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International Elective Awards (Posted 1/17) Deadline March 15, 2017 
Each academic year the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) will designate several $1,000 awards split in two cycles (number awarded per cycle will be at the discretion of the review committee) to categorical or combined-training pediatric residents who wish to complete a clinical pediatric elective in the developing world during residency. Fellowship Trainee members are also eligible to apply, however only one Fellowship Trainee applicant may be awarded per cycle at the discretion of the review committee. Applicants must be a member of the AAP Section on International Child Health (SOICH) in order to apply. Awards are given solely on the basis of the application and an online recommendation form.  The International Elective Award application and recommendation are due March 15, 2017. For more information and a copy of the application, please contact Kimberley VandenBrook.

Resident Research Grants (Posted 1/17) – Deadline February 28, 2017
In an effort to enhance the development of research skills among physicians in training, the American Academy of Pediatrics administers the Resident Research Grant Program. This program gives residents the opportunity to conduct independent research projects and present their findings. The 2016 application is available now online and is due February 28, 2017. Please contact Jeannine Hess with any questions at 800/433-9016 ext 7876.

January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month (Posted 1/17)
Birth defects are common, costly, and critical. Prevention of infections such as those caused by common viruses, sexually transmitted diseases, and infections carried by insects and animals are critical to reducing the risks for birth defects. Pediatricians can partner with families to prevent infections to protect babies. Talk with families about proper food preparation, vaccination, protection from animals and insects known to carry diseases, and maintaining good hygiene. Visit the National Birth Defects Prevention Network website for more information and  share your own tips for healthy pregnancy using #Prevent2Protect on social media.

Free In-Office Materials Promoting Measles Vaccine! (Posted 1/17)
In collaboration with the Measles & Rubella Initiative (M&RI), the AAP is offering a new set of measles education resources featuring illustrator Sophie Blackall's popular Ivy and Bean characters.  The posters, coloring comic books, and stickers, available in English or Spanish, are free of charge. For more information, visit

NIH-supported Diversity Special Interest Group (SIG) Travel Awards​ (Posted 1/17) – Deadline January 17, 2017The 2017 Diversity Workshop has NIH-supported funds available to sponsor a limited number of junior-level and senior-level trainees to attend the 2017 ASPHO Annual Meeting in Montréal, Québec, Canada, April 26-29, 2017. Travel reimbursement awards shall begin at $500 per Award, with larger awards contingent upon availability of funds. In addition to travel support, junior-level trainees (medical students and residents) will be paired with Faculty "guides." These guides will ensure that the sponsored trainees optimize their conference experience and provide a point-of-contact and mentorship within the field of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology as trainees begin exploring their career development options. Open to junior-level trainees (third and fourth year medical students and residents not yet matched into a Fellowship) and senior-level trainees (Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellows or fellowship-matched residents) from traditionally underrepresented demographic groups.  Click here for more information.

​AAP Legislative Conference (Posted 1/17)
The AAP Legislative Conference will be held April 23-25, 2017, in Washington, DC. For more information, click here.  To register please visit

Webinar - DC Park Prescription: A Scalable Model for Medicine & Public Health (Posted 1/17)
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 1:00pm ET
The Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSUs) program hosts a regularly scheduled webinar series. These webinars are educational presentations by environmental health experts that focus on current and emerging issues in pediatric and reproductive environmental health. These events are free of charge and continuing education (CE) credit is available, including CME and CNE. By the end of this module, participants should be able to:

  • Review health reasons to spend time in Nature
  • Learn how DC Park Rx was planned, developed and implemented at a "doctor's office"
  • Review recently published data on DC Park Rx
  • Summarize next steps for expansion and research of Park Rx

Click here to register for the webinar.

Webinar - FASD: Screening, Assessment, and Diagnosis (Posted 1/17) 
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 4:00pm ET
This free webinar will focus on defining the terms used to describe the conditions under the umbrella of FASD, describing the signs that may indicate prenatal alcohol exposure and a possible condition along the continuum of FASDs. Primary care clinicians are encouraged to attend.  
Register for the webinar today!

Webinar - Neurobehavioral Disorder associated with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure (ND-PAE) (Posted 1/17)
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 4:00pm ET
This free webinar will focus on the factors in a patient's medical history and clinical presentation that may indicate the presence of ND-PAE. Participants will learn about the domains in which children with this disorder struggle with behavior and developmental tasks. Primary care clinicians are encouraged to attend. Register here!

Webinar - Treatment Across the Lifespan for Persons with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (Posted 1/17) 
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 4:00pm ET
This webinar will focus on identifying and managing neurobehavioral and medical concerns at different developmental stages. Participants will learn about medical, therapeutic, and pharmaceutical considerations. Faculty will present evidence-based interventions that are applicable to community-based primary care pediatricians. Primary care clinicians are encouraged to attend. Register here!

​CATCH Call for Proposals (Posted 12/16) – Deadline January 31, 2017 
The Community Access to Child Health (CATCH), a national initiative of AAP is seeking proposals from residents to address a wide range of child health issues. CATCH provides up to $2,000, technical assistance, and networking opportunities so that residents may plan or implement a project in their local community. This current Call for Proposals includes special opportunities for residents to work with the Section on Pediatric Trainees, Section on Hospital Medicine, and Section on Emergency Medicine. These Sections will help to sponsor projects that are of current interest and or priority to their membership. Please refer to the resident guidelines for specific instructions on how to apply. The deadline for applications is Tuesday, January 31, 2:00 PM CST.

New Interactive Map Highlights Child Vaccination Rates Across America (Posted 12/16) 
The AAP has developed an interactive digital map that highlights state immunization rates for vaccine-preventable diseases, as well as state laws regarding vaccine exemptions. The map includes data on how each state measures up against immunization thresholds that are important to ensure protection for all. The map also highlights recent outbreaks of disease that have occurred in communities where pockets of low-immunization rates left the population vulnerable. While immunization rates have remained steady or increased for many vaccines over the past decade, recent studies show that unvaccinated children are often geographically clustered in communities. These pockets of under-immunization are at higher risk of disease and have been the source of disease outbreaks, as seen with the 2014 measles outbreak in California.

AAP Family Media Use Plan Online Tool (Posted 12/16)
The Council on Communications and Media (COCM) is asking AAP members to help promote the AAP's new Family Media Use Plan interactive tool available at This tool is a core recommendation coming out of COCM's new media policies, and empowers parents to make media use plans for each member of the family. Share information about the new toolkit, and the new policies and technical report that were published recently — "Media and Young Minds," "Media Use in School-Aged Children and Adolescents," and "Children, Adolescents and Digital Media," — with your followers on social media, through your practice website, or on your blog. In addition, a Family Media Use Plan poster was designed and distributed at the AAP National Conference, and is available free for download. Please feel free to display this poster at your practice/institution. For more resources, sample tweets and social media posts, social media graphics, website buttons and educational videos for families and pediatricians about the toolkit and policies, visit the Media and Children Communication Toolkit.

Shared Plan of Care: A Tool to Support Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs and Their Families (Posted 12/16)
Created by the National Center for Medical Home Implementation in partnership with the National Academy for State Health Policy, this fact sheet discusses key components of and the role of families in creating and maintaining a shared plan of care. Additionally, the fact sheet provides specific examples of how state programs and agencies are implementing and using shared plans of care for children and youth with special health care needs.

​Artificial Perfection: Talking to Teens about Performance Enhancement (Posted 12/16) 
Artificial Perfection is a clinical training, role-play simulation designed to prepare pediatricians and other child health professionals to have real-life conversations with teens about appearance and performance-enhancing substances. This first-of-its-kind resource can be used for continuing medical education. Artificial Perfection is a free resource. To access:

  1. Go to
  2. Open a free account
  3. Start the simulation

Pediatrics Monthly Feature Call for Submissions (Posted 11/16)
The AAP Section on Pediatric Trainees (SOPT) publishes a column in the Pediatrics "Monthly Feature" section three times a year. The column editors are currently seeking articles. Click here for submission instructions or contact the section editors at for further information.

AAP Federal Affairs Internship Program (Posted 11/16)
The AAP's Department of Federal Affairs (based in Washington, DC) has an internship program designed for trainees interested in learning about child health policy, the legislative process, federal advocacy, and public affairs activities. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and consist of the application form, a 500 word written statement, and a CV/resume. Click here to learn more about applying.

(Posted 11/16) – Deadline January 23, 2017
J&J is supporting the AAP Friends of Children Fund via the cause marketing program, Donate A Photo.  For each photo uploaded between Oct. 23 and Jan. 23, 2017, J&J donates $1 to the cause.  For AAP, J&J has committed a minimum of $30,000 (regardless of the number of photos uploaded) and a maximum of $50,000. AAP has designated this year's funds to AAP Safe Sleep efforts. Photo uploads are limited to one per day per device; any appropriate photo can be uploaded and the same photo can be used again.

APA Ethics Essay Contest Announcement (Posted 11/16) – Deadline March 10, 2017 
The APA is pleased to announce the sixth APA Ethics Special Interest Group (SIG) Essay Contest. The contest is open to all pediatric residents and pediatric subspecialty fellows (including pediatric surgical fellows). Essays should focus on the ethical issues that residents and fellows face while caring for patients. Topics may include but not limited to personal narratives of ethical dilemmas faced in training or practice or scholarly presentations of issues related to organizational, interprofessional or global health ethics. Essays should be between 800 to 1600 words. Essays longer than 1700 words will be disqualified without review. Essays must be original and unpublished works. If multiple authors, the award will be shared. All co-authors should provide demographic information (training status) and role in manuscript preparation. Two awards will be offered and may be used for expenses related to PAS attendance: 1st Place - $200 and 2nd Place - $100. The winning essays will be read at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) meeting in San Francisco, CA and will be published in PAS website as part of Ethics SIG newsletter in June 2017. If the resident or fellow will be attending PAS in San Francisco they may present their paper themselves. Click here​ to submit your essay.

Medicaid Managed Care: Challenges and Opportunities for Pediatric Medical Home Implementation and CYSHCN (Posted 11/16)
The National Center for Medical Home Implementation, in collaboration with the National Academy for State Health Policy, created a fact sheet that discusses challenges and opportunities to provision of care for children and youth with special health care need (CYSHCN) enrolled in Medicaid managed care. The fact sheet identifies states that leverage Medicaid managed care to advance the pediatric medical home model through payment incentives, technical assistance, and care coordination services. 

​2017 HIV Course (Posted 11/16)
The American Academy of Pediatrics, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society will be hosting an HIV Course, March 7-8, 2017 in Memphis, TN.  This course will address all aspects of HIV management in infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. This course will present evidence-based data to help healthcare providers optimize their clinical practice and is intended for those who are interested in expanding their knowledge of HIV/AIDS care, including pediatric residents and fellows who need a foundation in pediatric and adolescent HIV management. Registration for the course is $350. For more information visit: