Integrative Pediatrics SIG

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Annual Report

Co-chairs:  Sanghamitra Misra, MD and Shiu-Lin Tsai, MD                    

SIG purpose/mission:  To further the newly emerging field of integrative pediatric which focuses on the integration of all available modalities to optimize health in all pediatric patients.

Current SIG goals:
1. Provide a forum for SIG members to discuss education, research and clinical practice of integrative pediatrics
2. Introduce all APA members to various aspects of integrative medicine
3. Collaborate with members of other national pediatrics organizations to disseminate information about integrative pediatrics evidence and research.

Annual summary:

We had a wonderful PAS session this year in San Francisco!  We had approximately 30 attendees.  This year, we focused our session on education, clinical practice, and research!

We started with a welcome by Dr. Shiu-Lin Tsai, co-chair, APA Integrative Pediatrics SIG.

This was followed by an informative educational session on an innovative integrative pediatrics curriculum to teach pediatric residents known as the “Pediatric Integrative Medicine in
Residency (PIMR).”  Our speaker was Dr. Hilary McClafferty, Co-director of the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine, Director of the Pediatric Integrative Medicine in Residency program; and Associate Professor, Department of Medicine at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine.  Almost all SIG workshop attendees stated in our evaluation that they plan to discuss PIMR with their own institutional leadership to potentially partner with Dr. McClafferty. 

The PIMR session was followed by a presentation by Dr. Mark McDonald, Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Louisville, Kentucky.  The title of his presentation was Auricular Acupuncture, a Superior Treatment Option for Migraine Headaches?"  After discussing successes of acupuncture for a variety of pain issues, he led a hands-on workshop on auricular acupuncture. 

For the last portion of the SIG session, we featured three impressive integrative pediatrics research posters.
1.“The Earlier the Better: Developing a system of integrated care for childbearing families with substance abuse disorders” by Drs. Steven Chapman and Daisy Goodman
2.“Praying Practices and Beliefs Related to Praying among Relatives of Children Admitted to Various Pediatric Inpatient Services” by Drs. Somashekhar Nimbalkar, S Archana, Bhavdeep Mungala, and Ankush Khanna
3. “Introduction of Integrative Traditional Chinese Medicine Therapies in a NICU Environment”  by Drs . Kimberly Christensen, Laura Padhye, and Lynn Gershan 

The session ended with closing remarks by Dr. Sanghamitra Misra, Co-chair, APA Integrative Pediatrics SIG.

Other groups (other SIGs and other groups not in the APA) that work in your area of interest:  Pediatric Emergency Medicine SIG, Complex Care SIG, Culture, Ethnicity & Health Care SIG, Environmental Health SIG, AAP section on integrative medicine

Summary of how $300 was utilized this year:  The moneys were split between the 2 speakers to offset their cost of travel to the conference.

PAS 2014:

For information regarding the Integrative Pediatrics SIG session at PAS '14, please click here.

Speakers at PAS '14:

  • Alyssa H. Johnson, B.A. Ms. OM, L.A. and Lynn A. Gershan, MD
    Pediatric Integrative Medicine, University of Utah
    Title: Introduction of Acupuncture Into Treatment of Adolescent Headache in a Hospital-Based Integrative Medicine Program
  • Misra Sanghamitra, MD and Aditi Gupta, MD
    Academic General Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
    Title: Introduction of Integrative Medicine Education To Pediatric Residents in Houston, Texas.

  • August 2014 Newsletter Article

    The Integrative Pediatric SIG welcomed attendees from North America and Europe at Vancouver this May. Dr. Elena Ladas who heads the Integrative Therapies Program for Children with Cancer at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, gave the key note address. She introduced the audience to the many differing modalities used for her patients in the oncology group, and around the hospital including the PICU and NICU. In particular, nutrition was the focus of Dr. Ladas presentation where she also shared lessons learned from her research. The second half of our SIG meeting was devoted to two research posters: the first one was on the utilization of acupuncture in a headache clinic, and the second study was on the integration of complementary and alternative medicine education in a pediatric residency program. Overall feedback from participants positive, with particularly lively interactive discourse over the posters.

    SIG Chairs:
    Erica Sibinga

    Shiu-Lin Tsai

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    Current SIG Co-Chairs:

    Danielle Graff, MD,Other, FAAP
    571 S. Floyd
    Louisville, KY 40202
    Phone: (502) .62-7212

    Sanghamitra Misra, MD
    8080 North Stadium Drive
    Houston, TX 77054
    Phone: (832) -47-1217

    Shiu-Lin Tsai, MD
    3959 Broadway, CHN 1-116
    New York, NY 10032
    Phone: (212) 305-9825

    Current SIG Mentor:

    Kathi Kemper, MD, MPH
    1915 Chateaugay Way
    Blacklick, OH 43004
    Phone: (336) 716-9640



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