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Childhood and Adolescent Obesity 2014

Aired on 3.19.2014
Childhood and Adolescent Obesity 2014
This course will review the basics of managing overweight and obese children focusing on interventions easily implemented in the primary care office as well as disease and co-morbidity management.  We will also cover the most up to date information on bariatric surgery. Directed by Stephanie Walsh, M.D., Mark Wulkan, M.D. Christopher Bolling, M.D. and Todd Ponsky, M.D., this truly interactive world broadcast will have brief presentations from world leaders in the field followed by discussion of controversial issues and will allow the viewers to join in the discussions and debates.  


This course will be broadcast live via the intrenet and will feature key opinion leaders review the basics of managing overweight and obese children focusing on interventions easily implemented in the primary care office as well as disease and co-morbidity management. These topics will be reviewed in the form of engaging panel discussions, case presentations and lively debate. 

Audience participation will be encouraged with live chat, polling the audience and phone in question and answer sessions throughout the show.

This course is designed to provide primary care providers to improve competence in providing quality interventions and counseling for obesity beyond screening and referral. Other health care professional with an interest in prevention and management of childhood and adolescent obesity will also gain significant knowledge.

The minimum system requirements to attend this live web symposium include:
  • PC-based attendees: Windows® 2000 or Newer with speakers.
  • Google Chrome recommended. Internet Explorer 8.0 or greater, Safari 6.0 or greater, or Firefox 22.0 or greater Adobe Flash Player 11.0 or greater
  • Lesser than minimum requirements will result in dropped audio, video or both.

Directors & Faculty


Stephanie Walsh, M.D., FAAP

Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Surgery, Emory University, Medical Director of Child Wellness at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia

Mark Wulkan, M.D., FAAP

Chief of Pediatric Surgery, Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine, Surgeon-in-Chief, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta,  Atlanta, Georgia

Christopher F. Bolling, M.D., FAAP

Chair of the Section of Obesity, Volunteer Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of General and Community Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Private Practice, Pediatric Associates, Kentucky

Todd Ponsky, M.D.

Associate Professor of Surgery at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), Pediatric Surgeon at Akron Children’s Hospital. SAGES, Telementoring Task Force Member. Dr. Ponsky is founder of GlobalCastMD which was created as a result of his desire to advance global education for doctors, by doctors. GlobalcastMD has hosted over 300 eductional events since inception and is working toward reveloutionizing remote training and education.

Additional Faculty

Tom Inge, M.D., FAAP

Professor, UC Department of Surgery, Surgical Director, Surgical Weight Loss Program for Teens; Director, Center for Bariatric Research & Innovation, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Cincinnati, OH.

Stephen Pont, MD, FAAP

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics; Medical Director, Texas Center for the Prevention of Childhood Obesity; Medical Director, Austin ISD Student Health Services, Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas. Austin, Texas.

Robert Schwartz, MD

Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at Wake Forest School of Medicine, Endorcinologist at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Winston-Salem, NC.

Susan Eppley

Parenting coach and founder of Parent Coach Atlanta, credentialed educator, and speaker on topics related to raising healthy, happy children. Atlanta, Georgia.

Susan Johnson

Professor of Pediatrics, Associate Director, Nutrition Training Grant, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus. Denver, Colorado.

Robert Murray

Professor in the Department of Human Nutrition at Ohio State University. Columbus, OH.

Gary Montgomery, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Morehouse School of Medicine. Georgia Pediatric Pulmonology Associates, Medical Director, Sleep Center, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Atlanta, GA.

Stavra Xanthakos

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Co-director, Cincinnati Children’s Steatohepatitis Center, Medical Director of the Surgical Weight Loss Program for Teens. Cincinnati, OH.

Stephen Cook

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Dual trained in Pediatric and Internal Medicine, Golisano Children's Hospital at the University Rochester Medical Center. Rochester, NY

Marc Michalsky, M.D.

Marc P. Michalsky, MD, is Surgical Director for the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition at Nationwide Children's Hospital, a multidisciplinary center dedicated to the treatment of overweight and obese children and adolescents and a Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. 

Andrew Muir, MD

Bernard Marcus Professor of Pediatrics, Emory University, Chief of Endocrinology, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Atlanta, GA


8:45 am - 9:00 am
Welcome and Introduction

9:00 am - 9:10 am
Motivational Interviewing: A Strategy for Change Talk

9:10 am - 10:00 am
Motivational Interviewing: Panel Discussion & Case Presentations

10:00 am - 10:10 am

10:10 am - 11:00 am
Parenting: Panel Discussion & Case Presentations

11:00 am - 11:10 am
11:10 am - 11:20 am
Early Childhood Interventions

11:20 am - 12:10 pm
Early Childhood Interventions: Panel Discussion & Case Presentations

12:10 pm - 12:20 pm
Sleep: What is the Association?
12:20 pm - 1:10 pm
Sleep: Panel Discussion & Case Presentations
1:10 pm - 1:40 pm
1:40 pm - 1:50 pm

1:50 pm - 2:40 pm
Co-Morbidities: Panel Discussion & Case Presentations

2:40 pm - 2:50 pm
Role of the Primary Care Provider in Bariatric Surgery (Wulkan)
Indications for Surgery (Inge)
Bariatric Surgery Operations (Michalsky)

2:50 pm - 3:40 pm
Surgery: Panel Discussion & Case Presentations

3:40 pm - 4:00 pm
Conclusions and Closing Remarks

Topics Covered

  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Parenting
  • Sleep
  • Co-morbidities
  • Surgery


1. Classify helpful and harmful interactions between patient and provider to develop motivational interviewing skills.
2. Describe how to help parents build skills, tactics, and strategies, to address modifiable family practices in early childhood. 
3. Recognize how to better identify and work up the overweight adolescent.
4. Diagnosing and treating co morbidities and prevent worsening illness.
5. Identify indications, options for surgical management of the adolescent.


Accreditation Statement

Activity title: Childhood and Adolescent Obesity 2014
Activity release date:  March 20, 2014
Activity termination date: March 20, 2016
Approved Credit
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Akron Children's Hospital and GlobalCastMD.
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta is accredited by the Medical Association of Georgia to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Children's designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The following speakers, planners or anyone who controls the content of the activity have disclosed that they have no financial relationships with commercial interests:
Christopher, M.D. – Course Director
Todd Ponsky, M.D. – Course Director
Stephanie Walsh, M.D. – Course Director
Mark Wulkan, M.D. – Course Director, Speaker, Planner
Stephen Cook, M.D., MPH, FTOS, FAAP – Speaker
Susan Eppley – Speaker
Marc Michalsky, M.D. – Speaker
Gary Montgomery, M.D. – Speaker
Andrew Muir, M.D. – Speaker
Robert Murray, M.D. – Speaker
Stephen Pont, M.D. – Speaker
Stavra Xanthakos, M.D. – Speaker
Annie Mullins, CMP, CCMEP – Planner
Jennifer Parry, MSN, CPNP-AC/PC – Planner
The following speakers, planners and those who have control of the content have disclosed an affiliation or financial interest.  All potential conflicts have been resolved.
Julius Sherwinter, M.D.; planner; Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. – receives honorarium
Tom Inge, M.D., PhD: speaker; Ethicon – research grant
Susan Johnson, PhD: speaker; FoodMinds, Inc. – honorarium, travel
Instructions for Participation and Credit
This activity is designed to be completed within the time designated on the title page; physicians should claim only those credits that reflect the time actually spent in the activity. To successfully earn credit, participants must complete the activity online during the valid credit period that is noted on the title page. To receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, you must receive a minimum score of 80% on the post-test.
Follow these steps to earn CME/CE credit
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Hardware/Software Requirements: The minimum system requirements to attend this live web symposium include:
·       PC-based attendees: Windows® 2000 or Newer with speakers.
·       Google Chrome recommended. Internet Explorer 8.0 or greater, Safari 6.0 or greater, or Firefox 22.0 or greater Adobe Flash Player 11.0 or greater
·       Lesser than minimum requirements will result in dropped audio, video or both.
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