Meet Our Presenters

Friday: Dr. John Martin

Saturday: Dr. Phil Acott, Dr. Laura Vivian, Dr. James Thorburn, Dr. Kristina Krmpotic, Dr. Danielle Adam, Dr. Surya Shah, Dr. April MacPhee & Dr. Tania Wong, Dr. Jennfier O'Dea, Dr. Jennfier O'Dea

Sunday: Dr. Mike Dickinson & Dr. Charlotte Moore Hepburn , Dr. Alison Haynes, Dr. Natalie Bridger



Competency By Design
Dr. John Martin
Friday, September 20, 2019
6:30p.m. - 7:3 p.m.

Dr. John Martin graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University in 2004 and complete his residency training in General Pediatrics at the Janeway Children’s Hospital in 2008. He began practice at the Janeway in 2008 and has been actively involved in the Faculty of Medicine in Memorial since joining as a Faculty Member in 2010. He has served as Clerkship director from 2010 to 2013 and then Residency Program Director from 2013 to 2018. He was a member of the Royal College Pediatric CBD working group to develop the Entrustable Professional Activities for Pediatric CBD.

After completing this session, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss Competency by Design and differences from the current time based model of training
  • Explore the rationale for changing our education system
  • Discuss the new objectives in residency education – EPA’s and milestones
  • Discuss what this will mean for pediatricians practicing in different parts of Atlantic Canada.


Pediatric Renal Tubular Disorders
Dr. Phil Acott
Saturday, September 21, 2019
8:00a.m. - 8:50a.m.

Dr. Philip D. Acott graduated from Dalhousie University in 1986 and completed his Pediatrics training and fellowships in Endocrinology and Pediatric Nephrology in Halifax, Toronto, and Vancouver. He is a visiting consultant in 5 regional centres in the four Atlantic provinces of eastern Canada where he provides outreach clinics. Dr. Acott is currently the Pediatric Director of the Multi-organ transplant program for Atlantic Canada, Head of the Atlantic Provinces Pediatric Nephrology group, Program Director for Pediatric Nephrology, and Head of Nephrology at the IWK Health Center.

After completing this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the typical clinical presentations for pediatric renal tubular disorders and discuss their appropriate workup
  • Identify which therapeutic medications and interventions are appropriate relative to subtype of pediatric renal tubular dysfunction.
  • Summarize the long term impact of renal tubular dysfunction on growth and risk of chronic kidney disease


Post-Concussion Syndrome
Dr. Laura Vivian
Saturday, September 21, 2019
9:00a.m. - 9:50a.m. 

Dr. Laura Vivian is native to St. John’s NL where she completed her medical degree through Memorial University in 2004. Her general pediatric residency training was at the Janeway and she has been on staff there since 2008. Dr. Vivian’s interest in pediatric headaches and neuromuscular conditions has led her to being the general pediatrician for the neuromuscular team and for the newly formed concussion team at the Janeway.

After completing this session, participants will be able to:

  • Define what post-concussion syndrome consists of and who is most at risk
  • Discuss optimal evidence based treatments for post-concussion syndrome
  • Introduce the Janeway Concussion team, talk about the contribution of each team member to the overall plan of care


Choosing Wisely Through Your Pediatric Emergency Room Shift
Dr. James Thorburn
Saturday, September 21, 2019
10:10a.m. - 11:00a.m.

Dr. James Thorburn is a staff ER physician at the Janeway hospital. He completed both medical school and residency in Family Medicine at Memorial University, and a clinical fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at Sick Kids Hospital.

Take a tour through a busy pediatric emergency room shift and work through some cases to learn how to choose appropriate diagnostic tests and treatments.

After completing this session, participants will be able to:

  • Review best available recent evidence for the diagnosis and treatment of strep throat in an attempt to apply modern data to an age old question.
  • Describe how to decide which patients an ankle need x-ray with the aid of decision rules, such as Ottawa Ankle Rules and Low Risk Ankle rules, and how to manage them.
  • Categorize severity of head injuries in the pediatric population, and how to decide on the use of neuroimaging with the aid of clinical scores such as PECARN.
  • Explore how to distinguish between bug bites with local reaction versus cellulitis, and when antibiotics should be used.


"Rapidly responding" to CPS recommendations: Adapting the concept of pediatric rapid response systems for regional and community hospital settings.
Dr. Kristina Krmpotic
Saturday, September 21, 2019
11:00a.m. - 11:50 .m. 

Dr. Kristina Krmpotic is a paediatric intensivist in the Department of Pediatric Critical Care at IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Canada. As the physician lead of the Specialized Paediatric Outreach Team, she leads an interdisciplinary team in providing critical care services for clinically deteriorating children on hospital wards and support to teams caring for critically ill patients in regional and community hospitals throughout the Maritime provinces. Her current program of research focuses on early recognition and management of clinically deteriorating children outside the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit.

After completing this session, participants will be able to:

  • Outline the components of a pediatric rapid response system.
  • Expain the limitations of current evidence supporting pediatric rapid response systems.
  • Discuss ways in which these concepts may be applied in regional and community hospital settings.


Spirometry: A Review and Interesting Cases
Dr. Danielle Adam
Saturday, September 21, 2019
12:50p.m. - 1:10p.m. 

Dr. Danielle Adam is a New Brunswick native and graduated from Dalhousie Medicine NB as part of the inaugural class of 2014. Following medical school, I completed a Pediatrics residency at MUN in 2018. Currently, I am completing a Pediatric Respirology Fellowship at the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton, AB and have interests in non-invasive ventilation and children with tracheostomies.

After completing this session, participants will be able to:

  • Interpret basic spirometry using FEV1, FVC, FEV1/FVC
  • Recognize normal and abnormal flow volume loops
  • List differentials for abnormal flow volume loops and recognize studies that require specialist referral.


Pediatric Electrocardiograms - Are They Same As Adult ECGs?
Dr. Surya Shah
Saturday, September 21, 2019
1:10p.m. - 1:30p.m.

Dr. Surya Shah is a pediatric cardiologist with the Janeway children’s hospital since July, 1996.

He had his pediatric cardiology training at Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street In London and further fellowship at University of Alberta.

He was previously a residency director at Janeway and with his two colleagues continues to provide cardiology services across the Province with regular clinics in St.John’s and outreach clinics in Gander, Corner brook, Goosebay and St. Anthony

After completing this session, participants will be able to:

  • Review normal and abnormal Electrocardiograms (ECGs) in pediatric population
  • Interpret a normal pediatric ECG
  • Recognize the abnormal pediatric ECGs which may need further evaluation


Gender Dysphoria for the General Pediatrician
Dr. April MacPhee & Dr. Tania Wong
Saturday, September 21, 2019
1:30p.m. - 2:20p.m.

Dr. April MacPhee is currently the Chief of Pediatrics at Prince County Hospital in Summerside, PEI, where she works as a Community Pediatrician. She is an Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University, regularly teaching medical students and residents. Dr. MacPhee completed her Pediatric Residency at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador after obtaining her medical degree at Dalhousie University.

Dr. Tania Wong currently practices at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, NS, where she works as a General Pediatrician. She is an Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University and enjoys her role as a medical educator. Dr. Wong has special interest in Social Pediatrics and Adolescent Health. She comes from Windsor, Ontario but moved to Nova Scotia where she completed her medical degree and Pediatric Residency and fell in love with the Maritimes.

After completing this session, participants will be able to:

  • Define the common terms and concepts such as sexuality and gender
  • Describe the 'normal development' of gender identity
  • Explain gender variance
  • Recognize signs of gender dysphoria and be familiar with the diagnostic criteria
  • Demonstrate a sensitive and genuine approach towards children and youth with gender dysphoria/variance and their families
  • Recognize and manage common co-morbidities
  • Discuss medical management approaches


Care of Children New to Canada
Dr. Jennifer O’Dea
Saturday, September 21, 2019
8:30a.m. - 9:00a.m.

Dr. Jennifer O’Dea graduated from Memorial Medical school in 1996, completed her Pediatrics Residency in 2000, and has enjoyed work as a general pediatrician ever since. She is an Associate Professor in the Discipline of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine and is involved in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education. She has a special interest in vulnerable populations, particularly complex care, child protection and refugee child health. She collaborates with our local Association for New Canadians to provide pediatric consultation clinics and is delighted to contribute to our community in this capacity.

After completing this session, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the common health concerns of refugee children
  • Identify tools and recommendations for pediatricians  caring for children new to Canada
  • Provide an overview of the ANC Pediatric Clinic and opportunities for (social) pediatric involvement in our community.


New CPS Statements
Dr. Mike Dickinson & Dr. Charlotte Moore Hepburn
Sunday, September 22, 2019
9:00a.m. - 9:40 a.m.

Dr. Mike Dickinson is a community pediatrician in Miramichi, NB where he is the head of a small but determined pediatric department comprised of one and a half pediatricians.  Mike is a past president of the Canadian Pediatric Society and is passionate about advocacy and medical education.  He loves travel, food and wine and is looking forward to experiencing all that St. John’s has to offer. 

Dr. Charlotte Moore Hepburn is a faculty paediatrician in the Division of Paediatric Medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children and an assistant professor of Paediatrics in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto School of Medicine. She currently serves as the Director of Medical Affairs for the Canadian Paediatric Society and the Canadian Paediatric Surveillance Program.

After graduating summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1997, she pursued medicine at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and continued with specialty training at the Harvard-BMC Combined Program in Paediatric Medicine. While in the United States, she was engaged in legislative advocacy at the federal-level, in the United States Senate, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the American Academy of Paediatrics, and at the state level, for the Children’s Caucus of the Legislature of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. After returning to Canada, served a five-year tenure as the Provincial Lead for Maternal, Child and Youth Health Strategy at the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Dr. Charlotte Moore Hepburn's is also presenting Cannabis, Chlamydia and Congenital Zika Syndrome: The Impact of the Canadian Paediatric Surveillance Program.

After completing this session, participants will be able to:

  • Summarize the most recent CPS statements and discuss how to incorporate the recommendations in their practice.


Cannabis, Chlamydia and Congenital Zika Syndrome: The Impact of the Canadian Paediatric Surveillance Program
Dr. Charlotte Moore Hepburn
Sunday, September 22, 2019
9:40a.m. - 10:20p.m.

Dr. Charlotte Moore Hepburn is a faculty paediatrician in the Division of Paediatric Medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children and an assistant professor of Paediatrics in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto School of Medicine. She currently serves as the Director of Medical Affairs for the Canadian Paediatric Society and the Canadian Paediatric Surveillance Program.

After graduating summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1997, she pursued medicine at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and continued with specialty training at the Harvard-BMC Combined Program in Paediatric Medicine. While in the United States, she was engaged in legislative advocacy at the federal-level, in the United States Senate, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the American Academy of Paediatrics, and at the state level, for the Children’s Caucus of the Legislature of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. After returning to Canada, served a five-year tenure as the Provincial Lead for Maternal, Child and Youth Health Strategy at the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

After completing this session, participants will be able to:

  • Outline the purpose, role and importance of public health surveillance, highlighting the contributions of the Canadian Paediatric Surveillance Program
  • Demonstrate how CPSP multi-year studies and one-time surveys inform clinical practice and public health policy change
  • Describe how to promote public health surveillance engagement in Atlantic Canada, recognizing academic leadership from Atlantic Canada on past, current and upcoming CPSP projects


Itchy and Scratchy: An Approach to Urticaria and Angioedema 
Dr. Alison Haynes
Sunday, September 22, 2019
10:50a.m. - 11:40a.m.

Dr. Alison Haynes is an Assistant Professor with the Discipline of Pediatrics at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She completed medical school and Pediatrics residency training at Memorial University of Newfoundland and fellowship in Allergy and Clinical Immunology at the University of Toronto. She holds board certification from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Pediatrics and Allergy & Clinical Immunology (pediatric and adult) and is currently practicing as an Allergist / Clinical Immunologist in St. John's Newfoundland.

After completing this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify acute and chronic urticaria and angioedema
  • Recognize allergic and non-allergic etiologies of urticaria and angioedema
  • Discuss recommendations for the management urticaria and angioedema


Everything Old is New Again
Dr. Natalie Bridger
Sunday, September 22, 2019
11:40a.m. - 12:30p.m.

Dr. Natalie Bridger is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She is a pediatric infectious diseases specialist who is honored to be presenting at this conference but depressed to be presenting on recognition of vaccine preventable diseases in 2019.

After completing this session, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize vaccine-preventable diseases that may appear on their doorsteps
  • Describe how to order the necessary diagnostic tests to confirm/refute clinical suspicion
  • Explain the infection control implications of different vaccine-preventable diseases
  • Describe how to offer treatment and guidance to affected patients and families

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