Practice Profiles

Close Communities from Far Away: Partners4Kids in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Five years after a series of hurricanes devastated the U.S. Virgin Islands, Dr. Cecilia Penn is optimistic about the future of her practice, Partners4Kids. Although the COVID-19 pandemic has dealt another blow to the community, she’s staying focused on the bigger picture, always coming back to the needs of the families she serves.

Parental Choice, Public Health, and Vaccine Hesitancy in Tennessee

In July of 2021, the Tennessee legislature mandated that the Tennessee Department of Health stop all vaccine outreach to children and adolescents, requiring that the DOH suspend sending reminder postcards to families about receiving their second dose of vaccine. How does this mandate impact independent pediatricians? And what are its implications for the relationship between the Tennessee legislature and the medical community? Dr. Suzanne Berman, an independent pediatrician in Crossville, TN, offers insights into the real conversations happening in her community.

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Sharing with you the deep dedication of pediatric care, as told by independent pediatricians living and practicing in a variety of different locations and with different perspectives.

Editorials & Interviews

Weathering the Staffing Shortage Storm with Dr. Hiral Lavania

Even before the pandemic, the U.S. was in the throes of a healthcare staffing crisis. The demoralizing effects of the last two years, including long hours filling in staffing gaps and treating COVID patients led to record rates of burnout and subsequent resignation of droves of healthcare workers. This crisis has now escalated to a true emergency, especially for independent practitioners who may be losing staff to hospitals and large healthcare systems offering large pay raises and other perks that may not be options for smaller practices. Dr. Hiral Lavania discusses the impact of the staffing shortage during this time and what she expects for the future of her practice.

Industry Trends

Making Decisions Together: A Web-Based Approach to Screening and Early Intervention

In the early 2000s, Dr. Barbara Howard and her husband, Dr. Raymond Sturner, set out to harness the power of the internet to help pediatricians assess patients for mental health issues. Twenty years later, they’ve revolutionized how early screening and intervention unfolds in pediatric offices across the country by making available online more than 600 screening and diagnostic tools.

The approach centers on an evidence-based, standardized approach to screening. A web-based platform they developed called CHADIS, or the Comprehensive Health and Decision Information System, gives pediatricians access to screening, diagnostic, and data collection tools for a range of health issues, from autism and ADHD to depression and asthma.

Tools & Resources

Built for Pediatricians

The Independent Pediatrician is proud to provide you with a list of resources that we believe can help independent pediatricians survive and thrive. Feel free to share them and pass them on, integrating them into your pediatric community.