ACOP 2022 Spring Conference
May 19 - 22, 2022


David M. King, DO, FACOP
Program Chair

Hello, I want to personally invite and welcome you to the ACOP 2022 Spring Conference at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Miramar Beach Florida! It has been a long two years of pandemic, so the education committee is excited to be able to offer our first IN-PERSON conference in two years! We look forward to seeing old friends and colleagues and meeting new folks. For those still uncomfortable with attending in-person, please register virtually and join our conference from the comfort of your home or office. We have a wonderful four-day conference planned, but we have allowed time for relaxing and reuniting. Saturday we will end at noon so you can get out and put your toes in the sand if you desire. Or grab a bite to eat and chat with folks we have not seen in a while. We also hope everyone will join us at the REUNION PARTY on Friday, May 20 from 6:00-8:00pm CT.

The conference starts on Thursday afternoon with a keynote lecture on legal advocacy for children from Professor Debra Chopp from University of Michigan Law. The keynote session is followed by Session VI: Gastroenterology and Nutrition. Lectures in this session will include the GI approach to eosinophilic disorders, fatty liver, and how to discuss overeating with parents. After Session II, we encourage all to attend the Welcome Reception from 5:00-6:00pm CT.

Our program continues on Friday starting with Session III on Collaboration in Pediatric Care with lectures on working with families and teachers, and transitioning care. After the break, we transition to Session IV: Allergy/Immunology with lectures discussing therapeutic options for primary immunodeficiency, and atopic dermatitis in newborns. The 2022 James M. Watson Memorial Lecture from Margaret Orcutt-Tuddenham, DO, FACOP will follow in Session V. The final session of the day is Session VI: Advocating for Our Patients – Are We Doing Enough? This thought-provoking session will include lectures on asking the hard questions and advocating for children with special needs. We will conclude Friday’s program with the Moderated Poster Session and after that---LET’S PARTY from 6:00-7:30pm CT.

As mentioned previously, Saturday’s program is a ‘short day’ to allow you time for sight-seeing and spending time with colleagues and friends. The morning will start with a Wellness Activity from 6:00-7:00am CT. The first session of the day is Session VII: Emergencies in the Outdoors featuring beach and water safety and wilderness pediatrics from Ben Abo, DO. Next up is Session II: Eosinophilic Disorders in Pediatric Patients – Clinical Presentations. Lectures included in this session discuss the allergy approach and pulmonology approach to eosinophilic disorders. Once the Q&A discussion concludes, you’re done for the day and it’s off to the beach (or golf course if you prefer)!

Sunday is the fourth and final day of the conference. We know you will not want to miss the first session on physician well-being with Mona Massod, DO. This session is followed by Session VIII: Rheumatology, with lectures discussing what a rheumatologist wants a pediatrician to know before referring and amplified musculoskeletal pain syndrome (AMPS). The final session of the conference will be on Genetics with a lecture on beyond the unusual appearing child and inborn errors in metabolism.

ACOP encourages all fellows, residents, interns, and medical school students to attend and meet with their future colleagues and hopefully learn much from the conference lectures. 

We look forward to seeing you all in Florida! Don’t forget your sunblock!

All Program & Schedule Times are Central Time (CT).


Thursday May 19, 2022
11:00AM - 4:30PM CT

Friday May 20, 2022
7:00AM - 4:30PM CT

Saturday May 21, 2022
7:30AM - 11:00AM CT

Sunday May 22, 2022
7:30AM - 12:00PM CT

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