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.


2015 Jill Davis Critical Care Nursing Conference

April 20 or 21, 2015

This year's keynote speaker is  Leanna Miller RN, MSN, CRN-CCN, PCCN-CSC, MSRN, CNRN, NP.  Leanna Miller has 32 years of critical care experience serving in a variety of roles and critical care settings. She holds a Baccalaureate degree in Chemistry, Baccalaureate and Master’s degrees in Nursing, and a Master’s degree in Biology & Physiology. She is currently working on a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Western Kentucky University.  Leanna has published numerous articles and lectured throughout the US. Her current position is as an Education Specialist for LRM Consulting in Nashville, Tennessee.

This one-day conference hosted by Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota is supported by the Jill Davis Intensive Care Nursing Fund which was created in memory of Jill, who died following open heart surgery at the age of 13 months. It was her family's hope that through this fund, annual continuing education in intensive care nursing would allow nurses to continue to give children high-quality care that Jill received.

Participants may choose to attend the conference April 20 or 21, 2015.

5th Annual Nursing Professional Development Conference

May 4-5, 2015

Nurses and Clinical Support Personnel at Children’s are invited to attend the 5th Annual Nursing Professional Development Conference to advance nursing knowledge surrounding challenging conversations.

Discover and enhance your nursing practice while maintaining the heart of nursing when working with complex and stressful situations.


EPEC Pediatrics

May 4-5, 2015

EPEC-Pediatrics is a two day conference combined with an online curriculum designed to address the needs of children, their families, and pediatric oncology providers and other pediatric clinicians.  It consists of 23 core and 3 elective topics in pain and symptom management in palliative care, taught as a combination of 20 distance learning modules and 6 in-person conference sessions.  The conference is geared towards teaching participants how to teach, with demonstrated different teaching techniques including role play, interactive lectures and small group case-based discussions.


21st Spring Pediatric Update - "You're using what?" Understanding Teenage Substance Use Disorders

May 15, 2015

This program is designed for pediatricians, family practitioners and primary care clinicians who wish to increase their knowledge and competence dealing with substance use disorders. The information presented is intended to be practical and applicable in your practice.


The Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders: Child, Adolescent and Adult Application

June 8-9, 2015

Decades of research in emotion science suggest that comorbidity amongst common mental disorders may be the result of shared, underlying deficits in emotional processing.  The Unified Protocol for the Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders (UP) is a cognitive behavioral intervention that directly targets these deficits as a means to simultaneously address comorbid conditions that share similar maintaining factors.  In adults, there is promising empirical support for this approach. An adapted version of the protocol is currently being tested in children and adolescents.  Although the majority of the evidence for UP is in the treatment of anxiety and depressive disorders, this intervention shows early promise for other conditions including Avoidant-Restrictive Food Intake Disorder.  The UP addresses gaps in implementation of evidence based practice, and is easy to deliver with a therapy training guide and patient workbook. 


CCRN - Neonatal Specialty Certification Review Seminar

June 15-16, 2015

The Neonatal CCRN Review Course provides a comprehensive and up-to-date review of pediatric critical care nursing care based on the Neonatal CCRN Exam content outline. Participants receive information that will not only promote certification exam success, but will also enhance clinical nursing practice.

8th Annual Pediatric Pain Master Class

June 20-26, 2015

The Pediatric Pain Master Class offers state of the art education in pain management for the pediatric patient from a holistic and interdisciplinary perspective. The program features a faculty of internationally recognized experts who will cover pharmacological, medical, psychosocial and integrative aspects of pediatric pain management. Specifically, pain assessment and management of somatic, visceral, neuropathic, psychosocial, and spiritual pain as well as end-of-life management of pain and distressing symptoms will be covered in depth using lectures, workshops, and small-group activities. 

While the master class is primarily designed for physicians, physician assistants, and advanced practice nurses to develop their expertise in the field of pediatric pain management, the class is also open to other disciplines involved in the care of the pediatric pain patient. 


CCRN - Pediatrics Specialty Certification Review Seminar

August 3 - 4, 2015

The Pediatric CCRN Review Course provides a comprehensive and up-to-date review of pediatric critical care nursing care based on the Pediatric CCRN Exam content outline. Participants receive information that will not only promote certification exam success, but will also enhance clinical nursing practice.

20th Annual Child Life Midwest Conference on Professional Issues

November 7 – 8, 2015

Now accepting abstracts relevant to the field of child life. Abstract proposals must be received by the Midwest Conference Program Committee through the online submission process by March 31, 2015.  

Event registration will take place after sessions and speakers are finalized. Check back for more information. 

Call For Papers


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.