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2018 PENS Call for Presentations & Advanced Case Studies


Pediatric Endocrinology Nursing Society (PENS)
31st PENS National Conference ​
Bonita Springs, Florida

Submission Deadline extended to October 8, 2017!

The Pediatric Endocrinology Nursing Society (PENS) Conference Planning Committee welcomes proposals for oral presentation on new, innovative and practical approaches that can be used for a variety of pediatric endocrine disorders as well as topics of interest to nurses, pharmacists, and other pediatric endocrine healthcare professionals.

You are invited to submit a proposal for presentation at the PENS National Conference to be held May 16-19 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Pointe in Bonita Springs, Florida. (Poster abstracts will be solicited through the "Call for Poster Abstracts" scheduled to be emailed to members on October 2, 2017.)
The PENS Conference Planning Committee will review proposals for oral presentations to fill Keynote, General and Concurrent Sessions which may incorporate panel discussions, debate with moderator or practical application of research, and Advanced Case Studies. Proposals will be reviewed for adherence to the following criteria:
  • Relevance of topic to current challenges in pediatric endocrinology
  • Clarity of description of the content and presentation methods
  • Amount and type of interactive learning
  • Depth, focus, level of target audience and innovative spin
  • Amount and type of interactive learning
  • Amount of late-breaking, cutting-edge content
  • Absence of commercial content
Please refer to the two links below for assistance in developing your presentation. The first document discusses presentation guiding principles and ways to engage the audience. The second document discusses how to write effective learning objectives.

The committee has provided below a list of general/concurrent session topics requested by the PENS membership to use in developing your proposals. There is a separate list of suggested advanced case study topics.
To Submit:
Please submit your general or concurrent presentation online by going to the following link:   

Please submit your advanced case study online by going to the following link:

Suggested Topics General or Concurrent Session Presentation

The PENS Conference Planning Committee (CPC) wishes to strongly encourage presentations focused on 1) advanced pharmacology which covers new treatment methodologies, and 2) late-breaking, cutting-edge advanced practice sessions. Presentations that focus on one of the following practice areas will be given priority during the evaluation and selection process. 
  • Advanced Endocrinology
  • Metabolic Syndrome and obesity
  • Hyperthyroidism and Graves' Disease
  • Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia - CAH
  • Central Precocious Puberty - CPP
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome - PCOS
  • Advanced Diabetes including upcoming advances in technologies and tips on their approval and reimbursement
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Turner Syndrome
  • APN-level topics:
    • Growth Hormone: deficiency, stimulation testing, dilemmas
    • Diabetes with Addison's disease
    • Difficult families
    • Estrogen dosing
    • Hypoglycemia guidelines
    • CAH guidelines
    • Management of bone disease
    • Fertility issues
    • Endocrinopathies following cancer treatment
    • Innovative clinical practice models
    • Clinical guidelines for endocrinology and diabetes
  • Neonatal care
  • Continuous Glucose Monitoring - CGM - Hands-on and advance pumping

Suggested Topics for Advanced Practice Nursing Case Studies

We are specifically seeking patient cases on topics that have not been recently presented at a PENS conference and especially those that include pharmacology content, as outlined below:
  • diabetes insipidus 
  • bone disorders and bisphosphonate therapy
  • vitamin D disorders
  • hypercalcemia and treatment
  • hyperinsulinism 
  • pheochromocytoma
  • Noonan or Kleinfelters and treatment
  • Prader Willi Syndrome and treatment
  • MODY
  • neonatal diabetes 
  • genetic disorders (Turner Syndrome, etc.)
  • PCOS and treatment
  • transgender care and best practices
  • contraception options
  • adrenal insufficiency and treatment
  • androgen insensitivity; ambiguous genitalia
  • shared appointments and other clinical practice models
  • successful transition to adult care
Cases can vary from routine to complex, as in a case that has been solved or one that you need help with, and a success story or one that didn't go so well. They can speak to the lessons you learned or a unique approach you took. This is your opportunity to get a little public speaking experience by presenting a 15-minute clinical case (plus 5 minutes for audience participation = 20 minutes total) in front of your peers, mentors and friends (less scary than strangers).

The Pediatric Endocrinology Nursing Society functions to provide information relating to pediatric endocrinology nursing. Material presented at the national conference, available on the website, or provided in any printed materials must be of professional quality and demonstrate an absence of commercial conflict of interest or bias and proprietary or prejudicial/biased commentary. Anecdotal observations should be limited in their scope and not presented as proven fact. It is inappropriate to endorse or imply endorsement of any specific product or service.

For further information or questions, contact the PENS Executive Office at:
Phone: 913-222-8635 or 913-222-8629       Fax: 913-222-8606