55th Annual Pediatric Postgraduate Course

Hollywood, FL US
February 27, 2020 to March 1, 2020


Nicklaus Children's Health System is proud to present the 55th Annual Pediatric Postgraduate Course. This event was held Thursday, February 27, 2020 through Sunday, March 1, 2020 at the Diplomat Beach Resort in sunny Hollywood, Florida.


Every year, for the past 55 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, and Radiology Conference. 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 through its General Sessions and Symposiums/Workshops.

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.

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.

Additional Information

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 20.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    Nicklaus Children's Hospital designates this for a maximum of 20.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • 20.00 Attendance
    Acknowledging attendance at this educational activity.
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
02/27/2020 - 7:30am EST
Event ends: 
03/01/2020 - 4:00pm EST

Day 1 - Thursday, February 27, 2020


8:00am-9:30amRegistration & Breakfast
9:30am-9:40amWelcome and Opening Remarks
9:40am-10:20amMOC LogoModerator: Nolan Altman, MD
P1- PLENARY SESSION – The Donald Altman Annual Lectureship – "Artificial Intelligence: Threat or Opportunity?
Seth Crapp, MD, DABR
10:20am- 10:25amQ&A
 Moderator: Beatriz Cunill-De Sautu, MD
10:25am-10:55amMOC LogoS101 - It is a Team Sport: Powerful Physician-Family Partnership to Care for Children with Special Needs
Wendy Bellack

The care for Children with Special Needs involves a large amount of care coordination and case management. It also takes a toll on the care taker’s daily living as well as impacts the rest of the family. This session will highlight common principles and perspectives of both care takers and providers.
10:55am- 11:00amQ&A
11:00am-11:30amMOC LogoS102 - Screening for and Managing Depression in Children and Youth in the Primary Care Setting
Gilbert Smith, DO

Primary care clinicians are asked more than ever to be comfortable in screening for and managing depression in children and teens. This session is aimed to provide a review of the screening tools for depression and management strategies that primary care clinicians can adopt in the primary care setting.
11:30am- 11:35amQ&A
11:35am-12:05pmMOC LogoS103 - New Pediatric Drugs on the Horizon
Marilyn Torres, PharmD

Several new and upcoming medications are on the horizon. Some of which are for common diagnoses such as asthma and cancer treatments, and some are for rare disorders that were previously non-treatable such as SMA. This session highlights the new pediatric drugs on the horizon.
12:05pm- 12:10pmQ&A
12:10pm-12:30pmLUNCH & LEARN BREAKOUTS
B-1A - Breakout #1 - Cases I Learned From
 (4 Specialties)
Lydia Shrier, MD, MPH (Adolescent Medicine)
Roberto Warman, MD (Ophthalmology)
Verena Schreiber, MD (Orthopedics)
Alicia Della Volpe, MD (Pulmonology)
This breakout session is a case-based discussion of interesting cases presented by 4 different specialties.
B-1B - Breakout #2 - Office Procedures You Can Bill For

Jose Vargas Loayza, MD - (Workshop Lead)
Ana Ramos, MD
Alejandro Frade, MD
Ria Dindial, MD

This breakout s ession will feature hands-on stations where attendees can learn about and practice common office-based procedures that the practice can bill for.
2:30pm-3:00pmMOC2 Corner - Feedback Day 1 (For MOC Registrants Only)


Day 2 – Friday, February 28, 2020

7:30am-8:20amRegistration and Breakfast
8:20am-8:30amWelcome and Opening Remarks
Nutrition Update
Moderator: Leyanee Perez, RD, LDN
8:30am-9:00amMOC LogoS201 - Plant-Based Diets for Children: Pros & Cons
Nicole Dulzaides, MS, RDN, LDN

Plant-based diets have been emerging as preferred diets by parents. In many instances parents ask pediatric clinicians about providing a plant-based diet to their children. This session will highlight the pros and cons of using plant-based diets in children highlighting the safe way to implementation.
9:05am-9:35amMOC LogoS202 - Food Interactions with Common Medications to be Aware of
Marry Vuong, PharmD

Several commonly-used medications interact with certain types of foods. Some medications are to be taken on empty stomach, before meals, during meals, or after meals. This session will review the interactions of the various types of foods with commonly used medications.
9:40am-10:20amMOC LogoModerator: Leyanee Perez, RD, LDN
P2 - PLENARY SESSION - A Public Health Crisis: e-Cigarettes, Vaping, & JUUL
Susan C. Walley, MD, CTTS, FAAP

e-Cigarettes and vaping have emerged as alternatives to tobacco smoking. They have been heavily marketed to teens. Recently, these modalities have been linked to multiple cases of respiratory illnesses and death. This session highlights the dangers associated with this epidemic and provides clinicians with data and awareness of the dangers as well as tools to address it.
Moderator: Marisa Azaret, PsyD
10:55am-11:40amMOC LogoS203 - Top Published Articles in 2019 that May Change Your Practice
Rani S Gereige, MD, MPH

Not all published studies necessarily should result in practice change. This session highlights the top published articles relevant to General Pediatrics and critically appraises the evidence teasing out which published studies might lead to change of practice based on the quality of the evidence.
11:40am- 11:45amQ&A
11:45am-12:05pmMOC LogoS204 - Clinical Update on Anxiety Disorder in Children
Marina G. Villani Capó, Psy.D.

Anxiety disorder can affect children and young adults. This session highlights the clinical presentation and differential diagnosis of anxiety disorder in children and young adults.
12:05pm-12:20pmMOC LogoS205 - Patient Perspective: On Overcoming the Incapacitation of Anxiety Disorder
Amanda Alburquerque

Hear from a patient who was impacted by anxiety disorder and how the patient managed to overcome the incapacitation of daily life due to anxiety disorder.
12:20pm- 12:25pmQ&A
12:25pm-12:45pmLUNCH & LEARN BREAKOUTS
B-2C - Breakout #3 - Motivational Interviewing: A Tool You Can Use
Lydia Shrier, MD, MPH

Motivational Interviewing has emerged as an office-based tool that clinicians can use to change behavior. Its effectiveness has been demonstrated in managing obesity, smoking cessation, and other behavior-based habits. This breakout session will give the opportunity for attendees to learn more about motivational interviewing and practice it.
B-2D - Breakout #4 - Office Gadgets & Gizmos

•   Anaphylaxis and Epi delivery devices
•   Asthma medication delivery devices
•   Diabetes Management Tools & Pumps
Vivian Hernandez-Trujillo, MD(AI)
Camile Ortega, DO(AI)
Melissa Cardenas-Morales, MD(AI)
Daniel Urschel, MD (AI)
Helen Lee, PharmD, BCPS (Pharm)
Spencer Phillips, PharmD (Pharm)
Vanessa Tomm, PharmD (Pharm)
Adriana Carrillo, MD (Endo)
Awilda Valdes, RNCDE (Endo)
Monica Grimaldi, RDN, LDN, RDCDE (Endo)

The general pediatric office has the challenge of keeping up with new medication delivery methods and technologies that assist with care delivery. From new devices for anaphylaxis management to new delivery methods for asthma medications; the primary care office not only has to be aware of them but also needs to teach patients and families and answer their questions. This breakout session is aimed at discussing new gadgets and practicing their use.


2:45pm-3:15pmMOC2 Corner - Feedback Day 2 (For MOC Registrants Only)
3:00pm-7:00pmNicklaus Children's Hospital - Main Campus Tour
Meeting point: Marketing Booth

Participants will be shuttled to and from our main campus in Miami for a tour of the facility.


Day 3 – Saturday, February 29, 2020

7:30am-8:20amRegistration and Breakfast
8:20am-8:30amWelcome and Opening Remarks
Hot Topics in Primary Care
Moderator: Jefry Biehler, MD, MPH
8:30am-9:00amMOC LogoS301 - What’s Underneath the Rash? - Dermatologic Manifestations of Systemic Illnesses
Ana Duarte, MD

Many systemic illnesses have rashes associated with them. This session will review the various skin manifestations of commonly encountered systemic illnesses and the features of these rashes
9:05am-9:35amMOC LogoS302 - Calling the Surgeon!!! Surgical Emergencies in the Primary Care Office
Juan Calisto, MD

When does the primary care clinician need to call a surgeon emergently? This session will highlight the surgical emergencies that could potentially be encountered in the primary care office that will require emergent surgical intervention.
9:40am-10:20amMOC LogoModerator: Jefry Biehler, MD, MPH
P3 - PLENARY SESSION - Real Wisdom from Thriving Physicians
Benjamin Doolittle, MD, MA

Data have shown an increase in the rates of depression, suicide, and burnout amongst health care provider over the rates of the general population. This session highlights the reality of burnout issues faced by clinicians and provides tools and ideas for promotion of wellbeing and for burnout  mitigation.
Moderator: Mario Reyes, MD
10:55am-11:40amMOC LogoS303 - Common Sports Injuries: Clinical Approach & Radiologic Correlations
Annie Casta, MD
Ricardo Restrepo, MD

Sports injuries are often seen in the primary care office, urgent care, or emergency department. In this session, a Primary Care Sports Medicine specialist will review the clinical presentation and approach to common sports injuries and a pediatric radiologist will correlate the clinical diagnosis with radiographic findings highlighting which type of radiograph best to order and when.
11:40am- 11:45amQ&A
11:45am-12:05pmMOC LogoS304 - The Red Flags of Human Trafficking for the Pediatric Clinician
Kristy Nunez, Esq

Human trafficking has been on the rise most likely due to increased awareness. Human trafficking is impacting teens and is seen in our communities. Pediatric clinicians must be able to identify red flags related to human trafficking and know how to approach the situation if suspected.
12:05pm-12:20pmMOC LogoS305 - Patient Perspective: Human Trafficking: A Problem Closer to Home than You Think
Shanika Ampah, LPN

Hear from a patient who was a victim of human trafficking. Learn the red flags and the patterns that pediatric clinicians should be able to identify.
12:20pm- 12:25pmQ&A
12:25pm-12:45pmLUNCH & LEARN BREAKOUTS
B-3E: Breakout #5 - First Do No Harm: Wisely Choosing What Not to Do
Susan C. Walley, MD, CTTS
Joshua Tarkoff, MD
Saima Aftab, MD

The Choosing Wisely Campaign has used an evidence-based approach to decrease waste, practice high-value care, and in many situations avoid exposing patients to unnecessary risks/ harms. This breakout session will highlight selected and relevant focus areas of choosing wisely and the rationale behind the recommendations.
B-3F: Breakout #6 - What to Do While Waiting to See the Specialist? (4 Specialties)

What to do if you see a patient with...:
•   Suspected IBD - John Peters, DO (Gastroenterology)
•   Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding- Shaketha Gray, MD (Adolescent Medicine)
•   Short Stature- Pedro Pagan, MD (Endocrinology)
•   Elevated BP- Obioma Nwobi, MD (Nephrology)
This session highlights what pediatricians can do, what tests to order, or what treatments to begin while waiting to see the specialist.
2:45pm-3:15pmMOC2 Corner - Feedback Day 3 (For MOC Registrants Only)
3:30pm-6:30pmReception - "An Adventure in Pediatrics; 70 Years of Progress at Nicklaus Children's Hospital"
70th Anniversary Celebration - Meet the Experts

Come socialize and enjoy an evening meeting our expert team of practitioners.


Day 4 – Sunday, March 1, 2020

7:30am-8:20amRegistration and Breakfast
8:20am-8:30amWelcome and Opening Remarks
 Pediatric Infectious Disease Update
Moderator: Beatriz Cunill-De-Sautu, MD
8:30am-9:00amMOC LogoS401 - Adolescent Immunization Update
Mary Ann Jackson, MD

This session provides an update to the primary acre clinician on what’s new and recommended in adolescent immunization
9:05am-9:35amMOC LogoS402 - Vector-Borne Diseases: Part I (Tick-Borne)
Jennifer Read, MD, MPH

Vector-borne diseases are estimated to represent almost 20% of all infectious diseases. Many vector-borne diseases are transmitted by ticks. In this session, the epidemiology, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of the most common tick-borne diseases in the U.S. (Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis and anaplasmosis, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever) will be reviewed
9:40am-10:20amMOC LogoModerator: S. Anthony Wolfe, MD, FACS, FAAP
P4 - PLENARY SESSION - The Millard Lecture - Gender Affirming Surgery
Thomas Satterwhite, MD
10:20am- 10:25amQ&A
 Moderator: Rani Gereige, MD, MPH
10:55am-11:25amMOC LogoS403 - Management of Infants at Risk of GBS Disease
Mary Ann Jackson
GBS can occur as an early onset and late onset disease. Primary care clinicians and Pediatric Hospital Medicine physicians should be aware of the new GBS guidelines published by the AAP. This session will focus on the review of these guidelines and recommendations.
11:25am- 11:30amQ&A
11:30am-12:00pmMOC LogoS404 - Vector-Borne Diseases: Part II (Other vectors)
Jennifer Read, MD, MPH

Vector-borne diseases are estimated to cause more than 700,000 deaths each year. Vectors include mosquitoes and other organisms, such as triatomine bugs. In this session, the epidemiology, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of important vector-borne diseases (transmitted by vectors other than ticks) will be reviewed – Specifically Dengue, and Zika (Spread by Aedes mosquitoes) as well as Chagas disease (an emerging disease in the U.S.).
12:05pmClosing Remarks & Adjourn
12:05pm-12:30pmMOC2 Corner - Feedback Day 4 (For MOC Registrants Only)
The Diplomat Beach Resort
3555 S Ocean Dr
Hollywood, FL 33019
United States
+1 (855) 689-2911

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Faculty, Moderators, and Planners Disclosure

None of the PPGC speakers, moderators, and scientific planning committee members (and their spouse/partner) had any COIs or financial relationships to disclose in the past 12 months or plan to discuss unlabeled or investigational use of a drug, device, or product not approved int he U.S. except for the one(s) listed below.

All COIs have been resolved prior to the meeting. Faculty will disclose financial relationships or COIs to the audience verbally and/or with a slide at the beginning of their presentation.


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

Designation Statement: Nicklaus Children's Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 20 AMA PRA Category Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty/Planner Disclosure Policy: 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.

ABP MOC Recognition Statement: Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the activity and individual assessment of and feedback to the learner, enables the learner to earn up to 20 MOC points in the American Board of Pediatrics’ (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit learner completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABP MOC credit. (PARS Course ID 201338654)


Available Credit

  • 20.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    Nicklaus Children's Hospital designates this for a maximum of 20.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • 20.00 Attendance
    Acknowledging attendance at this educational activity.

We would like to acknowledge our 2019 Exhibitors for their generous support:

Atizana Inspired
Desert Sage
FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Gelato Gourmet
Gideons International
Mead Johnson Nutrition
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Global Health
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Ambulatory Care Centers
Nicklaus Children’s Health System
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Telehealth
Origami Owl
Pediatric Specialists of America
Signius Communications
South Florida Suicide Prevention Coalition
State of Florida Department of Children & Families
The Purse Lady
Tru Med Systems / Accuvax
Village South / West Care
Wolters Kluwer / Ovid
YV International Realty

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