- Joseph A. Zenel, MD, Editor-in-Chief
Dr Zenel has disclosed no financial relationships relevant to this commentary. This commentary does not contain a discussion of an unapproved/investigative use of a commercial product/device.
The 35th year for Pediatrics in Review (PIR) starts with this issue. This past year was one of transition. Dr Larry Nazarian retired as editor-in-chief, the Rochester, New York, office closed, and the journal’s operations moved to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) headquarters in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. Somewhere in the midst of this transition I became editor-in-chief and by summer was fully acquainted with the day-to-day operations and the people who make this an exceptional, educational journal.
Also this summer, the efforts of many pediatricians at my other job came to fruition. I direct a new residency program, and by July the program achieved a full resident complement. Finally, the faculty could see the difference between beginning first-year, second-year, and third-year residents. Besides understanding the needs of the residents for each training year, the faculty expressed an awareness of the effect they had in helping a pediatrician evolve and a sense of worth in achieving that goal. For me, this beginning third year was the tipping point toward the residency’s success, which got me thinking.
In the past, I helped start a new general pediatrics private practice. Two events occurred almost simultaneously. By the third year of practice, not only could my partner and I see we were truly established in the community, but I also could say we truly knew the children we cared for. It was fun and rewarding to see how these children were developing and how we developed with them, which also got me thinking.
As a parent, I think I can pretty much say I knew my children’s personalities by the time they reached age 3 years. No wonder the Denver Developmental Reference Chart and other developmental assessment tools focus on the first 3 years of life. All of these reflections led me to the question, “Where will PIR be in its 36th year, 3 years into my turn as editor-in-chief?”
Best to reflect on this past year before discussing what is to come. As mentioned before, this past year was one of change. Although he may be editor-in-chief emeritus, I thank Dr Nazarian for his continuing mentorship during my inaugural year as editor. (He has a noble father’s tolerance for a misbehaving 2-year-old.) Dr Tina Cheng resigned as associate editor to pursue her passion for academic medicine at Johns Hopkins University. Tina contributed to PIR for more than 17 years, first starting as an author for the In Brief feature. She spearheaded PIR’s expansion into evidence-based medicine, community outreach, and interdisciplinary continuing medical education (CME). Her insight and foresight in clinical practice will be missed. For a brief time, Dr John Frohna oversaw the Visual Diagnosis section; I thank him for improving this popular feature’s submission process. Dr Laura Ibsen stepped down as media consultant; she helped pioneer the use of media in our publication long before we practicing physicians could capture video and audio recordings with such hand-held ease. Dr Hugh Allen, a distinguished cardiologist, replaced Dr Cheng as associate editor and now oversees the Visual Diagnosis feature. His humor and his desire to make sure there is good science in the journal will benefit us all. Also joining the editorial board is Dr Paula Algranati, whose expertise in medical education will ensure the integrity of PIR’s CME mission. The move from Rochester to Elk Grove Village was a monumental task, accomplished by significant assistance from Luann Zanzola, Sara Strand, Erin Carlson, Joe Puskarz, and Michael Held. I can’t thank them enough. Dr Deepak Kamat continues to edit the popular Index of Suspicion feature. I am impressed how he expertly manages the many case submissions he receives. Drs Henry Adam and Janet Serwint also continue their roles as In Brief feature editors, providing current, critical, and concise reviews on pediatric issues. I also thank MCM for providing a little PIR poetic license. (Did anyone notice the limericks?)
PIR is designed to help pediatricians and other pediatric practitioners keep their clinical knowledge current, working in tandem with PREP Self-Assessment to address a complete spectrum of pediatric medicine in a 5-year cycle that helps prepare readers for the cognitive examination component of the American Board of Pediatrics Maintenance of Certification program. Dr Robert Haggerty, the founding editor, saw PIR as a means to improve child health by providing information useful to those professionals who provide health services to children. Dr Nazarian saw the journal’s role as answering the critical need for a systematic, practical way to keep up with the expanding body of medical information. Acknowledging today’s changes in medical practice and medical information access, during the past year we conducted focus groups to understand how readers use PIR. We assessed current and future levels of interest in publications; explored reading habits, such as mobile device use; and sought how PIR was perceived. Specifically, what was the reaction to the overall look, feel, and content? During the coming year, we will launch an entirely new print version of the journal, including mobile and digital versions. Expected rollout is July 2014.
In a step forward in our new publishing strategy, PIR will be launching its full-text mobile app in early 2014. Readers can interact directly with full-text content, download full issues for offline reading, watch videos, and listen to podcasts. The next-generation CME platform rolls out in early 2014. You will be able to synchronize your mobile device access to your articles, quizzes, and My CME history and login with your desktop computer at all times. The PIR website http://pedsinreview.org now provides a streamlined web-browsing experience for a range of smartphone devices. This is essentially a light-weight version of the website that is ideal for small mobile device screens and tablets.
In late summer, PIR readers will be introduced to Gateway, the AAP Journals and Publications network, which will build on new mobile and digital technology. Gateway is an intuitive tool enabling AAP members to easily search, sort, and curate AAP journals and publications content. With its comprehensive and Amazon-like searching capabilities and personalized suggested content, Gateway will deliver relevant information members need based on topics and keywords of interest. Gateway is designed to fit into the pediatrician’s daily workflow, offer content recommendations, and provide self-study tool kits. The new platform will make finding medical information easier through the AAP, as well as Google Scholar and PubMed Central, in a single network.
As reader interaction with PIR expands, especially through Gateway, our journal’s content will also expand to match our readers’ needs, following the philosophies of Drs Haggerty and Nazarian. I look forward to year 36, the new tipping point for PIR.
The journal, though middle-aged,
continues to be the rage.
In print, on the web,
It will get in your head.
Go, PIR! Set the stage.
- © American Academy of Pediatrics, 2014. All rights reserved.