Four general integrative pediatricians gathered at the first ever PSOCHIM section session for the AAP National Conference on October 27, 2007 in San Francisco.

by Lawrence D. Rosen, MD

2007 National Conference & Exhibition

October 27, 2007

Provisional Section on Complementary, Holistic and Integrative Medicine   (PSOCHIM) 

Session Summary: Practice Management Pearls for Integrative Pediatricians

Faculty:

Lawrence Rosen, MD – Old Tappan, NJ (moderator) Program Chair for the AAP PSOCHIM 

Valerie H. Miles, MD – Jacksonville, FL

Sandy Newmark, MD – Tucson, AZ

Elisa H. Song, MD – Redwood City, CA 

 

Four general integrative pediatricians gathered at the first ever PSOCHIM section session for the AAP National Conference on October 27, 2007 in San Francisco.  Drs. Rosen, Miles, Newmark and Song discussed their personal practice experiences from the four corners of the U.S., focusing on practical management tips.  Dr. Rosen, acting as moderator, described his development as a primary care integrative pediatrician in a group practice in northern New Jersey, along with his part-time involvement at a tertiary academic children’s hospital.  Dr. Miles and a partner run their two-pediatrician primary care practice in Jacksonville, Florida.  Dr. Song has a solo practice in the Bay area in northern California, and Dr. Newmark has developed a consultative integrative pediatric practice in Tucson, Arizona.  The challenges and rewards of integrative pediatric practice were debated. 

 

Topics included:

Primary care vs. consultative care

Community-based vs. hospital-based

Solo practice vs. group practice

Fee-for-service vs. participation in insurance plans

Integration with CAM practitioners – in office vs. community-based

Coordinating referrals to/from CAM practitioners

Marketing via community and professional lectures/talks

The use of technology (web, email) for practice management and marketing

Resources available for practice management concerns

 

In general, all agreed that integrative pediatric practice is extraordinarily rewarding.  The field is evolving rapidly, and all felt that careful planning is important to consider all of the above issues.  Resources for those considering integrative pediatric practice include the AAP PSOCHIM (www.aap.org/sections/CHIM).