MCG to host ‘Pediatric Update’ CME event on July 8-11

The Medical College of Georgia (MCG) at Augusta University is sponsoring a ‘Pediatric Update’ CME event that will take place at the Kiawah Island Resort in South Carolina on July 8-11.


Our 2019 Pediatric Update course will combine with our Neonatology Course. It promises to be an exciting course. This year we’ve shortened some of the sessions to 30 minutes with time for questions and added interactive breaks. Topics were selected based on survey of past participants and review of recent advances in the pediatric literature. We are happy to have a visiting professor, Dr. Jose Garza, a pediatric gastroenterologist and dynamic speaker from Atlanta, GA, who will discuss constipation in children and GERD in preterm infants. Dr. April Hartman, a general pediatrician with nearly 20 years of private practice experience, will discuss her approach to ADHD, how to improve quality in the outpatient setting, and Adverse Childhood Events. To help manage after these traumatic events, Dr. Chris Drescher, a child and adolescent psychologist, will share strategies to promote resilience in our patients. In addition, he’ll share his expertise on the sensitive and critically important topic of Pediatric LGBTQ Health. He will also discuss effects of exercise and chronic illness on child mental health. Dr. Roy Rockman, a pediatric dentist, will discuss childhood caries, prevention, and traumatic dental injuries. Pediatric intensivist Dr. Will Cagle will review the new guidelines for intravenous fluids and give strategies for being prepared for emergencies in the outpatient setting. Our course co-director, frequent Pediatric Update speaker, and neonatologist Dr. Jatinder Bhatia will give an update on Vitamin D. We are excited this year to offer three workshops. Dr. Cagle will offer hands-on practice for respiratory emergencies, Dr. Hartman will have an interactive case-based guide to billing and coding, and our Neonatal Outreach team will offer a 2-hour session on Opioids and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome which may help fulfill state requirements for opioid training. We will continue to offer our popular Breakfast Roundtables which are small group discussions of problem cases led by our faculty. As usual, we will end each day with plenty of time for relaxation and renewal on beautiful Kiawah Island. Kiawah offers bicycle and kayak rentals, children’s activities, golf, swimming, tennis, spa, fine and casual dining, and 10 miles of stunning shoreline. There is something for everyone! The course and completion of both the pre-test and post-test will provide 20.00 hours of CME credit.


The symposium should prepare participants to…

– Recognize, diagnose, manage, and decide when to refer pediatric patients with the following conditions: Dental caries and traumatic dental injuries, GERD in preterm infants, Constipation, ADHD, Acute respiratory distress, Vitamin D deficiency

– Discuss and implement new guidelines for management of intravenous fluids in children

– Implement strategies to deliver high quality care in the outpatient setting

– Recognize impact of exposure to adverse childhood events and identify ways to promote resilience to those who have been exposed

– Define terms used for sexual preferences and gender identity and implement effective strategies to provide non-judgmental care to LGBTQ youth

– Review basic coding guidelines and avoid common coding mistakes and documentation pitfalls that affect coding.

– Recognize the impact of the opioid crisis on neonates and children and identify alternate methods to alleviate pain from procedures and manage neonatal abstinence syndrome.

The course emphasizes audience participation in informal case-study sessions. Participants are encouraged to bring interesting cases for discussion at breakfast roundtables with the faculty.


Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University



The Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing education for physicians. The Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University designates this live activity for a maximum of 20.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim the credit Commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Maintenance of Certification

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in all formal lectures, individual assessments consisting of the post-test completed with 70% accuracy and feedback to the participant enables the participant to earn 15 MOC points in the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program.

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