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pre-congress workshops

Get a head start on your learning by attending Pre-Congress Workshops!!

The IPA 2016 Pre-Congress Workshops offer highly interactive, focused sessions for pediatric professionals. Participants will receive a comprehensive overview on some of the key issues or receive practical training on specific areas.

These highly individualized sessions are not included in the congress registration and interested participants must register to attend. To ensure small group interactions, space is limited so be sure to register early.

If you have already completed registration and would like to attend the pre-congress workshops, simply edit your registration through your congress registration confirmation email. If you require assistance, please contact registration@ipa2016.com.

All the pre-congress workshops take place on Tuesday, August 16 & Wednesday, August 17.

2 Day workshops

Tuesday, August 16 & Wednesday, August 17  (CLICK FOR DETAILS)        

WS01: Essential Care for Every Baby and Essential Care for Small Babies

Tuesday, August 16 | 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday, August 17 | 08:00 - 16:00

Session: ECEB

Workshop Information:

Essential Care for Every Baby and Essential Care for Small Babies are newborn care programs specially designed for low-resource countries. The ideal attendee is someone who is actively involved in teaching, promoting and implementing newborn health activities in such areas. Participants must commit to attending for both days, so as not to disrupt pair and small group learning methods. Each attendee will receive the ECEB and ECSB learning materials and a PreemieNatalie simulator on site. Lunch will be provided. 

Facilitators: Khalid Aziz, Sara Berkelhamer, Ashok Deorari, Chinyere Ezeaka, Marc-Antoine Landry, George Little, Flavia Namiiro, Data Santorino, Nalini Singhal

Workshop Fee: $175.00 USD

WS02: Protecting Children from NCDs: Leadership Advocacy Workshop

Tuesday, August 16 | 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday, August 17 | 08:00 - 12:00

Workshop Information:

This workshop will address advocacy strategies for prevention and treatment of non-communicable diseases in children and adolescents. Sponsored by IPA, NCD Child and the American Academy of Pediatrics, with participation from UNICEF and WHO, participants will learn about NCDs in children and adolescents globally, and practical strategies to effectively advocate for the inclusion of children in country-level NCD agendas. Participants will develop national advocacy plans; connections to public health stakeholders through NGOs, youth-led organizations, and government officials; and realistic strategies for championing children and adolescents within the existing agenda. Nomination by national pediatric society or application required - for information/application contact ncdchild@aap.org. Please note this is a one and one-half day workshop.

Facilitators: Jonathan Klein, Mychelle Farmer, Geneviève Bois, Jamie Rose Rodas, Francis Rushton

Invitation Only Contact ncdchild@aap.org


1 Day Workshops

Tuesday, August 16 (CLICK FOR DETAILS)         

WS03: Acute Care of at-Risk Newborns Course

Tuesday, August 16 | 08:00 - 17:00

Session: ACoRN (English)

Workshop Information:

ACoRN (Acute Care of at-Risk Newborns) is a Canadian program designed to guide any practitioner who may be called upon to care for a sick or at-risk newborn, during the first hours or days of life. ACoRN is also appropriate for further stabilization of babies who have been resuscitated at birth. 

ACoRN is a priority-based, clinically-oriented framework that sequentially integrates assessment, monitoring, diagnostic evaluations, interventions and ongoing management for at-risk or unwell neonates. ACoRN is an educational program based on algorithms, sequences, and tools by an interactive workshop, a workbook and a manual. 

Participants can purchase the textbook onsite for a reduced rate of $45 US.

Facilitators: Horacio Osiovich, Alfonso Solimano

Workshop Fee: $115.00 USD


Wednesday, August 17 (CLICK FOR DETAILS)
WS05: Training Course: Medicines in Children - What You Need to Know

Wednesday, August 17 | 08:00 - 16:00

Session: BM

Workshop Information:

The GRIP* Roadshow Training course: Medicines in children – what you need to know is a concept where the content of the course has been developed by a group of leading experts in paediatric clinical pharmacology, and is delivered by two of them. So far a GRIP Roadshow course has visited Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Denmark, Finland, France, India, Japan, La Réunion, Norway, Poland, Serbia, Sri Lanka, and Sweden. It has attracted a total of over 1 000 participants: paediatricians, pharmacologists, pharmacists, and people from the pharmaceutical industry and the regulatory environment.

Learning objectives for the Workshop: By the end of the course, participants will be

  • Able to describe the characteristics of how children handle medicines differently compared to adults
  • Able to recognize the need for appropriate formulation, and data on dose, efficacy and safety of a medicine for high-quality drug therapy
  • Aware of importance of clinical trials in providing children with better medicines and reducing paediatric off-label use

*The GRiP project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 261060.

Facilitators: Kalle Hoppu, Shinya Ito

Workshop Fee: $115.00 USD


WS06: Protect the Children!  What You Can Do to Prevent Environmental Hazards from Harming Children

Wednesday, August 17 | 08:00 - 16:00 

Session: EH

Workshop Information: 

After this workshop, pediatricians will:

  1. Identify risks to children from secondhand smoke, chemicals (e.g. lead, mercury, pesticides), air, water and food contaminants, emerging issues (e.g. global climate change), and other environmental hazards; 
  2. Describe how to recognize, diagnose, prevent and manage adverse effects linked to these environmental risk factors; 
  3. Describe why children may be at increased risk of adverse health outcomes and developmental consequences from environmental exposures to chemical, physical and biological agents; 
  4. Describe when and how the fetus, the child, and the adolescent may be exposed to environmental hazards in different rural and urban settings.

Facilitators: Ruth Etzel, Irena Buka, Catherine Hervouet-Zeiber, David Githanga  

Workshop Fee: $115.00 USD


WS07: Global Child Health Training Symposium

Wednesday, August 17 | 08:00 - 16:00

Session: Global Child Health

Workshop Information:

Presented by the Pediatric Chairs of Canada

Facilitators: Elizabeth Mason, Kevin Forsyth, Bob Armstrong, Zulfiqar Bhutta, Anthony Costello, William Keenan, Karen Remley, Judith Ellis, Errol Alden, Sabrina Butteris, Jonathan Klein, Neena Modi, Maneesh Batra, Daniel Magnus, Andrew Long, Nick Brown, Haroon Saloojee

Workshop Fee: Complimentary, presented by the Pediatric Chairs of Canada

Please contact registration@ipa2016.com if you want to be added to the wait list.

WS08: Helping Children in Disaster Time

Wednesday, August 17 | 08:00 - 16:00

Session: HE

Workshop Information:

Children are a vulnerable group in disasters times and as the magnitude and frequency of natural or manmade increases, huge task lies on the shoulders of health care professionals dealing with children in affected areas. This workshop will discuss different case scenarios in problem based learning manner, focusing on understanding the impact of disasters on children, assessing children needs in disaster time and understanding the psychosocial effects of disasters on children, including a thorough discussions on symptoms and their management. With the conclusion of the workshop participants are expected to be stimulated to learn more, be more prepared and may network to join different initiatives and activities related to helping children in disasters globally. Also experts will discuss cases from actual disaster events that they have encountered.

Workshop goals:

  • Demonstrate knowledge in understanding disasters and their impact on children and their families.
  • Discuss psychosocial issues including child abuse in disaster and describe ways to manage them.
  • Discuss basics of shelter management in disaster time

Get oriented to most common psychosocial disturbances in children affected by disasters and ways to manage them. 

Facilitators: Karen Olness, Saleh AlSallouk, Marisa Herran

Workshop Fee: $115.00 USD



Half-Day Workshops

Wednesday, August 17 (CLICK FOR DETAILS)

WS09: In the Best Interests of the Child: Improving Paediatric Quality of Care in Low Resource Settings

Wednesday, August 17 | 08:00 - 13:00

Session: QI

Workshop Information:

Over 80% of the almost 6 million child deaths and the 4 million infant deaths that occur every year mostly in low resource settings could be prevented through timely, effective interventions.  Studies have shown that poor quality of care received by mothers, babies and children in low resource settings contributes to high mortality. Improving quality of care at scale is not only cost effective but essential from a child rights perspective. In this workshop, we will highlight global quality of care frameworks and tools and upskill participants to utilise tools relevant for their setting.

Facilitators: Shanti Raman, Leyla Namazova-Baranova
Speakers: Wilson Milton Were, Mike English, Les White, Anthony Costello

Workshop Fee: $100.00 USD


WS10: Accurate Evaluation of Coexistent Overweight and Underweight and Principles of Management

Wednesday, August 17 | 08:00 - 12:00

Session: Nutrition

Workshop Information:

In low- and middle-income countries a predominance of underweight has been traditionally accepted and although this situation has been improving, the nutritional problem in this scenario is now complicated by the growing appearance of pediatric obesity (coexistence or dual forms of malnutrition). As obesity is a long lasting situation with important comorbidities early treatment and prevention are desirable targets for pediatricians. This coexistence will be analyzed in this workshop along with the tools for adequate evaluation and management of nutritional status deviations. After this, participants will be able to orientate both situations and establish the steps for correction. The overweight situation is the main target of this educational session.

Facilitators: Manuel Moya, Fügen Çullu Çokuğraş, Helena Fonseca, Katayoun Khatami Ghazvini

Workshop Fee: $100.00 USD


WS11: Enhancing Emergency and Critical Care In Low Resource Settings

Wednesday, August 17 | 08:00 - 12:00 

Session: PCC

Workshop Information:


Facilitators: Tex Kissoon, Zulfiqar Bhutta, Junaid Razzak, Andrew Argent, Peter Meaney, Mark Ansermino

Workshop Fee: $100.00 USD


*if you have already completed registration and would like to attend the pre-congress workshops, simply edit your registration through your congress registration confirmation email. If you require assistance, please contact registration@ipa2016.com.

WS12: Early Childhood Development Workshop

Wednesday, August 17 | 13:00 - 16:00

Session: ECD

Workshop Information:

Presented by Genzyme

Facilitators: Joseph Haddad, Steven Miller, Jay Ellis Berklehamer, Didier Lacombe

Workshop Fee: Complimentary, presented by Genzyme 

Please contact registration@ipa2016.com if you want to be added to the wait list.


space is limited, register early!


If you have already completed registration and would like to attend the pre-congress workshops, simply edit your registration through your congress registration confirmation email. If you require assistance, please contact registration@ipa2016.com.