In This Issue

  • Residents and Fellows Day at the State House (RFDASH) - June 2nd
  • Paid interview opportunity for NIH-funded pediatric oral health study 
  • MOC 2 Opportunity - Safer Study: Storing Firearms Prevents Harm
  • Multilingual Trauma Resources for Children
  • MCAAP Member Highlights
  • MCAAP Bylaws Amendments
  • MCAAP Annual CME Edward Penn Lecture and Business Meeting - May 10th
Residents and Fellows Day at the State House (RFDASH)

Please save the date for this year's Residents and Fellows Day at the State House (RFDASH) on Thursday, June 2, 2022.

When: Thursday, June 2, 2022 from 9 am -4 pm
Where: MGH Simches Research Center/Virtual meetings with legislators
Who: Pediatric trainees from across Massachusetts, including medical students, residents, and fellows

Residents and Fellows Day at the State House (RFDASH) is an annual event where pediatric trainees of Massachusetts come together as advocates for the children of the Commonwealth.

For more information and/or register, click here.
Paid interview opportunity for NIH-funded pediatric oral health study 

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and RAND are recruiting interview participants for a study about fluoride varnish application in Massachusetts. Eligible participants who are selected will receive a $100 Amazon gift card as a thank you for the approximately 45-minute virtual interview. 

This group is inviting practices that frequently, infrequently, and never apply fluoride varnish to try to capture a range of experiences. For more information and to complete a short eligibility survey, click here.  
MOC 2 Opportunity - Safer Study: Storing Firearms Prevents Harm

The Safer Training is in response to AAP member interest to increase skills around firearm injury prevention counseling during pediatric visits. The training provides universal firearm injury prevention guidance for pediatric clinical settings shows 6 specific examples of counseling approaches. MOC 2 credit can be earned for completing the course which takes about 45 minutes.
The team has now been asked to evaluate the effectiveness of the platform, called the Safer Study.  Participation includes completing 3 brief (5-10 minute) surveys: Pre-course survey, post-course survey, and one-month follow-up survey. Participation is open until April 10th and eligible participants will receive up to $30 in Amazon gift cards for completing the study!
Here is a direct link to the Safer Study:
  • If someone chooses to participate, they can begin the pre-course survey right away. They will be redirected to the AAP shop to register for the course following survey completion.
  • If someone chooses not to participate, they will be redirected to the AAP Shop were they can still enroll in the course without taking part in the Safer Study.
AAP Shop link to register for the Safer Course:
Multilingual Trauma Resources for Children

ChildMind has multilingual trauma resources for children.

For more information, click here.
MCAAP Members in the News
Congratulations to
Drs. Rauch and Jackson!

MCAAP Executive Board Member, Daniel Rauch, MD, FAAP, SFHM
Selected as the
Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS)
2022 Program Chair-Elect

For more information, click here.

Jasmyne A. Jackson, MD, MBA, a pediatric resident physician at Boston Children’s and Boston Medical Center who is recognized by hospital leaders and peers for exemplary and impactful mentorship, has been awarded the Massachusetts Medical Society’s (MMS) inaugural Underrepresented
Physicians of Tomorrow Award.

For more information, click here.
MCAAP Bylaws Amendments

As part of the MCAAP Annual meeting, members who are present are asked to vote on bylaws amendments that have been recommended by the MCAAP Bylaws Committee and Executive Board. Please click here for the summary of bylaws changes and click here for an excerpt of the bylaws with track changes.

We also ask that MCAAP members vote in advance of the meeting.

Please vote here.

If you have any questions, please contact
Cathleen Haggerty at [email protected].
CME/MOC 2 offered
on May 10, 2022 – 3:30 pm – 7:30 pm
at the
Overall Program Objectives:
  • Create systems and routines in your practice that include school health as part of everyday pediatric care
  • Apply strategies to communicate and collaborate with school wellness teams, including school physicians and school nurses
  •  Identify approaches to better address pediatric mental health concerns in the clinical setting during the pandemic and beyond.
  • Integrate new immunization messaging tools for COVID vaccines and routine childhood vaccines into clinical practice
3:30 – 4:00 pm – Registration and Welcome
4:00 pm – 4:55 pm - Combatting the Pediatric Mental Health Crisis- Steps for Success Edward Penn Lecturer - Michelle Dalal MD, FAAP, DipABLM, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School, Pediatrician, Reliant Medical Group
  • Outline a framework to address and approach mental health in the clinical setting
  • List five key action steps to address a mental health concern
  • Review six evidence-based lifestyle interventions to manage mental health
  • Summarize mental health advocacy opportunities (school, community, MMS and MCAAP)
 4:55 – 5:40 pm - Pediatricians and School Nurse Partnerships - “Every Pediatrician is a School Physician” Panel: Mary Beth Miotto, MD, MPH, MCAAP Vice President and Cathryn Hampson, MSN, RN, Massachusetts School Nurses Association
  • Collaborate with School Nurses and other school wellness partners on individual patient care goals and community child health aims
  • Advocate for the Extension of Child Health Priorities throughout the Patient-Centered “Medical Neighborhood”
  • Integrate Opportunities for Increased Bidirectional Communication into Routine Documents sent to the School Nurse
  • Identify Barriers to Strong Communication between the Pediatric Medical Home and School
  • Assemble a “toolkit” of resources for School Health within the Pediatric Medical Home
5:40 pm – 6:40 pm – Business Meeting and Dinner
6:40 pm – 7:30 pm – Looking in the Rearview Mirror – Lessons Learned about Immunizations and Immunization Messaging Through the Pandemic – Frinny Walters, MD, MPH, Attending Physician, Division of Adolescent/Young Adult Medicine, Boston Children’s Hospital

  • Review the burden of vaccine-preventable childhood diseases and COVID, as well as the need to increase vaccination rates among this patient population
  • Communicate vaccine science to parents and patients effectively, addressing questions and potential misinformation on COVID vaccine and routine childhood vaccines
  • Comfortably explain the clinical rationale behind specific childhood vaccines, intervals between vaccine doses, and how the vaccine schedule keeps children safe
  • Collaborate with school nurses to increase vaccination rates and use MIIS and other tools for sharing timely immunization data


  • This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Massachusetts Chapter of the AAP.  The American Academy of Pediatrics is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • The AAP designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 
  • This activity is acceptable for a maximum of 2.5 AAP credits. These credits can be applied toward the AAP CME/CPD Award available to Fellows and Candidate Members of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • PAs may claim a maximum of 2.5 Category 1 credits for completing this activity. NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.
MOC 2 Statement:

  • Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the learner to earn up to 2.5 MOC points in the American Board of Pediatrics’ (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit learner completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABP MOC credit.

  • DISCLOSURE OF FINANCIAL RELATIONSHIPS AND MITIGATION OF CONFLICTS OF INTEREST The AAP Policy on Disclosure of Financial Relationships and Mitigation of Conflicts of Interest is designed to ensure AAP CME activities are balanced, independent, objective, scientifically rigorous and support safe, effective patient care. All individuals in a position to influence and/or control the content of AAP CME activities are required to disclose to the AAP and subsequently to learners that they either have no financial relationships or any financial relationships with the manufacturer(s) of any commercial product(s) and/or provider(s) of commercial services discussed in CME activities. All potential conflicts of interest are identified and mitigated prior to an individual’s confirmation of service at an AAP CME activity. The AAP is committed to providing learners with commercially unbiased CME activities. The content of this CME activity does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the AAP.

Click here to register.

Here is masking/COVID precautions information
for MMS which is subject to change.