A founding member of the Society for Pediatric Urgent Care, Mike Moran MD was a phenomenal educator who took every opportunity to guide colleagues and trainees in patient care. Throughout his career, he was dedicated to continued improvement of pediatric health care. Embracing evidence-based practice, Dr. Moran often catalyzed new innovations to improve quality and efficiency of patient care in the pediatric acute care setting.
The Mike Moran Scholar Award is presented annually to a pediatric resident, fellow training in, or recent graduate of, the field of pediatric urgent care (MD/DO, NP, PA) with the goal of enhancing clinical research within the specialty.
Call for Eligible Abstracts
Submissions for the 2024 Mike Moran Scholar Award is open via SPUC’s 10th Annual Conference Call for Abstracts. Abstract topics must be within the field of pediatric urgent care. Eligible applicants include pediatric residents or fellows in training in pediatric urgent care.
The recipient of the award is chosen by the Society for Pediatric Urgent Care Awards Committee.
Mike Moran Scholar Award recipients receive:
- Award plaque
- Recognition on the SPUC website
- Waived conference registration
- Reimbursement of conference airfare (30-day advance, coach, nonrefundable) and one night of lodging at the host hotel
- Oral presentation of their scholarly product during SPUC’s 10th Annual Conference
SPUC’s President, President-Elect, Immediate Past President, Committee Chairs and Vice Chairs are ineligible for consideration.
Co-Recipients of the 2023 Mike Moran Scholar Award are Nehal Bhandari MD and Rachel Kreiger MS DO with their presentation ‘5-Month-Old with Crying and Poor Feeding’
Nehal Bhandari MD is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Emory University and works clinically as a pediatric urgent care physician at Emory/Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) in the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine. She works in the emergency departments at Egleston and Hughes Spalding, which are CHOA’s teaching hospitals. Dr. Bhandari graduated from Emory’s pediatric residency program in 2016 and then completed a unique, one-year, pediatric urgent care fellowship at Emory from 2016-2017. Since then, she has served as associate program director of the pediatric urgent care fellowship at Emory. She also serves as the chair of the division’s physician wellness committee.
Rachel Kreiger MS DO discovered her love for research during her undergraduate days at Georgetown University. She completed a dual master’s program at Boston University School of Medicine in Medical Sciences and Clinical Research. She went on to obtain her DO from Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. There she discovered her passion for pediatrics. She completed her pediatric residency at Emory University and is now working with Pediatric Emergency Medicine Associates in Atlanta, Georgia. Her research interests include sickle cell disease and physician mental health. Outside of work she loves to travel, bake and hike with her dog.
Contributions to the Mike Moran Scholar Award
Your contribution enables the Society to further its education and research mission of establishing standards for high quality, unscheduled pediatric care outside of the emergency department setting in collaboration with the Medical Home. Please donate today in memory of Dr. Moran and his spirit of supporting SPUC’s early career researchers.
Joining or renewing at the Founders Circle level includes a contribution to the award and is a convenient way to establish an ongoing gift. 100% of current officers and board members have pledged to support this award. We ask everybody to be as generous as possible for this worthy cause. SPUC members also have an opportunity to make regular contributions when they renew their annual membership dues.
SPUC will provide an acknowledgement letter to each donor. SPUC is a 501(c)6 organization, FEIN #46-4457008. Contributions are not deductible as charitable contributions under IRC 170.