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 17.5 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.

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 please register below or contact us for further information.


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 www.ameliaisland.org.

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 27, 2019 for best room availability and mention that you are attending Pediatrics by the Sea. Reservations can also be made online. Our room block at the Ritz-Carlton is SOLD OUT.


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 24, 2019 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.

Accommodations Guide

In addition to the beautiful Ritz-Carlton, the Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach, Florida area offers several other options to meet every taste and preference. Here are other lodging options, all just a few minutes away from the Ritz-Carlton. In addition to the Ritz-Carlton, a room block has also been reserved for Pediatrics by the Sea attendees at the Marriott Residence Inn, Fernandina Beach.

The Ritz-Carlton
Amelia Island

4750 Amelia Island Pkwy.
Amelia Island, Fl
904 277-1100 / 866-763-2960

Omni Amelia Island Plantation

39 Beach Lagoon
Amelia Island, Fl
904 261-6161 / 800 874-6878
Hotel •  Villas

Residence Inn Amelia Island

2301 Sadler Rd.
Fernandina Beach, Fl

Group Code: Pediatrics by the Sea 2019
Book your group rate for Pediatrics by the Sea

Hampton Inn, Amelia Island at Fernandina Beach

2549 Sadler Rd.
Fernandina Beach,  Fl
904 321-1111
Limited time Special – Weds, Thurs, Fri, & Sat. Night stay only for $756 plus tax. Exp. 5/27/19

Elizabeth Pointe Lodge & Inn

98 South Fletcher Ave
Amelia Island, Fl

Beach Resort
Ocean Place

Close to Ritz-Carlton
5456 First Coast Hwy
Amelia Island, Fl

904 277-0905 / 877 276-0522
3 night minimum

Preliminary Program Agenda

Wednesday, June 12

2:00 – 5:00 pm

Developmental Pediatrics Seminar

Updating Hot Topics in Developmental Disabilities for the Pediatricians
Moderator: Dwain Blackston, MD

2:00 – 2:05 pm Welcome, Goal & Objectives
Dr. Blackston

Moderator: Marshalyn Yeargin Allsopp, MD

2:05 – 2:35 pm Identifying & Managing the Future Directions of Acute Flaccid Myelitis
E. Brannon Morris, MD

2:35 – 2:50 pm Questions and Answers

2:50 – 3:35 pm The Latest Updates for the Practicing Pediatrician on the Postnatal Impact of Prenatal Opiate & Alcohol Exposure
Julie Kable, PhD

3:35 – 3:50 pm Questions & Answers

3:50 – 4:05 pm Break

4:05 – 4:50 pm Current Status of Screening & Services for Autism Spectrum Disorders
David O’Banion, MD

4:50 – 5:00 pm Questions and Answers

5:00 pm Adjourn

Thursday, June 13

Pediatric Coding Conference

Faculty: Linda Parsi, MD

8:30 – 8:45 am  Welcome

8:45 – 10:00 am  Coding 101: Basic Coding for Pediatric Practices

10:00 – 10:15 am  Q & A

10:15 -10:45 am  Break

10:45 – 11:45 am  Coding 201: Advanced Coding and Cases

11:45 am – noon  Q & A/Wrap-up


1:30 – 4:00 pm

Sports Medicine Seminar

Faculty: Shelley Calendar, MD
Moderator: Yameika Head, MD

1:30 – 1:45 pm  Welcome and Introductions

1:45 – 2:30 pm  Common Sports Medicine Problems in the Pediatric Office & Update on PPE

2:30 – 3:00 pm  Break

3:00 – 3:45 pm  Muscular-Skeletal Sports Injuries: Pearls for the Pediatrician

3:45 – 4:00 pm  Q&A/Wrap-up


6:00 – 7:00 pm  

Opening Reception

Friday, June 14

7:00 am

Registration Opens
Continental Breakfast
Exhibits Open

8:00 am – 12 noon

Morning General Session

8:00 – 8:15 am  Welcome
Edward Clark, MD, Program Chair

8:15 – 9:00 am  When You Suspect a Thyroid Problem…
Tarek Bisat, MD

9:00 – 9:45 am  Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Update
Josh Glenn, MD

9:45 – 10:15 am


10:15 – 11:00 am Update on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME-CFS) in Children & Adolescents
Peter Rowe, MD

11:00 – 11:45 am Going Viral: Infectious Disease Advances & Controversies in the last year
Barbara Pahud, MD

11:45 am – 12:00 pm Q & A

12:00 pm

Adjourn Morning Session

1:30 – 3:00 pm

Afternoon Workshop
What’s New in Pediatric Cardiology? From Playstation to Workstation: Transitioning Teens to Adulthood
Brian Cardis, MD

1:30 – 2:30 pm

Afternoon Workshop
Air Goes In & Out, Blood Goes Round & Round: A Simple Approach to the Recognition of Respiratory Failure & Shock
Lowell Clark, MD

Saturday, June 15

7:00 am

Registration Opens
Continental Breakfast
Exhibits Open

8:00 – 8:30 am

Georgia Chapter Business Meeting

(Open to all registrants)

8:30 am – 12 noon

Morning General Session

8:30 – 9:15 am Vaccine Hesitancy: The Journey Continues
Barbara Pahud, MD

9:15 – 9:20 am A Social Media Moment
Katherine Duncan, MD

9:20 – 10:00 am Child Sexual Abuse: Am I Different?
Yameika Head, MD

10:00 – 10:30 am Break

10:30 – 11:15 am POTS & Other Orthostatic Intolerance
Peter Rowe, MD

11:20 – 12:00 pm Pediatric Radiology Potpourri
Marcus Evans, MD

12:00 pm

Adjourn Morning Session

1:30 – 2:30 pm Afternoon Workshop
Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology: Update in Contraception for the Adolescent
Nancy Sokkary, MD

1:30 – 2:30 pm Afternoon Workshop
Improving Child Nutrition by Working with WIC in Your Practice
Tatyana Hofmekler, MD & Kylia Crane, RDN, LD


3:00 – 4:00 pm

Early Career Physicians Section Meeting

(Open to all registrants)

Getting Started with Social Media Advocacy
Katherine Duncan, MD

Tips on Achieving Work Life Balance
Sylvia Washington, MD

6:00 – 7:30pm

President’s Reception

Registration – Pediatrics by the Sea

Pediatrics By The Sea - Registration 2019

  • Confirmations and links to meeting handouts will be sent via email.

    Pediatrics by the Sea is a green meeting. Attendees will receive an email link to the electronic versions of the speakers’ handouts two weeks prior to the meeting. Participants can pre-print handouts from the website, or, if they choose, bring their electronic device to the session. Join us in our environment-friendly effort
  • Registration Deadline is May 24, 2019
    If paying after May 24th please check this.
  • One Day Rates: Please indicate if you plan to attend ONE DAY ONLY.
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