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The Nation's Longest-Running, Independent Pediatric Conference Starts this Weekend in Downtown Miami

Miami Children's Hospital to host its 42nd Annual Pediatric PostGraduate Course: "Perspectives in Pediatrics" Founded by Donald H. Altman, MD


Eating disorders and bipolar disorder in adolescents and children are among the topics to be discussed this weekend at Miami Children’s Hospital’s (MCH) 42nd Annual “Perspectives in Pediatrics” Pediatric Postgraduate Course, March 16 through March 22, 2007 at the InterContinental Miami Hotel. Approximately 1,000 pediatricians from the around the world will gather to hear leaders in pediatrics, such as Lawrence D. Rosen, MD, Founding Member, American Academy of Pediatrics.


“Perspectives in Pediatrics is the nation’s longest-running independent continuing medical education program,” said Christian C. Patrick, MD, PhD, Program Chair and MCH Chief Medical Officer/Senior Vice President for Medical and Academic Affairs. “This year’s forum will include lectures from guest faculty assembled from throughout the United States and abroad as well as host faculty from Miami Children’s Hospital.”


Highlights include:

Monday, March 19 –

George H. McCracken Jr., MD, Professor of Pediatrics and of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, will talk about “Impact of the Pneumecoccal Vaccine on Invasive Disease at a Large Children’s Hospital.”


Tuesday, March 20 –

Barry S. Zuckerman, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine, will present “Language Development as a Precursor of Learning.”


Wednesday, March 21 –

Lawrence D. Rosen, MD, Founding Member, American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Complementary, Holistic and Integrative Medicine, will discuss “Clinical Research and Evidence-Based Applications of Integrative Medicine in Pediatrics.”


Thursday, March 22 –

Francis E. Ruston, Jr., MD, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of South Carolina, will talk about “Screening for Healthy Development.”


Serge Morax, MD, Chief of Department of Ophthalmologic Plastic Surgery, Paris, France, will present “Reconstructive Management of Orbital Malformations.”


In addition, MCH specialists representing virtually every pediatric subspecialty will provide lectures on a broad range of topics, including:


  • Eating Disorders of the Adolescent
  • ADD vs. Bipolar Disorders: Maximizing Accuracy of Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Developments in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Tuberculosis
  • Quality of Life Issues of Hospitalized Children
  • ABC’s of Scoliosis: Beyond Angles and Curvatures
  • Therapeutic Advances in Sickle Cell Disease
  • Primary Immune Deficiencies of Childhood
  • And more.


The course has been designated for a maximum of 55 hours of category 1 credits toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. It has also been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 54.50 prescribed credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians.


For more information, please visit Miami Children’s website at or call (305) 663-8476. The InterContinental Miami Hotel is located at 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami, FL.

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