2018 - March Edition
Edward Curry, MD, FAAP   President, AAP-CA2
Spring is in the air and the Chapter is getting Spring fever. The AAP National Annual Leadership Forum meeting (ALF) will be March 15 - 18, 2018. Our Chapter has 6 resolutions for consideration. These resolutions help guide AAP senior leadership on policy for the AAP. Our own Paula Whiteman, MD, FACEP, FAAP is District IX Chapter Forum Management Committee Representative. Paula has done an outstanding job proposing ALF resolutions and representing District IX.
We have started registration for our 29 th Annual Pediatric Symposium on April. We have an excellent array of topics and speakers. We have very special early bird registration for all Chapter Members of $159.00. This year we have added a Friday Evening Reception to meet the Professors and Network with fellow pediatricians. There is a $15 fee for this event, which is a donation towards the S. Michael Marcy Fund, Resident Research Awards, and High School Scholarship Program.
We are still recruiting practices for our HPV Quality Improvement project. This HPV project focus is on completion of HPV series thru recall and reminder system.   Project Participants will receive 25 MOC Part 4 credits. This project is free to any Pediatrician wishing to participate. Another piece of evidence the Chapter has spring fever.
Check out the articles below for more information on these topics. Lets sweep away the flu, and bring on Spring Fever.
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Member Spotlight

Christopher Landon, MD, FAAP  
Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Practice and Pediatrics, Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics - USC and UCLA
AAP-CA2 Member-At-Large 
Chris Landon, MD, a pediatric pulmonologist and a pioneer of technology and interventions that improve health outcomes, was stationed at the Adherence Lab during the 2017 North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference (NACFC). Dr. Landon spoke of the importance of treatment adherence and introduced those who attended to some of the devices and programs displayed. Dr. Landon has been involved in devices and medication intervention in pediatric pulmonary disease for 40 years, including the LifeShirt as a cough frequency tracking measure in PTC-124,1 the Breathe Technology portable ventilator, development of the PARIeTracker, and the placement of Bluetooth tracking in the Hill-Rom VEST. As a chairperson at the Intelligent Health Pavilion at HIMSS and at Health Achieve in Canada, Dr. Landon is exposed to medical technologies in all stages of development, always with an eye to their application in the cure and control of cystic fibrosis.

In this article, Dr. Landon reflects on his experience as "Ambassador of Adherence."

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
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2018 Symposium
Early Bird Registration is Now Open! 
The 29th Annual AAP-CA2 Pediatric Symposium 

The 2018 Advances in Pediatrics will kick-off with a Reception on Friday evening, supported by Abbott Nutrition. Meet the professors and network with Chapter and AAP National leadership.

The Symposium begins on Saturday morning with mindfulness for clinicians, a line-up of eight phenomenal speakers, abstract displays from pediatric residents and medical students, plus exhibits. Please see the brochure and register soon to take advantage of the early Bird rate. You will be receiving the physical brochure in the mail next week. 
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  Friday Evening 
| All Day Saturday, April 28  
  30% Off During Early Bird 
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Melinda J. Braskett, MD 
Dr. Melinda Braskett is a board certified allergist and clinical immunologist. She is also board certified in pediatric medicine.  Dr. Braskett graduated with honors from the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University in New York City. She completed her internship and residency at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, and her fellowship in Clinical Immunology and Allergy at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.  She was the medical director at the Food and Drug Allergy Care Center at UCLA at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA prior to joining Children's Hospital Los Angeles.  Dr.Braskett joined CHLA on February 2016 as the Associate Medical Director of the Gores Family Allergy Center. She is part of an outstanding team offering state-of-the art care to families affected by severe allergic conditions, and together they are developing a clinical research center to advance food allergy therapies.

Mark Del Monte, JD  
Mark Del Monte, JD, is the Chief Deputy and Senior Vice President of Advocacy and External Affairs for the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). In this capacity, Mark is a member of the chief executive leadership team and directs the advocacy and public relations activities of the organization representing 67,000 pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists, and pediatric surgical specialists. Mark leads teams of lobbyists, analysts and communications professionals to advance the interests and policies of the Academy through advocacy strategies, communications and public relations.

In The Community
February 21, Town Hall in Riverside

AAP-CA2 President Edward Curry, MD, FAAP hosted a Town Hall at Mario's Place in Riverside on February 21, sponsored by Abbvie. Guest speaker Amrit Bhangoo, MD, pediatric endocrinologist at Children Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) spoke on central precocious puberty, its early recognition & management.

Dr. Bhangoo shared that children working in farms in the 1920's and 1930's resulted in a considerable number of pediatric left hand injuries (most were right handed and injured their "weaker" hand). This was the foundation of a database that set a standard of using left hand/wrist X-Ray to determine bone age.

Pediatrician Needed:
Expert Witness case review, reporting and testimony ; Starting out part-time position; Downtown Los Angeles. Inquiries: Contact Michael Weinraub, MD.
Office: (213)335-6512
Email: WeinraubMD@gmail.com

New QI Project - HPV Vaccine Series Completion


We are in the last week of recruitment for practices to participate in a quality improvement project aimed at improving HPV vaccine series completion in 11 and 12 year olds. This project is open to all practices.

HPV Series Completion (Phase 2)
In-Person Learning Session: March 29 in Pasadena
Get CME and MOC Part 4 

Project Requirements, Per Participating Provider 

  1. Pull 10 consecutive charts of patients ages 11 and 12 years to determine a baseline HPV vaccine series completion rate, and again monthly to track progress.
  2. Attend the In-Person Learning Session in Pasadena in March, date TBD.
  3. Collect monthly data and upload onto QIDA (AAP's Quality Improvement Data Aggregator), to track progress and produce run charts.
  4. Participate in monthly webinars (usually at 12:15 PM on a Wednesday)
Pallavi Kamra, MD, FAAP
Dr Pallavi Kamra is a primary care pediatrician at Clinicas del Camino Real in Ventura County practicing at their Moorpark and Simi Valley locations. She moved to California after completing her pediatric residency and chief residency at the University of Minnesota. Immunizations are an area of interest for her and she recently participated in the CQN All Immunizations QI project through the AAP-CA 2 chapter. She will be a part of the HPV Phase 2 project and says the following about it:

 " I am excited to be a part of the AAP-CA2 HPV Vaccine Series Completion Project. HPV vaccine is one that I find most challenging in clinic with parents not wanting to administer it for a variety of reasons - their child is too young for it, it's meant for girls and not for boys, their child is not sexually active and doesn't need it, or because it's not required by school. I learned a lot from the experience of other practices during the all immunization QI project and am looking forward to hear what other providers in the community are doing and try and incorporate that at my clinic. I am thankful to the AAP CA 2 chapter for the opportunity to participate in the QI training in Phoenix and for conducting projects that allow for collaboration with other providers and learning from each other"

Immigrant Health Initiative - IHI 

The AAP-CA2 is starting a chapter-based Immigrant Health Initiative (IHI). The IHI will be our chapter's liaison to the national AAP Immigrant Health Special Interest Group through the Council on Community Pediatrics. This initiative will provide an active local network for advocacy, education, support and communication for chapter members caring for diverse immigrant children. Chapter members interested in joining the AAP-CA2 IHI should email  sural.shah@gmail.com  regarding our first meeting.  
AAP-CA2 EVENTS -  Save The Dates!
Best Practices in Developmental Screening - An Inside Look (Town Hall) 
An inside look, from the systematic approach of Regional Center clinicians and therapists, to strategies  used by local pediatricians. Funded by First 5 Los Angeles. Join us on the evenings listed below.
March 28 in Torrance -  Town Hall / Dinner 6-8 PM
This event will take place at the Harbor Regional Center in Torrance. Clinical Geneticist Sri Moedjono, MD, FACMG and General Pediatrician Ahoo Sahba, MD , both clinicians at the Harbor Regional Center, will discuss best practices in developmental screening, clinical cases and the referral process. This event will begin at 6:00 PM (Dinner and Lecture). CME Accreditation: 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. 

Wednesday, March 28 in TORRANCE at 6 PM 
LOCATION: Harbor Regional Center 
21231 Hawthorne Blvd, Torrance, CA 90503 (Room A4) 
Guest Speakers: Sri Moedjono, MD, FACMG, and Ahoo Sahba, MD.
April 18 in Los Angeles -  Town Hall / Dinner 6:30-8:30 PM
This event will take place in Down Town Los Angeles (DTLA) to encompass the service areas of Lanterman  Regional Center, Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center and South Central Los Angeles Regional Center. Specific location still to be announced. Lanterman Regional Center clinician Leslie Richard, MD, FAAP and special guests (Therapists) will discuss best practices in developmental screening, clinical cases and the referral process. This event will begin at 6:30 PM (Dinner and Lecture). CME Accreditation: 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Wednesday, April 18 in Los Angeles at 6:30 PM 
Speaker: Leslie Richard, MD, FAAP 
April 19 in San Bernardino -  Town Hall / Dinner 6:30-9 PM
Join us for a Town Hall on Early Developmental Screening and Intervention at the First 5 San Bernardino Headquarters. Guest speakers from The Autism Center, Inland Regional Center and AAP-CA2 will discuss clinical aspects of development, plus a discussion of AB 11. This event is open to all health care providers (Physicians, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, etc). 

Thursday, April 19 in San Bernardino at 6:30 PM 
Guest Speaker: Edward Curry, MD, FAAP   

: First 5 San Bernardino | 735 E Carnegie Dr #150, San Bernardino, CA 92408
March/April/May - Grand Rounds Lecture on Suicide
It is Time to Open our Eyes! As pediatricians and health professionals working with children and adolescents, little attention is given in training or ongoing education to the third leading cause of death in 10-14 year olds and second leading cause of death in 15-34 year olds - SUICIDE. This presentation is to raise your awareness and give an overview of the scope of the problem and associated risk factors. An extensive list of resources will be provided for further training, referrals, and to use as resources professionally or personally.
Topic: "It is Time to Open Our Eyes - Suicide Risk with a Focus on the Pediatric and Adolescent Population"
Speaker: Susan Igdaloff, MD, FAAP
3/12 Huntington Hospital; Medical Staff Conference (12PM) 
3/20 LA County USC Pediatric Grand Rounds (9 AM)
3/22 Harbor-UCLA Pediatric Grand Rounds (8:30 AM)
3/27 Valley Presbyterian; Medical Staff Conference (12 PM) 
4/3  Pomona Valley Hospital; Medical Staff Conference (12:30) 
4/10 CHLA - Clinical Services; Non-physician Staff  (12 PM) 
4/23 Citrus Valley Medical Center; Pediatric Department Conference (12P)  
5/2 Riverside Community Hospital (12:30 PM)

While registration is not required, you may still sign up to receive a reminder. 
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The 29th Annual AAP-CA2 Pediatric Symposium

Saturday, April 28, 2018
Sheraton Universal Hotel
Register Now | Early Bird 30% Off
  35th Annual Advances in Care Conference  
April 3 - 7, 2018 in Snowbird, Utah

Advances in Therapeutics and Technology:
Critical Care of Neonates, Children and Adults
Guest speakers include AAP-CA2 San Bernardino Area Representative Mitchell Goldstein, MD, FAAP and AAP President Colleen Kraft, MD, FAAP  

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