Applications are Now Being Accepted for a Continuity Clinic Pilot Project on FASDs
Improving Continuity of Care for Children and Families Affected by Prenatal Alcohol Exposure is a new effort to implement a resident-focused curriculum designed to introduce the future pediatric workforce to key components of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) most relevant to the primary care setting. The overarching goal of this project is to engage pediatric residents participating in primary care continuity clinics to recognize the clinical manifestations of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs), enhance their skills at screening for prenatal alcohol exposure, and implementation of a care plan in the medical home. Up to 5 continuity clinics will be chosen to participate in a 3-month project from July – September 2019.
Interested pediatric practices are encouraged to review a detailed project description with additional information, requirements and expectations. Priority will be given to practice teams that complete the online application by Wednesday, May 29, 2019.
The first phase of the project is a mandatory train-the-trainers training for attending physicians scheduled for June 18, 2019 at the American Academy of Pediatrics offices in Itasca, IL. In phase 2, attending physicians will implement the curriculum with residents at their continuity clinics from July – September 2019.
The attending physicians and resident interns will utilize educational materials provided to reinforce the recognition of FASDs as well as tools and resources to increase screening – and comfort with screening – for prenatal alcohol exposure in young children. Resources will serve to raise awareness of developmental and functional concerns associated with prenatal alcohol exposure as well as strategies to effectively develop and carryout management plans. Learning objectives have been developed to support ACMG competencies regarding patient care and procedural skills.