2016 - November Edition
   Welcome to the November 2016 edition of our monthly e-Newsletter.
Edward Curry, MD, FAAP President, AAP-CA2
I would like to thank you for continuing to be a supporting member of our Chapter. We are continuing our commitment of delivering meaningful projects and activities, offering CME and MOC whenever possible.  Your attendance at these events, especially the various Town Halls, are a contribution to the practice of pediatrics, and to the professional development of all in attendance.  

We are still recruiting practices for our HPV QI project.  So far, we have practices  r epresenting Ventura, Los Angeles, Kern, San Bernardino, and Riverside Counties.
Improve HPV vaccination rates and receive both CME and MOC Part IV credit. We are inviting practices from all Cou nties to participate. See details below and please sign up.
The AAP National presidential election continues through November 21 st . In the same ballot, voting members have an opportunity to select a National Nominating Committee (NNC) Representative for District IX. Please remember to vote before the deadline. Information about the NNC candidates is included below.
The fourth and last in the series of Developmental Screening and Autism talks by Larry Yin, MD, MSPH, FAAP will be in City of Commerce on November 9th.  Please register to take advantage of this fabulous program with dinner and CME credit. These events have been sponsored by AltaMed and CHLA, through a grant from First 5 LA.
Additionally, we have two Town Halls on November 16, one in Studio City and the other in San Bernardino. Registration links, below.
Two California agencies need our input to restructure services for autism and developmental screening. This is a concrete way to make our voice count and recreate what is not working well. Your opinion counts, and your participation is greately appreciated. There's even a chance to win several prizes. Details below.
Be sure to look at the upcoming events, sign up to attend our Town Halls, and consider signing up for our HPV QI project.

Thank you again for supporting our Chapter. 

Edward Curry M.D.  F.A.A.P
President, AAP-CA2

Members Spotlight
An NCE Experience with the AAP
Tamar Chorbadjian, DO, MPH, FAAP
Tamar Nazerian Chorbadjian, DO, MPH, FAAP

In October I had the privilege to attend the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition (NCE) of 2016 in San Francisco, California.  This year's NCE was important as I was in the running for one of two Executive Council positions for the Section on Pediatric Trainees.  The competition was very tough with many well-qualified candidates.

In this article, Dr. Chorbadjian, a Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Fellow, provides an overview of her experience at NCE in San Francisco, including an overview of a new advocacy campaign that focuses on  resilience to mitigate toxic stress. Read more... 
Abstract Selected
Chris Landon, MD, FAAP, FCCP, CDM
Continuous High Frequency Oscillation (CHFO) Treatment Rescue in Severe Cystic Fibrosis 

The Society of Critical Care Medicine announced Dr. Landon's abstract being selected for a  Research Snapshot Presentation during the 46th. Critical Care Congress - Honolulu, Hawaii, January 21-25, 2017.


Detailed information regarding the Congress is available at Congress Registration.
Quality Improvement - Initiatives That Improve Patient Care - 25 Points MOC Part 4

AAP-CA2 is now recruiting practices to participate in a quality improvement project aimed at improving HPV vaccination rates.

  • Learn how to improve patient care through quality improvement processes in your practice.
  • Learn about the newest ACIP recommendations on HPV vaccination.
  • Learn the most effective communication styles to improve vaccination rates.
  • Get MOC Part 4 credit.
Goal: To systematically improve HPV vaccination initiation and completion rates in 12 and 13 year old teens.

Sign-up today!
Orientation webinars on 11/30 and 12/1/2016
In-person Learning Session on Saturday, December 10th. (8AM to 12:30 PM)

Click Here to learn more

We hope to see you on December 10!

State Advocacy
Advocating Before the California Dental Board - Sacramento
Paula J. Whiteman, MD, FACEP, FAAP
CFMC Representative, AAP-District IX  
Immediate Past President, AAP-CA2 
Not one more healthy California child should suffer a potentially preventable death in a dental chair, if anything can be done to prevent it... Not one more.

The Dental Board of California (DBC) met on October 13, 2016. On the agenda was a discussion of their Pediatric Anesthesia Study (PAS) in light of recent office-based dental anesthesia deaths and the passage of AB2235, otherwise known as "Caleb's Law."   This article covers the developments during my most recent trip to Sacramento, including t he preliminary recommendations of the DBC Subcommittee on Pediatric Dental Sedation, the DBC's disregard for our proposed moratorium on the single operator-anesthetist general anesthesia practice, and the late breaking update related to this article: A 4-year-old girl in Alberta, Canada, who recently suffered brain damage related to pediatric anesthesia in a dental office... and the immediate decision of the Alberta Dental Association and College. Read more...

Representing AAP-CA, Paula Whiteman, MD, FACEP, FAAP returns to her seat after speaking before the California Dental Board in Sacramento.

National Nominating Committee Representatives  - Two District IX Candidates 
Are you a Voting Fellow?

The AAP national Presidential election runs through November 21. During this election, voting AAP-CA2 members also have an opportunity to select the District IX National Nominating Committee Representative. 
T he NNC member represents his/her respective district at deliberations of the NNC, which is responsible for nominating two candidates for the office of President-elect prior to the Annual Leadership Forum each year. In this capacity (among many other responsibilities) the NNC member supervises the national election process by:
  • Attending one Board of Directors meeting while in first year on the NNC.
  • Serving as host for the President-elect candidates and introduce the candidates during the Annual District meeting.
  • Reaching out to district members in effort to identify potential candidates for President-elect.

Click here to learn about the candidates.

District IX Chapter Forum Management Committee
Paula Whiteman
Paula J. Whiteman, MD, FACEP, FAAP   CFMC Representative, AAP-District IX
Immediate Past President, AAP-CA2 
Chapter Forum Management Committee (CFMC)
Paula J. Whiteman, MD, FACEP, FAAP
CFMC Representative, AAP-District IX  
Immediate Past President, AAP-CA2 

Last chance! The deadline for submitting Resolutions is here. If you are passionate about a particular idea or topic that you feel should be a priority for the National AAP, then please consider writing a resolution. Here's how!!!

 Click here to view the full report, including Submission Deadline (November 15, 2016), Sponsorship, and Late Resolutions.

In The Community
October 5th. in Woodland Hills

AAP-CA2 Member At Large, Ken Saul, MD, FAAP hosted a Town Hall at Maggiano's of Woodland Hills on October 15. Guest speaker Oliver Brooks, MD, FAAP shared pearls on prevention of influenza and meningococcus infection.  Dr. Brooks is Chair of Immunize LA Families Coalition, President of the California Immunization Coalition, Associate Medical Director and Chief of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine at Watts Healthcare Corporation, and Medical Director at Jordan and Locke High School Wellness Centers.  Following the feature presentation, Dr. Saul engaged the audience as usual, begining with his Sports Trivia, and culminating with topics of interest and controversy. This event was generously s ponsored by Sanofi.

October 13th. Town Hall with Speaker, Diane Tanaka, MD

The AAP-CA2 hosted a town hall in collaboration with Essential Health on October 13, 2016 at the Radisson Los Angeles Midtown at USC. Guiragos Minassian, MD, FAAP welcomed the participants on behalf of AAP-CA2, and Sarah Roush provided an introduction to Essential Access Health (formerly California Family Health Council). Facilitated by Diane Tanaka, MD from Children's Hospital Los Angeles, the Town Hall included a presentation and a discussion on integrating sexual and reproductive health into primary care. The training reviewed adolescent sexual behavior, STD epidemiology, and implementing sexual health into primary care visits with a focus on STDs. Attendees participated in an in-depth discussion regarding challenges and methods to reduce barriers presented during adolescent patient visits. 

Larry Yin, MD, MSPH, FAAP provides key concepts during 3rd. Town Hall in its series

AAP-CA2 President, Edward Curry, MD, FAAP hosted the third talk of a series of four lectures by Larry Yin, MD, MSPH, FAAP on the topic of Developmental Screening and Early Detection of Autism for the General Pediatrician. This event took place on October 18th at Pomona Valley Mining Company, in Pomona, and was attended by pediatricians from Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties. 
Dr. Yin emphasized on the utilization of standardized developmental screening tools, and shared real patient videos depicting children with evident developmental delay and behaviors suggestive of Autism. Please look below under "Coming Events" if you are interested in attending this highly informative and educational event. The fourth and last session will take place on November 9th. at AltaMed Corporate Offices, in the City of Commerce. These talks are funded by AltaMed Health Service through First 5 LA.

Each event in this series is approved for  1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

NCE 2016 - San Francisco

A total of 137 AAP-CA2 members attended the 2016 National Conference & Exhibition in San Francisco this past October.
From the San Francisco Experience! at The Exploratorium, to Dr. Richard Pan's visit at our District IX breakfast and Dr. Benard Dreyer's address during the Annual Business Luncheon, the conference was jam-packed with didactic sessions to suit everyone's needs.

Aside from the hundreds of lectures presented by 524 speakers, we were able to capture a few of our members in action.
And of course, we could not pass taking a snapshot of the impressing 1,800 names on the Pediatric Residency Class of 2015 banner.

Authors and Faculty
( Top left) Tanya Altmann, MD, FAAP held a book signing event at the Exhibition Hall to promote her book: What to Feed Your Baby.   (Top right) AAP-CA2 President, Edward Curry, MD, FAAP presented the topic "Improving Preventive Care in Your Practice Without Burden". Dr. Curry will be presenting this same topic on November 16 at the San Bernardino Town Hall.  (Bottom left) David Schonfeld, MD, FAAP presented the topic "The Grieving Child and Family - The Pediatrician's Role". Dr. Schonfeld is Director of the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement, at USC.  (Bottom right) Tumaini Coker, MD, MBA, FAAP presented the topic "Innovating Well-Child Care to Improve Outcomes and Experiences of Low-Income Families". Dr. Coker's talk was presented as part of a four hour session by the Council on Community Pediatrics.
Two Surveys - Please Help Us Reform Policies and Services.
Survey: Developmental Screening Practices
AAP chapters throughout California are teaming up with Silicon Valley Community Foundation's Center for Early Learning to learn more about your views and practices regarding early childhood development services. Please help by completing an online statewide survey* that includes questions about the developmental screening attitudes and practices of your office -the data collected will help in planning and developing comprehensive policies and services that support children and families in California to grow and thrive.

Click on this link to access the survey: Begin Survey
The deadline to complete the survey has been extended to  November 11, 2016.  In appreciation for completing the survey, you can enter a drawing to receive one of a range of prizes including $15 or $20 Starbucks gift cards or one of the 30 FREE Nexus 7 Tablets. If you have any questions about this survey, please feel free to contact Michelle Sioson Hyman at mshyman@siliconvalleycf.org.

*Only one survey should be submitted on behalf of your practice. Any staff member who is familiar with the developmental screening practices of the office may fill out the survey, including physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, and medical support staff.  Please ensure that the person who completes the survey is sufficiently informed about office attitudes and practices to respond to every question.  All individual results will remain confidential; only aggregate results will be reported.  

Survey: Autism - Physician Practice Patterns

A graduate student at Stanford University School of Medicine is partnering with the American Academy of Pediatrics California Chapter 2 to conduct a survey about practice patterns of physicians taking care of children and families with autism. The goal is to help us learn how to provide the best care we can.
Please help this effort by taking a 5-minute anonymous survey.

Please Click here to begin

Oto for Clinicians
We are passing along the following information as the manufacturer of Oto has lowered their prices. In addition to their current discounted price of $199,  the company is offering an additional 10% discount to AAP-CA2 members. Please note this only works with select iPhones.

The Oto is an iPhone otoscope for better patient care. Engage your patients in their ear health by demonstrating your diagnosis and treatment rationale. Playback ear exams for patients and export images to your EMR for more comprehensive documentation.

Discount code: AAPCA2 at checkout for 10% off your order of the iPhone otoscope. 

November 18
th - 20
at the Terranea Resort
The National Institute of Health estimates almost 3 times more patients living with autoimmune conditions, as compared to  cancer patients (23.5 vs. 9 million). Focusing on annual direct health care costs, autoimmune disorders are twice as much as cancer ($100 vs. $57 billion) costs.
The symposium on Nov 18th - 20th @ the Terranea resort, will provide current updates on management and treatment protocols on Rheumatic autoimmune conditions. 

Click here to register. Seats are limited.

Please visit our website:

AAP-CA2 Events - Save the Dates!
November 9, 2016 in City of Commerce
Town Hall / Dinner Meeting

Developmental Screening and Early Detection of Autism for General Pediatricians
Larry Yin, MD, MSPH, FAAP

Please join AAP-CA2 Member-At-Large, Mona Patel, MD, FAAP, as she hosts the fourth and last educational session on the topic of Developmental Screening. 

CME Accreditation: 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

This event is to promote the use of validated, standardized screening measures to identify children at risk for developmental delay and autism, as well as an overview of community resources to address identified developmental delays. It will be an exciting overview of validated screening measures that can be easily incorporated into the general pediatrics visit.
  1. Pitfalls of using non-standardized developmental screening tools
  2. Overview of available developmental screening measures
  3. Review of American Academy of Pediatrics developmental screening guidelines
  4. What to do if your patient screens positive? 
  5. Review of community resources available to address developmental delay and autism
Presented by Larry Yin, MD, MSPH, FAAP.  Dr. Yin studies disparities among the underserved populations, developmental disabilities, screening and intervention at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

Wednesday, November 9th. at Altamed Corporate Headquarters, 2040 Camfield Ave, Los Angeles, CA (in City of Commerce)
Time: 6:30 PM
RSVP requiredClick Here  to save your seat for November 9th.

November 16, 2016 in Studio City Town Hall / Dinner Meeting
Daniel Bruckner, MD

Please join AAP-CA2 Member-At-Large, Daniel Bruckner, MD, as he hosts an educational session sponsored by Children's Hospital Los Angeles 

Headaches by Kiarash Sadrieh, MD - Director, Child Neurology Training Program, CHLA
Arthritis for the General Pediatrician by CHLA Rheumatologist Michal Cidon, MD

November 16, 2016 at Bistro Garden, in Studio City
Time: 6:30 PM
RSVP requiredClick Here  t o save your seat for November 16th. in Studio City.

November 16, 2016 in San Bernardino Town Hall / Dinner Meeting
Edward Curry, MD, FAAP President, AAP-CA2

Please join AAP-CA2 President, Edward Curry, MD, FAAP for an evening of professional development in San Bernardino.

"Bright Futures Guidelines -  Improving Preventive Care in Your Practice Without Burden"

Speaker: Edward Curry, MD, FAAP, President, AAP-CA2 
CME Accreditation: 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

Featured Presentation
Reach Out and Read®
Let's make reading doctor-recommended in San Bernardino County!
Presented by First 5 San Bernardino

Date: November 16, 2016 at  6:00 PM. 
LOCATION: First 5 San Bernardino, 735 East Carnegie Drive #150 San Bernardino, CA 92408 

Click here to REGISTER  for November 16th. in San Bernardino.
Register via Fax:  Print/view flyer


Saturday, April 22, 2017
Sheraton Universal Hotel
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