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Workshop in Perinatal Practice Strategies

The upcoming Workshop on Perinatal Practice Strategies focuses on leadership. Neonatologists, even those who are not in formal leadership positions, must have leadership skills to provide care as part of a medical team. Organizations, from local hospitals to state and national bodies such as the AAP Section on Perinatal Pediatrics and the AAP, also need skilled leadership. These skills are not typically a point of emphasis during training or at medical conferences. A major goal of this workshop will be to provide a variety of opportunities for attendees to enhance their leadership skills, thereby assuring that we continue a strong tradition of leadership in our profession. Clinical neonatologists, academic neonatologists, and trainees all will find something of value in the Workshop offerings.

Dr. Jon Tyson, the Michelle Bain Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston, will deliver the Workshop Butterfield keynote address on, ‘Evidence Based Counseling and Intensive Care for Extremely Premature Infants.’

As a special bonus, conference participants who complete the pre and post-course assessments are eligible for Part 2 MOC credit.

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 Lula Lubchenco, MD

 In 1982, Dr. Lula Lubchenco became the eighth Apgar  Award  recipient and the first woman to be so honored.

 Dr. Lubchenco was born in Turkistan, Russia in 1915 to  Dr. Portia  McKnight Lubchenco (an American physician)  and Alexis  Lubchenco (a Russian agronomist).  Her  parents had met in  South Carolina when her father was  studying the agriculture of  cotton.  The family left Russia in 1917 due to the scourge of war,  settled initially on the  Lubchenco farm residence in South  Carolina, but in 1930 relocated to Colorado driven by the dual pestilences of the depression and the boll weevil.

Dr. Lubchenco graduated from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 1939.  She met her future husband, Dr. Carl Josephson, while doing a rotating internship at Colorado General Hospital.  She trained in Pediatrics at both Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York and Denver Children’s Hospital.  Her daughter, Dr. Patricia McFeeley, has related that she continued to use her maiden name professionally because at the time married women were less competitive in the academic world.

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In the News

National Conference & Exhibition
October 24-27, 2015
Washington, DC

The AAP Call for Abstracts for the 2015 Section on Perinatal Pediatrics program at the AAP National Conference & Exhibition is now available. Submission deadline is April 10, 2015.

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NRP Grant Opportunities

NRP Research Grants, up to $50,000, and Young Investigator Awards (available to residents, fellows-in-training or those professionals who are no more than four years out of their fellowship), up to $15,000, are available from the American Academy of Pediatrics Neonatal Resuscitation Program to support research that furthers knowledge in the area of neonatal resuscitation.  Researchers from US and Canadian medical institutions are invited to apply.  Applicants must submit an intent for application to the NRP Steering Committee by Friday, May 1, 2015

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CoPS Shares Information About Training & Certification

The Council of Pediatric Subspecialties (CoPS), in which the AAP Section on Perinatal Pediatrics participates, works closely with the American Board of Pediatrics and other significant pediatric organizations to address issues common across pediatric subspecialties.   We offer a recent CoPS update on subspecialty competencies, entrustable professional activities (EPAs), fellowship training and other contemporary issues.

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New AHRQ Toolkit Designed to Improve
Safety of Fragile Newborns

A new toolkit is available to help improve the safety of infants born preterm or with complex congenital conditions as they transition from the neonatal intensive care unit to their home. Funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the toolkit features information on how to create a Health Coach Program, where the “Health Coach” serves as a teacher and facilitator who encourages open communication with the parents/caregivers to identify their needs and concerns and facilitates follow-up care for the infant by primary care providers. As an online product, the Health Coach Program can customize a broad range of information for each family based on their needs and concerns. Included are approximately 30 fact sheets, directed to either the clinician or the infant’s family, on topics that range from medications to breastfeeding to insurance coverage tips.

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TIOP III - Toward Improving the Outcome of Pregnancy III

CHAPTER 10: Quality Improvement Opportunities to
Promote Equity in Perinatal Health Outcomes

Despite more than a decade of federal support for programs to eliminate disparities in health outcomes, many disparities — especially in chronic diseases and perinatal health — continue to plague urban and rural communities, individuals with disabilities and special health needs, and racial and ethnic populations.

Ch 10: Quality Improvement Opportunities to Promote Equity
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