Hypnotherapy and Psychophysiologic Self-Regulation Laurence I. Sugarman, M.D. Explain the physiologic mechanisms of pain. Integrate self-regulation skills into the care of children and adolescents with chronic and recurrent pain syndromes. Recognize appropriate applications of various hypnotic and biofeedback-based strategies in alleviating chronic and recurrent pain. Identify comorbidities of chronic diseases for which self-hypnosis can be therapeutic. Teach children self-regulation skills that can be used as an adjunct to medical treatment of chronic diseases, such as asthma.
Anemia/Emergency Medicine Thomas C. Hofstra, M.D. and Blake Bulloch, M.D. Diagnose, treat, and monitor children with hemoglobinopathies (ie, iron deficiency, thalassemias, and sickle cell disease). Identify and manage children with hemolytic anemias and megaloblastic anemias. Provide appropriate treatment for children 3 to 36 mo of age with suspected occult bacteremia. Evaluate the use of single-dose dexamethasone for mild to moderate asthma exacerbations in children. Treat methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections with appropriate antibiotic therapy.
Advances and Controversies in Infectious Disease Mark H. Sawyer, M.D. and Kenneth M. Zangwill, M.D. Identify specific organisms and clinical settings in which antibiotic resistance patterns are changing. Choose appropriate antibacterial therapy based on antibiotic resistance patterns. Employ strategies to decrease antimicrobial and antiviral resistance. Use rapid diagnostic testing appropriately for common respiratory and other pathogens. Recognize the economic benefits of rapid diagnostic testing.
Difficult Families/Children in Crisis Barbara J. Howard, M.D. and David J. Schonfeld, M.D. Implement practical strategies for working with angry and dependent family members. Effectively manage family members with a predisposition toward challenging behaviors. Provide psychologic first aid and basic supportive services to children who have experienced a crisis or disaster. Recognize common symptoms of adjustment reactions to crisis. Identify risk factors for difficulty with adjustment after a crisis or disaster.
Sleep Problems/Urinary Incontinence Ronald M. Perkin, M.D. and Barry P. Duel, M.D. Recommend to parents appropriate strategies for evaluating sleep problems in their children at different developmental stages. Counsel parents about instilling healthy sleep habits in their children. Manage sleep-related disorders in children, including parasomnias, sleep disordered breathing, and excessive daytime sleepiness. Evaluate children with urinary incontinence. Treat or appropriately refer children with urinary incontinence caused by dysfunctional elimination syndrome, enuresis, or neurogenic incontinence.
Neurologic Consultation Paul G. Fisher, M.D. Diagnose paroxysmal events that may be mistaken for seizures, such as breath-holding spells, dizziness, sleep disorders, and tics. Evaluate and treat disorders that cause paroxysmal events. Distinguish among syncope, dizziness, and vertigo. Recognize neurologic emergencies, such as increased intracranial pressure, shunt or ventriculostomy malfunction, acute ataxia, encephalopathy and coma, and spinal cord compression. Begin management of emergent pediatric neurologic conditions in the office.
Culture and Development Stephanie Blenner, M.D. and Valerie F. Pietry, M.D., M.S. Cite data about disparities between ethnic groups in the identification and treatment of autism. Overcome cultural barriers to identification of, evaluation of, and intervention for autism. Recognize the underdiagnosis and undertreatment of ADHD in medically underserved populations. Target elements of the evaluation for ADHD to issues specific to medically underserved children.Employ effective behavioral management, medication, and other treatment options for ADHD for all children, including the underserved.
Infectious Disease Pearls Katherine Hsu, M.D., M.P.H. and Michael E. Ryan, D.O. Administer routine and travel-specific vaccinations to children traveling to foreign countries. Prescribe prophylactic medications for pediatric travelers and give health advice for preventing travel-related illnesses. Apply vaccination recommendations for tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) and influenza. Inform parents about the dangers of exposing children to nontraditional pets. Identify, diagnose, and treat Clostridium difficile colitis.
Cardiology Issues in Primary Care Timothy L. Degner, M.D. Identify pathologic conditions that present with chest pain, palpitations, or syncope in children. Perform the appropriate tests to diagnose children with chest pain, palpitations, or syncope. Confidently reassure parents of children with noncardiac causes of chest pain. Apply new cholesterol screening recommendations. Treat children with high cholesterol levels.
Digestive Disorders Judith M. Sondheimer, M.D. Choose the best treatment approach for children with constipation plus encopresis. Evaluate children for possible fecal loading. Recommend methods to quickly disimpact a child with constipation. Evaluate and treat children with symptoms of GER. Communicate effectively with families who believe their infants have gastroesophageal reflux disease.
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