Special Sessions

The following sessions are included within the Annual Meeting program and accessible to those who register. 

Educational Sessions

Networking Breakout Sessions

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 1:00-1:40 p.m. ET Thursday, March 11, 2021 - 1:00-1:40 p.m. ET Friday, March 12, 2021 - 1:00-1:40 p.m. ET

Educational Sessions


Transforming the Future for Youth with Opioid Use Disorder: Half and Half Buprenorphine Waiver Training
Monday, March 8, 2021 - 1:00-5:00 pm ET

Session Leaders: Rachel H. Alinsky, MD, MPH, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Scott E. Hadland, MD, MPH, MS, Boston Medical Center | Boston University School of Medicine; Elizabeth Tadie, RN, Boston Medical Center


Description: ​For the first time ever at SAHM, the Committee on Alcohol and Drugs and the Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Special Interest Group bring you this comprehensive training that will equip providers to help transform the future for youth with opioid use disorder (OUD) through the use of buprenorphine, an evidence-based medication that can be provided in adolescent primary care. This training is designed for physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants who are likely to encounter youth with OUD in their practice, such as those in adolescent medicine, general pediatrics, and family practice. This training will be particularly useful to medical student, resident, and fellow trainees. Completion of this live training session followed by a mandatory online self-study portion (4 hours for physicians, 20 hours for nurse practitioners and physician assistants) will fulfill the training requirement prior to notifying the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services of your intention to begin prescribing buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid use disorder. While this training satisfies requirements for US-based clinicians to prescribe buprenorphine, the session will highlight international perspectives, including the epidemiology of OUD worldwide and different countries’ approaches to OUD treatment delivery, thus ensuring all attendees find the training applicable to their practice. The focus of the training will be use of buprenorphine as a component of a treatment and recovery plan that promotes wellness, including fostering into family and peer relationships, and reintegrating into education, employment, and recreation.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Describe the international epidemiology of youth opioid misuse with an emphasis on differences by race and ethnicity, as well as associated protective and risk factors for opioid use disorder.
  2. Construct an evidence-based treatment plan using buprenorphine that will transform health outcomes for youth with opioid use disorder.
  3. Incorporate perspectives of adolescents and young adults into opioid use disorder treatment.

SAHM Research and Mentoring Forum - Finding Your Focus and Staying on Track During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Individual Development Plans for Fellows and Junior Faculty        
Tuesday, March 9, 2021 - 5:00-7:00 p.m. ET
Session Leaders: Maria Trent, MD, MPH, Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine and Public Health; Elizabeth Miller, MD, PhD, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center; S. Jean Emans, MD, Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Description: The SAHM Research and Mentoring Forum was developed as a SAHM initiative in 2011 to strengthen research careers in adolescent health by creating a formal research mentoring network for scholars early in their careers. Participants are selected through the application process and carefully paired with senior investigators to augment their research and professional development. We will invite the current cohort of mentees to present their research in progress to receive additional feedback from colleagues and mentors. New participants will be selected through an application process and matched with experienced SAHM researchers for at least one year. The COVID-19 Pandemic has been a hard-hitting, career altering experience for many fellows and faculty. Junior faculty, especially those with clinical or teaching roles in the absence of funding, may have been redeployed during this unprecedented time. This shift makes it harder to carve out space for scholarly work or to find the motivation and enthusiasm to allow creativity to flow. This year we will focus on strategies to find focus so that participants can revise their individual development plan and professional development network to optimize their intra- and post-COVID return to academic productivity with a fresh perspective and tools they can use to reframe and reset. A junior faculty panel will be added to facilitate a dialogue about the first leap to independence and to brainstorm about work that transforms the future of adolescent health. 
Learning Objectives:

  1. Apply atomic habits towards building practices that optimize productivity and improve lifestyle in academic research careers during stressful times such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. Identify strategies to avoid and overcome common challenges faced by junior researchers while developing a program of research or scholarly works. 
  3. Facilitate for trainees and/or junior faculty a successful mentorship relationship with a senior investigator in adolescent health.           


International Roundtable Discussion - The Impact of COVID-19 on Adolescents and Young Adults: reflections and lessons learned across the globe
Friday, March 12, 2021 - 8:15-9:15 a.m. ET

Moderators: Nuray Kanbur, Verónica Gaete, Giuseppina Di Meglio 
Description: This session will provide a forum for members across the globe to share their country’s experiences with COVID-19, discuss lessons learned and reformulate ideas on how to support adolescents and young adults (AYA) globally. 
Session Objectives:  
  • Describe the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health and wellbeing of AYA globally. 
  • Explore the similarities and differences in the impact of the pandemic on AYA. 
  • Share telehealth or telemedicine experiences with AYA, as a stepping stone to the creation of best practices.  
  • Discuss emerging research involving AYA and COVID-19 in different countries.  
  • Describe the changing needs of AYA during COVID-19 globally. 
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Networking Breakout Sessions

Daily Mindfulness 
To be held each day of the live program (Wed-Fri), 1:00-1:40 p.m. ET

Join psychologist, Heather Austin and physician, Tina Simpson in a session focused on YOU! In a trying year, take a few minutes to unwind, focus on your own body, emotions, and present experience and follow along as Heather and Tina lead a guided session on body scans, loving kindness mediations, and gentle movement from 1:00-1:40. 

Have you read (or aspire to read) “How to be an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi? 
Wednesday, March 10 - 1:00-1:40 p.m. ET

Join an interactive forum discussion around the themes of Ibram X. Kendi’s “How to be an Antiracist,” whether you have read it or not. Facilitated by SAHM Diversity Committee.
Further reading list 

Adolescents and Young Adults (AYA) are Having Condomless Sex: Examining the intersectionality of sexual health, STIs, and HIV prevention
Wednesday, March 10 - 1:00-1:40 p.m. ET

Session Leader: Kesha O'Reilly, PharmD, RPh, AAHIVP, CCHP, Gilead Sciences, Inc

This session will explore the relationship between sexual health and HIV prevention through the connection of sexually transmitted illnesses (STIs).  Americans aged 15 to 24 years make up just over 25% of the sexually active population, but they acquire over half of all new STIs that occur each year. Additionally, adolescents with STIs are at an increased risk of subsequent HIV infection, and the risk increases with the number of STI diagnoses. Understanding this relationship, barriers to care, and biomedical prevention interventions can help reduced the annual number of HIV infections in AYA.

Student/Trainee Meet and Greet Luncheon 
Wednesday, March 10 - 1:00-1:40 p.m. ET

Facilitator: Tornia J.S. Wyllie, MD, SAHM Board of Directors Student/Trainee Representative 

This is a peer-to-peer networking event to connect and future adolescent medicine fellows. We are a small community, so this is a great opportunity to connect with your peers. This will allow you to forge new relationships and reconnect with established ones.

Healthysexual: Health & Sex Belong Together
Thursday, March 11 - 1:00-1:40 p.m. ET

Facilitator: George Bouldin Gates; Sr. Community Liaison - Manhattan

Healthysexual highlights the importance of incorporating sexual health into overall health care. The presentation brings together sex and health and discussions on STIs, HIV, prevention options, testing and retesting, and tools and tips for communicating with healthcare providers and sexual partners about sexual health.

This session is supported by Gilead Sciences, Inc.

Building Resiliency Bit by Bit
Thursday, March 11 - 1:00-1:40 p.m. ET

Join primary care pediatrician, Dr. Kari Harris, and psychologist, Dr. Melissa Hopper to discuss ways to build resiliency in teens during and post-pandemic. We are all here to help teens be successful adults and we are all experiencing this pandemic together. Let’s share our ideas and experience on what has helped our own patients/clients/teens and learn from each other.

IAAH Update 2021: Meeting the Challenges of Global Adolescent Health
Thursday, March 11 - 1:00-1:40 p.m. ET

Facilitators: Jon Klein, IAAH VP North America, Asha Pemberton-Gaskin, IAAH VP Caribbean, and Nicola Gray, IAAH VP Europe

International Association for Adolescent Health (IAAH) Council Members from the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, North America, Oceania and South East Asia will provide a world view of adolescent health priorities in their region during the COVID-19 pandemic. SAHM witnessed the founding of IAAH in 1987, and continues to have a strong history of partnership on our shared agenda of improving the health and well-being of adolescents around the world. Our Young Professionals Network and Education Committee will discuss the adolescent health workforce and mentor/menteeship opportunities as we envisage the world after COVID-19. IAAH will update SAHM members on the United Nations Global Summit on Adolescents planned for 2023, and on the IAAH/SPAJ World Congress on Adolescent Health, which is now re-scheduled as a hybrid in-person and virtual meeting to take place in Lima, Peru in November 2021.

Media Use at Pandemic Proportions 
Friday, March 12 - 1:00-1:40 p.m. ET

Dr. Michael Rich will lead a discussion regarding adolescents’ use of media during this pandemic.  Dr. Rich founded and has led the Clinic for Interactive Media and Internet Disorders (CIMAID) at Boston Children Hospital for 3 1/2 years and looks forward to hearing what SAHM members have seen in their patients and clients in 2020. As The Mediatrician®, Dr. Rich offers research-based, balanced and practical answers to parents’, teachers’, and clinicians’ questions about adolescents’ media use and the positive and negative implications for their health and development. Join the discussion as Dr. Rich applies his expertise and experience to the current pandemic and its impact on adolescents’ media use.

Securing your first faculty position: Tools, tips and tricks
Friday, March 12 - 1:00-1:40 p.m. ET

This is an opportunity to hear from a panel of early career physicians their personal journey and strategies used to secure their first faculty position. It is never too soon to start thinking about post training job opportunities, this session is geared towards all students and trainees.

Leadership Pathways wtihin SAHM
Friday, March 12 - 1:00-1:40 p.m. ET

Facilitators: SAHM President Dr. Jessica Kahn and Executive Director Ryan Norton

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