41st Annual Problems in Pediatrics

July 13–17, 2015
Location: Colby College, Waterville, Maine
Costs: MDs: $529. Hospital interns, residents, physician assistants, RNs and retired physicians: $349

Who Should Attend: Practicing pediatricians, family physicians, pediatric nurses, nurse practitioners, and other health care professionals
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For the past 41 years, Colby College has offered a pediatric course as part of Colby's continuing medical education programs. This summer's course will provide a balanced update on a wide range of current, clinically relevant topics for the practicing pediatrician.

The course features 45-minute lectures followed by 15-minute discussions as well as case studies and interactive presentations. The faculty initiates the topics and facilitates the following discussions in a relaxed forum, which encourages the mutual exchange of views and data and allows ample time for participant-faculty interaction.

Colby has been host to educational programs for the medical and allied health professions since 1945 and is the only private liberal arts college in the nation accredited to offer Category 1 credit of the Physician's Recognition AwardCredits™ of the American Medical Association. Each summer the courses attract registrants from all across the country, and this diverse geographic representation enhances the exchange of ideas that course participants especially value. Our friendly, courteous staff, small course size, accessible faculty, and timely topics make a CME program at Colby a quality experience.

This educational experience is relaxed and informal. Come join us in Maine this summer.

Who Should Attend

Practicing pediatricians, family physicians, pediatric nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other health care professionals.

Course Objectives

The Colby College Problems in Pediatrics course is intended to provide practical, up-to-date information for practicing pediatricians, family physicians, and other health care professionals. The overriding goal of all Colby CME is to improve the knowledge and competence of physicians. Each day of the course will combine lectures and interactive case studies. In addition, interactive case studies will be presented and discussed.

As a result of attending this conference, participants will be able to:

  • be able to list the initial management for potentially life-threatening office emergencies
  • identify strategies for the work-up of prolonged fever
  • be able to describe the basic epidemiology of viral gastroenteritis including burden of disease, and diagnostics and surveillance in the United States
  • formulate a CDC-recommended management plan for common STIs in adolescents
  • know now to remove a nasal foreign body
  • recognize the current guidelines for vision screening in the pediatric population and acceptable modes of evaluation
  • be able to describe basic preventative interventions to address child obesity
  • understand the epidemiology, biomechanics, clinical presentation, sideline vs. training room/office assessment of sports related concussions
  • know how (and who) to screen for complications in children and adolescents with diabetes
  • be able to develop an initial diagnostic work-up for a child with suspected inflammation of the gut
Contact Information
Special Programs
4730 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8847
phone: 207-859-4730
fax: 207-859-4734
e-mail: summer@colby.edu
Room and Board

All meals and lodging are available at the College for an additional $315, a fee that also covers campus recreational facilities and the lobster bake. Charges for family members, covering all of the above except seminar tuition, are as follows: 

spouse $252

other adult $315

children ages 10-16 $189

children ages 3-9 $149

If you are living off campus, tickets to the lobster bake can be purchased at our Information Desk in Cotter Union and the prices are:

Lobster, $36 per person
Steak or Vegetarian, $28 per person

Course Director

Penelope H. Dennehy, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics and Vice Chair for Academic Affairs, Department of Pediatrics
The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Director, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Hasbro Children's Hospital

Course Co-Director

Michael P. Koster, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Clinical)
The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Attending Physician, Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine
Hasbro Children's Hospital

Additional faculty from The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Hasbro Children's Hospital, Providence, Rhode Island

The Maine Medical Education Trust designates this educational activity for a maximum of 17.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Certificates of attendance are awarded at the end of the course.

The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accept AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from organizations authorized to grant credit.

Nurses may claim credit for activities approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ in most states, for up to 50% of the nursing requirement for recertification. Please check with your state body for further clarification.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essentials and Standards of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the partnership of Maine Medical Education Trust and Colby College. The Maine Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Maine Medical Association's Committee on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation to provide Continuing Medical Education (CME) to physicians.


2-5 p.m.
Cotter Union Information Desk

5-6 p.m.
Reception for faculty, registrants, and family members

5:15-6:45 p.m.


7:30 a.m.
Late registration
Ground Floor, Olin Science building

7:55 a.m.
Introductory remarks

8 a.m.

12:30 p.m.


8 a.m.

12:30 p.m.

5:30 p.m.
Down East Lobster Bake
Johnson Pond, Colby


8 a.m.



8 a.m.

12:30 p.m.
Lunch and departure