Pediatrics Interest Group

  • Interim Chair: Phillip R. Fischer, United States of America
  • Founding Chair: Karl Neumann, United States of America

We are delighted to welcome you to the home page of the new ISTM Pediatrics Interest Group. Pediatrics is an integral part of travel medicine, and we hope you will indicate your willingness to join the group during the 2011 membership renewal process.

All travel medicine practitioners, regardless of their primary specialty and areas of interest are frequently confronted with pediatric-related issues. Many, perhaps most travel health practitioners, see children in their office as part of families going overseas. Parents are increasingly taking their children on work assignments in remote areas of the world or on pleasure trips to high altitude destinations and safaris, and teenagers travel by themselves or in groups to developing countries to do community work, for example.

A large body of pediatric-oriented travel health information has come into existence, much of it from non-traditional travel medicine sources and the data is often not available in the travel medicine literature. These sources include international health, overseas adoptions, and vaccination projects in developing countries, to mention just a few. Some pediatricians in the forefront of such programs are members of the ISTM.

Informal surveys of ISTM members show that many, probably most, want more pediatric-oriented travel medicine information to better serve the families who seek their counseling.

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Call for Nominations

Are you interested in serving on the Steering Council of the Pediatric Interest Group? If so, you have until 21 March 2014 to complete a nomination form to be considered for inclusion on the ballot for the upcoming election. You may find the form on the home page of the Pediatric Interest Group in the ISTM website at www.ISTM.org.

In March 2014 the Pediatric Interest Group Steering Council will expand to seven (7) members representing a minimum of three world regions.

Format of the new Council

The ISTM Pediatric Interest Group will be governed by a Council elected by its membership. The Council will consist of seven (7) voting members, one of which will be Chair, one Chair-Elect, one Past-Chair and four Council Members. Dr. Fischer will stay on as Past Chair, and six council members will now be elected to form the full Council. The new full council will elect its Chair and Chair-Elect. Each Council member will serve a 2 year term which can be renewed.

To formulate this full Council:

  • Six (6) new members of the Council will be elected with this ballot. Dr. Philip Fischer will remain on the Council as Past-Chair for a two year term.
  • The Group Members will elect the Council Members. The Council will elect its Chair and Chair-Elect.
  • Council members may be multi-disciplinary and must be ISTM Members in good standing
  • Council members should seek participation out of genuine interest in the Group and its initiatives.
  • Members and Officers serve terms of two years, with a limit of two terms in succession. Once established steps will be taken so that approximately one third of members are elected every two years to allow for continuity.
  • For future elections, a three (3) Person Nominating Task Force will be appointed by the Steering Council to review applications, ensure completeness and eligibility to run, and construct the final ballot to ensure regional representation.

For each open position, the nominating committee will carefully review all the names proposed and will construct the final ballot. At the discretion of the nominating committee a telephone interview may be conducted. A link to a secure and anonymous electronic ballot will be e-mailed to all Pediatric Interest Group Members, and balloting will be open for a 45 day period of time.

Charter for Pediatric Interest Group

  • Promote visibility and support of pediatric travel medicine within the ISTM.
  • Provide a forum within ISTM for members interested in pediatric travel medicine to communicate with each other.
  • Communicate with ISTM sub-groups and other professional and interest groups on issues where pediatric aspects are of special importance.
  • Advance the science of pediatric travel medicine and provide professional education about pediatric travelers.
  • Alert non-travel medicine health care providers who deal with infants and children to the importance of travel-related issues.
  • Facilitate the development of timely, evidence based, peer-reviewed information regarding the health and safety aspects of infants and children in the pre, during, and post travel phase which includes potential impacts on their physical and mental development.
  • Establish effective means to disseminate pediatric-related travel health information to ISTM members, to other health providers, to the media, and to parents.
  • Encourage non-ISTM members interested in pediatric travel medicine to join the ISTM.

What does being a member of the ISTM Pediatric Council involve?

Council Members have the privilege of connecting with the rest of the Council and with the group membership to advance the health of traveling children. There are meetings during the ISTM conferences, and there are virtual contacts between the big conferences. Council members can select thematic areas on which to focus – whether related to education or to research or to advocacy.

What qualifications does a Member need to apply for Membership of the Council?

  1. Membership in the ISTM
  2. Membership in the Pediatric Interest Group
  3. Willingness to work with others in sharing ideas and in advancing the field of pediatric travel medicine.

What specific work is involved?

  • Attending a teleconference bimonthly throughout the year (lasting approximately 1 to 1.5 hours)
  • Attending the Peds Meeting at CISTM if you are able to go to the meeting (please note, funding is not provided to attend these conferences)
  • Ability to be able to engage in regular e mail correspondence, meeting reasonable timelines for responses when requested
  • Ability to contribute content to NewsShare and the Peds website
  • Participating in Council and project work as required

Consider running and become a leader of the Pediatric Interest Group! For the Nominating Form, please go to www.ISTM.org.

ISTM Pediatrics Group Leadership Plan

Pediatrics Nominations Form

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ISTM Pediatrics Interest Group Bibliography

We have compiled the latest and most informative list of published books, articles and other items on pediatrics and travel medicine. ISTM Members can access this information by clicking here. If you have suggestions for additional items to post, please let us know by emailing the ISTM Secretariat at ISTM@ISTM.org. We will work to keep this new resource updated and current.

Charter for Pediatric Interest Group

  • Promote visibility and support of pediatric travel medicine within the ISTM.
  • Provide a forum within ISTM for members interested in pediatric travel medicine to communicate with each other.
  • Communicate with ISTM sub-groups and other professional and interest groups on issues where pediatric aspects are of special importance.
  • Advance the science of pediatric travel medicine and provide professional education about pediatric travelers
  • Alert non-travel medicine health care providers who deal with infants and children to the importance of travel-related issues.
  • Facilitate the development of timely, evidence based, peer-reviewed information regarding the health and safety aspects of infants and children in the pre, during, and post travel phase which includes potential impacts on their physical and mental development.
  • Establish effective means to disseminate pediatric-related travel health information to ISTM members, to other health providers, to the media, and to parents.
  • Encourage non-ISTM members interested in pediatric travel medicine to join the ISTM.

Preliminary recommendations for accomplishing Charter provisions include:

Take Specific ISTM-Related Action:

  • Establish an informative pediatric page on the ISTM website
  • Further develop pediatric-oriented sessions at ISTM conferences.
  • Develop pediatric travel-related sessions at pediatric conferences.

Serve ISTM Members:

  • Monitor the pediatric literature for travel-related articles.
  • Establish databases for travel health professionals, for other health care practitioners, and for parents.
  • Identify pediatric-knowledgeable travel medicine practitioners overseas.
  • Compile lists of websites which provide good pediatric travel-related information.

Advance the Science of Pediatric Travel Medicine:

  • Encourage pediatric researchers to publish travel-related material in the Journal of Travel Medicine and in other relevant journals.
  • Establish contact with pediatric societies to exchange information.
  • Survey established travel medicine clinics to see how we can assist them to improve their services to parents.
  • Facilitate the preparation of guidelines for screening teenagers going overseas for school, volunteering, living with host families, tourism, etc.
  • Provide information for health care professionals who advise travelers visiting friends and families in developing countries.
  • Study the psychological impact (if any) on children who live overseas in different cultures for extended periods of time.
  • Contact organizations that provide travel medicine services to encourage them to become more child oriented. Example: Existing in-flight medical kits are inappropriate for infants and young children.

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