The Society for Pediatric Sedation’s 2020 Annual Meeting will be held May 18-20 in Baltimore, MD. The Education Committee and Meeting Planning Subcommittee are excited for the program we’ve assembled, and would like to take a moment to highlight a few of these amazing speakers.
Dr. Sapna Kudchadkar, a critical care physician in the PICU at Johns Hopkins Hospital, will be offering a plenary talk titled “Looking in the Mirror – Studying Sedation While Performing ICU Sedations”. She will also be sharing her thoughts on social media in a breakout session. Dr. Kudchadkar has an impressive record of academic work in a busy clinical ICU practice, and has founded the PICU UP initiative to encourage early mobilization of ICU patients. Her research influence is increased by her active Twitter presence (@SapnaKmd); her nearly 7,000 followers allow for active dissemination of her research activities, and the PICU UP community uses that medium for near-daily updates on patient success. She will be a fantastic resource to discuss both clinical research and the use of social media by physicians.
We are thrilled that one of the most dynamic and experienced Child Life professionals in our society, Laura Mitchell, BS, CCLS, will be sharing with us the history of Child Life Professionals in the care of children receiving sedation. Ms. Mitchell (@sedationccls) practices at Nemours A.I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware, where she has vast experience in assisting children and their families in coping with the stress and fear associated with procedures. Our society is fortunate to have a multidisciplinary membership, and our recognition of their foundational place in our practice is reflected in the Kristine K. Murray Child Life Award. This is presented to the Child Life professional who demonstrates exemplary care and clinical skill with children in a procedural sedation environment and who actively contributes to the field of pediatric sedation through multidisciplinary collaboration.
The final speakers we will highlight in this “teaser” will be the dynamic duo of Dr. Betsy Hunt and Dr. Jim Fehr, who will be discussing the relative merits of various venues for simulation education. Dr. Hunt, a PICU physician at Johns Hopkins and director of their simulation center for the hospital and the medical school, will be discussing the advantages of education using an established simulation center. Dr. Fehr, a pediatric anesthesiologist, chief of pediatric anesthesiology at Stanford University, and experienced simulation educator, will discuss the advantages of “simulation on the road”.
We hope to see many of you this May in Baltimore!