56th Pediatric Postgraduate Course (demo)



Nicklaus Children's Hospital is proud to present the very first ever Virtual 56th Annual Pediatric Postgraduate Course to be held Friday, March 19, through Sunday, March 21, 2021.

Whether this is your first time attending or your 56th, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn from leading experts in the field of pediatrics. A distinguished faculty will present state-of-the-art information in the prevention, pathophysiology and the latest developments in the diagnosis and treatment of the most prevalent pediatric and adolescent conditions. We hope you decide to join us virtually for the 2021 conference and are confident that we will surpass your educational goals.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians and other health care professionals who wish to learn more about new, pediatric state-of-the-art knowledge and topics relevant to the practice of pediatrics.


Every year, for the past 56 years, Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, has presented an annual Pediatric Postgraduate Course (PPGC) -- a course that is regarded as the most established continuing, independent medical education program in the country.

This course stems from Nicklaus Children's Health System’s tradition of quality and excellence in health care for children and is academically tailored to advance the clinical and research aspects of pediatrics and adolescent medicine. Renowned faculty from all over the United States and the world are invited to participate and present the most recent advances to the practicing pediatrician that directly impacts the practice. It is here that approximately 700 participants, including pediatricians, family practitioners, residents/fellows, and ancillary staff members are exposed to the world’s foremost teachers who have proven ability to translate theoretical information to the practical level of day-to-day pediatric care.

This course, “Perspectives in Pediatrics”, serves as the centerpiece for the Continuing Medical Education Program at Nicklaus Children's Health System, which includes weekly Grand Rounds, Faculty Development, Trauma, Tumor Board, Cardiology, and Radiology Conferences. The PPGC provides education in all areas of pediatrics including topics such as Metabolic Diseases, Cardiology, Endocrinology, Nutrition, Gastroenterology, Nephrology, Infectious Diseases, Emergency and Critical Care Medicine.

Learning Objectives

This course presents new, pediatric state-of-the-art knowledge on topics relevant to the practice of pediatrics. It will synthesize for the practicing pediatrician knowledge of Adolescent Medicine, Allergy & Immunology, Cardiology, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Infectious Diseases, Neonatology, Nephrology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Otolaryngology, Pediatric Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Preventive Medicine/Community Pediatrics, Pulmonology, Radiology, Rheumatology and other childhood conditions. It will improve skills in patient management in the outpatient and hospitalized setting. Upon completion of the program, the participant should be able to:

  • Recognize new state-of-the-art knowledge in pediatric care;
  • Enhance and advance knowledge in different pediatric subspecialties;
  • Apply these newly acquired skills to the management of various childhood diseases.
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Day 1 - March 19  Day 2 - March 20  Day 3 - March 21  On-Demand Content 


Day 1 – Saturday, March 19, 2021
(1.5 CME Credit Hours & MOC Part 2 Points Provided)

4:00 pm - 4:15 pmWelcome, Opening, and Instructions
4:15 pm - 4:30 pmIntroductions & Welcome by NCHS & Course Chair
4:30 pm - 5:15 pmMOC LogoS101- OPENING PLENARY SESSION – The Donald Altman Annual Lectureship -
Pediatric Large Airway Imaging: Evolution and Revolution
Edward Y. Lee, MD, MPH

Radiologic techniques have evolved over the years given opportunity to provide better diagnostic tools. This session will review the innovation and evolution of radiologic imaging for pediatric large airway.
5:15 pm - 6:00 pmMOC LogoS102 – Wellbeing for Healthcare Providers in Pandemic Times
Patrice A. Harris, MD, MA

Prior to the pandemic, healthcare providers experienced burnout, depression, and suicide at an alarming higher rates than the general population. The onset of the pandemic brought about an added burden and risk of negatively affecting healthcare providers’ wellbeing. This session will focus on the risks to healthcare providers’ wellbeing brought about by the pandemic and addresses what can clinicians do to mitigate the impacts of the pandemic through resilience..
6:00 pm - 7:30 pmOpening Reception – Details will be sent to registrants closer to date
7:30 pmADJOURN - DAY 1

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Day 2 – Friday, March 20, 2021
(5.0 CME Credit Hours & 5.0 MOC Part 2 Points Provided)

10:45 am - 11:00 amTime for the attendees to connect
11:00 am - 11:30 amMOC LogoS201 – Approach to the Pediatric Patient with Chest Pain
David Drossner, MD

Chest pain is not a common complaint in pediatric patients and when it occurs, it is rarely cardiac. This session will address the approach to the pediatric patient with chest pain at various age groups, the work-up that needs to be started, and when a serious or cardiac cause is suspected prompting further referrals.
11:30 am - 12:00 pmMOC LogoS202 – Beyond Anti-Seizure Medications: New Approaches in Diagnosis & Treatment of Epilepsy
Ann Hyslop, MD

In the past few years, the field of pharmacotherapy for epilepsy has witnessed a boom. The latest epilepsy treatments go beyond medications to include diets (such as ketogenic diets), CBD, and other new approaches. This session will cover the new approaches to epilepsy treatments beyond the traditional anti-seizure medications.
12:00 pm - 12:15 pmQ&A Panel
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmBREAK (Visit Virtual Exhibits)
12:30 pm - 1:00 pmMOC LogoS203 – Setting Up Your Practice for Telemedicine: Dos & Don’ts
Todd Wolynn, MD

The pandemic has pushed the pediatric primary care practice to quickly adopt telemedicine. This session will cover best practices in telehealth set up and what the clinician needs to be aware of as the office is being set up to provide telemedicine services.
1:00 pm - 1:30 pmMOC LogoS204- Beware of EMR & Technology Pitfalls in your Practice
Jeff Kile, MD, MHA

The electronic medical record (EMR) has been widely implemented in the Pediatric office to streamline the care, documentation, and office procedures such as billing and prescribing. In addition, technology is beeing increasingly sued by offices to communicate with patients, market the practice and its services, and reach the mellenial generation. This session will focus on the pitfalls to be aware that can result from technology and how to protect the practice from them.
1:30 pm - 1:45 pmQ&A Panel
1:45 pm - 2:45 pmLUNCH BREAK (Visit Virtual Exhibits)
2:45 pm - 3:15 pmMOC LogoS205 – e-Cigarettes, Vaping, and EVALI
Ajay Kasi, MD

Vaping and e-cigarette use by the pediatric population has been a surging epidemic leading to irreversible lung injury. This session will discuss the evidence available to date on the long-term impact of e-cigarettes and vaping on the lungs.
3:15 pm - 3:45 pmMOC LogoS206 – Raising Your Work-up Skills to Evaluate Short Stature
Alejandro Diaz, MD

Parents are more likely to bring their child to the pediatrician to evaluate short stature than cases of long stature. This is a common chief complaint and most of the times it is constitutional and non-organic in origin. This session will address how to systematically work-up and evaluate a patient with short stature.
3:45 pm - 4:00 pmQ&A Panel
4:00 pm - 4:15 pmBREAK (Visit Virtual Exhibits)
4:15 pm - 4:45 pmMOC LogoS207 – New Guidelines for the Management of H. Pylori
Shifra Koyfman, MD

Among the new guidelines published in 2020 in Pediatric Gastroenterology, a new guideline for the management of H. Pylori in children is published. This session will discuss the new guideline along with its applicability in practice for the Primary Care provider.
4:45 pm - 5:15 pmMOC LogoS208- The New & Upcoming Treatments with Monoclonal Antibodies
Marry Vuong, PharmD

Monoclonal Antibodies are increasingly becoming part of the management tools for several clinical conditions and disorders. Hear from a clinical pharmacist on the new and upcoming monoclonal antibodies and their medical indications.
5:15 pm - 5:30 pmQ&A Panel
5:30 pm - 6:30 pmBREAK (Visit Virtual Exhibit Hall)
6:30 pmAdjourn Day 2

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Day 3 – Sunday, March 21, 2021
(2.5 CME Credit Hours & 2.5 MOC Part 2 Points Provided)

10:45 am - 11:00 amTime for the attendees to connect
11:00 am - 11:30 pmMOC LogoS301 – COVID-19 Update: What We Know?
Mary Anne Jackson, MD, FAAP, FPIDS, FIDSA

The information about the SARS-CoV-2 virus continues to unfold as the disease progresses. While there is a lot we do not know about this virus, we certainly know now more than what we knew at the beginning of the pandemic. This session summarizes what is known so far about this virus.
11:30 am - 12:00 pmMOC LogoS302 – COVID-19 Testing: Answering Your Patients’ Questions About COVID-19 Tests
Ibukun C. Akinboyo, MD

Testing for SARS-CoV-2 has been a source of confusion for many patients and their families. Multiple platforms are available so far including home test of nasal swab, saliva, PCR. In addition to antibody test after an infection. This session will provide a summary of the tests available, when they should be used, and what information each can provide. This will help the clinician answer some of the patients’ questions.
12:00 pm - 12:15 pmQ&A Panel
12:15 pm - 12:30 pmBREAK (Visit Virtual Exhibits)
12:30 pm - 1:00 pmMOC LogoS303 – Psychological Impacts of the Pandemic on Your Patients and Their Families
Danette Beitra, PhD

The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected the mental health of patients and their families. This is a result of a combination of social isolation, financial burdens, unemployment, food insecurity, among others. This session will highlight the psychological impact of the pandemic on patients and families and provide some tools for the clinician to use to assist them.
1:00 pm - 1:30 pmMOC LogoS304- MIS-C Disease: An Update
Michael J. Smith, MD, MSCE

MIS-C disease has emerged as a sequalae of COVID-19 infection in children. This session will discuss what is MIS-C disease and what we know so far about the treatments and outcomes.
1:30 pm - 1:45 pmQ&A Panel
1:45 pmADJOURN - DAY 3

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Video-On-Demand Topic Listings
(Maximum 11.0 CME Credit Hours & 11.0 MOC Part 2 Points Provided)

Our on-demand content will span the following categories: Child Development, Gastroenterology, Infectious Diseases, Pediatric Potpourri, Practice Management, and Sports Medicine.

Child Development
45 MinutesMOC Logo Early Detection of Autism Spectrum Disorder: Clues & Red Flags for the Primary Care Clinician
Michelle M. Macias, MD

This session will focus on the clues and red flags that the primary care clinician should be aware of in cases suspected of having autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The speaker will provide tips and clues that help the clinician make an early diagnosis of ASD. This session is based on the 2020 AAP Clinical Report.
45 MinutesMOC Logo Treatment of ADHD in Children & Adolescents: Beyond the Basics
Michelle M. Macias, MD

Pediatricians are now managing most of the cases of ADHD in the office. New treatments are available for the management of ADHD. This session will cover treatments beyond the basics to help clinicians manage ADHD cases that fail the basic treatments. This session is based on the 2020 AAP Clinical Practice Guideline.
30 MinutesMOC Logo Update on IBD
Lina M. Felipez, MD

This session will provide an update of the latest advances in the diagnosis and management of Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Children.
30 MinutesMOC Logo Abdominal Pain: When is it Functional?
Jesse Reeves-Garcia, MD

Abdominal pain a common chief complaint in the pediatric practice. Functional abdominal pain is typically more difficult to diagnose and more frustrating to both the physician and the family. This session will provide an overview of the clues that typically point toward a functional cause of the abdominal pain in children.
Infectious Diseases
30 MinutesMOC Logo COVID-19 Vaccine & Therapies: Truth & Myths
Mary Anne Jackson, MD, FAAP, FPIDS, FIDSA

Several COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics have been in the news some of which carry a strong evidence of effectiveness, and some are hyped-up with no strong evidence. This session will focus on the truth & myths behind some of the vaccines and therapeutics used for COVID-19.
30 MinutesMOC Logo Salmonella Resurgence in Pediatrics
Marcelo Laufer, MD

The field of Pediatrics have witnessed lately a resurgence of Salmonella infections at various age groups. This session will address the risk factors and causes of this resurgence as well as the approach for the diagnosis and management of Salmonella infections in Pediatrics.
Pediatric Potpourri
30 MinutesMOC Logo Emerging Issues in Male Adolescent Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare
Metee Comkornruecha, MD

Men’s health including sexual and reproductive health is overlooked most of the times partly due to males seeking care less often for sexual and reproductive issues. This session will give the pediatric provider an overview of emerging issues in male adolescent sexual and reproductive health and how to address them. This session is based on the 2020 AAP Clinical Report.
30 MinutesMOC Logo Approach to the Pediatric Patient with First Time Seizure
Anuj Jayakar, MD

The occurrence of first time seizure in infants and children is a significant event that may trigger a cascade of work-up. This session will address the approach to the pediatric patient with first time seizure at different age groups and what work-up is recommended based on age and presentation.
30 MinutesMOC Logo Common Newborn Rashes
Ana Duarte, MD

Newborn infants commonly present with rashes immediately after the neonatal period and parents seek advice from the general pediatrician regarding these manifestations. Fortunately, most of these rashes are benign or self-limited. This session will address the approach to common newborn rashes in order to provide the clinician with the tools to diagnose, and appropriately treat them.
30 MinutesMOC Logo Practical Pediatric Cardiology Answers to Your Common Patient Care Questions
Danyal Khan, MD

The pediatric patient following cardiac surgery may be in a fragile state. While the cardiology and cardiac surgery specialists will continue to follow the patient after surgery for cardiac issues, there are special issues for the Primary Care provider to be aware of that might be specific to the post-cardiac surgery patient.
30 MinutesMOC Logo Principles of Drug Dosing in Overweight Patients
Gustavo Alvira-Arill, PharmD
Matthew Kuchnik, PharmD

With the current obesity epidemic, weight-based dosing in Pediatrics becomes a challenge. Hear from a clinical pharmacist on the principles of drug dosing in overweight pediatric patients in order to maintain safe prescribing.
45 MinutesMOC Logo Approach to the Child and Teen with Chronic Cough
Alicia Della Volpe, MD

Chronic cough at various age groups could be from different causes at different ages. This session will discuss the approach to the patient with chronic cough and what work-up to proceed with.
45 MinutesMOC Logo Counseling Your Patients on New Devices
Marry Vuong, PharmD
Hellen Lee, PharmD
Gabriella Philipson. PharmD
Gustavo Alvira-Arill, PharmD
Matthew Kuchnik, PharmD

The field of medicine is exploding with new devices for treatment or monitoring of various conditions. This session will provide an overview of counseling strategies for selected devices used in common pediatric conditions. The speaker will demo the device and provide counseling tips.
45 MinutesMOC Logo Top 10 Articles in Pediatrics for 2020
Rani S. Gereige, MD, MPH

This session will provide a “rapid fire” summary of the “lesson Learned” from selected top pediatric articles published in 2020 whose findings have impact on practice. The session also will address the quality of the evidence and the limitations of the methods/ study design when applicable.
30 MinutesMOC Logo MOC/ ABP/ QI Overview
Rani S. Gereige, MD, MPH

Board-certified Pediatricians are required to maintain certification through the ABP MOC program with four parts. This session is aimed at summarizing the MOC/ABP requirements with the goal to address common confusions and questions.
Practice Management
45 MinutesMOC Logo Tips & Tricks for Billing & Coding for the Primary Care Office
Jan Blanchard, CPC, CPEDC, CPMA

Coding & Billing are key to the survival of the clinical practice. This session will highlight coding & billing strategies and tips for the Primary Care office-based practice.
45 MinutesMOC Logo Practice Strategies to Deal with Vaccine Hesitant Parents & Organized Anti-Vaxxers
Todd Wolynn, MD

The pediatric provider commonly faces vaccine hesitancy from parents. Most recently, anti-vaxxers groups have been more organized than ever using social media and other tools to circumvent the pediatric office and its attempt to immunize patients and protect them from deadly infectious diseases. This session provides tips and resources to the clinician on how to deal with vaccine hesitancy as well as organized anti-vaxxers.
Sports Medicine
30 MinutesMOC Logo Resistance Training for Children & Adolescents
Verena M. Schreiber, MD

Resistance training in sports is often debatable in children in terms of its safety and effectiveness. This session will discuss the recommendations for safe and effective resistance training in children and how and when to appropriately recommend it. This session is based on the AAP 2020 Clinical Report.
30 MinutesMOC Logo The Young Athlete With Syncope
Michael Lopez, MD

Syncope in the healthy young athlete is often a concerning event. Most of the times it is due to a benign condition and does not necessarily lead to exclusion from sports participation. This session will address the approach to the young athlete with syncope, the work-up, and follow-up including future sports participation recommendations.

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Day 1 - March 19  Day 2 - March 20  Day 3 - March 21  On-Demand Content 


This year, we are pleased to bring the full PPGC course to our registrants in 100% virtual format through our iLearn virtual library. This course will consist of two parts:

  • Live-Virtual Sessions: These virtual sessions are transmitted Friday-Sunday (see Agenda). They allow the opportunity to have a Q&A session with panel of the speakers (9 Hours of CME). Following the Live-Virtual portion, these sessions will be available on demand.
  • Video-on-Demand Sessions: These are computer-based sessions on additional topics (11 Hours of CME)

Access to all sessions will be available to registrants for a period of 6 months for self-directed learning. All sessions (Live-Virtual & Video-on-Demand) are available for CME (Max 20 Credit Hours) & MOC Part 2 (20 Points) with completion of the MOC assignment.

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The speaker (or spouse/partner) has not had (in the past 12 months) any conflicts of interest to resolve or relevant financial relationship with the manufacturers of products or services that will be discussed in this CME activity or in this presentation
The speaker will support this presentation and clinical recommendations with the "best available evidence" from the medical literature.


In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education’s Standards for Commercial Support, all planners, teachers, and authors involved in the development of CME content are required to disclose to the accredited provider their relevant financial relationships. Relevant financial relationships will be disclosed to the activity audience.

No Commercial Support was received for this activity. The Planning Committee and Staff have no conflicts of interest to declare.


Accreditation Statement:

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Mission Statement

To provide a state-of-the-art forum for continuing medical education encompassing the latest developments in Pediatrics and Pediatric Subspecialties, fostering best clinical practices, up-to-date research information and child advocacy. This course is reflective of Nicklaus Children’s Health System’s commitment to advance the educational development of world-wide medical professionals serving children.


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​​​​​​CME credits earned for completing this course are reported directly to CE Broker. Make sure your profile is complete to avoid errors in reporting. For more information and instructions visit our CE Broker Reporting page.


To be eligible to claim CME credits for this course, participants must complete both Pre & Post Surveys.
A fee may apply. Fee will not be charged until participant is able to claim CMEs. Discounts available, check Register tab above for pricing details.

MOC Part 2 Points

The CME program will be approved by the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) for up to 20 MOC Part 2 Self-Assessment Points. Only physicians certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and its specialties can claim the 20 MOC Part 2 points.

In order to claim the MOC Part 2 points, physicians must also meet the following criteria:

  1. Register for the full Virtual PPGC Course (Including Access Fee, CME Fee, and MOC Fee).
  2. Attend the course sessions.
  3. Complete the session surveys and evaluations for CME purposes.
  4. 4. Complete the MOC Part 2 self-assessment assignment. Registrants wishing to claim MOC will have ONE MONTH to complete and submit the assignment. (more information to follow).


For registrants needing a Certificate of Attendance/Completion instead of a Certificate for CME Credit earned, please contact us at cme@nicklaushealth.org. We will award you the above certificate upon request if all course requirements are completed.


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