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2016 Hot Topics in Pediatrics Conference & Annual Dinner
Friday, May 20, 2016
Marriott Hotel in Bloomington

Take advantage of early-bird rates: $199/day or $49/annual dinner only! Free and reduced rates for trainees!


9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Practical Tools for Addressing Poverty and Disparities in the Clinic

Minnesota is ranked #1 in the country for overall child well-being. However, not all Minnesota's children share equally in those improvements. Poverty rates in Minnesota are four times as high for American Indian children, and nearly five times as high for African American children as for white children. This session will focus on identifying and addressing poverty and health disparities in the clinic. Gain practical resources you can share with families in order to get them connected to the care and services they need.

Speakers include:

  • Stephanie Hoganson, Research and Policy Director of the Children's Defense Fund -- Minnesota
  • Jane Morton, MD, FAAP, Stanford University
  • Glenn Flores, MD, FAAP, Distinguished Chair of Health Policy Research, Medica Research Institute
  • Stephen Nelson, MD, FAAP, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

1:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Pediatric Point-of-Care Ultrasound: An introduction and Hands on Use

Introduction to portable ultrasound equipment for use with pediatric patients in hospitals, clinics, and emergency departments. It will feature ‘hands on’ use by participants with pediatric patients. Demonstrated and "hand-on" use of portable ultrasound equipment for probe handling, abdominal, cardiac, lungs, vascular and musculoskeletal scenarios. 

Draft agenda for training:


Introduction; uses of point of care ultrasound (POCUS); POCUS vs radiology; getting to know the machine; training overview

Robert Reardon, MD,  FAAEM

1:30- 3:00pm

Use of probe and ‘hands on’ scenarios for MSK, abdominal, vascular (30 min on each scenario)

Pablo Avendano, MD, MPH, Ashley Strobel, MD
William Scheels, MD
Kelly Bergman, MD
Valerie Whitcomb, MD
Katie Wondra
Jenna Wineberg


Break and networking

3:15- 4:45pm

‘Hands on’ scenarios for lungs, cardiac, misc.
(30 min on each scenario)

4:45-5:15 pm

Resources, competency, credentialing; questions, equipment, reimbursement, evaluation and wrap-up

Pablo Avendano, MD, MPH


1:30-4:30 p.m.
Increasing Accessibility of Mental Health Services and Resources

Studies estimate that mental health problems affect one in five young people at any given time, but few are receiving the care they need. Key barriers include long wait times, insurance and high deductibles, and availability of therapy appointments either in school or outside of school hours. Hear about innovative models to increase access to mental health services and resources here in Minnesota.

Speakers to be announced soon.

5:00-6:00 p.m.
Fifth Annual Student/Resident Abstract Competition

Once again this year, MNAAP will hold a resident and medical student abstract and poster competition preceding the annual dinner. The goal of the competition is to foster community among pediatric trainees across the state. Abstracts should number no more than 450 words and must be submitted electronically by April 25. More info here

6:00-9:00 p.m.
MNAAP Annual Meeting and Dinner: Physician Self-Care: Building Resiliency and Mindfulness

Studies show that nearly half of American physicians experience feelings of emotional exhaustion, cynicism, and decreased job satisfaction. Even if you, personally, aren't experiencing burnout, chances are good it's affecting your colleagues. And it can cause a ripple effect. Studies indicate physicians experiencing burnout have decreased levels of professionalism, poorer quality outcomes, and an increased risk for medical errors. So how can we beat burnout, reclaim joy and purpose in our practice, and improve communication with our patients and families?

Keynote speaker

Annual dinner agenda:

6:00-6:30 p.m.     Networking Reception and Cash Bar

6:30-6:50 p.m.  

Dinner and Welcome, Susan Berry, MD, FAAP, MNAAP President            

6:50-7:00 p.m.   AAP National Update

7:00-8:15 p.m. 

Keynote: Physician Self-Care: Building Resiliency and Mindfulness

8:15-8:30 p.m.     

2015 Award Recipients

8:30-8:45 p.m.     Winners of Medical Student/Resident Abstract Competition

8:45 p.m.        Closing remarks


Past conferences: 2015 | 2014 | 2013