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Q-and-A with Dr. Ari Brown
Pediatrician and author Dr. Ari Brown discusses the challenges of ensuring that pediatric patients find a medical home with their pediatrician, particularly amid the changing health care landscape, including urgent care and walk-in clinics. She says childhood obesity and its health-related consequences will continue to be hot topics next year, as will the benefits and risks of children's technology and media use. Read the full interview.
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Most Popular Stories
These are the stories read and shared most by AAP SmartBrief readers in 2012
Industry Forecast
What is the preferable way to obtain a pediatric subspecialty consultation?
56%   Telephone
24%   E-mail
13%   Fax
10%   Videoconference
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Do you or does your practice plan to invest more in health IT next year?
51%   Yes
32%   No
10%   Maybe
8%   I don't know
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Which area of pediatrics should receive more attention from the health and medical communities -- including research, education and outreach -- in 2013?
47%   Childhood obesity
37%   Preventive care, including vaccinations
9%   Chronic conditions, such as diabetes and high cholesterol
8%   Teen pregnancy and sexual health
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Which of the following do you think will see the most growth in 2013?
33%   Hospital-owned practices
31%   Accountable care organizations
21%   Retail-based clinics
17%   Patient-centered medical homes
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AAP Resources
  • AAP Legislative Conference
    April 28 to 30
    Washington, D.C.
    The three-day AAP Legislative Conference instills knowledge of the state and federal legislative process, helps participants develop advocacy skills, and involves in-person visits with federal legislators and staff on Capitol Hill. Download the conference brochure to learn more.

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  • Pediatric Academic Societies
    May 4 to 7
    Washington, D.C.
    Join the AAP for the Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting. The largest international meeting focused on research in child health, it brings together a variety of groups to not only discuss original research, but to discuss how this research can be applied to actual clinical practice in pediatrics.

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  • AAP National Conference and Exhibition
    Oct. 26 to 29
    Orlando, Fla.
    The 2013 AAP National Conference and Exhibition is the hottest event for continuing medical education featuring expert faculty, pharmacological and technical advances from the leaders in pediatrics. The 2013 pre-conference Peds21 symposium will be "Promoting Early Brain and Child Development (EBCD): Building Brains, Forging Futures" and there will be a special conference track on early brain/epigenetics. New in 2013 will be Point-Counterpoint sessions that will explore both sides of the latest issues on treating ADHD in children under 5, PANDAS, mandatory ECG screening for competitive sports and infant formulas in the hospital nursery.

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Smartest Quotes
These are the quotes AAP SmartBrief readers shared most in 2012
Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.
-- Guillaume Apollinaire,
French writer, poet and critic
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Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.
-- Harriet Braiker,
American psychologist and writer
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To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; to be credible we must be truthful.
-- Edward R. Murrow,
American broadcast journalist
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The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice.
-- Ernest Hemingway,
American author
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Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.
-- George S. Patton,
U.S. Army general
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Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are.
-- Bernice Johnson Reagon,
American singer, composer, scholar and social activist
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Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.
-- Robert Frost,
American poet
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A committee is a group of the unprepared, appointed by the unwilling to do the unnecessary.
-- Fred Allen,
American comedian
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In times of change, learners inherit the earth; while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.
-- Eric Hoffer,
American social writer
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