Committed to Advancing Health Through Research

May 23, 2023 | by Heather Drevna
Committed to Advancing Health Through Research

As part of our ongoing commitment to improving patient care through evidence-based medicine, Pediatrix® Medical Group engages in clinical research, education, continuous quality-improvement and safety initiatives. Our efforts contribute to better patient outcomes and reduce long-term health-system costs, not only for our patients and hospital partners, but for all patients and providers across our specialty areas.

That commitment was on full display at the recent Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) meeting in Washington, D.C. Produced through the partnership of four leading pediatric associations — American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Academic Pediatrics Association (APA), American Pediatric Society (APS) and Society for Pediatric Research (SPR) — this international conference offers opportunities for clinician-scientists, clinicians and educators to share research, explore new ideas, build career opportunities, and collaborate on future projects. At this year’s meeting, Pediatrix-affiliated physicians and other clinicians created more than 50 unique presentations, a company record.

Our affiliated clinicians’ participation ranged from platform presentations and poster symposia to workshops and poster presentations. Several affiliated clinicians gave multiple presentations during the five-day meeting. The quality of the presentations was exceptional, and some were made in collaboration with trainees, an indicator that our clinician-scientists are mentoring future investigators. In several sessions, our clinicians’ publications were cited as contributory to ongoing work, demonstrating the broader impact our research is having on the practice of medicine.

Through the leadership of our affiliated clinicians and with the support of our Pediatrix Center for Research, Education, Quality and Safety (CREQS), we have cultivated a culture of continuous quality improvement and safety. This is the cornerstone of our success and helps us fulfill our mission to take great care of the patient, every day and in every wayTM.

CREQS provides centralized operational support to our investigators and research staff with administrative assistance, education and training, as well as management of clinical research trials. To help facilitate and support research efforts, Pediatrix established a Research Advisory Committee (RAC). The goal of the RAC is to design, implement and maintain a program for clinical research oversight and support that enables our practices to conduct research that is safe, effective, financially viable and legally compliant, while optimizing research opportunities.

The RAC’s multidisciplinary approach involves the collaboration of clinical and business professionals, including finance, legal and compliance experts. It has enhanced our research efforts and improved overall process flow. With participating clinicians located throughout the country, the RAC supports a comprehensive scope of research efforts, allowing for a more in-depth look at our specialties. This nationwide perspective allows us to better anticipate future needs and opportunities. Pediatrix-affiliated clinicians have written more than 1,000 scholarly papers in the past 20 years and have been published in nearly 200 different peer-reviewed journals since 2017.

Our ongoing commitment to clinical and research excellence is evidenced by the extensive educational and professional development opportunities we offer online and during live sessions. Each year, thousands of health care providers worldwide take advantage of educational programs hosted by Pediatrix’s affiliated physicians. CREQS is accredited with recommendation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission.

Our CloudCME® program helps meet the continuing education needs of health care providers through an accessible, online platform, while the Pediatrix Neonatology Grand Rounds webinar series addresses pertinent controversial issues that influence the clinical practice of newborn medicine. The complimentary webinars are held on the first Wednesday of every month from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time.

At Pediatrix, we are proud of our commitment to research and the opportunities it provides our affiliated clinicians to grow and thrive in their practice of medicine. To learn more about our research, please visit our CREQS website. For more on career opportunities, please visit our careers page.