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

August 29, 2014

Good day to all of you,

You may reach our latest section page update from your “My AAP” page.  Don’t forget the deadline for the ethics essay contest is August 31. 

Over time a number of broken links and various errors have developed on the web site.  With Michael Chorvat’s help I have corrected many of them.  There are updates in many of the sections including the policy statements, current articles, classic articles and all 3 book pages. We are continuing to add links in the External Organizations Policy Statements and Other Reports list. 

Many movie trailers, documentaries, television programs and even some complete movies are available on such sites as YouTube.  On the history, literature, media and the arts page, there is now a separate subsection for television programs and shorter programs.  The programs are alphabetized by the name of the overall program first, then the name of the episode. The articles related to history, literature and media have been reorganized under the same topic headings as the articles files. 

The newsletter archive includes newsletters from past years.  Our Pediatrics in Review articles and AAP Grand Rounds articles are linked on the website.

Recent Virtual Mentor topics include humanities, assisted reproduction technology, physician athlete relationships, and intersections of race, ethnicity and medicine. 

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.

My thanks to Anjie Emanuel, Michael Chorvat, 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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