Thursday

0730-1500

Trade Show and Poster Session (breakfast from 0730-0830)

Have breakfast in the exhibit hall before sessions begin, and tour this year’s exhibits to see the very latest in paediatric products, services and publications. Posters, clinical cases and resident advocacy posters are available for viewing all day.

Poster viewing is worth 0.5 credits per poster under RCPSC Section 2.

0745-1600

Section Programming


SP8

Developmental comes alive: Emerging concepts in developmental paediatrics

Hosted by the CPS Developmental Paediatrics Section

Using case-based discussions and practical tools, prominent clinicians and researchers in the field of developmental paediatrics present current evidence and emerging concepts on the following topics: 1) vulnerable children and the effect of social determinants of health on childhood behaviour and development; 2) recent controversies on developmental and behavioural screening/surveillance; and 3) the use of medical cannabis in children. The ever-popular “Hot topics in developmental paediatrics” is also reprised.

Schedule (PDF)

Speaker(s): Jean Clinton, MD, Barbara Fitzgerald, MD, Nancy Lanphear, MD, William Mahoney, MD, Tim Oberlander, MD and Michael Rieder, MD

CanMEDS: Medical expert, Communicator, Health advocate

Topics: Developmental paediatrics, General paediatrics

0830-0930

G2

The CPS Child and Youth Health Lecture Series

One year later: Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) and what we’ve learned about requests concerning minors

Since Bill C-14 became law in June 2016, the Government of Canada has committed to an independent review regarding the inclusion of mature minors as persons eligible for MAID in the near future. Meanwhile, the CPS has undertaken two surveys to assess: 1) Canadian requests for MAID for minor patients, to date; and 2) attitudes and opinions of child health providers in Canada concerning MAID in infants, children and youth. This session reviews the key findings from these surveys and updates practitioners on the legal landscape one year after federal legislation on MAID came into force.

Speaker(s): Dawn Davies, MD and Mary Shariff, PhD

CanMEDS: Medical expert, Communicator, Health advocate

Topics: Advocacy, General paediatrics

Family physician

0930-1000

Health break (with Trade Show and Poster Session)

Poster Session presenters are available during the break to discuss their work with you.  

1000-1100

Seminar


2A

Promoting positive body image: How to help without doing harm

This seminar reviews current Canadian trends in weight disorders, including both eating disorders and obesity, and the negative consequences suffered by youth in our weight-obsessed and weight-biased society. Speakers provide practical suggestions to help health care providers foster positive body image in all young patients, emphasizing a focus on healthy behaviours versus body weight alone.

Speaker(s): Megan Harrison, MD and Amy Robinson, MD

CanMEDS: Medical expert, Communicator, Health advocate

Topics: Prevention and anticipatory guidance, Adolescent health

Family physician

1000-1100

Seminar


2B

Severe hyperbilirubinemia (SH) in the newborn: Treatment, consequences and hematological considerations

Severe hyperbilirubinemia (SH) and its sequelae remain a health care burden despite improvements following from the implementation of recent guidelines. A considerable variation in treatments remains, and follow-up for possible underlying hematological causes of SH is inconsistent. This seminar provides cased-based review of management protocols for SH, based on best evidence, along with an approach to diagnosing hematological disease as one possible root cause of SH, and a possible role for hematological follow-up.

Speaker(s): Jillian Baker, MD and Michael Sgro, MD

CanMEDS: Medical expert

Topics: Neonatology-perinatology, Hematology and oncology

Family physician

1000-1100

Seminar


2C

Thinking ‘outside the box’: A paediatric guide to facilitating an evidence-based discussion of alternative neurology treatments for families

There are some new but not necessarily evidence-based alternative treatments for common neurological problems, such as cannabinoids for epilepsy or stem cell therapy for cerebral palsy. It is essential for paediatricians and child and youth health care practitioners to be knowledgeable about such treatments and to be able to discuss them with families and counsel appropriately. This case-based seminar updates participants on key treatments that families may be interested in exploring.

Speaker(s): Kathryn Selby, MD and Shelly Weiss, MD

CanMEDS: Medical expert

Topics: Alternative medicine, Neurology

1000-1100

Seminar


2D

Book club discussion of Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, by Atul Gawande

This important work, described by Oliver Sacks as “wise and deeply moving... an essential and insightful book for our times,” explores how we treat the aged, the chronically ill and the dying in modern medicine. Dr. Gawande is a surgeon and public health researcher who has interwoven deeply personal stories from his professional life with experiences of family life, especially a complex relationship with his father.

Speaker(s): Harold Siden, MD and Paul Thiessen, MD

CanMEDS: Medical expert, Health advocate

Topics: Bioethics, Palliative medicine

1000-1100

Seminar


2E

Controversies in management of common infectious diseases

We’ll hear “both sides of the story” regarding different—and occasionally conflicting—physician advice on common infectious diseases issues, such as: do infants with UTI and bacteremia need a lumbar puncture?; how long to treat salmonella bacteremia?; which musculoskeletal infections need more than a few days of intravenous antibiotics?, when is ampicillin not the answer for pneumonia?; and do children with shingles need acyclovir?

Speaker(s): Joan Robinson, MD and Marina Salvadori, MD

CanMEDS: Medical expert

Topics: Infectious diseases, Emergency medicine

Family physician

1000-1100

Seminar


2F

The ‘top 5’ hot topics in paediatric surgery

This seminar provides an overview of important emerging paediatric surgery issues, with focus on diagnosis and management. The latest surgical approaches are also discussed.

Speaker(s): Geoffrey Blair, MD

CanMEDS: Medical expert

Topics: Surgery, Hospital paediatrics

1100-1300

Lunch (with Trade Show and Poster Session)

Be sure to join an e-poster session.

1300-1500

Workshop


W2

Care in the chair: An approach to the physical examination of children and youth in wheelchairs

This activity is an Accredited Simulation Activity (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the Canadian Paediatric Society on June 1, 2017. Remember to visit MAINPORT ePortfolio to record your learning and outcomes. You may claim a maximum of 2 hours (credits are automatically calculated).

Note: Workshops are limited to 20 participants.

This workshop provides a hands-on opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills required to comprehensively perform the physical examination of young wheelchair patients. After watching an instructional video demonstrating one step-by-step approach, participants practice and consolidate newly acquired skills with the help of volunteer patients.

Speaker(s): Laurence Gauquelin, MD and Anne Marie Sbrocchi, MD

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

Topics: Complex care, General paediatrics

1300-1500

Workshop


W3

Paediatric musculoskeletal examination skills

This activity is an Accredited Simulation Activity (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the Canadian Paediatric Society on June 1, 2017. Remember to visit MAINPORT ePortfolio to record your learning and outcomes. You may claim a maximum of 2 hours (credits are automatically calculated).

Note: Workshops are limited to 20 participants.

This workshop provides participants with a concise 2-minute musculoskeletal (MSK) screening exam. Called the ‘Paediatric gait, arms, legs and spine’ (pGALS) exam, it has been validated for use in school-aged children. Learnings include approaches to distinguishing normal from abnormal paediatric joints, a relevant focused anatomy review, and interactive opportunities to practice the pGALS exam in small groups with direct observation and expert feedback.

Speaker(s): Mercedes Chan, MD and Karen Watanabe Duffy, MD

CanMEDS: Medical expert

Topics: General paediatrics

Family physician

1300-1500

Workshop


W4

Airway management for the “occasional intubator”

This activity is an Accredited Simulation Activity (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the Canadian Paediatric Society on June 1, 2017. Remember to visit MAINPORT ePortfolio to record your learning and outcomes. You may claim a maximum of 2 hours (credits are automatically calculated).

Note: Workshops are limited to 20 participants.

Using high-fidelity simulation, this workshop provides participants with hands-on opportunities to practice the airway management skills required for practice in community hospitals and resource-limited settings. Content includes basic airway management, preparation for securing advanced airway supports, and some tips and tricks used by paediatric intensivists.

Speaker(s): Amanda Barclay, MD and Jeff Bishop, MD

CanMEDS: Medical expert

Topics: Critical care, Hospital paediatrics

Family physician

1300-1600

Section Programming


SP9

Infant mental health: In the first 3 years

Hosted by the CPS Mental Health Section

This session explores the first three years of life, with focus on their importance for establishing infant/child mental health and setting the stage for lifelong mental, social and physical health. Interventions promoting infant mental health in the paediatric practice setting and in-community are described.

Speaker(s): Patricia Frew, MBCHB, Nicole Letourneau, PhD, Megan MacFadden, MD and Irena Stikarovska, MD

CanMEDS: Medical expert, Collaborator, Health advocate, Professional

Topics: Mental health, Developmental paediatrics

1300-1600

Section Programming


SP10

Finding BALANCE: Supporting children with autism spectrum disorder in the peri-operative period

Hosted by the CPS Paediatric Oral Health Section

This session focuses on the delivery of hospital-based health care to children with autism spectrum disorder. The development of the BALANCE program (Building alliances for autism needs in clinical encounters) is discussed, with specific focus on the delivery of dental care under general anesthesia. Case-studies and clinical frameworks are used to encourage participants to think about how to apply BALANCE principles in their own practice setting.

Speaker(s): Sally Bird, MD, Heather Dyment, MD, Stephanie Snow, PhD and Stuart Wright, MD

CanMEDS: Medical expert, Collaborator, Scholar, Professional

Topics: Oral health, Hospital paediatrics

1300-1600

Section Programming


SP11

‘From cradle to grave’: RSV through the years

Hosted by the CPS Respiratory Health Section

This session covers the various effects of respiratory syncytial virus infection, both in the infant at risk and in the adult. A 25-year overview of infant RSV infections opens the session, with lessons learned to date about the natural history of lung function following RSV infection. A pro/con debate on the appropriate target population for RSV prophylaxis follows, which should be especially lively and engaging because an author of the recent CPS position statement, which described prophylaxis, is participating. The session concludes with a review of the impact of RSV in adults. How early infections can influence lung function later in life is described, along with potential effects of RSV over the entire life span.

Speaker(s): Aaron Chiu, MD, Allison McGeer, MD, Ian Mitchell, MD and Joan Robinson, MD

CanMEDS: Medical expert

Topics: Respirology, General paediatrics

1430-1500

Health break (with Trade Show and Poster Session)

Poster Session presenters are available during the break to discuss their work with you.

1500-1600

Seminar


2G

The changing landscape of cannabis in Canada: What does it mean for you and your patients?

This practical review of burning issues, from medical cannabis use in paediatrics and the science behind the effects of cannabis on the developing brain in adolescents, to the unintentional ingestion of cannabis edibles by children, offers clarity and clinical pearls to use in practice.

Speaker(s): Richard Bélanger, MD and Christina Grant, MD

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

Topics: Adolescent health, General paediatrics

Family physician

1500-1600

Seminar


2H

Acute kidney injury (AKI): Epidemiology, management and prevention in paediatric populations

Acute kidney injury is a common event in hospitalized children and is associated with poor outcomes, including extended in-hospital care and mortality risk. AKI survivors are also at a higher risk for developing chronic kidney disease later in life. This seminar focuses on epidemiology (diagnostic criteria, incidence and risk factors) in high-risk paediatric populations, including surgical patients with congenital heart disease, critically-ill children with sepsis, and patients with diabetes experiencing diabetic ketoacidosis. We also cover AKI prevention and management strategies through case-based scenarios.

Speaker(s): Cherry Mammen, MD

CanMEDS: Medical expert

Topics: General paediatrics

1615-1730

General Session


G3

Goldbloom Journal Club

Join Drs. Isabelle Chevalier and Paul Thiessen as they highlight the top paediatric articles published within the last year. 

Speaker(s): Isabelle Chevalier, MD and Paul Thiessen, MD

CanMEDS: Medical expert

Topics: Research, General paediatrics

Family physician