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

More than 150 people attended a portion of MNAAP's Hot Topics in Pediatrics Conference and Annual dinner, which covered everything from strategies to address poverty and health disparities to hands-on practice using point-of-care ultrasound to hearing successful models of mental health collaboration between schools and clinics.

A number of interesting and unusual case studies and research projects were on display during the chapter's fifth annual student and resident abstract competition. Over 25 posters were on display. The winners received a cash prize and will be recognized in an upcoming issue of Minnesota Pediatrician:

  • Ashley Tollefson- Medical student research/Quality Improvement
  • Joshua Olson- Medical student Clinical Vignette
  • Molly Fansler, MD- Resident Clinical Vignette
  • Brinda Desai, MD- Resident Research/ QI

The evening keynote speaker, Dr. Amit Sood with Mayo Clinic, who authored the book Resilient Living, shared strategies to help physicians become more mindful of their day and experience more peace as a result.

Finally, the chapter recognized individuals who have made outstanding contributions to pediatrics and child health and wellbeing over the past year. Dr. Marilyn Peitso (CentraCare) received the 2016 Distinguished Service Award and Carolyn Allshouse (Family Voices) and Lynne Burke (Reach out and Read) received the 2016 Child Advocacy Award.

All in all, it was a great opportunity for primary care physicians, clinicians and child health advocates to collaborate, network and learn alongside each other to strengthen the care of children.

Detailed agenda and objectives for the day

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.

9:00-9:30 am

Minnesota KIDS COUNT: Developing Opportunities for All Minnesota Children's Defense Fund


Stephanie Hoganson (Minnesota Kids COUNT)


No Baby Left Behind: Breastfeeding Equity from the First Hour



Summary: Picasso and Breastfeeding

Jane Morton, MD, FABM, FAAP


Leveling the Playing Field: Achieving Equity and Eliminating Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Your Practice



Does Disadvantage Start at Home?

AAP Technical Report: Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Health and Health Care of Children

A Randomized, Controlled Trial of the Effectiveness of Community-Based Care Management in Insuring Uninsured Latino Children

Parent Mentors and Insuring Uninsured Children: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Medicaland Dental Health, Access to Care and Use of Services in U.S. Children

Improving Asthma Outcomes in Minority Children: A Randomized, Controlled Trial of Parent Mentors

Glenn Flores, MD, FAAP (Medica Research Institute)


Food Insecurity Screening: Next Steps


Rachel Tellez, MD, FAAP (HCMC)
Cecilia DiCaprio (SNAP-Ed)

Kurt Hager (Second Harvest)


Race, Racism and Health Inequity: What can we do about it?


Stephen C. Nelson, MD (Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota)

1:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Point-of-Care Ultrasound in the Pediatric Patient: Introduction and Hands-on Training 

This course will provide an introduction to pediatric point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) and will focus on topics relevant to a variety of settings including hospital-based practices, primary care clinics,urgent care and emergency departments. It will feature ‘hands on’ use by participants with pediatric patients with an emphasis on the basic skills needed to confidently use ultrasound in clinical practice. Topics will include probe and machine handling ("knobology"), abdominal, cardiac, lungs, vascular access and musculoskeletal/soft tissue applications. 

1:00-1:30 pm

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

Robert Reardon, MD,  FAAEM (HCMC)

1:30- 3:00 pm

‘Hands on’ scenarios for MSK, abdominal, vascular access (30 min on each scenario)

Pablo Avendano, MD, MPH (U of M Masonic Children's Hospital); Ashley Strobel, MD (HCMC, U of M Masonic Children's Hospital); William Scheels, MD (HCMC); Kelly Bergmann, DO, FAAP (Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota); Valerie Whitcomb, MD (Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota); Manu Madhok, MD, MPH, FAAP (Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota); Beth Placzek, DO (Mayo Clinic); other faculty TBA;  Katie Wondra (Sonography HCMC); Jenna Wineberg (Sonography HCMC)

3:00-3:1 5pm

Break and networking

3:15- 4:45 pm

‘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 (U of M Masonic Children's Hospital)


1:00-4:15 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. Hear about innovative models to increase access to mental health services and resources in your clinic and leave with skills you can use.

1:00 p.m.


Collaboration for Pediatric Mental Health: National Trends and Minnesota Opportunities
Jeff Schiff, MD, MBA, FAAP
Minnesota Department of Human Services

1:30 p.m.


School Collaboration: Advocating for kids/teens in school
Team from St. Cloud School District 742 Mental health triage therapists and ALC

  • Shereen Anderson, MS, LMFT
  • Londa Wagner MS, LMFT
  • Alyson Laidlaw, MS, LMFT

2:00 p.m.


Kimberley Zack, MA
School Linked Mental Health Therapist
Lee Carlson Center at Centennial Schools in Lino Lakes

2:20 p.m.


Behavioral Health and Primary Care Collaboration
Learn from different models of co-located services, the consultative model, community-based referral; collaborative care and use of technology
Team from St. Luke’s Pediatric Associates, Duluth

  • Gretchen Karstens, MD, FAAP
  • Krista Harju, MSW, M.Ed  Children’s Mental Health Care Coordinator

2:45 p.m.


Hennepin County Medical Center- Pediatric Clinic
Margie Hogan, MD, FAAP

3:00 p.m.


Break – Visit exhibitor booths and networking

3:15 p.m.


Wendy Berghorst, RN, MS, Director of Integrated Healthcare Services

3:30 p.m.


South Lake Pediatrics
JoAnne Hoffman-Jecha, MD, FAAP, Director of Mental Health Services

3:50 p.m.


Collaboration with Patients and Families to Improve Insight
Engaging Patients and Family on Marijuana Use
Pamela Gonzalez, MD, MS, FAAP
University of Minnesota

4:15 p.m.


Closing comments

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

A resident and medical student abstract and poster competition preceded the annual dinner. The goal of the competition is to foster community among pediatric trainees across the state.

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 (Resilience by Mayo Clinic) | Building Resiliency and Mindfulness: SMART Program

Annual dinner agenda:

6:00-6:50 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.     

2016 Award Recipients

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

8:45 p.m.        Closing remarks


Exhibiting/advertising information

This Live activity, MNAAP Hot Topics in Pediatrics Conference, with a beginning date of 05/20/2016, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to  8.00 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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