Sunita Vohra, MD, FRCPC, FAAP
SOIM Fall 2014 Newsletter
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The Section on Integrative Medicine (SOIM) was established to develop and identify educational opportunites and to advocate for research on complementary and alternative therapies used in pediatrics. Its mission is to support the overall AAP mission to promote optimal health and well-being for all children by 1) promoting policies to enhance patient-centered care; 2) integrating evidence-based, safe and effective complementary therapies into high quality pediatric practice; 3) educating clinicians and families; promoting research on commonly used complementary therapies; 4) advocating for appropriate payment for safe and effective services; and 5) respectfully collaborating with diverse health professionals dedicated to enhancing the health of infants, children, and adolescents.
The Section on Integrative Medicine
(SOIM) was established to develop and identify educational and policy
strategies to advocate for research on complementary and alternative therapies
used in pediatrics. The SOIM is governed
by an executive committee of 6 member pediatricians. Sunita Vohra, MD, chairs the
section. The Section has both
formal and informal liaison relationships with various AAP committees,
sections, and chapters.
- SOIM has developed programs and workshops
that have been presented at the National Conference & Exhibition, Pediatric Academic Societies and other international Integrative Medicine meetings. The emphasis has been on providing evidence-based
information on various CAM therapies commonly used by children and families
to treat common or serious conditions.
- CAM-related topics
are provided in the journal, Pediatrics
In Review, to help prepare pediatricians for board exams and recertification.
- The American
Board of Pediatrics has requested the submissions of potential
questions based on these PIR articles with the expectation that
more CAM questions will be covered on the boards. A clinical
report for clinicians and a patient education brochure on CAM was published. The report provides an overview of various therapies, insurance coverage, medical liability, and provides guidance on communicating effectively with patients and families who use or are interested in using CAM.
- SOIM has been represented at meetings of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and has given testimony to urge target research on infants, children, and adolescents as a population of special interest for future research.
- SOIM recognizes the
lack of research on CAM, especially in the pediatric population, and is
working with the Pediatric
Research in Office Setting (PROS) Network to develop a research agenda
and strategies for CAM therapies most commonly used by children and families.
- SOIM will work with AAP Department of Federal Affairs to urge
the NIH, NCCAM to target infants, children, and adolescents as a
population of special interest for future research. SOIM will work with the Division
on Health Care Finance and Practice Improvement to develop priorities,
goals, and strategies for enhancing reimbursement for effective, appropriate
- SOIM will highlight successful clinical
models of pediatric integrative care to help support pediatricians who are interested in developing this type
Current Executive Committee Members
Sunita Vohra, MD, FRCPC, FAAP
Hilary McClafferty, MD, FAAP
Lawrence Rosen, MD, FAAP
Immediate Past Chair
David Becker, MD, MPH, FAAP
Michelle Bailey, MD, FAAP
Timothy Culbert, MD, FAAP
Erica Sibinga, MD, FAAP
Michelle Zimmer, MD, FAAP
For further information
on the AAP SOIM or for questions or concerns, please call 847/434-7920.