The 16th Annual Dr. Joseph Kline Pediatric Symposium (For Medical Professionals Only)

Accepting And Protecting: Navigating A Changing World

Featured Speakers

Guest Panelist

Michele Mazakas
Princeton PFLAG Chapter — President
LGBTQ+ Alliance at SUEZ WTS — Co-Leader Educator

Heather Hadley, Esq.
Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office — Sr. Assistant Prosecutor
Chief, Insurance Fraud, Bias Crime and Human Trafficking

Zach Kassutto, MD, FAAP
St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children — Medical Director, Emergency Services
Drexel University College of Medicine — Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine

David Aderhold, MA, Ed.D
West Windsor - Plainsboro Regional School District Superintendent of Schools
Rider University — Adjunct Professor of Education/Graduate School of Education Doctoral Program


This program is designed to enhance the participants’ knowledge regarding children facing the challenges of gender identity, exploitation, increase in suicide, and the impact of social media that connect these challenges. The Kline Symposium provides information that raises awareness of our responsibility to accept and protect children. The program is also designed to heighten our own ethical values and practices caring for at-risk children.

Target Audience

Physicians (Pediatricians, Family Practice, Neonatologists, Psychiatrists/Psychologists), Advanced Practice Nurses, Registered Nurses, School Nurses, Social Services/Case Management, Educators, Law Enforcement, Residents and Students (Medical School, PAs, APNs, Nursing), Children’s Support Groups.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the program, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss challenges that can affect transgender children.
  • Discuss strategies to support health and wellness for transgender children.
  • Identify sex trafficking red flags for at risk children being victimized.
  • Discuss challenging cases of children who have been exploited and victimized by sex traffickers.
  • Recognize and develop an awareness that suicide is a public health problem that is preventable.
  • Describe red flags to recognize at-risk behaviors.
  • Associate the impact of social media exposure to at-risk behaviors.
  • Identify ethical dilemmas surrounding childhood suicide, impact of social media on children, the human sex trafficking of children, and transgender kids.
  • Recognize our own ethical values and practices related to at-risk children.


Capital Health is accredited by the Medical Society of New Jersey to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Capital Health System is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the New Jersey State Nurses Association, an accredited approver with distinction by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Provider Number P122-7/17-20.

Successful completion of contact hours requires participants to sign-in, complete an evaluation form and attend the entire program.

Approval status does not imply endorsement by Capital Health, the NJSNA or ANCC of any commercial products discussed and/or displayed in conjunction with the educational activity.


Dr. Joseph Kline practiced pediatric medicine for 37 years at his hospital “home,” Mercer Medical Center. He cared for children, as an intern, active physician, chair of the pediatric department, and friend. In 1992, for his 80th birthday, his family and friends established the Dr. Joseph Kline Pediatric Lecture Fund. Since 2001, the Fund, along with Capital Health, has been providing an annual symposium to further the education of professionals caring for children in the region.


Planners, content experts and speakers have declared no conflict of interest. There is no commercial support for this activity.

Planning Committee

Karen Adamczyck, RN, BSN, RNC-NIC
Margaret Estlow, MSN, RN, CPEN, PPCNP-BC
Anjali Sharma-Moghe, DO, FAAP
Stephanie Singer, RN, BSN


For more information, please contact Kathy Bayrasli at 609-303-4513 or download the event brochure here.

Registration Instructions
Register by Wednesday, October 23.
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