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April 2015 Newsletter

March 2015 Newsletter

International Child Health Network (ICHN) is available. Please visit the ICHN and participate to establish connections that foster cooperation around the world.

ICATCH - International Access to Child Health

Global Health Links

Global Health Service Corps - Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative (BIPAI)

Health Volunteers Overseas

HIFA 2015


WHO Vaccine Preventable Diseases Monitoring System
2012 Global summary

Donate to SOICH

Donate to SOICH Programs through the AAP Friends of Children Fund

Once you log in to the "Friends of Children Fund" web page, please make sure you designate your funds to the Section on International Child Health - General Support, the ICATCH Program, or the Resident International Elective Awards.

Or call 888/700-5378 and make your donation over the phone. Every bit of support counts!



Resident Resources

Each academic year the AAP will designate several $1,000 awards to pediatric residents who wish to complete a clinical pediatric elective in the developing world during residency. Fellowship Trainee members are also eligible to apply, however only one Fellowship Trainee applicant may be awarded per cycle at the discretion of the review committee.

Resident applicants must be enrolled in pediatric residency training programs that are approved for credit toward certification by the American Board of Pediatrics, the American Osteopathic Board of Pediatrics, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, or La Corporation Professionelle des Medecins du Quebec. Applicants must also be a member of the AAP Section on International Child Health (SOICH). If you are not currently a member of SOICH, please click on the following link to submit your secure application for membership:

The International Elective Awards will be chosen within two cycles, due March 15 and September 15. Recipients of the March cycle will be notified by May 31 each year and recipients of the September cycle will be notified by November 30. The selection committee is composed of members from the SOICH and the Section on Medical Students, Residents and Fellowship Trainees (SOMSRFT). The online application is available year round.

Congratulations to the September 2011 International Elective Award Recipients!

Award requirements are as follows:

  1. The elective should be at least 4 weeks, and primarily clinical.
  2. Must be a resident at time of application cycle deadline.
  3. IMPORTANT: Please remember to bring the photo release form with you prior to departure. If pictures of families/kids are taken, this form must be signed and returned to the AAP.
  4. Must submit application prior to leaving for elective.
  5. Residents may apply once within a twelve month academic period (July 1 – June 30).
  6. A list of written objectives should be developed prior to departure.
  7. A preceptor identified in the host country.
  8. Scheduled orientation prior to departure, to include becoming familiar with the host country's climate, culture and politics, health and safety issues.
  9. If you are not fluent in the host country's language, arrangements must be made for translators.
  10. Secure travel documents such as passports, visas and medical licenses before departure.
  11. Arrange housing and medical care for yourself.
  12. You should be formally evaluated while abroad, primarily to identify satisfaction of your objectives.
  13. Upon return, submit a written summary of your experiences to the program director and formally evaluate your elective with appropriate faculty.
  14. Previous recipients are not eligible to apply.
  15. Canadian residents are eligible to apply.

Please do not apply for this award if you are being paid for this rotation in addition to your regular resident salary. However, you may seek additional funding for your rotation in addition to this award.

If you are selected to receive the award, we may use your report for an article in AAP News, the International Child Health Newsletter or Resident Report.

Upon return from your elective, submit a copy of your summary to Kimberley VandenBrook.

Questions about this award can be directed to Kimberley VandenBrook by email or by calling 800/433-9016, ext 7134.

Good luck and safe travels!

The resident international elective award is jointly supported by the AAP Section on International Child Health, the AAP Section on Medical Students, Residents and Fellowship Trainees and from anonymous member donors.

Grant Reports

Preparing Before You Go

Courses of Interest

Supporting International Health Efforts While At Home

List of Opportunities for Medical Students and Residents

Funding an International Health Elective