The fourth issue of the Journal of the Ambulatory Pediatric Association covers a diverse set of areas in academic general pediatrics and initiates a new annual series on the health and health care of children and youth in the United States, directed by Associate Editor Marie McCormick. This issue begins with Kathi Kemper's APA Presidential Address, her review of holistic pediatrics, and the interesting challenges faced in child health. Charlotte Heidenreich and colleagues from the Medical College of Wisconsin provide a thoughtful review of teaching methods in ambulatory care, and Elizabeth Morrison (University of California, Irvine) and Janet Hafler (Harvard Medical School) overview efforts to improve the teaching skills of pediatric residents.

Tom Newman (University of California, San Francisco) and Jeffrey Maisels (Michigan) provide an important view of changes in newborn bilirubin screening and underlying policy questions, stimulating issues that have implications for policy related to many aspects of child...

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