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Disaster Preparedness Survey

Opportunity to join the Council on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

April is Autism Awareness Month

Autism Awareness Month: Improve Early Identification of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

AAP Funding Opportunity: Population Health Approaches for Addressing Toxic Stress Deadline April 21, 2015

Webinar: Tobacco Control and the Patient-Centered Medical Home

New Mental Health Video Series - Implementing Mental Health Priorities in Practice: Strategies to Engage Patients and Families

Adolescent Immunization Courses

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 - Deadline April 21, 2015

Materials on Early Childhood Development

Act Early on Developmental Concerns

Developmental Screening in Practice

Clinical Case Program: Call for AbstractsDeadline April 10, 2015

AAP Quality Connections: Winter 2015 Issue

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


Disaster Preparedness Survey (Posted 4/15)
Disasters are a part of life in any area of the United States and can strike at any time. As pediatric providers it is our job to ensure the health of children not only during periods of wellness, but also during illness and disasters. Children have special physical and psychological needs during times of disasters and as pediatric providers we are at an advantage to understand those needs. Since disaster preparedness training is not standardized in residency, we are evaluating resident’s disaster preparedness training, as well as comfort level related to taking care of children during times of disasters. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey. Your 5 minutes of time will greatly help to collect the most accurate data on residents and disaster preparedness. Please email me with any questions – Shana Godfred-Cato, DO.

Opportunity to join the Council on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (Posted 4/15)
Please allow me to introduce myself as the newly selected SOMSRFT liaison to the AAP Council on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (COQIPS). The purpose of COQIPS is to create opportunities for innovation and support its members in the integration of policy, education, advocacy, research, and practice issues in their pediatric practice, specialty and/or areas of special interest. Throughout residency my interest in the field of quality improvement was fostered through involvement in several projects, which has directly translated into leading my own projects during fellowship. Please consider becoming involved in the field now to help pave your path to future success, and most importantly contribute to providing the highest quality clinical care for children! Visit the AAP COQIPS Website to learn more about the Council’s mission, values, and activities. From there you can also find the link to join COQIPS, which is FREE to all SOMSRFT members! Feel free to reach out to me with any questions Cory Darrow, MD, FAAP.

April is Autism Awareness Month (Posted 4/15)
Pediatric clinicians play a critical role in the screening and diagnosis of children with autism and other developmental delays. The American Academy of Pediatrics provides detailed information on the clinical signs, surveillance and screening of autism spectrum disorders. The CDC’s Learn the Signs. Act Early. program also offers free resources and tools related to screening and diagnosis, early intervention and patient education.

Autism Awareness Month: Improve Early Identification of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (Posted 4/15)
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 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 as well as additional resources and handouts related to monitoring and screening for autism spectrum disorders.

AAP Funding Opportunity: Population Health Approaches for Addressing Toxic Stress (Posted 4/15) – Deadline April 21, 2015
The AAP Community Pediatrics Training Initiative (CPTI) is pleased to announce a new grant opportunity, “Community-Pediatric Partnerships for Child Well-being.” CPTI will support 3 projects partnering pediatric faculty and residency programs with community-based organizations to implement population health approaches for addressing toxic stress and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). These 18-month grants, for the amount of $35,000 each, will begin in July 2015. Click here for more information and to apply. Application assistance is available and highly encouraged. Please contact Jeanine Donnelly at jdonnelly@aap.org or 847-434-7397 with questions or for feedback on project ideas.
This grant opportunity is generously supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Webinar: Tobacco Control and the Patient-Centered Medical Home (Posted 4/15)
Thursday, April 16, 2pm ET
This webinar, sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics Richmond Center and co-sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians, will explain the concept, and discuss the benefits, of a patient-centered medical home. The webinar will also cover how tobacco prevention and control in the practice setting complements the patient-centered medical home. Register for this webinar.

New Mental Health Video Series - Implementing Mental Health Priorities in Practice: Strategies to Engage Patients and Families (Posted 4/15)
Pediatricians are, and will continue to be, an important first resource for parents who are worried about their child’s health concerns.  Early intervention with families who have mental health concerns is critical. Engaging families to uncover and clarify mental health needs requires skill and practice. Implementing Mental Health Priorities in Practice: Strategies to Engage Patients and Familiesis an innovative program designed to leverage the techniques of motivational interviewing, along with the power of video-based learning, to provide pediatricians with the practical skills needed to elicit accurate information and create behavior change in their patients. This resource consists of 6 videos demonstrating examples of patient/family encounters. They encompass the most difficult conversation areas in the area of mental health, including the following topics:  depression, disruptive behavior, inattention/impulsivity, social-emotional health, substance use, and suicide/self-harm. For more information and materials on mental health, visit:  www.aap.org/mentalhealth

Adolescent Immunization Courses (Posted 4/15)
The AAP has developed 2 online courses on adolescent immunizations to help you improve rates in your practice!

  • Adolescent Immunizations: Office Strategies - This course provides strategies that pediatric offices can use to optimize their adolescent immunization efforts and improve their adolescent immunization rates.
  • Adolescent Immunizations: Strongly Recommending the HPV Vaccine - This course will discuss strategies for strongly recommending the HPV vaccine and will offer information to help pediatricians address their patients’ concerns about the vaccine.

To access these courses, please visit: http://pedialink.aap.org/visitor and click the Continuing Education tab.

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 SOMSRFTpediatrics@aap.org 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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HJ89322. 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

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.


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