3rd Annual Jason French Pediatric Hospital Medicine Symposium

Aurora, CO US
October 6, 2023

The Jason French Pediatric Hospital Medicine Symposium commemorates the life and service of our colleague, Jason French, who tragically passed away in the summer of 2020.  Dr. French was a beloved member of the Section of Pediatric Hospital Medicine at Children's Hospital Colorado, and he served on the planning committee for this conference. Moving forward this conference will replace our "Clinical Concepts and Conundrums in Pediatric Hospital Medicine" symposium

This conference will focus on the care and management of hospitalized children and neonates. A case-based format will be used to review and discuss the etiology, diagnosis, and management of critically ill infants and children.

    Target Audience

    This conference is designed for all health care professionals who participate in the care and management of hospitalized children and neonates.

    Learning Objectives

    • Review frequently heard questions and clear up common confusions that arise from both old school and cutting-edge diagnostic tests for infections in children.
    • Review the current guidelines regarding the management of Pediatric DKA as well as an update on known complications that occur during treatment.
    • Explore intersections between pediatric mental health and hospital medicine.
    • Define surgical co-management and discuss the creation of a surgical co-management team at Children’s Hospital Colorado (CHCO), including its benefits, challenges, and future aspirations.
    • Analyze and discuss interesting pediatric patient cases.
    • Examine social media/digital platforms, clinical decision support tools, AI, multiomics and precision medicine focused on Neonatal care.
    • Interpret and manage CBC results.

    Learner Outcome

    After attending this event, the participant will report an increase in knowledge related to the hospitalized pediatric and neonatal patient and increase confidence caring for the pediatric patient population in the rural hospital setting.

    Additional Information

    Course summary
    Available credit: 
    • 7.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    • 7.50 Attendance
    • 7.50 NCPD
    Course opens: 
    Course expires: 
    Event starts: 
    10/06/2023 - 7:30am MDT
    Event ends: 
    10/06/2023 - 3:45pm MDT

    Agenda- Friday, October 6,2023

           7:30 a.m.

    Sign- in and Continental Breakfast
    Mt. Yale Conference Room

    8:00Welcome and Conference Overview
     Jason Zamkoff, MD
    8:10The Golden Rules of Managing Pediatric DKA 
      Jorge Gutierrez, MD
    9:10Clinical Conundrums 1
     Claire Smith, MPAS, PA-C
    9:30Pediatric Mental Health Vision and Roadmap
     Ron-Li Liaw, MD
    10:45Hematologic Abnormalities in Ill Infants and Children
     Prerna Kumar, MD
    11:45Clinical Conundrums 2
     Nicole Newman, MPAS, PA-C
         12:05 p.m.Lunch Break
    12:50SHAREing is Caring:  A Surgical Co-Management Story at Children’s Hospital Colorado
     Jason Zamkoff, MD
    1:50Clinical Conundrums 3
     Bo Kim, MSN, CPNP-AC
    2:10Digital Tools to Take Better Care of Babies
     Tom Shimotake, MD
    3:25Clinical Conundrums 4
     Elizabeth Vigil, MSN, CPNP-AC
    3:45 Diagnostic Testing for Infectious Diseases: Everything You Never Wanted to Know 
     Justin Searns, MD
    4:45Closing Remarks and Conference Evaluation
           5:00 p.m.Adjourn
    Children's Hospital Colorado
    13123 16th ave
    Conference Center, Mt. Yale
    Aurora, CO 80045
    United States

    This conference will be hybrid with the option to attend in person at Children's Hospital Colorado Conference Center in Mt. Yale or virtual on Zoom. 

    Local Faculty

    Bo Kim, MSN, CPNP-AC
    Instructor Fellow in Critical Care Medicine University of Colorado School of Medicine Advanced 
    Practice Provider Fellow Children’s Hospital Colorado

    K. Ron-Li Liaw, MD
    Cannon Y. & Lyndia Harvey Chair in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
    Chair, Pediatric Mental Health Institute
    Mental Health In-Chief, Children’s Hospital Colorado Visiting Professor, Vice Chair, Diversity 
    Equity & Inclusion Director, Division of Child & Adolescent Mental Health Department of Psychiatry, 
    University of Colorado School of Medicine

    Nicole Newman, MPAS, PA-C
    Instructor Fellow
    University of Colorado School of Medicine Advanced Practice Provider
    Children’s Hospital Colorado

    Justin Searns, MD
    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
    University of Colorado School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics
    Sections of Hospital Medicine & Infectious Diseases

    Claire Smith, MPAS, PA-C
    Instructor Fellow
    University of Colorado School of Medicine Advanced Practice Provider
    Children’s Hospital Colorado

    Lizzie Vigil, MSN, CPNP-AC
    Instructor Fellow
    University of Colorado School of Medicine Advanced Practice Provider
    Children’s Hospital Colorado

    Jason Zamkoff, MD, FAAP
    Associate Professor, Pediatrics
    University of Colorado School of Medicine
    Co-Medical Director, Advanced Practice Provider Inpatient Fellowship
    Children’s Hospital Colorado

    Guest Faculty

    Jorge A. Gutierrez, MD
    Assistant Physician in Chief
    Maternal Child Services
    Kaiser Permanente- Eastbay

    Prerna Kumar, MD
    Clinic Director, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic
    Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
    Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
    University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria
    Children’s Hospital of Illinois
    Jim and Trudy Maloof St. Jude Midwest Affiliate

    Tom Shimatake, MD
    Professor of Pediatrics
    Medical Director, Intensive Care Nursery
    UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
    University of California San Francisco


    Children’s Hospital Colorado is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

    Children’s Hospital Colorado designates this Live activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


    Children’s Hospital Colorado is approved with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by Colorado Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This education activity for 7.5 nursing contact hours is provided by Children’s Hospital Colorado.

    General Attendance: 

    A general certificate of attendance will be available for all other care providers.

    Available Credit

    • 7.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    • 7.50 Attendance
    • 7.50 NCPD


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