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The Section on Complementary and Integrative Medicine has a new name! We are now the Section on Integrative Medicine (SOIM) effective May 2012.

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New Executive Committee Members
Starting November 1, 2012 we will have 2 new members to our Executive Committee.
Please welcome Michelle Zimmer and Erica Sibinga.


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
CCHMC. Dr. Zimmer was also just nominated to the SOIM Executive
Committee and her term will start Nov 1, 2012.


SOCIM 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 2013!

Mental Health, Naturally, by Kathi Kemper, MD, MPH, FAAP
Congratulations to Kathi on the following awards: Indie Excellence® Awards,
silver award from Nautilus Books and a gold award from Foreword Reviews.


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
 (click here)

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. The most recent publication in February 2012 was: Complementary, Holistic, and Integrative Medicine:
Crohn Disease by Alycia Leiby and Minal Vazirani.
Upcoming articles include: Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Therapies for Neurodevelopment in Preterm Infants by Elaine Galicia-Connolly, Larissa Shamseer and Sunita Vohra in May 2012. As well, other upcoming articles include CAM Utilization, Music Therapy and Acne Vulgaris.
 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.