“A check up, from the neck up,” implies assessing mental health status and with it comes identifying the myriad stresses and strains that confront the children we care for. Parents and practitioners also experience big and little crises. The Chinese symbol for crisis is made up of two symbols – danger and opportunity. Our 2014 OMED Program promises opportunity. We will provide you with understanding, knowledge and tools as we explore the themes of stress, toxic stress and the complex bio/psycho/social interface that arises during the perinatal period and into adolescence.

We have combined pediatric bread and butter topics with the latest updates by nationally and internationally known researchers and clinicians. With over 25 hours of CME, AOA led lunch time sessions and the Exhibition Hall, there is time for abundant fellowship and engagement with our outstanding ACOP committees and their members.

Our perinatal and neonatal day begins on Saturday this year! Aspects of stress in the maternal fetal unit in cases of trauma, with non-obstetric surgery, and in acts of domestic violence complement the next three days topics. Two talks on dermatology, one in the neonate and a second on eczema, will serve every child care provider. Therapies in the NICU, delivery room management of the preterm infant, palliative care, and management options of congenital heart disease will round out the first day.

Sunday begins with the AOA opening session and Keynote. The ACOP Welcome will launch you into a full six hours of CME running from medical genetics, telemedicine in the office to reframing the clinical encounter given the presence of environmental stressors. The impact of toxic stress in the first thousand days of life and its implications for how and when we address such issues as obesity and chronic disease will be explored. When children have complex or chronic or life threatening diagnosis, the steps in their care and consideration of the associated stressors will be presented.

This year, we have joint sessions with three sister colleges. ACOP will host the Monday morning session concerning Addiction Medicine and Neurology and Psychiatry. Talks on infant depression, DSM-5 and the neurobiology of substance related and addictive disorders, sexual trauma and substance abuse will be followed by understanding how to work with marginalized and traumatized youth.

The afternoon session will amplify youth resiliency through the use of strength-based strategies. A vaccine update and talk on the neuropsychiatric disorder of PANDAS completes the day.

Tuesday morning, attendees will join with the Academy for two OMM sessions: pediatric sports injuries and for “the neck and above” – congestion and sinusitis.

Our final afternoon begins with lunch and a poster session, and CME update on autism, rounded out with an OCC mini board review that has lessons and fun for all of us.
Please review the program, note our line-up of speakers and detailed objectives.

Welcome to Seattle!

Judith K. Thierry, DO, MPH, FACOP, FAAP - Program Chair
Edward E. Packer, DO, FACOP - Program Co-Chair
Marta Diaz-Pupek, DO, FACOP, FAAP - CME Committee Co-Chair
Ed Spitzmiller, DO, FACOP - CME Committee Co-Chair