Vaccine hesitancy and virtual
health care were key topics of debate at the Annual Leadership Forum (ALF) March 10-13.
In addition, ALF voters adopted
120 of 136 resolutions presented
and selected the Top 10 they felt
the Academy should address urgently (see page 16).
Resolutions are considered the “springboard” for
AAP initiatives and serve as advice to the Board
of Directors on the direction of policies and procedures.
;e top resolution this year requests that the
Academy recognize that children in Puerto Rico
and U.S. territories should receive equal treatment with the Medicaid program as do all other
50 states and the District of Columbia. In addition,
the Academy, in concert with other organizations,
should advocate for Congress to pass legislation
that eliminates Medicaid inequality in Puerto Rico
and the territories.
;e aims of the ALF include drawing on exper-
tise within the Academy to make recommendations
to the Board of Directors; promoting communi-
cation among chapter, committee, council and
section leaders; incorporating
diverse perspectives in the dis-
cussion and debate of leading
pediatric issues; integrating and
promoting understanding of AAP
strategic priorities, policy devel-
opment, education and advocacy;
and providing leadership education and inspiration
for volunteer leaders.
Hot topics debated
Nearly 400 AAP leaders engaged in a lively debate on best practices for handling patients whose
parents refuse immunizations.
In addition, an expert panel responded to audience questions regarding virtual health care and
how pediatricians can leverage technology while
ensuring access to the medical home during a town
hall titled “Don’t Lose Your Patients to the Cloud:
Virtual Health – Opportunities and ;reats.”
“ALF attendees and the panelists engaged in
discussion around legal issues, practical issues and
most importantly the changing paradigm and fu-
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Get to know AAP president-elect candidates
Learn more about Colleen A. Kraft, M.D., FAAP, and Michael T.
Brady, M.D., FAAP, the candidates running for 2018 AAP president. Page 7
AAP Fellow to lead
Olympic advisory group
on Zika virus
by Melissa Jenco • News Content Editor
Carrie L. Byington, M.D., FAAP, is preparing to take part in the Summer Olympics, but
her training regimen doesn’t involve swimming
laps in the pool or balancing on a beam.
The United States Olympic Committee
(USOC) has chosen Dr. Byington to lead its
new Infectious Disease Advisory Group, which
will provide guidance to athletes and sta; traveling to Brazil where Zika virus is spreading.
“I’m very honored to be picked and really
proud to serve Team USA. … ;is is a unique
opportunity to try to help them have the safest
experience possible while they’re representing
the country at the Olympic and Paralympic
Games,” said Dr. Byington, who also chairs
the AAP Committee on Infectious Diseases
See Olympics, page 4
See ALF, page 16
FDA proposes limit on arsenic
in infant rice cereals
by Alyson Sulaski Wyckoff • Associate Editor
Parents are being advised to vary the types of cereal
grains fed to young children after extensive testing
found higher-than-expected levels of arsenic in infant
As a result of the testing, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed a limit or “action level”
of 100 parts per billion (ppb) of inorganic arsenic (IA)
for all types of infant rice cereal, a move supported by
the Academy. ;is is consistent with levels recently
set by the European Commission.
To decrease exposure to arsenic from rice, the FDA
recommends parents also serve infants iron-fortified
cereals made of oat, barley or multigrain, which is in
agreement with AAP guidance. Toddlers should be
provided with a well-balanced diet that also includes
a variety of grains.
“;e AAP encourages parents to speak with their
pediatrician about their children’s nutrition,” said
AAP President Benard P. Dreyer, M.D., FAAP. “
Pediatricians can work with parents to ensure they make
ALF highlights include debate on
vaccine hesitancy, virtual health care
For the fourth year, pediatrics filled over 99% of positions. Among those filling some of
the 2,689 available pediatric positions offered were the excited medical school graduates
of Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, Royal Oak, Mich. For more
Match Day coverage, see page 15.
Match Day 2016: Another good year for pediatrics
See Arsenic, page 4