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2020 PENS Call for Presentations & Advanced Case Studies


2020 PENS Call for Presentations & Advanced Case Studies

Deadline Extended to October 11, 2019

Pediatric Endocrinology Nursing Society (PENS)
33rd National Conference – San Antonio, Texas

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 2020 PENS National Conference to be held April 29-May 2 at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country in San Antonio, Texas. (The submission of poster abstracts will be through the Call for Poster Abstracts released on October 1, 2019.)

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
  • 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 committee has provided on the next page 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 presentation online by going to the following link:  

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

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: 913-222-8626

Suggested Topics for Pre​sentation

The PENS Conference Planning Committee (CPC) strongly encourages 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 and Basic Endocrinology 
  • Surgery for endocrine patients
  • Metabolic Syndrome, obesity and lipidology
  • Hyperthyroidism and Graves’ disease
  • Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia – CAH
  • CAH guidelines
  • Congenital Hypothyroidism
  • Central Precocious Puberty - CPP
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome – PCOS
  • Hypophosphatemia
  • Neuro-oncology and endocrine concerns
  • Islet cell transplant, new concepts in care
  • Transgender care
  • Genetics and genomics
  • Pituitary adenoma, stim testing
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Thyroid nodules and ultrasound
  • Turner Syndrome, pediatric and transition to adult
  • Type 1 Diabetes transition to adult care
  • Growth Hormone: deficiency, stimulation testing, dilemmas
  • Diabetes with Addison’s disease
  • Diabetes and depression
  • Difficult families
  • Disorders of Sexual Development
  • Estrogen dosing
  • Adrenal insufficiency and treatment, including stress dosing
  • Russell Silver Syndrome
  • Psychosocial 
  • Endocrine system overview, i.e., growth, thyroid, etc.
  • Testosterone treatments
  • Obesity prevention
  • Hypoglycemia guidelines
  • Hypoglycemia management (in-patient/out-patient)
  • Management of bone disease, metabolics, OI
  • Fertility issues
  • Newborn screening/abnormal newborn screens
  • Storage Diseases
  • Lab interpretations
  • Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia (MEN)
  • Endocrinopathies following cancer treatment
  • Innovative clinical practice models
  • Clinical guidelines for endocrinology and diabetes
  • Neonatal care
  • New technologies
  • Panhypopituitarism
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Bullying
  • Weight neutral care for diabetes management
  • Obesity and type 2 diabetes
  • Eating disorders/disordered eating in diabetes
  • Burnout/nursing self-care
  • Working with schools
  • Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) interpretation – Hands-on and advance pumping
  • Advanced Diabetes including upcoming advances in technologies and tips on their approval and reimbursement
  • Governmental Affairs 
  • Refugee/immigrant/uninsured care
  • Cultural competence
  • Working with teens with diabetes
  • Clinical work-up topics
  • CF-related diabetes​

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 
  • Kallmann Syndrome
  • 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
  • Storage Diseases
  • Hypophosphatemia
  • Adrenal insufficiency and treatment
  • Androgen insensitivity; ambiguous genitalia
  • Shared appointments and other clinical practice models
  • Successful transition to adult care
  • Rare diseases/disorders
  • Cushings Disease
  • Tumor-induced osteomalacia
  • Familial Tumoral Calcinosis
  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

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).

Submission Deadline: October 11, 2019​