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APM Pediatric Psychosomatic Medicine Special Interest Group

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About the SIG

The Pediatric Psychosomatic Medicine (Peds PM) SIG began in 2005 as the Child and Adolescent Psychosomatic Medicine Subcommittee of APM's Education Committee. The subcommittee, co-chaired by Drs. Maryland Pao and Susan Turkel, was tasked with networking/mentoring and expanding the APM child psychiatry consultation-liaison (C-L) membership, and with promoting training and education in pediatric psychosomatic medicine at APM and other national meetings. 

Due to changes in the APM governance structure, the Child and Adolescent PM Subcommittee was reformulated in 2009 into the APM Pediatric Psychosomatic Medicine Special Interest Group and charged with meeting the educational needs of the APM membership around pediatric issues.

Over the past nine years, our child psychiatry members have participated in APM annual meetings by providing posters, workshops, and symposia on a variety of topics in Peds PM.  During this time, the field has grown considerably with the 2006 publication of the Clinical Manual of Pediatric Psychosomatic Medicine by Richard Shaw, MBBS (an APM member) and David DeMaso, MD, and the 2010 Textbook of Pediatric Psychosomatic Medicine by the same authors, with several contributors from APM.

Additional educational resources around pediatric PM include a bibiography and a training template, available online and in print:

Pao M, Ballard ED, Raza H, Rosenstein D: Pediatric Psychosomatic Medicine: An Annotated Bibliography. Psychosomatics 2007; 48(3):195-204

Walker A, Pao M, Nguyen N: Pediatric Psychosomatic Medicine: Creating a Template for Training. Psychosomatics 2012; 53(6):532-540

Goals of the Peds PM SIG

  1. Network and support child psychiatrists who practice psychosomatic medicine, and encourage their membership in APM.
  2. Expand membership in APM and coordinate with child C-L psychiatrists who are active in the Physically Ill Child Committee of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP).
  3. Continue to provide pediatric PM submissions to the APM annual meeting program.
  4. Collaborate with other APM SIGs in contributions to the annual meeting program and other educational resources.
  5. Investigate development of a link with the Pediatric SIG of the American Neuropsychiatric Association.
  6. Develop a pediatric PM research network.
  7. Identify resources and criteria for an APM pediatric PM research award.

How to Join the SIG

APM Members: To join our SIG, you simply need to update your APM membership profile:

  1. Sign into the Members' Corner, and click the link to "View or update your profile."
  2. Check "Pediatric Psychosomatic Medicine" in the "Special Interest Group List" that displays toward the bottom of your profile page.
  3. Review/update your other profile information, and click the"Post Changes" button.

Alternatively, email the Academy office at info@apm.org with your request to join the SIG.

If you are not a member of the APM, please send an email indicating your field of interest, your full name and organization, and your telephone number to info@apm.org (email link includes CC to the co-chairs of the SIG).

We encourage all of our SIG members to also become a member of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine. For a pediatric PM psychiatrist or other mental health clinician, the Academy is an important resource for consultation-liaison psychiatrists including those who manage children and adolescents with complex medical illnesses. The APM annual meetings are a great place to learn the latest clinical information and research, to network and be inspired, and to meet with other child psychiatrists who face the same clinical and administrative challenges we do. Membership in APM includes a subscription to the Academy's journal, Psychosomatics. To join the APM, please see How to Join APM.

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