Children's offers two main conferences each year designed to meet the needs of health care professionals who work with children including pediatricians, family practice physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Other specialized conferences are offered throughout the year. Each fall, we offer Practical Pediatrics with content that is helpful to those working in a clinic setting. Each spring, our Pediatric Update conference focuses on mental health.

Online Medical Training Academy

Online Medical Training Academy is a rigorous set of online modules to prepare medical providers in correctly identifying and diagnosing child physical and sexual abuse. This training will provide a thorough review of nationally recognized Guidelines for Medical Care of Children Who may have been Sexually Abused(Adams et al, 2007). Topics to be covered include; behavioral and physical indicators of sexual abuse, role of the medical provider, pertinent review of literature, peer review principles and practices, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI), abusive head trauma, skeletal injuries, cutaneous injuries and neglect and failure to thrive.


Teaching Verbal Imitation Skills in Toddlers

September 11, 2015

Imitation is the core skill most late talkers haven’t yet mastered. In this fast-paced course, you’ll learn how to teach toddlers with developmental delays to talk using science-backed strategies which emphasize imitation as the key component. This method delivers a practical framework for knowing where to begin work with a late talker, provides ideas for what to try when a toddler’s progress stalls, and can serve as your new approach when your standard methods don’t seem to be adequate for a particular child’s issues.

You’ll learn a step by step process for moving children forward with expressive language. More importantly, you’ll understand what prerequisite skills a child should have mastered before moving on to the next level. This will prevent a child from going weeks or months without seeing any measurable progress in expressive language. Because troubleshooting is a major part of any treatment plan, you’ll also receive suggestions for what to try when a child seems to be “stuck” at any particular point in therapy.


25th Annual Practical Pediatrics for Primary Care

September 17-18, 2015

This program offers practical information to help you stay current on relevant topics and recent advances important to your practice. An optional hands-on workshop is offered during the second day of the course. Join our pediatric experts and your peers to discuss the latest in gynecology, dermatology and emergency medicine.


7th Annual Pediatric Acute Wound Management and Suturing Conference

September 17-18, 2015

This two-day conference is designed to provide pediatricians, family physicians, emergency room physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and nurses with the latest information on pediatric wound repair and wound healing. The participants will gain practical experience in suturing techniques under the supervision of Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota surgeons and the emergency department suturing team. The conference is specifically pediatric focused, including pediatric-friendly interventions, sedation and tips for success in working with children.


EMS the Children's Way: 6th Annual Pediatric Emergency and Trauma Conference

October 2, 2015

Through didactic presentations and hands-on skills training, this one-day program is designed to increase provider confidence in handling pediatric medical emergencies and trauma. Experts will discuss common injuries and emergencies seen in children. This conference will also provide an opportunity to practice skills needed to assess and treat pediatric patients in the field. The intended audience for this conference is pre-hospital providers and nurses.

End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) Training Course

October 12-13, 2015

This course offers nurses and other health care professionals information specific to care of children and their families facing life-threatening illness. This course is based on the Pediatric Palliative Care End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) training module, supported by the Colleges of Nursing and City of Hope National Medical Center.


Children's Trauma Nursing Conference: Tackling Trauma Basics and Beyond

October 19, 2015

This one day conference is provided by Children’s Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota trauma services for all nurses caring for trauma patients. Aspects of care in the emergency department, inpatient and post operative nursing care to support stabilization and recovery will be discussed.


20th Annual Midwest Child Life Conference

November 6 - 8, 2015

The key to our success is... Honoring the Past, Celebrating the Present, and Looking Toward the Future!

The 20th Annual Midwest Child Life Conference will be held November 6th through 8th, 2015 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The conference is a collaborative effort and is being hosted by 9 Minnesota Child Life programs and Minnesota Child Life Coalition. All conference events will be held at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota – Minneapolis. Highlights of this conference include the opportunity for 15.5 Professional Development Units, a full-day intensive on Friday, a social networking event on Saturday, an opportunity to visit with various local and national vendors, and a small group discussion breakfast on Sunday. We will also provide information and learning options for all 9 of the Child Life programs hosting this conference. Registration will open early August. 



Fall Pediatric Integrative Nursing Conference

November 9 - 10, 2015

This two-day course is designed for nurses and other health care professionals working with children with acute and chronic illness. Through interactive and experiential sessions on cultural aspects of holistic care, healing touch, music therapy, introduction to new apps for relaxation and meditation and review of new thinking about diet and nutrition bedside practitioners will gain additional tools to care for patients, manage suffering, assist in healing and provide comfort. This course was developed with support from the George Family Foundation.