Pediatricians on their way to Washington, DC, for the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 2009 National Conference & Exhibition this weekend (October 17-20) will likely have both a sense of anticipation and some concern.
Pediatricians on their way to Washington, DC, for the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 2009 National Conference & Exhibition this weekend (October 17-20) will likely have both a sense of anticipation and some concern. On the one hand, the conference promises to provide them with fresh ideas and new techniques they can apply in their practices and opportunities to meet with friends and colleagues. On the other hand, being in the nation’s capital will no doubt focus their attention on health care reform and what it will mean for them.
David T. Tayloe, Jr, MD, president of the AAP, finds this venue especially fitting for a meeting focused on the health of children and the medical professionals who care for them. Also appropriate to the DC venue is this year’s keynote speaker, Alma Powell. Mrs Powell, who is the wife of Gen Colin Powell and chair of America’s Promise, will deliver the keynote address, in which she will discuss the 5 key supports children need to succeed. According to Mrs Powell these “‘developmental nutrients’ that all children need” are caring adults, safe places, a healthy start, effective education, and opportunities to help others through service.
In his presidential address on Saturday, Dr Tayloe will cover the highlights of the conference, including the newest AAP installment to the exhibit floor, “Pediatric Office of the Future, ” where a variety of software, hardware, and other cutting-edge technologies will be available to review. Also new to the conference this year is the Pediatric Hero Award. Dr Tayloe invites all pediatricians attending the conference to join him in celebrating 4 “Pediatric Heros.”
Each day of the conference, 1 of the following 4 winners of the Pediatric Hero Award will be honored:
•Joseph Philip Peter, MD, of Crestview, Fla (Saturday).
•Scott J Cohen, MD, of Oakland, Calif (Sunday).
•Catherine Bartlett, MD, of Northampton, Mass (Monday).
•Bhagwan Das Bang, MD, of Opp, Ala (Tuesday).
The editors of Consultant for Pediatricians are delighted that Dr Bang-a regular contributor to the journal-is being recognized by the AAP for his dedication and service. We invite you to read a recent case from him on Lichen Striatus with a tribute in his honor.