In recognition of Doctor’s Day, we would like to take the opportunity to recognize CHOC Children’s physicians for their dedication to the patients and families we serve. Each day they offer hope and healing through their compassionate and world-class care.
CHOC physicians are invited to attend a special Parisian-inspired luncheon, held on Friday, March 30, at 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., at CHOC Children’s Hospital, in the Wade Education Center (located on the second floor of the CHOC West/Clinic Building). A recognition ceremony will begin promptly at noon.
Additionally, a photographer will be available on site to take professional head shots.
Please RSVP by Friday, March 22 to CHOC Business Development, at choc.org/doctorsday, or 714-509-4291.
Common thyroid conditions, pubertal disorders and screening guidelines for diabetes are among the topics featured at an endocrinology conference hosted by CHOC Children’s on April 14. We spoke with Dr. Amrit Bhangoo, pediatric endocrinologist at CHOC, about the anticipated event.
A: We’re so excited about the upcoming conference. The last one, held about two years ago, drew a large attendance including community primary care providers, medical students, registered nurses and patient advocacy groups. This year, attendees should look forward to enhancing their knowledge in endocrine scenarios they commonly encounter in everyday practice. The speakers will cover the latest in the obesity epidemic, interventions that work with children, as well as diabetes screening guidelines. We will also discuss common thyroid conditions such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and the follow up needed in such cases.
Further, we will discuss what’s changing with the prevalence and diagnosis of thyroid nodules and cancer in children. Additionally, we will talk about pubertal disorders and how to tease apart the different variants of early puberty such as premature adrenarche from precocious puberty.
Q: What can attendees expect to learn tied to obesity/prediabetes?
A: The good news is that the obesity prevalence rates in children and adolescents are not rising, and are holding fairly stable at about 17 percent. The prevalence of obesity for minority children is higher and more than 20 percent. We continue to see children develop complications from obesity, which can be detected early and most of which could have been prevented.
At the conference, we will discuss some of the screening tools and how to use them in the primary care setting. In addition, participants can expect to learn the various screening criteria for Type 2 diabetes mellitus.
Q: What other topic are you looking forward to at this year’s conference?
A: We are going to dedicate the afternoon to transgender care and will have expert speakers from CHOC and UC Irvine discuss the medical management of this patient population. This will be followed by in depth conversation about the psychosocial aspects of being a transgender and gender non-conforming youth in today’s society and discuss what tools are available in the community to support them.
“Navigating the Endocrine Essentials: What the General Practitioner Needs to Know About Prediabetes, Thyroid, Puberty, and Transgender Care,” will be held Saturday, April 14, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at CHOC Children’s Hospital, Harold Wade Education Center. Register and learn more here.
One of Orange County’s most popular fundraisers , CHOC Follies, is back March 29-31 with their newest musical production, “Footloose Follies,” benefitting CHOC Children’s. Set against an 80s backdrop, the humorous toe-tapping show, featuring a cast of local social and business leaders, is sure to be fun for the whole family.
We talked to Tom Capizzi, CHOC’s vice president of human resources, about his role in the upcoming show.
Q: How long have you been at CHOC?
A: I have been with CHOC two and a half fantastic years.
Q: How did you get involved with the show? Why is this important to you?
A: I have been a fan of the Follies for many years. I always felt it would be great to be a part of the production and give back as a senior leader at CHOC. In my role, I am always in front of many associates and love the opportunity to speak to as many people as I can. This year I decided, “Why not; let’s do it!”
Q: Did you have any experience with theater prior to the CHOC Follies?
A: I did some theater while in college, and later when my daughter was in a children’s regional theater group I was asked to participate in several adult parts.
Q: What is your favorite part of the show?
A: The cast brings such energy and passion to the show, which in my opinion is very infectious and speaks to our mission and why we all are aligned – associates, physicians, donors and volunteers – with our mission to nurture, advance and protect the health and well being of children.
Q: Why should the community support the show?
A: Join us, it’s a wonderful time, very entertaining. And the dedication, passion and time commitment that the cast makes every year, which is all voluntary, speaks volumes to how important CHOC is to them and how critical philanthropy is to the success of our mission to care for our community’s children and their families.
Health care providers and family members are invited to learn about infantile spasms at an educational dinner hosted by CHOC Children’s on Oct. 25, 2016, at 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., on CHOC’s Orange campus (Harold Wade Education Center, 1201 W. La Veta Ave.)
Undiagnosed infantile spasms can develop into intractable epilepsy, a very common, but debilitating disorder. Each year, 150,000 children and adolescents in the country will have a single, unprovoked seizure, and 33 to 45 percent of these children will develop epilepsy. Infantile spasms are easy to miss for a pediatrician, as they can mimic common symptoms and conditions, such as sleep disturbances, gastroesophageal reflux, startle and shuddering attacks.
The onset for infantile spasm is usually between 4 to 8 months of life, and is characterized by clusters of flexion or extension of upper and lower extremities, occurring for five to 10 seconds every 10 to 20 minutes. Early recognition of this and other epilepsy syndromes is of critical importance in determining a treatment plan. The consequences of intractable epilepsy are multiple and can be very detrimental – including psychosocial and academic effects.
There is a four to six-week window of opportunity to treat infantile spasms most successfully. If infantile spasms are suspected, an urgent appointment with a board certified pediatric neurologist is recommended.
Following arrival and dinner, from 6-6:30 p.m., the following schedule is planned for the evening:
6:30-6:45 p.m. Introduction and case presentation
6:45-7 p.m. What are infantile spasms and why the urgency to treat?
7-7:20 p.m. Treatment and management
7:20-7:40 p.m. Latest research
7:40-8 p.m. Real stories from the O.C.
8-8:30 p.m. Q & A
Expected outcomes for attendees include: recognizing the presentation of infantile spasms; knowing how to promptly and appropriately refer to a pediatric neurologist; and recalling current research endeavors about infantile spasms.