Meeting Schedule

The PHM 2017 Planning Committee has thoroughly and thoughtfully reviewed each proposal submitted. This year the number of submissions was unprecedented with almost 200 submissions.

Click below to download a printable version of the PHM 2017 Schedule Overview and Breakout Sessions:


Key Educational Offerings

Behavioral Health: The sessions about behavioral health will teach participants on how to provide care for the autistic inpatient, the management of patients with eating disorders and how to improve firearm safety in medical institutions, and will feature a workshop with a focus on team-based approaches to somatic disorders.

Business of Hospital Medicine: The growth of pediatric hospital medicine has resulted in increased opportunities for leadership, however, very few physicians receive formal training in business or management. Three impactful sessions have been selected by the committee with a strong focus on the business skills pediatric hospitalists need covering clinical document improvement, updates in health insurance and how to impact the day-to-day operations of hospital administration and management.

Clinical: More than 20 clinical sessions will provide evidence-based updates on topic areas that all pediatric hospitalists need to know in order to provide optimal management for specific conditions in hospitalized pediatric patients. Updates in sedation, UTI management for infants, hematology, opioid management, palliative care, transgender patient management, Kawasaki disease and more are included.

Clinical Quick Hits: Brand new to the PHM Conference schedule, the Clinical Quick Hits sessions are designed to provide participants with quick bursts of content and to address specific areas as identified by the Planning Committee. These 35-minute sessions will cover clinical topics pertinent to everyday inpatient pediatric practice.

Community Hospital Medicine: The community hospital sessions will cover topics unique to those working in the community hospital setting while still having a broad appeal to all pediatric hospitalists. The community hospital sessions include incorporating telemedicine into your program, teaching students within the community hospital setting, leadership skills for community hospitalists, medication safety for pediatric inpatients in adult settings and achieving academic advancement within the community hospital setting.

Complex Care: There are four sessions dedicated to the care and management of complex pediatric patients. Topics include post-acute care referrals; management of complex patients with various medical technologies; identifying, diagnosis and the management of children with neurological impairments; and inpatient management of chronically complex patients.

Education Workshops: The dedicated education workshop track is for pediatric hospitalists who are interested in improving their teaching skills. A strong teaching approach can impact and shape how learners think about and approach patient care for years to come. Attending sessions within this hands-on workshop track will help you incorporate technology in family-centered rounds, teaching millennial parents, teaching learners of all levels and more.

Newborn Medicine: Newborn medicine has increased in popularity over the past few years. This year there are four sessions dedicated to newborn medicine covering safe sleep and breastfeeding, infants with chorioamnionitis, approaches to caring for newborns exposed to opioids and reducing phototherapy without increasing BIND.

Patient Experience: As service is a quality outcome, the Patient Experience sessions are dedicated to giving pediatrics hospitalists practical skills for success in enhancing the doctor-patient relationship. Sessions include “Lost in Translation: Caring for Hospitalized Children and Families with Language Barriers,” “What Every Hospitalist Needs to Know about Health Literacy and Putting It into Practice,” “Trauma Informed Care and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: Tools for Improved Family Interaction” and “Shared Decision Making: How to Develop Skills for Partnering with Patients.”

Patient Safety: As a brand-new topic category this year, PHM 2017 will feature two sessions focused entirely on improving patient safety. Sessions include “Safe and Sound and Homeward Bound: Optimizing Hospital-to-Home Transitions” and “Safety First! A Comprehensive Approach to Integrating Safety Curricula Across the Continuum.”

Physician Wellness: As busy caregivers, pediatric hospitalists are primarily focused on the health of their patients, and their own wellness falls to the wayside. Two sessions are dedicated to the improvement of physicians’ wellness: “Battling Burnout: Strategies for Promoting Wellness” and “Defusing the Situation: What Experts Can Teach Us About Managing Difficult Patients and Colleagues.”

Professional Development: New and updated sessions included in the schedule will help pediatric hospitalists improve their communication skills, foster an optimal working relationship between hospitalists and nurses, advance their careers, utilize social media and learn skills about media appearances, and discover how to enhance leadership skills for introverts.

Research: Brand-new research sessions at PHM this year were designed for researchers and those looking to enter into the research field. Topics include K award grants, how to advance your research without a K award, writing a paper in a day, tips and tricks for the IRB process, and more.

Other topic categories covered in the PHM 2017 schedule include Global Health, Med-Peds, Practice Management and Quality Improvement.