American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) 2024 Spring Symposium

Modernizing Education for the Next Generation – Tips for Creating an Engaging and Dynamic Educational Experience

The American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) is excited to announce our second annual Spring Symposium!

Registration prices include access to live (virtual) courses on April 30, 2024 and access to the on-demand recordings until June 11, 2024. Registered individuals may earn up to 4 CME/CEU.

Registration Open: February 1, 2024 - June 11, 2024
Live Presentation Date: April 30, 2024 (10:00am-12:00pm CT and 2:00pm-4:00pm CT)
Location: Virtual
Available On-Demand: May 1 - June 11, 2024

Registration Prices:
AACPDM Member: $99
Non-AACPDM Member: $199

Registration for the 2024 Spring Symposium is now closed. 

Course Information

Presentation Title:
Modernizing Education for the Next Generation – Tips for Creating an Engaging and Dynamic Educational Experience

This goal of the 2024 Spring Symposium is to provide an audience of interdisciplinary health professions educators with the attitudes, knowledge, and skills required to engage, motivate, and challenge adult learners regardless of profession or specialty. The Morning session will focus on introducing three evidence-based educational examples with practical tips for incorporating Narrative Medicine, social media-based knowledge dissemination and engagement, and "flipped classroom" learning. The afternoon session will focus on integrating technology into learning experiences and tips for gamification of learning. Each session will conclude with live panel discussions with the content experts to discuss common challenges and clarifications through moderated question-and-answer periods. The overriding theme of the symposium will be to provide clear examples and tools for the audience to implement into their regular teaching and learning experiences. The synchronous session will be enhanced with gamification to promote engagement with the recorded lectures to include brief content-based questions after each presentation.

Learning Objectives: 
Upon completion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize the five primary assumptions of adult learners to improve engagement and higher-level learning;
  2. Implement a Narrative Medicine instructional activity to enhance humanistic care for individuals with disabilities;
  3. Describe the components of an effective Social Media Educator Presence to enhance knowledge dissemination and engagement;
  4. Apply gamification methods to instructional activities to enrich learner motivation and engagement;
  5. Create an engaging virtual learning experience;
  6. Integrate technology into the learning environment in a meaningful and effective manner using the PICRAT framework; and
  7. Appraise design principles for crafting meaningful flipped classroom learning experiences, with an emphasis on learner preparation.

CME/CEU Information

CME/CEU will be available through the course's platform (Blue Sky).

Accreditation Statement
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Amedco LLC and American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine.  Amedco LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.Amedco Joint Accreditation #4008163.


Physicians (ACCME) Credit Designation
Amedco LLC designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Steven M. Lazar, MD, MEd
Steven M. Lazar is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital and a practicing Child Neurologist and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities specialist with a clinical emphasis on high-risk fetal and neonatal neurodevelopmental management and outcomes. He is currently an associate program director of the Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Residency at Baylor College of Medicine. He earned his medical degree from Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University where his passion for medical education grew working the curriculum reform committee. Long interested in medical education, Dr. Lazar worked closely on resident education while in training and obtained a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction through the University of Houston. Currently, his academic, clinical, and educational intersect with research interests focusing on the betterment of education on neurodevelopmental disability across the spectrum of health professions education. 

Unoma Akamagwuna, MD
Dr. Unoma Akamagwuna, is an assistant professor in the H. Ben Taub Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Baylor College of Medicine. She received her bachelor’s degree from Xavier University of Louisiana and her medical school training at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.  She completed a combined residency program at the University of Colorado and is quadruple-boarded in Pediatrics, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, and Brain Injury Medicine.  Dr. Akamagwuna is an American Pediatric Association Quality and Safety Improvement Scholar and makes use of Quality Improvement methodology to improve practice and care for her patients continuously. She is a current fellow in the Baylor College of Medicine Master Teacher Fellowship Program for faculty.   She completed anti-racism training through The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond and is a certified yoga teacher trained in the principles of Raja Yoga.  She believes that equitable care for patients involves applying the principles of social justice to our healthcare practice.  She currently serves as Fellowship Director for the Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine Program at Baylor College of Medicine.


Jennifer Benjamin, MD, MS
I am passionate about education and caring for children with complex needs and empowering parents to care for their children. I work in the complex care clinic which caters to children with special needs and in the pediatric resident clinic. My interests are curriculum development for resident education and to improve the care of children with special needs through thoughtful patient centered interventions and evidenced based approaches using engaging digital education.


Kathleen Huth, MD, MMSc
Kathleen Huth, MD, MMSc, is an academic pediatrician in the Complex Care Service at Boston Children’s Hospital and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. She completed her pediatrics residency training in Ottawa, Canada, and obtained her masters in medical education through Harvard Medical School. Dr. Huth is program director of the Complex Care Fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital and serves as Co-Director for the BCH Academy for Teaching and Educational Innovation and Scholarship. She is Past Chair of the Complex Care Committee of the AACPDM, and Co-Chair of the Academic Pediatric Association Complex Care and Disability Special Interest Group. She co-hosts the Complex Care Journal Club podcast, which highlights practice-changing publications in the care of children with medical complexity. She has delivered various workshops on educational theory and technology, and is passionate about developing innovative educational interventions to improve the care of children with medical complexity and disability.


Alison Christy, MD, PhD
Dr. Alison Christy became Vice Chair of the History of Neurology Section of the American Academy of Neurology in 2021 and Chair in 2023, but has been interested in the medical humanities for many years, and engages with the history of women and diverse people in neurology on Twitter/X with the handle @OligoclonalBand. She is the clinical director of the pediatric neurology program at Providence Health and Services in Portland, and the director of the Providence Center for Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroimmunology. She is deputy editor of the Journal of Child Neurology and makes podcasts for the journals, which can be found at She runs social media for the journal on X using the handle @JChildNeurol.With Dr. Zach London of the University of Michigan, she made card games featuring amazing women from the history of medicine, called Endowed Chairs: Neurology and Endowed Chairs: Pediatrics, available at - where you can also find Neurdle, a Wordle-like neurology game.

Individual Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy:
All requests for cancellation must be received in writing by April 29, 2024. A 75% refund will be granted for requests received before this date. No refunds will be granted after April 29, 2024. All refunds will be processed after the course takes place.

Provider Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations of the Spring Courses activities by the AACPDM will result in all pre-registered attendees receiving a 100% refund.

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