This annual accredited conference has been going strong for over three decades. It is designed for practicing clinicians who have an interest, passion or emerging expertise in developmental and behavioral pediatrics and want to take their knowledge and skill to the next level.

We very much hoped that the 2021 Parker Conference would see a return to in-person meetings.  For many of us, the 2020 Parker Conference was our last in person meeting before the pandemic.  Unfortunately, it appears that we will not be able to gather safely in person in March of 2021. Instead, we have chosen to offer the 2021 meeting as a virtual series, in a shorter format to combat zoom fatigue.  We will focus on two clinically relevant topics  that have greatly impacted our care in the last year - the issues of race and equity and COVID 19.

Please join with some familiar and new faces from the comforts of your home or office. We look forward to hosting you.

Join us in March 2021 as follows (all times are Eastern Time):

Friday, March 5th  1:00 - 5:00pm ET
Racism and Child Development featuring the keynote Harris Speaker Adiaha I. A. Spinks-Franklin, MD, MPH, FAAP, Founder and Director of R.A.C.E. C.A.R.D. (Race and Children Education Collaborative of Anti-Racist Developmental Professionals), Attending Physician, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at Texas Children's Hospital and Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine

Friday, March 12th - 1:00 - 5:00pm ET
The Impact of COVID on Child Development with a bonus session (longtime course favorite), The 10 Best DBP Papers of 2020.

The program will offer CME, CNE, AAFP, AAP, NAPNAP and MOC credits.

Presented by Boston University School of Medicine Continuing Medical Education Office and Boston University School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics -Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics in conjunction with Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center

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Marilyn Augustyn, MD

Course Co-Director Professor of Pediatrics Director, Division of Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrics Co-Editor, “Behavioral and Developmental Pediatrics: A Handbook for Primary Care”
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Neena McConnico, PhD, LMHC

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Renee Boynton-Jarrett

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L. Erik von Hahn, MD

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Laurie Douglass

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Adiaha I. A. Spinks-Franklin, MD, MPH, FAAP

An Ardent Anti-Racist (Black/African American; she/her) Founder and Director of R.A.C.E. C.A.R.D. (Race and Children Education Collaborative of Anti-Racist Developmental Professionals) Attending Physician, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Texas Children's Hospital Associate Professor of Pediatrics Baylor College of Medicine
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Jack Maypole, MD

Course Co-Director Clinical Associate Professor in Pediatrics, BUSM/BMC Vice Chair of Population Health and Practice Transformation Director, Comprehensive Care Program (CCP) Medical Director, Special Kids Special Care Program Medical
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Carmen Rosa Norona, LICSW, MS Ed

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Monica Ultmann, MD, FAAP

Director of the Center for Children with Special Needs, Tufts Children’s Hospital Division Director of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston
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Physician Accreditation
Boston University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Boston University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing Accreditation
Boston University School of Medicine Continuing Nursing Education is accredited with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

This program is pending accreditation by the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, Inc., (NAPNAP) Continuing Education Committee for the following contact hours: 7.5 contact hours of which 0 are pharmacology (Rx) content.

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the activity, with individual assessments of the participant and feedback to the participant, enables the participant to earn 7.5 MOC points in the American Board of Pediatrics’ (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABP MOC credit.

By attending this activity and providing your ABP number and Date of Birth, you authorize BUSM CME office to report your information to the ACCME so that we may process your MOC Part II credit on your behalf.

Physician Assistant Accreditation
AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 7.5 hours of Category I credit for completing this program.





About Dr. Parker

Steven Parker, MD graduated from Cornell University, University of Michigan Medical School and completed pediatric residency at Stanford University Hospital. He completed a fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Boston with T. Berry Brazelton in Child Development. He started his career in private pediatric practice but after 3 years joined the faculty at Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center (the former Boston City Hospital) and he became Director of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics in 1994, a position he served for over 13 years. He founded and directed the Comprehensive Care Program at BMC – a national model in family centered care for children with developmental disabilities. He published extensively on many areas in DBP and also was the voice of pediatrics for WebMD. His compassion, wisdom and insight in supporting children and families across Boston and the country will not be forgotten. In addition, he cofounded this conference in 1984 with Dr. Barry Zuckerman and it is in his memory that we hold the annual Steven J. Parker Memorial Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Conference. We hope for all participants that it is an annual opportunity to revisit the topics that are at the core of pediatric practice and to remember Steve’s own advice for parents from his blog:

“Enjoy your kids! Enjoy the ride! Someday soon you’ll wonder how it all went by so fast and why you didn’t appreciate it more as it was happening.”



The Impact of Racism on Child and Adolescent Health
Pediatrics August 2019, 144 (2) e20191765; DOI: https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2019-1765