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Spring 2017 AAP Virtual Career Fair (Posted 4/17)
If you're seeking new faces and places, a change in duties and coverage, moving from outpatient to inpatient care or vice versa, or your interests and aspirations have changed, you need to connect with the major employer networks and top pediatric recruiters. Register today for the AAP Virtual Career Fair, May 16-17 at! Registration is fast, free, and easy. All profiles are confidential. Once you register, you may upload your resume (copy and paste or import it directly from your LinkedIn account).

Artificial Perfection: Talking to Teens About Performance Enhancement (Posted 4/17)
The AAP has partnered with Kognito to develop a digital simulation, Artificial Perfection: Talking to Teens about Performance Enhancement, which prepares pediatricians and other child health professionals to have real-life conversations with teens about appearance and performance-enhancing substances. This simulation takes approximately 35 minutes to complete. More information can be found on their website. Please note, the digital simulation must be accessed via a desktop computer.  

April is Autism Awareness Month (Posted 4/17)
Pediatric clinicians play a critical role in the screening and diagnosis of children with autism and other developmental delays. The American Academy of Pediatrics provides detailed information on the clinical signs, surveillance and screening of autism spectrum disorders. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides a Free MOC Part 2 (20 pts) online Autism Case Training and also offers free resources and tools related to screening and diagnosis, early intervention and patient education.

Screen All Adolescents for Alcohol Use (Posted 4/17)
Pediatric care providers play a critical, ongoing role in the lives of their adoles¬cent patients and therefore have a unique opportunity to educate them about the dangers of substance use and to influence their behaviors. During April is Alcohol Awareness Month, the AAP reminds pediatricians about the importance of screening adolescent patients for alcohol use. The AAP Substance Use Screening and Intervention Implementation Guide offers information about each component of screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) as well as the importance of addressing adolescent substance use, including alcohol. This new resource supports AAP recommendations to use a validated screening tool at every visit and to offer brief intervention tailored to the screening results.

Resources for April is Alcohol Awareness Month (Posted 4/17)
For April is Alcohol Awareness Month, the AAP is promoting resources to help pediatricians identify and care for children who were prenatally exposed to alcohol. The AAP recently hosted the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) Webinar Series, a three-part educational series focused on clinical practices regarding FASDs, including identification and diagnosis, behavioral and developmental issues, and treatment across the lifespan. Members of the AAP FASD champions network facilitated the sessions which are available to view on the FASD Toolkit FASD Training Videos for Providers webpage.

Webinar - Practicing Safety: Practical Suggestions for Child Abuse Prevention in the Office Setting (Posted 4/17)
Monday, April 17, 2017 from 2:00-3:00pm ET
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to acknowledge the importance of families, pediatricians and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect and promote the social and emotional well-being of children. Please join us on Monday, April 17th 2:00 pm ET/1:00 pm CT to learn about the types of abuse in infants and toddlers, triggers for abuse, and practical suggestions to support families and prevent child abuse and neglect. Sponsored by the AAP Section on Child Abuse and Neglect. Click here to register.

Webinar - Bright Futures Guidelines, 4th Edition - Introduction (Posted 4/17)
Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 1:00-1:45pm ET
This webinar will review the newly released Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents, 4th Edition. Click here to register.

2017 Leonard P. Rome CATCH Visiting Professorships Call for Applications (Posted 4/17) – Deadline May 17, 2017
This is a great opportunity for pediatric residency programs seeking to strengthen components of their community health and advocacy training. Up to 8 accredited pediatric residency programs will be provided with a maximum of $4,500 each to implement a 2- or 3-day community health and advocacy educational program focusing on resident education, faculty development and building community partnerships for child health and advocacy. Application and guidelines can be found on the COPT webpages. Programs in the US and Canada are welcome to apply. All application materials must be submitted by Wednesday, May 17, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact Jeanine Donnelly, Manager of the Community Pediatrics Training Initiative.

Residency Hardship Scholarships (Posted 3/17) – Deadline April 15, 2017
The American Academy of Pediatrics Residency Hardship Scholarship Program is designed to help allay financial difficulties for residents. The 2017 application is now available online and is due April 17, 2017. Please contact Kimberley VandenBrook with any questions at 800/433-9016, ext 7134. The 2017 Residency Hardship Scholarship Program is funded through the generosity of Johnson & Johnson.

Looking for Writers – SOPT Monthly Feature in Pediatrics (Posted 3/17)
Calling all writers! We are currently seeking new submissions to the SOPT Monthly Feature in Pediatrics. The Section's column features articles by pediatric trainees of all stages and is published on a quarterly basis. Check out our latest Call for Articles for suggested article topics. We accept submissions on a rolling basis and are looking for well crafted, relevant and thought-provoking articles on any topic. Please email us with any questions.

Call for Nominations: 2017 AAP Community Pediatrics Awards (Posted 3/17) – Deadline March 20, 2017
The AAP Council on Community Pediatrics invites nominations for the 2017 Community Pediatrics Awards. Nominate an outstanding pediatrician for one of the three awards: The Job Lewis Smith Award, Calvin C. J. Sia Community Pediatrics Medical Home Leadership and Advocacy Award, or the Local Hero Award. Awards are presented during the Community Pediatrics Awards and Poster Display Event at the AAP National Conference and Exhibition. View complete Calls for Nominations. Contact with questions or for more information.

Feedback for APA Ethics SIG (Posted 3/17)
The Ethics SIG at the APA is holding a session at PAS in San Francisco on May 8, 2017. The session will focus on the challenges of ethics consultations in pediatrics; from the provider (ethicist) and the requester perspective. They would like to know: Could you tell us a topic/case that you have found challenging when you requested an ethics consultation or someone called an ethics consultation for your patient? E.g. The case, process, teams, policies etc. Please share your experiences, in any length by March 30, 2017 with Zeynep Salih, MD, MA, Co-director APA Ethics SIG.

March is National Nutrition Month (Posted 3/17)
Nutrition is important for children's health, growth and development. National Nutrition Month is a good time to remind caregivers that children should consume a variety of foods from the five major food groups every day. It also can be a good time to raise awareness of resources that can help children and families who may not have access to adequate nutrition. Children living in poverty have higher rates of hunger and 22 percent of all children live in a household that is food insecure at some point during the year. Get more information on childhood nutrition and hunger on the AAP website.

The 13th World Congress of Pediatric Dermatology (Posted 3/17)
July 6-9, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois
Co-sponsored by the Society for Pediatric Dermatology (SPD) and the AAP, WCPD 2017 is an event that takes place only once every four years event and offers a multitude of opportunities for teaching, learning, networking and collaboration. World-renowned pediatric dermatologists and specialists will present both practical and cutting edge lectures and share the results of their research. In addition to 24 industry exhibitors, the world congress will feature a Patient Advocacy Village comprised of 20 non-profit organizations which provide resources for families dealing with serious dermatological issues. Early-bird registration ends June 1.

New Zika Toolkit for Use by Health Care Providers (Posted 3/17)
The CDC has released a new Zika toolkit for health care providers titled, "CDC US Zika Pregnancy Registry: Healthcare Provider Toolkit for Health Departments." The toolkit includes materials to help pediatricians with identification, diagnosis and reporting of congenital Zika virus infection in infants. All factsheets and infographics can be printed, shared, and distributed as needed. The information provided will be used to update recommendations for clinical care, to plan for services for pregnant women and families affected by Zika virus, and to improve prevention of Zika virus infection during pregnancy.

SOPT Liaison Update (Posted 2/17)
Your AAP SOPT liaisons work to facilitate communications between the SOPT and the various other sections, committees, and councils within the AAP. We are creating a newsletter to disseminate information from those multiple groups to our SOPT members. This newsletter will highlight the recent happenings in these sections, committees, councils and focus on topics relevant to pediatric trainees. Please browse the Winter 2017 Edition (AAP login required). If you'd like more information about a particular group, please contact your SOPT Executive Coordinator of Liaisons, Dr Jackie Crews.

Submit Abstracts Now for 2017 National Conference & Exhibition (Posted 2/17) – Deadline April 7, 2017
The AAP is accepting abstracts to be presented at the 2017 National Conference & Exhibition in Chicago, IL, September 16–19. Council/Section programs held at the National Conference cover clinical matters or research related to subspecialty or special interest areas. Submissions by AAP members and nonmembers are welcome, with participation open to health professionals in any field. The deadline to submit abstracts is Friday, April 7. Visit the Call for Papers website for more information. Be sure to check out the SOPT abstract program!

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation National Leadership Program - Call for applications (Posted 2/17) – Deadlines vary
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation offers funding to support leadership development through its Culture of Health Initiative. Applications are now being accepted for its second cohort of Clinical Scholars, Culture of Health Leaders, Health Policy Research Scholars, and Interdisciplinary Research Leaders. Learn more and apply here (open to pediatricians and others): Application deadlines vary.

New program - Screening in Practice Initiative (Posted 2/17)
The Screening in Practices Initiative is designed to improve the health, wellness, and life course of children through practice and system-based interventions for early childhood screening, referral, and follow-up. One of the major components of the Initiative is the National Technical Assistance Resource Center on Screening (NTARCS), which provides evidence-informed technical assistance and resources to assist practices in implementing effective screening, referral, and follow-up for developmental milestones, maternal depression, and social determinants of health. Technical assistance is provided through a toll-free hotline, in-person and web-based trainings, and an online resource center.

Test Your Pediatric Dermatology Skills (Posted 2/17)
Pediatric Dermatology Case of the Month is a new feature sponsored by the AAP Section on Dermatology. On the first of each month, a new case is posted in the form of a board-style question. Once you select an answer you're directed to a brief explanation of the condition, including tips on recognition and treatment. You may access Case of the Month from the homepage of the Section on Dermatology website or directly: Dermatology Case of the Month. There's an option to sign up for the ListServ that will insure that you receive future cases.

Join the AAP Community of Immunizers listserv (Posted 2/17)
The Community of Immunizers Listserv currently consists of more than 100 immunizers including physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, medical assistants and other office staff. It allows users to communicate with fellow immunizers, ask questions, and share ideas, resources and successes. Email and request to be added to the IZCommunity listserv.

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

APA Ethics Essay Contest Announcement (Posted 11/16) – Deadline March 20, 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.