FYI: Online Zika course, child abuse screening tool, and more
TrishaKorioth, Staff Writer
For Your Information
Online Zika course
The Academy has released a new online course Zika Virus: What Pediatricians Need to
Know. Participants learn where Zika virus came from and risk factors for infection.
The course also details clinical manifestations and current screening, diagnostic
and follow-up recommendations. Free for PediaLink subscribers, it can be accessed
Pediatrics is No. 1 most-cited in field
Pediatrics is the No. 1 most-cited journal in its field out of 120 pediatric journals, according
to Thomson Reuters 2015 Journal Citation Report. The journal received 67,000 citations
in 2015 and ranks 79th in the Top 100 in all of science and medicine journals.
The recognition comes on the heels of the Academy’s investments in technology and
functionality of its publications, including its unified migration to AAP Gateway,
a single clinical research and news network.
AAP Gateway recently added a new citation manager tool that delivers citations in
an array of formats and TrendMD that delivers suggested or related articles in and
outside of Pediatrics. Check out all of AAP Gateway’s features, www.aappublications.org.
Free webinar Aug. 10
Attend a free webinar, Assessing for Social Determinants in Clinical Practice: Approaches
and Tools, at 11 a.m. CT on Aug. 10, sponsored by the AAP Indian Health Special Interest
Group. The webinar is presented by Lance Chilton, M.D., FAAP, and Judy Thierry, D.O.,
Participants will learn to describe social determinants and the importance of screening
as they impact the provision of medical care to and well-being of American Indian/Alaska
Native children. They also will learn to apply assessment tools in outpatient settings
and connect to community resources. Register at https://cc.readytalk.com/r/8fv1gqolsm9o&eom.
New Council on Genetics
Members seeking genetic information specific to pediatrics now have a unified, single
access point at the Academy. The AAP Council on Genetics is the result of a merger
between the Committee on Genetics and Section on Genetics and Birth Defects.
The council will support the integration of genetic and genomic medicine in pediatric
health care, work to expand the genetic literacy of the pediatric team and support
professional needs of geneticists. The combined group also will continue to support
responsibilities that they have always shared, such as the authorship of AAP genetics-related
policy guidance, oversight of the Medical Genetics in Pediatric Practice manual, and development of National Conference & Exhibition programs and other educational
All current section members will be transitioned automatically to Council on Genetics
members. Membership criteria and dues for the new council will remain the same. To
become a member, visit http://bit.ly/addAAPSCC or call the AAP Division of Member Services at 800-433-9016, ext. 5897.
HealthyChildren.org received four Digital Health Awards. The AAP parenting website
received a Silver Award for the website and Pinterest account (http://bit.ly/29kk6mc) and a Merit Award for its parent newsletter on home safety (http://bit.ly/29kkoJK) and Facebook page (http://bit.ly/29kFB1i). The awards are given by the Health Information Resource Center, a clearinghouse
for professionals working in consumer health.
New EMSC center aims to improve pediatric emergency care
An Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Innovation and Improvement Center
(EIIC) has been launched that will oversee and develop initiatives to improve pediatric
emergency care. The Academy is a key partner in the collaborative, which will be based
The center will leverage systems integration, innovation, evidence generation, quality
improvement (QI), infrastructure development and accountability to reduce pediatric
mortality and morbidity and improve outcomes for ill and injured children in urgent
and emergent care settings.
The Academy will provide expertise and assistance with activities through its Committee
on Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Disaster Preparedness Advisory Council, Section on
Emergency Medicine and others.
A National Pediatric ED Facility Recognition program will be established for all states
to improve pediatric readiness through pediatric equipment, training, QI process and
systems improvement, targeting the more than 4,000 hospital EDs nationwide.
Collaborative pediatric ED and disaster preparedness efforts among AAP chapters, chapter
contacts for ED and disaster preparedness, and EMSC grantees also will be supported.
Other organizations involved in the EIIC include the American College of Emergency
Physicians, Emergency Nurses Association and the National Association of State EMS
The EIIC is part of a cooperative agreement involving the U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration EMSC Program, within
the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, with Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s
A new patient-focused website from the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) helps pediatricians
explain the importance of certification to parents, caregivers, older pediatric patients
and the public. The site offers information on how general pediatricians and pediatric
subspecialists who are certified stand apart from other health care providers.
An FAQ on the ABP website emphasizes the effort of pediatricians in earning and maintaining
certification, and notes that pediatricians who are certified offer quality care and
continually strive to improve their quality of care.
Pediatricians and patients can verify an individual’s current ABP status by visiting
www.mycertifiedpediatrician.org. Click Resources to access digital copies of the “I am certified” logo to include
on practice websites, printable handouts and posters, or to order window clings.
Child abuse screening tool, CME
Nearly a third of child maltreatment cases classified by physicians as likely or highly
suspicious are not reported, according to research. Pediatricians can increase their
confidence in recognizing and reporting cases of physical child abuse with a new interactive
teaching tool developed by experts in child abuse and neglect.
Stop Look Listen includes six virtual scenarios that model the parent interview, clinician
thought process and steps to reporting suspected cases in young children. Each vignette
follows a family through the medical diagnosis and investigation phase and is based
on actual case studies. Resources such as charts, reading lists, screening tools and
checklists accompany the case studies.
Career seekers: Don’t miss the AAP Virtual Career Fair, Oct. 22-24, coinciding with
the AAP National Conference & Exhibition.
The virtual fair serves those seeking careers in general pediatrics, pediatric subspecialties,
surgical specialties, academic medicine, and in-training graduates to private practice
employers, in-house recruiters, search partner and locum tenens groups. Last spring,
the virtual fair included 23 featured employers and welcomed more than 1,100 seekers
from across the U.S.
Career seekers can join live chats with participating employers, use the networking
lounge and access interactive career development resources. Register and search jobs
and employer profiles for free. To pre-register, visit www.aapcareerfair.org.
Textbook of Neonatal Resuscitation, 7th Edition: Save $35 on print and eBook bundle, updated to reflect new 2015 AAP/AHA
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