From AAP-CA2 President

UPDATE - June 27, 2018

We have just been notified by national AAP that physicians are showing up to the detention centers and Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) shelters to volunteer. These facilities have asked that physicians please wait until there is a plan to accommodate them. Despite the good intentions of those on social media, the facilities are not prepared to accept them and put them to work just yet. UNICEF and national AAP will be issuing a statement soon, and we will pass that along as soon as we receive it.

If you are interested in volunteering either locally or at our borders, please let us know (see links below) and we will coordinate the efforts with you to make sure your skills are put to good use. We are also in the process of coordinating a training to become certified in performing forensic exams for asylum applications—please stay tuned for more details soon.

Thanks for all that you do for children and families in our chapter.

Alice Kuo, MD, FAAP
President, AAP-CA2

Forensic examinations for children’s requests for asylum. Please let us know if you are interested in providing these exams and we will connect you to the appropriate legal entities.

Chapter 2 Immigrant Health Committee. Please let us know if you are interested in joining this group of pediatricians and pediatric trainees working to help immigrant children and families.

June 25, 2018

Alice Kuo, MD, FAAP

As you may have heard last week, due to federal policy separating children from their parents at our nation’s borders, we now have a crisis of over 2,000 children separated in just the past six weeks, and potentially more from before that. We have learned from the LA Times that approximately 100 of those children were sent to Los Angeles.

Our Southern California Chapter of the AAP (Chapter 2) stands with District and National AAP to condemn the practice of separating children from their parents at the US border. As pediatricians and experts in child health, we recognize that these children will suffer from the related toxic stress and trauma potentially over their entire lifetime. In addition to the separation from their parents, these children are also being further traumatized by institutional practices in federal detention centers as they await hearings for asylum.

Several of you have reached out to our office asking how to help. We are hearing that there is a need for pediatricians who are able to perform forensic examinations for children’s requests for asylum. Please let us know if you are interested in providing these exams and we will connect you to the appropriate legal entities. We are working to identify resources in each of the seven counties (Los Angeles, Kern, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, San Bernardino, Riverside) in our chapter and will be passing those along in the next few weeks.

Finally, we have a new chapter Immigrant Health Committee that was started about a year ago to address these growing issues facing immigrant children in our communities. Please let us know if you are interested in joining this group of pediatricians and pediatric trainees working to help immigrant children and families.

Thanks for all that you do for children and families in our chapter.

Alice Kuo, MD, FAAP
President, AAP-CA2

Welcome to AAP - California Chapter 2

The American Academy of Pediatrics, California Chapter 2 (AAP-CA2) is proud to be the Professional Home for Pediatricians and Pediatric Subspecialists in the Southern California counties of Kern, Los Angeles, Riverside; San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura.

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Together, with our members and communities, we work to fulfill our mission:

"To champion optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults and to advocate for and support our members in these endeavors."

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Classifieds

Needed: Board certified pediatricians to perform case management conferences for CCS patients in the medical therapy units in Los Angeles County. Required: 5 year's experience with children/youth with special health care needs. Part time (4-8 hr shifts). Flexible days (Mon. through Fri.). Training provided.

Compensation: $123.75/hr + mileage

Contact: Mary Doyle, MD, FAAP, Associate Medical Director, LA Co. CCS @ (626) 569-6484 or madoyle@ph.lacounty.gov

Upcoming Events

In Memoriam - Paul Russell, MD, FAAP

August 14 - TOWN HALL at Tuscany in WESTLAKE

Join AAP-CA2 Member-At-Large Ken Saul, MD, FAAP for an evening of professional development and networking.

TOPIC: Clinical applications of Psychiatric Pharmacogenomics.
SPEAKER:  Jennie Depatie Ph.D.
DATE: August 14 at 6:30 PM
LOCATION: Tuscany Il Ristorante
968 S Westlake Blvd #4, Westlake Village, CA 91361

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I always answer calls from other doctors. When the phone lit up with an unfamiliar area code I stepped into the other room to answer it. It was Dr. John Fankhauser, former resident, then Chief Resident, then Medical Director, and then our hero in Liberia for six years. I knew he was back in the states because I had gotten a call from Dr. Russell about someone they were interviewing that was the most honest, ethical, forthright...well it went on and of course Dr. Fankhauser was the interviewee. Then the air left the room when he told me that Dr. Russell had not lived through a heart attack. I know he said something after that and I let him know about the interview process Dr. Russell had shared. I don’t remember breathing as the air was sucked out of the room.  Continue reading...

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