Continuing Medical Education



Consistent with the Vision and Goals of Phoenix Children’s Hospital, the Mission of our Continuing Medical Education program is to provide the highest quality of clinical care by developing and supporting organized programs in medical education by providing a stimulus for teaching and by conveying outcomes of clinical research for the medical community, staff and other health care providers. We will strive to meet our Mission through CME activities focusing on providing high-quality, practice-based educational opportunities that are designed to advance competence, enhance practice performance, and, where possible, improve patient outcomes in populations served by the healthcare providers we educate. In 2006, the PCH CME Committee expanded to include representatives from the majority of departments involved in education throughout the hospital, and in November 2010, the PCH CME program achieved six years of Accreditation with Commendation.

Phoenix Children's Hospital is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to sponsor Continuing Medical Education for physicians, including Grand Rounds, Pediatric Update, and a variety of other continuing medical education activities throughout the year.

Please contact us via email if you are interested in hosting a CME Educational Activity, need additional information, or would like to submit your CME Educational Activity Planning Application.


41st Annual Melvin L. Cohen, MD Pediatric Update

March 12, 2018 - March 15, 2018

This Continuing Medical Education event welcomes hundreds of physicians from across the country who recognize and value this opportunity to learn the latest evidence-based practices in pediatric medicine.

Pediatric Update 2018 consists of morning sessions, each lasting five hours on four successive days (Monday, March 12, 2018 through Thursday, March 15, 2018). Optional afternoon workshops will be scheduled.

Pediatric Update 2018 faculty will include:

  • Crista Johnson-Agbakwu, MD (Refugee Health)
  • Stephen Daniels, MD (Obesity & Cardiometabolic Health)
  • Kristin Lindstrom, MD (Genetics)
  • Craig Alter, MD (Endocrinology)
  • Randon Hall, MD (Sports Medicine)
  • Andrew Papez, MD (Cardiology)
  • William Balistreri, MD (Gastroenterology)
  • Ronald Hansen, MD (Dermatology)
  • Larry Pickering, MD (Infectious Disease)
  • Cindy Bauer, MD (Allergy & Immunology)
  • Kelly Kelleher, MD (Hospital Medicine)
  • Terry Stull, MD (Infectious Disease)
  • Robert Voigt, MD (Behavioral Health and Development)

Fees to attend Pediatric Update 2018

Fees to attend Pediatric Update 2018 are $690 for practicing physicians and $565 for retired physicians, residents, nurses, and other allied health professionals. Registration fees include breakfast each morning, refreshments during the meeting, and an evening reception. There will be an additional fee to register for the afternoon workshop. All sessions will be held at Scottsdale Plaza Resort.

Early Bird Rate

Those who register for the course and reserve a room through the Phoenix Children’s Hospital-Pediatric Update guest room block at Scottsdale Plaza Resort, prior to 12/31/2017, will receive a course registration discount of $50.


If you would like to purchase the 2018 Pediatric Update syllabus, they will be available on-site at the conference for a fee of $40.00.

If you have questions, please contact:

JoAnn Cunningham:, (602) 933-0766

Sharon Kerr:, (602) 933-0761

Antwanette Peoples:, (602) 933-3621

Things to Do in Scottsdale, AZ

Beautiful Scottsdale, Arizona offers exciting options for things to see and do. From world-class museums and a renowned botanical garden to the nation’s largest wilderness preserve. Amusement parks, an award-winning zoo, and a railroad museum appeal to all ages.

Welcome MLB Spring Training fans! Scottsdale is a great place to enjoy Spring Training baseball games. Tickets are reasonably priced and nothing tastes better than a hot dog with a beverage of your choice in the Arizona sunshine! Scottsdale is one of the best cities to spend time indoors or outdoors.

Scottsdale Plaza Resort is the perfect desert retreat. The resort features five heated swimming pools, a salon and day spa, state-of-the-art health club, two lighted tennis courts, racquetball court, two championship golf courses just steps away from the resort, and award-winning dining. A limited number of guest rooms are being held at Scottsdale Plaza for a reduced rate of $251 per night (includes resort fee), plus an occupancy tax of 13.17%. Airport transportation is available for an inclusive fee of $23 one way. Please plan to reserve your guest room well in advance.

Learn more about the Scottsdale Plaza Resort.

Meet the CME Team

Micah Olson, M.D., Medical Director of CME

Joann Cunningham, Manager of CME

Antwanette Peoples, Community Academics Coordinator


Grand Rounds

The Grand Rounds program includes lectures on Tuesdays from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the Melvin L. Cohen Conference Center, located at 1920 East Cambridge Avenue (on the first floor of the Rosenberg Children's Medical Plaza on the Phoenix Children's main campus).

*Exception: every 2nd Tuesday of the month, Grand Rounds is held at Maricopa Medical Center Auditoriums.

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