Last month, from October 15th through the 18th, the American Academy of Pediatrics held its annual meeting. Drawing over 8000 physicians, health care professionals and others, it included health professionals who are all dedicated to the well being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.
Held this year at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, the conference served to inform attendees about products and services that pertain to pediatrics and to medicine in general. The Exhibitors list included everyone from those in the pharmaceutical and health care fields to those focused on infant feeding, nutrition, computer technology and beyond.
Leslie McGuire, the Deputy Director at the Teen Screen National Center, explained that “What surprised me was how much these physicians like our kids and care deeply about their futures. In the midst of a busy professional meeting, they embraced the exuberance and energy of youth and had fun with the young patients they serve.”
She described that, as part of the conference, there was a flash mob of pediatricians and a tear-jerking rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner sung by a 10 year old blind and autistic boy.
This year’s conference theme, in staying with First Lady Michelle Obama’s initiative, was focused on childhood obesity. One highlight at the conference, according to Christina Harsanyi from SBR Health, was the new Pediatric Office of the Future that showed technology designs that help physicians to create higher quality medical care.