Department of Pediatrics Annual Report – 2020

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Continuing Education

Dr. Marina Catallozzi presents course slide about Gender-Affirming Care

Over the past seven years the department's continuing medical education (CME) course for pediatricians, Specialty Updates for the General Pediatrician, held on the first weekend in December, has drawn a growing number of attendees. Each year, the program covers new or updated guidelines or practice parameters in subspecialty topics that impact primary pediatric care, with an emphasis on conditions that generally involve a team approach, including the primary care physician and the subspecialist.

Among the topics included in the 2020 course were Vesicoureteral Reflux and UTI in Children; The White Eye and Leukocoria; Providing Affirming and Equitable Care for LBGTQIA+ Youth; Iron Deficiency Anemia, New Insights into Diagnosis and Management; The Evolution of Telemedicine in Pediatrics and a Few Tips Learned Along the Way; and The REACH Esophageal Atresia Clinic: A Model for Multidisciplinary Care for Children with a Rare/Complex Disorder.


In addition, our expert COVID-19 panel presented topics including COVID-19 Therapeutics and Vaccine Updates; Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children Related to COVID-19: Clinical Presentation and Review; and Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children, Current Understanding of the Pathophysiology.

More than 200 physicians attended the 2019 course, which was held in Columbia's Vagelos Education Center. In response to COVID-19, the one-and-a-half-day 2020 meeting was completely virtual, with 245 attendees. 

Columbia Children's Health Webinars

In mid-2020 the department launched a series of monthly webinars to bring our expert knowledge on a broad range of contemporary topics in children's care to the pediatrics community. Highlights from our series below.

A Framework for Achieving Health Equity in Pediatric Care

Columbia pediatric thought leaders discusses inequity in children’s health and how pediatricians and others who care for children can begin to address it. 


COVID-19 and Heart Disease: The Pediatric Experience

Columbia pediatric cardiology specialists discuss COVID-19 and its connections to heart disease in children. 


Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C): The NYP/Columbia Experience

Columbia pediatric specialists discuss Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C), the pediatric syndrome associated with COVID-19. 


Cutting-Edge Therapies for Children with Cancer and Blood Disorders

Columbia pediatric hematology, oncology, and bone marrow transplant subspecialists showcase the future of the specialty today. 


The 21st-Century Child & Adolescent Emergency Department

Columbia University/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital pediatric emergency department physicians discuss vital topics for emergency pediatricians today. 


Insulin and Innovation: An Update on Type 1 Diabetes Treatments and Research

Pediatric diabetes specialists and scientists from Columbia discuss current thinking about the development of T1D in children, current treatments and the newest technologies, T1D and COVID-19, and research efforts toward a cure. 


Prenatal Pediatrics and Neonatology

Columbia neonatologists and maternal fetal medicine specialists discuss the care of high-risk mothers and prenatal genome sequencing as a predictor of disease; neonatal cardiac care; neurodevelopmental follow-up; and precision medicine in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).