Annual collaborative meeting to be held Nov. 4-5; Registration now open

Registration for collaborative meeting between the American Academy of Pediatrics Vermont Chapter, Vermont Academy of Family Physicians, Vermont Psychiatric Association, and the Vermont Medical Society is now open. 

The meeting will be held during the 203rd VMS annual meeting, Nov. 4-5, at the Hilton Burlington in Burlington, Vt.
For more information, including hotel reservations, schedule of events, leadership award honorees and event sponsors, click here

House rejects marijuana legalization, home grow

The Vermont House widely rejected the Senate's proposal to legalize recreational use and sale of marijuana Tuesday night (May 3), while also more narrowly shooting down legislation that would have decriminalized the posession of two marijuana plants for home, personal use.

VT House to vote on marijuana legalization

Senator Dick Sears amended a bill on criminal procedure (H.858) to include the original Senate language of S.241 (an act to regulate marijuana), as well as the addition of homegrown/cultivation licenses.
The full text of the current version of the bill can be found on Pages 4-57 at the following link:  http://legislature.vermont.gov/assets/Documents/2016/Docs/JOURNAL/sj1604...

House passes modified version of marijuana legalization bill

Today the House Judiciary Committee passed a version of S.241, six votes to five, that does not legalize marijuana as proposed by the Senate’s version of the bill.  It does however create a commission that will recommend to the Governor and General Assembly pathways for the eventual legalization for adults over the age of 21. 

Vermont's largest newspaper says legalization shouldn't happen this year, raises a number of questions and concerns

The Burlington Free Press editorial board has published and editorial calling on the Vermont General Assembly to "wait until we know more and are better prepared to handle the consequences," while simultaneously raising a number of questions and concerns about legalization, including the impact on youth use rates. 

Read the editorial here

Letter to the editor: Mandatory screening not always best

I am writing respond to and correct a letter published in the Jan. 27 Free Press by Dr. Mary Cushman (“Opinion: Missing heart defects in newborns”). Dr. Cushman’s well intentioned letter gives the inaccurate impression that newborn infants in Vermont are not being screened for congenital heart disease (an inborn heart defect) when in fact the opposite is true.

Six Vermont Physician Groups Caution Legislature About the Dangers of Legalized Marijuana 

A group of doctors representing six statewide physician organizations came together January 28th with a single voice to caution the Vermont General Assembly and public to be fully aware of potential risks of marijuana, and the possible implications of making it legal.

Franklin County to Lose Four of its 11 Pediatricians

Dec. 1, 2015 

Four of Franklin County’s 11 pediatricians will close their practices – or already have – in coming weeks, leaving an estimated 6,000 young patients scrambling for access to primary health care due to what pediatricians say is an increasingly difficult financial environment for independent primary care practitioners in Vermont.

Gov. Shumlin signs bill eliminating philosophical exemption

The American Academy of Pediatrics Vermont Chapter today applauded Governor Peter Shumlin for his efforts to protect the health of Vermonters by signing into law legislation that eliminates the philosophical exemption to immunizations beginning July 1, 2016.

The bill, H.98, was passed by the Vermont General Assembly on May 14, and signed by Gov. Shumlin today (May 28).    

AAPVT receives AAP Outstanding Chapter Award

The AAPVT has gained national recognition after receiving an Outstanding Chapter Award at the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Annual Leadership Forum held in March in Schaumburg, Ill. 

The Outstanding Chapter Awards recognize chapters for excellence in programs that promote the health and welfare of children and are presented in four categories based on membership: small chapter, medium chapter, large chapter, and very large chapter.  The Vermont Chapter earned the award for the small chapter category.