Thursday Sessions


8:30-9:30 am
Superhero Strengths: Depression Management Tools in the Pediatrician "Medi-Verse"

  1. Recognize the presentations of depression in childhood and adolescence
  2. Identify depression screening tools and use them effectively in a primary care practice
  3. Utilize resources and tools such as the AAP Guidelines for Adolescent Depression in Primary Care (GLAD-PC) and the 2018 Toolkit for management of patients with depression and suicidal ideation

Speakers: Nhung T Tran, MD, FAAP & Cynthia Lopez, MD, FAAP

9:30-10:30 am
Feeling Blue? What Can You Do?: Learn About Mood Disorders in Children

  1. Review the DSM-V criteria and diagnosis of mood disorders and their differential diagnoses
  2. Discuss cases that will clarify the differences and commonalities in the differential diagnosis of mood disorders
  3. Discuss treatment considerations that may be initiated by PCP while awaiting consultation if needed

Speakers: Janet Chen, MD & Maria Scranton, MD, FAAP

10:30-10:45 am Break

10:45-11:45 am
Don’t Let Depression Get You Down: Management of Treatment Resistant Depression in Children

  1. Define treatment-resistant depression and be able to distinguish from inadequate or partial treatment
  2. Identify evidence-based treatments for acute depressive episodes
  3. Describe evidence-based treatments for treatment-resistant depression in children and adolescents

Speakers: Melissa DeFilippis, MD & Elizabeth Ann Rodriguez Lien, MD, FAAP

11:45 am-1:30 pm Lunch

1:30-2:30 pm

Care of the Girl with Autism Spectrum Disorder Ethics

  1. Identify sex and gender differences in the presentation, diagnosis, and developmental changes relative to autism, including behavioral traits and impact on functioning; address disparities in care
  2. Demonstrate how interventions can be designed to target needs specific to girls with autism spectrum disorder, while avoiding stereotypes and celebrating diversity
  3. Participate in case studies highlighting best practices that support sex-equitable and gender-equitable holistic care for girls with autism spectrum disorder

Veronica M Meneses, MD, MSHS

Personal and Clinical Practice Disaster Preparedness for all Pediatricians

  1. Familiarize yourself with basic concept of disaster preparedness and develop a family/personal preparedness plan
  2. Gain a basic understanding of clinical practice preparedness for disasters, prepare to provide care in setting of limited resources, and develop a clinical practice preparedness plan
  3. Recognize key steps you can take to assist your patients and their families be better prepared for potential disasters in your community

Brent D Kaziny, MD, MA
Geoffrey Lowe, MD, FAAP

Don't Forget About Pediatric Tuberculosis: the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Diagnostic Bias and Synergistic Co-Infection

  1. Discuss the deleterious impact of the diversion of tuberculosis public health resources amidst the COVID-19 pandemic
  2. Increase awareness of the risk of COVID-19 diagnostic bias and tuberculosis (synergy and missed opportunities for curative treatment)
  3. Review pediatric tuberculosis risk factors to maintain provider vigilence

Lindsay H Cameron, MD, MPH Andrea T Cruz, MD, MPH

2:30-3:00 pm- Break
3:00-4:00 pm

Autism Abridged for Primary Care

  1. Describe early signs and symptoms of ASD and screening guidelines with emphasis on appropriate use of screening tools
  2. Describe the evaluation and management of ASD following AAP guidance
  3. Identify and discuss barriers, challenges and resources for PCPs in the care of children with ASD

Nhung T Tran, MD, FAAP
Neha Patel, DO, FAAP







Optimizing the Pediatrician's Approach to Addressing Food Insecurity Ethics

  1. Increase the sensitivity of FI screening in the office or hospital setting (i.e., through universal screening and by using icebreaker phrases) using the FRAC/ AAP toolkit
  2. Identify opportunities to build partnerships with community resources to ensure a successful referral system for FI support, including food banks and application assistance programs
  3. Identify high yield FI interventions, including active referral systems, food prescription programs, community health workers, and on-site food distribution programs

Claire Bocchini, MD
Michelle Lopez, MD, MPH

Swimming Programs for Children- What Parents and Pediatricians Need to Know

  1. Identify key swimming competences and skill development over time
  2. Recognize what different programs offer in terms of the developmental and emotional stage of child
  3. Assist caregivers choose the right swimming program consistent with the most recent AAP policy statement

Shabana Yusuf, MD
Kristen L Beckworth, MPH, CHES, CPST-I