Educational Resources

Improve Diagnosis

Getting the right diagnosis is so important, and not always easy to do. That’s why the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM) is sharing this series of columns, called Dx IQ.
Our goal is to help you understand how important your role is. We want you to be informed and well prepared for every kind of medical interaction that leads to a diagnosis.


Teen's brain tumor misdiagnosed as anxiety

Jennifer Mizrahi remembers the first phone call from her daughter telling her, “Chasin is panicking!” He was in a store with his dad and his older brother and sister, and suddenly the 12-year-old felt “strange and nervous.” Jennifer tried to reassure Chasin over the phone, telling him to take a deep breath and to drink some water. The whole episode lasted less than a minute and then he was fine. No one paid much attention to this incident; it was a one-time thing.

Then it happened again a few months later.

Dr. John Boockvar & Chasin Mizrahi


The family pediatrician’s reaction was that all kids have a “little angst” and he thought it might be related to stress from Chasin’s parents’ divorce. He examined Chasin but never ran any tests. The pediatrician said he thought Chasin was experiencing panic attacks and supported the techniques Jennifer had already taught Chasin: breathe deeply, drink some water, and maybe go for a walk. The doctor didn’t think it was anything serious or dangerous. In fact, to make light of Chasin’s symptoms, he suggested they give the attacks a nickname, “Fred.” 

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Getting Ahead of Pediatric Headaches
A comprehensive guide for Nurse Practitioners to manage headaches in children and adolescents
Written by Victoria E. Karian, RN, MSN, CPNP of Framingham, MA

Edited by Brett Peruzzi
Illustrated by Marianne Orlando
Designed by Lisa Breslow Thompson
Published by Damianos Publishing
Softcover, 194 pages, 1 illustration
8 x 10", $30.00, ISBN 9781941573235
This is a comprehensive and practical resource guide for all pediatric primary care providers, including nurse practitioners, pediatricians, physician assistants, and nurses, to help them better manage children and adolescents with all types of headaches. Headache is in the top 5 diagnoses for children and teens, occurring in 75% of teens and 25% of younger children and a common complaint seen in pediatric offices. Headaches can be challenging to manage and can have a huge impact on the lives of pediatric patients and their families. 
This book reviews: primary pediatric headache diagnoses; available treatment options in primary care and in dedicated headache programs; appropriate medication strategies; the role of psychology in headache management; comorbid conditions; and the promotion the headache-healthy lifestyle. Also included are multiple worksheets for patient and family education, which can be reproduced and used as written or adapted for patient's needs. This guide will assist the provider to manage their pediatric patients with headache more effectively with improved outcomes and provide support to all in dealing with this challenging clinical problem.
Books are available at these locations:
via author Victoria E. Karian, RN, MSN, CPNP
Silver Street Media:
For more information, contact:
Victoria E. Karian, RN, MSN, CPNP
Importance of HPV Vaccine

Below are resources to educate providers on the burden of HPV disease, HPV vaccine as a primary cancer prevention tool, effective communication with parents, state vaccination rates, and the most recent HPV vaccine recommendations.
Adolescence Immunization Initiative
The Importance and Potential of the 16-Year-Old Immunization Visit
"In 2017, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) created a separate column for age 16 years on its immunization schedule, thus identifying the 16-year-old vaccination visit as a standard of care and highlighting the need to improve immunization rates for a number of adolescent vaccines."

16-Year-Old Immunization Visit Educational Flyer