55th Annual Pediatric Postgraduate Course

February 27 - March 01, 2020

The Diplomat Beach Resort, 3555 S Ocean Dr, Hollywood, FL 33019

Practical Updates and Cutting Edge Topics for Pediatricians

Nicklaus Children's Health System is proud to present the 55th Annual Pediatric Postgraduate Course to be held Thursday, February 27, 2020 through Sunday, March 1, 2020 at the Diplomat Beach Resort in sunny Hollywood, Florida.

Whether this is your first time attending or your 55th, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn from leading experts in the field of pediatrics. A distinguished faculty will present state-of-the-art information in the prevention, pathophysiology and the latest developments in the diagnosis and treatment of the most prevalent pediatric and adolescent conditions. We hope you decide to join us in Miami for the 2020 conference and are confident that we will surpass your educational goals.

Pediatric Postgraduate Course


Every year, for the past 55 years, Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, has presented an annual Pediatric Postgraduate Course (PPGC) -- a course that is regarded as the most established continuing, independent medical education program in the country.

This course stems from Nicklaus Children's Health System’s tradition of quality and excellence in health care for children and is academically tailored to advance the clinical and research aspects of pediatrics and adolescent medicine. Renowned faculty from all over the United States and the world are invited to participate and present the most recent advances to the practicing pediatrician that directly impacts the practice. It is here that approximately 700 participants, including pediatricians, family practitioners, residents/fellows, and ancillary staff members are exposed to the world’s foremost teachers who have proven ability to translate theoretical information to the practical level of day-to-day pediatric care.

This course, “Perspectives in Pediatrics”, serves as the centerpiece for the Continuing Medical Education Program at Nicklaus Children's Health System, which includes weekly Grand Rounds, and Radiology Conference. The PPGC provides education in all areas of pediatrics including topics such as Metabolic Diseases, Cardiology, Endocrinology, Nutrition, Gastroenterology, Nephrology, Infectious Diseases, Emergency and Critical Care Medicine through its General Sessions and Symposiums/Workshops.

MOC Part 2 Points

The CME program will be approved by the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) for up to 20 MOC Part 2 Self-Assessment Points. Only physicians certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and its specialties can claim the 20 MOC Part 2 points.

In order to claim the MOC Part 2 points, physicians must also meet the following criteria:

  1. Register for the full PPGC Course and pay the additional MOC fee at checkout.
  2. Attend the live sessions approved for MOC 2 Points. (These sessions are labeled in the course agenda.)
  3. Attend the mandatory self-assessment session.
  4. Complete the MOC Part 2 Workbook and submit during the mandatory self-assessment session. The workbook will only be emailed to attendees who are registered for MOC 2 Points.

MOC points are NOT available for e-PPGC.

Mission Statement

To provide a state-of-the-art forum for continuing medical education encompassing the latest developments in Pediatrics and Pediatric Subspecialties, fostering best clinical practices, up-to-date research information and child advocacy. This course is reflective of Nicklaus Children’s Health System’s commitment to advance the educational development of world-wide medical professionals serving children.

Go Green CME LogoAccredited with CommendationAccreditation Statement: Nicklaus Children's Hospital is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement: Nicklaus Children's Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 20 AMA PRA Category Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty/Planner Disclosure Policy: In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education’s Standards for Commercial Support, all planners, teachers, and authors involved in the development of CME content are required to disclose to the accredited provider their relevant financial relationships. Relevant financial relationships will be disclosed to the activity audience.

ABP MOC Part 2 ApprovedABP MOC Recognition Statement: Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the activity and individual assessment of and feedback to the learner, enables the learner to earn up to 20 MOC points in the American Board of Pediatrics’ (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit learner completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABP MOC credit. (PARS Course ID 201338654)


Learning Objectives

This course presents new, pediatric state-of-the-art knowledge on topics relevant to the practice of pediatrics. It will synthesize for the practicing pediatrician knowledge of Adolescent Medicine, Allergy & Immunology, Cardiology, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Infectious Diseases, Neonatology, Nephrology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Otolaryngology, Pediatric Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Preventive Medicine/Community Pediatrics, Pulmonology, Radiology, Rheumatology and other childhood conditions. It will improve skills in patient management in the outpatient and hospitalized setting. Upon completion of the program, the participant should be able to:
  • Recognize new state-of-the-art knowledge in pediatric care;
  • Enhance and advance knowledge in different pediatric subspecialties;
  • Apply these newly acquired skills to the management of various childhood diseases.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians and other health care professionals who wish to learn more about new, pediatric state-of-the-art knowledge and topics relevant to the practice of pediatrics.


Day 1 - February 27, 2020

12:10pm-12:30pm LUNCH & LEARN BREAKOUTS
B-1A - Breakout #1 - Cases I Learned From (4 Specialties)
Speakers - TBD

This breakout session is a case-based discussion of interesting cases presented by 4 different specialties.
B-1B - Breakout #2 - Office Procedures You Can Bill For
Speakers - TBD

This breakout session will feature hands-on stations where attendees can learn about and practice common office-based procedures that the practice can bill for.

Day 2 - February 28, 2020

12:25pm-12:45pm LUNCH & LEARN BREAKOUTS
B-2C - Breakout #3 - Motivational Interviewing: A Tool You Can Use
Speakers - TBD

Motivational Interviewing has emerged as an office-based tool that clinicians can use to change behavior. Its effectiveness has been demonstrated in managing obesity, smoking cessation, and other behavior-based habits. This breakout session will give the opportunity for attendees to learn more about motivational interviewing and practice it.
B-2D - Breakout #4 - Office Gadgets & Gizmos
  • Anaphylaxis and Epi delivery devices
  • Asthma medication delivery devices
Vivian Hernandez-Trujillo, MD

The general pediatric office has the challenge of keeping up with new medication delivery methods and technologies that assist with care delivery. From new devices for anaphylaxis management to new delivery methods for asthma medications; the primary care office not only has to be aware of them but also needs to teach patients and families and answer their questions. This breakout session is aimed at discussing new gadgets and practicing their use.

Day 3 - February 29, 2020

12:25pm-12:45pm LUNCH & LEARN BREAKOUTS
B-3E: Breakout #5 - First Do No Harm: Wisely Choosing What Not to Do
Susan C. Walley, MD, CTTS

The Choosing Wisely Campaign has used an evidence-based approach to decrease waste, practice high-value care, and in many situations avoid exposing patients to unnecessary risks/ harms. This breakout session will highlight selected and relevant focus areas of choosing wisely and the rationale behind the recommendations.
B-3F: Breakout #6 - What to Do While Waiting to See the Specialist? (4 Specialties)
Speakers - TBD

This session highlights what pediatricians can do, what tests to order, or what treatments to begin while waiting to see the specialist.
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National Guest Faculty

Amanda Alburquerque

“Patient Perspective” Speaker
Miami, Florida

Wendy Bellack

Founder & Executive Director of The Family Network in Disabilities of Broward County, Inc.
Plantation, Florida

Benjamin R. Doolittle, MD, MA Div, FAAP, FACP

Associate Professor, Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
Yale University School of Medicine
Program Director, Combined Internal Medicine & Pediatrics Residency Program
Medical Director, Yale Medicine-Pediatrics Practice
New Haven, Connecticut

Jennifer Read, MD, MS, MPH, DTM&H

Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
University of Vermont Medical Center
Burlington, Vermont

Thomas Satterwhite, MD

Founder of Align Surgical Associates
Gender Affirmation Surgical Specialist & Plastic Surgeon
San Francisco, California

Lydia Shrier, MD, MPH

Director of Clinic-Based Research
Division of Adolescent/ Young Adult Medicine
Boston Children’s Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts

Susan C. Walley, MD, CTTS, FAAP

Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Hospital Medicine
University of Alabama at Birmingham/Children’s of Alabama
Quality Improvement Director, UAB Pediatric Residency
Birmingham, Alabama

Nicklaus Children's Hospital Faculty

Annie Casta, MD
Non-Operative Sports Medicine
Pediatric Specialists of America
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Miami, Florida

Nicole Dulzaides, MS, RDN, LDN
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Department of Food and Nutrition
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Miami, Florida

Rani S. Gereige, MD, MPH, FAAP*
Director of Medical Education &
Designated Institutional Official (DIO)
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
Florida International University College of Medicine
Miami, Florida

Ricardo Restrepo, MD
Attending, Pediatric Radiology
Pediatric Specialists of America
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Miami, Florida

Marry Vuong, PharmD*
Clinical Pharmacist
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Miami, Floridam

*Denotes Scientific Planning Committee Member

Scientific Planning Committee

Marisa Azaret, PsyD
Chief, Division of Clinical Psychology

Jefry Biehler, MD, MPH
FIU Chair of Pediatrics

Juan Calisto, MD
Pediatric Surgery

Nicole Christin, MD
Pediatric Nephrology

Beatriz Cunill-De Sautu, MD
Pediatric Residency Program Director

Alejandro Diaz, MD
Pediatric Endocrinology

Alejandro Frade Garcia, MD
Pediatric Chief Resident

Cindy Garlesky, ARNP
Pediatric Pain Management

Rani Gereige, MD, MPH
PPGC Course Chair
CME Committee Chair, Director of Medical Education

Shaketha Gray, MD
Adolescent Medicine

Elizabeth Menocal, CPMSM, CPCS
Vice President, Clinical Affairs – Medical Administration

Amanda Porro, MD
General Pediatrics, Director of Pediatric Care Center

Ana Ramos, MD
Pediatric Chief Resident

Clara Reyes-Miranda, ARNP
Allied Health, Pediatric Hospital Medicine

Leyanee Perez, RD, LDN
Wellness & Community Dietitian

Sarah Selem, MD
General Pediatrics

Jose Vargas-Loayza, MD
Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Marry Vuong, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist

Continuing Medical Education Staff

Ariel Llizo-Bautista
Marketing, Web Design, and NCH-iLearn Management
CME Specialist, Department of Medical Education, Nicklaus Children's Hospital


Exhibit Opportunities at Miami Children's Health System's 55th Annual PPGC

There is still an opportunity for your company to engage with more than 700 physicians in the field of pediatrics at the largest and longest-running, independent pediatric CME event in the United States.

The 55th Annual Pediatric Postgraduate Course “Perspectives in Pediatrics” will take place February 27, 2020 - March 1, 2020 at the Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Florida. Attendees visit the exhibit hall to see the latest updates on products and services from industry and we provide tools and incentives to increase traffic flow to your booth:

  • dedicated exhibit hall hours
  • pediatric village
  • cyber café/medical library
  • coffee breaks, refreshments and lunches for attendees

We look forward to seeing you at the show!

View/Print Exhibitor Prospectus

For additional information, contact:

Riccardo Firmino, MA
Nicklaus Children's Hospital
3100 SW 62 Avenue
Miami, Florida 33155
(305) 666-6511 ext 5576
(305) 965-4327 Cell

Elizabeth Menocal, CPMSM, CPCS
Senior Director, Medical Staff Resources
Nicklaus Children's Hospital
3100 SW 62 Avenue
Miami, FL 33155
(305) 662-8357
(305) 669-6406 fax

We would like to acknowledge our 2019 Exhibitors for their generous support:

Atizana Inspired
Desert Sage
FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Gelato Gourmet
Gideons International
Mead Johnson Nutrition
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Global Health
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Ambulatory Care Centers
Nicklaus Children’s Health System
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Telehealth
Origami Owl
Pediatric Specialists of America
Signius Communications
South Florida Suicide Prevention Coalition
State of Florida Department of Children & Families
The Purse Lady
Tru Med Systems / Accuvax
Village South / West Care
Wolters Kluwer / Ovid
YV International Realty

Hotel Reservations

The Diplomat Beach Resort
3555 S Ocean Dr
Hollywood, FL 33019

(13% Room Tax not included; Nightly resort fee waived)
Check-In Time: 4:00pm, Check-Out Time: 11:00am
Internet  •   Beach/Pool Access  •   Fitness Center  •   Local and Toll-Free Calls  •   In-Room Coffee and Water

Welcome to the Diplomat Beach Resort

The Diplomat Beach Resort brings iconic hospitality back in a grand re-imagining of a legendary Florida resort. This vibrant Hollywood destination extends its stylish flair from coast to Intracoastal – a Florida playground rendered to contemporary perfection. Slip out to the shore, into the lagoon pool, or away to a private cabana and enjoy your chaise in the sun. Creative culinary and entertainment star in multiple dimensions, and matchless ways, restating The Diplomat’s status as a glamorous Gold Coast host with an exuberant social side.

Family Fun, Attractions, and Spa

Immerse yourself into the refreshing waters of our award winning beachfront pools. Marvel at panoramic views of the ocean from the edge of the infinity pool, which features a porthole bottom, and two waterfalls that cascade into the 240-foot lagoon pool below. Cool off in the lagoon pool surrounded by lush tropical landscaping and sweeping views of the ocean. Should you decide to climb out, enjoy a poolside spa service and refreshing Splash cuisine delivered to your chaise lounge. Pool amenities include complimentary towel service, cabana and casita rentals, full-service poolside lunch and spa services. Kids will love making a splash at the oceanfront Dip+Slide perched above the sparkling Lagoon Pool. Cooling off has never been more fun with two water slides, an enormous dump bucket and water cannons. Surrounded by splish-splash fountains and comfortable seating for parents, Dip+Slide is the perfect setting for seaside family-fun.


Boldly led by celebrity chefs alongside local Hollywood chefs and spirited by world-class mixologists, a wide range of remarkable culinary offerings make The Diplomat a true foodie’s paradise. Choose from The Diplomat’s signature steakhouse Diplomat Prime or enjoy Coastal American cuisine at Point Royal from celebrity chef, restauranteur, and television star Geoffrey Zakarian. The Hotel Bar transports you to famous hotels around the world with its menu inspired by iconic cocktails. Grab-and-go from casual market The Canteen, or head across the way to Diplomat Landing and take in beautiful views of the Intracoastal Waterway at Bristol’s Burgers or Portico Beer & Wine Garden. Exciting new options including modern Japanese izakaya Monkitail from celebrity chef and restaurateur Michael Schulson, the festive Nuevo Latino Playa from chefs Sue Torres and Darren Carbone, and family-friendly sweets shop Candy & Cones.

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