to positively impact the health of young individuals for life and the benefit of health education and health literacy for patients and their families.

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