The Section on Neurology, founded in 1977, is dedicated to improving the care of infants, children and adolescents by providing an educational forum for the discussion of problems and treatments related to neurologic problems in children. Membership in the Section is open to Fellows of the American Academy of Pediatrics with at least one year of training in the neurosciences beyond the standard pediatric residency requirement and Fellows of the American Academy of Pediatrics who are dual boarded by the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology. Child neurologists, who are sub-board certified by American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology only, may join as Specialty Fellows.
The Section on Neurology has a history of sponsoring high quality educational programs at the Academy's National Conference and Exhibition each fall. Educational programming at the NCE is generally oriented toward the pediatric generalist and provides a framework for routine evaluation and diagnosis of neuromuscular disorders.
Some of the more recent topics covered in the Section's educational programs include:
- the 97 cent neurological exam for the primary care provider
- headache management
- developmental language disorders
- evaluation and management of seizures
- and nonepileptic paroxysmal events.
The Section has also developed public education materials for parents and practitioners.
The Section members serve as consultants to the AAP Board of Directors on related issues to provide comments on official Academy policies. They also work collaboratively with several AAP committees to develop joint policy statements, practice parameters and educational programming. The Section also works collaboratively with outside medical specialty societies and is very active as co-authors and consultant reviewers for practice parameters, guidelines and policy statements for the Child Neurology Society, American Academy of Neurology, National Institutes of Health, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
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