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New Website Feature!
Current Articles of Interest


A new and energetic Perinatal Section Publications Working Group has been formed over the past several months, This group is tasked with reviewing current literature for Articles of Interest and presenting them on the Section Website. Each month they will select approximately 25 articles as high relevance to the ongoing practice of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. From this list, the group will highlight a handful of articles with short written summaries. All selected articles, including those highlighted and the master list from which they're chosen, will be posted on a new Articles of Interest webpage with links provided to PubMed for each selected paper. All monthly postings will be archived and stored with an eventual goal of creating a searchable, browseable database of noteworthy publications. This page will offer information of great interest to every neonatologist.

Website Working Group :

Jonathan Mintzer, Page Editor - Stony Brook Children's Hospital
Rachel Chapman - Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Craig Nankervis - Nationwide Children's Hospital
Christopher Rouse - United States Naval Hospital Okinawa
Jeffrey Shenberger - Baystate Medical Center

Articles of Interest »

Should you have any feedback, suggestions, questions, or concerns, please feel free to contact Dr. Mintzer directly.

1975 Apgar Awardee:
Clement "Clem" Andrew Smith


The Virginia Apgar Award is the most prestigious honor conferred by the Section on Perinatal Pediatrics.  Since 1975, this award has been bestowed upon an individual whose cumulative career contributions continue to influence the well-being of newborn infants in a powerful way. This third in a series of vignettes on Apgar Awardees highlights the accomplishments of Clement "Clem" Smith. 

Clement (“Clem”) Andrew Smith was born in 1901 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Growing up as the son of a Professor of English and Vice-President of the University of Michigan sheds light on why he completed a Master’s program in English before obtaining his M.D. degree at the University of Michigan in 1928.  His literary interests and talents would later serve to galvanize the impact of his scientific writings among the generations of neonatal physicians to follow him. He had a particular love of poetry and had a lifelong friendship with the American poet Robert Frost, whom he met during Frost’s tenure as a teaching fellow at the University of Michigan.

More on Dr. Smith »

In the News

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.

Learn more »

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.

See more here »

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
in Perinatal Health Outcomes »

Obtain the full TIOP III report »

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