2021 Virtual Twin Cities Pediatrics Update

September 10, 2021



Building on the success of last year’s collaborative virtual conference between Children’s Minnesota, the University of Minnesota Department of Pediatrics, and the Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (MNAAP) and due to the uncertainty of COVID-19, we have once again made the decision to convert our typical two-day conference into a dynamic one-day virtual event.

This year’s virtual conference will feature two keynote speakers, Josh Shipp along with Michelle Cardel, PhD, RD, 6 plenary presentations, and 3 set of breakout sessions to keep you current on relevant topics and recent advances in pediatrics that are important to your practice. This year’s virtual event registration will include a three-month all-access pass, which offers you accessibility to conference content after the event.

If you are not able to attend the day of the event, you will have access to the content for 90 days.

Learning Objectives

1. Provide practical strategies and tools to assist clinicians caring for children in a primary care setting 

2. Update and review current pediatric best practices and hot topics in a variety of subject areas

3. Join together with local and national pediatric experts to inspire changes in your practice

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 5.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 5.50 ANCC
  • 5.50 Attendance
    • 5.50 Approved AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
09/10/2021 - 8:00am CDT
Event ends: 
09/10/2021 - 4:00pm CDT

**Agenda may be subject to change**

Morning Session 





8:00 a.m.

Introduction and welcome



8:10 a.m.

COVID-19: Where are we now

1. Review the current epidemiology of COVID -19

2. Discuss current variants of concern and their impact on children

3. Identify new and upcoming recommendations for COVID -19 vaccines

 Patsy Stinchfield, MS, CPNP

8:35 a.m.




8:40 a.m.

The “ABC’s” of AAP guideline changes: Asthma, Bronchiolitis and Croup

1.Examine national guideline-based updates to care of pediatric patients with asthma, bronchiolitis and croup and relevant changes for those caring for them in the outpatient setting

2.Discuss research and/or society guidelines supporting updates to care of patients with asthma, bronchiolitis, and croup

Christina Mikesell, DO

9:05 a.m.




9:10 a.m.

Bringing immunity to the community: COVID Vaccine Clinics

1.Review current epidemiology, including by race, of vaccination rates

2.Describe cultural approaches to COVID vaccine hesitancy in pediatric populations

Robert Larbi-Odam, MD, MPH

9:35 a.m.




9:40 a.m.

Colby Lecture  - The power of one

1.Share the importance of having one caring adult in an adolescent's/child's life

2.  Explain how a primary care provider can play a role in building relationships and trust with adolescent patients and families

Josh Shipp

10:30 a.m.

Transition/Stretch Break



10:45 a.m.

Concurrent Session #1 – attendees will select 1




Recognizing Child Trafficking

1.Describe potential signs of sex trafficking in youth and how to identify youth at risk

2. Identify health care needs of youth in trafficking and share available resources for those at risk

Nancy Harper, MD, FAAP


Pediatric pharmacogenomics

1. Provide an overview of current applications, available forms of testing and implications for use of pharmacogenomic testing in pediatric populations

2. Discuss potential barriers to pharmacogenomics use in pediatric care (i.e., insurance coverage, ethical considerations, etc.)

Elise Durgin, PharmD, BCPS


The Heart of the Matter: COVID cardiac implications for athletes and others

1. Discuss COVID-19 associated cardiac pathology and what is known about cardiac effects of asymptomatic children

2. Review return-to-play guidelines for student athletes following coronavirus infection

Christopher Carter, MD

11:10 a.m.

Transition/Stretch Break



11:25 a.m.

Concurrent Session #2 – attendees will select 1




Lipid Management in Obese Kids

1.Define appropriate categorization, screening, and identification of patients needing lipid lowering therapy

2.Outline known complications, and instructions for ongoing monitoring for patients on lipid therapies

3.Provide state-wide community resources for follow-up and expert care of patients with dyslipidemia

Christine Hills, MD

 Equitable Skin Care: Recognizing dermatology conditions in darker skin

1.Describe racial health disparities that exist for recognition and treatment dermatologic conditions

2.Review strategies for recognizing dermatologic conditions in patients with darker skin including references for primary care clinicians

Christina Boull, MD


Mental health spotlight: Telehealth best practices

1. Discuss appropriate uses for telehealth visits in the care of pediatric mental health conditions

2. Review pitfalls or areas of caution for practitioners when using telehealth modalities

Jenna Gewirtz-O'Brien, MD, MPh, FAAP

11:50 a.m.

Lunch  - MNAAP Member Meeting with special speaker


Guest Speaker Katie Sadak, MD


Afternoon Session





12:50 p.m.

Seham Lecture –Poverty, Inequity and Eating behaviors: How both social reality and perception drive disordered eating and obesity

1.Describe key social drivers of disordered eating and obesity.

2.Explain how social factors drive inequities in disordered eating and obesity.

3.Practical strategies/management of disordered eating in a primary care setting

Michelle Cardel, PhD, MS RD

1:45 p.m.




1:55 p.m.

Concurrent Session #3 - attendees will select 1




STI Management/sexual healthcare

1. Review updated treatment guidelines for uncomplicated gonococcal infections

2. Describe the evidenced-based approach to expedited partner therapy

3. Discuss how the CARES Act has impacted the delivery of confidential reproductive health services for adolescents

Kylie Fowler, MD, MS


Which kids really need to be admitted?
1. Describe resource utilization and outcomes for patients seen with croup at Children's Minnesota
2.  Review Children's Minnesota Croup guidelines

Gabrielle Hester, MD, MS


Eye Spy: Pediatric Ophthalmology Secrets for the Primary Care Clinician1.Describe Ophthalmology screening technology that can be used in a primary care setting                                      2.Review tips for eye exam skillsRaymond  G.Areaux, Jr., MD

2:20 p.m.

Stretch Break



2:35 p.m.

Vaping 2021: What primary care clinicians need to know

1. Describe the prevalence of vaping and commonly used products in children and teens

2. Describe several harmful effects of nicotine and other vape ingredients

3. Review addiction implications of vaping and how to approach counseling youth

Amelia Burgess, MD, MPH, FASAM, FAAP

3:00 p.m.




3:05 p.m.


Little Brains: The impact of the pandemic on the social and emotional health of young children


1. Describe what problems are emerging in the emotional health of young children and how to best screen for these issues.

2. Review action steps for the pediatrics community to help limit the impact of the pandemic on our patients

Katherine Lingras, MA, PhD, LP

3:30 p.m.




3:35 p.m.

Talking about Racism with Kids

1.  Discuss the importance of addressing race, racism, equity and inclusivity with children.

2.  Outline best practices in facilitating the conversation

3.  Review resources that are available for clinicians to help families continue this conversation

Veronica Svetaz, MD, MPH, FSAHM, FAAFP

4:00 p.m.

Course Closes – Ending Remarks




Raymond G Areaux, Jr., MD,  Associate Professor, Medical Director of Pediatric Ophthalmology, University of Minnesota

Christina Boull, MD, Pediatric Dermatologist, Assistant Professor, Department Dermatology, University of Minnesota

Amelia Burgess, MD, MPH, FASAM, FAAP, Medical Director, Proof Alliance; Staff Physician at Sage Prairie

Michelle Cardel, PhD, MS, RD, Director of Global Clinical Research & Nutrition, WW International, Inc.; Adjunct Professor, University of Florida (UF) College of Medicine; Associate Director, UF Center for integrative Cardiovascular & Metabolic Disease

Christopher Carter, MD, Pediatric Cardiology, Adult Congenital Heart Disease and Director of Electrophysiology, Children’s Heart Clinic

Elise Durgin, PharmD, BCPS

Kylie Fowler, MD, MS, Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecologist, Children’s Minnesota

Nancy Harper, MD, FAAP, Professor of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota; Director, Center for Safe & Healthy Children, Child Abuse Pediatrics

Gabrielle Hester, MD, MS, Pediatric Hospitalist, Medical Director of Quality Improvement, Children’s Minnesota

Christine Hills, MD, Pediatric Cardiologist, Children’s Heart Clinic   

Katherine Lingras, PhD, LP, Deputy Vice Chair for Impact & Wellbeing, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Minnesota Medical School

Christina Mikesell, DO, Pediatric Pulmonologist, Children’s Respiratory and Critical Care Specialists

Janna R. Gewirtz O’Brien, MD, MPH, FAAP, Assistant Professor, Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health, University of Minnesota;  Adolescent Medicine Physician, Adolescent and Young Adult Heath, Hennepin Healthcare

Robert Larbi-Odam, MD, MPH, Family Medicine Physician, Odam Medical Group

Katie Sadak, MD, Pediatrician, M Health Fairview

Josh Shipp, Award-Winning Speaker - TEDx talk “Every Kid is One Caring Adult Away from Being a Success Story”; Bestselling Author – “The Grown-Up’s Guide to Teenage Humans”

Patsy Stinchfield, MS, CPNP, President Elect of National Foundation for Infectious Disease Board of Directors

Veronica Svetaz, MD, MPH, FSAHM, FAAFP, Faculty, Hennepin Healthcare, Department of Family and Community Medicine Faculty, LEAH (Leadership Education in Adolescent Health) Program, Department of General Pediatrics, University of Minnesota



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Children’s Minnesota designates this live internet activity for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent to their participation in the activity.


Children's Minnesota designates this live internet activity for a maximum of 5.5 ANCC nursing contact hour. Nurses should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

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Available Credit

  • 5.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 5.50 ANCC
  • 5.50 Attendance
    • 5.50 Approved AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™


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Please select the breakout sessions above that you would like to attend. You will be placed in these sessions the day of the conference. 

Registration Closes at noon Wednesday, September 8. 

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