2015 - October Edition

Paula J. Whiteman, MD, FACEP, FAAP 
President, AAP-CA2
Representative, AAP-District IX CFMC
Welcome to the October edition of our monthly e-Newsletter.
Awards and recognition were part of the focus of our most recent board of director's meeting, which took place on September 16th. I would like to thank Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center for hosting our event. During our meeting, several members of our board of directors received special achievement awards from the National AAP. We also honored those AAP-CA2 members on the completion of their CATCH grants. Additionally, the nursing pioneers who have contributed to the success of the "Fit to Play and Learn" program were honored for their commitment and hard work. Please see the photos below.
Our feature article this month is by Dr. Andrew Freedman on the "Evaluation and Management of the Acute Scrotum." He is the Director of Pediatric Urology, Wang Endowed Chair in Pediatric Surgery, as well as Vice Chair of Pediatric Surgical Services at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Dr. Freedman will be one of our speakers at our upcoming CME Symposium on April 16, 2016. Please mark your calendar accordingly.

Dr. Christopher Harris, recently appointed to the Committee on Pediatric Workforce, shares with us a resourceful webinar for all those considering leaving practice, or returning after a period of inactivity.
The Chapter Quality Network Phase 4 Asthma project (CQN4 Asthma) is in its last two months of the projected duration period. You may read about its progress below, as well as an update in regards to our partnerships with community organizations.
We have a Town hall meeting coming up at the end of this month hosted by Dr. Ken Saul. There is a half-day conference, STD Updates for Clinicians, in Bakersfield, as well as several other events in November. Our "Save The Date" section now features a link to view the online Events calendar, with the added benefit of a link to download all events to your own calendar ("Export Month's Events" on bottom right of the calendar), and individual links while looking at a specific event.
As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions.


Paula Whiteman, MD, FACEP, FAAP
President, AAP-CA2
Representative, AAP-District IX CFMC

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Feature Article

Andrew L. Freedman, MD, FAAP
Evaluation and Management of the Pediatric Acute Scrotum for the Pediatrician
Andrew L Freedman, MD, FAAP

The late night call usually comes from the parent. "Doctor, Johnny says his left testicle hurts." You quickly run through the usual scenarios; could this be torsion, an infection or just torsion of the appendix testis? What about trauma or referred pain? Or is there a more obscure cause? Can I rely on the parent's history and description? What if it is torsion and I miss it? Do they have to go the hospital or can I see them tomorrow? What if I guess wrong?    Read full article...      Bio.

New Webinar Available
"Physician Reentry 101"
Christopher Harris, MD, FAAP
Member, Committee on Pediatric Workforce 
Physician reentry into clinical practice can be defined as
returning to professional activity/clinical practice
for which one has been trained, certified or licensed
after an extended period.

The Physician Reentry into the Workforce Project has developed a new resource to help physicians better understand what planning is needed before one leaves clinical practice, and what one needs to do in order to facilitate a return.
Learn more about physician reentry at www.physicianreentry.org

Awards and Recognition
During the recent Joint District Meeting in Chicago, AAP-CA2 President Paula Whiteman, MD, FACEP, FAAP, and Vice President Edward Curry, MD, FAAP, were presented with certificates of CATCH grant completion and special achievement awards for seven members of our Chapter. AAP-CA2 is thankful for their contributions to our field, and to the children we all serve.

Chapter leadership met once again on September 16th for AAP-CA2's Quarterly Board of Directors meeting, at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center. We would like to thank Providence Saint Joseph for sponsoring this meeting.

All awards and certificates were presented to their recipients during the mentioned Board of Directors meeting.
CATCH Grant Completion Certificates 
Two AAP-CA2 members were recipients of CATCH Grant Completion Certificates.  Congratulations on your achievements!
Rebecca Dudovitz, MD, FAAP (not pictured), created a program for low-income Latinas who have children ages 2 to 3 years at risk for language delay. The program, Hablamos Juntos (We Speak Together), educates moms on how to provide a more language - rich environment to their children.
Joyce Javier, MD, MPH, FAAP, created a program focused on improving parenting for low-income Filipino children.
Alice Kuo, MD, PhD, FAAP; Paula Whiteman, MD, FACEP, FAAP; Joyce Javier, MD, MPH, FAAP; Edward Curry, MD, FAAP
AAP-CA2 Treasurer, Dr. Kuo , is also the CATCH Grant Facilitator for the Chapter.

Special Achievement Awards
The following AAP-CA2 members were recipients of AAP Special Achievement Awards. Congratulations!
  • Corinn Cross, MD, FAAP and Tracy Zaslow, MD, FAAP
    For their involvement with the Fit To Play and Learn program, which developed a working partnership with LAUSD schools, educating students and parents about the importance of the many aspects of a healthy lifestyle. 
  • Grant Christman, MD, FAAP
    For his involvement with the All State Teen Safe Driving Partnership, which helps make the streets safer for all.
  • Bill Mason, MD, MPH, FAAP
    For his lifelong contributions to the Chapter an d to the mission and vision of the AAP.
  • Kenneth Saul, MD, FAAP 

    For his tireless commitment to the chapter, and providing entertaining town hall meetings quarterly, and encouraging active membership participation in the Q&A component.

From left, AAP-CA2 Vice President Edward Curry, MD, FAAP, and AAP-CA2 President Paula Whiteman, MD, FACEP, FAAP, present Special Achievement Awards to Cori Cross, MD, FAAP and Tracy Zaslow, MD, FAAP (not pictured), for their accomplishments with the Fit To Play and Learn program.

Pictured below, far right, Kenneth Saul, MD, FAAP, receives a Special Achievement Award for his tireless commitment to the Chapter.

Fit To Play and Learn
AAP-CA2 Member-At-Large, and Co-founder of the Fit To Play and Learn program, Cori Cross, MD, FAAP, presented three certificates of recognition to leadership from the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Recipients were recognized for their ongoing commitment in implementing the Fit To Play and Learn program, as champions of healthy food choices and exercise, which benefits the students of this vast Los Angeles school population. Recipients were Maria Luz Ong, RN, BSN; Yolanda Lasmarias, MA, MPA, BSA, RN;  and Tonya Ross, RN, on behalf of the entire LAUSD nursing staff.
In its fifth year, Fit To Play and Learn has evolved from a "walk-to-school" program with three schools in 2011, to a full bilingual curriculum that addresses the obesity crisis in Los Angeles at the grassroots level in 43 LAUSD schools, having reached over 5,000 children and 1,000 parents.
The Fit to Play and Learn program was developed by Drs. Cori Cross and Tracy Zaslow, with the goal of teaching kids to eat right and enjoy an active lifestyle. 

(from left) Maria Luz Ong , RN, BSN;  Cori Cross, MD, FAAP ; Yolanda Lasmarias, MA, MPA, BSA, RN.

In The Community
Town Hall Meeting

AAP-CA2 pediatricians met for a Town Hall meeting hosted by Ventura County Area Representative, Teresa Sheahan, DO, FAAP (pictured below, on right). Guest speaker, Lewis Kanter, MD, presented the latest therapeutic approaches on seasonal allergic rhinitis, and maintenance treatment of asthma. This event took place September 17 at Mastro's Steakhouse, in Thousand Oaks. AAP-CA2 thanks Ted Sumida of Media Respiratory for sponsoring this event.

Partnerships With Community Organizations

AAP-CA2 is proud to report the promising partnerships with two well established community organizations: First 5 San Bernardino, in San Bernardino County, and the California Family Health Council, in Los Angeles.

AAP-CA2 is partnering with First 5 San Bernardino to implement Reach Out And Read, also known as ROAR, in practices throughout San Bernardino County. An evident-based program, ROAR focuses on providing free books to parents of children ages 0 to 5, and counseling them about the importance of reading to them aloud to enhance their learning. Books will be available at no cost and delivered to each interested practice. Be sure to save the date for November 5th. at 6:30 PM at the First 5 San Bernardino offices for this informational dinner. View in Calendar 

The California Family Health Council (CFHC) is a non-profit organization based in the heart of Los Angeles.
Their mission, to champion and promote quality sexual and reproductive health care for all, has become an asset to our members who provide care to teens. CFHC conducts various webinars and in-person conferences throughout California. Through our partnership, AAP-CA2 is being able to extend invitations to our members to attend these events at no cost, with the added benefit of obtaining free CME credit.  The next event, STD Update For Clinicians, will take place in Bakersfield (Kern County) on October 24.   View in Calendar

Save The Dates!

October 24 - STD Updates for Clinicians, in Bakersfield (no cost/free CME).

In collaboration with the California Family Health Council
Date: 1 0/24/2015
Memorial Hospital, Founders Hall, in Bakersfield
420 34th St. Bakersfield, CA 93301
Kern County
Cost: FREE
Credit Hours: 3.5
To Register, contact Ashley Scarborough at  Ashley.Scarborough@ucsf.edu

Ken Saul, MD, FAAP - AAP-CA2 Member-At-Large
October 28 - Town Hall Meeting with host Ken Saul, MD, FAAP (no cost) 

Topic:  Infant Nutrition (New Feeding Guideliness and Formula Choices)
Speaker:  Dr. Stubbs
Location:  Maggiano's, Woodland Hills
Time:  6:30 PM
RSVP Required by emailing Dr. Saul at docksaul@aol.com

November 3rd. THINK TANK - Child Development Conference - Ages 0-3 Brain Architecture (no cost).

On behalf of Simms/Mann Institute, AAP-CA2 members are invited to attend the "THINK TANK", a one-of-a-kind experience in which a select group of community leaders engage with cutting-edge researchers on advances in child development. The event takes place on November 3rd, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The event will begin with a continental breakfast, after which guest speakers brought in by Simms/Mann Institute will provide an exciting and engaging learning experience.

Topic: Ages 0 - 3 Brain Architecture
Speakers:  Please see flyer
Location:  Wallis Annenberg Center For The Performing Arts
9390 North Santa Monica Boulevard, in Beverly Hills 
Time:  9 AM - 5 PM
To register,  please email Chanel Wilson, at: chanel@domainmsa.com

November 5 - Reach Out And Read, hosted by Edward Curry, MD, FAAP  (no cost).

Edward Curry, MD, FAAP Vice President, AAP-CA2
Co-Hosted by Karen E. Scott, First 5 San Bernardino Executive Director. 
ROAR , the Reach Out And Read program, integrates children's books and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud into well-child visits. ROAR resources will be available to practices in San Bernardino County. A collaborative effort between First 5 San Bernardino and AAP-CA2, this informational/Introductory dinner will highlight the available resources for practices to implement this valuable childhood literacy program.
  • Get Free books for your patients
  • Get connected to a network of 20,000 doctors, Nurses and other health professionals promoting literacy and school readiness.
  • During the preschool years, children served by Reach Out and Read score three to six months ahead of their non-Reach Out and Read peers on vocabulary tests. 
Who should attend : All San Bernardino County physicians/practice representatives.
Location:  First 5 San Bernardino, 735 E. Carnegie Drive, Suite 150, San Bernardino, CA 92408 
Time:  6:30 PM
RSVP Required by emailing or calling the chapter: chapter2@aap-ca.org / (818)422-9877
Cori Cross, MD, FAAP - AAP-CA2 Member-At-Large
December 2nd. - Town Hall Meeting with host Cori Cross, MD, FAAP
(no cost).  

Topic:  Identifying and Managing Patients at Risk for Life-Threatening Allergic Reactions
Speaker:  Jacob Offenberger, MD
Location:  Valentino, in Santa Monica.
Time:  6:30 PM
RSVP:Call Steffi Ewing at (404) 441-5549, or via email to steffi.ewing@mylan.com
Advances in Pediatrics 2016
The 27th Annual Southern California Postgraduate Pediatric Conference
Advances in Pediatrics
At the Sheraton Universal Hotel

Infectious Diseases
The 2016 S. Michael Marcy Memorial Lecture speaker  will feature Larry K. Pickering, MD. FAAP from the CDC.  
Carlo Reyes, MD, MS, Esq., FACEP, emergency medicine physician,  pediatrician , and lawyer, will speak regarding Healthcare Risk Management Read Bio
Pediatric Urology
Andrew L. Freedman, MD, FAAP, Director of Pediatric Urology at Cedars Sinai, will speak on pediatric urologic emergencies .         Read Bio. 

CQN4 Asthma QI Project - Update
Eleven practices continue participating in the  AAP-CA2 Chapter Quality Network Asthma Phase 4 Project. 
The project is currently in its third phase (action period 3) with a focus on p atient/family self management support with an emphasis on motivational inte rviewing, spirometry, and s trategies for project sustainability to continue providing optimal asthma care after the project ends in December. 
The image below depicts progress made in providing Optimal Asthma Care by a practice (blue line) from February to present. The orange line represents the National average, while the red line is the average of all eleven CA2 practices.  
The entire collaborative has an accumulated data base of 2,845 patients, with data being analyzed for 741 encounters to date.
Monthly totals are averaged and graphed. All data is entered by clinic staff directly into the National Asthma Registry, a service provided by the National AAP at no cost to CQN4 Asthma collaborative members. Accumulative data allows for improved population management. 
Congratulations to the following practices for participating in this project:
Cesar Chavarria, MD, Inc.
Loma Linda University Health Care
Los Angeles Christian Health Center
Mandalay Bay Medical Group
Mission Pediatrics
Pediatric Diagnostic Center
Santa Paula West Pediatric Clinic
Sierra Vista Family Medical Clinic
Santa Barbara Asthma Consortium
Cottage Children's Hospital
Sansum Clinic -  Allergy/Pulmonology
Sansum Clinic - General Pediatrics 

AAP-CA2 would like to thank Providence Tarzana Medical Center for their continued support during CQN4 Asthma Learning Sessions 1 and 3.

General Pediatrics Opportunity
Pediatric Diagnostic Center

Job Type:  Permanent/Full Time
Start Date: Open 
Location:  Ventura, CA
Looking for a Pediatrician who enjoys the challenges of Specialty care along with the joy of 'Bread and Butter' Pediatrics within a clinic who creates a medical home for all of our patients. 
Job Description:  Full time Pediatrician to work 4-5 days a week.  Provide full time General Pediatric care to special needs and healthy children within a multidisciplinary specialty Pediatric Clinic.  The Pediatric Diagnostic Center is an FQHC satellite clinic affiliated with the Ventura County Medical Center.  We currently have 3 General Pediatricians and 1 PNP providing 8,500 primary care visits per year with a growing practice.  Our clinic includes the following Pediatric Specialties:
Pediatric Optometry
Cystic Fibrosis Team
Cleft Lip and Palate Team
Pediatric Ophthalmology
Pediatric Diabetes Team

Clinic team also includes Pediatric Psychiatry, Licensed Family and Marriage Therapists, and Licensed Social Worker.  
About Ventura:  Located along the Beautiful Central Coast.  Has a population of 106,000 people.  30 minutes from Santa Barbara and 1 hour from Downtown Los Angeles, but still has the great feeling of a beach town with great weather.  Rated by Men's Journal as one of the 10 best places to live in the United States.
Contact Information:
Sun Moon Lee -  sun.lee@ventura.org
Kay Urban -  kay.urban@ventura.org

Resolutions Reminder for ALF


Paula J. Whiteman, MD, FACEP, FAAP 
President, AAP-CA2
Representative, AAP-District IX CFMC

Submitting Resolutions - Process Update


Paula J. Whiteman, MD, FACEP, FAAP

President, AAP-CA2
Representative, AAP-District IX CFMC

If you are passionate about a particular idea or topic that you feel should be a priority for the National AAP, then please consider submitting a resolution. Deadline is October 19th.


Please see the "Guidelines for Submitting Resolutions" and "Writing and Submitting a Resolution", (a step by step approach document that includes a sample resolution template).


I have included two sample resolutions to assist you. One resolution was my #1 MJ resolution, which was a late resolution and thus has wording reflecting that. The other resolution on tap water went straight to the consent calendar at the Annual Leadership Forum (ALF), which means it was felt to be a well written, concisely worded with clear intent as well as being a topic without controversy presented with adequate supporting background material.


Please feel free to contact the chapter, if you need assistance with the process.


Submitted resolutions must have a sponsor for consideration at ALF.


While the resolution submission deadline for the National AAP is midnight CST on Dec. 1, 2015, in order to have time to refine any resolutions and meet internal deadlines for AAP-CA2  sponsorship and possibly, district (AAP-CA) sponsorship, please submit them to the chapter by October 19, 2015.


Please click the links below to access the corresponding documents:


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