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January 25, 2016

Call for APLS Award nominations

Nominations are being accepted by Advanced Pediatric Life Support (APLS): The Pediatric Emergency Medicine Steering Committee for the Martha Bushore-Fallis APLS Award. Deadline for submissions is May 13.

The award recognizes an individual who has helped advance the goal of early recognition and stabilization of life-threatened children through the APLS program.

Eligible candidates have demonstrated innovation of a new procedure or equipment, developed an educational methodology, advanced legislation in support of the life-threatened child, taught APLS in underserved communities in the U.S. or abroad, or have another accomplishment deemed exceptional by the steering committee.

The winner will receive the award Oct. 22 during the AAP National Conference & Exhibition (NCE) in San Francisco, along with a $1,000 travel reimbursement to the NCE and complimentary participation in APLS: The Pediatric Emergency Medicine Resource Course and the NCE. The individual also will join the faculty at the 2017 APLS: The Pediatric Emergency Medicine Resource Course at the NCE in Chicago.

Submit nominations and supporting materials to Caitlin Hahne, APLS Steering Committee, American Academy of Pediatrics, 141 Northwest Point Blvd., Elk Grove Village, IL 60007. Phone: 800-433-9016, ext. 4795. Email:


Young Physicians’ Leadership Alliance applications

The AAP Section on Early Career Physicians is accepting applications for its Young Physicians’ Leadership Alliance. The three-year training program is designed to develop leaders and build a leadership community among early career pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists.

The program includes the sharing of leadership principles, behaviors and tools that can help young physicians achieve personal and professional objectives. This interactive forum includes young physician leaders with demonstrated leadership potential through current AAP involvement. Topics rotate so the entire leadership curriculum can be completed over the three-year cycle. Program graduates then mentor new participants.

The next annual workshop will be held at the 2016 AAP National Conference & Exhibition in San Francisco. Interested participants should complete an application and submit a letter of support from chapter/section leadership by April 15. Those selected must register for the conference but do not pay additional fees for the session. To apply, visit (AAP login required).


Car seat guide

Car Safety Seats: 2016 Guide for Families helps parents make informed decisions about car safety seat selection and use.

The 47-page brochure includes information on various types of car safety seats (installation tips and common questions), LATCH attachment system, air bags, and lap and shoulder seat belts. It offers a comparison of the features of more than 160 car safety seats, belt positioning booster seats and travel vests. Order at (HE50275-16; members: $21 for pack of 50; bulk discounts offered).


Pediatric residency education: medical home modules 

New case-based, educational modules on key medical home principles for pediatric residency programs can be incorporated into existing curriculum by residency program directors and faculty.

The series was developed by the AAP Medical Home Resident Education Initiative Work Group. Five modules educate residents about characteristics and benefits of the patient‐ and family‐centered medical home, care coordination, care planning, transition to adult care and team-based care. Download modules at


Oral health website in Spanish

The Campaign for Dental Health now offers a Spanish language website:

Find information on fluoride and preventing children’s tooth decay. A search function makes it easy to ask questions and find answers about fluoridation. Resources for parents, families and health professionals are easy to download and share.


Disaster preparedness resources

A new chapter of the AAP Textbook of Pediatric Care, “Disaster Preparedness and Response,” is available to subscribers of Pediatric Care Online at

The chapter includes information on the unique needs of children; home, community, and office preparedness; long-term planning and regional preparedness; basic supportive services and psychological first aid; and more.

Pediatricians also can access the Academy’s comprehensive set of disaster-preparedness resources. Based on the concepts and information in the AAP Pediatric Preparedness Resource Kit (, the Preparedness Checklist for Pediatric Practices ( offers steps that pediatricians or their practice staff can take to improve office preparedness.

AAP position statements on disaster preparedness include the clinical report Providing Psychosocial Support to Children and Families in the Aftermath of Disasters and Crises (, the policy Ensuring the Health of Children in Disasters ( and the policy Medical Countermeasures for Children in Public Health Emergencies, Disasters, or Terrorism (

For all of the Academy’s disaster-related information, visit or email



Two webinars are available on Pediatric Care Online:

  • High Risk Newborns and Nutrition by Jatinder Bhatia, M.D., FAAP, covers the topics of global incidence of prematurity and morbidity and mortality; long-term consequences of prematurity and low birthweight; rationale for aggressive early and sustained nutritional goals; choice of feeding; and post-discharge nutrition.
  • Managing Depression in Primary Care by Rebecca Baum, M.D., FAAP, addresses how to identify key system components necessary for managing depression and low mood, and understanding the presentation of and implementing first-line strategies to manage depression and low mood.

Learn about free-trial subscriptions for residents and pediatricians at To subscribe, visit:


Vaccine conversations

Looking for new ideas on how to start the conversation about vaccines with parents? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has compiled a suite of handouts in collaboration with the Academy and American Academy of Family Physicians.

The Provider Resources for Vaccine Conversations with Parents website includes parent handouts and vaccine summary handouts to help immunization providers assess parents’ needs and communicate effectively. Visit

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