The University of Wisconsin Department of Pediatrics sponsors conferences and other live activities focused on cutting-edge topics in pediatric and adolescent medicine.
With the opening of the UW Health Clinical Simulation Program, we are able to offer more hands-on, simulation-based training. Popular simulation-based training sessions include PALS , the Wisconsin Emergency Medical Services for Children Conference and the Fetal Heart Screening for Congenital Heart Disease.
Our faculty are committed to developing live learning activities on state-of-the art topics in learner-friendly, interactive formats.
Seminars in Pediatrics
September 18-19, 2014
Seminars in Pediatrics, hosted annually by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics and the American Family Children's Hospital, highlights the latest trends in pediatric research and clinical practice. Each year primary care providers, including physicians, nurses, and physician assistants come together to engage in lively lectures and networking with colleagues from across Wisconsin and the Midwest.
Future Conference Dates
October 1-2, 2015
Midwest Clinical Genetics Conference
September 19, 2014
The University of Wisconsin Department of Pediatrics is thrilled to host the 2014 Upper Midwest Clinical Genetics Conference. We will continue to build on our professional understanding of the current research related to the diagnosis and management of genetic diseases. We are looking forward to this opportunity to network and share clinical research with our colleagues.
2014 Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group – USA (DSMIG-USA) Annual Symposium
July 11, 2014
This symposium provides a forum for sharing of knowledge and experiences related to clinical care of children and adults with Down syndrome, clinical research related to Down syndrome, and development of Down syndrome clinics. The intended audience is DSMIG - USA members and other professionals working in the field of Down syndrome including physicians, research scientists, nurses, Down syndrome clinic coordinators, psychologists, dieticians, occupational and physical therapists, speech and language pathologists and social workers. Residents and trainees are welcome to attend.
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Spinal Muscular Atrophy
June 13, 2014
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), the number one genetic killer of children under the age of two, is an often-fatal disease that destroys the nerves controlling voluntary muscle movement, which affects crawling, walking, head and neck control, and even swallowing.
This annual conference focuses on the diagnosis of infants and children with neuromuscular weakness, clinical application of care standards to individuals with spinal muscular atrophy, and discussion of pathophysiology and therapeutic strategies for intervention.
The Cultural Context of Corporal Punishment: Keeping Kids Safe
June 11, 2014
Community-based professionals bring personal history and implicit biases to their work life that may negatively impact their ability to objectively assess and "see" the reality of a family’s situation. These factors can lead to over reporting or under reporting of incidences of child abuse, both resulting in poor outcomes for child health. Although some community-based professionals are familiar with research related specifically to child abuse, they may not be as familiar with the research on the short-term and long-term impact of corporal punishment on the developing child.
Expert faculty will discuss the significant negative impact corporal punishment has on the child’s physical and emotional development. Learners will have the opportunity to examine their personal biases, gain understanding of how these biases influence their daily work, and develop strategies to reduce the impact of bias in their work.
Sports Medicine Conference
May 8-9, 2014
Ten to thirty percent of patient visits in the primary care setting are related to musculoskeletal injuries. This conference provides the latest information on the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of athletic and musculoskeletal injuries. Sessions focus on practical and clinically relevant information for participants to use in their daily practice.
Child Abuse: What Do You Need To Know?
April 25, 2014
The Dane County Child Protection Collaborative (DCCPC) is a multi-agency group of local hospitals, police departments, and various child agencies that have a common mission to advocate for the safety and well-being of children in the community.
Each year, the DCCPC hosts a conference designed to increase community awareness about child maltreatment issues. Past conferences have focused on drug-endangered children, child sex trafficking and child neglect.
Fetal Heart Screening for Congenital Heart Disease Course
April 12, 2013
The purpose of this activity is to improve the skill and confidence of sonographers and physicians in the performance and evaluation of screening fetal heart views and images, in order to improve prenatal detection of congenital heart disease. The ‘hands-on’ element builds skill in image acquisition and the didactic portion assists with the interpretation of images.
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS Plus) Program
March 6-7, 2014
The course provides advanced practical skills in the evaluation and treatment of acute illness and injury in the pediatric patient during the first critical hour. This is an intense two-day course comprising lectures and practical skill sessions. The skill sessions and laboratory include performance of simulated pediatric resuscitations.
This course is intended for practicing physicians, registered nurses, physician assistants, and paramedics - specifically those who care for ill children in an emergency department, an inpatient hospital setting, and a prehospital setting.
Course faculty include members of the Divisions of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Pediatric Cardiology, and Emergency Medicine and the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
Obesity Management for Pediatric Patients Symposium
February 22, 2014
This symposium is designed to provide an overview of effective screening, diagnostic and treatment tool available to the general practitioner caring for the obese pediatric patient.
At the completion of this activity, learners will be able to:
- Compare state-of-the-art, evidence-based practices influencing the care of the pediatric obese patient to current practices in order to independently and consistently identify sound medical practices and adjust standards of care
- Discuss the diagnosis and treatment of co-morbid conditions presenting in the obese pediatric patient
- Investigate other pieces of the complex solutions to the growing problem of childhood obesity, including public policy initiatives intended to reverse the epidemic of childhood obesity.
Wisconsin Emergency Medical Services for Children Conference
February 8, 2014
Due to their size, physiology, anatomy, and emotional state, children have unique medical needs that require special consideration. In 2006, the Institute of Medicine identified a significant disparity in the quality of care between large-city tertiary care centers and the community emergency departments where the majority of children receive emergency care. The pediatric expertise of providers at community facilities varies significantly, necessitating additional education on the care of the pediatric patient.
This conference provides evidence-based updates for common and critical pediatric emergency problems through short, focused didactic sessions. It also includes hands-on skills training using high-fidelity simulation, and emergency pediatric procedures training in airway management, vascular access, and chest compression.
Childhood Allergic Diseases: Primary Care Update
May 9, 2013
This program has been designed for primary care providers, including physicians, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, and respiratory therapists who participate in the treatment of childhood allergic diseases. A noticeable gap exists between practitioners’ awareness of practice guidelines developed by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) for the management of asthma in the pediatric patient and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) for the diagnosis and management of food allergies and the practitioners’ ability to apply the guidelines to clinical practice.
Death by Child Neglect Conference
February 15, 2013
According to the Child Maltreatment 2009 report by the US Department of Health and Human Services, an estimated 763,000 children were found to be victims of child abuse and neglect more than one time. Of those, 78.3 percent were victims of neglect. In fact, the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) reports that neglect is actually the most fatal form of child abuse. However, neglect often goes unrecognized or under-reported.
Conference faculty will dispel the myth that child neglect is a “lesser” form of child abuse through evidence-based discussions of the neuropsychological and physical effects of child neglect. Building on this knowledge, learners will explore the application of multidisciplinary collaboration to build effective timelines to address the detection, reporting and, when necessary, prosecution of child neglect cases through hands-on, case-based activities.