This annual two day 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.

Many clinicians and allied medical professionals do not feel adequately trained when in practice and yet they face these challenges with patients and families every day. The course offers practical approaches to these issues and we welcome participants from a broad array of disciplines including physicians, advance practice providers, nurses, social workers, and allied medical professionals who work in Pediatrics and Family Medicine.

We offer the combined faculty expertise from Boston University and Tufts Schools of Medicine. This is your chance to enhance your knowledge and interact with colleagues in a two day seminar.



  • Neurons to Neighborhoods : 20 years later where are we? (Module on Friday)
  • Developmental Issues in the Urban Youth (Module on Saturday)
  • Lunchtime Screening of the film No Small Matter with commentary. (Click here for a preview)
  • Optional Pre-Workshop on Making Your Practice Autism Friendly*  (Thursday, March 5th)

More Information on the Optional Pre-Workshop

Date/Time: Thursday, March 5th, 1:00 - 4:00pm
Separate Registration Fee: $50 per person
Location: Boston Medical Center,
801 Albany Street, 1st Floor, Conference Room 1017, Boston, MA

In 2017, the Autism Program at Boston Medical Center (BMC) launched its Autism Friendly Initiative in an effort to improve the hospital experience for patients with ASD from a systems-level. This presentation will discuss the evolution of the Autism Friendly Initiative as it works to develop best practices for improving the patient experience for those with ASD. These practices relate to environmental adaptation, provider education, and individualizing patient care.

In addition to reviewing how the Autism Program built its Autism Friendly Initiative framework via ethnographic studies, focus groups, and stakeholder engagement, this presentation will also outline how various interventions have been implemented hospital-wide. Our sensory toolboxes, which assist in easing the sensory overstimulation that may manifest in a hospital encounter, as well as our Autism Support Checklist (ASC), which helps to ensure that providers are aware of the specific triggers, communication styles, and reinforcements that are applicable to each patient, are just two examples of such interventions.

This presentation will also discuss the challenges that any healthcare setting might face in building an Autism Friendly practice. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss the barriers that they foresee in creating such an environment at their respective sites, and how to overcome them. Participants will also learn how to collect and measure data related to this work in order to ensure that impacts are sustained.

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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.”



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Ivys Fernandez-Pastrana, JD

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Mei Elansary, MD, MPhil

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L. Erik von Hahn, MD

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Martha Vibbert, PhD

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Karen Miller, MD

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Dave Gottsegen, MD, ABMH

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Arvin Garg, MD, MPH

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Caroline Kistin, MD, MSc

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Aseel Al-Jadiri , MD

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Jodi Wenger, MD

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Cyndie Hatcher , MD, MPH

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Sarah M. Bagley, MD, MSc

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Monica Ultmann, MD

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Jodi Santosuosso, APRN, BC, NP-C

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Barry Zuckerman, MD

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Jack Maypole, MD

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Marilyn Augustyn, MD

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Carmen Rosa Norona, LICSW, MS Ed

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Paul Dworkin, MD

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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 14.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

(Note, the main conference is 12.75 credits, the two optional lunch sessions add 2 credits for a total of 14.75)

This continuing medical education activity has been reviewed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and is acceptable for a maximum of 12.75 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 03/06/2020, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to   12.00 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.

Nursing Accreditation
Continuing Nursing 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.

This program has been approved by the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, Inc., (NAPNAP) Continuing Education Committee for the following contact hours: 12.75 contact hours of which 0.75 contact hours are pharmacology. (Program # A10-20-02)

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 6.5 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.

 * Please note, ABP does not allow partial MOC points.  Points may be earned as follows:  6.5 points for attending all sessions until the lunch break on both Friday and Saturday.

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 14.75 hours of Category I credit for completing this program.





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125 Brookline Avenue, Boston MA 02215
617.236.8787 or 888.236.2427

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Residence Inn Boston Back Way/Fenway which is a 12 minute walk (approx. 0.5 miles) from the meeting venue.

The BU rate is $174/night, single plus tax. The room block will be held until Feb. 5th, 2020 or until it is full. You may make reservations by calling the hotel directly. Mention you are with the BU School of Medicine conference. After Feb. 8th, reservations will be accepted on a space and rate available basis. Visit this link for online reservations. (Coming Soon)

Valet Parking at the hotel is $40 per night.  Rate includes hot buffet breakfast and high speed wireless internet access.