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Publication Opportunity in Pediatrics Monthly Feature - SOMSRFT Column

Ready, Set, ADVOCATE - Who’s speaking up for children?

Adolescent Immunization Flip Chart

Grant Opportunity: Community-pediatric partnerships for child well-being

Materials on Early Childhood Development

Act Early on Developmental Concerns

Developmental Screening in Practice

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

AAP Quality Connections: Winter 2015 Issue

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

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

Publication Opportunity in Pediatrics Monthly Feature - SOMSRFT Column (Posted 3/15)
Pediatrics has developed a new "Monthly Feature" column dedicated to the AAP Section on Medical Students, Resident and Fellowship Trainees (SOMSRFT). The first article was published in the January 2015 issue of Pediatrics and can be found here. All pediatric trainees are invited to submit opinion/editorial type articles that focus on topics that reflect the complexities of contemporary pediatric medicine from the vantage point of the trainee. Click here for submission instructions or contact the section editors at for further information.

Ready, Set, ADVOCATE - Who’s speaking up for children? (Posted 3/15)
Inaugural and state of the state addresses offer a quick look at governors’ top line priorities and are a great way for your chapter to identify shared interests, make a connection, and offer your expertise. The AAP Division of State Government Affairs has been listening in to what governors are saying, and we’re keeping track of some things you’ll want to know in our Who’s speaking up for children? resource. So take a look, make a connection, and contact your governor! Kids are counting on you.

Adolescent Immunization Flip Chart (Posted 3/15)
The American Academy of Pediatrics has developed an Adolescent Immunization Flip Chart to help pediatricians hold productive conversations with parents about vaccines due during adolescence. This Spring we will begin distributing these aids. If you would like to receive one for use in your office, please complete the survey at: Quantities are limited and flip charts will be distributed first come, first serve. If availability allows we will honor requests for additional copies.

Grant Opportunity: Community-pediatric partnerships for child well-being (Posted 3/15) - Deadline April 21, 2015
The AAP Community Pediatrics Training Initiative (CPTI) will support three projects that partner pediatric faculty and residency programs with community organizations to implement population health approaches for addressing toxic stress and adverse childhood experiences. These 18-month grants, for the amount of $35,000 each, will begin July 2015. Application materials will be posted beginning March 11 on the CPTI website. Applications are due April 21.

Materials on Early Childhood Development (Posted 3/15)
The CDC Learn the Signs. Act Early. program provides free resources and materials for pediatric clinicians to distribute to patients or include in waiting areas, including milestone checklists, brochures and flyers. These materials are also available in Spanish.

Act Early on Developmental Concerns (Posted 3/15)
Early intervention for developmental concerns is crucial for a child to reach his or her full potential. Visit the AAP Council on Children with Disabilities Early Intervention (EI) webpage for a sample referral form and information on EI in your state. CDC’s Learn the Signs. Act Early. program also offers free resources for healthcare providers and parents for developmental monitoring using milestone checklists to help identify children with developmental delays as early as possible.  The sooner children are identified and begin early intervention, the better their outcomes.

Developmental Screening in Practice (Posted 3/15)
Are you interested in using standardized developmental screening tools to improve screening for developmental delays in your practice? Check out the Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! guide for primary care providers, which includes information about healthy development, developmental concerns, how to select an appropriate screening tool, where to go for help, how to talk to families, and tips on how to best support children.

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.

Other abstract programs that accept residents/fellows:

  • Council on Clinical Information Technology
  • Council on Early Childhood
  • Council on Foster Care, Adoption, and Kinship Care
  • Council on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention
  • Council on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
  • Council on School Health
  • Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness
  • Provisional Section on Tobacco Control
  • Section on Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery
  • Section on Critical Care
  • Section on Emergency Medicine
  • Section on Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • Section on Hospital Medicine
  • Section on Internal Medicine/Pediatrics
  • Section on Obesity
  • Section on Oral Health
  • Section on Otolaryngology
  • Section on Surgery
  • Section on Transport Medicine

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
To register, please click here. Please send any questions to

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:

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.

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

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 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.

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