‘Arctic gene’ that poses risks when fasting is found in many more infants now that DNA testing has begun

Experts once thought the condition was rare, but new DNA testing of newborns has found that CPT1A Arctic variant, as it’s called, is common among the state’s indigenous residents. While not normally a problem, the condition can lead to serious health problems when a person doesn’t or can’t eat, especially when very young.

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Immunization Social Media Toolkit

The AAP has developed Guidance to help pediatricians develop social media accounts, and sample messages to share.


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What Kids Wish Their Teachers Knew

When Kyle Schwartz started teaching third grade at Doull Elementary School in Denver, she wanted to get to know her students better. She asked them to finish the sentence “I wish my teacher knew.” The responses were eye-opening for Ms. Schwartz.

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CDC now recommends just two HPV vaccine doses for preteens

Children who start getting vaccinated against human papillomavirus before 15 need only two doses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention decided Wednesday.

Its previous recommendation was for a three-shot regimen, but studies have shown that two doses work just as well. Experts predict that the simpler, more flexible timeline will result in higher rates of HPV vaccination, which has lagged among both girls and boys.

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HPV Vaccine Misunderstood Despite Decade of Safety and Effectiveness

Traditional childhood vaccinations gave parents relief and satisfaction that their child was protected from an immediate threat; a disease they had seen firsthand in their community.  In contrast, the HPV vaccine is given to a well child whose risk for developing HPV-related cancers is not until many years later in adulthood. This fundamental difference about HPV vaccine may be a core reason for the low acceptance rate of the vaccine by parents.

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Chapter Resolution Guidelines

The Annual Leadership Forum or ALF occurs each spring. Chapter leaders and Executive Directors attend the ALF. I am the Chapter Forum Management Committee Representative for District 8. It is my job to support pediatricians to submit written resolutions to address pediatric issues and track them throughout the process. The purpose of resolutions are to provide a formal mechanism whereby the members of the Academy can give input concerning Academy policy and activities. It is important to remember that adopted resolutions are advisory to the Board.

What makes a “good” resolution?

  • An effective resolution defines as specifically as possible the action to be taken by the AAP
  • Each resolution must contain a “Resolved”  which stand alone and requests action by the Academy.
  • Resolutions should be limited to one page, have no more than 4 “Whereas” clauses and no more than two resolves.


Individual members of the AAP may write a resolution. 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.   Please see the “Guidelines for Submitting Resolutions, Writing and Submitting a Resolution – A Step by Step Guide”, and the latest resolution template accessible via links below to get you started. These resources are also available on the ALF main page accessible via the My AAP website, where you will also find a searchable database of past resolutions. Resolutions should have new ideas not previously considered or discussed at Annual Leadership Forum (ALF).


The deadline to submit resolutions for consideration during the regular business session at the ALF is midnight CST (10pm PST) on November 15, 2016.  In advance of that deadline, please send your resolutions to myself, tpatters38@gmail.com  and I can help with sponsorship consideration and submission to the ALF.

In advance of ALF, the CFMC reviews all the submitted resolutions. Those resolutions felt to be without controversy are placed on a consent calendar and go straight to the voting session.

At ALF, resolutions not on the consent calendar are discussed. They may be amended or possibly combined. Ultimately, the resolutions are voted on to determine if they should be adopted. All adopted resolutions receive a formal response from the AAP with the top 10 resolutions going directly to the AAP Board of Directors. The top 10 resolutions are considered advisory to the board and are not binding. District 8 is consistently the source of many great resolutions.

Good luck!! I look forward to assisting you with the process.

Tom Patterson, MD, FAAP

Chapter Forum Membership Committee.

Resolution Links

Guidelines, Tips, and Template

Resolution Samples


The submission deadline for 2017 resolutions is November 15, 2016.
Any resolution submitted after that point will be considered “late.”

FastVaxFacts Immunization Information App

Postcard for Providers >>

This app allows providers to answer anti vax questions quickly and efficiently and is 100% free and grant funded by the CDC.

Postcard for Parents >>

A series of short videos recorded by a pediatrician on targeted topics that address the most common immunization questions and concerns; An interactive immunization schedule customized by child’s age; Trusted answers to frequently asked questions; and more!