General Session


CPS Leadership Forum (with continental breakfast)

From challenges to innovation: Doing our part to improve children's health status and health services in Canada

Across Canada, there are many examples of good practice and health service innovations that improve children’s health. At the same time, it has been reported that Canadian children are not as healthy as those in many other developed nations. As new evidence, technology, service models and resource constraints bring change to our health care systems, children may be at risk of being overlooked. It is an important time for children’s health.

In this presentation, Dr. O’Donnell will explore what’s possible with respect to our understanding of the health status of children and youth, the relationship between health status and service delivery models, novel systems thinking and systems approaches, as well as the roles we might play and partnerships we might strike in our unique Canadian context. What can we do to lead the changes that will help Canada’s children be their healthiest?

Faculty: Maureen O'Donnell, MD

CanMEDS: Medical expert, Collaborator, Leader

Topics: General paediatrics, Advocacy


CPS Annual General Meeting

Open to all delegates.

Learn all about the CPS: Advocacy work, new programs, and our new Strategic Framework for the next 5 years.

You’ll also meet outstanding membership award winners, engage in some “executive action” by electing CPS Board members, and celebrate the new CPS president, president-elect, and vice president as they step into their roles.




Paediatric environmental health for the busy clinician

Hosted by the CPS Paediatric Environmental Health Section

Most paediatricians regularly see patients with environmentally-related diseases, but often feel under-equipped from lack of training to handle such cases. This interactive session discusses basic environmental history-taking skills that can be applied in a busy practice setting and offers useful tools for anticipatory guidance. Short case-based clinical presentations of key environmentally-related diseases are also covered.

Faculty: Irena Buka, MD and Catherine Hervouet-Zeiber, MD

CanMEDS: Medical expert, Communicator, Collaborator, Health advocate

Topics: Environmental health, General paediatrics




Understanding and managing Aboriginal children’s pain, using a ‘two-eyed seeing’ perspective

Aboriginal children experience painful conditions at higher rates than their non-Aboriginal peers, yet for various reasons are much less likely to receive timely treatment. Untreated pain detracts from optimal development and can interfere with learning, mental and physical health, and lifetime achievement. The ‘two-eyed’ model of Aboriginal health suggests seeing, with one eye, the strengths of Indigenous knowledge and ways of knowing, while seeing the strengths of Western knowledge and ways of knowing with the other eye. The Aboriginal Children’s Hurt & Healing (ACHH) Initiative is a community-based clinical research team addressing Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action on health. This presentation shares ACHH results that inform culturally safe care.

Faculty: Margot Latimer, PhD and John Sylliboy

CanMEDS: Medical expert, Communicator, Health advocate, Scholar

Topics: Hospital paediatrics, Developmental paediatrics




Depression and anxiety disorders: Focus on treatment

This seminar presents our most current knowledge around treatments for depression and anxiety disorders in children and adolescents. Specific attention is given to emerging treatments and evidence for their efficacy. A treatment algorithm to consider when managing children and adolescents with depression and anxiety disorders is provided.

Faculty: Daphne Korczak, MD and Suneeta Monga, MD

CanMEDS: Medical expert, Communicator, Collaborator, Health advocate, Scholar

Topics: Mental health, General paediatrics

Family physician




Strengthening resiliency in residents for rewarding, sustainable careers

Hosted by the CPS Resident Section

Resident Doctors of Canada has developed a skills-based resiliency curriculum to help mitigate stress during residency, with content support from the Mental Health Commission of Canada and the Department of National Defence’s Road to Mental Readiness Program. The curriculum highlights the importance of promoting mental resiliency in physicians by fostering supportive and positive learning environments, and advocates for a systematic approach to understanding and addressing anticipated stresses during residency.

Faculty: Thomas McLaughlin, MD and Laura Swaney, MD

CanMEDS: Medical expert

Topics: Resident/trainee, Physician wellness




Green, yellow, red—planning ahead! Proactive care planning for children with medical complexity

This workshop promotes hands-on skill development in care planning, using a case study of a child with medical complexity (CMC). Participants engage in small-group activities to learn a step-by-step approach for identifying needs and goals of care and creating a problem-based care plan. Participants have the opportunity to apply their newly-acquired skills, utilizing an “action plan” template that prioritizes issue management by level of acuity: "day-to-day" (green), "sick day" (yellow) and "emergency" (red).

Faculty: Sara Long-Gagné, MD and Kathleen Huth, MD

CanMEDS: Medical expert, Communicator, Collaborator, Health advocate, Scholar, Professional

Topics: Complex care, Prevention and anticipatory guidance




Tips and tricks for managing foreign bodies in your office

Foreign bodies are commonly presented by young children and most can be managed in the paediatrician’s office. This hands-on workshop discusses evidence-informed techniques and shares tips and tricks for successful, safe foreign body removal from eyes, nose and ears. Participants have an opportunity to practice these techniques during the workshop. Indications for prompt referral, such as ingestion of button batteries, are also discussed.

Faculty: Savithiri Ratnapalan, MD and Suzan Schneeweiss, MD

CanMEDS: Medical expert

Topics: Emergency medicine, General paediatrics

Family physician


Lunch (on your own)



Ticketed Event

Protecting children from seasonal influenza: Addressing the challenges and understanding immunization options

(This program was co-developed with Seqirus and independently planned with scientific integrity, objectivity and balance in mind.)

The Canadian burden of seasonal influenza disease in children is significant; however, uptake of influenza vaccination in Canada is well below national targets. Understanding potential benefits and current age-specific influenza vaccines is important from a parent counseling perspective. This symposium will address the immediate need for answers to commonly asked questions around recently introduced seasonal influenza vaccines, through a round table discussion with experts as well as addressing questions from the participants.

Moderator: John Yaremko, MD

Lunch provided
Limited seating – must be pre-registered
1.0 credit hours 

Faculty: William Fisher, PhD, Hartley Garfield, MD and Mark Loeb, MD

CanMEDS: Medical expert

Topics: Adolescent health, Allergy and immunology

Family physician


Residents Advocacy Luncheon (for residents and medical students only)

Hosted by the Residents Section

Working with newcomers to Canada

Presentation will focus on working with newcomers to Canada followed by an update on the 2016 Resident Advocacy Grant Project.

CanMEDS: Medical expert

Topics: International health, Resident/trainee




Non-invasive ventilatory support in the community hospital setting: Patients, procedures and pitfalls

This seminar familiarizes the general paediatrician with the non-invasive ventilation strategies, such as highflow nasal cannulae (HFNC) and CPAP, increasingly used on the paediatric ward and in community hospitals. After an explanation of “how things work”, common case scenarios are presented that demonstrate how to select appropriate patients, avoid common pitfalls and work with the limitations of therapy.

Faculty: Jeff Bishop, MD and Sarah Waterston, MD

CanMEDS: Medical expert, Collaborator, Leader, Health advocate, Scholar

Topics: Hospital paediatrics, Critical care




Growing up healthy in a digital world: How paediatricians can help parents navigate screen use in the early years

Screen-based media are a constant presence in the lives of young children—from devices and apps created for them to their parents’ smartphones. What limits should parents place on screen use for babies and young children? Does using digital technology in the early years have lasting physical, cognitive or developmental effects? What advice should clinicians provide to families? This seminar will highlight current research on the potential risks and benefits of screen-based media use in the early years, and review the Canadian Paediatric Society’s new guidelines to help paediatricians counsel parents.

Faculty: Stacey A. Bélanger, MD and Michelle Ponti, MD

CanMEDS: Medical expert, Communicator

Topics: Technology, General paediatrics




Better nights, better days: Helping paediatric patients with neurodevelopmental disorders (NDD) to get a better night’s sleep

Children with NDD have a high rate of sleep disturbance. This seminar provides practical information about key assessment measures and a new tool for evaluating children and youth with insomnia. Intervention strategies are provided and applied through case studies. Participants learn about strategies (behavioural and pharmacological) that improve sleep in young patients with a variety of disorders, including autism, FASD, CP and ADHD.

Faculty: Penny Corkum, PhD and Shelly Weiss, MD

CanMEDS: Medical expert, Scholar

Topics: Practice/office management, Developmental paediatrics




‘Top ten’ treatment tips and tricks in dermatology

Dermatological therapies are often less successful than expected for common skin conditions and health care providers are not always aware of the nuances involved in selecting and using topical therapies. Hear suggestions toward enhancing therapeutic success for common conditions, such as eczema, acne and warts. Learn how to select appropriate medications and the correct vehicle for applying them. Also learn to guide patients and families to use topical therapies correctly, and learn to counsel on the side effects of these treatments.

Faculty: James Bergman, MD and Miriam Weinstein, MD

CanMEDS: Medical expert

Topics: Dermatology, General paediatrics

Family physician




Being a trans-friendly provider: Practical tips for transgender care

With the profile of gender variant youth growing, health care providers need to build understanding of issues related to transgender experience. Many providers are unsure about what information to provide to these patients and their families, and when/if to refer. This seminar provides basic information on trans health issues and presents strategies, standards of care,  and resources for appropriate, effective and supportive care for this population.

Faculty: Shuvo Ghosh, MD and Anne Marie Sbrocchi, MD

CanMEDS: Medical expert, Communicator, Collaborator

Topics: Social paediatrics, Adolescent health

Family physician




Teaching 101: Strategies for teaching one-on-one, to 101 learners

It is important to equip health professionals with a variety of effective teaching strategies for use in clinical and classroom settings. This workshop presents traditional teaching methods, such as the One-Minute Preceptor, along with tips to improve bedside teaching and another, more innovative strategy: Team-based learning. Participants are able to experience one method in a small group scenarios but leave prepared to implement new strategies in practice.

Faculty: Hosanna Au, MD, Angela Punett, MD and Susanna Talarico, MD

CanMEDS: Medical expert, Communicator, Collaborateur, Scholar

Topics: Medical education, Resident/trainee


Refreshment break


General Session


The CPS President’s Lecture

Say yes to the less! ‘Choosing wisely’ in office and hospital settings 

The rationale behind recommendations made in both the CPS Choosing Wisely ‘top 5' list and a comparable list developed and implemented in a large children’s hospital are presented. After explaining why clinical practices are being encouraged to comply with these recommendations, some strategies are outlined that, when implemented, help ensure health care improvements.

After the general session, presentations from the Awards for Excellence: Best Paediatric Trainee Research Competition, will follow.

Faculty: Isabelle Chevalier, MD and Jeremy Friedman, MD

CanMEDS: Medical expert, Collaborator, Leader, Health advocate, Scholar, Professional

Topics: General paediatrics, Hospital paediatrics


General Session


Reaching for the Top!

Let the games begin! The 2017 Reaching for the Top! promises to be a battle of wits among residents and faculty from the University of British Columbia and University of Alberta. You will be entertained, educated and enthralled by questions covering everything you thought you'd never need to know about paediatrics. 

CanMEDS: Medical expert

Topics: Research, General paediatrics