Volume 33 • Number 5 • May 2012
Mum’s the word
Information on how to provide confidential services to teens
Health care for immigrant
children, families top ALF
resolution two years running
by Hilary Rasch • Editorial Intern
Studies show that adolescents may delay visiting their pediatrician or forgo health care altogether if they fear the treatment won’t remain confidential. One statewide study, for example, found that 83% of adolescent females receiving confidential sexual
health services said they would stop using some or
all of the services if their parents were notified. How-
ever, only 1% said they would stop having sex.
More than 300 pediatric leaders from across the
country and Canada discussed leading child health
topics from disaster preparedness to epigenetics at
the Annual Leadership Forum (ALF) March 16-
18. Leaders also considered the future of their profession and used the resolution process to make
recommendations to the AAP Board of Directors.
See ALF, page 9
AAPNews photo by Jeff Knox
What’s the Dx? Fever, cough, rash in
by H. Cody Meissner, M.D., FAAP
A 6-year-old boy traveled to France with his parents
for a five-day vacation. Ten days after his return to
the United States, he developed fever and cough.
Three days later, he developed an exanthem similar
to the rash shown in the photograph. His parents
had declined the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine
because of religious beliefs.
The most likely cause of this child’s illness is:
b. fifth disease
e. drug reaction
A young boy presents with fever, cough and exanthema after returning to the United States from a
trip to Europe.
Dr. Leila Denmark, 114,
4th oldest person in the world
On April 1, two months
after celebrating her 114th
birthday, Leila A. Denmark,
M.D., FAAP, passed away
at her daughter’s home in
Offering a rare glimpse
of pediatric history, Dr.
Denmark practiced pediatrics in the pre-vaccine era.
She retired at age 103 as the
oldest practicing physician in the United States.
The only female enrolled in a class of 52 students, she
received her medical degree in 1928 from the Medical
College of the University of Georgia (Georgia Health Sciences University). She was the first resident of the Henrietta
Egleston Hospital for Children (Children’s Healthcare of
Atlanta), admitting its first patient. After her daughter
was born, she opened a practice at her farmhouse in
Alpharetta, Ga., in 1931. Dr. Denmark also volunteered
her services for more than 50 years at Central Presbyterian
Baby Clinic, Atlanta. There, she contributed to research
that led to the development of the pertussis vaccine.
Her pioneering research on pertussis and participation
on the team that developed the vaccine to prevent the disease earned Dr. Denmark the Fisher Award in 1935.
Read the AAP Oral History about Dr. Denmark at
mark.pdf. An AAP News profile from 1998 is at http://
In this issue
Know your AAP candidates
Read biographies of Michael D. Klein, M.D., FAAP, of Detroit, and
James M. Perrin, M.D., FAAP, of Boston, and find out who is running
for district office vacancies in your area. Page 7
Match Day results
Categorical pediatrics filled a higher percentage of its positions than
any other primary care specialty. Read the complete analysis of the
2012 match. Page 10