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Symposium in Primary and Specialty Pediatrics

DateBox EventDetailTime EventDetailLocation
Nov 15, 2019
7:15 AM - 3:30 PM
La Crosse Campus
La Crosse, WI

Expand your knowledge base and clinical practice regarding practical childhood health conditions.

Registration Details

Registration is closed.

The registration deadline is Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. Advance registration is required. Registration fee includes light breakfast, lunch, snacks and certificate. An email will be sent the week of the conference to registered participants with parking information and other details about the conference.

Fees & Payment

  • No charge for Gundersen Health System residents, students, fellows, emeritus
  • $35: Gundersen Health System and affiliate nurses and others
  • $50: Gundersen Health System and affiliate physician assistants, nurse practitioners
  • $75: Gundersen Health System and affiliate medical staff
  • $55: Non-Gundersen Health System nurses and others
  • $70: Non-Gundersen Health System physician assistants, nurse practitioners
  • $100: Non-Gundersen Health System physicians


13th Annual Symposium in Primary and Specialty Pediatrics
Friday, Nov. 15, 2019
Rasmus Center
Gundersen Health System
1900 South Avenue
La Crosse, Wis.

Intended Audience: The target audience is pediatric and family medicine physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, residents, nurses and students.

Accreditation: Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation Inc. is accredited by the Wisconsin Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation Inc. designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 6.25 AMA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Certificates: Certificates will be emailed to attendees within four weeks of completion of the conference.

Agenda Friday, Nov. 15, 2019
7:15 to 7:55 a.m. Registration/Breakfast
7:55 to 8 a.m. Opening Remarks
8 to 9 a.m. Childhood Immunizations: Highlights of A Comprehensive Quality Improvement Program
Rajiv Naik, MD, Pediatrics, Gundersen Health System
  • Review the impact of childhood immunizations
  • Describe proven strategies to improve childhood immunization rates
  • Identify practical opportunities to improve childhood immunizations in one's own practice
9 to 9:30 a.m. Managing Suicidal Patients
Sarah Long, PhD, Behavioral Medicine, Gundersen Health System
  • Describe prevalence of suicidal ideation and attempts annually in the United States
  • Identify important components of adequate screening of suicidal ideation and safety planning
  • Describe available resources to providers when dealing with pediatric patients who are suicidal
9:30 to 10 a.m.

Managing Medication to Help Depressed Teens
Emily Rae, MD, Behavioral Medicine, Gundersen Health System

  • Describe patient factors to help providers choose medication for a depressed teen
  • Compare medications commonly used for depression in teens
  • Discuss approaches to patients who do not respond fully to a certain medication
  • Discuss benefits and limitations of pharmacogenomic testing
10 to 10:15 a.m. Panel Discussion: Sarah Long, PhD, and Emily Rae, MD
10:15-10:30 a.m. Break and Vendors
10:30 to 11 a.m. Trauma and Healing in Gender Expansive Children and Teens: What Every Provider Should Know
Erin Gutowski, DO, Pediatrics, Gundersen Health System
  • Define and differentiate gender and sexuality
  • List common definitions and terminology used to describe gender and sexual minority patients
  • Identify stressors within the minority stress model that affect transgender and gender non-conforming youth
  • Recognize adverse childhood experiences as they relate to gender expansive youth
  • Discuss standards of care for transgender and gender non-conforming youth
11 to 11:30 a.m. Hormone Therapy for Pediatric and Adolescent Gender Dysphoria
Katie Marquart, MD, Pediatric Specialties, Gundersen Health System
  • Identify reasons for puberty blocking therapy in gender dysphoria
  • State barriers and risks of puberty blocking therapy
  • Describe types of gender affirming hormone therapy
  • State benefits and risks of gender affirming hormone therapy
11:30 to 11:45 a.m. Panel Discussion: Erin Gutowski, DO, and Katie Marquart, MD
11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Lunch and Vendors
12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Common Rashes (and Imitators) in Children
Dawn Davis, MD, Pediatrics, Mayo Clinic Health System
  • Review common dermatologic diseases in children
  • Recognize clinical imitators of common skin diseases
  • Explore optimal treatment options
1:30 to 2:15 p.m. LEAPing into the Future: An Update on Food Allergy
Samantha Knox, MD, Pediatric Specialties, Gundersen Health System
  • Recognize the indications for and use of serum food-specific IgE testing in the care of a pediatric allergy patient
  • Apply the LEAP guidelines to identify infants at risk for peanut allergy
  • Recall the indications for prescription of an epinephrine injector and the types of appropriate weight-based dosing for injectors
  • Describe emerging treatment options for food allergy, particularly peanut allergy
2:15 to 2:30 p.m. Break and Vendors
2:30 to 3:30 p.m. PATCH for Providers: Empowering Adolescent Patients
PATCH Teen Educators
  • Recognize adolescents' concerns, attitudes, and preferences in health care settings
  • Identify ways to provide high quality, youth-friendly health care services
  • Demonstrate confidence and skills to build relationships and communicate effectively with teens
3:30 p.m. Closing Remarks

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be requested via email or phone prior to Nov. 8, 2019. A refund minus a $25 administration fee will be issued. No refunds will be made after Nov. 8, 2019.

If the 13th Annual Symposium in Primary & Specialty Pediatrics is postponed or cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, a full refund of registration fees will be provided. Gundersen Medical Foundation Inc. will not be responsible for any related travel costs to the conference.

ADA: In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Gundersen Medical Foundation Inc. seeks to make this conference accessible to all. If you have a disability requiring special accommodations, please or call (608) 775-6909.

Contact Information: If you have questions, need additional information or have special dietary needs, please email or call (608) 775-6909.

13th Annual Symposium in Primary & Specialty Pediatrics: The planning committee has no affiliation/financial relationships to disclose.

Special Thank You: This conference is underwritten in part by Kaitlin's Table Fund of Gundersen Medical Foundation.


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Schedule & Location


Date Time Location
1. Fri, November 15 7:15 AM to 3:30 PM La Crosse Campus

Location Details

  • La Crosse Campus
    1900 South Avenue
    La Crosse, WI 54601
    Main: 608-782-7300

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