2022 - March Edition
President's Message
D. Rajasekhar, MD, FAAP
March 11, 2022, marked two years since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. During this period many of us learnt how to live through difficult times. I hope that there will be less problems because of COVID-19 this year. Daylight Saving Time began today and the spring starts next weekend on the 20th. I wish you all a pleasant and happy spring season.
The term for the current AAP-CA2 board of directors ends in June. Elections for the new board will take place in May. Please see below for the board interest form and let us know if you are interested in serving for the 2022-2024 term. You may also nominate someone.

I would like to welcome our new chapter members and encourage them to make use of the resources available on our website, aapca2.org
Our Member Spotlight features Dr. Eyal Ben-Isaac, pediatrician at CHLA. 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 Residency Corner will be featuring the finalists of the 2022 Research Awards. This month we have Dr. James Thomason, who won first place and was selected as an oral presenter for our annual symposium this past February.

The Life After Residency/Career Fair was held this past March 8th via Zoom. I want to thank Xiao “Ben” Wang, MD, MPH, FAAP for his insightful presentation that not only included career strategies, but also a strong focus on personal wellness for work/life balance.

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. Note that these sessions will now be held every two weeks.
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 California. It will also increase frivolous lawsuits, health insurance premiums for patients, and 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, led 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
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Chapter Elections 2022 - 2024
Board of Directors Nomination Interest Form

It’s time to develop the slate of officers and directors for the AAP-CA2 2022-2024 term.

The AAP-CA2 Board of Directors consists of an Executive Board: President, Vice President (Transitions to President on the following term), Treasurer, and Secretary, plus Members-At-Large and Area Representatives. Elections take place every two years. Members-At-Large act as liaison between the membership in their geographic area and the Board. To this end, they should be in contact periodically with the membership in their area to allow the members a chance to voice their needs, problems and concerns. Area Representatives are appointed by the Chapter president.

There are several opportunities for involvement. Please take a moment to advise us of your interest in running for the elected positions, as well as the names of others you think may be interested or whose interest should be encouraged. Please note, those candidates selected to run for Executive Board positions will be expected to make a short statement during a special event broadcast to our members as a webinar via Zoom in April. Voting will take place in May.
AAP-CA2 Advances in Pediatrics 2022 Symposium
We would like to thank everyone for making the annual symposium a great success despite COVID restrictions. We are grateful to the fabulous speakers for sharing their experience, knowledge and wisdom; to the in-person attendees for being a part of our transition to normalcy from isolation in a pandemic; and to the virtual attendees for joining via Zoom and engaging with the audience via your questions and comments in the chat.
This event was made possible through a generous grant from the UCLA Child and Family Health Leadership Training Program.
AAP CA-2 2022 Symposium Highlights
By Niru Madduri, MD, FAAP 

After two years of virtual meetings, conferences, and gatherings, a hybrid AAP symposium offered us an opportunity to attend in person as others participated on Zoom. The Luskin Conference Center at UCLA was a beautiful and convenient venue, accommodating to the technological needs which arose in the last two years. Read more...
While the Symposium Pearls are part of the MOC Part 2 requirement for symposium attendees only, anyone may access them to learn the highlights and takeaway points of each presentation.
Climate Change Research Study
On behalf of fellow pediatricians and the University of Pittsburgh, we are inviting you to participate in a research survey to learn more about the opinions and practices of pediatricians and pediatric providers regarding discussion of climate change within pediatric clinical settings

This study includes a 5-minute online IRB-approved survey to report your opinions on discussing the health effects of climate change with patients and families. Following the survey, you will have a chance at one of twenty $50 Amazon gift cards. Chances of being chosen are expected to be approximately 1 in 20. In a second survey, you will be asked to enter personal contact information. This is only to contact you if you are chosen to receive a gift card and will not be linked to your first survey answers. 

Participation is voluntary. If you are interested, please follow this link to the survey: https://pitt.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eSdQQLrBQg0MWhg
For questions, you may contact the study coordinator, Erin Mickievicz (mickieviczee@upmc.edu), or the principal investigator from the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Maya Ragavan (ragavanm@chp.edu). Thank you so much for considering and we are so deeply grateful to learn from your expertise! 
Legislative Updates
The Quorum
March 2022
Threats to the Health of Transgender Youth

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

On February 22nd, Texas Governor Greg Abbott told state health agencies that medical treatments provided to transgender adolescents should be classified as “child abuse” under existing state law. These statements were made in a letter to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and followed an opinion by Attorney General Ken Paxton ... Read more
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A Journey to Match Day
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In reflecting on my journey to medical school, I realized that it was the field of pediatrics that drew me to medicine, rather than the other way around. I have always loved working with children and knew early on that my career would be focused on this special population. What I didn’t know was which field of service would be right for me. Read more
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Chapter Immunizations Champion Resources
Candace M. Gragnani, MD, MPH, FAAP
AAP-CA2 Immunizations Champion
Dear Immunizers,
The AAP is working to improve their web pages on COVID-19 vaccination implementation in practices. To do this, we are seeking some best practices related to administering the COVID-19 vaccine. Some examples of best practices we seek:
·         Strategies for minimizing disruption to practice during 15 minute wait time after vaccine
·         How to reduce missed opportunities to vaccinate
·         Other practices that allow for the smooth implementation of COVID-19 vaccination in your practice
Please send your best practices to Katie Milewski, MPH at kmilewski@aap.org.
Katie is the program manager of Childhood Immunization Practice Improvement
at the American Academy of Pediatrics.
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 pediatric practices. The goal is to improve screening, identification, treatment, and referral policies during clinic visits for pediatric patients who use tobacco/vaping products.

Please contact Denise Nunez, MD at dmnunez@mednet.ucla.edu for an application form or further information.
Member Spotlight
Eyal Ben-Isaac, MD, FAAP
Practice location: Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Number of years in practice: 30
I was born in Israel and my family moved to Los Angeles when I was five years old. I have lived in L.A. all my life and attended UCLA for college and medical school. I then went on to do my pediatric residency and chief residency at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). I was lucky enough to become the residency program director at CHLA in 1994. 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 - 2022 Research Awards
The AAP California Chapter 2 sent out a call for abstracts on scholarly projects by pediatric residents and medicine-pediatric residents from CHLA, Harbor-UCLA, Kaiser LA, Loma Linda, UCLA and USC; and medical students from the Southern California counties of Kern, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura. The accepted abstracts were showcased at the 2022 Advances in Pediatrics Symposium. We are thrilled to share with you the authors and their abstract each month.
James Thomason, DO
Harbor-UCLA Pediatrics
Providing Standardized and High Quality Nursery Discharge Anticipatory Guidance

Dr. James Thomason is a second-year pediatrics resident at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He is currently involved in a quality improvement project that is attempting to standardize nursery discharge anticipatory guidance. Read more...
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 were 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
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 today.

Contact us at chapter2@aapca2.org
Upcoming Events
Every Other Tuesday | COVID-19 Open Office Hours
Join us every other 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.

Fridays - Miller Children's Grand Rounds
Pediatric Grand Rounds
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March 22 - Provider Training

JOIN US IN A 2-PART SERIES that Centers Reproductive Justice and the P.A.T.H. Framework for Sexual + Reproductive Health March 22, 3-5pm. Participants will leave with tools to help ensure that reproductive conversations with patients who are Black are empowering, informed and help effectively support them on their sexual and reproductive health journeys.
April 21 - Climate Change and Human Migration
Join us on April 21st for a conversation with Dr. Caleb Dresser on the implications of climate change and its consequences on migration patterns, and ultimately, the health and safety of children and their families across the world. 
April 21, 2022
Time: 6:00 PM -7:30 PM (PT)
This event will be hosted via Zoom
May 20-21 - 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 to the following NEW members who joined the Chapter in February.
Thank you for your support!
Lara Aboud Syriani - Ventura
Elizabeth Flores - Los Angeles
Olga Friaz Borbon – Pomona
Zoe Geannopoulos - Los Angeles
Natasha Gill, MD, MPH, FAAP – Pasadena
John Harlow, MD, FAAP – Los Angeles
David Huang, MD - Pomona
Mary Limbo, MD, FAAP – Brea
Julia Mizener, MD, FAAP - Stevenson Ranch
Michaela Trainer - Chino Hills
Andy Wang, MD, FAAP - Temple City
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 California Chapter 2 can provide free books and support to start a Reach Out and Read program at your clinic.

Contact us at chapter2@aapca2.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.
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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

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