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AAP.org has gone mobile

Call for nominations: Advocate of the week spotlight

Free educational toolkits for global immunizations

New Fluoride Resources for Health Professionals

Webinar - I Never Heard of LactMed! Enhancing Obstetric and Pediatric Usage

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

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



AAP.org has gone mobile (Posted 9/14)
One of the things we’ve heard quite a bit from members is their desire to be able to access AAP.org from mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. Which is why we are happy to announce that beginning this week, AAP.org is now much more mobile friendly. That means no matter how you visit the site - from a desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone - the site will automatically adjust the screen size to improve readability and navigation. Now you can enjoy all AAP.org content, regardless of whether you're at your desk or on the go.

Call for nominations: Advocate of the week spotlight (Posted 9/14)
In order to celebrate the accomplishments of medical students, residents and pediatricians who are going above and beyond advocating for our nation’s children at the federal level, the AAP’s weekly Federal Legislative Update will occasionally spotlight advocates in action. The goal of the spotlight is to showcase efforts that may otherwise go unrecognized and recognize the value of every advocacy action, no matter how small. The Federal Legislative Update is sent to the AAP’s Key Contact network every Friday that Congress is in session summarizing the week’s events and federal policy advancements that impact children and pediatricians. To sign up to become a Key Contact, or to send a nomination for the “Advocate of the Week Spotlight” email kids1st@aap.org.

Free educational toolkits for global immunizations (Posted 9/14)
The AAP, a founding partner of the UN Foundation Shot@Life campaign, is offering free educational toolkits for members interested in raising awareness about vaccine-preventable diseases and their effects globally through the Shot@Life campaign by educating families in pediatric clinicians’ practices. Resources include promotional Shot@Life materials for the office (posters, pens and t-shirts) and educational tools such as info cards for parents/patients and talking points on global immunizations. Learn more and order your toolkit today!

New Fluoride Resources for Health Professionals (Posted 9/14)
Pediatricians are a trusted source of information on children’s oral health. That’s why the AAP Campaign for Dental Health has just released five new tools to give pediatricians quick, comprehensive guides to fluoride safety, preventing fluorosis, and engaging in comfortable discussions with parents and caregivers on their concerns about fluoride and community water fluoridation. Included are two companion handouts so that families leave the office with accurate information in hand. See the Health Professionals page for all five tools! How Fluoride Works is a one-page infographic that explains how drinking fluoridated water protects teeth throughout the lifetime. Versions in both English and Spanish can be downloaded from our website. The Campaign for Dental Health is a volunteer network of local and national organizations that provides reliable, evidence-based information on community water fluoridation on our website, IlikeMyTeeth.org. For more information, contact us at fluoride@aap.org.

Webinar - I Never Heard of LactMed! Enhancing Obstetric and Pediatric Usage (Posted 9/14)
Monday, September 22, 2014, 6:00 PM Eastern
The American Academy of Pediatrics in co-sponsorship with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists** is hosting a free webinar to educate physicians about the US National Library of Medicine’s Drugs & Lactation Database (LactMed) which includes information on the levels of  medications, diagnostic agents and supplements in breastmilk and infant blood, and the possible adverse effects in the nursing infant. This Webinar will:

  1. Educate participants about the US National Library of Medicine’s Drugs & Lactation Database (LactMed).
  2. Share tips on taking a brief but thorough history of the mother’s health and medications to support their choice to exclusively breastfeed and minimize supplementation.
  3. Describe information that is relevant to the OB and Pediatrician.
  4. Illustrate common problems and offer potential solutions and tips for anticipatory guidance.

Reserve your webinar seat now at: https://citrix.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1041824

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.

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.

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


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