I was first introduced to the Canadian Pediatric Endocrine Group (CPEG) as a pediatric resident when I presented the results of my resident research project at an Annual CPEG Scientific Meeting. I would never have imagined that 15+ years later, I would have the honour of serving as the CPEG President, representing my esteemed colleagues from across the country. It is an absolute privilege to be provided with this opportunity to work with CPEG over the next 2 years.
Our organization, although small in size, has been extremely productive over the last 20 years and it is my hope to continue this track record of productiveness through collaborative research, advocacy, knowledge translation, and support of our next generation of pediatric endocrinologists via CPEG fellowships. The Annual CPEG Scientific Meeting is always a highlight where our dynamic membership can come together to advance our knowledge in pediatric endocrinology while also enjoying opportunities to network, share meals, and laugh (often hysterically) together. I look forward to seeing all of you in Winnipeg in 2020!
Over the next 2 years, as President, I hope to foster national efforts to engage in collaborative research, introduce more opportunities to exchange knowledge on best practice in pediatric diabetes and endocrinology between Canadian centres, and advance CPEG’s role in advocacy for the patients and families that we care for everyday in our clinical practices. There are many exciting initiatives underway including a national protocol for the management of pediatric diabetic ketoacidosis that integrates the latest evidence, continued efforts to support children living with diabetes in the school setting, and new national research collaborations such as the development of a national pediatric diabetes registry and the engagement of patients and families to better understand the role of adjuvant therapy in the treatment of pediatric type 1 diabetes. All of these initiatives have been (or are being) led by CPEG members.
Please continue to engage with CPEG via our new and improved web portal that is easily accessible and provides opportunities for sharing new knowledge and engaging in collaborative conversations. Bring your ideas forward to help us achieve our mission to provide “excellence in the care of infants, children and adolescents with diabetes and other endocrine disorders.” Together, through partnerships and collective action, I am confident that we can continue to make a considerable impact on the lives of children, youth and their families across Canada.
See you in Winnipeg!
Shazhan Amed, MD, FRCP
President, Canadian Pediatric Endocrine Group