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AHRQ names second child health scholar

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has named Howard Bauchner, M.D., as the Agency's second Child and Adolescent Health Scholar-in-Residence. Dr. Bauchner will work with the Center for Primary Care Research to conduct research on issues related to primary care for children, health disparities, and physician-patient communication and decisionmaking.

Dr. Bauchner comes to AHRQ from the Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center, where he serves as Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health, Director of the Division of General Pediatrics, and Associate Vice-Chair for Academic Affairs. He has built an excellent academic division focusing on clinical, health services, and policy research. He also serves as project director of Boston University's faculty development program and the National Research Service Award fellowship program where he organized the academic/research seminar for all junior faculty and fellows.

Dr. Bauchner received his bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine. His appointment is effective September 1, 2000, through June 30, 2001.

The appointment of Joseph Thompson, M.D., the Agency's first Child and Adolescent Health Scholar, ended on August 31. Dr. Thompson has assisted with the refinement of existing tools and development of new databases for use in child health services research, including a new national database, the Child-National Inpatient Database in the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), which will be available later this year. In addition, Dr. Thompson helped develop a new classification system for use with the HCUP databases. He also developed a child-relevant analysis of Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data and the CAHPS® Benchmarking Database and provided leadership in the development of quality measures for children with special health care needs.

Editor's Note: AHRQ is seeking new applicants for the Child and Adolescent Health Scholar-in-Residence Program, which is cosponsored by the Ambulatory Pediatric Association, the American Academy of Nursing, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs, and the Society for Adolescent Medicine. Scholar candidates from all health research and policy backgrounds, including medicine, nursing, allied health, and the social and behavioral sciences, are encouraged to apply. Applications for the next round are due February 1, 2001.

Select Applications Invited for Scholar-in-Residence in Child and Adolescent Health for more information and application instructions.

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