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Canadian Paediatric Society

Fall 2018 Course

October 19 to 21, 2018

Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

Banff, Alberta


Designed for paediatricians, family physicians, residents and allied health professionals caring for children and youth, this CME course explores topics in gastroenterology, genetics, infectious diseases and rheumatology. Each course combines lectures, interactive seminars, ‘hot topic’ discussions, hands-on cased-based workshops and question-and-answer sessions. Learners engage with faculty to solve problems encountered in everyday practice.

Course objectives

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Bring new skills to the diagnosis and management of paediatric disorders,

  • Integrate new knowledge into their practice setting,

  • Share new knowledge with peers and colleagues.

Course credits

Earn Section 3 credits by completing a written self-assessment program based on this course. Information will be provided to registrants after the course.

Maintenance of Certification (MOC)

This event has been approved by the Canadian Paediatric Society for a maximum of 11.75 credit hours as an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

College of Family Physicians of Canada Members

CFPC members may claim up to 50 certified credits per cycle for participation in RCPSC MOC Section 1 accredited activities. The maximum does not apply to CFPC affiliate members.

AMA PRA Category 1 credits™

Through an agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert Royal College MOC credits to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Information on converting credits can be found at

European CME credits

Live educational activities, occurring in Canada and recognized by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as Accredited Group Learning Activities (Section 1) are deemed by the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) to be eligible for ECMEC®

CanMEDS roles

CanMEDS is an initiative to improve patient care by defining the competencies needed for medical education and practice. One or more of seven key roles—Medical Expert (the central role), Communicator, Collaborator, Manager, Leader, Health Advocate, Scholar and Professional—are assigned to frame each learning segment.

A summary of the CanMEDS roles can be found on the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada website:  


Course schedule

Friday, October 19 (3.5 study credits)


Registration opens 


Continental breakfast, with exhibits


Welcome and announcements


Consequences of proton pump inhibitor (PPI) use in children
CanMEDS: Medical expert
Valérie Marchand, MD

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • List the indications for PPI use (e.g., Choosing Wisely).
  • Consider alternatives to PPI.
  • Describe the important risks of PPIs.


Question/answer session


New frontiers in diagnosis and treatment of genetic disorders
CanMEDS: Medical expert, Leader
Sylvia Stockler, MD, PhD

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the latest investigations for genetic disorders.
  • Select appropriate investigations (e.g., what and when, biochemical test panels, next generation sequencing, Choosing Wisely).
  • Describe innovative approaches for treating genetic disorders.


Question/answer session


The impact of immunizations on serious bacterial infections (SBIs) in children
CanMEDS: Medical expert
Joan Robinson, MD

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize current trends in SBIs in infants and children in Canada and the U.S.
  • Correlate prevalence of illness with new and updated vaccine schedules.
  • Know how this information should change what investigations to order and what antibiotics to start in children with suspected SBIs.      


Question/answer session


Current juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) treatment modalities
CanMEDS: Medical expert
Mercedes Chan, MD

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Outline a step-wise approach to treatment of patients with JIA, including NSAIDs, DMARDs, biologics and steroids, with relevant outcomes,
  • Describe the clinical implications of having patients on biologic and immune-suppressing therapy (e.g., vaccinations, surgery, adrenal suppression).
  • Describe non-pharmaceutical therapies, such as physio, occupational therapy and exercise.


Question/answer session


Health break, with exhibits


Concurrent workshops

Workshops are case-based, interactive and practice-oriented. Course faculty present clinical cases and attendees are encouraged to bring cases of their own into discussion. 

Gastroenterology - Current management of common gastrointestinal problems: What to do, when to refer?, Valérie Marchand, MD

Genetics - Case-based with pictures, Sylvia Stockler, MD, PhD

Infectious diseases - Case-based problems from the plenary talks, Joan Robinson, MD

Rheumatology - Let’s rock the joint: The rheumatology physical exam, Mercedes Chan, MD




Welcome reception
Before heading out for the evening, join friends and colleagues for a drink and hors d’oeuvres. Accompanying guests are welcome.

Saturday, October 20 (4.5 study credits)


Registration opens


Welcome and announcements


Breakfast symposium
Management of fever in children
CanMEDS: Medical expert
Co-developed with Pfizer Consumer Healthcare
William Craig, MD

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Choose appropriate pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapies for fever management in the pediatric population.
  • Reduce the risk of adverse events by helping healthcare professionals reduce fever phobia in caregivers and avoiding inappropriate self-prescribing or medication overuse.
  • Access current, evidence-based educational content consisting of approaches for fever management that can be implemented into practice.


Visit the exhibitors


Antimicrobial stewardship:  Pick the right drug for the bug
CanMEDS: Medical expert
Joan Robinson, MD

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Refine strategies for choice of appropriate antibiotics for common infections in inpatients and outpatients.
  • Develop an approach to choice of antibiotics in children who have been labelled “allergic” to penicillin or other antibiotics.           


Question/answer session


Update on Kawasaki disease
CanMEDS: Medical expert
Mercedes Chan, MD

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss diagnosis of atypical cases and complications of Kawasaki disease.
  • Apply the new treatment guidelines.          


Question/answer session


Irritable bowel syndrome: Don't cramp my style
CanMEDS: Medical expert
Valérie Marchand, MD

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the role of diet in IBS.
  • Describe the role of probiotics in IBS.
  • Describe the role of alternative treatments in IBS.


Question/answer session


Current investigations for a child with intellectual disability
CanMEDS: Medical expert
Sylvia Stockler, MD, PhD

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Identify treatable intellectual disabilities.
  • Recognize and assess the most commonly missed genetic syndromes (top 3).      


Question/answer session


Health break, with exhibits


Concurrent workshops (repeated from Friday)



Sunday, October 21 (3.75 study credits)


Registration opens


Continental breakfast, with exhibits


Welcome and announcements


General lecture: New innovations in gene therapy
Ronald Cohn, MD


Question/answer session


Ten-minute intermission


Concurrent workshops with refreshments
(repeated from Friday)


“Hot topics” panel
Course faculty will give a 10-minute “quick hit” presentation highlighting recent developments in their area.

1055 Gastroenterology: H. Pylori, food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome (FPIES), safety of polyethylene glycol (PEG) 3350, Valérie Marchand, MD

1105 Genetics: Expensive drugs for rare diseases, a bottomless pit?, Sylvia Stockler, MD, PhD

1115 Infectious diseases: Probiotics and antibiotic use, Joan Robinson, MD

1125 Rheumatology: The epidemiology of Lyme disease (new guidelines), Mercedes Chan, MD


Ask the experts (panel discussion)


Closing remarks





Chloë Joynt, MD, FRCPC
Neonatologist, facility section head, David Schiff NICU, Paediatric postgraduate subspecialty education director; Associate professor, department of paediatrics, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alta.



William Craig, MDCM, MSc, FRCPC
Associate professor, department of pediatrics, University of Alberta; Research director, division pediatric emergency medicine, Stollery Children's Hospital, Edmonton, Alta. 


Valérie Marchand, MD, FRCPC
Assistant professor of paediatrics, University of Montreal; Program director, paediatric gastroenterology; Paediatric gastroenterologist, Sainte-Justine UHC, Montreal, Que.


Ronald Cohn, MD, FRCPC, FACMG 
Paediatrician-in-chief, department of paediatrics, the Hospital for Sick Children; Chair, department of paediatrics; Professor of paediatrics and molecular genetics, University of Toronto; Senior scientist, Genetics and Genome Biology Research Institute, the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ont.

Sylvia Stockler, MD, PhD, MBA, FRCPC
Professor and head, division of biochemical diseases, department of paediatrics, University of British Columbia; Investigator, B.C. Children’s Hospital program director, Vancouver, B.C.

Infectious diseases

Joan Robinson, MD, FRCPC
Divisional director, paediatric infectious diseases, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alta.


Mercedes Chan, MD, MBBS, MHPE, FRCPC
Clinical assistant professor, paediatric rheumatology training program, University of British Columbia; Assistant adjunct professor, community engagement, University of Alberta, Vancouver, B.C.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) / Planning Committee

Mark Feldman, MD, (Chair), Hospital for Sick Children and St. Joseph’s Health Centre, Toronto, Ont.
Chantal Gagné, MD, Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de l’Outaouais, Cantley, Que.
Chloë Joynt, MD, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alta.
Jane Liddle, Community/Consulting paediatrics, University of Ottawa, Nepean, Ont.
Mark Messenger, MD, Fredericton Medical Center, Fredericton, N.B.
Rachel Ouellette, MD, Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital, Fredericton, N.B.
Mumtaz Virji, MD, B.C. Children’s Hospital, Vancouver, B.C.
Jackie Millette, CPS, Director, Education, Committees and Sections, Ottawa, Ont.
Chantal Pothier, CPS, Senior Conference and Events Planner, Ottawa, Ont.

General information

Wear your badge

ID badges are required for admission to all teaching sessions. Be sure to pick up your badge at the on-site registration desk when you arrive.

Certificate of attendance

An email providing a certificate of attendance will be sent to all participants following the course.

Concurrent workshops

Be sure to select your workshop preferences when you register! Workshops are case-based, interactive, and expand on their subject area. Course faculty present cases, and attendees are encouraged to bring cases of their own into the discussion. While every effort is made to assign participants to their workshops of choice, seating is limited to 25 participants per workshop and assigned on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Please know every workshop is set to fire code capacity. Once all seats are full, CPS staff are required to close the workshop, and no additional attendees may enter until a seat becomes available. The CPS reserves the right to cancel workshops with insufficient registration.

Free high-speed Internet access

The Fairmont Banff Springs offers in-room complimentary high-speed basic Internet service for Fairmont President Club members.

What to wear

Dress is business casual. Room temperatures can fluctuate, so wear a sweater or layered clothing.

What not to wear

Not everyone is comfortable near cologne or perfume. Please refrain from wearing scented products.

PowerPoint presentations

Slide presentations are available for participants to download and print one week before the course start date. NO PAPER HANDOUTS will be available on site.


The CPS takes photographs during meetings and events for organizational use, including print, electronic or other media, and the CPS website. By participating in the Lifelong Learning in Paediatrics, you permit the CPS to use your image and name for such purposes.

Special needs

The CPS tries to ensure that all educational events are fully accessible. If you have special needs or requests, contact Chantal Pothier before the course at 613-526-9397, ext. 229, or bring them to the attention of registration desk staff on site. 


A GST of 5% applies to most goods and services in the province of Alberta. For more information, visit:   

Time zone

Alberta is in the Mountain Standard Time (MST) zone. To check Alberta’s time from anywhere in Canada, visit:   


Banff’s climate can be variable in October, averaging about 8-10°C (46-50°F). Bring comfortable walking shoes and dress for all weathers!

What else might you do in Banff?

Have a lovely meal in Rockies summit restaurant, visit pristine glaciers, explore the wondrous network of hiking trails, saddle up for a guided adventure on horseback, join an animal-spotting safari at dusk, cruise on the river and much, much more…


Conference hotel

Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is one of the world’s most iconic mountain resorts. Built for luxury in the19th century as one of the first grand railway hotels, this “castle in the Rockies” is also a heritage site: a jewel in the crown of Banff National Park. Experience the unforgettable Willow Stream, Canada’s premier hotel spa. You can enjoy a cocktail or sushi, or slowly soak in an outdoor pool with a stunning mountain view. Be sure not to miss an old-fashioned afternoon tea or the fun of fondue at Waldhaus. Explore all the beautiful boutiques that are just downstairs.

View of the hotel

Just a short stroll from this wonderful hotel is the charming town of Banff. Explore the galleries and museums, and indulge yourself with upscale shopping and fine dining at unique restaurants. You can also “take the waters” at Banff Upper Hot Springs, visit breathtaking Banff Lake Louise, take a gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain, or amble along the ridge-top boardwalk. The views are stunning, everywhere you look!

Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
405 Spray Ave
Banff, Alberta T1L 1J4

Book now!

  • Reservations: 1-800-441-1414. 
  • To book online, click here.  
  • Special group rate: $229/night (single or double occupancy standard room) + applicable taxes + $12 mandatory daily service charge. To qualify, be sure to specify that you are attending the CPS Lifelong Learning in Paediatrics course when you register. The cut-off date for reservations at the special group rate is Monday, September 17, 2018.
  • The number of guest rooms reserved for this course is limited. If they are all filled before September 17, 2018, the special group rate and room availability cannot be guaranteed. Book early to secure the best room rate!
  • Considering a longer stay? The special conference room rate applies 3 days before and 3 days after the CPS LLP course dates!

Why is it important to book at our designated hotel?

Making your reservation at the designated course hotel helps keep registration fees lower and entitles you to special room rates not offered elsewhere. CPS course organizers make every effort to secure the lowest possible group rates as part of an overall package that includes meeting rooms and services.

Check-in / Check-out

Check-in time is 1600 hours. Check-out time is 1100 hours.

Free high-speed Internet access

The Fairmont Banff Springs offers in-room complimentary high-speed basic Internet service for Fairmont President Club members.


Current parking charges are $3 per hour for day-time parking, $25 per day for overnight self-parking and $39 per day for overnight valet parking. These rates are subject to change without notice.


If you are contacted by phone or e-mail regarding reduced hotel rates for the LLP course, disregard them. These contacts are fraudulent and unconnected with the CPS or the designated conference hotels. If you are contacted, please notify the CPS as soon as possible at 613-526-9397 ext. 229 or


By air

Air Canada is the official airline of this CPS Lifelong Learning in Paediatrics course.

Visit to book online or contact your travel agent to take advantage of discounted fares. The CPS promotion code is 2F8VZZP1. Travelling with Air Canada and making sure our promotion code appears on your ticket entitles you to valuable Aeroplan points and savings. No discount applies to Tango bookings for travel within Canada or between Canada and the U.S.

Ground transportation between the airport and Banff

Banff is 128 kms from Calgary International Airport, and the Banff Airporter provides reliable shuttle service to your hotel. They are located between exit doors 5 and 6 at area B on the main arrivals level (refer to map). Tickets can be purchased online or call 1-888-449-2901. Mention you are attending the CPS conference: a discount of 15% will be offered toward your ticket once you enter the promo code LLP2018 (case sensitive) on the final payment page.


Register now!


Register before September 17, 2018 and you can save up to $150 off your registration. Save even more by becoming a CPS member!

To change registration details...

Return to the online registration site, click on the “Modify Registration” button at the bottom of the page, and enter your email address and last name to access your registration information.

Full registration

Paying the full registration fee covers admission to all educational sessions, breakfasts and health breaks scheduled for this course unless otherwise indicated. Food and beverages for registrants only.

One-day registration

Paying a one-day registration fee covers admission to all activities for that day. When registering, be sure to specify which day you’ll attend.

By September 24After September 24
CPS members
Physicians $645$800
Nurses, allied health professionals$375$425
Life members**no chargeno charge
Nurses, allied health professionals$450$550
One-day registration$325$385

*A CPS member for 20 years and aged 65 and over
**As designated by the CPS Board of Directors

Refunds/cancellation policy

Cancellation for any reason must be received in writing by Monday, September 17, 2018 to generate a refund, and a $100 administrative charge will be deducted. No refunds will be issued for cancellations after this date. Registration fees are not transferable to another attendee or meeting.

Personal information

Contact and other personal information obtained from your course registration form is closely protected. It is used by CPS staff to administer delegate lists and attendance records for Section 1 credits or to advise delegates of future CPS events and offerings. Withholding your consent to use this information as described may limit our ability to serve you. To update personal information or ask questions about how we collect or use personal information, contact

Are you registering outside of North America? Please note that the CPS does not provide course/conference invitation letters or refund fees for registrants who cancel.

Sponsorship Opportunities


The Canadian Paediatric Society gratefully acknowledges the following companies for their educational grants in support of the 2018 Fall Lifelong Learning in Paediatrics and for working to advance the health of children and youth in Canada.

Co-developed symposium sponsor

Pfizer Consumer Healthcare

Table-top sponsors

Recordati Rare Diseases Canada

Telus Health

Does your company wish to sponsor or host a symposium at this CPS Lifelong Learning in Paediatrics course? Contact Marlene Murray by phone at 613-526-9397, ext. 227, or by email at

Last updated: Sep 19 2018