Annual Meeting Overview

Each year, APGNN hosts an annual meeting in conjunction with NASPGHAN. Our annual meeting offers evidence-based updates in the field of Pediatric GI, geared towards nurses, advanced practice providers, and allied health professionals. APGNN offers a diverse program covering a variety of “hot topics” as well as foundational education. Continuing Education and Pharmacology hours are awarded. The annual meeting is a wonderful opportunity to network and stay up to date on the latest clinical practices!


Registration is now open on the NASPGHAN site. 

Join us on October 13-16, 2022 in Orlando, Florida
We look forward to seeing you for this celebratory year – 30th Annual Meeting for APGNN and 50th Anniversary for NASPGHAN!

The APGNN Annual Meeting is Friday, October 14, 2022 beginning at 7:30am and ending with the APGNN Social in the evening to celebrate our 30th Meeting. Saturday October 15, 2022 is APGNN sessions in the morning and NASPGHAN concurrent sessions in the afternoon. 

APGNN Annual Meeting Agenda


Friday, October 14th


7:30-8:00am: Breakfast & Welcome 

8:00-9:00am: Session I – Keynote Speaker & APGNN Year in Review

8:00-8:30am: Gut Check: Are Your Ready to Respond to Human Trafficking in Your Clinical Practice?


•    Describe human trafficking of children and potential clinical presentations
•    Identify principles of trauma-informed care in caring for potentially trafficked persons
•    Analyze best practices for response to victims in the clinical environment

8:30-9:00am: APGNN Year in Review

Elizabeth Burch, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC, APGNN President 

9:00-10:00am:  Session II - Nutrition 

9:00-9:30am: When Diets Cause Harm

Toni Solari, RD, LDN- Boston Children’s Hospital 

•    Understand the potential negative impact of diet therapies for the pediatric patient population
•    Identify patients who may be at most at risk for disordered eating
•    Understand how to safely implement dietary interventions in an at risk population

9:30-10:00am: Identifying Maladaptive Eating Behaviors and Eating Disorders in the Clinical Gastroenterology Setting

Julia Carmody, PhD-  Boston Children’s Hospital 

•    Attendees will be able to describe how gastrointestinal conditions can be linked to eating disorder symptoms and behaviors
•    Attendees will be able to recognize clinical symptoms and diagnostic criteria for anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder
•    Attendees will be able to identify clinical interview questions and standardized measures that can assist in eating disorder screening and diagnosis

10:00-10:30am: Committee Meetings & Break

10:30-12:00 pm:   Session III - Pancreas *Session supported by Albiero*

10:30-11:00am: Pancreatitis: Acute or Chronic?

Maisam Abu-El-Haija, MD, MS- Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center

•    Define acute vs chronic pancreatitis
•    Review criteria for chronic pancreatitis
•    Discuss pharmacological and nonpharmacological treatment interventions for chronic pancreatitis

11:00- 11:30am: Advanced Testing for Pancreatitis

Wenly Ruan, MD - Texas Children’s Hospital  

•    Review advanced testing used in chronic pancreatitis 
•    Understand interpretation of both normal and abnormal findings 
•    Identify when patients need referral for additional testing 

11:30-12:00am: Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency

Soma Kumar, MD- Rady Children’s Hospital 

•    Define Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency
•    Review diagnostic testing for EPI
•    Discuss pharmacological and nonpharmacological treatment interventions for EPI

12:00-1:30pm: Lunch and Poster Session

1:30-3:00pm:  Session IV - Nutrition Part 2

1:30-2:00pm: Tube Weaning with Accompanying Medical, Structural and Feeding Preference Considerations: A Case Study

Kristen Frey Cole, MSN, PNP-PC- University of North Carolina Children’s Hospital

•    Identify infants who are best suited for nasogastric tube weaning
•    Define and apply the term, visceral hyperalgesia
•    Understand the nuances of ankyloglossia as it specifically relates to this case
•    Understand the importance of support, promotion, and protection of breast/chestfeeding in infants who are medically stable when tube weaning is recommended
•    Describe the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to nasogastric tube weaning

2:00-2:30pm: Feeding Difficulties in the Premature Infant

Daniel Duncan, MD, MPH – Boston Children’s Hospital 

•    Review potential causes of feeding difficulties in premature infants while in the NICU and after hospital discharge
•    Discuss the work-up and management of gastroesophageal reflux and oropharyngeal dysphagia in premature infants
•    Develop a multidisciplinary approach to safely providing nutrition and advancing feeding skills for premature infants with feeding difficulties

2:30-3:00pm: Making Sense of Infant Formula: An Overview for Health Professionals

Lisa Richardson, RD- University of North Carolina Children’s Hospital

•    Summarize primary ingredient differences between four categories of infant formula
•    Infer an infant formula category based on the ingredients a formula contains
•    Describe GI considerations for each category of infant formula
•    Suggest alternative formula to address common feeding difficulties

3:00-5:00:  Session V - Hot Topics 

3:00-3:30pm: Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome

Neetu Bali Puri, MD, MPH- Nationwide Children’s Hospital 

•    Review causes of Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome
•    Discuss diagnosis and treatment of Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome
•    Understand potential complications of Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome

3:30-4:00pm: Approach to the Jaundiced Infant *Talk supported by Mirum*

Shabina Walji-Virani,  MSN, CPNP-PC, Children’s Medical Center Dallas, UT Southwestern Medical Center

•    Identify pathologic jaundice vs physiologic jaundice
•    Describe causes for neonatal jaundice
•    Review diagnostic testing for neonatal jaundice
•    Review treatment for neonatal jaundice and potential complications of untreated jaundice

4:00-4:30pm: Let’s Talk about Immunizations in Pediatric IBD

Maureen Kelly, DNP, MS, CPNP- University of North Carolina Children’s Hospital 

•    Discuss importance of immunizations in pediatric inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
•    Identify barriers to vaccine completion in pediatric IBD
•    Discuss methods/timing of immunization assessment/administration
•    Describe vaccine implementation strategies in pediatric IBD

4:30-5:00pm: HEADDS Shoulders Knees and Psych

Sarah Bolog, MSW, LSW - UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital  

•    Review the HEADDS Assessment
•    Understand the role of the SW in a multidisciplinary GI clinic
•    Identify resources available in practice when SW is unavailable

5:00-5:30pm: APGNN Awards & Presentations

•    Excellence in Education x 1 (2022 winner)
•    Susan Moyer 
•    POD

6:00PM APGNN Social Event *Supported by Mirum*



Saturday, October 15th 


8:00-8:30am: Breakfast & Welcome 

8:30-10:00am:  Session VI - Intestinal Failure & Rehabilitation *Session supported by Gusgear*

8:30-9:00am: Introduction to Intestinal Failure

Lindsey Gumer, MD,MSc- Children’s Hospital Colorado

•    Review etiologies for intestinal failure
•    Review surgical procedures used in intestinal failure
•    Discuss the multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of the patient with intestinal failure
•    Discuss the prognosis for patients with intestinal failure

9:00-9:30am: Common Complications and Management of the Intestinal Rehabilitation Patient

Kimberly Ackerman, RN, MSN, CPNP, AC/PC- UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

•    Discuss management of a febrile TPN dependent patient
•    Identify complications of a central line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) and prevention prophylaxis
•    Discuss complications of long term indwelling catheters
•    Identify risk factors for   central vessel thrombosis and prevention prophylaxis
•    Discuss unique complications associated with small bowel bacterial overgrowth and D-lactic acidosis

9:30-10:00am: Total Parenteral Nutrition: Back to Basics

Nicole Lidyard, RD, LD - UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital

•    Review Parenteral Nutrition composition
•    Describe how to calculate a TPN order
•    Describe how to adjust electrolytes and additives
•    Review of monitoring guidelines and weaning protocols  

10:00-10:30am Break 

10:30- 12:00pm:  Session VII - Procedures

10:30-1100am: Biopsies: What Does it Mean?

Joseph Picararo, MD - New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, Columbia University Irving Medical Center 

•    Discuss histology findings in Celiac disease and Eosinophilic Esophagitis 
•    Understand histologic findings when compared to endoscopic findings 
•    Learn to apply histological findings to clinical practice

11:00-11:30am: Utilization of Botox in the Pediatric GI Patient

Jaime Belkind-Gerson, MD - Children’s Hospital Colorado

•    Overview of Botulinum toxin A 
•    Discuss use, safety, and efficacy in treating lower esophageal sphincter for gastroparesis
•    Discuss use, safety, and efficacy in treating the internal anal sphincter to decrease rectal tone in refractory constipation

11:30-12:00pm: Endo-what??

Rachel Rosen, MD, MPH- Boston Children’s Hospital 

•    Overview of the endoluminal functional lumen imaging probe
•    Discuss indications for endoluminal functional lumen imaging probe
•    Review of procedure and outcomes 

12:00-2:00pm: Lunch and Poster Session

2:00 -6:00pm: NASPGHAN Concurrent Sessions 

2:00- 3:30pm: Concurrent Session V - When a Spoonful of Sugar Doesn't Make It Go Down
Moderators: Hannibal Person, MD, Seattle Children's Hospital and Karla Kristine Hicks Vaz, MD, Nationwide Children's Hospital

2:00pm: Functional dyspepsia and nausea
Julie Khlevner, MD, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital

2:25pm: Esophageal dysphagia: Novel tests and treatments to define the clinical algorithms
Justin C. Wheeler, MD, University of Utah

2:50pm: Abstract

3:02pm: Decoding gastroparesis: What is motor vs sensation
Samuel Nurko, MD, Boston Children's Hospital

3:45-5:15pm: Concurrent Session VI: IBD Beyond the Scope
Moderators: Jennifer Dotson, MD, MPH, Nationwide Children's Hospital and Joseph Picoraro, MD, Columbia University Medical Center

3:45pm: What is mild IBD and how to treat it
Sandra Chihyun Kim, MD, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

4:10pm: When does Venous thromboembolism (VTE) occur in IBD and how to avoid it
Eric Benchimol, MD, The Hospital for Sick Children

4:35pm: Abstract

4:47pm: What are roles for ultrasound in IBD and who needs it
Mallory Chavannes, MD, MHSc, Children's Hospital Los Angeles 

5:30pm- 6:30pm: GI Jeopardy 

7:00pm: NASPGHAN 50th Anniversary Gala of Legends- Past, Present and Future


Learner Notification


2022 NASPGHAN Annual Meeting - APGNN
Live Dates: October 1, 2022 – October 15, 2022
Enduring Dates: October 16, 2022 – April 16, 2023
Orlando, FL

Acknowledgement of Financial Commercial Support
Albireo Pharma
Kate Farms
Reckitt Mead Johnson

Acknowledgement of In-Kind Commercial Support
No in-kind commercial support was received for this educational activity.

Satisfactory Completion 
Learners must complete an evaluation form to receive a certificate of completion. If you need MOC credit, you also need to pass a posttest with a score of at least 80%. Your chosen sessions must be attended in their entirety.  Partial credit of individual sessions is not available. If you are seeking continuing education credit for a specialty not listed below, it is your responsibility to contact your licensing/certification board to determine course eligibility for your licensing/certification requirement.   

Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Amedco LLC and NASPGHAN.  Amedco LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Nurse (ANCC)
Amedco LLC designates this activity for a maximum of 9.50 Live Activity / 9.50 Enduring Material ANCC contact hours

Nurse Pharmacology Credit at APGNN:

  • Friday, October 14, 2022 - 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm: 
    • Making Sense of Infant Formula: An Overview for Health Professionals - (.50 CE) 
  • Friday, October 14, 2022 - 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm: 
    • IBD Immunization - (.50 CE) 
  • Saturday, October 15, 2022 - 9:30 am - 10:00 am: 
    • Intro to TPN - (.50 CE) 
  • Saturday, October 15, 2022 - 11:00 am - 11:30 am: 
    • Utilization of Botox in the Pediatric GI Patient - (.50 CE) 

* 3.0 Live Activity / 3.0 Enduring Material ANCC contact hours can also be obtained by attending the following NASPGHAN Annual Meeting sessions: 

  • Saturday, October 15, 2022 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm:
    • Session V - When a Spoonful of Sugar Doesn't Make It Go Down (1.5 CE)
  • Saturday, October 15, 2022 3:45 pm – 5:15 pm:
    • Session VI – Beyond the Scope (1.5 CE)

Nurse Pharmacology Credit at NASPGHAN:

  • Saturday, October 15, 2022 2:00 pm  –3:30 pm:
    • Session V - When a Spoonful of Sugar Doesn't Make It Go Down (0.25 CE)
  • Saturday, October 15, 2022 3:45 pm – 5:15 pm:
    • Session VI – Beyond the Scope (0.25 CE)

Total APGNN Sessions: 9.5 CEs, 2 Pharmacology

Total NASPGHAN Concurrent Sessions: 3 CEs, 0.5 Pharmacology

Total Conference: 12.5 CEs, 2.5 Pharmacology

Objectives - After Attending This Program You Should Be Able To
1.    Improve clinical competence and performance through being acquainted with new discoveries in the pathophysiology of gastrointestinal, pancreatic, hepatobiliary, and nutrition related diseases.
2.    Improve clinical competence and performance through exposure to state of the art techniques that can be applied to the diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, pancreatic and nutrition related diseases.
3.    Improve clinic competence and performance through becoming more familiar with the changing healthcare environment, the regulatory process, by which new discoveries come to application and the importance of advocacy and ethics in the practice of pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition.

How to Get Your Certificate
1.    Go to 
2.    Click on the session titles you attended to evaluate:
            a. 2022 APGNN Annual Meeting
            b. 2022 Annual Meeting (NASPGHAN)

3.    Evaluate the meeting and click the hyperlink provided on the last page to claim your credit certificate.
4.    Save/Download/Print all pages of your certificate for your records.
5.    If you lose your certificate, or need help, go to

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Future Meetings


October 5-7, 2023
San Diego, CA


November 7-9, 2024
Hollywood, FL


November 6-8, 2025
Chicago, IL


October 22-24, 2026
San Diego, CA 

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Recorded sessions are available until 12/12/2022!

Registration is open until 12/2/2022
You will be emailed a link from Pathable, within 24 hours of registering , to access the recordings.

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