Children's Hospital Colorado

Peña Course: A Workshop for the Surgical Treatment of Colorectal Problems in Children

Where comprehensive care, personalized attention and world-class experience meet to treat patients with complex colorectal disorders.

Pena Course Group

Peña Course: March 30 - April 1, 2022

Registration coming soon.

Led by Alberto Peña, MD, Andrea Bischoff, MD, and Luis De La Torre, MD, renowned pediatric surgeons from the International Center for Colorectal and Urogenital Care at Children's Hospital Colorado, the Peña Course is a two-day intensive workshop.

The course is designed for pediatric surgeons, urologists, gynecologists and gastroenterologists, as well as pediatric nurses managing patients with colorectal issues. During the course, you will view three carefully selected operative demonstrations, including surgical/technical maneuvers to be performed during the repair of anorectal malformations.

Attendees’ outcomes

Attendees will be able to propose practice improvements to their teams based on evidence-based guidelines, tools and resources presented at the conference. At the conclusion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Review the principles of diagnosis and management of anorectal defects
  • Discuss the challenges of short- and long-term postoperative care
  • Describe the diagnosis of fecal incontinence and constipation and the difference in their management
  • Recognize indications for re-operative surgery
  • Discuss management of associated urologic and gynecologic problems
  • Review the comprehensive management approach to cloacal exstrophy
  • Explain or outline the use of the posterior sagittal approach for a variety of conditions

This two-day intensive teaching course will examine the surgical treatment and management of pediatric anorectal and colorectal surgical problems including:

  • Methods of evaluation of surgical techniques
  • Anorectal malformations
  • Cloacal malformations
  • Cloacal exstrophy
  • Prognosis of these deformities
  • Idiopathic constipation

Peña Course for Advanced Practice Provider and Nursing: April 8, 2021

Presented by Julie Schletker, NP, MSN, Amy Krause, RN, and Hope Simmons, NP, MSN, from the International Center for Colorectal and Urogenital Care at Children's Hospital Colorado, the Peña Course is an intensive course focused on caring for congenital colorectal conditions with a focus on anorectal malformations.

This course is designed for advanced practice providers, nurses, pediatric surgeons, urologists, gynecologists and gastroenterologists managing patients with colorectal diagnoses. The course will provide an overview of congenital colorectal conditions and focus on the long-term management of these patients. Subspecialty lectures will include acute pain management, wound/ostomy care, urology and a psychologist who specializes in working with the congenital colorectal population.

Attendees' outcomes

Attendees will be able to propose practice improvements to their teams based on evidence-based guidelines, tools and resources presented at the conference. At the conclusion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the principles of diagnosis and management of anorectal malformation
  • Describe an overview of the surgical management of congenital colorectal conditions with surgical footage of cloacal repair
  • Summarize principles of acute pain management during the postoperative period
  • Describe the considerations for caring for patients with congenital colorectal conditions in the hospital pre- and post-surgery
  • Describe the mental health and social needs when treating patients with congenital colorectal conditions
  • Describe the diagnosis of fecal incontinence and constipation and the differences in their management
  • Explain the concept of a daily bowel management program with laxatives or enemas
  • Identify key management strategies for urologic conditions associated with congenital colorectal conditions
  • Review wound/ostomy care techniques

This intensive teaching course will examine the surgical treatment and management of pediatric anorectal and colorectal surgical problems, including:

Lodging and accommodations 

The following hotels may offer a hospital/conference discount:

Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver Conference Center
13200 East 14th Place
Aurora, CO 80011
303-365-1234

SpringHill Suites Denver-Anschutz Medical Campus
13400 East Colfax Avenue
Aurora, CO 80011
720-859-1100

Drury Inn & Suites
4550 North Central Park Boulevard
Denver, CO 80238
303-373-1983