2022 - February Edition
President's Message
D. Rajasekhar, MD, FAAP
It is good to see that the COVID-19 cases are declining, and children are back in school. Super Bowl LVI Sunday is here, and I hope that you are enjoying the weekend with this fantastic weather. 

Our Advances in Pediatrics Symposium is set for February 26, 2022. UCLA has promoted our event to the luxurious, state of the art Luskin Conference Center.  
The CME Committee worked very hard to create this magnificent program. I would like to see chapter members at the event, in-person or via Zoom. Residents and medical students may attend at no cost.

I would like to welcome our new chapter members and encourage them to make use of the resources available on our website, aapca2.org

Some of you may be aware that the assembly bill AB 1400, authored by Assemblymember Ash Kalra, would have set California on a pathway towards establishing a single-payer, government run health care system which failed to meet the criteria outlined in CMA policy. On February 7th, AB 1400 failed to pass off the Assembly floor. Thus, AB 1400 is dead and no longer eligible to be acted upon.
Our Member Spotlight features Scott A. Beasley, MD, FAAP of Providence Tarzana Medical Center. I hope to see more of you participate and make this part of the newsletter interesting, by submitting your personal narratives to be published.

The Life After Residency/Career Fair will take place on March 8 at 6 PM via Zoom. This is a great opportunity for residents and medical students to learn about the array of decisions to be made following graduation. Dr. Xiao “Ben” Wang, MD, MPH, FAAP will provide a wealth of information on expected salaries, job search strategies, job search timeline assessment, and more!
Employers will attend to showcase their opportunities. See below for details.

Have you joined our Open Office Hours? The LA County Department of Public Health, in collaboration with AAP-CA2, has been hosting the COVID-19 Vaccine, Pediatrician and Family Medicine Info Hours every Tuesday at 5 PM. All members are invited to participate in these sessions. The Reach Out and Read office hours for members in the Inland Empire are on Thursdays at noon and at 6:30 PM.
Together we need to defeat the 2022 MICRA initiative called FIPA (Fairness for Injured Patients Act). FIPA, if it passes, will increase the cost of healthcare in CA. It will also increase frivolous lawsuits, increase health insurance premiums for patients, and increase malpractice insurance premiums for physicians and hospitals. We can’t let that happen. Support CMA and CALPAC to defeat FIPA. This message is a reminder.

Are you interested in improving e-cigarette/vaping screening? Please consider signing up for UCLA's QI project, lead by Dr. Denise Nuñez. The project will require a minimum of three PDSA cycles and will offer CME and MOC part 4. Please see below for details.

If you missed any of the most recent webinars, you may watch the recordings by following the links provided in the Recent Events section below.

Best wishes,
D. Rajasekhar, MD, FAAP
Screen Tip

Are you reading this on your mobile device? 
If so, turn your phone or tablet sideways to view in landscape mode.
COVID-19 Dashboards by County
AAP-CA2 Advances in Pediatrics 2022 Symposium
Have you heard? We are now at the
UCLA Luskin Conference Center!
February 26, 2022

  • Register to attend In-Person
  • Register for Virtual (Zoom) Attendance

  • State of the art conference center - Free Wi-Fi
  • 12 exceptional speakers
  • 3 AAP Presidents
  • 6 CME/ 6 MOC Part 2
  • Network with fellow pediatricians
  • Parking included with paid registration
  • Join us! Visit aapca2.org/2022symposium
We are excited to announce that UCLA has promoted our event to the luxurious, state of the art Luskin Conference Center. COVID precautions will be enforced, including proof of vaccination and masking within the lecture hall. We would love for you to join us in person. Alternative, you may register for a Virtual Only option. Residents and medical students may attend at no cost.

TOPICS: Wellness, immigrant children, COVID vaccines, COVID in schools, plant-based diets, autonomic dysfunction/POTS, implicit bias, legislative updates, and a distinguished panel of AAP presidents discussing threats to children and culturing change.
Please visit the event website

Click to Print/View the Registration Form (Note that registration for Virtual attendance may only be processed online)
Presidents Panel
Threats to Children - Culturing Change
CHLA Mental Health Study (8 - 17 years old)
Stress associated with the pandemic, and more recently return to school after the pandemic, has created record levels of anxiety in kids and adolescents. Recent estimates suggest that the rate of anxiety in youth has at least doubled compared to pre-pandemic numbers. Mental health specialists are in high demand, and many pediatricians are struggling to connect their anxious patients to appropriate clinical services. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is part of a large multi-site PCORI-funded study on treatment of pediatric anxiety in 8–17-year-old children. We are trying to understand how to create the most effective treatment programs and improve the long-term outcomes for kids with anxiety, using already established gold-standard interventions. We are recruiting now across all of LA County, screening and connecting anxious children and adolescents to the highest quality of care for anxiety. While the costs associated with treatment are not covered by the study, our team works closely with families to ensure that they are able to utilize their insurance to pay for their child’s treatment with one of our affiliated and vetted community clinical providers. In addition, families will receive some compensation if their child is eligible and completes treatment through the study.

Pediatricians who are interested are encouraged to contact us (SMARTstudy@chla.usc.edu or 323-361-4284) to get more information about this important and timely study. We are offering the opportunity for community physicians to post flyers in their offices with QR codes that patients can scan to complete the initial brief anxiety screening measure to determine potential eligibility for participation.
All inquiries are strictly confidential
Healthy Eating Research - Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Healthy Eating Research (HER), a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is conducting research to better understand Pediatricians’ and Family Medicine Physicians’:
1)   current patient education/counseling practices on beverage topics;
2)   perspectives on the HER recommendations for young children’s beverage consumption; and
3)   perceived barriers and facilitators to implementing the recommendations in practice.
The results of this research will inform development of educational content for Pediatricians and Family Medicine Physicians with the goal of facilitating implementation of the HER beverage recommendations into patient counseling practices. More detailed information about the purpose of this research can be found in the summary document.
If you are currently a Pediatrician or Family Medicine Physician who works with young children ages 0-5 years and their families, we kindly invite you to complete a 10-15-minute survey (link provided below) by Monday, February 7th and consider volunteering to participate in a follow-up focus group. The follow-up focus group will last approximately 60 minutes, and a $75 stipend will be provided for participation.
If you have questions about this research, please email: healthyeating@duke.edu
New Fellowship Program - CHLA
The Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles Division of Orthopedics is now accepting applications for 2022-2023 for the inaugural Non-Operative Pediatric Orthopedic (NOPO) Fellowship.

There is an emerging new field of medicine, Non Operative Pediatric Orthopedics, in response to the growing need for pediatric musculoskeletal specialists to diagnose and treat many of the primarily non-surgical musculoskeletal conditions in children and adolescents.

This one-year fellowship will train candidates who have completed residency in Pediatrics, Family Medicine, or Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation to practice as specialists in non-operative pediatric musculoskeletal medicine. Fellow will be competent in the diagnosis and non-operative management of a variety of musculoskeletal conditions. Upon completion, graduates will gain employment in a busy pediatric orthopedic group with competitive income potential and with minimal to no call responsibilities. 

Interested candidates should contact our fellowship coordinator and/or fellowship program director.

Program Coordinator: Daryl MacLaren dmaclaren@chla.usc.edu
Program Directors: Melissa Bent, MD, FAAP: mbent@chla.usc.edu
Legislative Updates
The Quorum
February 2022: The CA Legislative Vaccine Work Group

By Karinne Van Groningen, MD, MPH - Legislative and Policy Analyst

As the Omicron variant led to an unparalleled COVID-19 surge, legislators in Sacramento formed a legislative Vaccine Work Group to develop comprehensive, evidence-based policies to battle misinformation and stop the spread of COVID-19. The founding members of the Vaccine Work Group include Senator Richard Pan, Senator Scott Weiner, Senator Josh Newman, Assembly member Buffy Wicks, Assembly member Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, and Assembly member Evan Low. View the Full Report
Advertisement - Employment Opportunity
Sunshine Pediatric medical group

A 2 pediatricians practice looking for the 3rd board certified pediatric associate.
Location: 160 E Artesia, Rm 235 Pomona , CA 91767
  • full time or part-time
  • 120K – 240K

Contact: Dr David Huang, (909) 910-8816
Advertisement - Employment Opportunity
PEDIATRICIANS – Full-Time and Per Diem opportunities in Southern California
SCPMG is an organization with strong values, which provides our physicians with the resources and support systems to ensure they can focus on practicing medicine, connecting with one another, and providing the best possible care to their patients. In Southern California, you’ll enjoy amazing recreational activities, spectacular natural sceneries, and an exceptional climate.

Full-time Opportunities: partnership eligibility after 3 years, malpractice insurance and tail coverage provided, comprehensive benefits package, and excellent salary.

Per Diem Opportunities: flexible schedule, malpractice insurance and tail coverage provided, and non-benefitted.

CLICK HERE for full details and contact information
Chapter Immunizations Champion Resources
Candace M. Gragnani, MD, MPH, FAAP
AAP-CA2 Immunizations Champion
AAP Immunization Initiatives Newsletter
January Issue
  • Updates & Alerts
  • Events & Resources, and more.
View Online
New Printable AAP COVID-19 Vaccination Resource
Please see the attached for a new public-facing resource that the AAP has created to promote safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine for eligible children and adolescents. It can also be accessed under “printables” on the AAP COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign Toolkit.
New Spanish translations of the COVID Vaccine Science Explainer Videos
The AAP has translated two additional videos that explain the science around COVID-19 Vaccines:
Reminder – Free Influenza Course from the American Academy of Pediatrics
Influenza remains a serious threat to children due to its potential to cause severe morbidity and mortality. A four-part course series, “Influenza During the COVID-19 Pandemic", provides key information about the 2021-2022 influenza season. This free PediaLink module aims to educate pediatric health care professionals on the current AAP policy recommendations for routine use of seasonal influenza vaccine and antiviral medications for the prevention and treatment of influenza in infants, children, and adolescents. Find the course here.
AAP Reminder and Recall Pages
Immunization rates remain lower than usual. Use proven strategies to bring patients into your office for on-time (reminder) or overdue (recall) vaccinations, and take ready-to-use sample messages. View the page here.
QI PROJECT - UCLA Anti-Vaping Task Force
Participate in QI - Get MOC Part 4 - Improve Outcomes
The UCLA Health Preventive Medicine education team is interested in collaborating with clinics on quality improvement work to incorporate tobacco use/vaping treatment and screening in pediatrics practices. The goal is to improve screening, identification, treatment, and referral policies of pediatric patients using tobacco/vaping products during clinic visits. 

Project activities: 
  • A contract will be signed to adopt and implement the voluntary cessation, assessment, and referral policy 
  • A team of administrators/providers will meet to plan the design and integration of the project into the practice group 
  • Representatives from the clinics will be interviewed about the current state of the protocols and potential barriers to adopting a voluntary policy 
  • A pre-and post-policy screening survey will be administered to staff at clinics which adopted the voluntary policy 
  • Pediatric clinics will apply and participate in quality improvement (QI) work to increase screening, identification and treatment of pediatric patients using tobacco/vaping products with a minimum of 3 Plan-Do-Study-Act cycles  

Please contact Denise Nunez, MD at dmnunez@mednet.ucla.edu for an application form or further information.
Member Spotlight
Scott A. Beasley, MD, FAAP
Practice location: Tarzana, CA 
Number of years in practice: 39
I grew up in Westport, CT, a suburb of NYC, the eldest child of 2 pediatricians. My father practiced into his 80’s in that same town. I graduated from Columbia University and Yale Medical School. I completed my pediatric internship and residency at UCLA (Bob Kahle was my intern) and my Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship between Yale and UCLA. Read more ...
The Member Spotlight is written to highlight our chapter membership. Chapter members can submit personal narratives about themselves with a focus on how they maintain their physician wellness in the face of everyday struggles and challenges. Authors may also choose to highlight a practice, volunteer activities, QI projects, etc. The purpose of the spotlight series is to encourage and foster unity and support within the chapter.
Residency Corner
Please Share Your Story

Are you currently enrolled in a pediatric or medicine-pediatrics residency in our Chapter region? Are you involved in a project that you would like to showcase? Do you practice a sport, or have an artistic talent that you would like to share? We want to showcase YOU in the Residency Corner of our Chapter Newsletter. Please find the submission guidelines HERE.
Reach Out and Read - New Providers
ROR Progress Reports
January 2022 Progress Reports are due on March 1, 2022. Learn what information is required of you to fill out the biannual progress report on myROR at https://www.myror.org/library/resources/myror-video-tutorial-progress-reports or contact the ROR Program Coordinator at sscranton@aapca2.org for assistance.

RORIE Open Office Hours
Want to learn how to become a Reach Out and Read provider, and how to get age-appropriate books to your patients? Join us every Thursday for our ROR Open Office Hours from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (PT), and also from 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM (PT) Reach Out and Read Zoom Link

Latest Podcast Episode
" Reading in the NICU Part 2: What To Do and How To Do It "
We talk about the emotional and physical architecture of NICU reading programs and their effect on babies, their families, and the medical staff who implement them, in Part 2 of our “Reading in the NICU” series. Dr. Viral Jain explains how these programs give parents a way to reclaim some element of their role, and how providers can offer practical reading help and guidance to NICU families. And, a song!.
The Reach Out and Read Inland Empire is funded by First 5 Riverside and First 5 San Bernardino to bring free books at no cost to practices in the Inland Empire. Join us. Become a ROR provider and help improve child literacy now.

Contact our Reach Out and Read Coordinator at sscranton@aapca2.org.
Upcoming Events
Tuesdays | COVID-19 Open Office Hours
Join us every Tuesday at 5 PM, during the "Open Info Hours" to learn about COVID-19 vaccine topics. Brought to you by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and AAP-CA2.

Thursdays | ROR Open Office Hours
THURSDAYS @ Noon, and @ 6:30 PM
RORIE Open Office Hours
Want to learn how to become a Reach Out and Read provider, and how to get age-appropriate books to your patients? Join us every Thursday for our ROR Open Office Hours from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (PT), and also from 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM (PT)!
Fridays - Miller Children's Grand Rounds
Pediatric Grand Rounds
Fridays at 8 AM

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 924 5224 4153
One tap mobile
+16699006833,,92452244153# US (San Jose)
+13462487799,,92452244153# US (Houston)
Dial by your location
       +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
February 26 - Advances in Pediatrics Symposium
In Person | Virtual Option
Please visit the event website

March 8 - Life After Residency and Career Fair
Xiao “Ben” Wang, MD, MPH, FAAP
Join us on March 8th as Dr. Xiao “Ben” Wang, MD, MPH, FAAP provides a wealth of information on expected salaries, job search strategies, job search timeline assessment, and more! Live chat with Dr. Ben and ask all the questions pertaining to your career. Meet employers looking to hire.

Please register now. The event starts Tuesday March 8th, at 6 PM via Zoom. See the agenda below.

May 20-21, 2022 - Inflammatory Brain Disorders
Inflammatory Brain Disorders Conference 2022 – Fee Waivers

Hosted by Neuroimmune Foundation

Fee waivers available for 500 providers to attend the 2022 conference free of charge. Waivers to be processed the first week of January.
Welcome New Chapter Members
Welcome the following NEW members who joined the Chapter in January
Thank you for your support!
Amil Ahsan - Norfolk
Daniela Bello Germino, MD - Barstow
Bradley Cacho, MD, FAAP - Loma Linda
John Ching, MD, FAAP - Stevenson Ranch
Jennifer Cobanov, MD, FAAP - Loma Linda
Chafik Dakak, MD, FAAP - Lynwood
Natalie Drorbaugh, MPH, RN, PNP - Long Beach
Marcia Hogeling, MD, FAAP - Santa Monica
Kamaal Jones, MD - Los Angeles
Micah Kadden, MD, FAAP - Los Angeles
Sheena Kamra, MD, FAAP - Los Angeles
Alexander Marshall, MD - Loma Linda
Joseph Rojas, MD, FAAP - Burbank
Marissa Sarabia, NP - Indio
Versha Srivastava, DO, FAAP - Rancho Cucamonga
Enterprise Membership - Did you know?
Signing up your entire practice (clinical and non-clinical staff) qualifies for a 20% discount on Chapter membership dues. Contact us for details.
Recorded Events
Did you miss a lecture? Click on any image to watch. Please subscribe
View https://aapca2.org/media/ to access all recordings.
Reach Out and Read IE
Are you a pediatrician in Riverside or San Bernardino County? Through a generous grant from First 5 Riverside and First 5 San Bernardino, the AAP Chapter 2 can provide free books and support to start a Reach Out and Read program at your clinic. Learn more ...

Contact our Reach Out and Read Coordinator at info@reachoutandreadie.org Call 909-709-1441, or visit our website https://reachoutandreadie.org
Los Angeles County Immigrant Youth Resource Toolkit
The Immigrant Youth Task Force (IYTF) at UCLA and the American Academy of Pediatrics California Chapter 2 (AAP-CA2) invite you to visit The Los Angeles County Immigrant Youth Resource Toolkit, a website consolidating community resources in the greater LA area for immigrant youth and families. Our goal is to help professionals from all disciplines address the needs of their immigrant youth patients/clients with regards to health care, legal services, education, social services, and more. As our toolkit continues to evolve, we encourage you to explore and use it in your practice going forward.
Chapter Committees and Sections
Chapter committees are great opportunities to get involved in areas that interest you the most. Furthermore, if you are a Fellow member (FAAP), local involvement could position you for leadership opportunities at National AAP. To learn more about our various Committees and Sections, and to sign up, please visit aapca2.org/committees.

Advertise in Our Newsletter
AAP-CA2 invites you to advertise in our newsletter
AAP-CA2 publishes its electronic newsletter, Peds@CA2, which is emailed to its 1,500+ members on the second weekend every month. Chapter members and non-profit organizations receive a 50% discount. Please follow the link below for more information.

For advertisement rates and guidelines, please  click here.
If you are interested in advertising, please email the Chapter.
Article Submissions
Article submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The newsletter is published the second Sunday of each month.
Please view all Newsletter issues online at https://aapca2.org/publications/
You may direct questions and article submissions to the "American Academy of Pediatrics - CA Chapter 2" <chapter2@aapca2.org>.

The AAP-CA2 Newsletter Editorial Review Board
Established in July 2020 to highlight educational content and resources of value to chapter members, and to showcase our chapter membership.
Watch the video
AAP-CA2 Chapter Excellence Award
For the ninth year in a row, the AAP-CA2 is a recipient of the 2020 AAP Award of Chapter Excellence in recognition for its accomplishments during the 2020 calendar year. We would like to thank you, our members, for your loyalty as we advocate for children, pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists, bringing you opportunities for engagement and professional development.
Please visit our website: aapca2.org

Thank you to the 1,274 who follow us on Twitter! @AAPCA2