January 2017                                                                                      Volume 97

2016 Top News: newly elected Board, media frenzy & successful collaboration

Election results for the Board of Directors 2017/2018

President : Michelle Cretella, MD                       Treasurer: Randolph Matthews, MD
Vice President: Quentin Van Meter, MD           Secretary : Patricia Lee June, MD     
Past President : Den Trumbull, MD

Board + staff

Jane Anderson, MD
Michael Artigues, MD
Tom Benton, MD, MPH
Scott Field, MD
Michael Garver, MD
Don Hagler, MD
David Olson, MD
Carl Pfanstiel, Jr., MD
Bill Shaw, MD
Nick Yates, Jr., MD, MA
An exciting year for ACPeds

Not only has the College gone viral in the US and all over the world since the release of the position statement Gender Ideology Harms Children last March, but also ACPeds efforts to bring together prominent medical societies such as the American Association of Physicians & Surgeons, Christian Medical & Dental Association and the Catholic Medical Association concerning ethics and transgenderism in children have proved successful.

Joined by Dr. Jane Orient, Executive Director of the AAPS, and Dr. David Stevens, CEO of the CMDA  and Dr. Les Ruppersberger, president of the CMA, ACPeds president Dr. Michelle Cretella submitted a medical response to the US Department of Education and Department of Justice joint directive to allow access to sex-specific restrooms, locker rooms and sports teams in accordance with a student's gender identity.  Citing current research and leading experts , the response asserts:

The affirmation of gender dysphoria has no basis in science, is highly controversial among experts and is ultimately detrimental to the health and well-being of children.

Click here to view Dr. Cretella's Medical Response to DOE & DOJ Guidance for Schools and click here to visit an online community of " Professionals Thinking Critically about the Youth Transgender Narrative" at YouthTransCriticalProfessionals.org
2017 National Meeting of the American College of Pediatricians

The American College of Pediatricians and the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG) have partnered again for the second annual conference.

September 30 and October 1, 2017

The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity, Trinity International University
Deerfield, Illinois ( 15 minutes north of O'Hare airport in Chicago)

Come and experience a great weekend with like-minded colleagues.
There will be terrific speakers, CME, and good camaraderie.

Registration is now open: Click here for details and to register. Contact Lisa at ACPeds with any questions: 352-376-1877

Outstanding speakers, great fellow conference participants, and exceptional teaching are the commendable features of this conference.

Don't miss it!
** New employment opportunity, ACPeds Bulletin Board**
A well established, private pediatric practice in Columbus, GA is seeking a full time BC/ BE pediatrician. Click here for more details and contact information.

Please view additional job postings by visiting the Bulletin Board in the Member Hub of the ACPeds website at the following address: https://www.acpeds.org/hub/bulletin-board.
ACPeds member publishes inspiring new book

A long-time ACPeds member, Dr. Frederick D. Burroughs FCP (ret) was the first African-American physician in Raleigh to specialize in pediatrics

Not only has he earned a high honor for his work in Knightdale, a community service award given by the North Carolina Pediatric Society, he's also been inducted into the Raleigh Hall of Fame

His book Sharing My Journey to a Career in Medicine in a Transitioning South has been deemed a "must-read for students aspiring to become medical doctors." 

Click here for more information on how faith, family and the American work ethic have guided Dr. Burroughs throughout his medical career.
Encouraging purposeful and fulfilling patient-interactions

Physicians have a unique opportunity to affect people's lives through their interactions. 
Their time with patients is more than science; ideally, it's also an art.

In an article published in the Journal of Psychology and Clinical Psychiatry, Emeritus ACPeds member, Dr. Sam Nigro offers and defines the following essentials for practicing the "art" of medicine:
  1. Living Things Are Precious
  2. Selective Ignoring
  3. Subdued Spontaneity-Non-Self Excluded
  4. Affect Assistance
  5. Detached Warmth and Gentleness
  6. Non-Reactive Listening
  7. Conscious of Consciousness Capable Creature (C2 CC) Centered Candidness
  8. Peace and Mercy. 
Click here to
** New Patient Handout -- Marijuana: legal doesn't mean safe* *
Not only does marijuana often lead to the use of (and addiction to) harder drugs, but teen marijuana use is associated with psychosis, depression and anxiety and may even permanently impair memory capacity and lower IQ.

ACPeds urges parents to discuss these facts with their children and to firmly state their disapproval of marijuana use. 

View the ACPeds handout Marijuana Not Safe for Youth for more information.

Additional patient handouts are available for download free of charge on the Handouts page of the Health Professionals (and Parents) section of the ACPeds website. Available In t he members' section of the website are  patient handouts shared by other ACPeds practitioners , some of which may be helpful to your own patients and practice. Contact the office to get the username and password for access to the  Member Hub
ACPeds member recognized by Texas Tech, granted professorship
The Texas Tech University System Board of Regents approved the appointment of School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics Professor and Ted Hartman Endowed Chair in Medical Education to ACPeds member, Surendra Varma, M.D., to the Grover E. Murray Professorships.

Grover E. Murray Professors are faculty members who have attained national and international distinction in their fields for outstanding research, excellence in scholarship and creative achievement.

Dr. Varma's research findings have been published in highly respected medical and scientific journals. He has provided leadership to the Texas Medicaid Enhanced Care Program Advisory Board and the Council on Health Promotions of the Texas Medical Association and he has a long-standing record of service at the state and national level.
ABP targets parents & families in new website

Last month, the American Board of Pediatrics unveiled its new website MyCertifiedPediatrician.org which directs parents to the ABP database to check if their doctor is board certified and advises them to "ask your pediatrician if he or she is board certified today."

This direct-to-patient advertising attempt comes after thousands of pediatricians refused to buy into the ABP MOC program. In a recent physician survey performed by the Mayo Clinic, only 14.8% of respondents agreed with the phrase "MOC is worth the time and effort required of me."

Committed to providing certification that promotes lifelong learning and ensures physician compliance with national standards, the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons now has almost 4,500 diplomates and is growing at a rate of approximately 1200 per year, which to some might be a clear indication of continued physician discontent over recertification and the MOC process. Click here for more information on the ABP website. Click here to visit the NBPAS website at NBPAS.org
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January at a glance...   
The month of January is recognized as
Making New Year's resolutions stick
According to a recent study spanning 40 years of research, when people phrase goals as questions, they're more likely to follow through. Researchers found that asking people about performing a certain behavior increases the likelihood they will do it in the future. For example, a parent asking his teenager, "Will you drink and drive?" should be more effective than simply commanding, "Don't drink and drive."

This year, set aside time to talk about family resolutions together
and consider the following questions:
  • Will we eat healthier?
  • Will we get more exercise?
  • Will we be kinder and more generous to one another?
  • Will we resolve to make spending quality time as a family an integral part of our daily lives?

Going the extra mile: Have a family meeting within the first week of the New Year and fill out the chart on the right. Have family members take turns making suggestions for each column.
UK bans high sugar, salt food ads that target kids
Almost a third of children in England aged 2 to 15 are now classed as overweight or obese. To tackle the child obesity epidemic, the UK's Committee of Advertising announced a plan to implement a ban on advertisements for unhealthy food targeted at children beginning July 2017. 

Research shows that children are influenced a great deal by advertising. The ban covers TV, cinema, radio, newspaper, magazine, online, and social media ads for high fat, salt or sugar food or drink products in children's media, any media where more than a quarter of the audience are kids.

"While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.

- Angela Schwindt, an American homeschool mom and coach
Mylan offers EpiPen generic at 50% discount in response to lawsuit
Mylan executives raised the price of a pair of EpiPens from $100 to over $600 in 2008. After announcing in August of this year that the generic version of the EpiPen would be sold for $300, over 20 US states filed a lawsuit against Mylan (and 5 other generic drug makers) accusing the companies of conspiring on pricing the life-saving drug.

In response to the lawsuit, Mylan executives have now stated that a generic version of the EpiPen allergy treatment will be available at a more than 50% discount. Click here for more information.
Tell Amazon, "Stop profiting from child sexploitation"
Amazon profits from the sale of erotic child nudity photography books, childlike sex dolls, clothing sexualizing babies, and books that act as sex trafficking "how-to" guides

Click here to take action by telling top Amazon executives that no corporation should facilitate sexual exploitation

Pornography consumption is associated with many negative emotional, psychological, and physical health outcomes including
  • increased rates of depression, anxiety, acting out and violent behavior
  • younger age of sexual debut, sexual promiscuity & increased risk of teen pregnancy
  • a distorted view of relationships between men and women
For more information on pornography related to health professionals and parenting, please view the ACPeds position statement, The Impact of Pornography on Children
UN Vote to stop Global LGBT Enforcer loses 77/84
The United Nations vote to defer the appointment of the new independent expert on sexual orientation and gender identity failed last month. Citizens and groups around the world joined together to express concerns that Vitit Muntarbhorn, the proposed expert,  would push harmful comprehensive sexuality education for children of all ages, undermining the rights and roles of parents with the backing and funding of the UN.

There were 77 nations that supported the deferral, while 84 voted against it, and 16 countries abstained from voting. Click here to see how each country voted and click here to read the original petition.
Mental Health Updates

Single Dads Struggle w/ Poor Mental Health Although single mothers make up the largest proportion of single parents, single fathers are just as likely as single mothers to report poor general and mental health but are much less likely to seek help. F or helpful information on parenting as a single parent, v iew Tips for Single Parents, an ACPeds patient information handout.

Depression a Growing, Hidden Epidemic in Med Students More than 25% of medical students suffer from depression or depressive symptoms, and more than 1 in 10 report thoughts of suicide during med school. Sadly, only a minority of students who screen positive for depression seek help. For tools and suggestions for surviving and thriving in medical school and beyond, view the AMSA Wellness Resource Guide for Medical Students.

Additional Mental Health News
"Kindness to children, love for children, goodness to children -- these are the only investments that never fail."

- Henry David Thoreau, American essayist, poet, and philosopher
Start Saving at Our Online Store Now
ACPeds has contracted with a manufacturer to create on demand logo merchandise, high in quality without sacrificing affordability. These items are great for personal use as well as for gifts. Shop around on the ACPeds website at  ACPeds.org/health-professionals /the-college- store
The Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons Welcomes Submissions
The Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons is the official peer-reviewed journal of the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS). Dr. Jane Orient, Executive Director of the AAPS, is pleased to consider original papers, commentaries and book reviews by members of the College. For manuscript requirements and author instructions, visit http://jpands.org/.
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