2020 Annual Quality Congress

AAP/VON Scholar Awards

AAP/VON Scholar Awards are awarded to five fellows and early career neonatologists in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Neonatal Perinatal Medicine (SoNPM). The award recognizes future leaders in newborn care who exemplify dedication to data-driven quality improvement in the care of infants and families.

Application Deadline: July 15, 2020


  • Recognition as an AAP/VON Scholar for the fellow and sponsoring training program.
  • Opportunity to present a poster during a virtual event.
  • Complimentary registration to the 2021 Annual Quality Congress.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be a member of the AAP SONPM Trainee and Early Career Neonatology (TECaN) group to qualify for this award.

Previous AAP/VON Scholars are not eligible to apply for the award; however, they are welcome and encouraged to attend the virtual presentation events and submit a poster for the online Improvement Science Expo.

To Apply

  • Develop a one page (maximum) personal statement indicating your interest in quality improvement, long-term aspirations in this field, as well as why/how becoming an AAP/VON Scholar will be important to advance your training and career goals.
  • Provide an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae.
  • Complete a brief online application, including describing your role and lessons you learned in a recent quality improvement project.

You must have a Google account to use the application portal.

Please contact Phil Bieber with any questions on the application process: pbieber@vtoxford.org

Application Deadline: July 15, 2020

2019 AAP/VON Scholars

Jessica Clem, MD
Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth

Jess Clem is a Neonatal-Perinatal Fellow at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD). She received her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and her M.D. from the Larner College of Medicine at The University of Vermont. She completed her pediatric residency at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center before returning to her home state to complete her fellowship training. In addition to her clinical focus in neonatology, she is completing an additional residency, the Leadership and Preventive Medicine Program. This unique program has enabled her to obtain a Masters of Public Health through The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. With the benefit of additional training in quality improvement methodology, she is working on a multidisciplinary quality improvement project to improve the recognition of parental mental health challenges in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.


Tara Glenn, MD
Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital

Tara Glenn completed medical school at Washington University in St. Louis and residency in pediatrics at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. She found her passion in neonatology and moved to Cleveland for fellowship at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. Under the mentorship of Anna Maria Hibbs, Monika Bhola, and Gulgun Yalcinkaya she developed her passion for improving outcomes for all newborns through quality improvement.

She was first introduced to quality improvement in St. Louis, where she worked to reduce central line days for infants in the NICU. When she started fellowship; she was struck by the amount of time it took to pre-medicate neonates prior to intubation. She formed a multidisciplinary team and worked to change the system and trial interventions to reduce the time and improve the efficiency of the process. When she admitted a hypothermic preterm infant from another hospital, she knew quality improvement was the way to address this issue, and is working to improve admission temperatures for transported preterm infants. She is now an assistant professor at Rainbow with a focus on quality improvement, working on improving neonatal intubation success rates and complications, and continuing to expand her skills in quality improvement to work towards the best possible outcomes for all newborns.


Delia Horn, MD
UVM Children’s Hospital
Dr. Horn received her undergraduate degree in English from Vassar College, then went on to receive her medical degree from the University of Vermont. She completed residency at the University of Vermont Medical Center in 2016, then worked as a hospitalist and a general pediatrician before joining the Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship in 2017. Her research interests include neonatal care in the resource-limited setting as well as quality improvement in the delivery room and surrounding transportation. She also has an interest in clinical education. She is a 2019 Marshall Klaus Health Services Research Award recipient for her work focusing on ultrasound use and neonatal outcomes in rural Uganda. Following graduation, she hopes to work to improve neonatal care in resource-limited settings both within and outside the United States.

Jenny Koo, MD
UC San Diego/Rady Children’s Hospital

Dr. Jenny Koo completed both her Pediatrics residency and Neonatology fellowship at UC San Diego/ Rady Children’s Hospital.  Jenny’s interest in quality improvement stemmed from her initial frustrations at the communication barriers with families in the NICU.  With that, she proceeded to develop an electronic-health-record (EHR) generated family rounding report to aid in the communication of day to day NICU updates should a family not be present during daytime rounds. She also took the lead in other QI projects in the NICU, including “improving adherence to target CO2 ranges in extremely low birth weight neonates,” and “improving handoff tools using EHR-autogenerated fields to reduce error and increase completeness.”

Jenny hopes to maintain her interest in QI as she completes fellowship and transitions to attending-hood.  As she garners more experience in the field, has more opportunities to learn about practice variations between different institutions, and earns a stronger platform for implementing change, her long-term aspiration is to continue seeking out QI opportunities every time she finds herself asking that question, “What can be done better to help my patients?”


Vicky Reichman, MD
Columbia University Medical Center
Vicky Reichman is an attending at the Lenox Hill Hospital of Northwell Health. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from New York University. Subsequently, she worked at New York’s Legal Aid Society, which confirmed her strong interest in caring for vulnerable populations. Vicky received her MD and MPH from the Tufts University School of Medicine and completed her residency training in Pediatrics at the Yale-New Haven Hospital. She completed her fellowship in Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine at the New York Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. Vicky is committed to the elimination of health disparities related to race/ethnicity affecting infants. Her academic interests include the use of quality improvement methodologies for the reduction of health disparities in maternal and infant care, and the collaboration of professional and community leaders in reducing health disparities.