Practical Problems in Pediatrics
Friday, Feb. 14
7:00 - 8:00  
Special Symposium
7:30 - 8:30

7:30 - 8:30

Measles, Mumps, Rubella – Oh My! The Re-Emergence of Vaccine Preventable Diseases

Earl Rubin, MD

Anti-vaccination movements are becoming trendy and parents are choosing not to vaccinate their children. 2019 has been a record-setting year for measles outbreaks globally but also in greater Montréal. How likely are we to see polio, tetanus and other rare vaccine-preventable diseases in countries where vaccines are readily accessible such as Canada? Review this hot topic with one of our infectious disease experts.
Morning Lectures
8:30 - 12:30

8:30 - 8:35


Holly Agostino, MD

8:35 - 9:10

Puberty Pitfalls - How to Tell Normal from Abnormal

Preetha Krishnamoorthy, MD

The onset of puberty varies among individuals. When should we worry about variation in the timing or sequence of pubertal development in boys and girls? Differentiate benign from pathological variants of puberty with pointers from an expert on the topic.

9:10 - 9:20


9:20 - 9:55

Our Kids, Our Future: Determinants of Vulnerability in Early Childhood

Rislaine Benkelfat, MD

There is evidence suggesting that the state of health in early childhood has an influence on the child’s long-term health trajectory and future health outcomes. Get acquainted with determinants of vulnerability in early childhood and resources available to make an impactful difference.

9:55 - 10:05


10:05 - 10:40

U-rine The Know: the Approach to Proteinuria in Children

Marie Michèle Gaudreault-Tremblay, MD

Protein in the urine may be benign or it may be a sign of a more severe disease. Learn how to differentiate these disorders as our pediatric nephrologist shares her approach to the workup of proteinuria in children.
10:40 - 11:05  

11:05 - 11:40

Staying Ahead of the Curve: Pediatric Scoliosis Review

Jean Ouellet, MD, and Marie-Josée Beaulieu, APN

Boost your skills in diagnosis and management of pediatric scoliosis including red flags, workup and when to refer.

11:40 - 11:50


11:50 - 12:25

A Piece of the "FPIES": Review of Food Protein Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome

Ana Sant'Anna, MD

FPIES is a delayed food allergy associated with severe vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration. This condition is subject to many misconceptions and the diagnosis can be missed. Get the facts about this debilitating syndrome with our knowledgeable pediatric gastroenterologist.

12:25 - 12:30



12:30 - 13:30  

12:35 - 13:25

Meet the Experts (optional / additional cost)

Have lunch with a subspecialist! Bring your questions and clinical conundrums to discuss with experts in the field. Small group format with limited spaces available so book early.
Choice between:
Ana Sant'Anna, MD - Gastroenterology
Christine Sabapathy, MD - Hematology
Afternoon Lectures
13:30 - 15:45

13:30 - 14:05

Ironing Out Anemia

Christine Sabapathy, MD

Iron deficiency is a common finding that can have irreversible and detrimental effects on the developing brain. From diagnosis to treatment, our experienced pediatric hematologist will walk you through when to screen, detailed testing and appropriate treatment

14:05 - 14:15


14:15 - 14:50

Our Work Continues: Indigenous Health and Well-being

Aisling O'Gorman, MD

Many unique barriers to healthcare affect the well-being of Indigenous children in Canada. The first step in advocating for children and youth on and off reserve is to be aware. Discuss tools and strategies with a pediatrician from the Northern and Native Child Health Program.

14:50 - 15:00


15:00 - 15:35

Interesting Articles of the Year

Steven Treherne, MD

A perennial conference favourite! Don't miss this informative and entertaining review of the past year's most interesting and thought-provoking pediatric articles.

15:35 - 15:45