Accreditation Information

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 13 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This continuing medical education activity has been reviewed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and is acceptable for a maximum of 13.0 AAP credits. These credits can be applied toward the AAP CME/CPD Award available to Fellows and Candidate Members of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

This Live activity, The Steven J. Parker Memorial Developmental-Behavioral Pediatric Conference: Clinical Problems in Primary Care, with a beginning date of 03/08/2018, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to   13.00 Elective credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity

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 9.5 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 & 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.

 * Please note, ABP does not allow partial MOC points. Points may be earned as follows: 9.5 points for attending all sessions until the afternoon break on both Friday and Saturday. 1 additional point for each lunch session.

Nursing Accreditationg Education Provider Unit, Boston University School of Medicine is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Contact Hours: 13.5  of which 0.75 is eligible for pharmacology credit

This program has been approved by the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, Inc., (NAPNAP) Continuing Education Committee for the following contact hours: 13 contact hours of which 0.75 contact hours are pharmacology. (Program # A10-19-02)

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 13 hours of Category I credit for completing this program.

Social Workers

This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886791045-9963) for 13 continuing education contact hours. (Does not include NY, MI, WI, NJ, ID, OR)

Credit for the lunchtime sessions is limited to just CME, CNE and MOC.

Needs Statement

Developmental-behavioral conditions are common, affecting ∼15% of US children. The prevalence and complexity of these conditions are increasing despite long wait times and a limited pipeline of new providers. The recent AAP report on the DBP workforce recognized the growing challenge facing the US health system in providing care for these children and families. The viability of the DBP subspecialty requires strategies to maintain and expand the workforce, improve clinical efficiency, and prevent burnout. To due this effectively requires expanding the skill and knowledge base among primary care clinicians from a wide variety of professions to meeting the growing demands.

In addition, children with special health care needs are a population that has received recent focus in attention and need as the medical home and accountable care are both designed to improve care for these complex children. A recent study showed that among CSHCN, especially for families living in poverty, a significant amount of their care is provided by family members thus the clinicians ultimately providing care must provide educational and emotional support to these same families.

Early identification of developmental disorders is critical to the well-being of children and their families. In a time when the DBP workforce is failing to grow at the rate of identification, much of this screening and early identification is falling to complex systems of primary care requiring increased clinician knowledge in the area. It is an integral function of the primary care medical home and an appropriate responsibility of all pediatric health care professionals. Early intervention is available for a wide range of developmental disorders; their prompt identification can spur specific and appropriate therapeutic interventions but the primary care clinician remains the home base for these complex families Identification of a developmental disorder and its underlying etiology may also affect a range of treatment planning, from medical treatment of the child to family planning for his or her parents. In order to identify a delay, pediatric clinicians need to be aware of what problems exist and how they manifest as well as how to provide ongoing treatment and support.

Of nearly 7.4 million children in the United States diagnosed with emotional, behavioral, or developmental conditions, a disproportionate number do not get the mental health services they need because they are under insured, according to a new report released by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The study also finds that boys, adolescents, and children from low-income families are affected by conditions such as depression or Attention Deficit Disorder at higher rates than other children, but that adequate health services for these children remain an unmet need. In addition transition issues for these same children are of paramount importance and complexity.

In addition in the last five years with the mandate of the Affordable Care Act, there has been increased emphasis on the importance of integrated behavioral health. Behavioral health and physical health are inter-related; providing behavioral health care in a primary medical care setting can reduce stigma and discrimination, be cost effective and lead to improved patient outcomes. (

Despite their high need for mental health services, children and families living in poverty are least likely to be connected with high-quality mental health care. Pediatric primary care providers are in a unique position to take a leading role in addressing disparities in access to mental health care, because many low-income families come to them first to address mental health concerns but they need the knowledge to identify and begin treatment of these problems.

This year we will have two cutting edge modules to address these issues: one specifically on Communication in Primary Care and another on Transitions for Children and Youth With Disabilities both will specifically address increasing knowledge, skills and attitudes among primary care clinicians to address DBP challenges.



Through lectures and question and answer sessions, participants at the conclusion of this conference will be able to:

  • Describe the latest clinical information on developmental and behavioral issues in children and families
  • Identify such problems in their practice and work settings
  • Choose and provide appropriate treatment for such issues


Target Audience

Primary care physicians, pediatricians, pediatric nurse practitioners, nurses, physician assistants, social workers, child mental health professionals and family nurse practitioners.


Faculty Disclosure

Boston University School of Medicine asks all individuals, and their spouses/partners, involved in the development and presentation of Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) activities to disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. This information is disclosed to CME activity participants prior to the start of the educational activity. Boston University School of Medicine has procedures to resolve all conflicts of interest. In addition, faculty members are asked to disclose when any unapproved use of pharmaceuticals and devices is being discussed.