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NCPeds News Net -- October 2019

Monday, October 28, 2019  
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NCPeds News Net
October 2019


Partner Practice Registration

It's the most wonderful time of the year. No, we're not talking about the winter holidays. We're talking about Partner Practice registration time!

Being a Partner Practice means that all of the practicing pediatricians in a practice are members of NCPeds. Partner Practices are active groups/practices that are recognized throughout the year as an integral part of our organization.

Partner Practice status is free (with a paid membership for all pediatricians) but must be renewed every year.

Benefits include:

  • Special recognition, including at in-person events
  • Member discounts to NCPeds’ events
  • Priority on waitlists
  • First invitation to participate in special initiatives
  • List of renewal dates for all pediatricians for both AAP and NCPeds provided to one staff person of practice’s choice

Sign up today to become a NCPeds Partner Practice.The application to be a Partner Practice can be found at the NCPeds website.

Not sure if all of your pediatricians are members? Please submit a list of all pediatricians in your practice to Kathryn Carroll ( by Nov. 22, and she will let you know if any members are not members of NCPeds or AAP, plus upcoming expiration dates.

Once all your pediatricians are signed up as members of at least NCPeds, submit your application. All practices who submit a complete and correct application by Dec. 6 will be recognized as Partner Practices, starting at the January Open Forum.



2019 Career Days

This month, we held two Career Day events in the Triangle to give residents the opportunity to meet with practices and learn about job opportunities in pediatrics. CareerDay for PL3 was held Oct. 2, and Career Day for PL2 was held Oct. 16.

Thanks to all of the residents and practices that joined us for these great events!

CareerDay PL3

Career Day PL2


Meet NCPeds' Leaders
Gabriela Maradiaga Panayotti, MD, FAAP
Duke University

Oral Health Update
Online Training Option for Fluoride Varnish Program

As a primary care pediatrician, Gabriela Maradiaga Panayotti, MD, FAAP, loves her interactions with her patients.

"The part that I enjoy about my job the most is really talking to the patients because they are so sweet and honest and genuine," she said.

Dr. Maradiaga is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Primary Care at Duke Children's Hospital where she's worked for 10 years. As a pediatrician, advocate, and educator, she treats children and adolescents for well visits, helps newborns and families with breastfeeding issues, works in the pediatric obesity clinic and teaches medical students about health disparities and professionalism in the medical field.

"The best part of pediatrics is that you can always be hopeful. There's so much promise in children. It motivates me to work hard," she said. "There's so much you can to do make a life be better."

In addition, she works to advocate on behalf of the pediatric community through visits to Washington, D.C, oped writing, social media posts and media interviews.

Earlier this month, Dr. Ellie Erickson presented Dr. Maradiaga with the Rising Star award on behalf of NCPeds.

Dr. Maradiaga grew up in Honduras and served as a high school chemistry and biology teacher in Brooklyn before becoming a doctor. She attended Yale University for her undergraduate studies, Georgetown University for medical school, and the University of California San Francisco for her pediatric residency training.

She lives in Durham with her family where you'll find them tending to their urban garden and chickens. She loves cooking with the vegetables from her garden and exploring new restaurants throughout Durham.


Five times more common than asthma, 36 percent of all North Carolina children have had tooth decay by the time they enter kindergarten…15 percent of it, untreated.Tooth decay hurts, and affects a child’s ability to eat, grow, talk, learn, sleep, play, and reach important developmental milestones. Poor dental health affects overall health. If left untreated, tooth decay can lead to tooth loss, infection and even death.

Did you know you can do something about it? North Carolina’s Into the Mouths of Babes Fluoride Varnish Program is a successful medical model of providing oral health services for very young children. Training is now available online! This engaging, interactive e-learning course teaches medical providers how to conduct an oral evaluation and risk assessment for children ages infant to 3 ½ years, refer young children to a dental home using risk-based guidelines, apply fluoride varnish to the teeth of young children, share with parents the appropriate amount of fluoride toothpaste for their child based on age, and file a Medicaid claim for the oral evaluation, counseling, and fluoride varnish procedure.

Into the Mouths of Babes Fluoride Varnish Program is partnering with Wake AHEC to offer this online educational activity for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit to the first 200 participants FREE.The e-learning course is available to medical providers statewide at this website.



On Oct. 3, Susan Mims, MD, MPH, FAAP, received the Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation Community Achievement Award.


Dates to Remember

Mark your calendars for these upcoming NCPeds events.

  • 2020 Winter Open Forum, Saturday, January 25, 2020 at the Hilton in Greenville
  • 2020 Spring Open Forum, Saturday April 18 at the Grandover in Greensboro (in process)
  • 2020 Annual Meeting, Friday, August 14 - Sunday, August 16, 2020 at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club in Durham


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