New Website Feature!
Current Articles of Interest
A new and energetic Perinatal Section Website Publications Committee has been formed over the past several months, This committee 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 committee 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 - Unted States Naval Hospital Okinawa
Jeffrey Shenberger - Baystate Medical Center
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.
In the News
The AAP Section on Perinatal Pediatrics and Vermont Oxford Network invite Trainees in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine to attend the VT-Oxford Network Annual Meeting and Quality Congress (AMQC) in October. The Vermont Oxford Network has crafted a visionary program featuring world-class faculty with special fellow-focused events including opportunities to submit abstracts and participate in the Learning Fair poster presentations. This year, the AAP Section on Perinatal Pediatrics will offer five travel scholarships of $1,000 to the Vermont Oxford Network’s 2014 Annual Meeting and Quality Congress.
The Vermont Oxford Network will waive the registration fees for the five travel awardees. For more information, please see the link below:
Deadline is extended to July 15th, 2014
Regional Networks Advance Quality Improvement
Neonatal quality improvement networks are emerging around the country and are moving forward the agenda for better perinatal health. In this first of a series on such networks, we describe the work of the Florida Perinatal Quality Collaborative (FPQC).
The FPQC was established in 2010 at the University of South Florida (USF) with seed funding from the March of Dimes. The FPQC, a partnership among state organizations, perinatal professionals, hospitals and payers, aims to improve maternal and infant health outcomes in Florida through evidence-based quality improvement (QI) projects.
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.
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.
CHAPTER 9: Quality Improvement Opportunities in Postpartum Care
Chapter 9 is about the experiences that a woman has immediately after giving birth and for the ﬁrst 6 weeks after birth (postpartum care) could seriously affect her health, the health of her child, her perception of childbirth and even her attachment to her newborn. Postpartum care has been shown to improve perinatal health outcomes. And yet, there are aspects of postpartum care that could improve these outcomes even further: immediate and sustained breastfeeding; Family-Centered Maternity Care, in which the mother and infant are not separated at all throughout the hospital stay and the new family’s needs are paramount; teaching new mothers and fathers about smoking cessation in order to improve their health and that of their new infants and children at home; universal screening for postpartum depression; and screening for postpartum post-traumatic stress disorder.
AAP Perinatal TWEETS
Neonatologist & Perinatologist Directory
To update your contact information in the Neonatologists Directory, log into My AAP. Any changes you enter and save will update both the AAP database and the Perinatal Section Directory.
Please send updates regarding the NICU or Training Program Directories directly to: Jim Couto.
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