About the course

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
7:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Conference Center at Waltham Woods
860 Winter Street, Waltham, MA

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Cost: $110 (nonrefundable) registration fee.
For more information, call 617-919-3146 or cmedepartment@childrens.harvard.edu

Frontiers in Pediatric Surgery

This course is designed to meet the physicians’ need for enhanced knowledge and competence and improved performance in caring for patients with common surgical problems in multiple pediatric surgical subspecialties. It is designed to address the common issues seen by the practicing pediatrician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner and/or nurse in their daily practice. It allows the attendee to enhance his/her ability to make a surgical diagnosis; enhance their initial screening process; and increase their knowledge of when to refer to a specialist. The speakers also touch upon the latest literature information on their respective subjects. The course is designed based on feedback received from the practicing pediatricians and surveys from past conferences, and in the summer by survey. Interactive learning formats such as Q&A, small group discussions and didactic lectures will be provided. This will engage the learners in the educational process and help them develop new strategies they can apply in practice.

Presenting a wide range of information on pediatric health care, this course will address surgical challenges in the areas of: Neurology, Plastic Surgery, Orthopedics,Ophthalmology, Surgery, Urology, Otolaryngology and Gynecology.

Course objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

• Identify causes of infant skulls shape abnormalities
• Discuss treatment strategies for abnormal infant skulls
• Identify the salient facts surrounding the initial assessment and treatment of children with lymphadenopathy
• Discuss the development and implementation of a multispecialty program dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of children with lymphadenopathy
• Discuss common symptoms of macromastia
• Summarize the risks and benefits of breast reduction surgery
• Discuss the treatment and outcome of the Ponseti method of club foot
• Discuss current diagnosis and treatment of dislocation of the hips
• Identify strabismus and amblyopia
• Discuss treatment of strabismus and amblyopia
• Assess the pattern of thyroid nodule presentation in children
• Propose a reasonable and successful algorithm based approach to the child with a thyroid nodule
• Describe the workup and treatment of ankle sprains
• Discuss the workup and treatment of shoulder injuries – AC joint sprains and shoulder dislocations
• Evaluate which children will require further radiologic evaluation with hydronephrosis
• Determine the appropriate evaluation and treatment for children who present with a urinary tract infection
• Assess the importance of identifying breathing-related sleep disorders in primary care pediatrics.
• Identify potential neurocognitive sequelae of sleep disordered breathing in childhood
• Discuss the theories of pathogenesis and diagnosis of endometriosis
• Discuss the treatment options for endometriosis in adolescents

Target audiences

• Physicians
• Nurses
• Nurse practitioners
• Physician assistants

These clinicians may be in private practice, in group practices or within an academic medical setting in the New England region.


The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for the maximum of 7.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credits commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ACGME competencies

This course is designed to meet one or more of the following Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) competencies: patient care, professionalism and medical knowledge.

Disclosure Policy 

Harvard Medical School (HMS) adheres to ACCME Essential Areas, Standards and Policies. It is HMS’s policy that those who have influenced the content of a CME activity (e.g., planners, faculty, authors, reviewers and others) disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial entities so that HMS may identify and resolve any conflicts of interest prior to the activity. These disclosures will be provided in the activity materials along with any disclosure of any commercial support received for the activity. Additionally, faculty members have been instructed to disclose any limitations of data and unlabeled or investigational uses of products during their presentations.

Refund Policy

Registration by credit card can be made here. Registration by check (draft on a United States bank), please make payable to Boston Children’s Hospital and mail with registration form to Boston Children’s Hospital–Department of Continuing Medical Education, 300 Longwood Avenue LM6, Boston, MA 02115. Telephone or fax registration is not accepted. Registration with cash payment is not permitted. Upon receipt of your paid registration an email confirmation from the BCH office will be sent to you. Be sure to include an email address that you check frequently. Your email address is used for critical information including: registration confirmation, evaluation and certificate.

Full refunds will be issued for all cancellations received prior to the start of the course. Refund requests must be received by postal mail, email, or telephone. “No shows” are subject to the full course fee and no refunds will be issued once the conference has started.


Boston Children's Hospital is committed to providing high quality continuing education for pediatric providers and specialists throughout the world. As the primary pediatric teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, our more than 800 attending physicians and researchers are on the clinical frontier of effectively understanding and treating many pediatric diseases and disorders.

With this in mind, we proudly tap into a wealth of Boston Children's Hospital pediatric specialists and offer the following speaker line up for the Frontiers in Pediatric Surgery CME.

Robert C. Shamberger, MD
Chief, Department of Surgery
Robert E. Gross Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School

Mark Proctor, MD
Vice-Chair, Neurosurgery

Christopher B. Weldon, MD
Assistant in Surgery, Associate in Critical Medicine

Carolyn R. Rogers-Vizena, MD
Attending Physician in Plastic Surgery

Collin May, MD
Attending Physician in Orthopedics

Melanie Kazlas, MD
Medical Director, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus

Biren Modi, MD
Associate in Surgery

Dennis Kramer, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon

Richard S.Lee, MD
Assistant in Urology; Director, Urologic Oncology; Co-Director, Urologic Trauma

Gi Soo Lee, MD, EdM
Associate in Otolaryngology

Marc Laufer, MD
Chief, Division of Gynecology; Co-Director, Center for Young Women's Health

Schedule of Events

7:15 – 7:45 am Registration

7:45 – 8:00 am      Introduction and Welcome
                             Robert C. Shamberger, M.D.

8:00 – 8:40 am      Evaluation and Management of an Infant with an Abnormally-Shaped Head
                            Mark Proctor, M.D.

8:40 – 9:20 am      Evaluating Children with Swollen Lymph Nodes
                            Christopher B. Weldon, M.D., Ph.D.

9:20 – 10:00 am    Macromastia: Doctor My Back Hurts
                            Carolyn Rogers-Vizena, M.D.

10:00 – 10:20 am  Break

10:20 – 11:00 am  Club Feet and Congenital Dislocation of the Hip: Modern Therapy
                            Collin May, M.D.

11:00 – 11:40 pm  Strabismus and Amblyopia
                            Melanie Kazlas, M.D.

11:40—12:20 pm   Thyroid Nodules: An Efficient Diagnostic Algorithm
                             Biren Modi, M.D.

12:20 – 1:10 pm     Lunch

1:10 – 1:50 pm       Primary Care of Common Sports Injuries
                              Dennis E. Kramer, M.D.

1:50 – 2:30 pm      Upper Urinary Tract Anomalies: Diagnostic Red Flags
                             Richard Lee, M.D.

2:30 – 3:10 pm      What Makes Her Snore? Upper Airway Anomalies in Infants and Children:
                             Office-Based Management
                             Gi Soo Lee, M.D.

3:10 –3:50 pm       Advances in the Diagnosis and Management of Endometriosis
                            Marc Laufer, M.D.