“This was my first Symposia Medicus conference and I would say that it was well-organized, with more attention to customer service than other conferences. Also, since it is a national company, Symposia Medicus pools from a larger group of speakers; thus much better speakers.”
– K. Hughes, DO

“Another excellent conference! The lectures provided excellent information.”
– C. Fischbach, PA-C

“Symposia Medicus respects our needs to enjoy our time away from the office while providing suitable lectures during the day.”
– K. Grundy, MD


Our 33rd Annual Fall Conference on Pediatric Emergencies focuses on many challenges facing Pediatric and Emergency physicians, nurse practitioners, PAs, nurses, and other healthcare professionals involved in the clinical care of children. The goal of this conference is to increase the knowledge and enhance the competence of attendees. Emphasis will be placed on practical application of the evidence-based topics presented.

Topics for this year’s conference have been selected based on the educational needs determined from the identified professional practice gaps. The gaps were derived from a variety of sources including evaluations and outcomes data from past participants; clinical expert input; Symposia Medicus’ online survey; and other medical and nursing data.

Conference format will include didactic lectures, smaller group breakout and interactive sessions, case studies, and question and answer sessions.

An outstanding faculty has been assembled for this conference. Each member was selected based on their individual area of expertise and ability to communicate current, evidence-based, and practical information to participants.

You are sure to enjoy our 33rd Annual Fall Conference on Pediatric Emergencies while sharing ideas and experiences with colleagues from across the country in the beautiful setting of Grand Cayman.


As a result of participating in this conference, you should have increased knowledge and enhanced competence to…

Explain the approach to treat new or novel drugs of abuse

• Diagnose specific pediatric rheumatologic conditions that might present acutely, such as Kawasaki disease, Henoch-Schonlein purpura, and juvenile idiopathic arthritis

• Recognize common presentations of bacterial skin infections

• Differentiate fractures caused by child abuse versus non-intentional trauma

• Identify current recommendations for testing simple febrile convulsions


At the conclusion of attending this conference, participants are entitled to a certificate of credit which will be available online. Successful completion of this activity is determined by attending the live activity, review of the educational session materials, and submission of the pre/post case study survey, evaluations, and attendance verification form. Each participant should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


This educational activity was planned and produced in accordance with the ACCME and ANCC Essentials and Standards relating to continuing medical and nursing education.

Symposia Medicus is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing
medical education for physicians.

Symposia Medicus is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


Symposia Medicus designates this live activity for a maximum of 18 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. 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 18 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.

Approved by the American College of Emergency Physicians for a maximum of 18 hour(s) of ACEP Category 1 credit.

This Live activity, 33rd Annual Fall Conference on Pediatric Emergencies, with a beginning date of 10/25/2017, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 18.00 Prescribed 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.

NCCPA 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. PAs may receive a maximum of 18 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

Nurse Practitioners/Nurses
The ANCC contact hours awarded for completion of this conference are 18.

Provider is also approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP2335, for 21.6 contact hours.

Pharmacology Credit for Prescriptive Authority
A maximum of 2.5 hours in pharmacology credit for prescriptive authority may be earned by attending this educational conference. Sessions awarding pharmacology credit for prescriptive authority are denoted with an Rx in the schedule.


Smaller group sessions will be held Friday afternoon. These breakout sessions are organized to provide greater participant/faculty interaction, and will give you an opportunity to participate in discussions on subjects relating to your particular area of interest. Please indicate your breakout session topic choices on the conference registration form in this brochure. Space is limited so please reserve early.


Each registrant will have online access to session materials. The session materials will be available for download approximately two weeks prior to the conference (you’ll receive an email with instructions). If you wish to receive a hard copy of the session materials, please check the box on the registration form in this brochure.

If you are unable to attend this conference, extra copies of the session materials (either paper or digital copy) will be available one week after the conference. The cost is $60 for a hard copy and $25 for the digital copy. To place your order, please email publications@symposiamedicus.org.


To receive additional information about the conference hotel, location, tours and/or nearby attractions, and ground transportation, please visit our website at www.symposiamedicus.org.


Richard M. Cantor, MD, FAAP, FACEP
Conference Co-Chair

Professor of Emergency Medicine & Pediatrics
Director, Fellowship Program in
Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Director, Pediatric Emergency Department
Medical Director, Central New York
Poison Control Center
Upstate Medical University
Syracuse, New York

Caitlin Sgarlat Deluca, DO, MSc
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Upstate Medical University
Division of Pediatric Rheumatology &
Integrative Medicine
Golisano Children’s Hospital
Syracuse, New York

Marianne Gausche-Hill, MD, FACEP, FAAP, FAEMS
Conference Co-Chair

Medical Director
Los Angeles County Emergency Medical
Services (EMS) Agency
Professor of Clinical Medicine & Pediatrics
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
EMS Fellowship Director
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Department of Emergency Medicine
Torrance, California

Amy Jo Nopper, MD
Professor of Pediatrics
University of Missouri-Kansas City
School of Medicine
Director, Division of Pediatric Dermatology
Children’s Mercy Hospital
Kansas City, Missouri

Cyrus Rangan, MD, FAAP, FACMT
Assistant Medical Director
California Poison Control System
Medical Toxicologist
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California

Consistent with ACCME and ANCC guidelines, it is the policy of Symposia Medicus to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all educational activities. Prior to the planning of this educational activity, all individuals in a position to influence and/or control the content of continuing education activities have been asked to disclose all relevant financial relationships within the past 12 months. Beyond disclosure of relevant financial relationships, faculty are required to disclose when they plan to discuss pharmaceuticals and/or medical devices that are not approved by the FDA and/or medical or surgical procedures that involve an unapproved or “off-label” use of an approved device or pharmaceutical. Symposia Medicus is committed to providing learners with commercially unbiased continuing education activities. This information is intended to assist learners in forming their own judgments about the content presented. Disclosure information will be included in the session materials for this activity, and speakers will provide a slide disclosure for each presentation, and will also verbally disclose on-site.


Wednesday, October 25

7:00am Registration & Check-in
8:00 Welcome & Introduction
Richard M. Cantor, MD
8:15 Management of Febrile Seizures: Fact or Fiction?
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Marianne Gausche-Hill, MD
9:00 Evidence-Based Pediatric Emergency Medicine: Are You Practicing it? (Rx = 20 minutes)
Richard M. Cantor, MD
9:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 Break
10:30 One Pill, One Bite, One Swallow: Ten Substances That Kill Children in Small Doses (Rx = 10 minutes)
Cyrus Rangan, MD
11:15 Integrative Medicine & Its Role in Pediatric Rheumatology
Caitlin Sgarlat Deluca, DO, MSc
Noon Orthopedic Injuries in Children: Distinguishing Use from Misuse (Rx = 15 minutes)
Marianne Gausche-Hill, MD
12:45pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:30 Adjourn for the Day
5:30-7:00 Group Reception
(Faculty, Participants, and Guests)

Thursday, October 26

8:00am Dermatology Look-Alikes: Clinical Pearls for the Practitioner
Amy Jo Nopper, MD
8:45 Toxicology Mimics & Look-Alikes: Poisonings That Act Like Other Illnesses (Rx = 10 minutes)
Cyrus Rangan, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break
10:15 Toxicology Tests: Who Needs Them & When to Get Them (Rx = 10 minutes)
Cyrus Rangan, MD
11:00 Urgent Pediatric Rheumatologic Mishaps - Part I
Caitlin Sgarlat Deluca, DO, MSc
11:45 Urgent Pediatric Rheumatologic Mishaps - Part II
Caitlin Sgarlat Deluca, DO, MSc
12:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Adjourn for the Day

Friday, October 27

3:00pm Smaller Group Breakouts – Session One
. A. Musculoskeletal Exam: How to Perform a Quick & Complete MS Exam in the ED
Caitlin Sgarlat Deluca, DO, MSc
. B. Genitourinary Emergencies: Major & Minor
Marianne Gausche-Hill, MD
. C. Interactive Cases in Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Richard M. Cantor, MD
. D. Case Studies in Dermatology: You Make the Call
Amy Jo Nopper, MD
4:30 Break
4:45 Smaller Group Breakouts – Session Two
(Session One Topics Repeated)
6:15 Adjourn for the Day

Saturday, October 28

8:00am Pediatric Emergency Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make: Lessons Learned (Rx = 20 minutes)
Richard M. Cantor, MD
8:45 Pertussis Revisited (Rx = 15 minutes)
Marianne Gausche-Hill, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break (hotel check-out, if applicable)
10:15 Newer Drugs of Abuse: Old Minds Gape at What Teenagers Find (Rx = 10 minutes)
Cyrus Rangan, MD
11:00 Management of “Scary Babies”: Dyspnea, Cyanosis, Shock, and Lethargy (Rx = 10 minutes)
Richard M. Cantor, MD
11:45 Diagnosis of Dermatologic Infections
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Amy Jo Nopper, MD
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Conference Adjourns

Rx = Pharmacology Credit for Prescriptive Authority
will be granted for these sessions


Beautiful Grand Cayman Island is the largest of the three Cayman Islands. Whether you are looking for complete relaxation, exquisite dining, exciting nightlife, or awesome underwater sights featuring accessible reefs, there is something for everyone. On the west side of Grand Cayman, you will find the famous Seven Mile Beach, the crescent-shaped natural wonder, with white sand and azure water stretching as far as the eye can see. Seven Mile Beach is often rated as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Take a trip into the North Sound and visit Stingray City, where you and your family have the rare opportunity to swim and learn about Southern Stingrays. When you’re looking to get off the beach, get lost in the luxury of George Town, with colorful traditional Caribbean-style buildings and endless duty-free shopping.

The newly-renovated Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa is in the premiere location for fun and relaxation. The resort has easy access to Grand Cayman’s best attractions, including scuba diving, shopping, snorkeling, and golf. Spend time at the oversized outdoor pool or enjoy luxurious private cabanas on the beach. Family and children’s activities are sure to keep you busy, or visit the rejuvenating Hibiscus Spa. With world-class treatments, you will leave more refreshed than you ever imagined.

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it in Grand Cayman, at our 33rd Annual Fall Conference on Pediatric Emergencies.


Enrollment for this conference is limited in order to provide the best possible learning environment.
Early registration is advised.

You can register and receive conference lodging group rates by reserving the following ways:

On-line at our website, www.symposiamedicus.org; OR

Call Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm (Pacific Time), (925) 969-1789 with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover; OR

By mail, make check payable to Symposia Medicus and send with registration form to 399 Taylor Blvd., Suite 201, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523-2287.

For additional conference or lodging information, call Symposia Medicus at (925) 969-1789, or visit our website at www.symposiamedicus.org.


If postmarked by
August 16, 2017
If postmarked after
August 16, 2017
Physicians $660 $760
Residents, Nurses, PAs, & All Others $560 $660

Discounts are available for retired healthcare providers, active U.S. military, and groups of three or more. For more information, please contact Symposia Medicus prior to registering.

Tuition includes continuing education, online access to session materials, and break refreshments for conference registrants. Tuition also includes group reception for faculty, registrants, and their guests.

Conference registration will be confirmed via email

This conference meets the requirements for CE tax deductibility; however, we suggest you consult your financial authority for more information


Conference group rates have been arranged at The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa. Rooms at our group rates are limited and on a first come, first served basis. PLEASE RESERVE EARLY as rooms may sell out and/or room rates may increase. If you wish to extend your stay, group rates may be available three days before and three days after the conference.

Two nights’ deposit (room rate only) must accompany your reservation. The balance of your lodging, hotel fees as stated below, and all incidental charges are due to the hotel. The hotel accepts most major credit cards.


Room Type/View Group Rates (Single/Double) Description
(All rooms have been newly renovated and are non-smoking and approximately 390 square feet)
Island View $251/night View of the famous Seven Mile Beach Road on the island side of the hotel. These rooms also look out onto the main entrance of the resort. Rooms on higher floors offer a view of the Safe Haven Golf Course. All ground floor rooms have patios and only some of the upper level rooms offer balconies.
Partial Ocean View $274/night Located on the north and south sides of the hotel. They offer a partial view of Seven Mile Beach. All ground rooms have patios and the upper level rooms all have balconies.
Ocean/Pool View $314/night View of the pool area, as well as of Seven Mile Beach. Some rooms also have views of property palm trees. All ground floor rooms have patios and all upper level rooms have balconies.
By reserving through Symposia Medicus, the Resort Fee is included in the group rates stated above.
The Resort Fee includes: Internet access; in-room coffee; in-room safe; mini-refrigerators; unlimited use of the fitness center; pool/beach chairs & towels; sauna; hot tub & steam room access in Hibiscus Spa (based on availability); daily bottled water; unlimited local phone calls; use of the business center; Concierge Run Program; and resort activities such as beach or aquatic yoga, volleyball, and stand-up paddleboard clinics.


Hotel Policies

Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to change):
- 13% Government Tax
- 10% Service Charge (includes round-trip bellman & daily housekeeping gratuities)

Maximum guestroom occupancy is:
- Three adults, or
- Two adults & two children (or three if 3rd child is 3 years or younger)

Mandatory additional person charges, listed below, include daily buffet breakfast and taxes (not to exceed maximum occupancy)
- Third adult (18 years & older) is $55 per night
- Children 13-17 years old are $18 per person, per night
- Children 5-12 years old are $10 per person, per night
- Children 4 years & under are complimentary

Bed Type Requests: You can select one or two beds; however, requests cannot be guaranteed until check-in

Rollaway beds are available at an additional cost of $15 per night (subject to availability and change). Rollaway beds are only permitted in rooms with a king bed.

Cribs are available on a complimentary basis (subject to availability and change).

Check-in time is 3:00pm and check-out time is noon. A late check-out can only be confirmed on the date of departure by the front desk. Additional charges may apply for late check-outs and are based upon availability.

Early Departure Fee: Please notify the hotel at check-in if there are any changes to your scheduled departure, as an early departure fee equal to one night’s room rate and tax will be charged to any guest who checks out prior to their confirmed departure date.

Credit/Debit Card Policy: Upon check-in, the hotel requires a credit card or debit card to ensure that funds are available. Holds are placed on your account for your entire stay; however, the amount may be immediately deducted from your account. The length of time for which these holds remain on your credit or debit account varies from bank to bank.

Parking: Self-parking is complimentary for conference guests. Valet is not available at this resort.

Cancellation Policies

Conference cancellations must be made in writing (via email or mail) to Symposia Medicus and a refund,
less a 10% processing fee, will be given. No refunds will be made if cancellation is received after
September 20, 2017; however, tuition, less 10% processing fee, may be applied to a future Symposia Medicus conference.

Per our hotel contract, hotel reservation cancellations must be made in writing to Symposia Medicus and
you will receive a full refund if emailed/postmarked by August 23, 2017. Between August 24, 2017 and
September 20, 2017, one night’s deposit is forfeited. After September 20, 2017, no hotel refunds can be made.

All cancellations must be emailed to registrar@symposiamedicus.org OR mailed to Symposia Medicus. If mailed, it must be postmarked by the dates stated above.

In the unlikely event of conference cancellation by Symposia Medicus, full tuition and, if reservation was made with Symposia Medicus, hotel deposit refunds will be made. Symposia Medicus will not be responsible for
refunding travel or any other expenses.    


You will fly into Owen Roberts International Airport (GCM), which is approximately 15 minutes from The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa. For information on ground transportation, please visit our website.

Symposia Medicus has arranged for discount fares with Delta and United airlines for this conference. Reservations can be made either through your travel agency or through the airlines at the website or Convention Desk numbers listed below.

In order to receive the discounted rate, you or your travel agent must refer to the Symposia Medicus Group ID number listed here.

Delta Airlines For discounts on Delta Airlines, please visit www.delta.com and click on the link “Advanced Search,” located at the bottom of the “Book a Trip” box. Once you click on this link, another page will appear. On this page, you will need to insert NMNP8 in the “Meeting Event Code” box, located at the right hand side of the page. For questions, please call the Delta Airlines Convention Desk at (800) 328-1111.
United Airlines For discounts on United Airlines, please visit www.united.com and click on All Search Options, located on the bottom left corner of the “Book Travel” box. Once you click on this link, another page will appear. At the bottom of this page, you will insert ZX32764574 in the “Promotions and Certificates” box. For questions, please call the United Airlines Convention Desk at (800) 426-1122.