Pediatric Endocrine Track

Date: October 9, 2020
Accreditation: 5 CME/CE
Schedule: 10:15 AM-5:15 PM

The Pediatric Endocrine Track will be held during the Fall Obesity Summit.


The Pediatric Track is part of the Fall Obesity Summit on Friday, October 9.

10:15-11:00 AM - Diagnosis and Treatement of Polycistic Ovarian Syndrome in Adolescent Girls

Anshu Gupta, MD

Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a common obesity-associated endocrinopathy in adolescent girls. In this session, we will discuss challenges associated with making the diagnosis of PCOS in adolescent girls based on current criteria and review common pitfalls in testing. Additionally, participants will develop an individualized treatment plan that specifically addresses the concerns of an adolescent girl diagnosed with PCOS.

  • Discuss challenges associated with current criteria for the diagnosis of PCOS in adolescent girls.
  • Recognize common pitfalls in the diagnostic laboratory testing for PCOS in adolescent girls.
  • Develop an individualized treatment plan to address the concerns of an adolescent girl with PCOS.

11:00 AM-12:00 PM - Pediatric Dyslipidemia

Ambika Ashraf, MD, FAAP

With the epidemic of childhood obesity, pediatric practitioners are required to provide appropriate management of dyslipidemia that includes testing, assessing risk, and providing treatment. Multiple metabolic comorbities such as insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and hypertension complicate dyslipidemia prevalent in children and adolescents with obesity. This talk will discuss the management approach to the spectrum of dyslipidemia seen in children with obesity.

  • Discuss an overview of dyslipidemia in children with obesity
  • Assess elevated low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels
  • Review the management strategies for elevated triglycerides
  • Evaluate mixed dyslipidemia in children and adolescents

12:00-1:15 PM - Lunch in Exhibit Hall

Enjoy lunch in the exhibit hall while you explore the latest technologies, products, and services available to enhance and improve your practice. Meet with exhibitors, try samples, and discover new tools to use when treating patients with obesity.

1:15-2:15 PM - Pharmacotherapy in Pediatric Obesity

Vibha Singhal, MD

The prevalence of pediatric obesity, especially severe obesity continues to rise particularly among minority groups. The treatment of pediatric obesity is crucial as it have severe metabolic and psychosocial consequences. The current common approach of treatment of pediatric obesity with only lifestyle and behavioral intervention has only modest benefits. Knowledge and utilization of the benefits of anti-obesity medications in children will help improve outcomes of pediatric obesity.

  • Understand the rationale for the use of pharmacotherapy in pediatric obesity
  • Discuss the available pediatric data of the commonly used weight loss medications in adults
  • Discuss the challenges in the use of these medications in children

2:15-3:00 PM - Hypothalamic Obesity in Children and Adolescents

Shana E. McCormack, MD, MTR

Hypothalamic obesity is a frequent complication of brain tumors affecting the hypothalamus and pituitary. Survivors of childhood brain tumors who develop hypothalamic obesity pose unique challenges for practitioners. The goal of this session is to review current evidence for the diagnosis, evaluation, and management of hypothalamic obesity and highlight opportunities for future research.

  • Explain candidate mechanism(s) underlying hypothalamic obesity
  • Formulate an approach to evaluate children and adolescents with hypothalamic obesity
  • Review evidence in support of various treatment modalities
  • Identify opportunities for future clinical research

3:00-3:45 PM - Break in Exhibit Hall

Visit the exhibitors and explore the latest technologies, products, and services available to enhance and improve your practice. Meet with exhibitors, try samples, and discover new tools to use when treating patients with obesity.

3:45-4:30 PM - Motivational Interviewing and Pediatric Obesity: Clinical Conversations and Behavior Change

Melanie Bean, PhD

This session will provide an overview of motivational interviewing and its application to pediatric obesity. Dr. Bean will emphasize both the spirit of motivational interviewing as well as practical skills-based content that providers can apply to their interactions with pediatric patients with obesity.

  • Identify the spirit of motivational interviewing, and how this empirically supported treatment differs from the traditional medical paradigm.
  • Verbalize the core skills used in motivational interviewing.
  • Identify areas in clinical practice where motivational can be effective to enhance patient outcomes and improve provider satisfaction.

4:30-5:15 PM - Pediatric Endocrine Panel

Melanie Bean, PhD; Anshu Gupta, MD, and Shana E. McCormack, MD, MTR



To attend the Pediatric Endocrine Track, register for either the Fall Obesity Summit (Oct. 9-11) or the Friday One Day Pass (Oct. 9). You do not need to register specifically for the Pediatric Endocrine Track.

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Commercial Support

This education activity may receive support through an educational grant from a commercial interest.