“I love this conference! The education is fabulous with excellent speakers. A great experience for me and my family!”
– H. Garrard, MD

“I found this conference a great blend of new research and practical application to clinical practice. The presenters were talented and knowledgeable.”
– K. Koszarek, NNP

“Every year I am pleasantly surprised by the high quality of the presentations.”
– R. Golenbock, MD


Our 18th Annual Winter 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, 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 Winter Conference on Pediatric Emergencies while sharing ideas and experiences with colleagues from across the country in the beautiful setting of Beaver Creek, Colorado.


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

Formulate an evidence-based diagnostic plan for utilization of CT in pediatric trauma victims

Develop “opioid-responsible” office-based practices and participate in opioid-related advocacy issues

Identify when neuroimaging is indicated in the pediatric patient with seizures

Improve skills in performing assessments and developing treatment plans for pediatric patients at risk for suicide by using current evidence-based data on the epidemiology, causes, and clinical features of suicidality and self-harm

Name ways and reasons why children don’t conform to “textbook” appendicitis


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 16.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Approved by the American College of Emergency Physicians for a maximum of 16.25 hour(s) of ACEP Category I credit

This Live activity, 18th Annual Winter Conference on PEDIATRIC EMERGENCIES, with a beginning date of 02/27/2018, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 16.25 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.

This continuing medical education activity has been reviewed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and is acceptable for a maximum of 16.25 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.

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 16.25 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

Nurse Practitioners/Nurses
The ANCC contact hours awarded for completion of this conference are 16.25.

Provider is also approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP2335, for 19.5 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.


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, ski lift tickets, ski lift equipment rental, tours and/or nearby attractions, and ground transportation, please visit our website at www.symposiamedicus.org.


Cole Condra, MD, MSc, FAAP, FACEP
Conference Co-Chair

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
University of Louisville
Louisville, Kentucky

William P. French, MD
Assistant Outpatient Medical Director
Assistant Training Program Director for
Outpatient Psychiatry
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine
University of Washington
Seattle Children’s Hospital
Seattle, Washington

Timothy G. Givens, MD, FACEP, FAAP
Conference Co-Chair

Associate Professor, Pediatrics-Emergency Medicine
Section Head, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Department Chair, Emergency Medicine
Children’s Hospital Colorado
Aurora, Colorado

Kevin C. Osterhoudt, MD, MS
Professor, Perelman School of Medicine at the
University of Pennsylvania
Attending Physician & Chief
Section of Clinical Toxicology
Division of Emergency Medicine
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Medical Director
The Poison Control Center at the
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine
Keck School of Medicine
University of Southern California
LAC + USC Medical Center
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.


Tuesday, February 27

5:30-7:00pm Registration & Check-in
During Group Reception
(Faculty, Participants, and Guests)

Wednesday, February 28

6:30am Continued Registration & Check-in
Continental Breakfast
7:00 Welcome & Introduction
Timothy G. Givens, MD
7:15 You’re Getting Warmer: Evidence-Based Emergency Management of Fever in the Infant (<12 months of age) (Rx = 15 minutes)
Cole Condra, MD, MSc
8:00 Can’t Miss Pediatric Rashes: A Visual Odyssey
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Emily Rose, MD
8:45 Feeling the Pain: The Prescription Opioid Epidemic
(Rx = 40 minutes)
Kevin C. Osterhoudt, MD, MS
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:30 Adjourn Morning Session
Mid-Day Break: 10:30am-4:00pm
4:00pm Approach to Pediatric Abdominal Pain
Timothy G. Givens, MD
4:45 Emergency Department Assessment of Suicidality in Pediatric Patients
William P. French, MD
5:30 Toxicology Jeopardy (Rx = 40 minutes)
Kevin C. Osterhoudt, MD, MS
6:15 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
7:15 Adjourn for the Day

Thursday, March 1

6:30am Continental Breakfast
7:00 CSI: Beaver Creek - Interesting Emergency Department Cases
Timothy G. Givens, MD
7:45 Trauma in the “Little Adult”
Emily Rose, MD
8:30 Development Origins of Aggression
William P. French, MD
9:15 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 Adjourn for the Day

Friday, March 2

4:00pm Updates in the Approach to the Febrile Child
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Emily Rose, MD
4:45 Evidence-Based Management of Seizures in the Pediatric Emergency Department (Rx = 15 minutes)
Cole Condra, MD, MSc
5.30 Bridging the Gaps: Clinical Problem Solving of Metabolic Acidosis
Kevin C. Osterhoudt, MD, MS
6:15 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
7:15 Adjourn for the Day

Saturday, March 3

6:30am Continental Breakfast
7:00 To CT or Not to CT?
Timothy G. Givens, MD
7:45 Common Pediatric Orthopedic Emergencies
Cole Condra, MD, MSc
8:30 Introduction to Crisis Prevention
William P. French, MD
9:15 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 Conference Adjourns

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


Only 20 minutes away is Vail Ski Resort, where you will be challenged by 193 trails over nearly 5,300 acres of skiable terrain.

In your guest room, indulge yourself with the signature Westin Heavenly Bed® and the Heavenly Bath®, a truly luxurious treat. Plush bathrobes & slippers, oversized cotton towels, refreshing White Tea Aloe bath amenities by Bliss, and turndown service complement your Westin experience.

The Westin’s Spa Anjali provides soothing mountain-inspired treatments featuring local botanicals in a luxurious 23,000 square foot facility designed to relax, rejuvenate and restore body, mind and spirit. Or enjoy a healthy workout in the WestinWORKOUT® fitness center or the heated outdoor saline pool.
After a full day of wintertime fun, you can enjoy a relaxing afternoon or evening at the Westin’s Lobby Wine Bar. Or take pleasure in a fine dining experience by Chef Richard Sandoval at the Westin’s Maya Restaurant. For a more casual dining experience you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner at The Lift Cafe. You can also enjoy a meal in nearby Avon, a town sprinkled with shops, boutiques, and beautiful bronze sculptures.

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it in Beaver Creek, Colorado at our 18th Annual Winter 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
December 19, 2017
If postmarked after
December 19, 2017
Physicians $675 $775
Residents, Nurses, PAs, & All Others $575 $675

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, continental breakfast on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings, 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 Riverfront 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.

Traditional Room
(Very limited availability. Please reserve early)
$310/night 4 Approximately 400 sq. ft. and features two queen-size beds, bathroom, mini-fridge, and views of the town of Avon. Rollaway beds are not allowed in this room.
Studio Suite King $360/night 4
Note: Studio best equipped for 2 adults & 2 children (or 3 adults) due to bedding
Approximately 450 sq. ft. studio style room, featuring a king-size bed and a seating area with a chair, a love seat that converts to a full-size sofa bed, and coffee table surrounding a warming gas fireplace. Also includes a kitchenette that features a two-burner stove, sink, mini-fridge, and microwave. Rollaway beds are not allowed in this room.
The 1-, 2-, and 3-Bedroom Suites include a gas fireplace,
Bose sound system, washer & dryer, and full kitchen with dining table.
Rollaway beds are only allowed in these suites.
1-Bedroom Suite $515/night 4 Approximately 800 sq. ft. one bedroom condominium style suite. Expansive windows throughout the residential suite allow you to enjoy the exhilarating Beaver Creek Mountain, Vail Valley, or Eagle River views. Master bedroom with a king-size bed, separate living area with two couches (one with full-size pull-out bed).

2-Bedroom Suite

$774/night 8 Approximately 1,200 sq. ft. suite includes a master bedroom with a king-size bed and bathroom with a dual vanity, walk-in glass shower, and separate soaking tub. The second bedroom has two queen-size beds, bathroom with combination tub/shower, and a separate exit into hotel’s hallway. The living area has two sofas (one with a full-size pull-out bed), two chairs, and a coffee table. The suite also has a balcony or patio with views of Eagle River and Game Creek Bowl, Beaver Creek Mountain, or Bachelor Gulch Mountain.

3-Bedroom Luxury Suite

(Must call Symposia Medicus for availability)

$1,205/night 10 Approximately 1,900 sq. ft. suite includes a master bedroom with a king-size bed, a second bedroom with a queen-size bed, a third bedroom with two queen-size beds, and three bathrooms. The oversized separate living area has two couches (one with a full-size pull-out bed) and two chairs. The suite also has a private deck and wrap around windows, offering expansive panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and Eagle River.

All rooms & suites include the following:
Westin Heavenly Beds®, Westin Heavenly Baths®, at least one 42” flat screen LCD TV, iHome alarm clock including iPod docking station, work station with chair and desk pad, Starbucks® Coffee, plush robes and slippers, make-up/shaving mirror, full-length mirror, iron/ironing board, in-room safe, housekeeping services (offered twice daily), and turndown service (offered between 6:00-9:00pm by request).

Dogs are allowed at $25/dog/night and receive a Heavenly Dog Bed® and water bowl upon arrival, along with doggie welcome kit. Limit is two dogs per room. (Dogs cannot be left unattended in guestrooms, must be leashed at all times, and are not allowed in any dining facility, pool deck, fitness center, or spa.)


Hotel Policies

Changes to your reservation, regardless of the reason, made within 30 days of your arrival date will be charged the total original reserved stay. If changes are made before 30 days, no penalty will be assessed. Please notify Symposia Medicus of changes.

Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to change):
- 12.4% state & local taxes
- $15 Resort Fee (discounted from $25) which includes: wireless internet, daily bottled water (in-room) & newspaper (upon request), unlimited local & 800 calls, shuttle throughout the valley, including Beaver Creek & Vail, Ski Valet, athletic club access, one free class, per stay, in the movement or yoga studio, Cookie Time, business center usage, including boarding pass printing

Maximum occupancy stated above is based on sleeping beds (two per bed) and cannot be exceeded. An infant in a crib does not count toward maximum occupancy.

Rollaway beds are available at an additional cost of $35 per night (very limited availability, subject to change). Rollaway beds are only available for 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom suites.

Cribs and Pack & Plays are available on a complimentary basis (subject to availability and 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 outs and are based upon availability.

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: Only valet parking is available at this resort. Conference registrants who reserve their room through Symposia Medicus will receive discounted valet parking at $15 per day, per car (regularly $30).

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 January 23, 2018; 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 December 26, 2017. Between December 27, 2017 and January 23, 2018, one night’s deposit is forfeited. After January 23, 2018, 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.


The closest airport is Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE), which is an approximate 20 minute drive to Beaver Creek; however, lower fares can often be found by flying into Denver International Airport (DEN), which is approximately a two hour drive to Beaver Creek. Information on ground transportation, please visit our website.

Symposia Medicus has arranged for discount fares with Alaska, 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.

Alaska Airlines For discounts on Alaska Airlines flights, please book online at www.alaskaair.com and click on the link “Use Discount Code,” located at the bottom of the “Book Flights” box. Once you click on this link, another page will appear. On this page, you will need to insert
ECMX860 in the “Discount Code” box, located at the right hand side of the page.
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 NMQC4 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 ZE2C279455 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