AUBMC Organizes its 9th Annual Pediatrics Update Symposium

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Beirut, 12 March 2018: – The Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC) recently held its 9th Annual Pediatrics Update Symposium at Issam Fares Lecture Hall at the American University of Beirut (AUB). Organized in a joint providership with Cleveland Clinic, this year’s symposium addressed significant topics tackling general pediatric and adolescent medicine including pediatric diabetes, neonatology, neurology, sleep medicine, hematology, and dentistry.

The symposium included speakers’ presentations and panel discussions on a variety of topics such as: e-cigarettes and adolescent smoking, sports injuries, soda and energy drinks: effects on bone health, menstrual disorders in adolescents, cleft baby lip surgery, bariatric surgery in children and adolescents and diabetes in children. One of the key topics highlighted during the symposium was Insomnias and Parasomnias in Children and Adolescents showcasing views from psychiatry, pulmonology, and nephrology perspectives.

In line with its commitment to keeping the pediatricians aware of the recent advances in Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine related to clinical practice, research, and subspecialty care, the two-day symposium achieved remarkable outcome in its 9th edition hosting 26 speakers and attracting more than 320 participants from all over Lebanon.

Designed for pediatricians, family medicine doctors, nurses and other professionals involved in child and adolescent healthcare, the symposium allowed the attendees the chance to apply new practice guidelines related to child care and arrange for proper referrals to subspecialty care when needed.

Dr. Sami Sanjad, Founder and Chair of the symposium, stressed the significance of such stimulating and informative events for the medical community. He underlined the importance of keeping the medical body abreast with latest developments in treatment protocols. “The symposium brought together this year a high caliber of medical experts and leading pediatricians to discuss crucial topics tackling both children and adolescents,” said Dr. Sanjad.

“The provision of high-level medical services is a top priority for the Lebanese healthcare system. We believe that addressing the latest developments particularly in children and adolescents medical care will have a positive impact on the wellbeing of the community,” said Dr. Miguel Abboud, Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at AUBMC.

Distinguished international speakers were Dr. Carine De Beaufort, world renowned expert in childhood diabetes and endocrinology from Belgium and former president of the International Society of Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes led a session titled “The Spectrum of Childhood Diabetes; Pearls for the Pediatricians” and Ms. Judy Moore, an advanced nurse specialist in neonatal electroencephalography EEG reading, delivered a session titled “Clinical Fundamentals and Application of EEG Monitoring”.

Dr. Kamal Badr, Professor of Nephrology and Hypertension, Department of Internal Medicine who represented Dr. Mohamad H. Sayegh, Executive Vice President for Medicine and Global Strategy and Raja N. Khuri Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, commended the Department of Pediatrics for its remarkable achievements in the past years in education, patient care, and research.

This year, a special session was dedicated to children diabetes. The session was led by Dr. Hala Tfayli, Associate Professor of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes at AUBMC. “Diabetes in children is increasing in Lebanon and worldwide. Scientific events involving local and international experts are important to ensure quality care is provided to children living with this condition,” said Dr. Tfayli.

During the symposium, the Department honored the Chronic Care Center (CCC) for their services dedicated to children with diabetes throughout the past 20 years. The founder of CCCand Former First Lady Mrs. Mouna Haraoui received a silver plate as a token of appreciation to her dedication to this cause and the establishment of the center.

From her side, Mrs. Haraoui commented: “It’s a privilege to be honored by a prestigious institution like AUB. Thanks to the fruitful and longstanding collaboration between CCC and AUBMC, we were able to maximize quality of healthcare and social support to children affected by Thalassemia and Diabetes.”