“I can’t wait to share and implement the great information I receive from Symposia Medicus conferences with colleagues when I return to work. I will definitely go to Symposia Medicus for future conferences.”
– J. Messer, MD

“Very impressed with the quality of speakers and content. Wouldn’t hesitate to attend another Symposia Medicus conference!”
– M. Esch, PA-C

“Symposia Medicus is hands-down my preferred conference to attend. Content, quality, and location are superior to all.”
– R. White, MD


Our 18th Annual Fall Conference on Emergency Medicine is designed to provide emergency physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, PAs, as well as out-of-hospital providers, with state-of-the-art information on a wide variety of topics in emergency medicine. The goal of this conference is to increase 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 18th Annual Fall Conference on Emergency Medicine while sharing ideas and experiences with colleagues from across the country in the beautiful setting of St. Thomas.


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

• Recognize and manage pitfalls and complications associated with procedural sedation in the ED

• State the role of emergency care providers in providing primary asthma care

• Develop a diagnostic approach to undifferentiated abdominal pain

• Recognize and manage life-threatening dysrhythmias, including VT and bypass tract tachycardias

• Determine the ultrasound views that are useful to obtain in the acutely dyspneic patient


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.

Application has been made with the American College of Emergency Physicians for ACEP Category 1 credit. Please check our website for updated credit information.

Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending. Please check our website for updated credit information.

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 2.25 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.


Andy Godwin, MD, FACEP
Conference Co-Chair

Professor of Emergency Medicine
Chair & Chief of Service
Department of Emergency Medicine
Assistant Dean, Simulation Education
University of Florida College of Medicine
Jacksonville, Florida

Arun Nagdev, MD
Associate Clinical Professor
University of California, San Francisco
School of Medicine
San Francisco, California
Director, Emergency Ultrasound
Alameda Health System - Highland Hospital
Oakland, California

Bret Nelson, MD, FACEP
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Director, Emergency Ultrasound Division
Department of Emergency Medicine
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York, New York

Sarah Stahmer, MD
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Robert Vissers, MD, FACEP, FRCPC
Conference Co-Chair

Chief Executive Officer
Boulder Community Health
Boulder, Colorado
Adjunct Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Instructor, School of Management MBA
Oregon Health Sciences University
Portland, Oregon

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, November 8

7:00am Registration & Check-in
8:00 Welcome & Introduction
Andy Godwin, MD
8:15 The Black Box: Approach to Emergent Abdominal Pain (Rx = 15 minutes)
Robert Vissers, MD
9:00 Procedural Sedation: From the Young to the Elderly (Rx = 30 minutes)
Andy Godwin, MD
9:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 Break
10:30 Managing Hypertensive Conundrums
(Rx = 30 minutes)
Andy Godwin, MD
11:15 Difficult Airway: Early Recognition & Management
Bret Nelson, MD
Noon Cardiac Disasters: ECG, ECHO, and More!
Sarah Stahmer, 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, November 9

8:00am Asthma Care & Controversies
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Bret Nelson, MD
8:45 Ear Emergencies: 2017 Update
Andy Godwin, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break
10:15 Ultrasound for the Acutely Dyspneic Patient
Arun Nagdev, MD
11:00 ED Safety & Quality Initiatives: Impacting Hospital Outcomes
Andy Godwin, MD
11:45 Aspiration: Reducing Risk, Treating Complications
Bret Nelson, MD
12:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Adjourn for the Day

Friday, November 10

3:00pm Smaller Group Breakouts – Session One
. A. Ultrasound-Guided Nerve Blocks: Opioid Alternative to Acute Pain Management
Arun Nagdev, MD
. B. Rapid Sequence Intubation Controversies
Bret Nelson, MD, RDMS
. C. Solving Cardiac ECG Disasters
Sarah Stahmer, MD
. D. Airway Nightmares: Case Discussions
Robert Vissers, MD
4:30 Break
4:45 Smaller Group Breakouts – Session Two
(Session One Topics Repeated)
6:15 Adjourn for the Day

Saturday, November 11

8:00am Procedural Ultrasound: How to Prevent Errors & Save Lives
Arun Nagdev, MD
8:45 Head Cases: Critical Neuro Emergencies
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Robert Vissers, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break (hotel check-out, if applicable)
10:15 Evaluation & Management of Sepsis & Septic Shock (Rx = 15 minutes)
Sarah Stahmer, MD
11:00 Scary Rashes: Irritation or Potential Life Threat?
Robert Vissers, MD
11:45 Stroke Management: Salvaging the Ischemic Penumbra (Rx = 15 minutes)
Sarah Stahmer, 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


The U.S. Virgin Islands are blessed with powder-soft sand beaches and sun-drenched weather. Because of its location, the island of St. Thomas often has brilliant sunsets.

St. Thomas is the most cosmopolitan of the Virgin Islands. The scenic and historic capital city, Charlotte Amalie, is the main shopping area and has been the center of international trade since the 1600’s. Its deep-water harbor, once teeming with four-masted trading ships, now plays host to visiting cruise ships and a fleet of sail and power yachts. It’s also the duty-free shopping mecca of the Caribbean.

Our conference resort, the Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort, is located three miles from downtown Charlotte Amalie. The resort has two outdoor swimming pools, two Jacuzzis, a sauna, health club with full spa services, and a lighted tennis court.

The resort is surrounded by beautiful Caribbean water on three sides.You can enjoy the outdoor activities of snorkeling, sailing, jet skiing, and golfing, or experience the fabulous historical landmarks and landscapes on St. Thomas like Fort Christian, Mountain Top, Drake’s Seat, Magen’s Bay, Paradise Point Aerial Tram, and Coral World Underwater Observatory, all just a short taxi ride away. You can also catch a ferry to nearby St. John to snorkel or dive at Trunk Bay or visit the St. John National Park and see how the sugar cane trade once shaped the Virgin Islands.

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it in St. Thomas, at our 18th Annual Fall Conference on Emergency Medicine.


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 30, 2017
If postmarked after
August 30, 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 Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort. 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) View Description
Water View (Main Building) $259/night Water View rooms offer either sweeping views of one of the world’s most scenic harbors or of the deep blue crystal clear Caribbean Sea.
Morning Star Garden View $249/night Nestled on the dazzling white sand Morning Star Beach, rooms overlook lush tropical gardens next to the beach.
Morning Star Beach Front
(Limited availability, reserve early)
$399/night Nestled on the dazzling white sand Morning Star Beach, rooms overlook the beach and the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea.

All rooms are approximately 420 square feet and feature balcony, iron & ironing board, in-room safe, shower/tub combination, and coffee maker.

By booking your lodging with Symposia Medicus, the Resort Fee charge of $45 per room, per night is discounted to $29 per room, per night. The Resort Fee includes (subject to change): resort-wide internet access, maid & bellman gratuities, 2 bottles of water daily, local & 1-800 phone calls, beach chairs and umbrellas, non-motorized (excluding sailboats) water sports, snorkel gear and beach floats, unlimited use of tennis courts, unlimited use of fitness center, shuttle service throughout the resort, activity classes coordinated by the recreation staff, $20 Lazule Spa or salon coupon to be applied to regular price purchases or services of $150 or more (cannot combine with other offers), $5 off coupon for the Night Kayaking tour provided by Adventure Center, and $10 off coupon for the Catamaran Half-Day tour provided by Adventure Center (these are per room, one time only coupons).


Hotel Policies

Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to

- 12.5% State & local taxes
- $29 Resort Fee (discounted from $45)

Maximum guestroom occupancy is four, regardless of age

Mandatory third additional occupant charge (13 years and over) is $28 per person, per night (includes additional occupant fee, daily buffet breakfast, taxes and gratuities)

Children 12 years and under are complimentary (includes free daily breakfast from the children’s breakfast menu and 50% discount off the children’s lunch and dinner menus at hotel restaurants, excluding Havana Blue)

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

Rollaways & Cribs: Rollaway beds and cribs are both complimentary (based on availability and subject to change

Check-in time is 4:00pm and check-out time is 11:00am. A late check-out can only be confirmed on the date of departure by the front desk. Additional charges may apply for late check-out and are based upon availability.

Early Departure Fee: An early departure fee of $299 will be charged if you check-out of the hotel prior to your confirmed departure date. To avoid this fee, notify the hotel by midnight the day after check-in if you have a change in your 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 October 4, 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 September 6, 2017. Between September 7, 2017 and October 4, 2017, one night’s deposit is forfeited. After October 4, 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 Cyril E. King Airport (STT), which is approximately 25 minutes from the Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort. 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.


For conference discounts, Symposia Medicus has made arrangements with AVIS and Budget Car Rentals. Reservations can be made by phone; please refer to the conference code and the conference/airport location when making your reservations. Please see below:

AVIS 800-331-1600 AWD # B766625
Budget 800-772-3773 BCD # U076767