Letter from the Web Editor - Brenda Jean Mears, MD, FAAP

September 19, 2016


Good day to all of you,

I hope to see many of you at the NCE meeting in October in San Francisco.  Our H Program this year is a joint one with the Section on Hospital Medicine.  This meeting will be on Sunday afternoon and will be followed by our Bartholome Award and presentation. 

Our latest section page update is now available.  You may reach the section page from this link http://www2.aap.org/sections/bioethics/default.cfm  If you are at the “My AAP” page I find the easiest way to reach the section page is to go to the bottom of the page, click the committees, councils and sections link under “About the AAP” and follow the section websites links to our site. 

The files have been updated.  There are 4 pdf files. One file contains the 3 book files, one contains current articles and one contains older classic articles.  The rest of the files are in a pdf titled monthly update under Resources. Some of the older files are still available on the website but they have not been updated.

I have added some webinars and grand rounds to the upcoming meetings area.  If you know of events in your area of interest to us you may post them to the listserv or sent a list to me and I will add them to the schedules. 

  • Page 3           AAP Policy Statements
  • Page 9           AAP Grand Round
  • Page 18         Pediatrics in Review
  • Page 20         Endorsed policy statements/Statements of Affirmation of Value/Joint Statements
  • Page 21         Continuing medical education
  • Page 24         Related links
  • Page 27         Other Web Material
  • Page 28         Upcoming events
  • Page 32         Non AAP Meetings and courses
  • Page 35         External Organization policy statements
  • Page 41         History, Literature, Media and the Arts
  • Page 51         List serv news archive. (most recent is first)

Please remember that links are not necessarily stable.  Over time a number of broken links and various errors have developed on the web site.  I will continue to correct them as time allows.  Some of the links, such as YouTube links or news articles may not be retrievable. 

Most of the pages are organized under the same topic headings as the articles files.  An exception is in the media pages.  Movies are alphabetized by name of the movie.  TV and programs are by the name of the television program.  Bioethics articles from Pediatrics in Review are alphabetized by author.

These projects are for your interest and use.  Most of the information included is not endorsed by the AAP or by me personally.  The news articles and blog links in particular, may sometimes have inaccurate information.  The goal is to spark ideas, discussions and assist you in anticipating what your families may wish to discuss.

Since it is impossible to follow everything published, what is included is, of necessity, idiosyncratic.  If you see something we have overlooked please send it on.  I will try to include in the next update. We are specifically looking to increase the number of bioethical studies, bioethical novels and useful policies from other organizations in our reference lists.

Our Section on Bioethics Listserv is valuable for sharing knowledge and thoughts about our section activities and bioethics.  Any of our members may post to the LISTSERV® e-mail list at Bioethics@listserv.aap.org.  If you are not receiving at least occasional messages from me let me know at bjmears@arboroaks.com or at bjmears@sbcglobal.net .

My thanks to Anjie Emanuel, the members of the Section Executive Committee and all the others who provide assistance in the ongoing projects of our Section.

Brenda Jean Mears

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