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CME: Don’t miss top science at Pediatric Academic Societies meeting in Baltimore :

January 22, 2016

Seeking a spring meeting with the newest research in pediatrics? The Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) meeting April 30 to May 3 in Baltimore should fit the bill.

The 2016 PAS meeting is produced through a partnership of five pediatric organizations — the Academy, American Pediatric Society, Society for Pediatric Research, Academic Pediatric Association and the Asian Society for Pediatric Research. Several subspecialty societies and clubs also meet or co-host programming during the meeting.

A packed program includes hot topics, mini courses, state-of-the-art plenaries, topic symposia, special interest group sessions and workshops. Abstracts are presented as platform sessions, poster symposia and poster sessions. Can’t decide what to attend? Browse an online program listing all of the sessions, categorized into 52 topic tracks.

The featured State of the Art Plenary is “Extreme Poverty in U.S. Cities: The Implications for Child Health and Health Disparities.” This session includes a discussion by AAP President Benard P. Dreyer, M.D., FAAP, on “Next Steps for Action: The Need to Mobilize Pediatricians as Advocates to Address Extreme Poverty and Concentrated Disadvantage.” Panel speakers also will discuss the rise of extreme poverty in the U.S., reducing deep poverty in the current political environment, and housing and the effects on families who leave poor neighborhoods.

Other State of the Art Plenaries include “Improving Early Child Development: From Science to Policy in Scaling-up Effective Integrated Interventions Globally,” “Pediatric Policy Council State of the Art Plenary: Medical Homes for Children with Medical Complexity — Federal Policy Approaches for an Emerging Population” and “Emerging and Novel Insights into Genetic Predisposition to Pediatric Infectious Diseases: What New Interventions Will the Era of ‘Personalized Medicine’ Bring?”

Hot topics include “Emerging Trends: Leveraging Precision Genomic Analyses for Improved Pediatric Patient Care”; “Electronic Cigarettes and Vaping: What You and Your Patients Don’t Know Can Hurt Them” and “Difficult Cases in Children and Adolescents with Gender Dysphoria.”

Several mini courses are scheduled, such as: “It Gets Better: Promoting Safe and Supportive Healthcare Environments for Sexual Minority and Gender Non-Conforming Youth.” Speakers will address patient communication, pediatric training and building resiliency within this at-risk population.

Register by Feb. 25 for early bird rates. Late registration is offered at a smaller discount until March 31. Find complete program and registration information at

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