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.


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.

25th Annual Practical Pediatrics for Primary Care

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.


7th Annual Pediatric Acute Wound Management and Suturing Conference

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.


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.


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. 

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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.