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Volume ONE Edition 4 of 5 2015




Alcohol Awareness Month – April 2015 
Rachel Daskalov, MHA
Manager, Screening and Public Health Prevention Programs

​For Alcohol Awareness Month in April, the AAP is promoting a public health message and related video to communicate that fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) are completely preventable if women do not drink alcohol while pregnant. The video is available online, click here to access. An estimated 40,000 babies are born each year with FASDs which can affect their physical, mental, behavioral, and cognitive development for a lifetime. Children who are diagnosed with FASDs can experience growth deficiencies, cognitive and behavioral disabilities, and dysmorphic facial features.   Continued

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The Best Summer of Your Life​
Maya Dewan, MD, MPH
Dragonfly Forest Summer Camp Medical Director
SOECP Member Since: July 2014 

Every summer I have the opportunity to sit in a tie-dye shirt and shorts and do my most favorite thing —be a camp doctor. There is something so refreshing and rewarding about seeing the children out at camp swimming, canoeing, and having fun. Each year I arrive burned out and overwhelmed by taking care of ill children and their families in the pediatric intensive care unit. These few short weeks remind me why I, and my colleagues, work so hard in the hospital to get children better. While at camp, I place Band-Aids, administer factor replacement, give breathing treatments and get to hear the children say, "This is the best summer of my life!" ​Continued

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Ivy+Bean vs The Measles 
Kiran Patel 

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has partnered the Measles & Rubella Initiative (M&RI) along with other stakeholders to launch a new education and fundraising campaign. The campaign includes posters and related materials designed by famed author and illustrator Sophie Blackall for distribution in multiple venues, including the pediatrician's office. The posters feature the beloved Ivy and Bean characters in comic book scene style, each illustrating lessons on the importance of getting vaccinated. The campaign is a positive, relatable way to convey support for childhood immunization generally, and measles vaccination more specifically. The appeal of the campaign promises to encourage uptake in venues such as children's hospitals, and pediatricians' offices, thus encouraging parents and kids to learn more about vaccine-preventable illnesses and the miracle of vaccines. Ordering Free Materials! The posters and related materials will be free of charge to AAP members. To learn more, click here or e-mail

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District IV Update 
Elizabeth Mack, MD, MS, FAAP 
District IV, Executive Committee, Section on Early Career Physicians 
SOECP Member Since: July 2007

​Who's in district IV? SC, NC, VA, KY, TN

Who leads district IV? Jane Foy, MD, FAAP and Bob Gunther, MD, MPH, FAAP

Chapter websites, leaders, & executive directors

Annual district meeting: District leadership will be meeting June 25-28, 2015 in beautiful Charleston, SC. We're guaranteed to have invigorating sessions with AAP president-elect candidates, junior & senior pediatricians & pediatric subspecialists, residents, fellows, and medical students. In addition to the usual content, we are planning a pre-conference workshop on our exciting statewide HPV vaccine project. 

Other resources:
Chapter meeting calendars
Recent SOMSRFT district IV newsletter

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ECP Member Spotlight - District IV 
Annie Andrews MD, MSCR, FAAP
SOECP Member Since: December 2010

Who are you?  My name is Annie Andrews; I am a physician at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. My primary job is that of a pediatric hospitalist, but I also spend a good deal of time as a researcher. My research interest is in improving preventive care delivery to children with asthma in the emergent care setting. I also serve as the medical director of one of our medical/surgical units. In this role I am involved in improvement efforts, patient safety, and patient satisfaction. 

How did you become involved with the AAP? 
I became involved in the AAP through one of my good friends and colleagues from my residency training at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Dr. Elizabeth Mack. She encouraged me to join the Section on Early Career Physicians and has inspired me to stay involved. 

What do you love most about your job? 
I love that everyday I come to work is somehow different than the day before. I love seeing patients in the hospital get better hour-by-hour and day-by-day. I love interacting with residents and students; their enthusiasm for medicine keeps me going on the tough days. I love contributing to the field of hospital medicine through my research. Recently, in my role as medical director, I have begun to learn how the hospital works and all of the moving parts that are involved. I have enjoyed learning about the barriers to change on a system level, and how to overcome those barriers to effect change that will improve the care we provide to hospitalized children.  

What is your favorite book and/or favorite travel destination? My favorite book is Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself by Judy Blume. I first read it in grade school and have probably read it 25 times, most recently a few years ago. I still have my original copy and can't wait to pass it down to my 2.5-year-old daughter. I hope she loves it as much as I do.  

What is your favorite developmental milestone?  As a mom to a 10 week old infant I would have to say the social smile. After 6 long weeks of late night feedings and sleepless nights one smile from him was all it took to make it all worthwhile.  

What advice would you give to other young physicians? 
The best advice I could give other young physicians is to be sure to make choices in your career that allow you to lead the life you want to lead outside of your job. There are a lot of creative ways to achieve the ever-elusive work-life balance. Do what you need to do to make yourself and those around you happy. I have a feeling this is the key to avoiding burnout. 

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​Please be advised that as of the February 2015 edition the Volume number for the first five editions will now be labeled Volume ONE. The second set of editions, 6 - 10, will be Volume TWO. This change is being made so that the newsletter Volume numbers coincide with the calendar year.

Alcohol Awareness Month – April 2015  Continued

Primary care providers play an important role in communicating prevention messages and the diagnosis and treatment of FASDs. Pediatric clinicians should consider FASDs when evaluating children with developmental problems, behavioral concerns, or school failure. Like other children with complex medical or behavioral disabilities, children with FASDs need a pediatric medical home to provide and coordinate care as well as to ensure necessary medical, behavioral, social, and educational services. To support these efforts, the FASD Toolkit provides practice management and treatment resources, including an algorithm for evaluation and sample messaging for talking with families and school staff. 

Pediatric clinicians are called to remain committed to communicating the potential for alcohol to cause negative health consequences for the fetus. It is important to reinforce the message with both young adults and families in the preconception and interconception period of family planning. For more information please contact Rachel Daskalov at

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The Best Summer of Your Life Continued             

Multiple studies have shown the benefits of camp for all children, including those with chronic disease and developmental delay.1 None of these studies, however, comments on the impact of the camp experience on volunteer healthcare providers. Working in pediatrics, we see children every day who are at risk of never returning to a regular childhood. This summer, volunteer at a summer camp and experience childhood again. Spend time fishing, tie-dying, rock climbing, and, of course, caring for the campers. Find a place in your community or a place where your patients attend. Camps who serve children with chronic care needs and disabilities rely on medical volunteers and often struggle to find staffing. In addition, many camps welcome medical volunteers to bring their own children and families. This spring, I urge you to have the best summer of your life and volunteer your time at a summer camp. Click here to search for a camp.

1 Bultas MW, Steurer LM, Brooks C, Fields H. "Psychosocial outcomes of a summer overnight recreational experience for children with heart disease." J Child Health Care. 2014 Jun 20.

Kaboski JR1, Diehl JJ, Beriont J, Crowell CR, Villano M, Wier K, Tang K. "Brief Report: A Pilot Summer Robotics Camp to Reduce Social Anxiety and Improve Social/Vocational Skills in Adolescents with ASD." J Autism Dev Disord. 2014 Jun 5.

Klee KM. "Benefits of a mainstreamed summer camp experience for teens with ESRD."Adv Perit Dial. 1992;8:423-5. 

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Opinions expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The recommendations in this publication do not indicate an exclusive course of treatment or serve as a standard of medical care. Variations, taking into account individual circumstances, may be appropriate. 
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