It is so hard to believe that the holidays are upon us, and 2015 will soon be ending! Our weather here in the north has been mild so far, but I am sure that cold temperatures, snow and ice will most definitely be part of my life following the New Year. Our winters often last until early April, so I look forward to flying south to the 37th National Conference on Pediatric Health Care, March 16-19, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta.
Since it is the season of giving, consider giving yourself a gift - a well-deserved trip to sunny Atlanta to share in the learning, sightseeing, collegiality and fun that await you there! The NAPNAP conference is designed for all pediatric-focused advanced practice providers in every area of practice!
Let me share with you some of my favorite conference highlights to help you plan your itinerary:
Arrive on Tuesday, March 15 and attend the first ever Attendee Welcome Social! There will be dancing, dessert, a DJ and door prizes! We will celebrate 80s style so bring your bangle bracelets and banana clips. I will be wearing my Jane Fonda leg warmers and sequin-studded dance dress, and I encourage you to bust out your favorite 1980s fashions too! Get “Into the Groove” because this is a party not to be missed!!!
Continental breakfast in the Exhibit Hall Wednesday morning will energize you before the Conference Kickoff and Opening Keynote start at 10:15 a.m. Keep your energy going, as the opportunities for learning throughout the week will be numerous! On each day of the conference, there will be options for pharmacology, acute and primary care clinical content, advocacy and leadership sessions. Formats include Clinical Round-Up: three-four brief presentations that are jam-packed with content related to a theme. Session topics are vast and range from our annual Immunization Update to the newest in telehealth and caring for the transgender community. Mental health and psychopharmacology topics are also abundant throughout the conference. Check out the Conference Agenda page for all of the details!
If all of the sessions are not enough, you can also attend Intensive Workshops, including topics in ophthalmology, screening for substance abuse and developing a rapid response team, just to name a few. Review courses for pediatric primary care, acute care and mental health are available as conference additions.
Collaboration, socializing and professional interaction are a huge part of the NAPNAP conference experience. Special interest group (SIG) meetings offer the chance to meet in person with other experts in your area of interest. We are offering more unopposed exhibit hall hours this year to give you greater opportunities to learn about the newest products and services. Students and faculty will be recognized at the Student Reception on Friday evening, and there are ancillary symposia that offer free meals while you learn!
As your president, I also give you permission to step outside of the conference and discover Atlanta’s southern hospitality, local restaurants, arts and top attractions. I myself am looking forward to taking a run around Centennial Olympic Park. What will you discover in the Empire City of the South?
“So much to do, so little time” is what I say when I review the conference brochure. This is definitely an event you won’t want to miss, so what are you waiting for? Sign up soon to be sure to get into the most popular sessions! The Early Bird Special expires February 5!
Give your patients, students, families and yourself the great gift of enhanced education and practice! Take care of yourself and attend the NAPNAP conference! I look forward to seeing you there!