Saturday, September 23, 2023 from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM MDT
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Explora! Rotary Pavilion - 
1701 Mountain Rd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104

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New Mexico Pediatric Society 
New Mexico Pediatric Society 


This 2023 Wylder Lecture Series will have the privilege to host the AAP President Elect, Dr. Benjamin Hoffman as well as the newly apointed AAP Chief Health Equity Officer, Dr. Joseph Wright. You don't want to miss this opportunity to hear their presentations!

Course Description:

The 2023 Wylder Lecture Series combines lectures, case presentations and question and answer time for informal inter-action with guest lecturers and peers in a one day conference.  The course will provide 8 in-person and 3 online lectures.



Dr. Benjamin Hoffman MD, CPST-I, FAAP 2023 President-Elect of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Professor of Pediatrics at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital  Vice-Chair for Community Health and Advocacy, Director of the Oregon Center for Children and Youth with Special Heath Needs, and Director of the Child Injury Prevention Program.

 Joseph L. Wright, MD, MPH Chief Health Equity Officer and Senior Vice President for Equity Initiatives of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). He most recently served as inaugural Chief Health Equity Officer of the University of Maryland Medical System  

Dr. Cori M. Poffenberger MD, FAAP Professor Department of emergency Medicine UNM 

Dr. Rebecca Girardet, MD, FAAP Professor of Child Abuse Pediatrics at UNM, Director of  Para Los Niņos Clinic.

Dr. Tommie Begay, MD Pediatric Department Chair at the Northern Navajo Medical Center Shiprock, NM. 

Dr. Walter Dehority MD, M.Sc. Pediatric Infectious Disease Physician (UNM) 2008-2023. Vanderbilt University 2023 - ... 

Dr. Wolfgang Stehr, MD, MBA Pediatric Surgeon Presbyterian Hospital Albuquerque NM  

Dr Karen Hawley, MD Associate Professor - Pediatric Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery UNM   

Cris Epstein, Au.D. CCC-A Head of Audiology program at Presbyterian Ear Institute Albuquerque. 

Dr. James Botros MD, FAAP  Assistant Professor UNM, SOM - Neurosurgery, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Director

Dr. John E. Ratmeyer MD Deputy Chief of Pediatrics at Gallup Indian Medical Center, Gallup NM


Target Audience:

Pediatric healthcare professionals including general pediatricians, pediatrics subspecialists, residents / fellows, nurses, and physician assistants



 The Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics is accredited by the Arizona Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


Credits :

The Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics designates this blended educational activity for a maximum of 11.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit  commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 


Location and Hotel Accommodations:

This conference will be held at the Explora Science Center and Children’s Museum in Albuquerque, NM - an interactive, child friendly science museum. Families are welcome to explore the museum while attendees are at the lectures.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided for attendees at the conference, catered by The Grove.

There are a number of hotels close by for attendees who plan to arrive the night before, or intend to stay for the weekend. Attendees are responsible for their own lodging arrangements.

Areas of interest close by – Old Town, Sawmill Food Hall, The Natural History Museum, The Albuquerque Museum.



In-person lectures - 09/23/2023

7:30 AM – 7:50 AM Registration & Breakfast 

7:50 AM – 8:00 AM Welcome and NMPS Update, Karen Armitage, MD

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Health Equity: At the Nexus of Science and Social Justice, Joseph Wright, MD

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM The impact of social determinants of care on hearing health care/Updates on hearing aid technologies Karen Hawley, MD & Chris Epstein 

10:00 AM – 10:20 AM Break 

10:20 AM - 11:20 AM Physician Wellness – organizational approaches on a local and national level,
Wolfgang Stehr, MD

11:20 AM - 12:20 PM Child Health Advocacy: Activating Your Voice, Joseph Wright, MD

12:20 PM - 1:10 PM Lunch and Poster Presentations

1:10 PM – 2:10 PM Update on Child Maltreatment in New Mexico, Rebecca Girardet, MD

2:10 PM - 3:10 PM Raising physical, mental, social, and spiritual health of Dine Children to the highest
level; a current perspective on pediatric with Navajo (dine’) families Tommie Begay, MD

3:10 PM – 3:30 PM Break 

3:30PM – 4:30 PM 30+ Years at the Gallup Indian Medical Center (GIMC): A Historical Perspective on
Pediatrics with Navajo, John Ratmayer, MD

4:30PM – 5:30 PM Safety/Firearm Issues, Ben Hoffman, MD

Online lectures - 09/23/2023 to 12/31/2023

-          25 years of Hantavirus in New Mexico,  Walter Dehority MD, M.Sc.

-          Head Shape Anomalies for the General Pediatrician, James Botros MD

-          Patient/Family-centered care for Children with Medical Complexity,Cori Poffenberger MD

Link to the online lectures will be provided to the 09/23/2023 Lecture Series attendees at the completion of the in-person Lecture Series activity.



Registration Information: Your registration fee includes continental breakfast, refreshment breaks and lunch on Saturday.  

Cancellation: If you pre-register and cannot attend, NMPS will refund tuition, less a $40.00 administrative fee, provided it is received in writing on or before Sept 10, 2023. No refunds will be issued after this date or for non-attendance. Conferences are subject to cancellation. In the event this conference is cancelled, NMPS is not responsible for any airfare, hotel or other costs incurred by participants.

Poster Submission: Please consider submitting a poster to showcase your work in clinical research, bench research, education or quality improvement that is intended to improve the care of pediatric patients.

This is open to pediatric or family practice residents, fellows, students, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and nurses to submit abstracts for Saturday’s poster session.

Registration and attendance of the conference is encouraged but is not required to submit a poster. One of the authors of the poster must be present in person at the poster session in order to be eligible for submission.  Poster session awards will be presented during the lunch break.  A 2 min verbal presentation will be requested from all award winners.

Deadline will be Midnight on Sept 14, 2023.  The poster must submitted electronically, but will need to be printed out and presented in hard copy – either 36 inches x 48 inches or 48 inches x 60 inches. Presenter must provide painters tape to hang poster.

Please send all poster submission in a ppt format to asubbaswamy@salud.unm.edu.  You will be notified by email if your poster is accepted for presentation.  If accepted, an in person presenter will be required.  Lunch time poster viewing and awards will be between 12:20 - 1:10 pm



For poster submissions, email to asubbaswamy@salud.unm.edu. 

For all other questions including registration, email to executivedirector@nmaap.org