Adolescent Medicine

Full Course:  20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits for CME / CEU / CPD

Short Course:  10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits for CME / CEU / CPD

Course(s) are appropriate for:  Family Practitioners, Pediatricians, Internists, General Practitioners, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants (PA-C's)

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Course Topics

Growth Hormone Deficiency/Pediatric Migraine

Identify patients who can benefit from growth hormone (GH) stimulation testing; Prescribe appropriate doses of GH based on patient characteristics; Educate patients about the proper use and benefits of long-term GH replacement therapy; Identify factors that increase risk for progression to chronic migraine; Optimize therapies for the prevention of migraine in children and adolescents.

Update on Child Psychiatry

Recognize risk factors for bipolar disorder in children; Distinguish between bipolar disorder and other psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents; Select the appropriate antipsychotic agent or mood stabilizer for treatment of bipolar disorder; Recognize behavioral, developmental, and physical conditions that can mimic autism spectrum disorders; Screen for conditions that present with autism-like behavior

Cannabis and Vaping During Pregnancy

Counsel patients about the risks of cannabis use during pregnancy; Educate patients about the benefits and risks of vaping; Implement appropriate strategies for screening for substance use in pregnant adolescent patients; Identify the long-term dangers of vaping among adolescents; Recognize adverse effects associated with use of synthetic marijuana.


Perioperative Strategies for Managing Anesthesia Care in Children

Choose psychological and pharmacologic methods to calm children preoperatively; Identify factors that cause negative postoperative behavioral changes; Weigh advantages and disadvantages of various methods of inducing anesthesia; Ensure favorable interactions with parents and involve them in their child?s care; Employ management strategies that are effective in cognitively impaired or autistic children.

Management of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome in the Adolescent Patient

Characterize current diagnostic criteria for PCOS in adolescents; Diagnose metabolic syndrome in a patient with PCOS; Utilize the most appropriate therapeutic and pharmacologic treatment strategies in adolescents with PCOS; Anticipate adverse effects with the use of oral/hormonal contraception; Recognize risk factors for hyperplasia and endometrial cancer in patients with PCOS.

Building Adolescent Resilience During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Identify factors that are protective against the development of behavioral problems in underprivileged children; Recognize recent trends in mental health of minority adolescents; Cite data on the benefits of cultural identity; Recommend activities that have been shown to mitigate the effects of social isolation imposed by the pandemic; Promote growth of resilience among adolescents who have been exposed to victimization or other types of trauma.


Overuse Injuries/Head Lice

Identify risk factors for overuse injuries in pediatric athletes; Diagnose common overuse injuries in young athletes specializing in a sport; Manage overuse injuries in young athletes; Anticipate challenges associated with the treatment of head lice, such as increasing prevalence and resistance to over-the-counter products; Select an appropriate therapeutic agent for managing head lice in children.

Sexually Transmitted Infections/Contraceptive Options

Prescribe effective one-time treatments for patients with positive test results or high suspicion of an STI; Vaccinate children and adolescents against the human papillomavirus; Identify symptoms of Mycoplasma genitalium and Trichomonas vaginalis; Educate female patients about the benefits of using longacting reversable contraception; Counsel female patients on the benefits and drawbacks of the various types of hormonal contraception available.

Management of Hepatitis /Prevention of Suicide

Recognize risk factors for viral hepatitis in the pediatric population; Manage viral hepatitis infection through the use of vaccines and appropriate pharmaceutical drugs; Determine predictors of response and prognosis in patients with viral hepatitis; Detect trends in adolescent suicidality; Implement strategies to prevent, recognize, and appropriately respond to youth reporting suicidal ideation.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Children and Adolescents

Recognize symptoms that characterize different types of IBD; Perform an appropriate diagnostic workup for a child with suspected IBD; Choose effective therapies for IBD based on disease severity; Mitigate adverse of effects of medications used to treat IBD; Determine whether a patient with IBD is a candidate for surgery