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Early childhood development

All it takes is H.E.A.R.T.

Earn CME through 3 online learning modules

Family practice physicians, pediatricians, and ob-gyn specialists are eligible to earn CME and a professional development certificate from the Erikson Institute.

The AOA has partnered with Erikson Institute to develop a series of online education modules on early childhood development designed for physicians specializing in family practice, pediatrics, and obstetrics and gynecology.

The initiative promotes the following actions: HUG – Your child feels loved each time you embrace; ENGAGE – Simple interactions with your child can make a big difference; ASK – You can stimulate your child’s curiosity by asking questions; READ – Reading helps improve vocabulary; TALK – When you speak, your child will try to copy your sounds.​

As part of the initiative, the AOA developed two short videos for parents. The first video shares the message that active interaction between children and their parents is critically important to healthy brain development.

The second video builds on the first, and illustrates the best way to raise a healthy child: stay Level, be Insightful and Supportive, Teach Values, Empathize and Nurture.

Both videos are resources physicians can share with patients.

Online education modules

Each module is worth 2 AOA Category 1-B CME credits, and those who complete all three modules will receive a professional development certificate from Erikson Institute.

Module 1: Communication

Learn communication cues, self-regulation tactics and tips to improve efficiency during patient visits.

Module 2: Social & Emotional Development

Gain insight on optimal social-emotional and typical/atypical development.

Module 3: Risk Factors & Protective Resources

Find tools to help identify toxic stress and other factors. Identify resources to help manage the needs of children with diabetes.

Designed for physicians by physicians

Sarah Cole, DO

Dr. Cole served on the Curriculum Development Workgroup which created content for the “All It Takes Is H.E.A.R.T.” education modules. She is the featured speaker for Module 3. Dr. Cole is the program director of Mercy Family Medicine residency program in St. Louis and serves as a member of the Missouri Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors.

Scott Cyrus, DO

Dr. Cyrus served on the Curriculum Development Workgroup and is the featured speaker for Module 2. Dr. Cyrus is Past President of the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians and Associate Professor and Chair of the Pediatric Department for the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Alissa Craft, DO, MBA

Dr. Craft served on the Curriculum Development Workgroup and is the featured speaker for Module 1. She is an osteopathic pediatrician​.

Octavia Cannon, DO

Dr. Cannon was a member of the Curriculum Development Workgroup focused on developing content for the online modules. Dr. Cannon serves as Vice President of the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

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