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SONPM Strategic Plan

The SONPM Executive Committee is in the process of developing a new strategic plan for the Section. The areas identified are:

  • Education
  • Member Value
  • Quality
  • Advocacy
  • Health of the Subspecialty and Subspecialists

Tips for the Early Career Neonatologist

As an early career neonatologist, especially as an educator, one has to juggle many academic endeavors at the same time. Many of these are unique to this career phase. Attached is an article from the leaders of the Early Career Medical Educators from Canada where they consolidate their knowledge into 12                                              succinct tips.

Early Career Medical Educators Article »

Mid Career SONPM Group to Focus on Special Interests of those Mid Career Neonatologists

(7-17 years after Fellowship)-both Private Practice and Academic settings

We are starting a MIDCaN Interest Group (just like TECaN, but a little more mature!). We will start this with a workshop at the October NCE meeting in San Francisco with sessions by the AAMC, AAP and other leadership organizations. More details to follow!

New! SoNPM Online Journal Club

The American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Neonatal Perinatal Medicine (AAP-SoNPM) in collaboration with EB-NEO are happy to announce a new initiative. The SONPM Journal Club is an online forum for trainees and early neonatologist to critically evaluate medical literature relevant to the care of newborn infants. Authors are encouraged to submit a constructive and well reasoned critical review of available literature related to neonatology. The Journal Club articles will be peer-reviewed by the AAP-SoNPM Editorial board before being published online.

Journal Club Introduction »

Guidelines Taskforce

The Section on Neonatal Perinatal Medicine of the American Academy of Pediatrics has heard from members that clinical guideline and protocol sharing is a priority to help improve the outcome of babies in our care. The Section is now organizing a Taskforce to develop a clinical guideline and protocol sharing process accessible through the SONPM website.  We will soon be asking for all of you to share your guidelines for posting on the website after review by the Task Force.

Upcoming Meetings

District VI Associations of Neonatologists Meeting

September 8-9, 2016
Chicago, IL

The confererence will focus on "2016 Controversies in Neonatal Clinical Care". With over ten plenary sessions with a wide array of topics, the conference will also feature Medico- Legal session topics that include:

  • Documentation: You are What You Write
  • Medico-Legal Implications of Hypoxic-Ischemic Birth Injury
  • Physician Risk Management: How to Avoid (and Win) Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

For More Information and Registration »

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Purchase access to the 2016 NeoPREP recordings »


New NRP Guidelines

The American Heart Association (AHA) and American Academy of Pediatrics released new 2015 Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care of the Neonate. The guidelines serve as a foundation for the Neonatal Resuscitation Program® (NRP®)7th edition materials that will be released in Spring 2016 and must be in use by January 1, 2017. Changes include: initial steps oxygen use, positive pressure ventilation and delayed cord clamping.

Link to the NRP website »

New Policy Statements

Prevention and Management of Procedural Pain in the Neonate: An Update

The prevention of pain in neonates should be the goal of all pediatricians and health care professionals who work with neonates, not only because it is ethical but also because repeated painful exposures have the potential for deleterious consequences.

Prevention and Management of Procedural Pain in the Neonate: An Update »

Apnea of Prematurity:

Apnea of prematurity is one of the most common diagnoses in the NICU. Despite the frequency of apnea of prematurity, it is unknown whether recurrent apnea, bradycardia, and hypoxemia in preterm infants are harmful. The purpose of this clinical report is to review the evidence basis for the definition, epidemiology, and treatment of apnea of prematurity as well as discharge recommendations for preterm infants diagnosed with recurrent apneic events.

Apnea of Prematurity »

Patent Ductus Arteriosus in Preterm Infants

Despite a large body of basic science and clinical research and clinical experience with thousands of infants over nearly 6 decades, there is still uncertainty and controversy about the significance, evaluation, and management of patent ductus arteriosus in preterm infants, The purpose of this clinical report is to summarize the evidence available to guide evaluation and treatment of preterm infants with prolonged ductal patency in the first few weeks after birth.

Patent Ductus Arteriosus in Preterm Infants »

Other Recent Statements in Pediatrics

Noninvasive Respiratory Support »

Articles of Interest

The Perinatal Section Website Working Group has posted all new monthly Articles of Interest to neonatologists from the top journals. Access this website first to find the most recent clinical trials and research related to neonatology.

Current Articles of Interest »

Coding Corner

AAP Perinatal Coding Experts answer your questions

Coding question by Satyan Lakshminrusimha, MD: A 37 week gestation infant in a level I nursery developed a large pneumothorax. The referring pediatrician was not comfortable performing a thoracocentesis. A neonatal nurse practitioner went on the transport team from the regional perinatal center. She performed endotracheal intubation, needle thoracocentesis, chest tube placement and surfactant administration and transported the baby to the regional perinatal center(total period of face-to-face time with patient = 2 hours until he was signed off to the neonatologist).

What are the appropriate codes for billing by the neonatal nurse practitioner? 99466, 99467 and 32556 by the NNP (not hired by the neonatologist) 99468 by the neonatologist

Is the above coding accurate?

Answers to this and previous coding questions »

Send us your coding questions »

Download the 2014 Perinatal Pediatrics Coding Toolkit »

What is the Section of Neonatal- Perinatal Medicine?

The Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine is the home organization for specialists in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and also welcomes affiliate members working in related disciplines. At a membership of nearly 3,500, the Section is the largest specialty subgroup of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The Section's highest priority is to ensure optimal health and well-being of babies and mothers and this is accomplished through the Section's core activities in the realms of advocacy, education, outreach and support of clinicians and researchers.

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