AAP Association News


PCO Webinar—Rescue Medication and Seizure Emergency Planning

AAP SmartBrief | Sep 23, 2016

This Pediatric Care Online (PCO) webinar focuses on the following:
  • What a seizure emergency plan is, why it is created, and what it should contain
  • The basics of how to create an effective school seizure action plan
  • The various seizure rescue medications, their side effects, and the practical considerations that come into play when prescribing them for the school setting
Pediatric Care Online is supported by Mead Johnson Nutrition.


Provide a circle of support for children with asthma

AAP SmartBrief | Sep 23, 2016

Improving health and school-related outcomes for children with asthma requires integrated care coordination between families, clinicians and school nurses. Working together with the AAP and a host of additional organizations, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology has launched a School-based Asthma Management Program (SAMPRO), which standardizes recommendations for school-based asthma management, and provides useful resources for the care of children with asthma in schools including an asthma action plan. Read more in the September issue of The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. For additional resources on asthma, visit www.aap.org/MedHomeChamps.


Practical Pediatrics CME Course
Naples, Florida
November 4-6

AAP SmartBrief | Sep 22, 2016

Early-bird deadline approaching – register by Oct. 7. This course will cover topics in dermatology, developmental and behavioral pediatrics, gastroenterology, genetics, pulmonology, and sports medicine. Save $150 when you register by Oct. 7.


Join the AAP Virtual Career Fair event

AAP SmartBrief | Sep 22, 2016

Register now for the free Fall 2016 AAP Virtual Career Fair happening Oct. 22-24, in conjunction with the AAP National Conference and Exhibition in San Francisco. Fellows and AAP member residents who register are automatically entered into a raffle for a chance to win a $25 Visa gift card. Live chat with recruiters in the Social Lounge about pressing questions, navigate between virtual employer booths and quickly search for positions in the “My Jobs” search center.


International Meeting on Indigenous Child Health

AAP SmartBrief | Sep 21, 2016

Oral/poster abstracts are being accepted through Nov. 3 for the International Meeting on Indigenous Child Health in Denver on March 31-April 2, 2017. The meeting focuses on innovative care models and community-based public health approaches for children in American Indian, Alaska Native, and other Indigenous communities worldwide. Co-hosted by the Canadian Paediatric Society and the AAP, IMICH brings together providers and researchers working with indigenous communities. Learn more.


Alcohol and pregnancy - It’s just not worth the risk

AAP SmartBrief | Sep 21, 2016

Prenatal exposure to alcohol is the leading preventable cause of birth defects and developmental disabilities. In addition to difficulty with attention, lifelong effects may include a range of physical, mental, behavioral and/or learning problems. Share the AAP video with your patients to help them understand that alcohol and pregnancy is just not worth the risk.


Course provides pediatricians with the knowledge to treat opioid use in teens

AAP SmartBrief | Sep 20, 2016

With opioid use disorder being identified in younger patients, it is critical for pediatricians to become trained and approved to provide medication-assisted treatment to youth. There is an insufficient number of providers of this life-saving service, fewer still with the willingness and developmental expertise to provide it to adolescents and emerging adults. This 8-hour online course is free to AAP members and will allow them to apply for a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine as part of treatment of young people with opioid use disorder and learn about the use of naltrexone.


Global Mentored Scholarship Program

AAP SmartBrief | Sep 20, 2016

The AAP Section on Orthopaedics offers awards of up to $1,500 to orthopaedic residents and pediatric orthopaedic fellows in the United States and Canada who are interested in providing musculoskeletal care to children in resource-poor regions of the world. The scholarship program facilitates mentored experiences for young surgeons in training. The application period is from July 1 - November 1. For more information, visit the Section website. The Global Mentored Scholarship Program is supported by a grant from K2M.


Advanced Pediatric Life Support: The Pediatric Emergency Medicine Course

AAP SmartBrief | Sep 19, 2016

Are you prepared to assess and manage a critically ill or injured child during the first hours in the emergency department or office setting? Mark your calendars for Saturday, Oct. 22, and plan to participate in the APLS: The Pediatric Emergency Medicine Course to be held in conjunction with the 2016 AAP National Conference and Exhibition. To register and learn more about the program schedule, visit the conference website.


AAP Voices: The Hidden Hazard that Too Often Escapes Babyproofing

AAP SmartBrief | Sep 19, 2016

Pediatric gastroenterologist Jenifer R. Lightdale, MD, MPH, FAAP, describes horrific injuries that can occur when children swallow the lithium button batteries embedded within an increasing array of common household gadgets in this blog.


Call for comment on Women’s Preventive Services Initiative draft recommendations

AAP SmartBrief | Sep 16, 2016

As part of its recommendation development process, the WPSI Advisory Panel and Multidisciplinary Steering Committee are soliciting public comment on draft recommendations for women’s preventive health care services, including HRSA-sponsored Women’s Preventive Services Guidelines. The charge of the Women’s Preventive Services Initiative is to develop, review, and update recommendations for women’s preventive health care services. See the WPSI public comment page for instructions on leaving high quality comments including the categories for types of comments and ethical guidelines. The call for public comment closes on Sept. 30.


New coalition addresses improving sickle cell disease care

AAP SmartBrief | Sep 16, 2016

The AAP joins other leading public health, provider organizations, patient advocacy groups, researchers, and others in a collective effort to improve sickle cell disease care, early diagnosis, treatment, and research, both in the United States and globally. These groups have banded together to form the Sickle Cell Disease Coalition. One of the first efforts they put forth is the “State of Sickle Cell Disease: 2016 Report,” developed by the American Society of Hematology and a call for action. The plan encompasses four priority areas – Access to Care in the United States, Training and Professional Education, Research and Clinical Trials, and Global Issues Related to SCD. In addition to the report, you can access the list of priorities and SCD report card.


Improving cardiac arrest survival in schoolchildren

AAP SmartBrief | Sep 15, 2016

Cardiac Emergency Response Plans, designed to be stand-alone guidelines or merged with schools’ existing medical emergency response plans can increase sudden cardiac arrest survival rates by 50 percent or more by enabling trained lay-responder teams to take action. “Cardiac Emergency Response Planning for Schools: A Policy Statement” from the American Heart Association, provides a national model for school stakeholders to develop, implement, practice and evaluate a CERP.


Apply now for a clinical training course on tobacco cessation

AAP SmartBrief | Sep 15, 2016

The AAP Richmond Center is seeking applications for a clinical training course held on Nov. 11 and 12 that will teach clinicians to screen and counsel families about tobacco cessation and secondhand smoke exposure. Clinicians will be taught how to effectively integrate these strategies into practice. For more information and to complete the application, visit the AAP Richmond Center.


Expert offers age-appropriate tips on keeping Pokémon GO safe

AAP SmartBrief | Sep 14, 2016

The Pokémon GO craze is attracting attention from all ages, and some parents are asking their pediatrician whether or not is OK to let their children play the game. Elizabeth Murray, DO, MBA, FAAP, provides safety tips on HealthyChildren.org for all ages when playing this “augmented reality game.”


Weighing children in kilograms key to reducing drug-dosing errors

AAP SmartBrief | Sep 14, 2016

The Federal Emergency Medical Services for Children Program has an infographic stating the importance of weighing children and recording the weight in kilograms, based on a patient safety recommendation from the “Guidelines for Care of Children in the Emergency Department.” The emergency readiness assessment revealed that half the hospitals in the nation do not weigh and record in kilograms. This simple patient safety initiative has been recognized as one of the most important to prevent drug-dosing errors. Learn more.


Attending NCE? Participate in a research study by talking about marijuana.

AAP SmartBrief | Sep 13, 2016

The AAP Richmond Center is seeking practicing pediatricians, sub-specialists, residents, and fellows to participate in 90-minute focus groups at the 2016 National Conference and Exhibition. Discussions will focus on marijuana and information gained will be used to develop a brief intervention for primary care. Focus groups will be held Sunday, Oct. 23, and Monday, Oct. 24, at 12:30 PM and do not interfere with CME programs. Participants will receive a $50 gift card. Light snacks and beverages will be served. To learn more or to reserve your spot, contact Kristen Kaseeska, MPH, at 847-434-4269 or kkaseeska@aap.org.


Guidelines to improve cardiac arrest survival rates in schoolchildren

AAP SmartBrief | Sep 13, 2016

Cardiac Emergency Response Plans, designed to be stand-alone guidelines or merged with schools’ existing medical emergency response plans, can increase sudden cardiac arrest survival rates by 50 percent or more by enabling trained lay-responder teams to take action. “Cardiac Emergency Response Planning for Schools: A Policy Statement” from the American Heart Association, provides a national model for school stakeholders to develop, implement, practice and evaluate a CERP, and can be accessed by visiting the AHA website.


New Patient Education Handbook

AAP SmartBrief | Sep 12, 2016

Written at a sixth-grade reading level, this guide will reduce unnecessary calls and visits to your office by helping parents make decisions when their children become ill. “Caring for Your Sick Child” is based on clinical protocols developed by Barton D. Schmitt. MD, FAAP, and tested for nearly 20 years on more than 300 million phone calls.


Webinar Tomorrow: Climate Change and Reproductive Health: What Providers Should Know and Do

AAP SmartBrief | Sep 12, 2016

Tuesday, Sept. 13
1 p.m. ET
This live, phone-based webinar will focus on current and emerging aspects of pediatric and reproductive environmental health. Topics include ways that climate impacts health, identifying the most common effects of climate changes on maternal health and birth outcomes. The webinar also will highlight resources health professional can use to help child-bearing women reduce health risks from climate change. Register here.


Video series helps implement mental health priorities in practice

AAP SmartBrief | Sep 09, 2016

Engaging families to uncover and clarify mental health needs requires skill and practice. The program, Implementing Mental Health Priorities in Practice: Strategies to Engage Patients and Families, featuring six videos demonstrating examples of patient/family encounters, can help physicians start these discussions. The videos encompass the most difficult conversation areas in the area of mental health, including depression, disruptive behavior, inattention/impulsivity, social-emotional health, substance use and suicide/self-harm.


Resources to decrease absenteeism

AAP SmartBrief | Sep 09, 2016

Department of Education Office for Civil Rights data shows a number of children and youth - 6.5 million - missed 15 or more days during the 2013-2014 academic year. Chronic absenteeism is often an early warning sign of academic risk and school dropout. A recent report from the Attendance Works and Healthy Schools Campaign shows how disparities in attendance rates, starting as early as preschool and kindergarten, contribute to achievement gaps and high school dropout. The biggest impact is often felt by students who face health disparities, poverty and other challenges in attaining school success. Chronic and acute health conditions can also prevent a child from attending school. Visit Attendance Works to find out what you can do to help students stay healthy and in school.


Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Month

AAP SmartBrief | Sep 08, 2016

September is FASD Awareness Month. Be sure to join the AAP and others on Sept. 13 at 1 PM ET for a twitter chat on this topic. Use the hashtag #FASDchat to join the conversation. Also, the AAP has a FASD Toolkit designed to help physicians raise awareness, promote surveillance and screening, and ensure that all children who possibly have FASDs receive appropriate and timely interventions.


AAP Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight recognizes National Childhood Obesity Month

AAP SmartBrief | Sep 08, 2016

The AAP Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight recognizes and addresses the complex problem of childhood obesity leveraging AAP expertise to focus on translating policy, research and best practices into action within healthcare, communities and families. The Institute’s website has more information about the numerous innovative products and collaborations available on this subject.


AAP Voices: Pediatrician Leaders Visit Immigrant Detention Centers

AAP SmartBrief | Sep 07, 2016

Immigrant children seeking safe haven in the United States are forced to enter a processing system designed for adults. Read about an AAP delegation’s experience visiting the Texas-Mexico border in a blog, “Crossing into a Deeper Understanding of Care for Immigrant Patients.”


Advance registration rates for the 2016 National Conference ends Friday

AAP SmartBrief | Sep 07, 2016

Register by this Friday, Sept. 9 to receive 20% off your registration fees. Don’t miss out on the exceptional educational sessions presented by some of the world leaders in pediatrics, daily special events, and opportunities to network with other pediatric health care professionals. Learn more at www.AAPexperience.org/register.


Parent webinar: Morning Madness? 7 Secrets to a Stress-free Start to Your Family’s Day

AAP SmartBrief | Sep 06, 2016

Sept. 12
1 p.m. ET
HealthyChildren.org, the official AAP website for parents, will host its first parent webinar. Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP, Medical Editor of HealthyChildren.org, will host the free 45-minute audio-visual webinar and offer parents easy tips for surviving the AM rush, with a focus on good sleep and proper nutrition. Pediatricians and health care professionals are encouraged to share this Facebook post to help spread the word about this enlightening parent webinar.


National Preparedness Month 2016

AAP SmartBrief | Sep 06, 2016

September is National Preparedness Month and this year's theme is "Don't Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today." Clinicians have key roles to play in preparing and treating families in disasters and emergencies. The AAP offers tools for pediatricians who wish to become better prepared and to support the families they care for. See the AAP Children and Disasters web page for important resources and strategies.


AAP toolkit for immigrant child health

AAP SmartBrief | Sep 02, 2016

The AAP Immigrant Child Health Toolkit has been reformatted and updated with new information on clinical care and mental health concerns. The free toolkit is available as web-based content, or a downloadable pdf. Contact cocp@aap.org with questions, or to join the AAP Immigrant Health Special Interest Group.


AAP coding hotline offers reviews by certified coders

AAP SmartBrief | Sep 02, 2016

The AAP offers a member benefit where members or their staff can submit coding and payment issues for review by certified coders. AAP staff works to assist not only with correct coding, but help with payer denials where they can. The AAP encourages all members to utilize this free resource, as this is the only official source for answers for your coding questions from the AAP. The coding hotline also is the hub for all payer issues as well. Contact the hotline at aapcodinghotline@aap.org.


Join the AAP Section on Telehealth

AAP SmartBrief | Sep 01, 2016

Be on the cutting edge of how technology can increase access to care. Membership in the AAP Section on Telehealth connects you to a network of over 270 telehealth professionals that help inspire the embracement of telehealth. The Section offers a mentoring program, educational and collaborative opportunities, as well as tools and resources to help participate in advocacy actions.


Fragile X Syndrome Myth Busters

AAP SmartBrief | Sep 01, 2016

The AAP, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has developed “Fragile X Syndrome Myth Busters,” educational materials for pediatricians and parents that address some of the myths and facts about Fragile X Syndrome. The handout designed for providers also includes tips about obtaining a family history and when to seek a genetic evaluation, and the parent handout also addresses what parents can do if FXS is suspected or recently diagnosed.


Adolescent Immunizations: Strongly Recommending the HPV Vaccine

AAP SmartBrief | Aug 31, 2016

This free course discusses office strategies for strongly recommending the HPV vaccine and offers information to help pediatricians address their patients’ concerns about the vaccine. AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s): 1.00, AAP Credit: 1.00, Contact Hour: 1:00, NAPNAP Credit: 1.00


Free Educational Webinar (Sept. 1)

AAP SmartBrief | Aug 31, 2016

Join the American Academy of Pediatrics for a free webinar on Thursday, Sept. 1 from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. ET titled Preparing Adolescents with Asthma and Allergies for Transitions to Independent Living. This one-hour webinar is designed to educate practitioners on issues pertaining to adolescent transitions from the medical home, with practical tips to start using immediately, and a particular emphasis on successfully transitioning adolescents with asthma and allergies to independent living. Register for this important webinar today!


Help parents form positive parent-child relationships

AAP SmartBrief | Aug 30, 2016

Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers” is a free, online resource developed by the CDC to help parents learn skills that form the foundation of a positive parent-child relationship. Skills focus on encouraging good behavior, while decreasing misbehavior using proven strategies.


Parent e-Newsletter for HealthyChildren.org registered users

AAP SmartBrief | Aug 30, 2016

Did you know HealthyChildren.org has an e-newsletter just for parents? It's free to registered users of the site and it features timely children's health content for busy parents. Be sure to tell your families to register on HealthyChildren.org. In addition to the bi-weekly e-newsletter, registered users also receive a customized home page with articles geared to the needs of their family, plus special offers throughout the year. Print and hand out this HealthyChildren.org flyer (also available in Spanish) to the families in your care. Low cost, pre-printed flyers in pads of 50 are available on shopAAP.


School Health: Policy and Practice, 7th Edition

AAP SmartBrief | Aug 29, 2016

The recent 7th edition of this book provides the latest guidelines for developing health programs, including nutrition services, medication administration, physical activity and sports, and the school environment. Includes new content on school health in medical education, family and community involvement, staff wellness and more. Learn more.


New course helps pediatricians address parents’ vaccine hesitancy

AAP SmartBrief | Aug 29, 2016

Most parents with questions or hesitancy about vaccines are not opposed to vaccinating their children, but rather are simply confused and unsure. Pediatricians facing concerned parents need to be prepared to address the specific questions that are causing the parental concerns, emphasize the safety of vaccines, discuss the science behind the current vaccine schedule, and clearly articulate the message that vaccines are safe and effective. The PediaLink “Challenging Cases: Vaccine Hesitancy” course addresses these issues and includes the latest recommendations from the AAP Clinical Report, Countering Vaccine Hesitancy.




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