Pediatric Pearls VIRTUAL- Gastroenterology


This one-day symposium presented by the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition  is designed for healthcare providers interesgted in discussing the latest recommendations for the identification and in some cases, management of certain gastro-related conditions and diseases. Our panel of distinguished speakers will address health concerns, share cases and offer guidelines on how to manage certain patients. in addition, they provide the latest research, technology and appraoches to some of the more complex diseases in children and teens. 


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DATE/TIME: Friday, December 3, 2021 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

URL and specific details on how to access this meeting will be provided once registration is received and approximately one week before the conference. if you plan to use a desktop to view this meeting, the ZOOM link will work. If you plan to use a mobile device such as an IPAD or MOBILE PHONE, you will need the ZOOM APP to proceed. 


  •  Identify the common conditions that may present with abdominal pain 
  • Develop a focused diagnostic approach for children with abdominal pain
  • Discuss the pros and cons of diagnostic testing in children with functional pain
  • Differentiate pediatric IBD from other conditions with abdominal pain
  • Define the medical management
  • Define new nutritional approaches to treat IBD
  • Identify signs and symptoms of constipation and fecal incontinence in pediatrics
  • Perform a focused history and physical examination when evaluating constipation and fecal incontinence
  • Define alarm signs and symptoms suggestive of organic pathology that requires further evaluation
  • Identify an optimal laxative regiment for various clinical scenarios
  • Define integrative medicine and describe a framework for an integrative approach to abdominal pain
  • Describe multiple complementary therapies for abdominal pain
  • Experience mind body therapies that are commonly used in the care of patients with GI disorders
  • Define GERD-like symptoms in infants and distinguish from uncomplicated reflux (GER)
  • Learn to recognize dysphagia and stare dysregulation as contributors to GERD-like symptoms
  • Define the nutrients missing in various food elimination diets
  • Discuss practical approaches to supplementing nutrient deficiencies found in elimination diets
  • Discuss ways to provide adequate calories in the setting of different elimination diets
  • Define temporal relationship between GI and autonomic symptoms
  • Discuss the role of co-morbidities as they relate to the evaluation and treatment
  • Discuss the value of symptom questionnaires and patient reported outcomes (PRO) measure in assessment and clinical care
  • Define the diagnostic tools available and understand when to use them and when not
  • Identify the common causes of chronic diarrhea 
  • Develop a focused diagnostic approach and appropriate testing to evaluate the cause of chronic diarrhea
  • Dietary do’s and don’ts when treating chronic diarrhea
  • Discuss age-related differences in the presentation of eosinophilic esophagitis
  • Define diagnostic criteria supporting the diagnosis of EoE
  • Define long term complications of EoE
  • Recognize current available therapies for EoE: elimination diets vs topical (swallowed) steroids 
  • Define entities of cyclic vomiting syndrome and abdominal migraines as migraine variant conditions
  • Describe clinical characteristics suggesting the diagnosis of a migraine variant condition  
  • Define current diagnostic testing: utility and limitations


8 - 8:15 a.m. Welcome by Course Director Barry Wershil, MD
8:15- 8:45 a.m. My Tummy Hurts: An Officepbased Approach to Evaluating the Pain Jennifer Strople, MD
8:45 - 8:50 a.m. Break  
8:50 - 9:20 a.m. The Changing Face of Pediatric IBD: What the Pediatrician Should Know Joseph Runde, DO
9:20- 9:25 a.m. Break  
9:25 - 9:55 a.m. iPoop: Evaluation & Treatment of Constipation Joshua Prozialeck, MD; Lauren Potthoff, PhD; Peter Osgod, MD
9:55 - 10:10 a.m. Intermission/ Refuel!  
10:10-10:40 a.m. An Integrative Approach to Abdominal Pain Joshua Prozialeck, MD; Lauren Potthoff, PhD
10:40-10:45 a.m. Break  
10:45 - 11:15 a.m. Approach to GERD-like Symptoms in Infants Mark Fishbein, MD
11:15 - 11:20 a.m. Break  
11:20 - 11:50 a.m. Food Allergy & Elimination Diets: Nutritional Considerations Sally Schwartz, RD, LDN
11:55 - 12:30 p.m. Autonomic Symptoms and GI Tract: More than POTS John Fortunato, MD
12:30 - 1:15 p.m. Lunch  

pick 1 of 3 offered

Breakout Session 1

1:15 - 2 p.m.




  Chronic Diarrhea



Jennifer Strople, MD

    Eosinophilic Esophagitis Joshua Wechsler, MD
     Migraine Variants: Cyclic Vomiting and Abdominal Migraines John Fortunato, MD
2 -2:15 p.m. Intermission  

pick 1 of 3 offered

Breakout Session 2

2:15 - 3 p.m.

Same sessions/options repeat here  



Credit & Accreditation Statements

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine logo  

Accreditation Statement: The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement: The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.



Lurie Children's CME Leadership & Staff:

Claudia Cooper,CME Manager; FSM's CME Leadership & Staff: Clara J. Schroedl, CME Medical Director; Sheryl Corey, CME Manager;  Senior Program Coordinator, Allison McCollum; Administrative Assistant, Rhea Alexis Banks have nothing to disclose.

Speakers / Course Directors:

Barry Wershil, MD recives consulting fees for Mead Johnson and has stock ownership in Allakos

All other faculty members/speakers and committeee members have nothing to disclosue including:

Mark Fishbein, MD

John Fortunato, MD

Peter Osgood, MD

Lauren Potthoff, PhD

Joshua Prozialeck, MD

Joseph Runde, DO

Sally Schwartz, RD, LDN

Jennifer Strople, MD

Joshua Wechsler, MD


Course Information
Course Date:
December 03, 2021
Course Location:
This meeting is virtual via Zoom. Participants will be sent information on how to access the course approximately one week in advance of the conference.
COURSE REGISTRATION: Pediatric Pearls Gastroenterology

Thank you for your interest in this event. To register:

  1. Check off "Add" immediately below. 
  2. Following the morning lectures, participants will attend two smaller workshops called Breakout Sessions. Please select your top choice for each Breakout Session listed below. We will try to accomodate your choices, but please note that space is limited and is filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
  3. Once you have made your selections, click on the "Add to Basket" button to complete your registration. 


Speaker Information
Guilherme Baptista DeFaria MD  [ view bio ]
Irwin Benuck MD  [ view bio ]
Michael Carr MD  [ view bio ]
Stuart Goldman MD  [ view bio ]
Amanda Hauck MD  [ view bio ]
Sunjay Kaushal MD, PhD  [ view bio ]
Michael Monge MD  [ view bio ]
Alan Nugent MD  [ view bio ]
Amy O'Connor DO, MSCI  [ view bio ]
Sheetal Patel MD, MSCI  [ view bio ]
Pediatric Pearls Gastroenterology
Other: $85.00
Government or Not-for Profit Agency: $85.00
Nursing Student: $85.00
Resident/Student/Trainee: $85.00
Fellow: $95.00
Nurse: $95.00
Lurie Children's Physician/Attending: $95.00
Children's Community Physicians Association (CCPA) Member: $95.00
Lurie Children’s Employee: $95.00
Lurie Children’s Nurse: $95.00
Lurie Children’s Advanced Practice Nurse (APN): $95.00
Physician: $105.00
Advanced Practice Nurse (APN): $105.00
Full Price: $105.00
BREAKOUT SESSION 1: Pediatric Pearls Gastroenterology (Dec) 2021 - 1:15 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Chronic Diarrhea
Lurie Children's Price:$0.00
Eosinophilic Esophagitis
Lurie Children's Price:$0.00
Migraine Variants: Cyclic Vomiting & Abdominal Migraines
Lurie Children's Price:$0.00
BREAKOUT SESSION 2: Pediatric Pearls Gastroenterology (Dec) 2021 - 1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Chronic Diarrhea
Lurie Children's Price:$0.00
Eosinophilic Esophagitis
Lurie Children's Price:$0.00
Migraine Variants: Cyclic Vomiting & Abdominal Migraines
Lurie Children's Price:$0.00
Individual topic purchase: Selected
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (physician)
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™: 4.50
Approved for 4.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (non-physician)
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™: 4.50
Approved for 4.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM