Neonatal Pharmacology

Philadelphia, PA • April 19-21, 2018

 In affiliation with Children's Hospital Of Philadelphia, the Neonatal Pharmacology conference returns to the East Coast!


Preconference: Updates in Neonatal Nutrition
All Attendees
Early Registration Fee
(On or before March 8, 2018)
Regular Registration Fee
(After March 8, 2018)
Nurses, PAs, Pharmacists, Others Physicians New Graduates
Early Reg. Fee
(On or before March 8, 2018)
$525.00 $625.00 $395.00
Regular Reg. Fee
(After March 8, 2018)
$625.00 $725.00 $395.00
Preconference Main Conference
Early Reg. Fee
(On or before March 8, 2018)
$125.00 $395.00
Regular Reg. Fee
(After March 8, 2018)
$155.00 $425.00
All Attendees
Preconference and Main Conference

Conference Details

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Highlights & Benefits

  • By popular demand! This year’s Preconference will feature Hot Topics in Neonatal Nutrition, focusing on nutritional support of premature and critically ill neonates, with a focus on vitamin supplementation, TPN management in the current shortage, breast milk fortification, and best practices for nutrition at discharge.
  • Emphasis on teamwork between NICU physicians, nurses and pharmacists in order to address challenges encountered in the pharmacologic management of neonates, with clinical pearls that can be applied in your clinical setting when you get back to work.
  • Faculty that enthusiastically encourages interaction between speakers and participants. Take part in case studies, Q&A panels, audience polling and informal discussions to maximize your learning experience. Bring questions and challenging cases from your clinical setting and hear different perspectives on how to manage them.
  • Nosh and Network! Take part in this unique networking opportunity on Friday morning during the continental breakfast to meet and mingle with faculty and colleagues from across the country.
  • Enjoy Philadelphia, a city rich in culture and history!


Conference Objectives

At the completion of this conference, neonatal clinicians will be able to:

  • Examine the most current ways in which to ensure medication safety in the NICU.
  • Discuss updated AAP Hepatitis B vaccine recommendations, dealing with vaccine hesitation, and current antibiotic dosing in the NICU.
  • Discuss prevention and management of BPD, including use of steroids, diuretics, and pharmacological and medical methods of management of pulmonary hypertension in infants with BPD.
  • Assess and evaluate controversies surrounding the pharmaceutical management of pain and sedition across the ages.
  • Identify the effectiveness and role of interdisciplinary communication in your institution related to the pharmacologic management of the NICU patients in your care, and ways in which to improve it.

 Who Should Attend?

Anyone involved in the care of high-risk newborns including:

  • Neonatologists
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Experienced Staff Nurses
  • Educators and Instructors
  • Nurse Managers
  • Pharmacists
  • Physician Assistants

Kelly C. Wade. MD, PhD, MSCE
Conference Chair
Attending Neonatologist
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
CHOP Newborn Care at Pennsylvania Hospital
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Associate Director of Therapeutics and Education
The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Heather M. Monk-Bodenstab, PharmD
Planning Committee Member
Clinical Specialist, Newborn/Infant Intensive Care and Bone Health
Department of Pharmacy Services
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Adjunct Professor
Wilkes University Nesbitt School of Pharmacy
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Adjunct Professor
Thomas Jefferson University School of Pharmacy
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Jared Cash, PharmD, BCPS
Pediatric Pharmacy Advocacy Group (PPAG) Past President
Director of Pharmacy
Primary Children's Hospital
Intermountain Healthcare
Salt Lake City, Utah

Michael Cohen-Wolkowiez, MD, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases
Department of Pediatrics
Duke University School of Medicine
Duke Clinical Research Institute
Durham, North Carolina

Kathleen M. Gura, PharmD, BCNSP, FASHP, FPPAG
Clinical Research Program Manager
Clinical Nutrition Service
Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Boston Children’s Hospital
Associate Professor Pharmacology Practice MCPHS University Boston
Boston, Massachusetts

Jamie Sklar Irizarry, BSN, RN, MS
Medication Safety Nurse
Department of Nursing, Respiratory Care and Neurodiagnostic Services
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Wesley Jackson, MD
Senior Fellow
Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
The Department of Pediatrics
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Matt M. Laughon, MD, MPH
Professor of Pediatrics
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Christopher C. McPherson, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist, Neonatal ICU
St. Louis Children’s Hospital
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, Missouri

Paul Offit, MD
Chairman, Therapeutic Standards Committee
Division of Infectious Diseases
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Professor, Department of Pediatrics
The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Adjunct Associate Professor
The Wistar Institute of Anatomy and Biology
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Karen M. Puopolo, MD, PhD
Chief, Section on Newborn Medicine
Pennsylvania Hospital Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Lawrence Rhein, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Division Chief, Neonatology
Director, Center for Healthy Infant Lung Development
Division of Pediatric Pulmonology
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Worcester, Massachusetts

Harjit Sull-Garewal, JD
Program Manager
Contemporary Forums

Sarah N. Taylor, MD, MSCR
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Chief of Research
Division of NeonatologyMedical University of South Carolina
Director, Mother’s Milk Bank of South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina

Sharon Unger, MD, FRCP
Neonatologist, Mount Sinai Hospital
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Toronto
Associate Scientist, Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute
Medical Director, Rogers Hixon Ontario Human Milk Bank
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Host City: Philadelphia, PA

Birthplace of Liberty, Independence and the American spirit – vibrant with celebrated sites and legendary addresses, famous venues of art, culture, entertainment, and five-star dining and shopping – Philadelphia, the city of “America’s Friendliest People”, offers a year-round invitation to enjoyment!

“Philly” is a taste of the old, spiced with the new. Enjoy the grandeur of the flag-lined Benjamin Franklin Parkway countered by the trendy boutiques and street entertainers of South Street. Feel history come alive at the Independence National Historical Park, home to some of our nation’s most precious monuments, Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. View more than 100 museums and attractions, such as the Betsy Ross House, Franklin Institute, Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Academy of Natural Sciences.

Nestled in the heart of the historic district, Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel offers the perfect home base from which to explore all of the wonderful things to do in the city. You’ll quickly discover why Lonely Planet recently named Philadelphia the number 1 travel destination in the United States for 2016. The only World Heritage City in the country is brimming with exciting attractions and iconic landmarks. Take a short stroll from Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel and immerse yourself in history at the African American Museum, the National Museum of American Jewish History, and Independence National Historical Park, home to Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, the National Constitution Center, and the Bourse Building. Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel is also within close proximity to all of the fun things to do in Penn's Landing, the Independence Seaport Museum and the SugarHouse Casino, set along the city's Delaware River waterfront.

Hotel Accommodations

    • The conference will be held at the Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel, One Dock Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106. A limited block of rooms is being held for you and your guests at special group rates which will be in effect, based on room availability, from April 17 to April 22 for those wishing to extend their stay to enjoy area activities or qualify for discount airfares.
    • Rates: $199 single/double (subject to state and local taxes)
    • To reserve your room online, click HERE.
    • For Phone Reservations, call 800-325-3535 and inform them that you are attending the Contemporary Forums' conference on Neonatal Pharmacology. Request a confirmation number and written confirmation of your reservation. Reservations must include a first night's deposit.
    • To obtain the special group rates, make your reservation before March 25. Rooms may sell out before this date so be sure to make your reservation now. After the release date, call the hotel as rooms and group rates may no longer be available.
    • Contact the hotel regarding cancellation policy.  For arrivals after 3 p.m., contact the resort on the day of travel  to reconfirm reservations.
    • For additional hotel information, call the hotel at (215) 238-6000.

Travel Discounts

Thanks to United Airlines, course attendees and their guests have access to discounted airfares not available to the general public. To arrange your travel using our special conference fares, you or your designated travel agent should contact UNITED AIRLINES at (800) 426-1122 or visit Reference discount code ZEFA851558 when booking. Seats are limited. For preferred flights, make your reservations early. Fares are guaranteed at the time of booking. Fares are subject to state and federal taxes. Refer to United Airlines for booking, cancellation, and travel restrictions.

Hertz is the official car rental agency of Contemporary Forums. A special discounted rate is available to attendees for vehicle rentals that begin up to one week prior to the conference and end within one week of the conference’s completion. To take advantage of the discounted rate and to make a vehicle reservation, contact HERTZ at (800) 654-2240 or (405) 749-4434 or visit Reference Contemporary Forums and discount code CV#03000265 at the time of booking.

In support of improving patient care, Contemporary Forums 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.


This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive up to 20.5 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change



Preconference: 6.25 ANCC/7.5 CA BRN contact hours

Main Conference: 13.25 ANCC/16.2 CA BRN contact hours

Optional CE Lunch & Learn: 1 ANCC/1.2 CA BN contact hours

Contemporary Forums is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #04516.

(CA BRN contact hour = 50 minutes)


NCC Certified Nurses and Nurse Practitioners

Contemporary Forums is a continuing education organization recognized by the National Certification Corporation.

NCC Maintenance Codes will be assigned by NCC before the conference and posted at


Pharmacology Credit for Prescriptive Authority

Preconference: 6.25 hours

Main Conference: 13.25 hours available

Optional CE Lunch & Learn: 1 hour

Rx indicates pharmacology content. Because states’ requirements vary, contact your Board of Nursing for more information.


Preconference: 6.25 credits

Main Conference: 13.25 credits

Optional CE Lunch & Learn: 1 credit

Contemporary Forums designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 20.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Please call Contemporary Forums regarding continuing medical education credit for neonatologists and pediatricians.

Physician Assistants

Preconference: 6.25 hours

Main Conference: 13.25 hours

Optional CE Lunch & Learn: 1 hour

AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.  Physician Assistants may receive a maximum of the listed hours of Category I credit for completing this program.



Preconference: 6.25 hours/.625 CEUs

Main Conference: 13.25 hours/1.325 CEUs available

Optional CE Lunch & Learn: 1 hour/.01 CEUs

 This conference has multiple ACPE Universal Activity Numbers and is a knowledge-based CPE activity. In-person and Webcast attendees are eligible for Live ACPE credit. Attendees watching On Demand (recorded conference) are eligible for Home Study ACPE credit only.

Contemporary Forums will utilize CPE Monitor for tracking and reporting of all ACPE accredited sessions. Pharmacists will need to create their e-profile at in order to obtain their NABP e-Profile ID (ePID). To receive CE credit you must provide your ePID and birth date when you complete your online post-conference evaluations.


Joint Accreditation

Contemporary Forums is awarded Joint Accreditation to advance Interprofessional Continuing Education. Joint Accreditation is the leading model of interprofessional collaboration designed to be independent, free from commercial bias, and effective in improving the quality and safety of care delivered by the healthcare team.

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Participate in up to 23 sessions streamed live from Philadelphia the Preconference and Main Conference. Earn a Certificate of Completion for up to 19.5 hours of ANCC/ACCME/ACPE credit. Additionally, up to 19.5 hours of pharmacology credit for NPs is available! Register online at by selecting the Live Webcast option for this meeting or fax/mail Registration Form. Access to all recorded sessions included with webcast tuition fee!

HOSPITALS/INSTITUTIONS live stream the conference to an unlimited audience at one location for only $599 for the Main Conference! CE Credit package for staff can be added for an additional low fee! Phone registration required (925) 361-4822.


You will receive access to all recorded Preconference and Main Conference sessions for 3 years and earn over 19.5 hours of ANCC/ACCME/ACPE credit. Place your order today by registering for this meeting online at and selecting the On Demand (Recorded Conference) option, or mail/fax the Registration Form. Register by April 19 to receive the pre-order discount. Access instructions to log into your account at will be emailed approximately 3-4 weeks after the end of the conference.


Out of consideration to registrants, children of any age and spouses may not attend the sessions.

Your tuition includes continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks, Certificate of Completion and online access to posted presentation handouts before and after the conference.

  • Registrations must include full tuition payment to be accepted. Registrations faxed without payment will not be processed. Conference communications are sent via email. When registering please provide attendee’s best email address as some emails are filtered and blocked. Since conference registration and hotel rooms are limited, early registration is advised.
  • Register Online, or by Phone, Fax or Mail (Payment is required to register)

Register only ONCE, online at, by mail or fax (800) 329-9923, or call (800) 377-7707, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Pacific Time). Before calling, complete all registration information.

  • Method of Tuition Payment

Make payment by check (payable to Contemporary Forums and enclose with Registration Form), Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or Purchase Order.

A $30 fee is charged for any returned check. Personal checks are NOT accepted at the conference. Purchase Orders must be received with registration by the conference date and include the P.O. number, invoice address, tuition, approval signature, contact name, email address and phone number.

  • Group Discounts (Mail, fax or call in together. Online registration is not available)

Tuition discounts are given to groups of 3 or more registering for the complete Main Conference.

Discounts do not apply to the Preconference.. To qualify for the group discount, all registration information must be complete for all group members, payment included and forms sent together. If faxing, list all group members on cover sheet. Subtract the discount from the tuition fee. Groups may not be formed after individual registrations are received.

                $25 per person discount for 3 or 4 in a group

                $45 per person discount for 5 or more in a group

  • Partial Attendance (Online registration is not available)

To register, call Contemporary Forums for tuition and CE credit for individual days. Group discounts do not apply.

      Registrations may not be shared.

  • CancellationsA $75 processing fee (“Fee”) applies to all cancellationsCancellations must be made in writing to prior to Conference start date. Only cancellations received no later than 30 days from Conference start date are eligible for refund, less the Fee. Attendees may apply non-refunded tuition, less the Fee, towards one future Contemporary Forums conference occurring within twelve (12) months of original conference.   No credit issued if future conference tuition is less than original tuition paid.  Attendees who “No Show” forfeit entire tuition paid. 
  • Program Changes

Contemporary Forums reserves the right to make necessary changes in speakers, topics or schedule. The most current program can be found on our website.

  • Questions? Contact Contemporary Forums at (800) 377-7707, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Pacific Time)  or email

If you require special arrangements at this conference, call (800) 377-7707, at least 30 days prior to the conference.

Host City: Philadelphia, PA

Contemporary Forums is please to present the 2018 Neonatal Pharmacology conference in affiliation with The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), the nation’s first hospital devoted exclusively to the care of children.  Since 1855, CHOP has been the birthplace for countless breakthroughs and dramatic firsts in pediatric medicine, fostering medical discoveries and innovations that have improved pediatric healthcare and saved countless children’s lives.