Each year, Chapter officers and members meet at the Samis Education Center at OU Children’s in conjunction with the Annual Advances in Pediatrics CME conference. On April 13th the OKAAP Board of Directors began the day at 7:00am with a strategic planning board meeting chaired by Dr. Laura McGuinn, Chapter President. Also in attendance was Dr. Gary Floyd, the AAP District VII Vice Chair. It was an honor to have Dr. Floyd in attendance this year as well as Dr. Chris Smith, Chair of the Pediatrics Department for the OU-TU School of Community Medicine and OU Physicians in Tulsa and the pediatric residents that were able to attend.

The 44th Annual Advances in Pediatrics focused on the topic of Pediatric Sports Medicine and included a full day of expert panel discussions and breakout sessions. The Department of Pediatrics Conference Planning Committee did an amazing job putting this year’s event together and OKAAP is always honored to attend and take part.

After the day’s CME sessions concluded, the OKAAP Board of Directors, Officers, and Committee Chairs gathered with conference attendees at the evening dinner. Dr. Laura McGuinn, Chapter President, updated the group about OKAAP’s many activities and initiatives and welcomed Dr. Gary Floyd, the District VII Vice Chair who updated everyone on the new AAP Headquarters of the Future as well as other efforts going on at AAP National.  The attendees also heard updates on legislative issues from Dr. Dwight Sublett, Chapter Vice President and Medicaid Committee Chair, as well as Wes Glinsmann, OSMA Executive Director and Joe Dorman, CEO of the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy.

OKAAP was proud to welcome Dr. Jennifer Hays-Grudo who presented Overcoming Childhood Adversity and Building Resilience as a featured speaker at the conference dinner.  A big thanks to Margie Marney at Potts Family Foundation and the 25 By 25 Oklahoma Early Childhood Coalition, of which OKAAP is a proud partner, for her assistance in securing Dr. Hays-Grudo as the presenter.

Thank you to OKAAP members who attended. If you weren’t able to make it this year, we hope you can join us at this event April 12, 2019.