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New Associate Newsletter Editor for the SOIM Newsletter!
Michelle “Shelly” Zimmer, MD is a Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician and Medical Director of Integrative Care at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Dr. Zimmer has established an integrative care medical consultation program for children with autism and other developmental disabilities at CCHMC and is expanding that clinic into other chronic medical conditions. Dr. Zimmer directs outpatient integrative care services at CHMC. Dr. Zimmer was also just nominated to the SOIM Executive Committee and her term will start Nov 1, 2012.


SOIM Grant Award announcements:
This year we had an excellent crop of applications for our two grant awards – one for an education project and another for research. The choices were not easy because the competition was good. This year’s awardees are Dr. Sanghamitra Misra from the Baylor College of Medicine and Dr. Qing Yang from Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Dr. Misra will be implementing “A Day of CAM/Integrative Medicine for pediatric residents” for Baylor residents that will include didactic and experiential components and an evaluation. Dr. Yang is studying the inclusion of omega-3 fatty acids in intralipid formulas for premature infants with ostomies requiring TPN. We are very excited to support the important work of both of these scholars. In our next newsletter we will be updating you on the accomplishments of past grant recipients as well.

Be sure to look for more opportunities in 2014!

Mental Health, Naturally, by Kathi Kemper, MD, MPH, FAAP
Congratulations to Kathi on the following awards: Indie Excellence® Awards, 2011 Silver Nautilus Award
2010 Book of the Year Award from Foreword Magazine in the Health category.



The patient education brochure is available at the AAP Bookstore.

According to a New Government Survey, 38 Percent of Adults and 12 Percent of Children Use Complementary and Alternative Medicine
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CAM for Colds & Flu

AAP Pedialink Hot Topics: Integrative Medicine for Colds and Flu


SOIM Articles in Pediatrics in Review

The Complementary and Alternative Research and Education Program of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, is collaborating with the journal, Pediatrics in Review, and SOIM to publish information for pediatricians on the safety and effectiveness of commonly-used CAM therapies and natural health products.  This series consists of brief summaries outlining the most recent evidence available on each therapy as it relates specifically to children. 

 If you are interested in writing a review article, or in providing anonymous peer review, please contact the PiR series coordinator, Amy Moen at to share your interests/expertise.

Looking For a Speaker?

The Section on Integrative Medicine has a Speaker's Bureau list.  If you are looking for someone to speak on a particular topic, check it out!

For further information on the AAP SOIM or for questions or concerns, please call 847/434-7920.