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Leadership Opportunities for Residents and Fellowship Trainees - Deadline September 12 and November 1

International Elective Awards - Deadline September 15, 2014

International Elective Award for Canadian Citizens - Deadline September 15, 2014

New Advocacy Listserv for Pediatric Residents

Save the Date: 2015 AAP Legislative Conference

Webinar- As Seen on TV: Integrating Tobacco Education Campaigns into Your Clinical Practice

Motor Delays: Early Identification and Evaluation – Do you know what to look for? Webinar series

New Archived Webinar Now Available - Updated AAP Guidance for Palivizumab Prophylaxis Among Infants and Young Children at Increased Risk of RSV Hospitalization

FREE Access for Residents to Authoritative AAP Clinical Content Just Got Easier!

Transitioning to Adult Health Care: Practice Tools & New Website

Keeping Vaccine’s Effective – New Online Course Educates About Appropriate Storage and Handling

Spanish Version of AAP Refusal to Vaccinate Form Is Now Available

National Center for Medical Home Implementation

Achieving Bright Futures Webinar Now Available

Webinar Series on Human Trafficking

Interactive Periodicity Schedule Updated!

EBCD Training and Education Modules Now Available!



Leadership Opportunities for Residents and Fellowship Trainees - Deadline September 12 and November 1 (Posted 8/14)
Are you interested in becoming a leader in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Medical Students, Residents and Fellowship Trainees? Each year the section recruits interested residents and fellowship trainees into leadership positions.

The following positions are open:
·  District coordinator
·  Assistant district coordinator
·  Section secretary
·  Section vice chairperson

The deadline for the above positions is September 12, 2014.

Section liaisons:
·  American Medical Association Resident Fellow Section (AMA-RFS)
·  Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health (COPACFH)
·  Community Access to Child Health (CATCH)
·  Council on Foster Care, Adoption, & Kinship Care (COFCAKC)
·  Council on Pediatric Subspecialties (CoPS)
·  Pediatric Care Online Editorial Advisory Board (PCO EAB)
·  Provisional Section on Tobacco Control (PSOTCo)
·  Section on Epidemiology (SOEp)
·  Section on Hospital Medicine (SOHM)
·  Section on Oral Health (SOOH)

The deadline for liaison positions is November 1, 2014. More information can be found on our Leadership Opportunities page of the website.

International Elective Awards - Deadline September 15, 2014 (Posted 8/14)
Each academic year the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) will designate several $1,000 awards split in two cycles 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 on the basis of the application and an online recommendation form from the applicant's program director, faculty mentor/advisor or global health director.
Click here for information and the online application. The next application deadline is September 15, 2014. For more information on this exciting opportunity, contact Kimberley VandenBrook at kvandenbrook@aap.org or 800/433-9016 ext. 7134.

International Elective Award for Canadian Citizens - Deadline September 15, 2014 (Posted 8/14)
The American Academy of Pediatrics Section on International Child Health (SOICH) and the Section on Medical Students, Residents and Fellowship Trainees (SOMSRFT) is pleased to announce that through the generosity of The Choquette Family Foundation there are five $1,000 Resident International Elective Awards available to Canadian citizens enrolled in a pediatric residency training program who wish to complete a clinical pediatric elective in the developing world during residency. The next application deadline is September 15, 2014.
Click here for information and the online application. For more information on this exciting opportunity, contact Kimberley VandenBrook at kvandenbrook@aap.org or 800/433-9016 ext. 7134.

New Advocacy Listserv for Pediatric Residents (Posted 8/14)
If you’re interested in connecting with other residents passionate about community health and advocacy, join this new resident-led email list. Share successes, ask questions and learn how to strengthen your training in advocacy. Email cpti@aap.org to be added to the REAP (Residents Engaging in Advocacy in Pediatrics) Listserv. Medical students and fellowship trainees are welcome as well.

Save the Date: 2015 AAP Legislative Conference (Posted 8/14)
The AAP Legislative Conference will be held April 12-14, 2015, in Washington, DC. During the conference, participants will have the opportunity to develop their federal advocacy skills through interactive workshops, learn about timely child health policy topics, hear from several guest speakers from Congress and the Administration and visit with their legislators on Capitol Hill. If you are interested in attending and would like to be notified when registration opens, please email LegislativeConference@aap.org. For more information, please visit aap.org/legcon.

Webinar- As Seen on TV: Integrating Tobacco Education Campaigns into Your Clinical Practice (Posted 8/14)
Thursday, August 7, 2014, 2:00-3:00pm ET
Hosted by the American Academy of Pediatrics and moderated by the American Academy of Family Physicians, this webinar will provide information about two hard-hitting tobacco education campaigns currently in the media- the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Tips From Former Smokers campaign and Food and Drug Administration’s The Real Cost campaign. The webinar will also feature a discussion about the clinician connection to these campaigns, and how the campaigns can be used to bolster discussions with patients and families about cessation issues. Register for this webinar.

Motor Delays: Early Identification and Evaluation – Do you know what to look for? Webinar series (Posted 8/14)
Pediatricians often encounter children with delays of motor development. Earlier identification of motor delays allows for timely referral for developmental interventions as well as diagnostic evaluations and treatment planning. The clinical report “Motor Delays: Early Identification and Evaluation” (Pediatrics, June 2013) includes suggestions for formal developmental screening at the 9-, 18-, 30-, and 48-month well-child visits; approaches to the neurologic examination, with emphasis on the assessment of muscle tone; and initial diagnostic approaches for medical home providers. Use of diagnostic tests to evaluate children with motor delays is described and the importance of pursuing diagnostic tests while concurrently referring patients to early intervention programs is emphasized. The corresponding educational series as outlined below has been developed for pediatric clinicians to enhance developmental surveillance and screening for Neuromotor impairment.

Do You Know What to Look for in the Physical Exam?
Faculty: Max Wiznitzer, MD, FAAP
This session will guide pediatricians in the early identification and evaluation for children with delays of motor development and cover techniques to improve skills in completing pediatric Neuromotor physical exam. Discussion will also include communication with families both as part of developmental surveillance and to assess the family’s experience with care.
Date/Time: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 2 pm ET (60 minutes)
Register: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/734232750

Patient Care if Motor Delay is Identified – Do You Know the “Red Flags” to Look For?
Faculty: Dipesh Navsaria, MD, MPH, MSLIS
This session will cover the care coordination and co-management of children who have or may have a Neuromotor diagnosis. At the end of the session attendees will be able to identify the “red flags” to look for to determine which children with Neuromotor delay need expedited referral to specialists. Other primary care considerations, such as medical, education, and other referrals, and chronic condition management, will also be discussed.
Date/Time: Tuesday, August 26 at pm 3 ET (60 minutes)
Register: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/323495342   

Screening Infants and Young Children for Neuromotor Delay – Do You Know What to Look For?
Faculty: Garey Noritz, MD, FAAP, FACP
This session will provide an overview of the guidelines for developmental surveillance and screening outlined in the clinical report “Motor Delays: Early Identification and Evaluation” (Pediatrics, June 2013). An overview of the Identifying Children with Motor Delays Algorithm for surveillance and screening will be provided. At the end of the session attendees will be able to implement improved motor screening as part of anticipatory guidance and well child care. Specific examples will facilitate recognition of the signs and symptoms of various types of muscular dystrophies.
Date/Time: Thursday, September 18 at 2 pm ET (60 minutes)
Register: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/405989646

New Archived Webinar Now Available - Updated AAP Guidance for Palivizumab Prophylaxis Among Infants and Young Children at Increased Risk of RSV Hospitalization (Posted 8/14)
The American Academy of Pediatrics held a webinar on July 28th that provided an overview of the policy statement and technical report "Updated Guidance for Palivizumab Prophylaxis Among Infants and Young Children at Increased Risk of Hospitalization for Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection",  that was early released on July 28th and will be published in the August 2014 Pediatrics. The webinar explains the basis of the new policy and provides a summary of the recommendations.  There is no cost to view this archived webinar which may be accessed at AAP Red Book Online:  www.aapredbook.org/site/resources/webinars.xhtml

FREE Access for Residents to Authoritative AAP Clinical Content Just Got Easier! (Posted 7/14)
Pediatric Care Online helps busy practitioners conduct effective well-child visits, evaluate acute complaints, and determine best treatment…and FREE ACCESS for residents is now AUTOMATIC!  (No activation code necessary.)  Thanks to subscriptions sponsored by Mead Johnson Nutrition, residents can rely on trusted quick reference topics, clinical tools, patient education materials, and more. Click here for details or just link to www.pediatriccareonline.org and log in!

Transitioning to Adult Health Care: Practice Tools & New Website (Posted 7/14)
The Center for Health Care Transition Improvement - Got Transition recently released The Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition (2.0), which define components of transition support and are based on the clinical report, "Supporting the Health Care Transition from Adolescence to Adulthood in the Medical Home", developed by the AAP (led by the Council on Children with Disabilities), the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the American College of Physicians. Three transition tool packages are available for: 1) practices serving youth who will transition out of pediatric care into adult care; 2) practices serving youth who will remain with the same provider but need to transition to adult-focused care; and 3) practices accepting new young adults into adult care. Each package includes sample tools that are customizable and available for download. A new website-- www.GotTransition.org--includes an interactive health provider section, FAQs developed by and for youth/young adults and families, information for researchers and policymakers, and lists of transition resources.     

Keeping Vaccine’s Effective – New Online Course Educates About Appropriate Storage and Handling (Posted 7/14)
Exposure to inappropriate temperatures can reduce a vaccine’s ability to protect against harmful diseases—and it’s a problem providers might not even suspect. Learn how to protect your office’s vaccines by taking the Vaccine Storage and Handling AAP PediaLink course. The AAP online course informs about selecting appropriate equipment, procedures, and other vital safeguards that protect the potency and efficacy of vaccines. Learn more: http://bit.ly/vaccinestorage

Spanish Version of AAP Refusal to Vaccinate Form Is Now Available (Posted 7/14)
The AAP “Documenting Parental Refusal to Have Their Children Vaccinated” form developed by the Section on Infectious Diseases Executive Committee (SOID) is now available in Spanish. This document may serve as a resource for pediatricians when talking with parents who are hesitant or refuse to have their children fully vaccinated.  These forms as well as other practice resources that address common causes for parental hesitancy or refusal to vaccinate can be accessed on the AAP Immunization and the SOID websites 

National Center for Medical Home Implementation (Posted 7/14)
The National Center for Medical Home Implementation is your Source for Pediatric Medical Home Information and Support. We offer:

  • Training and education opportunities
  • Individualized technical assistance
  • State-specific information

Our tools and resources include…

  • Building Your Medical Home toolkit
  • Monthly e-Newsletter
  • Instructional videos

Achieving Bright Futures Webinar Now Available (Posted 6/14)
A recording of the Achieving Bright Futures Webinar is now available. Please click the upper right hand box of www.aap.org/StateAdvocacy to view this webinar. You can alter the player settings to view the Webinar in HD. The Achieving Bright Futures resource can be found online at www.aap.org/AchievingBrightFutures. Those with questions on state implementation of the ACA can contact the AAP Division of State Government Affairs at stgov@aap.org. Those with questions on Bright Futures or the Bright Futures periodicity schedule can contact Bright Futures staff at brightfutures@aap.org.

Webinar Series on Human Trafficking (Posted 6/14)
The Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Stephanie V. Blank Center for Safe and Healthy Children and the Governor’s Office for Children and Families is presenting a Web-based training series on human trafficking. It aims to educate professionals on sex trafficking of children and teens. The series includes six individual modules which will be presented via live webinars. Interested professionals may attend any of the webinars and do not need to complete all six. The modules do not need to be completed in order; however we recommend that learners with limited knowledge of this topic complete the Introduction module prior to others in the series. All webinars are free! The series will be offered twice; one in May and June and the second from July to December. For more information and to register, click on the dates.

Interactive Periodicity Schedule Updated! (Posted 6/14)
Quickly find recommendations for each well-child visit with the newly updated Interactive Periodicity Schedule on PCO! This valuable feature was just updated according to the new AAP Policy "2014 Recommendations for Pediatric Preventive Health Care" by the Committee on Practice and Ambulatory Medicine and the Bright Futures Periodicity Schedule Workgroup. Find updated guidance for:

  • Alcohol and Drug Use Assessment
  • Depression Screening
  • Dyslipidemia Screening
  • Hematocrit or Hemoglobin
  • STI/HIV Screening
  • Cervical Dysplasia Screening
  • Critical Congenital Heart Disease

To see all the new updates, please go to the PCO Interactive Periodicity Schedule.

EBCD Training and Education Modules Now Available! (Posted 6/14)
The AAP Early Brain and Child Development (EBCD) Leadership Workgroup is pleased to announce the availability of 5 new training and education modules for pediatricians and other health care providers. These modules provide key information and resources on the following early brain development topics:

  • Module 1: Building Better Brains - The Core Story of EBCD
  • Module 2: Toxic Stress - Why Environment Matters
  • Module 3: Adverse Childhood Experiences - What Happens Early can Change Lives
  • Module 4: Supporting Parents and Cultivating Community Relationships
  • Module 5: EBCD Advocacy - An Opportunity to Change Childhood Outcomes

These modules are freely accessible and are designed to be flexible and adaptable to a variety of training needs, both for individual learners and group presentations. Each module includes a PowerPoint presentation with presenter notes, as well as a guide that provides tips for presenting the content, suggestions on timing, and additional activities and video clips that could be added to the presentation. Additional resources are also provided for those seeking more in-depth information. We encourage you to check out these modules today at www.aap.org/ebcd. Please don’t hesitate to contact the EBCD staff at ebcdstaff@aap.org or 847/434-7941 regarding any questions. We also encourage you to share your feedback with us (eg, how the modules were used, areas for enhancement, etc).


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