CME Committee Report

What’s the difference between an IEP and a Section 504 Plan?  Pediatricians who attended the chapter CME meeting on April 29 learned how to advocate for their students with special academic needs.  Jointly planned by the chapter CME, School Health, and Behavior and Development committees, the educational event filled the auditorium at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland.  After a compelling lecture by School Health co-chair and Behavior and Development chair Dr. Renee Wachtel, a panel followed, including a neuropsychologist, family advocate, special education attorney, school nurse, and school board member/educational advocate.  Disappointed you missed out?  Our forward-thinking committee had the lecture and panel videotaped.  The video will be available free of charge soon, through our chapter website; if you want CME credit, the fee will be $25 for chapter members and $35 for non-members.  Also, many valuable resources, including sample letters, are available on our website.

Buoyed by our success, our committee is enthusiastically planning our second annual “Pediatric Puzzles” conference, coming up December 2 at UCSF Mission Bay.  So far our topics include new frontiers in allergy desensitization, dental anesthesia, probiotics, dermatology, and physician burnout.  Hope you are all looking forward to a full-day of audience-response, case study-oriented education, with few little fun game show interludes to keep you bright and perky.  Join us afterward for cocktails and conversation at the Mission Rock Brewery nearby.

Questions:  Contact Mika Hiramatsu at

Author: Mika Hiramatsu, MD, Co-Chair