Topics in Bone Health

Ruth and Tristram Colket, Jr. Translational Research Building
3501 Civic Center Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19104  Map

May 13, 2016 from 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (ET)


This conference is intended for primary care providers, nurse practitioners, family medicine physicians and internists, dietitians and other healthcare providers. The program aims to provide a necessary understanding of the impact of chronic illnesses on bone health and familiarize these providers with therapeutic options including nutritional interventions, physical therapy and pharmacological protocols. The learning format will be didactic lectures with question-and-answer sessions.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Review the principles of screening, treatment and monitoring of vitamin D deficiency
  • Discuss the role of calcium and phosphorus in normal bone growth and development
  • Discuss the important role of other vitamins and minerals beyond vitamin D and calcium, such as vitamin K, in normal bone growth and development
  • Identify features of a concerning fracture history and describe the evaluation of children who are suspected victims of child maltreatment
  • Identify the effects of chronic glucocorticoid therapies on bone mass in children and review potential management strategies to optimize bone health
  • Discuss risk factors for osteopenia and poor bone quality in neuromuscular disease
  • Identify common overuse injuries in adolescents and why the adolescent skeletal system is more susceptible to repetitive stress
  • Discuss emerging medical therapies for pediatric bone disease, including bisphosphonate therapy
  • Define athletic energy deficit and identify assessment tools that may be helpful when treating athletes who struggle with athletic energy deficit
  • Review how sex hormones impact bone health in chronic medical conditions, such as anorexia