SAHM Special Interest Groups (SIGs) provide a forum for members with common interests to network and explore specific topic areas in clinical care, research and public health, as well as to enable the exchange of ideas and the development of collaborative clinical or research projects.

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How to join a SIG/SIG Community


How to join a SIG/SIG Community:
  1. Login using your user ID and password
  2. Once logged in, go to "MY SAHM"
  3. Select “Edit Your Profile” 
  4. Highlight the box titled “Interest Areas”. Now you will see a list of SIGs you can join just by selecting the box next to the area.
    • Note: It may takes a few hours for the SIG to show up in your profile. Logging out and logging back in sometimes helps with this.


List of currently active SIGs


ADHD 

Description forthcoming
SIG Leaders: Jay Soileau, MD, FSAHM and Mark Thomas, MD, FSAHM
Subscribe to the ADHD SIG listserv - (must sign-in using SAHM user ID & password.  To subscribe, go to the "interest area" tab in the "Edit Your Profile" section. 

Adolescent Healthcare and the Resident Learner

Description forthcoming
SIG Leader: Paritosh Kaul, MD, FSAHM
Subscribe to the Adolescent Healthcare and the Resident Learner SIG listserv - (must sign-in using SAHM user ID & password.  To subscribe, go to the "interest area" tab in the "Edit Your Profile" section. 

Adolescent Nursing

Description forthcoming
SIG Leader: Sarah A. Stoddard, PhD, RN
Subscribe to the Adolescent Nursing SIG listserv - (must sign-in using SAHM user ID & password.  To subscribe, go to the "interest area" tab in the "Edit Your Profile" section. 

Adolescents with HIV/AIDS
The HIV Special Interest Group (SIG) provides an opportunity for researchers and health care providers working with HIV-infected and at-risk adolescents and young adults to network and share experiences. Information regarding regional, national, and international activities impacting the care of these populations will be discussed in this forum, as well as issues related to collaborative research, health policy, ethics, and advocacy.
SIG Leaders: Errol Fields, MD, PhD, MPH and Lana Lee, MD
Subscribe to the Adolescents with HIV/AIDS SIG listserv - (must sign-in using SAHM user ID & password.  To subscribe, go to the "interest area" tab in the "Edit Your Profile" section. 

Advocacy
Description forthcoming
SIG Leaders: Lisa Barkley, MD and Mychelle Farmer, MD
Subscribe to the Advocacy SIG listserv - (must sign-in using SAHM user ID & password.  To subscribe, go to the "interest area" tab in the "Edit Your Profile" section. 

Avoiding Burnout and Finding Wellness
This SIG is directed to clinicians and health care professionals who are interested in exploring their own wellness in highly demanding fields.  We will explore 'natural pathways' to professional fatigue and burnout, summarizing recent research in the field of stress/burnout/wellness while highlighting work that demonstrates the physiologic impact of chronic stress and the benefits of stress-reduction practices such as mindfulness. By using the power of modern neuroscience and informed by contemplative wisdom, we will also explore common themes/influences of how we lose and find our way in today’s professional life. Participants should attend this session with a commitment to rejuvenating and promoting their own wellness.
SIG Leaders: Shelley Aggarwal, MD, Meera Beharry, MD and Richard MacKenzie, MD
Subscribe to the Avoiding Burnout and Finding Wellness SIG listserv - (must sign-in using SAHM user ID & password.  To subscribe, go to the "interest area" tab in the "Edit Your Profile" section. 

Bone Health
Bone health is an important consideration for all adolescents with there is a growing body of research to direct clinical practice. The Bone Health SIG will update clinicians and researchers as to the critical nature of bone mass accrual during adolescence, how to optimize this accrual, and how to minimize factors which may impair it. 
SIG Leader: Sarah Pitts, MD
Subscribe to the Bone Health SIG listserv - (must sign-in using SAHM user ID & password.  To subscribe, go to the "interest area" tab in the "Edit Your Profile" section. 

Chronic Illness and Transition
The mission of the Chronic Illness and Transition SIG is to provide a structure for Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine members to play an active role in the advancement of research, practice, and policy related to AYAs with chronic health conditions and their health care transitions. We aim to do this via promoting awareness, networking, collaboration, and dissemination of best practices. 
SIG Leader: Lisa K. Tuchman, MD, MPH
Subscribe to the Chronic Illness and Transition SIG listserv - (must sign-in using SAHM user ID & password.  To subscribe, go to the "interest area" tab in the "Edit Your Profile" section. 

College Health
Many Adolescent and Young Adult health professionals care for young persons in the college health setting. The College Health Special Interest Group of SAHM provides a forum for these members to share ideas about the special health needs of college students and the delivery of health care and health education to this group of young adults.
SIG Leaders: James Farrow, MD, MAT and Mark Pfitzner, MD
Subscribe to the College Health SIG listserv - (must sign-in using SAHM user ID & password.  To subscribe, go to the "interest area" tab in the "Edit Your Profile" section. 

Contraception
The Contraception Special Interest Group (SIG) is an interactive session which will provide a forum for providers to discuss contraceptive options available for teens. We will cover methods of birth control, indications for use and how to provide adolescents with appropriate preconception counseling. Participants are encouraged to bring challenging contraceptive cases and questions for discussion.  We also review the most up to date literature on contraception for adolescents. 
SIG Leader: Shamieka Dixon, MD
Subscribe to the Contraception SIG listserv - (must sign-in using SAHM user ID & password.  To subscribe, go to the "interest area" tab in the "Edit Your Profile" section. 


Early Career Professionals

The Early Career Professionals Special Interest Group (SIG) is open to all SAHM members who have finished their professional training in the last 5 years.  The SIG’s focus is on issues relevant to the transition from training to independent practice in a variety of settings.  Activities of the SIG will include 1) networking to connect and engage early career professionals within SAHM, 2) support and resources for adjustment to post-training responsibilities, 3) clinical resources for early career professionals including difficult case discussions, 4) financial planning resources for early career professionals to feel financially secure, to include the ability to continue membership in SAHM and attendance at the SAHM Annual Meeting post-training, 5) leadership training that can be used within SAHM, practice, hospital, and/or academic settings,6) guidance for early career transitions between clinical settings, and 7) planning for the future needs of adolescent health professionals.
SIG Leader: Ellen Selkie, MD, MPH
 

Eating Disorders
The Eating Disorders SIG is an active and engaged community of health care providers, researchers, and advocates who are involved with care, support, and advocacy for youth and young adults who have eating disorders.  The ED SIG is a forum where we can discuss clinical care recommendations and explore current controversies, and network to share resources, research findings, educational opportunities, and advocacy needs.  We look forward to your participation!
SIG Leader: Cynthia Kapphahn, MD, MPH
Subscribe to the Eating Disorders SIG listserv - (must sign-in using SAHM user ID & password.  To subscribe, go to the "interest area" tab in the "Edit Your Profile" section. 

Electronic Health Records
Description forthcoming
SIG Leader: Kirsten Hawkins, MD, MPH
Subscribe to the Electronic Health Records SIG listserv - (must sign-in using SAHM user ID & password.  To subscribe, go to the "interest area" tab in the "Edit Your Profile" section. 

Ethical & Legal
Description forthcoming
SIG Leader: Tomas Silber, MD, MASS, FSAHM
Subscribe to the Ethical & Legal SIG listserv - (must sign-in using SAHM user ID & password.  To subscribe, go to the "interest area" tab in the "Edit Your Profile" section. 

Family Médicine
The Family Medicine SIG regroups anyone who identifies with family medicine and has a special interest in adolescent health.    This may include practicing physicians, residents, medical students or allies who apply the principles of family medicine while interacting with both adolescents and emerging adults.   We discuss issues related to care, education and research related to individuals between the ages of 14 to 25.   The topics may include continuity of care, continuing professional development, residency and post residency curriculum development and collaborative research.    We are a diverse and welcoming group who are open to anyone willing to advance the care of youth within primary care in both ambulatory and hospital settings.   
SIG Leader: Pierre-Paul Telier, MD, FSAHM
Subscribe to the Family Medicine SIG listserv - (must sign-in using SAHM user ID & password.  To subscribe, go to the "interest area" tab in the "Edit Your Profile" section. 


Global Adolescent Health SIG

The Global Adolescent Health SIG is a community of health care providers, researchers, scientists who are involved with the care, support, and advocacy for adolescents globally. The Global Adolescent Health SIG provides an opportunity for members to discuss current global priorities, health policies, program development, research findings, educational opportunities, and advocacy needs. In addition, the SIG will support networking and mentorship opportunities particularly for youth, trainees, early career professionals, and professionals new to global health. Global Adolescent Health is inclusive of local community health efforts, immigrant health, international health, and multinational health. A long-term goal for the SIG and its membership is to mobilize policy makers and governments to promote global adolescent health equity.
SIG Leader: Jason Nagata, MD and Sophie Remoue Gonzales, MD
 

Internists in Adolescent Medicine
Description forthcoming
SIG Leader: Jennifer H. Chuang, MD
Subscribe to the Internists in Adolescent Medicine SIG listserv - (must sign-in using SAHM user ID & password.  To subscribe, go to the "interest area" tab in the "Edit Your Profile" section. 

Juvenile Justice
The juvenile justice special interest group is composed of providers interested in the health and well-being of youth encountering the juvenile justice system.  SIG members support quality medical and mental health care in juvenile justice, advocacy efforts supporting detention alternatives and high quality research in the juvenile justice system. Our SIG meets annually at SAHM.
SIG Leaders: Rebecca M. Beyda, MD, MS and Ann L. Sattler, MD, MAT
Subscribe to the Juvenile Justice SIG listserv - (must sign-in using SAHM user ID & password.  To subscribe, go to the "interest area" tab in the "Edit Your Profile" section. 

LGBTQI Adolescent Health
The LGBTQI SIG provides members the opportunity to network with other health care professionals interested in the health and well-being of LGBTQI Youth. The SIG will inform members of the latest clinical practices, research findings, health policies and psychosocial/political challenges affecting this vulnerable population; and will also serve as a forum to advocate for LGBTQI youth.
SIG Leaders: Gerald Montano, DO and Renata Sanders, MD, MPH, ScM
Subscribe to the LGBTQI Sig listserv - (must sign-in using SAHM user ID & password.  To subscribe, go to the "interest area" tab in the "Edit Your Profile" section. 

Multicultural/Multiethnic
Description forthcoming
SIG Leaders: Lisa Barkley, MD and Kelly M. Bethea, MD, FSAHM
Subscribe to the Multicultural/Multiethnic SIG listserv - (must sign-in using SAHM user ID & password.  To subscribe, go to the "interest area" tab in the "Edit Your Profile" section. 


Nutrition and Obesity

Description forthcoming
SIG Leader: Nichole Mihalopoulos, MD, MPH

Private Practitioners in Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine
Description forthcoming
SIG Leader: Mark H. Thomas, MD, FSAHM
Subscribe to the Private Practitioners in Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine SIG listserv - (must sign-in using SAHM user ID & password.  To subscribe, go to the "interest area" tab in the "Edit Your Profile" section. 

Providers of Behavioral Health Services
Although all providers in adolescent health and medicine clinics and programs have their own specialties, most of us have provided counseling for our patients at one time or another.  This Special Interest Group will focus on the activities of behavioral health providers with special focus on funding of these services.  All are welcome.  
SIG Leader: James A. Hall, PhD
Subscribe to the Providers of Behavioral Health Services SIG listserv - (must sign-in using SAHM user ID & password.  To subscribe, go to the "interest area" tab in the "Edit Your Profile" section. 

Qualitative and Quantitative Research 
Description forthcoming
SIG Leaders: Kristen Kaseeska, MPH, Ana Radovic, MD and Sharon Smith, PhD, RN, FNP-BC
Subscribe to the Qualitative and Quantitative Research SIG listserv - (must sign-in using SAHM user ID & password.  To subscribe, go to the "interest area" tab in the "Edit Your Profile" section. 

Runaway and Homeless Youth
Description forthcoming
SIG Leaders: Seth Ammerman, MD, FSAHM and Meera S. Beharry, MD
Subscribe to the Runaway and Homeless Youth SIG listserv - (must sign-in using SAHM user ID & password.  To subscribe, go to the "interest area" tab in the "Edit Your Profile" section. 

School-Based Health Care

Description forthcoming
SIG Leaders: Steve W. North, MD, MPH and Ryan Pasternak, MD, MPH
Subscribe to the School-Based Health Care SIG listserv - (must sign-in using SAHM user ID & password.  To subscribe, go to the "interest area" tab in the "Edit Your Profile" section. 

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Description forthcoming
SIG Leaders: Claudia Borzutzky, MD and Debra Braun-Courville, MD
Subscribe to the Sexually Transmitted Diseases SIG listserv - (must sign-in using SAHM user ID & password.  To subscribe, go to the "interest area" tab in the "Edit Your Profile" section. 

Social Work
Social workers provide various services in adolescent health and medicine clinics including case management and direct counseling.  We welcome social workers and all others interested in the collaboration of social worker with other disciplines.  We will give a brief presentation and then determine what issues need to be addressed from the audience.
SIG Leaders: Ilse Braun, LCSW and James Hall, PhD, LCSW
Subscribe to the Social Work SIG listserv - (must sign-in using SAHM user ID & password.  To subscribe, go to the "interest area" tab in the "Edit Your Profile" section. 

Spirituality
The Spirituality SIG has been meeting at every SAHM Annual Meeting since 1998. Please join us as we continue our ongoing discussion on the place of spirituality in the lives of adolescents, as a key component of adolescent healthcare, and in our own lives working with adolescents. This year’s discussion will focus on Adolescent Suicide, Loss, and Spiritual Healing Strategies, starting from the perspective of the recent “epidemic” of youth suicides within Native American communities. 
SIG Leader: Richard Wahl, MD, FSAHM
Subscribe to the Spirituality SIG listserv - (must sign-in using SAHM user ID & password.  To subscribe, go to the "interest area" tab in the "Edit Your Profile" section. 

Sports Medicine
In this Sports SIG there will be a coordination of  sports  educational programming at SAHM with interested participants. All are welcome to this sports SIG, including new SAHM members and those more experienced. We will review the preparticipation examination (PPE) and cardiac PPE screening and how best to do this in a busy practice setting. A lively case based interchange with participants is encouraged especially among nutritionists, psychologists and those who take care of athletes! Our continuing goal is to establish a global network of health care practitioners who can serve as a resource for SAHM members who want to learn more sports medicine, how to incorporate it into their practice, and how to keep current on the diagnosis and rehabilitation of sports injuries. Another goal is to foster opportunities to collaborate on multicenter research projects, developing educational materials, and/or potential position statements for SAHM related to sports health.
SIG Leader: Cora Breuner, MD, MPH
Subscribe to the Sports Medicine SIG listserv - (must sign-in using SAHM user ID & password.  To subscribe, go to the "interest area" tab in the "Edit Your Profile" section. 

Substance Use and Treatment 

The SAHM Substance Use Prevention and Treatment (SUPT) SIG seeks to gather current and future leaders in the field, including clinicians, researchers, and policymakers.  Our goal is to offer a forum to share ideas and innovations, review state-of-the-art research, foster mentoring and collaboration, and advance the field of adolescent and young adult addiction prevention and treatment.  Special attention is dedicated to understanding the life course trajectory of addiction, including careful consideration of risk and protective factors preceding adolescent substance use, early experimentation with substances, development of substance use disorder, and the downstream harms of adolescent substance use on adult health outcomes.  
SIG Leaders: Scott Hadland, MD, MPH, MS and Seth Ammerman

Violence Prevention
The SAHM Violence Prevention SIG aims to understand and address multiple forms of violence including interpersonal violence, sexual violence, bullying, non-suicidal self-injury, and community violence. We review important research, intervention, and policy findings to advance our understanding of risk and protective factors for violent victimization, perpetration, and witnessing. We facilitate dynamic discussion among researchers, practitioners, and policy-makers so that we can work together to tackle this epidemic. We welcome all SAHM members with an interest in understanding and preventing youth violence to join us.
SIG Leaders: Alison Culyba and Nicholas Westers, Psy. D.
Subscribe to the Violence Prevention SIG listserv - (must sign-in using SAHM user ID & password.  To subscribe, go to the "interest area" tab in the "Edit Your Profile" section. 

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Official SIG Policies and Procedures

(Download PDF document of official SIG Policies and Procedures)


Establishment of a SIG:
A request to create a SIG must be submitted by a group of SAHM members (minimum of five) to Ryan Norton at SAHM HQ. The group must submit a brief paragraph describing the title and focus of the group. The description should provide sufficient information so that it can be used as the SIG description should the establishment of the SIG be approved.  The SAHM Executive Committee will approve requests to establish a SIG.  Once established, the SIG will be provided with its own “Community Page”, and an invitation to join the newly established SIG will be published in SAHM Matters (SAHM’s quarterly newsletter) and on the SAHM SIG homepage. 
 
Required criteria for a new SIG to be approved:
  • SIG application is supported by five or more SAHM members
  • Interest area must fit within the mission of SAHM
  • Proposed SIG focus does not overlap an area covered by an existing SIG 
SIG Membership Criteria:
Membership in a SIG is determined by current membership with SAHM and by an interest in the group’s identified topical concern.  Groups may not establish exclusionary criteria for membership. SIG membership will be tracked through the SIG’s unique SAHM “Community” webpage.   
 
SIG Community Webpages:
Each established SIG will be provided with its own unique “Community Page” on the SAHM website.  This feature will allow SIG members to create discussion threads, post documents and create newsfeeds specific to the topic area. The SIG Community will also be used as a directory of members within the SIG and is the portal in which members can join.   
 
Retiring an Existing SIG:
A SIG may be removed from the Society’s list of SIGs at the initiation of either the SIG organizer or the Board of Directors. SIGs whose membership fall below the required minimum of five members for a full year will also be retired.  
 
Establishing SIG Leadership:
A SIG lead organizer serves as a coordinator of activities and information. The lead organizer is in charge of making a formal request for a scheduled time for the SIG to meet at the Annual Meeting as well as to organize the agenda for the meeting. The organizer will be in charge of ensuring that all activities and discussion stay within the topic area specific to the SIG and within the Mission of the society. SIGs are permitted to have more than one leader however no person may serve as a SIG leader for more than four years consecutively. SIGs are responsible for electing their own leadership. Elections may be held in person during a SIG meeting held at the SAHM Annual Meeting or electronically.  An in-person election can be won with a majority vote of those in attendance.  An electronic vote requires participation from at least 50% of the SIG membership.     
 
Requests for meeting space at SAHM Annual Meeting:
SIGs may request space to meet for a one hour, non-CME/CE business meeting during the Annual Meeting. A SIG must have a minimum of ten members to be eligible to apply for meeting space. SIGs may also submit proposals for Workshop sessions that include CME/CE.  Decisions and scheduling of all Annual Meeting submissions will be made by the Program Committee.  Important note: SAHM will no longer offer SIG sessions with CME/CE.  Additional Workshop slots will be added to compensate for this change.  
 
Special Interest Group Responsibilities:
The Special Interest Group Program is maintained by the Society as a service to its members.  Therefore, SIGs are accountable to their membership and to the Society.
 
Special Interest Group Requirements:
  1. SAHM requires that SIGs engage only in activities that are compatible with the Society’s mission. Where there is concern about the appropriateness of a Group’s activities, final determination will rest with the Board of Directors.
  2. All SIGs must submit an annual report to the Board of Directors by February 1st.  Reports will be added to the SIG web community to assist newcomers get informed on SIG activity.
  3. No SIG may release any position paper or policy statements on public policy matters in the name of SAHM. A SIG may submit a proposal for a position paper or statement by following the current SAHM position paper and statement proposal guidelines

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