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2022 AAP National Conference & Exhibition

October 10, 2022

The 2022 AAP National Conference & Exhibition is taking place Oct. 7-11 in Anaheim. For more information and to register, visit

Uvalde pediatrician recounts horror of school shooting, urges gun control advocacy
Roy A. Guerrero, M.D., FAAP, described Uvalde, Texas, before, during and after the shooting at Robb Elementary School that took the lives of 19 children and two teachers.


Inspiring keynoter Ryan Leak offers 6 ways pediatricians can reclaim joy
A motivational speaker, executive coach and author, Ryan Leak delivered a lively keynote address “Reclaiming the Joy in Pediatrics.”




Moira Szilagyi at podiumAAP president highlights year of 'grief, grit, grace'
Moira A. Szilagyi, M.D., Ph.D., FAAP, highlighted progress on myriad issues, including health equity, gun violence and mental health.



Boy with asthma inhalerSession to help pediatricians identify, address asthma disparities
An allergist-immunologist will share her personal and professional expertise with asthma during a session on disparities in asthma care. She will discuss the importance of exploring social determinants of health and environmental factors that may contribute to severe asthma.


Doctor talking to teen boyPick a strategy: Primary care doctor to share approaches to help teens with anxiety
There’s a lot pediatricians can do to help patients with anxiety who can’t get in to see a therapist. A primary care pediatrician will outline nonpharmacologic strategies she uses with patients in her practice.


Doctor talking to teen girlFind out how to limit medical liability when providing mental health care
The chair of the AAP Committee on Medical Liability and Risk Management will cover diagnosis, things to watch for when prescribing medications and what to do when a patient is at high risk for suicide.



Doctor with mom, babyRural pediatrics offers unique challenges, rewards
Pediatricians practicing in rural areas will describe challenges they face, like a lack of specialists, as well as the joys, such as connections with those in their community. They also hope to spark attendees’ interest in practicing rural medicine.



Teacher and students in classroomExplore potential ramifications of mandating COVID vaccines for school entry
Faculty will discuss criteria that can be used to help determine if mandates are the best course of action and the potential for mandates to exacerbate racial inequities and disparities.



Boy getting teeth checkedLearn ways to reduce early childhood caries in underserved populations
Cases of oral trauma, fluorosis and betel nut exposure in new Americans, those living in poverty and families experiencing domestic abuse will be presented during the interactive workshop.

Boy in hospital bedKnowledge of neurological complications of COVID mounting: What you need to know
Much has been learned about neurological conditions and emergencies associated with COVID in children since the pandemic began. Find out how to recognize emergencies such as stroke, meningoencephalitis and seizures, and how to manage long COVID.


Girl with stomach painChronic or acute pain? Session to address pain management
With few pediatric pain specialists in the country, it is critical that health care providers know how to approach and characterize pain. Learn what pain is, how chronic pain differs from acute pain, vulnerabilities to develop chronic pain, how to discuss chronic pain with families and five ways to treat chronic pain.

Doctors talkingDon’t be afraid to ask: ID specialists to share insights on common, emerging infections
General pediatricians often have questions related to infectious disease outbreaks and how to differentiate among common infections presenting with rash. Infectious disease specialists will answer about a dozen questions they have fielded recently.


Three female doctorsEveryone welcome to attend session on gender inequities in medicine
An interactive workshop led by the co-chairs of the AAP Section on Hospital Medicine’s Women in Pediatric Hospital Medicine Subcommittee will provide an opportunity for attendees to share their experiences and brainstorm strategies to combat inequities.


Doctor talking to teen girlEating disorders experts to share strategies for medical management
The interactive workshop will equip pediatricians with tools to provide medical management for patients with eating disorders, with the understanding that patients also will need care from those with expertise in mental health and nutrition.



Doctor talking to familyChild welfare system fraught with bias: What pediatricians can do
Emergency medicine physicians will discuss how to limit biased decision-making when diagnosing and reporting concerns for abuse.




Food insecurity abounds: Find out what you can do to make a difference
Learn about AAP efforts to improve food insecurity screening, referral and resource delivery to families as well as creative ways pediatric practices can address families’ food needs.


‘Drop the superhero act’: Debrief sessions help residents unpack emotions
Two pediatric critical care medicine physicians will introduce the concepts of trauma, secondary trauma, resilience and moral injury, and describe the framework they use for debrief sessions with residents.


How to keep cool, provide great care during challenging encounters
What should you do when you encounter a patient or parent who is angry, demanding or noncompliant? Learn how to respond to challenging behaviors and the importance of being aware of your physical and emotional reactions so you can provide all patients with excellent care.


Climate anxiety running rampant among youths: How you can help
Nearly half of teens and young adults responding to a recent survey said their feelings about climate change negatively affect their daily life. Get practical advice on how to talk to and support youths with climate anxiety as well as adjustment difficulties from other crisis events.

Preschoolers not immune to mental health challenges: What pediatricians can do
It’s no secret there’s a mental health crisis among youths, but younger children often are left out of the conversation. Mental health experts will share practical tools pediatricians can use to support young children and their families.

Gut feeling: Is gluten cause of abdominal discomfort?
Parents may blame their child’s abdominal symptoms on gluten intolerance. A pediatric gastroenterologist will help pediatricians identify who to screen for celiac disease, how to conduct screenings and when to refer.

What to do when ‘picky eating’ becomes extreme
An interactive workshop will cover normal vs. abnormal eating, symptoms that might be cause for concern and practical tips for working with patients and families who are struggling with food aversions.

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