Winter (Volume 28, Number 4)

Update from the Pediatrics Committee

By Ronald M. Laxer, MDCM, FRCPC

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The CRA Pediatrics group includes all Canadian pediatric rheumatologists and trainees. The executive committee includes the Chair [Ron Laxer], past Chair [Deb Levy], vice-Chair [Bobbi Berard] and Secretary [Nadia Luca]. Executive meetings are held by teleconference at least four times annually and more often if necessary. Face-to-face meetings of the entire committee are held at both the American College of Rheumatology and Canadian Rheumatology Association annual meetings.

In order to accomplish our tasks in a timely manner, several subcommittees have been formed. They include Human Resources (chair Michelle Batthish), Education (co-chairs Mercedes Chan and Evelyn Rozenblyum) and Advocacy. We also try to ensure that all CRA committees have appropriate pediatric representation.

This past year, the committee struck up a relationship with the Canadian Pediatric Society (CPS) to form a Special Interest Group and hold workshops at the CPS annual meeting. A new sub-committee, Community Pediatrics, has been established and will be led by Tommy Gerschman. This will provide wonderful opportunities for connection for our community pediatrics members. Under the leadership of Deb Levy, triamcinolone hexacetonide has now become available in Canada without the need for a Special Access Program, which will facilitate patient care immensely.

There are many opportunities to become involved with the Pediatrics Committee of the CRA. Please contact any member of the executive to learn about these. We would welcome your input.

Ronald M. Laxer, MDCM, FRCPC
Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine
University of Toronto
Staff Rheumatologist
The Hospital for Sick Children
Toronto, Ontario

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