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August 31, 2016

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders toolkit

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) have lifelong implications, including physical, mental, behavioral and/or learning disabilities. Familiarize yourself with the signs of FASD on Sept. 9, FASD Day. To learn about diagnosis and treatment, access the AAP FASD Toolkit, (AAP login required). Follow #FASDMonth on Twitter throughout September to share awareness messages about this 100% preventable disease.

Pediatric dermatology Case of the Month

The AAP Section on Dermatology (SOD) is launching an online self-assessment feature titled Case of the Month. On the first of each month, a new dermatology case will be posted on the SODs home page. Cases of interest and those that address American Board of Pediatrics content specifications will be presented. Daniel Krowchuk, M.D., FAAP, is editor of this activity, and cases will be solicited from SOD members. Visit

Shop AAP

  • Pre-order the 2017 edition of PREP Self-Assessment for access in January,
  • My Child Is Sick! Expert Advice for Managing Common Illnesses and Injuries, 2nd edition, written at a sixth-grade level (CB0097; members: $13.95),
  • AMSTARs: Youth Violence Prevention and Intervention in Clinical and Community-based Settings, edited by the AAP Section on Adolescent Health (MA0759; members: $47.95),
  • AAP Textbook of Pediatric Care + Pediatric Care Online Package (MA0824; members: $327),

Pediatric Care Online webinar

Joel S. Tieder, M.D., M.P.H., FAAP, discusses the new AAP clinical practice guideline for the management of brief resolved unexplained events (BRUEs) during a Pediatric Care Online webinar. Learn about the new definition and guideline for BRUEs and apply national recommendations for the diagnosis and management of patients experiencing an apparent life-threatening event or BRUE. Subscribe at

Dental health posters, images

The Campaign for Dental Health has three posters and shareable memes that spread positive messages about community water fluoridation, health equity, drinking water and children’s oral health. Download images and PDFs to use on Twitter, Facebook, websites and other online channels,

Free printed 18-by-24-inch office posters also are available by emailing Include address, desired poster designs, quantity and preferred language (English or Spanish).

Vaccine hesitancy online course 

The free PediaLink Challenging Cases: Vaccine Hesitancy course includes the latest recommendations from the AAP clinical report Countering Vaccine Hesitancy. It provides strategies to promote vaccine confidence in vaccine-hesitant parents in a time-efficient but effective manner, including case studies on infant vaccination and measles-mumps-rubella vaccination. Register at

Simulation dictionary online

The Healthcare Simulation Dictionary is a first-of-its-kind reference designed as a centralized, living document of terms used in the field of health care simulation.

The free dictionary is noted to enhance communication and clarity for simulationists in all aspects of work and education. While not considered a taxonomy, it may inform taxonomical work. Access the resource on the Society for Simulation in Healthcare website,

Vaccine storage, handling toolkit

Refrigerated vaccines should be stored at 36 to 46 degrees Fahrenheit, a change from previously recommended temperatures of 35 to 46 degrees Fahrenheit, according to an updated Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Celsius temperature range (between 2 and 8 degrees) is unchanged, according to the CDC.

Vaccines stored in the freezer should maintain temperatures between -50 and -15 degrees Celsius (-58 and 5 degrees Fahrenheit). Access the toolkit at

New provisional section focuses on simulation

The Academy has formed a new provisional section designed to meet the evolving needs of medical students, residents and those maintaining competency and continuing medical education.

The Provisional Section on Simulation and Innovative Learning Methods (PSOSILM), chaired by Taylor L. Sawyer, D.O., M.Ed., FAAP, will focus on simulation and novel educational methods like eLearning, mobile learning and game-based learning. Its members will seek input from AAP membership about approaches to simulation as a teaching and learning technique to improve how pediatricians care for children.

“We are thinking about simulations to practice difficult conversations about vaccines, sexual orientation and genetic testing as well as office-based procedures such as LARC (long-acting reversible contraception) in addition to more traditional simulation such as resuscitations and office-based emergency preparedness,” said Marjorie Lee White, M.D., M.P.P.M., M.A., FAAP, a member of the PSOSILM Executive Committee.

The PSOSILM anticipates the involvement of at least 1,000 at-large section members, with rapid growth expected over the next 10 years. Executive committee members have expertise in simulation and hold leadership roles in organizations that focus on simulation and innovative learning.

The provisional section already is planning its first educational program on pediatric office-based simulation, which will be held during the 2017 AAP National Conference & Exhibition in Chicago.

To join the section at large, visit or call AAP Customer Service at 866-843-2271.

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