Welcome to the second edition of the Journal of the Ambulatory Pediatric Association. We're delighted with the quality and variety of the articles in this issue. Three articles describe important efforts in pediatric education. Robert Haggerty and his colleague Sydney A. Sutherland from the University of Rochester describe some of the experience and outcomes from programs to train pediatric academic generalists. While providing these data, the article offers much guidance to the academic community regarding strategies, content, and philosophy in the preparation of future academic leaders. Timothy Shope and his colleagues in San Diego describe the implementation of an interesting community curriculum in two different program sites. Conrad Clemens and Ken Roberts from North Carolina provide a helpful commentary indicating the lessons from the San Diego experience and its evaluation that can improve assessment and understanding of educational innovations. Karen Wendelberger Marcdante and Deborah Simpson provide data and guidance regarding teaching methods.
Michael Weitzman and his colleagues (also University of Rochester) continue their innovative studies of national data sets, here describing important racial differences in prevalence of chronic conditions and in sources of care, despite relatively similar access to health insurance. Simon Hambidge and colleagues from Denver provide new information about users of child health fairs, indicating again how access to health insurance appears to have major effects on health behaviors.
Three commentaries conclude this issue. As with all other manuscripts, the commentaries too have had peer review (and as with all other manuscripts, the reviews have led to better and tighter papers). We asked Jerome Kagan (at Harvard) to provide his views of recent controversies relating to the roles of parents in child development. Despite some views that parents have relatively little impact (hard for pediatricians and other child health professionals to believe!!), Kagan provides cogent arguments and evidence that can also help annotate future research in these areas. Adrea Theodore and Des Runyan (from the University of North Carolina) provide a thoughtful review of what has been learned in child maltreatment research and offer guidance to the next steps in research in this field. Shireen Atabaki and Jan Paradise (Boston University) provide a complementary view of sexual abuse.
In the relatively few months since we began operations of theJournal, we have had a wonderful response from members, authors, and reviewers. As of this writing, we have had 70 manuscripts submitted for review and have used over 125 reviewers, many members of the Association. We are very grateful for the interest in theJournal and look forward to your advice and feedback—positive and negative!