Pediatric Pearls Spring -VIRTUAL


This one-day symposium presented by the Department of Pediatrics at Lurie Children's is designed for pediatric healthcare providers and will showcase the latest approaches, updates and research related to several common patient issues confronted in the primary care setting. Our speakers will address health concerns, share cases and offer guidelines on how to manage the patient. For this edition, we are excited to present lectures on headaches, food allergies, sickle cell, common vision problems, psychosis in the emergency room, an update on chest deformities and the Covid-19 vaccine. 

To Register, please click on "Purchase Individual Topics" on the right-hand side of the screen.

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, March 8, 2022 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 eye signs and symptoms of vision and potentially life-threatening diseases

• Discuss the timeframe for ophthalmology referral for common eye findings

• Review advantages and disadvantages of currently available versions of the COVID-19 vaccines for children

• Discuss effectiveness data with specific attention to currently circulating SARS-CoV-2 variants

• Review the latest information about possible adverse effects associated with Covid-19 vaccines

• Discuss classification of basic chest deformities including Pectus Excavatum and Carinatum

• Determine  when to refer patients for additional evaluation by the Lurie Chest Deformities Center

• Recognize  when surgical correct of chest deformities are indicated and how the procedure is performed

• Describe new desensitization treatment modalities for food allergy including FDA-approved oral immunotherapy for peanut allergy.

• Identify patients who would be good candidates for food allergen desensitization.

• Identify side effects and adverse reactions to oral immunotherapy including symptoms of eosinophilic gastrointestinal disease and allergic reactions including delayed anaphylaxis.

• Identify symptoms of psychosis in children

• Identify clinical features suggesting a non-psychiatric etiology of psychosis

• Describe current evidence regarding initial diagnostic work up of psychosis

• Recognize the disease modifying therapies approved for sickle cell disease

• Discuss some of the novel therapeutics in development for sickle cell disease

• Identify the pathophysiology, epidemiology and variation in care of pediatric appendicitis

• Describe the optimal diagnostic evaluation of the pediatric appendicitis patient including the appropriate use and selection of radiologic intervention

· Assess the role for non-operative management of early/acute appendicitis as well as advanced/perforated appendicitis

• Discuss how evidence can be used to improve care for common pediatric problems 

• Recognize pitfalls leading to commonly missed diagnoses

• Develop a vocabulary of common quality improvement terms and methods


8 - 8:15 a.m. Welcome by Course Director Ravi Jhaveri, MD
8:15- 8:45 a.m. An Update on Pediatric Headaches Alma Bicknese, MD
8:45 - 8:50 a.m. Break  
8:50 - 9:20 a.m. Mimickers of Acute Psychosis in the ED Jennifer Hoffman, MD
9:20- 9:25 a.m. Break  
9:25 - 9:55 a.m. Covid-19 Vaccine Update Ravi Jhaveri, MD
9:55 - 10:10 a.m. Intermission/ Refuel!  
10:10-10:40 a.m. Chest Deformities in Children: Benefits of Evaluation and Treatment Fizan Abdullah, MD, PhD; Suzanne Kujawa, MS, APRN, CPNP; Laurie Sands, MS, APRN, CPNP
10:40-10:45 a.m. Break  
10:45 - 11:15 a.m. Peanut Allergy Desensitization Melanie Makhija, MD
11:15 - 11:20 a.m. Break  
11:20 - 11:50 a.m. Common Vision Problems Brenda Bohnsack, MD, PhD
11:55 - 12:30 p.m. Latest Development in Sickle Cell Management A. Kyle Mack, MD
12:30 - 1:15 p.m. Lunch  

pick 1 of 3 offered

Breakout Session 1

1:15 - 2 p.m.




Updates on Pediatric Appendicitis



Mehul Raval, MD, MS

    Introduction to ED QI Emily Roben, MD, MS; Jackie Corboy, MD, MS
    Cases of Bleeding & Clotting A. Kyle Mack, 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 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:

Ravi Jhaveri, MD, course director, discloses that he contributes to the editorial services for Elsevier; is involved in the clinical trial planning for Seqirus; receives a consulting fee from Hologic and participates in contracted research for Saol Therapeutics.

A. Kyle Mack, MD discloses that he is part of the speaker's bureau for Global Blood Therapeutics.

Mehul Raval, MD, MS, discloses that he receives legal consulation fees from Finley Law Firm in Iowa.

The remaining speakers have nothing to disclosue including:

Fizan Abdullah, MD, PhD

Alma Bicknese, MD

Brenda Bohnsack, MD, PhD

Jacqueline Corboy, MD, MS

Jennifer Hoffman, MD

Suzanne Kujawa, MS, APRN, CPNP

Melanie Makhija, MD

Emily CZ Roben, MD, MS

Laurie Sands, MS, APRN, CPNP




Course Information
Course Date:
March 08, 2022
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.
Click on a topic name to see details and purchase options.
Tuesday March 8, 2022

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  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.
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Speaker Information
Fizan Abdullah MD  [ view bio ]
Alma Bicknese MD  [ view bio ]
Brenda Bohnsack MD, PhD  [ view bio ]
Jacqueline Corboy MD  [ view bio ]
Jennifer Hoffman MD  [ view bio ]
Ravi Jhaveri MD  [ view bio ]
Suzanne Kujawa MS, APRN, CPNP  [ view bio ]
A. Kyle Mack MD  [ view bio ]
Melanie Makhija MD  [ view bio ]
Mehul Raval MD, MS  [ view bio ]
Emily Roben MD, MS  [ view bio ]
Laurie Sands MS, APRN, CPNP  [ view bio ]
Pediatric Pearls Spring (Mar) 2022
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
Updates on Pediatric Appendicitis
Lurie Children's Price:$0.00
Introduction to ED QI
Lurie Children's Price:$0.00
Cases of Bleeding & Clotting
Lurie Children's Price:$0.00
Updates on Pediatric Appendicitis
Lurie Children's Price:$0.00
Introduction to ED QI
Lurie Children's Price:$0.00
Cases of Bleeding & Clotting
Lurie Children's Price:$0.00
Not Available for Individual Purchase
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