November 2017                                                                                      Volume 107
Recap from the College bi-annual Board Meeting and annual National Meeting

The ACPeds Board of Directors met September 28th and 29th in Deerfield, Illinois for their bi-annual meeting.  The annual meeting held in conjunction with the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians & Gynecologists immediately followed a joint Board meeting of both our organizations. 

ACPeds member Dr. Shirley Gonzalez
ACPeds president Dr. Michelle Cretella

The national meeting was a great success with wonderful speakers and a gathering of colleagues who share a vision for the future of all children and families. Several of the speakers were current ACPeds members. Please visit the  meeting website  to see the topics discussed. 

We encourage you to join us for the next conference projected (but not yet confirmed) to be held in the spring of 2019. 

Don't miss out on a great time with like-minded movers and shakers in the field of child health!


Dr. Joseph Zanga awarded "Master" of the College*
In addition to reviewing the work of the College over the last six months and planning out the next six months, the Board happily extended an award to Joseph Zanga, MD, a certificate as "Master Fellow." 

One of our founders and the first ACPeds President, Dr. Zanga is the first ever recipient of this honor from the College. Through a series of events in 2002 and amid disappointment with the policies of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Dr. Zanga collaborated with three fellow pediatricians to create the American College of Pediatricians. In a move of incredible bravery and at the risk of tremendous political persecution, Dr. Zanga accepted the nomination to be our first president. 

Throughout his four years as president, four years as past president and four years as chairman of the Nominating Committee, in addition his time on the Board following his retirement, Dr. Zanga has given discernment and, at times, needed moderation to the work and direction of the College. 

It was with deep affection and great appreciation on behalf of the Board of the American College of Pediatricians that he was presented with the honor as the first Master of the College. Click here for the full tribute to Dr. Zanga
Thank you Dr. Joseph Zanga for all of your hard work and dedication, and your lifetime commitment to children. Without you, there'd be no us.
*Master of the College status, the highest honor of the College's Membership, may be conferred on a Fellow who has
  • made significant contributions to pediatrics and/or child health, and
  • been an active Member in good standing at least ten (10) years.

A minimum of three (3) Fellows must submit nominations in writing to the Board of Directors. Election to Master of the College status shall be by a two-thirds (b) affirmative vote of the Board of Directors.

Attention members
  • The College is seeking members who are media trained in the area of their expertise and available to occasionally do interviews on behalf of the College in their area of expertise. 
  • The College is also seeking members who can write! We have a wish list of statements but we need more writers. 
  • Other committee positions are often available and we invite you to inquire
If you have media training and you may be available for occasional interviews OR if you would like to help write statements for the College, please contact the office at admin@acpeds.org or by phone at 352.376.1877. Thank you!
2018 Membership Renewal Notices and Election Ballots - coming your way

Invoices for 2018 dues and ballots for voting members are on the way to you this month. Be on the lookout to receive them by mid-November. If you are a voting member, please r eturn the ballot no later than December 15th, and of course 2018 dues payments are due by January 30th, but welcome at your earliest convenience.
4 new postings on the ACPeds Job Board
Pediatric nurse practitioner seeks work in primary care office 

Agnes E. Bayer, CPNP, CFCP, is an experienced pediatric nurse practitioner who seeks to work in a family medicine or pediatric primary care office providing urotherapy and urodynamics. This testing yields good reimbursement for the office. She is also willing to teach adolescents about their cycles to facilitate a restorative reproductive medicine approach for treating gynecological issues in young patients. Part time up to 30 hours a week with benefits preferred and willing to commute up to 30 miles from Old Town Portsmouth, VA

Pediatric provider opportunity in beautiful coastal/wine country

A small, private pediatric group in Templeton, CA is looking for a pediatrician or nurse practitioner
 to help with the growing practice. The group is looking to hire permanent part or full-time providers, and will also consider locums tenens.

Pediatric Cardiologist

The Section of Pediatric Cardiology at the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) and Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth seeks a full-time board certified or board eligible Pediatric Cardiologist to join its faculty. Active participation in Pediatric undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education is required, with eligibility for appointment at Geisel expected, along with excellent interpersonal, clinical, and teaching skills.

Medical Officer - Pediatrics Hospitalist
A high performing, professional service and technology focused organization is looking to hire a Medical Officer - Pediatrics Hospitalist. This position is full-time and it is onsite at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, MD

For contact information and full job descriptions, click here or visit https://www.acpeds.org/health-professionals/job-board for more information.
Greater Good Parenting: Request for proposals

The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley is offering awards of between $25,000 to $150,000 to organizations that serve parents, particularly education programs run through schools, houses of worship, community centers, or other community-based organizations. 

The programs must develop or expand innovative ways to educate parents on the research-based keys to guiding children toward choices that place the long-term good of their communities ahead of their immediate self-interest. 

The deadline to apply is December 11, 2017. Click here for application information.
In case you missed it: recent blog posts

Every Monday and Friday a new blog is posted to the ACPeds website at www.ACPeds.org/blog . To subscribe to the blog and get new post notifications sent directly to your email , click here or visit www.ACPeds.org/subscribe .

Whether you agree, disagree or just want to share your own experiences, please feel free to leave a comment. We love to hear from our readers and hope to receive your feedback!
Study at Duke University finds cure for burnout?

According to Dr. J. Bryan Sexton of Duke University, "burnout at its core is the impaired ability to experience positive emotion." To counter this, Dr. Sexton and colleagues have been testing a simple program called Three Good Things to reduce burnout. 

Researchers ask each volunteer to...
  • First, write down, just before going to bed, 3 good things that happened that day. They can be minor things such as watching a funny television show or spending time with friends. 
  • Then, label each of the "three good things" with one of the 10 positive emotions that have been most closely tied to burnout: joy, gratitude, serenity, interest, hope, pride, amusement, inspiration, awe, and love.
In a trial with 148 internal medicine residents, researchers saw a 15% decrease in burnout in just 2 weeks and 48% remained resilient a year after the experiment ended. The residents also reported significantly less depression, fewer delays, less conflict, and better work-life balance

Dr. Sexton and his colleagues are continuing to work on the Three Good Things model and are currently enrolling healthcare workers, including physicians, nurses, and support staff, in a large study Click here or visit the Duke website for enrollment information

For more information on reducing burnout: 
Attention Members & Parents: Have you seen our Parent Talk newsletter?

Formerly known as the "Weekly Chatter", the Parent Talk newsletter is a bi-weekly ACPeds periodical designed as an easy way for members to keep their patients up to date with the latest news in child and adolescent health.

Of course we know that not everyone has access to a local ACPeds pediatrician, so we've made the Parent Talk available on our website at https://www.acpeds.org/parent-talk for parents and other health professionals as a resource.

Are you a parent who wants to be kept informed about issues impacting child health?
 Click here or visit the ACPeds website and click Join the Mailing List to subscribe to the Parent Talk newsletter. 

Popular Parent Talk issues:
November at a glance...  

The month of November commemorates the following:
Host a Hippocratic Banquet for colleagues

When a patient knows that their doctor has vowed not to kill them, or their grandmother, or their unborn child, that trust that the patient has in their medical professional is the basis of the "unique doctor-patient" relationship This trust is based on the Hippocratic Oath. Yet today, few doctors have even had an opportu nity to take that oath

The American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians & Gynecologists (AAPLOG) and the American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) are determined to change that. 

In August, AAPLOG held their first "Hippocratic Oath Banquet" in conjunction with Right to Life of Indiana, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. At this banquet, 20 physicians retook the Hippocratic Oath.

The vast majority were not AAPLOG members, but had been invited specifically by an AAPLOG member who hosted the event at a local restaurant. This goes to show, 

You may not be able to change the world immediately, but you can make an impact.

Invite your colleagues out to dinner, and using this prepared PowerPoint by Dr. Donna Harrison from AAPLOG, to explain to them the Hippocratic Oath. ACPeds is happy to provide you with additional materials. 

Together we can make it happen!
CMS responds to ACPeds president Cretella

Previously, Obamacare-compliant health insurance plans had been required to cover preventive services, which meant that employers had to offer health insurance that covered all FDA-approved contraception which included medications and devices that may act as abortifacients as well as sterilization procedures

However, in an effort to advance a new era of healthcare that secures Americans' liberty and in response to Dr. Cretella's recommendations, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury and Labor issued two companion interim rules that provide conscience protections to Americans with religious or moral objections to paying for health insurance that covers contraceptive/abortifacient services. Click here to read the full letter to Dr. Cretella from CMS .

Thank you Dr. Cretella for all your work in fighting for freedom of conscience!
Thank you to members Dr. Jane Hamner for help editing Parent Talk
and Dr. Leah Willson for her help in editing the Newsletter.
Special Interest News, Articles and Studies
Note from the Board

Given all the recent tragedies--floods and fires that have totally destroyed homes-- please consider taking 1 - 2 hours to photograph and take inventory of everything in your home:
  • inside closets and cabinets, attics, basements, garages, and 
  • landscaping, furniture, photographs, and lighting fixtures. 

This will be helpful if it becomes necessary to replace. Then, place all of these photos on a CD or flash drive and give a copy to one of your adult children, a close friend or trusted relative who lives in a different location. 


Just a thought :-)

Patient Handout Reminder

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
Child gender dysphoria in the news
Interviews with ACPeds president Dr. Michelle Cretella
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