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AAP SoNPM’s TECaN group was very well represented at the meeting and had a wonderful turn out at our annual TECaN reception at PAS. This was an excellent opportunity to meet fellow TECaN members, network, and discuss the opportunities available through our group! As usual, PAS had an overwhelming number of excellent talks, workshops, and poster presentations. Some highlights included the annual William Silverman, MD Lecture given by Dr. Jeffrey Horbar and a Tribute to the Life and Work of Dr. Maureen Hack given by Dr. Fanaroff, Dr. Vohr, and Dr. Wilson-Costello. Many of the members of our TECaN executive council also had outstanding platform presentations of their research including Laura Rubinos, Emily Fishman, and Shawn Sen (SPR David G. Nathan Award winner). Both our TECaN executive council and our TECaN members were well represented in platform and poster sessions throughout the meeting.

Learn more about TECaN at PAS »

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 »

Empathy: The Human Connection to Patient Care

Empathy is defined as the feeling that you understand and share another person's experiences and emotions: the ability to share someone else's feelings. As neonatologists, we often put ourselves in the shoes of parents or family members when facing a tough clinical scenario with their child. Attached is a touching video on the importance of empathy in health care and an article that highlights the importance of empathy and communication in the NICU from a parental perspective.

Empathy in the NICU Video »

Parents' experiences of communication with neonatal intensive-care unit staff »

Hot Resources

Preparing for boards this year? Or just want to keep up to speed on your imaging skills? Check out this ebook on neonatal MRI. More resources on the author’s website, Dr Mary Rutherford, a neonatal neurologist.

MRI of the Neonatal Brain »

Mary Rutherford Imaging »

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 »

E-mail Etiquette

As a neonatal fellow and neonatologist in your career, you will receive and respond to a lot of e-mails. Professionalism is very important in all aspects of your career and this includes managing and responding to your e-mail in a courteous manner. Here are some tips about using email in a professional manner.

14 Email-etiquette Rules for Professionals »

A Primer on E-mail Etiquette »

Compensation for Neonatologists

If you are a graduating fellow you are probably thinking about what salary you would be making in your first job. Dr.Eric Horowitz lead the collection of this information from practicing neonatologists around the country. While several resources exist that estimate compensation for neonatologists, the goal of this survey was to assess clinical and non-clinical work environments, geographic location, and scope of productivity and compensation. Knowledge is power and this resource will make you an informed job seeker in Neonatology.

Horowitz Survey 2016 »

Hot Off The Press

Experts in neonatal nutrition have gathered the growing body of evidence in how we feed and grow our preterm infants. “The ‘Evaluation of the Evidence to Support Practice Guidelines for the Nutritional Care of Preterm Infants: The Pre- B Project’ is the first phase in a process to present the current state of knowledge and to support the development of evidence-informed guidance for the nutritional care of preterm and high-risk newborn infants.”

Evaluation of the evidence to support practice for nutritional care of preterm infants- the Pre-B Project »

Hot Topics

Ever wonder about those A/B and D’s? Do the events really result in long-term consequences? This study shows that prolonged events in the first 3 months of life lasting a minimum of 60 seconds is associated with adverse outcomes at 18 months.

Sharing Clinical Trial Data: Association Between Intermittent Hypoxemia or Bradycardia and Late Death or Disability in Extremely Preterm Infants »

Neonatology Review: Q & A

Editors, Dr. Brodsky and Dr. Martin, have granted us permission to reproduce these questions.

When does the bone marrow become the primary site of hematopoiesis in the fetus?

Which of the following is a correct response?

A. 1 to 2 weeks' gestation
B. 5 to 10 weeks' gestation
C. 11 to 15 weeks' gestation
D. 16 to 20 weeks' gestation
E. 22 to 25 weeks' gestation

Briefly Legal

Brain Ischemia

Maureen E. Sims, M.D.
Professor Emeritus, University of California, Los Angeles

Ischemia to the brain during labor may be created by mechanical forces from a variety of causes including: excessive uterine activity, prolonged and dysfunctional labor, malposition, marked molding, cephalopelvic disproportion, instrumented delivery, and difficult delivery. If significant fetal stress occurs and reserves are depleted during labor, cardiac output may be reduced, and hypoperfusion (ischemia) of the brain may result from the inadequate cardiac output.

Brain Ischemia »
Gastric Perforation »

Briefly Legal Archive »


Statistics: Always More to Learn!

Data sharing for clinical trials will soon be a requirement for publication in many recognized medical journals. The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors is asking for your feedback and comments to their proposed requirements by April 18, 2016.

Sharing Clinical Trial Data: Proposal From the Internal Committee of Medical Journal Editors

How do you envision its implementation? Share your feedback to the ICMJE

NICU-Fellowship Programs

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@ TECaNchat

The Trainees and Early Career Neonatologists (TECaN) group now has a twitter account to help disseminate important AAP information.

Please follow us on Twitter@TECaNchat.

Section on Perinatal Pediatrics

The Section on Perinatal Pediatrics 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 group 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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