Hot Topics Sessions

Each Hot Topics session includes three twenty-minute presentations (15 minutes for presentation, followed by 5 minutes for questions).

Hot Topics I: Thursday, March 19       1:15 – 2:15 p.m.


E-cigarettes and Vape-pens: New Frontier in the War Against Tobacco
Jon Klein, MD, MPH

Description: This session will discuss the rapid rise in electronic nicotine delivery devices, or e-cigarettes, among adolescents and young adults. We will review the emerging evidence for the effect of e-cig vapor and the impact of advertising and promotion of these products on potential users. The potential for effective regulation at the state, local or federal level, and these impact of tobacco control on the global non-communicable disease burden will also be reviewed.

Learning objectives:
  • Understand that e-cigarette products contain nicotine, a highly addictive and toxic drug.
  • Understand that e-cigarette vapor is harmful to lung growth and function.
  • Understand clinical and policy opportunities to protect young people from addiction and from e-cigarette vapor.

Improving Transition from Pediatric to Adult Health Care: New Clinical Resources from Got Transition
Patience H. White, MD

Description:  This Hot Topics Presentation will describe new pediatric to adult transition tools and resources for clinicians.  These “Six Core Elements of Health Care Transition” are aligned   with the AAP/AAFP/ACP Clinical Report on Health Care Transition and have been tested in learning collaboratives across the country and vetted by over 100 pediatric and adult clinicians and consumers.  The presentation will also review tips for using these new clinical resources and measuring practice improvements.  Finally, this session will highlight new consumer resources on transition from Got Transition.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand the latest developments in clinical tools for transition to adult health
  2. Review lessons to help start or improve a transition process for youth transition to adult care
  3. Learn about new transition resources for youth and families

Update on New Adolescent Vaccine Recommendations
Amy Middleman, MD, MPH, MSEd, FSAHM

Description: This presentation will serve as a brief update on the newest vaccines available for adolescents. The focus will be on the HPV9 and meningococcal B vaccines, and recommendations from the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices meeting, February, 2015, will be reviewed.

Learning Objectives:
  • Discuss vaccine recommendations for HPV9
  • Review vaccine recommendations for meningococcal B vaccine
  • Learn how to access the website to find all immunization recommendation information

Hot Topics II: Friday, March 20       10:15 – 11:15 a.m.

The New American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Position Statement (PS) on Marijuana: "The Impact of Marijuana Policies on Youth: Clinical, Research, and Legal Update"  
Seth Ammerman, FAAP, FSAHM

Description: On January 26th, 2015, the AAP released its new Position Statement (PS) and Technical Report (TR) on Marijuana. This Hot Topic session will present the key PS recommendations, and the evidence used in formulating the recommendations. Dr. Seth Ammerman, FAAP, FSAHM, is a member of the national AAP Committee On Substance Abuse, and is the lead author of the PS and TR.

Learning Objectives:
  • Learn key recommendations of the PS.
  • List the differences between a Schedule 1 and Schedule 2 Drug per United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) law.
  • Understand the misnomer of "medical marijuana" and the importance of focusing on cannabinoids.

A Call to Action: Adolescent Health: Think, Act, Grow (TAG)
Evelyn Kappeler, Office of Adolescent Health, US Department of Health and Human Services

Description: Adolescent Health: Think, Act, Grow – TAG – is a national call to action to improve adolescent health in the U.S. TAG specifically aims to reach and engage a wide array of professionals who touch adolescents’ lives, as well as parents and adolescents themselves. TAG calls upon organizations and individuals working with teens to prioritize activities that improve adolescents’ physical, social, emotional and behavioral health. Recently announced in November 2014, this presentation will discuss work done to date on TAG, available resources, and how people and organizations can get involved.

Learning Objectives:
  • Describe the Five Essentials for Healthy Adolescents.
  • Learn about resources available for youth-serving professionals.
  • Identify ways in which you or your organization can support and amplify TAG.

Campus Sexual Assault, The Changing Climate:  Best Practices in Response and Prevention
Denice Labertew, JD – California Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Description: This presentation with provide an overview of the issue of sexual assault on campus, how it is being addressed and best practices in prevention.  It will focus on statutory guidance, the impact of student activism on the issue, how universities are responding and best practices in response, policy development and prevention.

Learning Objectives:
  • The participant will understand the factors leading up to the societal shift in the discourse of sexual assault on college campuses
  • The participant with be able to identify at least three areas of statutory guidance and the mandates
  • The participant will develop the capacity to apply best practices related to the response and prevention of campus related sexual assault to their work

Hot Topics III: Saturday, March 21       10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

An Update on Male Circumcision: Implications for the Adolescent Male
Douglas S. Diekema, MD, MPH

Description: This presentation will summarize the recent systematic review of the literature on male circumcision performed by the Male Circumcision Task Force of the American Academy of Pediatrics, present the recommendations of the task force, summarize the recent proposed guidance on male circumcision from the US Centers for Disease Control, review the social and ethical controversy surrounding male circumcision, and discuss implications for healthcare providers who care for adolescents.

Learning Objectives:
  • Evaluate the potential risks and benefits of male circumcision based on the current scientific data.
  • Discuss the ethical controversy surrounding circumcision as it relates to minors.
  • Determine implications of the current data for the counseling of adolescent males surrounding circumcision.

Increasing Adolescents’ Access to Sexual Health Services: A New Approach from CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health
Stephanie Zaza, MD, MPH; Division Director, Division of Adolescent and School Health

Description: For the first time, CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) is funding state education agencies and school districts to increase adolescents’ access to sexual health services (SHS). Given that schools have daily contact with many young people, this approach has the potential to address unique barriers to accessing care among adolescents. This Hot Topic presentation will describe DASH’s approach, which includes supporting the provision of SHS at schools as well as referrals to youth-friendly community providers. The presentation will highlight strategies and tools for establishing partnerships and developing a referral system that can strengthen collaboration between schools and community providers. Recent developments in preventive services, such as HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis, have unique implications for adolescent SHS, which will also be discussed.

Learning Objectives:
  • Describe DASH’s approach to increasing adolescents’ access to sexual health services.
  • Identify strategies and tools for establishing partnerships between community providers and schools to increase adolescents’ access to sexual health services.
  • Discuss implications of prevention technologies, such as HIV pre- and post- exposure prophylaxis and rapid STD testing, for adolescent preventive services.  

CDC Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines, 2014: What’s New?
Cynthia Holland-Hall, MD, MPH

Description: The long-anticipated 2014 update to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines contains new information on the treatment of gonococcal infections and genital warts, as well as new diagnostic considerations for urethritis and trichomoniasis.  The potential role of Mycoplasma genitalium in upper and lower genital tract infection is considered as well, posing diagnostic and treatment challenges.  These changes and the rationale for making them will be discussed in this Hot Topics presentation.

Learning Objectives:
  • List at least three new changes in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines, 2014.
  • Describe alternative treatment regimens for Neisseria gonorrhoeae infections and the rationale for their use.
  • Describe a clinical scenario in which it may be appropriate to treat empirically for Mycoplasma genitalium.

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