Send us your stories

September 1, 2011

The mission of Contemporary Pediatrics is to provide readers with up-to-date, evidence-based information that will inform and enhance medical care for children.

The authors of the articles you read in these pages are experts in their fields who have information, practice suggestions, and guidance that they want to share and that is judged by our Editorial Board reviewers to be well informed and accurate.

We select articles and authors that we think will meet the needs of clinicians in their offices, communities, and inpatient settings and that recognize the complexities faced in today's very complex practice environment.

Some time ago, we invited readers to share their stories with us. We have, in turn, been sharing those stories, ideas, and memories with our readers on the last page of each issue of Contemporary Pediatrics, a feature we call Postscript.

We know that anecdotes can provide powerful lessons that enrich our daily lives and illustrate the difficulties faced by clinicians and the rewarding interactions we have with patients, families, and colleagues.

For the past several years we also have asked the pediatric residents in our program to write reflections on the experiences they have had taking care of patients.

We've specifically requested narratives regarding ethical quandaries they have faced or observed and descriptions of their experiences caring for children with special health care needs.

The reflections of residents have been moving, articulate, and revealing of their commitment to providing both effective medical care as well as emotional support and advocacy for their patients.

We invite residents from other programs who are readers of Contemporary Pediatrics to submit their own stories for publication. If you have a story to share with our readers, we urge you to take a few minutes, write it down, and send it to us-by email or by post.

If you have comments about something you've read in Contemporary Pediatrics, or suggestions for articles, we urge you to communicate those as well.

For many years readers have told us that Contemporary Pediatrics is one of their most important sources of expert and up-to-date information.

We will continue to recruit articles from experts, but we hope that you will also share your expertise and your comments.

DR MCMILLAN
Editor-in-Chief
Contemporary Pediatrics