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Webinar: Coordination of Pediatric Care and Care Planning

Pediatric Rheumatology Residents ProgramDeadline July 15, 2015

Teaching Population Health: Innovative Medical School Curricula on Environmental Health

AAP Call for Proposals: Community Pediatrics Visiting ProfessorshipsDeadline July 8, 2015

Discounts on Personal Services for AAP Members

Developmental Surveillance and Screening

Recording Available: An Introduction to the Autism Case Training (ACT): A Case-Based Curriculum to Teach Physicians-in-Training about Autism Spectrum Disorder

Residents can now “bank” MOC part 4 credit! Get a head start with EQIPP

AAP Global Health is now on Twitter!

National Clinician Scholars Program

Automatic Immunization Reminders for Parents

Resources on E-cigarettes Now Available

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month

Resources on Developmental and Behavioral Screening

AAP Quality Connections: Spring 2015 Issue

Disaster Preparedness Survey

Opportunity to join the Council on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

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

Adolescent Immunization Courses


Webinar: Coordination of Pediatric Care and Care Planning (Posted 6/15)
Thursday, June 4, 2015, 12:00pm EST
Coordination of care is one of the foundations of the Patient Centered Medical Home model where providers find themselves in the role of gatekeeper for their patients. This role is important to ensure unfragmented, high quality care is provided to all children. But, in the case of caring for children with special needs, the role becomes increasingly complex and even more important. Join us as Richard Antonelli, MD, MS, shares the work being accomplished to improve care coordination, pre-visit planning, reducing ER utilization, and Population Health Management. Dr. Antonelli will share suggested workflows and examples of practice structure that can help your practice become an efficient, highly coordinated hub for children and families. Click to Register! Sessions fill up quickly.

Pediatric Rheumatology Residents Program (Posted 6/15) – Deadline July 15, 2015
The American College of Rheumatology is proud to again offer the Pediatric Rheumatology Residents Program. This program is available to motivate outstanding pediatric residents who have demonstrated an interest in rheumatology but are undecided about a subspecialty, to pursue subspecialty training in pediatric rheumatology by providing them an opportunity to attend the 2015 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA on November 6-11.
Deadline: July 15
Nomination link: https://feedback.rheumatology.org/feedback/2015PedsResNomForm.aspx
Please contact Devane Yelton at (404) 633-3777 or dyelton@rheumatology.org with any questions or visit http://www.rheumatology.org/ACR/education/training/residents.asp

Teaching Population Health: Innovative Medical School Curricula on Environmental Health (Posted 6/15)
Tuesday, June 2, 2015, 1:00pm EST
This webinar will highlight the importance of teaching tomorrow’s doctors the ways in which the environment affects health and behavior.  Featuring curriculum models and case-based activities from Harvard Medical School and University of California, San Francisco, this webinar is an opportunity for deans, faculty, and learners to understand the key elements of success and solutions to overcoming barriers to better facilitate the integration of environmental health into undergraduate medical education. Attendees will be able to submit questions during an extended Q&A session at the end. Click here to register.

AAP Call for Proposals: Community Pediatrics Visiting Professorships (Posted 6/15) – Deadline July 8, 2015
The purpose of this Visiting Professorship program is to promote advocacy for children and advance the field of community pediatrics. Up to 8 accredited pediatric residency programs will be provided with a maximum of $4,500 each to implement a 2- or 3-day program focusing on resident education, faculty development and building community partnerships for child health and advocacy. Click here for the application and guidelines. Applications are due on Wednesday, July 8, 2015. Information on previously awarded Visiting Professorships, including goals/objectives and outcomes, can be found by searching ‘CATCH Visiting Professorships’ in the Community Pediatrics Grants Database. Application assistance is available and encouraged! If you have any questions, please contact Jeanine Donnelly at jdonnelly@aap.org or 800/433-9016 ext. 7397.

Discounts on Personal Services for AAP Members (Posted 6/15)
Through Child Health Advantage and Provista, AAP members have access to group pricing discounts on services you can personally use. Register for these savings program today through Child Health Advantage and Provista at no cost to you. Start taking advantage of this Member benefit today! More savings on services you use daily, such as:

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  • 60% off a variety of entertainment, events and shopping opportunities with the Working Advantage agreement
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Developmental Surveillance and Screening (Posted 6/15)
The AAP policy regarding developmental surveillance and screening has been in place since 2006, yet many physicians do not routinely screen children for developmental delays. Pediatric providers cite the lack of services as one reason not to screen. Read “Why Screen If There Are No Services” by developmental pediatrician Barbara Howard, MD, FAAP to learn the benefits of screening even if services are limited. Then, check out the Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! guide for primary care providers, and their Compendium of Screening Measures for Young Children to find a screening tool that works for your practice. Universal developmental screening is a great way to make sure the 1 in 4 young children at risk for developmental delays or disability are identified and receive the services they need to succeed and thrive alongside their peers. Help the families in your practice track and share their child’s screening history and results by providing them with a free printable version of the Developmental Screening Passport provided by Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive!

Recording Available: An Introduction to the Autism Case Training (ACT): A Case-Based Curriculum to Teach Physicians-in-Training about Autism Spectrum Disorder (Posted 6/15)
A webinar recording is now available to anyone who is interested in learning how the Autism Case Training curriculum can help improve the identification, diagnosis, and management of autism spectrum disorder. During this webinar, faculty also provide examples of how this flexible curriculum can be integrated into pediatric residency programs. For additional information about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Autism Case Training or to access the free CME and MOC version of the training, visit the CDC website.

Residents can now “bank” MOC part 4 credit! Get a head start with EQIPP (Posted 5/15)
Learn to systematically identify and close practice gaps, "bank" MOC Part 4 credit, AND help your program satisfy residency QI requirements--all with AAP EQIPP courses! Courses can be taken individually or with a group. EQIPP courses are included with AAP membership! Learn more at www.eqipp.org. As of Spring 2015, you are now able to earn MOC credit for ABP-approved quality improvement work completed during residency. The credit can then be applied toward your first MOC cycle once you pass your initial American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) examination. Learn more about MOC for Residents by visiting https://www.abp.org/content/moc-for-residents.

AAP Global Health is now on Twitter! (Posted 5/15)
AAP recently launched a Twitter handle dedicated to highlighting global child health news and activities. The handle will share original content about the Academy’s work, news from partners and campaigns, and messages highlighting our members’ international efforts. We encourage you to join the conversation by following @AAPGlobalHealth.

National Clinician Scholars Program (Posted 5/15)
The new National Clinician Scholars Program, former the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program, offers unique clinical and community-based research training through intensive mentorship for clinicians as change agents driving policy-relevant research and partnerships to improve health and healthcare. Applications are open now for a July 2016 start date at http://nationalcsp.org/.

Automatic Immunization Reminders for Parents (Posted 5/15)
VaccineReminder.org is a free and reliable text-message based vaccination reminder service developed by two pediatric residents from University of Kentucky. This service automatically sends text-message reminders to cellphones of registered parents when their child’s vaccines are due, and is available to parents anywhere in the United States. Please visit http://vaccinereminder.org for more information or send us a message via the contact form at http://vaccinereminder.org/contact.html to help spread this service to your patients.
This service is generously supported by the AAP CATCH Program.

Resources on E-cigarettes Now Available (Posted 5/15)
The AAP Julius B. Richmond Center, dedicated to the elimination of tobacco and secondhand smoke, has created a webpage dedicated to offering pediatricians resources about electronic nicotine delivery systems, or e-cigarettes. Included on this page are fact sheets, presentations, and information about the Academy’s actions about these products.

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month (Posted 5/15)
Pediatric clinicians play a critical role in identifying children with emotional and behavioral problems. Visit the AAP mental health initiatives webpage and the AAP Section on Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics webpage for resources. You may also want to read the AAP new clinical report, Promoting Optimal Development: Screening for Behavioral and Emotional Problems, for resources related to screening. Share the CDC checklists with families to help them monitor important developmental milestones.

Resources on Developmental and Behavioral Screening (Posted 5/15)
Check out the Birth to 5: Watch me Thrive! guide on screening measures for young children for information on the cost, time, quality level, training requirements and age range covered for each screening tool for children under the age of 5. For additional information on behavioral screening, check out the AAP clinical report, Promoting Optimal Development: Screening for Behavioral and Emotional Problems. The CDC Learn the Signs. Act Early. program also provides additional screening resources for health care providers.

AAP Quality Connections: Spring 2015 Issue (Posted 5/15)
The Spring issue of AAP Quality Connections is now available. Click here to access the newsletter. Content from the Spring issue of AAP Quality Connections includes:

    • COQIPS Committee Updates
    • National Quality and Patient Safety Update
    • My Quality Journey
    • Children’s Hospital Association Update
    • Introduction to the SOMSRFT Liaison
    • QuIIN Updates
    • Announcements, Opportunities, Resources from the AAP

     

    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.

    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.

     


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