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Clinical Case Program: Call for AbstractsDeadline April 10, 2015

Registration Open for 2015 Legislative Conference

APA Ethics Special Interest Group (SIG) Essay ContestDeadline March 10, 2015

Learn the Signs. Act Early.

Improve Early Identification of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Autism Case Training

Surveillance and Screening

AAP Quality Connections: Winter 2015 Issue

Improve Early Identification of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Autism Case Training

Webinar - The Buzz on Pot: AAP’s Position and One State’s Experience

Residency Scholarships - Deadline extended to March 6, 2015

Resident Research GrantsDeadline extended to March 6, 2015

International Elective AwardsDeadline March 15, 2015

AAP Launches AAP Chapter Twitter List

Coordinating Center on Epilepsy Newsletter - December 2014

Blueprint for Success: The Pediatric Medical Home is Here to Stay



Clinical Case Program – Call for Abstracts (Posted 2/15) - Deadline April 10, 2015
Have you come across a unique case on your clinical rotations? Have some interesting research you want to share? The AAP is now accepting abstracts for the 2015 National Conference and Exhibition in Washington, DC! Medical Students, Residents and Fellows may submit case reports for a poster presentation - this is a great opportunity to present a case report at a national conference and network with your peers at the same time! Submission is free, and the deadline is April 10, 2015. You may also submit research abstracts to other sections and councils for consideration for oral or poster presentation during the conference weekend; be aware you will have to pay dues in that section/council in order to submit. Visit the Call for Abstracts​ website for further information.

Registration Open for 2015 Legislative Conference (Posted 2/15)
Come join us in Washington, DC, this spring to learn how you can become a strong advocate for children’s health! Registration for the 2015 Legislative Conference, taking place on April 12-14, 2015, is now open! With a new Congress in office and countless federal child health priorities at stake, there could not be a more critical time for medical students, residents and pediatricians to come together and speak up for children.
During the conference, participants will:

  • Attend skills-building workshops in negotiation, social media and crafting effective messages
  • Hear firsthand from distinguished guest speakers, such as members of Congress, White House officials and federal agency leaders
  • Participate in meetings with congressional staff on Capitol Hill to urge elected officials to put children first in their federal policymaking
  • Learn about federal policy priorities impacting children and pediatricians

For more information and to download the conference brochure, please visit www.aap.org/legcon.
To register, please click here. Please send any questions to LegislativeConference@aap.org.

APA Ethics Special Interest Group (SIG) Essay Contest (Posted 2/15) – Deadline March 10, 2015
The contest is open to all pediatric residents and pediatric subspecialty fellows (including pediatric surgical fellows). Essays should focus on the ethical issues that residents and fellows face while caring for patients. Topics may include but not limited to personal narratives of ethical dilemmas faced in training or practice or scholarly presentations of issues related to organizational, interprofessional or global health ethics.

Essays should be between 800 to 1600 words. Essays longer than 1700 words will be disqualified without review. Essays must be original and unpublished works. If multiple authors, the award will be shared. All co-authors should provide demographic information (training status) and role in manuscript preparation.

Two awards will be offered:
1st Place - $200
2nd Place - $100

The winning essays will be read at the PAS meeting in San Diego, CA and will be published in PAS website as part of Ethics SIG newsletter in June 2015. If the resident or fellow will be attending PAS in San Diego they may present their paper themselves. Submit essays to:  zsalih@iupui.edu

Learn the Signs. Act Early. (Posted 2/15)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 6 children aged 3-17 has a developmental disability, but many of these children are not identified until they are school aged. Early identification and intervention is crucial to help each child build new skills and reduce the need for costly interventions in the future. The CDC Learn the Signs. Act Early. program, provides clinicians, early childhood educators, and families with resources, materials and tools to improve early identification of children with autism and other developmental disabilities.

Improve Early Identification of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Autism Case Training (Posted 2/15)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Autism Case Training is an AAP-endorsed curriculum that provides real life scenarios to improve early identification of children with autism spectrum disorders. The training modules, geared towards future healthcare providers, help with identification, diagnosis and management of patients with autism spectrum disorders. A free CME and MOC Part 2 version of the training is available.

Surveillance and Screening (Posted 2/15)
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that pediatricians conduct developmental surveillance at every well-child visit and developmental screening using formal, validated tools at 9, 18, and 30 months or whenever a concern is expressed. The AAP policy statement and algorithm, developed by the Council on Children with Disabilities, provides additional details related to this recommendation, including available screening tools. The Centers for Disease Control also provides additional resources related to screening and diagnosis, including a pediatric developmental screening flow chart.

AAP Quality Connections: Winter 2015 Issue (Posted 2/15)
The Winter issue of AAP Quality Connections is now available. Content from the Winter issue of AAP Quality Connections includes:

  • COQIPS Committee Updates
  • National Quality and Patient Safety Update
  • My Quality Journey
  • QI Case Study
  • Dental Quality Alliance Update
  • Project RedDE!: Reducing Diagnostic Errors in Primary Care Pediatrics
  • QuIIN Positive Deviance Awards
  • Evolution of a Pediatric Quality Structure
  • Transition of Care from Pediatric to Adult Surgical Providers
  • Announcements, Opportunities, Resources from the AAP

Improve Early Identification of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Autism Case Training (Posted 2/15)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Autism Case Training is an AAP-endorsed curriculum that provides real life scenarios to improve early identification of children with autism spectrum disorders. The training modules, geared towards future healthcare providers, help with identification, diagnosis and management of patients with autism spectrum disorders. A free CME and MOC Part 2 version of the training is available.

Webinar - The Buzz on Pot: AAP’s Position and One State’s Experience (Posted 2/15)
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 1:00pm ET
This webinar, sponsored by the AAP Richmond Center and co-sponsored by the AAP Committee on Substance Abuse and the AAP Provisional Section on Tobacco Control, will discuss the health effects of marijuana throughout the lifespan, as well as highlight points from the new AAP Policy Statement and Technical Report. Also featured in this webinar will be lessons learned in practice from Colorado, and the intersection of marijuana and tobacco use. Click here to register for this webinar.

Residency Scholarships (Posted 1/15) - Deadline extended to March 6, 2015
The American Academy of Pediatrics Resident Scholarship Program is designed to help allay financial difficulties for residents. The 2015 application is available now online and is due March 6 , 2015. Please contact Kimberley VandenBrook with any questions at 800/433-9016, ext 7134. The 2015 Residency Scholarship Program is made possible through support from McNeil Consumer Healthcare, the makers of Children’s Tylenol.

Resident Research Grants (Posted 1/15) – Deadline extended to March 6, 2015
In an effort to enhance the development of research skills among physicians in training, the American Academy of Pediatrics administers the Resident Research Grant Program. This program gives residents the opportunity to conduct independent research projects and present their findings. The 2015 application is available now online and is due March 6, 2015. Please contact Jeannine Hess with any questions at 800/433-9016 ext 7876 or via email at jhess@aap.org.

International Elective Awards (Posted 1/15) – Deadline March 15, 2015
Each academic year the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) will designate several $1,000 awards split in two cycles (number awarded per cycle will be at the discretion of the review committee) to categorical or combined-training pediatric residents who wish to complete a clinical pediatric elective in the developing world during residency. Fellowship Trainee members are also eligible to apply, however only one Fellowship Trainee applicant may be awarded per cycle at the discretion of the review committee. Applicants must be a member of the AAP Section on International Child Health (SOICH) in order to apply. Awards are given solely on the basis of the application and an online recommendation form. The International Elective Award application and recommendation are due March 15, 2015. The online application will be available year round at http://www2.aap.org/sections/ypn/r/funding_awards/intertravelgrant-form.html. For more information, contact Kimberley VandenBrook via email or at 800/433-9016 ext. 7134.

AAP Launches AAP Chapter Twitter List (Posted 1/15)
The AAP - @AmerAcadPeds - has launched a Twitter list that includes all AAP chapters with active Twitter accounts. Subscribe to the list to follow what your state AAP chapter – and others around the country – are talking about and sharing.

Coordinating Center on Epilepsy Newsletter - December 2014 (Posted 1/15)
In 2013, the American Academy of Pediatrics was selected as the Coordinating Center for Children and Youth with Epilepsy (Center) under Health Resources and Services Administration Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB). The Center provides continuous learning opportunities for MCHB grantees, the program’s Advisory Committee, as well as, other health professionals.  One of the learning tools the Center offers is a quarterly newsletter that includes important information on Center activities, Section on Neurology resources, medical home resources, grantee achievements, forthcoming events and more!   To view the December issue, click here. If you would like to subscribe or submit articles to the newsletter, please write to dsantos@aap.org.

Blueprint for Success: The Pediatric Medical Home is Here to Stay (Posted 1/15)
February 6, 2015 - Orlando, Florida
This AAP conference will examine transforming practices into a medical homes – maximizing both quality of care and profits. Faculty will debunk some common misconceptions about the medical home model, describe national policy perspectives shaping the movement, and offer practical guidance and tools necessary to make the transformation a reality. Register by January 12 for early-bird rates. Cost: $100


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