BCH and BCHP Hosts Pediatric Advances for the Primary Care Clinician: Cutting Edge Expertise

May 9, 2018 

An innovative pediatric course designed to meet the need for enhanced knowledge by clinicians was recently hosted by Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Health Physicians. The course, entitled Pediatric Advances for the Primary Care Clinician: Cutting Edge Expertise was held at the Double Tree by Hilton in Tarrytown. Former Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, served as Guest Speaker.

The pediatric course allowed attendees to enhance their abilities to make a thorough diagnosis and increase their knowledge of when to refer to a specialist. More than 370 pediatricians attended. The speakers and sessions touched upon the latest literature and information on their respective subjects followed by interactive Q&A sessions.

bch and bchp staff with hillary clinton

Front row from left to right: Neonatologist Martin S. Katzenstein, MD, Director of Community Alliances, Boston Children’s Health Physicians (BCHP), Director of Newborn Services, Good Samaritan Medical Center, VP Community Affairs, New York Medical College, (NYMC), and Touro College University System, Leonard J. Newman, MD, President, (BCHP), Chairman of Pediatrics, (NYMC),Karen Gruskin, MD, Medical Director of Hospital Partnerships, Boston Children’s Hospital, (BCH), Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, Michael Gewitz, MD, Vice President, (BCHP), Physician in Chief, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital,(MFCH), Sandra L. Fenwick, President and Chief Executive Officer, (BCH), J. Anthony Sanfilippo, MD, Pediatric Surgeon (MFCH), Professor of Surgery, (NYMC), Gerard Villucci, Chief Executive Officer, (BCHP).
Back Row from left to right: Alan Kadish, MD, President, (NYMC) & Touro University System, Gary R. Fleisher, MD, Physician in Chief, Pediatrician, (BCH), Robert Shaw, Chief Operating Officer, (BCHP).

“Pediatric care is changing and improving all the time. Therefore, doctors, nurses and other members of the healthcare team need to stay on top of the newest practices, treatments and approaches,” said Leonard Newman, MD, President of Boston Children’s Health Physicians in Valhalla, New York. “This conference was intended to help our colleagues keep up with the latest information and best practices. We enjoyed hearing Secretary Clinton’s inspiring outlook on the role the primary care community plays in impacting the social determinants of children’s health.”

“It is wonderful to be part of this event and to see the hundreds of pediatric clinicians committed to improving care for children and families in the Hudson Valley and Connecticut,” stated Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO of Boston Children’s Hospital.”

“Nobody understands better than you in this audience that we need to tackle all the problems holding our kids back,” stated Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton. “For all the progress we’ve made, more than 31 million children still live at or near poverty in our country. And at a time when we are closer than we’ve ever been to realizing the promise of universal health care, there are still far too many children who can’t even see a doctor because their families cannot afford it. This isn’t someone else’s problem. These aren’t someone else’s children. This is America’s problem, and America’s children. No matter your politics, these attempts to rip away health care from the people who need it most show an unimaginable level of cruelty and disdain for the struggles many millions of Americans, including millions of children, face every day. Now is the time for us all to send a resounding message that we will not stand for these attacks on the most vulnerable among us.”

“We are very pleased to have experts in their field of pediatrics provide updates in clinical advances specifically relevant for Primary Care providers,” emphasized Karen Gruskin, MD, Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. “Important components of the sessions identified the bench-to-bedside applications of recent scientific advances in the clinical care of children. We want to recognize the importance of new diagnostic and screening tests, specifically their sensitivity, specificity, and predictive values, both positive and negative.”

Session Topics Included: Developmental Screening in Practice Management of Childhood Asthma – Emergency Medicine – Screening Athletes for Sports Participation – Precision Medicine