25th Annual Meeting 
Educational Agenda-at-a-Glance
This schedule is tentative and subject to change

April 27-May 1, 2015
Atlanta, Georgia

Sessions offering BCPPS Recertification Credit are designated with the PPAG University logo


Wednesday, April 27, 2016: NICU Focus

8:00 am – 5:00 pm


9:00 am - 10:00 am


10:00 am – 10:10 am

Jared Cash, PharmD, PPAG President

10:10 am – 10:30 am

Clinical Pearl: 2016 IDSA Candidiasis Guidelines
Miranda Nelson, PharmD
St. Louis Children's Hospital

10:35 am – 10:55 am

Clinical Pearl: Neuro NICU Medications: Hypothermia 
Shabnam Gaskari, PharmD
Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford

11:00 am – 11:20 am

Clinical Pearl: You Raise Me Up: Vasopressin for Refractory Neonatal Hypotension
Emily Rodman, PharmD
Texas Children’s Hospital

11:20 am – 11:30 am

Transition Break

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

General Session: Tales from the Crib: Medication Event Prevention and Error Reduction in the NICU
Kristin Klein, PharmD, FPPAG and James Newman
University of Michigan College of Pharmacy

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Lunch Break

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Neonates, Bugs, and Lines: A Look at Preventing Sepsis Post-Catheter Removal
Sarah Tierney, PharmD
University of Iowa Children’s Hospital

Where do you draw the line?: Central Line Management in Neonates and Infants
Kathy Pham, PharmD
Children’s National Medical Center

2:30 pm – 2:40 pm

Transition Break

2:40 pm – 3:40 pm

Probiotics to Prevent NEC: Panacea or Placebo?
Kirsten Ohler, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS and Jennifer Pham, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS
University of Illinois at Chicago

Controversies in Neonatal Drug Therapy
Chris McPherson, PharmD
Brigham and Women’s Children’s Hospital
Sherry Luedtke, PharmD, FPPAG
Texas Tech University 
High Point University

3:45 pm – 4:45 pm

Iatrogenic Withdrawal in the Neonate
Emily Polischuk, PharmD
Women and Children’s at Buffalo

4:45 pm – 5:00 pm

Transition Break

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Keynote Address: A Unique Perspective
Emily Waide, MSN, CPNP
Renal Transplant Coordinator, Children's Hospital of the King's Daughter
Norfolk, Virginia

Thursday, April 28, 2016: NICU Focus

8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Registration Opens


Continental Breakfast and
Student Platform Presentations

HSV PCR testing and acyclovir use in children: a five year review
Allison Stefanski, PharmD Candidate
University of Rhode Island

The development of an evidence based, standardized formulary for the pediatric extemporaneous oral liquid compounds of the Gateway Pediatric Pharmacy Group
Kyle Dillon, PharmD Candidate
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Prevalence of adverse effects among children receiving Peg-Asparaginase or Erwinia Asparaginase based on intravenous versus intramuscular routes of administration
Megan Corsi, PharmD Candidate
Roseman University
(Note: Ms Corsi is a finalist for the Award, presenting on Friday during Platform Presentations)

Evaluation of common medications and risk of necrotizing enterocolitis in very low birth weight infants
Katelyn Bull, PharmD Candidate
South Carolina College of Pharmacy

(Note: Ms Bull is a finalist for the Award, presenting on Friday during Platform Presentations)

8:00 am -8:20 am

Clinical Pearl: Cutting Edge Neonatal Anti-Infectives: Ampicillin Old Drug But Still No Idea
Jeff Cies, PharmD, MPH. BCPS-AQ ID
St Christopher’s Hospital for Children

8:20 am – 8:40 am

Clinical Pearl: I Can See Clearly Now: Intravitreal Bevacizumab for ROP
Kimberly Dinh, PharmD, BCPS
Texas Children’s Hospital

8:40 am – 9:00 am

Clinical Pearl: Gabapentin Use in the NICU
Kay Kyllonen, PharmD, FPPAG
Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hpspital

9:00 am – 9:05 am

Transition Break

9:05 am – 10:05 am

General Session: Anticoagulation in the NICU
David E. Procaccini, PharmD, BCPS, CACP
The Johns Hopkins Hospital

10:05 am – 10:15 am

Transition Break

10:15 am – 11:15 am

Pharmacotherapy Inertia in the NICU: Continuing to Use Agents That We Have Always Used
Bob John, PharmD, BCPS
The Children's Hospital at St. Francis

Jamie Miller, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS
The University of Oklahoma

11:20 am – 12:20 am

Go with the Flow: Pharmacist’s Guide to Medications in ECMO patients
Emily Rodman, PharmD
Texas Children’s

Managing pulmonary hypertension after iNO Fails
Alex Oschman
Mercy Children’s Hospital

12:20 pm – 2:00 pm

Lunch Break

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Student Session
Bugs and Drugs: Common Infections in Pediatrics

Richard Haftmann, PharmD
PGY-2 Pediatric Pharmacy Resident

Ashley Repholz, PharmD
PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Resident

University of Arizona/Banner Health
Tucson, Arizona

PPAG Committee Meetings

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Student Session
The Role of the Pediatric Pharmacist in Pediatric Emergency Department: One Center’s Experiences

Peter Aiello, PharmD, BCPS
Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital
SUNY Upstate Medical University
Syracuse, New York

3:05 pm – 3:35 pm

Student Session
Medication Safety: Pediatric Considerations

Sarah Shields, PharmD
PGY-2 Medication Safety Resident
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center


Special Interest Group Meetings
3:35 pm – 4:05 pm

Student Session
From Match Day to Midyear: Navigating the Journey from Student to Resident

Courtney Chandler, PharmD
PGY-2 Pediatric Pharmacy Resident
Children’s Medical Center Dallas

Special Interest Group Meetings

4:05pm -4:15 pm

Transition Break  

4:15 pm – 6:15 pm

Residency Presentations

Friday, April 29, 2016: NICU and Nutrition/GI Bridge Day

7:00 am – 4:00 pm


7:00 am – 8:00 am

Continental Breakfast- Sponsored by Smiths-Medical

8:00 am – 9:00 am

Sumner J. Yaffe Lifetime Achievement Award in Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Stanley Szefler, MD
Director - Pediatric Asthma Research Prorgam
Children's Hospital of Colorado
Aurora, Colorado

9:05am – 9:35 am

Best Practice Award Sponsored By Chiesi

A collaborative practice agreement for pharmacist triage of medication related calls following patient discharge from a pediatric emergency department
Ean Miller, PharmD
Cook Children’s Medical Center

Scholarship in Teaching Award

Curricular preferences and subsequent employment choices of pediatric degree option graduates
Brooke Gildon, PharmD (Presented by Peter Johnson, PharmD)
University of Oklahoma 

9:35am – 10:20 am

Scientific Platform Presentations 

Efficacy and Safety of Intravenous Magnesium Use for Status Asthmaticus in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
Grace Lee, PharmD
Children’s Hospital of Orange County

Prevalence of Adverse Effects Among Children Receiving Peg-Asparaginase or Erwinia Asparaginase Based on Intravenous versus Intramuscular Routes of Administration
Megan Corsi, PharmD Candidate
Roseman University

Evaluation of common medications and risk of necrotizing enterocolitis in very low birth weight infants
Katelyn Bull, PharmD Candidate
South Carolina College of Pharmacy


10:20 am – 11:40 am

Scientific and Practice Posters

11:40 am – 12:00 pm

Fellows Induction Cememony

The current Fellows of PPAG will introduce the 2016 FPPAG Class: 
Michael Chicella, PharmD, FPPAG: Children's Hospital of the Kings Daughter
David Hoff, PharmD, FPPAG: Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
Peter Johnson, PharmD, FPPAG: The University of Oklahoma
Chad Knoderer, PharmD, FPPAG: Butler University
Shannon Manzi, PharmD, FPPAG: Children's Hospital- Boston

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Town Hall Luncheon (Lunch Provided)

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

BPS and BCPPS Update
William M. Ellis, MS, RPh
Executive Director, Board of Pharmacy Specialties
Washington, DC

1:35 pm – 2:35 pm

Richard A. Helms Award of Excellence in Pediatric Pharmacy Practice
Michael Christensen, PharmD
Professor, Clinical Pharmacy
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Memphis, Tennessee

2:40pm – 3:40 pm

Student Session
Applying to Pharmacy Residencies: Writing a Letter of Intent

Gwen Nance, PharmD
PGY-1 Pharmacy Resident
Children’s of Alabama
Birmingham, Alabama

Jessica Hoover, PharmD
PGY-2 Pediatric Pharmacy Resident
Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital
Houston, Texas

Student Session
Yellow Brick Road of Residency Research

Kyle Franco, PharmD
PGY-2 Pediatric Pharmacy Resident
UF Health Shands Hospital
Gainesville, Florida

3:40 pm-4:40 pm

New Practioners (Students and Residents) IceCream Social


Reception of Gratitude and Thanks
All Committee and SIG Chairs and Members invited 

Saturday, April 30, 2016: Nutrition/GI Focus

8:00 am – 4:00 pm


8:00am-9:00 am

Continental Breakfast

8:00 am -8:20 am

Clinical Pearl: Drug Induced Liver Disease
Tracy Sandritter, PharmD
Children’s Mercy Hospital

8:20 am – 8:40 am

Clinical Pearl: Early Parenteral Nutrition Implementation in the NICU
Therese Saad, PharmD
American University of Beirut Medical Center

8:40 am – 9:00 am

Clinical Pearl: If You Only Knew the Power of the Darkside: Light Protecting TPN and Fat emulsions
Kimberly Dinh, PharmD
Texas Children’s Hospital

9:00 am – 9:05 am

Transition Break

9:05 am – 10:05 am

General Session: The Long and Short of Short Bowel Syndrome
Pooja Shah, PharmD and Anita Siu, PharmD
Rutgers University

Student Chapter Poster Session

10:35 am – 11:05 am

Faced with Foregoing Fats: Alternate Lipid Therapies
Jennifer Placencia, PharmD
Texas Children’s Hospital

The Link Between PN Liver Injury and Fat- Is it the Dose or Type of Oil?
Boston Children’s Hospital

Student Chapter Poster Session


Comprehensive Neonatal Cardiac Nutrition: Carnitine Supplement for Neonatal Heart and Selenium for the Soul
Bernard Lee PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS, Gabriella Blyumin, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS, Megan Allen, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS, and Brian Brown, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS
All Children’s Hospital

11:35 am – 1:00 pm


1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Provision of Trace Elements in the Neonate: What the baby really wants
Mary Petrea Cober, PharmD, BCNSP
Akron Children’s Hospital


Liver Transplant
Rochelle Schmidt Liverman, PharmD
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

1:35pm-2:05 pm

Appetite Stimulants in Children
Tracy Hagemann, PharmD, FCCP, FPPAG
The University of Tennessee

2:00 pm – 2:10 pm

Transition Break

2:10 pm – 3:10pm

Keynote Address
KiDS Georgia- ICAN: International Children's Advisory Network
Atlanta, Georgia

3:20 pm – 5:20 pm

Residency Presentations

Sunday, May 1, 2016: Nutrition/GI Focus

7:00 am – 11:15 am



Continental Breakfast

8:00 am – 8:15 am

Pearl: Exclusive Enteral Nutrition in Chrohn’s: Step Aside Steroids!
Melissa Gervase, PharmD, BCPPS, AE-C

Cook Children’s Hospital

8:20 am – 8:35 am

Pearl: Updates in IBS 
Christina Cox, PharmD, BCPS, BCPPS
South Carolina College of Pharmacy

8:35 am – 8:40 am

Transition Break

8:40 am – 9:40 am

Total Pancreatectomy and Islet Auto-Transplantation
Kristina Nelson, PharmD
University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital

9:40 am- 9:50 am

Transition Break

9:50 am – 10:50 am

Constipation: Don’t Poo-Poo It, Clean it Out
Jill A. Morgan, PharmD and Allison B. Lardieri, PharmD
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy

The Ever Evolving Practice of Pediatric Parenteral Nutrition: Contemporary Products, Current Topics, Clinical Conundrums, and Continuing Controversies
Michael L. Christensen, PharmD, Catherine M. Crill, PharmD, Richard A. Helms, PharmD, and Oscar R. Herrera, PharmD
University of Tennessee Health Science

10:55 am – 11:55 am

Issues in Providing Care to Pediatric and Neonatal Patients Receiving Parenteral Nutrition
Steve Plogsted, PharmD
Nationwide Children’s Hospital

11:55 am – 12:05 pm

Transition Break

12:05pm – 1:05pm

Closing Session: Antimicrobial stewardship practices in abdominal infections
Chad Knoderer, PharmD and Kristen Nichols, PharmD
Butler University


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