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The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Fl.

Mark Your Calendar for Pediatrics by the Sea 2019!
June 12-15, 2019

Pediatrics by the Sea is the Georgia AAP’s Summer CME Meeting on Practical Pediatric Topics & Pediatrics Coding Conference.

Conference Educational Goals

The Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (Georgia AAP) Continuing Medical Education (CME) program aims to develop, maintain, and improve the competence, skills, and professional performance of pediatricians and pediatric healthcare professionals. Pediatrics by the Sea strives to meet participants’ identified educational needs and support their life-long learning by providing quality, relevant, accessible, and effective educational experiences that address gaps in professional practice and improve patient outcomes. The Georgia AAP is committed to excellence and innovation in education.

As a result of attending this activity, learners will be able to:

  1. Practice evidence-based, informed pediatric medicine.
  2. Apply current techniques and procedures.
  3. Advocate effectively for issues related to children’s health.
  4. Demonstrate change in competence, performance or patient outcomes.

CME Information

The American Academy of Pediatrics – Georgia Chapter is accredited by the Medical Association of Georgia to

provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Academy of Pediatrics – Georgia Chapter designates this live activity for a maximum of 18.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing Contact Hours

This activity will be submitted to Georgia Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. Georgia Nurses Association – Approver is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. A maximum of 13.5 contact hours will be submitted for approval.

Meeting Information

Who Should Attend

Pediatrics by the Sea is open to all pediatricians, residents, pediatric nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, family physicians, medical students, and other child healthcare professionals.

How to Register

To register for Pediatrics by the Sea simply complete the registration form and return it with payment to the Georgia AAP office or fax to 404-249-9503. Online registration available below.


We welcome exhibitors to this meeting to provide us with information on their latest products and services. Exhibit hours will be held on Friday, & Saturday; please plan to stop by and visit.

Pediatrics by the Sea is a Green Meeting

Pediatrics by the Sea conference attendees will receive electronic versions of the speakers’ handouts via email two weeks prior to the meeting. Participants can pre-print handouts from the web site, or, bring their device to the session. (Note: Wi-Fi will be available in the meeting areas, and attendees who bring their device can sit in the “Green Zone” in the session where electrical connections will be available.) No Printed Handouts or Syllabus will be available. Join us in our environment-friendly effort.

Welcome to Amelia Island

Amelia Island offers visitors an unspoiled setting for relaxing and rewarding stays. Thirteen miles long and two miles wide, the northern and southern tips of the Island are park preserves which make up nearly 10 percent of the entire Island. Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, Intra-coastal Waterway, Nassau Sound and one of the East’s largest and deepest inlets – Cumberland Sound – Amelia Island is edged with natural Appalachian quartz beaches and framed by dunes as high as 40 feet.

Amelia Island’s small size belies the host of activities she offers her guests. From golf and tennis at world-class resorts to kayaking, sunset sails and horseback riding on the beach. The Island offers all types of accommodations, restaurants and shops to meet the needs of the most discriminating traveler or budget-minded family. The Island is home to Florida’s only spoken history museum.

The island is located adjacent to the historic community of Fernandina Beach, Fla. For more information about the Amelia Island & Fernandina Beach area visit

The Ritz-Carlton

Find yourself in the place where Southern charm meets the sea and live oaks meet white sandy beaches. One of the most popular beach destinations on the East Coast, this barrier island resort provides a welcome barrier between you and the world beyond.

Located on a grand stretch of the island’s 13 miles of coastline, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island is a AAA Five Diamond hotel and was ranked as one of the top 100 hotels in the US by Travel & Leisure Magazine, and one of the top rated family resorts in the country (see below).

It features well-appointed guestrooms, including club rooms & suites; four restaurants and lounges; The Ritz-Carlton Spa; a fitness center; nine ocean side tennis courts, & 18 holes of PGA championship golf at its front door!

To reserve your room at our specially arranged rates, please call 904-277-1100 or 866-763-2960. Rates are $329 a night for a single or double, Tuesday thru Saturday. Please call by April 28, 2018 for best room availability and mention that you are attending Pediatrics by the Sea. Reservations can also be made online at


There are two receptions at Pediatrics by the Sea for your enjoyment. On Thursday, we’ll have our Welcome Reception and on Saturday night, the President’s Reception. These events are for all attendees, exhibitors, & their guests.

Bring the Kids Along!

The Ritz-Carlton at Amelia Island was rated Top 10 Child Friendly Resorts in USA by Child Magazine. The Ritz Kids program offers a variety of supervised physical and creative activities designed especially for children aged 5-12. Offering full or half-day options, seven days a week, Ritz Kids has something for every child.


CME sessions are summer business casual. (You may want to bring a jacket or sweater as the meeting rooms are sometimes cool due to the air conditioning.) Attire for the evening receptions is resort casual.

How Do I Get There?

Access by Car: From I-95 – Take I-95 to Exit 373 (old 129), turn east onto A1A, travel 15 miles crossing the Intracoastal Waterway onto Amelia Island and follow signs to the Ritz-Carlton.
Arriving by Air: Less than 30 minutes from Amelia Island, Jacksonville International Airport (JIA) links Northeast Florida with cities across the United States and abroad. Several major carriers service Jacksonville.

5K Fun Run & Walk

Now a PBS tradition, join Evelyn Johnson, MD, Chair of the Chapter’s Healthy Weight Task Force, for the Chapter’s Annual PBS Run/Walk event Saturday, June 16. Meet at the Ritz-Carlton lobby to run or walk (5K/3.1miles) on picturesque white sandy beach.

Special Requirements

If you have physical or dietary needs, which require accommodation to fully participate, please indicate on your registration form or call the Chapter Office.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Cancellations must be received in writing before May 28, 2018 to receive a refund. The cancellation must be faxed to the Chapter office at 404-249-9503. Refunds will be processed following the meeting, less a $40 administration fee. Cancellations made after the deadline will not be eligible for a refund.

For More Meeting Information call 404-881-5091.

Schedule & Course Outline

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

2:00 – 5:00 pm
Developmental Pediatrics Seminar
Developmental Pearls for the General Pediatrician
Presiding: R. Dwain Blackston, MD

2:00 – 2:15 pm
Welcome, Introductions, Goals and Objectives
R. Dwain Blackston, MD
Moderator: Alan Weintraub, MD

2:15 – 2:45 pm
Cerebral Palsy: Prevalence, Presentation, & Advances in Treatment
E. Brannon Morris, MD

2:45 – 3:15 pm
Developmental Outcomes of High Risk Infants
Ira Adams Chapman, MD

3:15 – 3:30 pm
Questions and Answers

3:30 – 3:45 pm
Moderator: Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp, MD

3:45 – 4:15 pm
Clinical Guidelines in the Treatment & Management of Down Syndrome
Amy Talboy, MD

4:15 – 4:45 pm
Partnering with Families on Transitioning Youth from Pediatric to Adult Care
Wendy Bell, MD

4:45 – 5:00 pm
Questions and Answers
5:00 pm Adjourn

Thursday, June 14, 2018

8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Pediatric Coding and Practice Management Conference
Moderator: Steve Hobby, MD

8:30 am
Steve Hobby, MD

8:30 – 10:00 am
Know the Bread & Butter of Pediatrics!
Donelle Holle, RN

10:00 – 10:15 am

10:15 – 11:00 am KIDS:
Customer Service Excellence in Pediatrics
Paul Vanchiere

11:00 – 11:45 am
Scheduling to Maximize Pediatrician Productivity

Paul Vanchiere

11:45 am – 12:00 pm
Questions and Answers

12:00 pm

1:30 – 4:45 pm
Adolescent Health Seminar
Moderator: Stephanie Addison-Holt, MD

1:30 – 2:15 pm
Current Topics in Adolescent Behavioral Health
L. Read Sulik, MD

2:15 – 2:45 pm
Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology: Common Diagnoses
Krista Childress, MD

2:45 – 3:00 pm

3:00 – 3:45 pm
Adolescent Weight Management: Sleep & Surgery
Mark Wulkan, MD and Stephanie Walsh, MD

3:45 – 4:30 pm
Preventative Cardiology in Adolescents: Hyperlipidemia & Hypertension
Heather Phelps, DO

4:30 – 4:45 pm
Adolescent Health Panel Discussion
Moderator: Stephanie Addison-Holt, MD

6:00 – 7:00 pm
Welcome Reception

Friday, June 15, 2018

7:00 am
Registration Opens/Continental Breakfast/Exhibits Open

8:00 – 8:15 am
Patrick Frias, MD and Daniel Salinas, MD, Program Chairs

8:15 – 9:00 am
Behavioral Pediatrics in Today’s Office
L. Read Sulik, MD

9:00 – 9:45 am
Pediatric Dermatology: What’s New, What’s Important
Mary Spraker, MD

9:45 – 10:15 am

10:15 – 11:00 am
Today’s AAP & Supporting Tomorrow’s Pediatrician
Karen Remley, MD

11:00 – 11:45 am
I Know It When I See It: Visual Diagnosis for the Pediatrician
Ann Beach, MD

11:45 am – 12:00 pm
Questions and Answers

12:00 pm
Adjourn Morning General Session

1:30 – 3:00 pm
Afternoon Seminar: Preventing Physician Burnout
Moderator: Yasmin Tyler-Hill, MD

The Sixth Vital Sign: Physician Burn Out & the Second Victim Syndrome
Kurt Heiss, MD

How to Integrate Wellness into the Pediatrician’s Office
Lucky Jain, MD

1:30 – 3:00 pm
Afternoon Seminar: Pediatric Infectious Disease Rounds
Gary Marshall, MD

Saturday, June 16, 2018

7:00 am
Registration Opens/Continental Breakfast/Exhibits Open

8:00 – 8:30 am
Georgia AAP Chapter Business Meeting

8:30 – 9:15 am
A Child Formula Algorithm for Proper Nutritional Care
Stan Cohen, MD and Jay Hochman, MD

9:15 – 10:00 am
Encountering Vaccine Hesitancy: Tips for the Pediatrician
Gary Marshall, MD

10:00 – 10:30 am

10:30 – 11:15 am
Clinical Integration: Empowering the Primary Care Physician & Fostering Collaboration with our Subspecialty Colleagues
Brad Weselman, MD and Matt Levy, MD

11:15 am – 12:00 pm
Current Issues in Scoliosis Treatment
Dennis Devito, MD

12:00 pm
Adjourn Morning Session

1:30 – 2:30 pm
Afternoon Seminar: What Every Pediatrician Needs to Know About First Time
Seizures & Headaches
David Wolf, MD, PhD

1:30 – 2:30 pm
Afternoon Seminar: Hot Topics in Sports Medicine
Concussion update 2018: The Pediatrician’s Role in the “Return to Learn” Process
Guidelines for Young Athlete’s Question: When Can I Return to Play?
Dave Marshall, MD

6:00 – 7:15 pm
President’s Reception

On-Line Registration

On-line registration is preferred alternately you may Click Here for PDF Registration Form.

Upon submission of the registration form below you will be taken to a secure payment page.

Pediatrics By The Sea - Registration 2018

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