“Excellent speakers. Practical and useful information for my clinical practice.”
– R. Serrahn, MD

“I took away valuable new information and I can’t wait to share it with my co-workers.”
– A. Piccone, PA-C

“This was an excellent conference for practical, useful, up-to-date information that makes me a better emergency department physician.”
– T. Hale, MD


Our 29th Annual Winter 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 29th Annual Winter Conference on Emergency Medicine while sharing ideas and experiences with colleagues from across the country in the beautiful setting of Tulum, Riviera Maya, Mexico.


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

Identify techniques utilizing airway devices that enhance management of patients with difficult airways

Recognize new oral anticoagulants, treat bleeding complications, and avoid litigation

Describe the presentation and treatment of common traumatic eye injuries

Recognize the management strategies when dealing with new drugs of abuse

Recognize visual diagnoses for conditions that commonly present in the office setting


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.

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

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 3.75 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

Scott W. Melanson, MD, FACEP, FAAEM
Conference Co-Chair

Program Director
Emergency Medicine Residency
St. Luke’s University Health Network
Professor of Emergency Medicine
Temple/St. Luke’s School of Medicine
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

William F. Paolo, Jr., MD, FAAEM
Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine
Associate Professor, Preventative Medicine
& Public Health
Residency Program Director, Emergency Medicine
Co-Director Undergraduate EBM
Upstate Medical University
Syracuse, New York

Frank E. Rasler, MD, MPH, FACEP
President, Atlanta HealthCare Associates
Emergency Physician
DeKalb Medical Centers
Atlanta, Georgia

Teresa S. Wu, MD, FACEP
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Simulation Curriculum Director
University of Arizona, College of Medicine-Phoenix
Director, Emergency Ultrasound Program
& Fellowships
Banner University Medical Center-Phoenix
Phoenix, Arizona

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, March 14

7:00am Registration & Check-in
8:00 Welcome & Introduction
Andy Godwin, MD
8:15 A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Visual Diagnoses in Medical Practice (Rx = 5 minutes)
Teresa S. Wu, MD
9:00 Eye Emergencies You’re Sure to See
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Scott W. Melanson, MD
9:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 Break
10:30 Updated Approach to the Acute Headache
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Andy Godwin, MD
11:15 An Update on Blunt Abdominal Trauma: Case Studies
(Rx = 20 minutes)
William F. Paolo, Jr., MD
Noon Health Behavior Motivation: Inspire Yourself First, Then Your Patients
Frank E. Rasler, MD, MPH
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, March 15

8:00am Orthopedic Injuries You Can’t Afford to Miss
(Rx = 5 minutes)
Scott W. Melanson, MD
8:45 New Drugs: How Not to be Fooled by Marketing
(Rx = 45 minutes)
William F. Paolo, Jr., MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break
10:15 Pain in the Neck: Blunt & Penetrating Neck Trauma
(Rx = 5 minutes)
Scott W. Melanson, MD
11:00 Food for Thought: Interesting Ingestions You Need to Know (Rx = 5 minutes)
Teresa S. Wu, MD
11:45 New & Emerging Drugs of Abuse
(Rx = 40 minutes)
William F. Paolo, Jr., MD
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Adjourn for the Day

Friday, March 16

3:00pm Small Group Breakouts – Session One
. A. ED Safety & Quality Initiatives: Impacting Hospital Outcomes
Andy Godwin, MD
. B. Handling the Injured Hand
Scott W. Melanson, MD
. C. They Did What?: Myths in Emergency Medicine
William F. Paolo, Jr., MD
. D. Health Motivation for You & Your Family, & Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the Healthcare Profession
Frank E. Rasler, MD, MPH
4:30 Break
4:45 Small Group Breakouts – Session Two
(Session One Topics Repeated)
6:15 Adjourn for the Day

Saturday, March 17

8:00am The Emergency Plumber: Unclogging the Pipes & Fixing Leaks (Rx = 30 minutes)
Frank E. Rasler, MD, MPH
8:45 Ear, Nose, and Throat Nightmares: The Good, the Bad, and the Really Ugly (Rx = 5 minutes)
Teresa S. Wu, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break (hotel check-out, if applicable)
10:15 Difficult Cases in Procedural Sedation
(Rx = 40 minutes)
Andy Godwin, MD
11:00 Point of Care Ultrasound: Current Trends & Future Directions
Teresa S. Wu, MD
11:45 Using the Latest Airway Techniques & Devices to Solve the Difficult Airway
Andy Godwin, MD
12:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Conference Adjourns

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


Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa is an escape to tropical paradise, perfectly situated on the Riviera Maya. A secluded stretch of sugar-white sand beach and 44 acres of lush, blossoming gardens grace this beautiful resort. The Mayan ruins of ancient Tulum and the Xel-Ha natural aquapark are great nearby attractions that the whole family will enjoy. At Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa, a AAA Four Diamond award-winning resort, Unlimited-Luxury® has never looked so good.

The resort goes far beyond the usual all-inclusive experience where nearly everything is included. Enjoy spacious rooms and suites, reservation-free dining at 9 different restaurants, an Explorer’s Club for Kids, and so much more.

Tulum is full of great restaurants, a variety of nightlife, bars, shopping, and other local attractions. Immerse yourself in a truly authentic experience and discover the Mayan culture prevalent in the area. This untouched part of the Mexican Caribbean, located a short drive south from Playa del Carmen, offers its visitors the opportunity to discover magical and uncrowded places such as the ancient ruins of Coba. Adventure-seekers will also be able to enjoy activities such as swimming in the crystal-clear waters of underground caves called cenotes.

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it in Tulum, Riviera Maya, Mexico, at our 29th Annual Winter 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
January 3, 2018
If postmarked after
January 3, 2018
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, 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

Due to strict hotel security for non-hotel guests, please contact Symposia Medicus if you ARE NOT STAYING at Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa


Conference group rates have been arranged at Dreams Tulum 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 DOUBLE
Group Rates below are ALL-INCLUSIVE for TWO people
(13 years & older)
Group Rates below are ALL-INCLUSIVE for THREE people
(13 years & older)
All rooms and suites include: balcony or terrace with hammock, hair dryer, bathrobes & slippers, 42” TV, air-conditioning, workstation, in-room safe, iron & ironing board, and standard USA electrical outlets.
Deluxe Garden View $390/night $579/night These rooms are 451 sq. ft. and include either a king bed or two double beds and have views of the lush gardens
Jr. Suite Garden View $418/night $621/night These Jr. suites are 515 sq. ft. and include a king bed, separate area with sofa, and have views of the lush gardens
Premium Jr. Suite Garden View $450/night $669/night These Jr. suites are 574 sq. ft. and include a king bed or two double beds, separate living area with sofa, Jacuzzi bathtub, double sinks, and views of the lush gardens, facing the main fountains

Deluxe Ocean View

$480/night $714/night These rooms are 451 sq. ft. and include either a king bed or two double beds and have views of the Caribbean Sea (3rd floor rooms do not come with a hammock)

Jr. Suite Ocean View

(Very limited, must call Symposia Medicus to reserve)

$498/night $741night These Jr. suites are 515 sq. ft. and include a king bed, separate living area with sofa, and have views of the Caribbean Sea (3rd floor rooms do not come with a hammock)

All-inclusive rates include: all taxes, gratuities for bellman, daily maid services, and waiters, daily full breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, 24-hour room service, daily refreshed mini-bar including soft drinks, bottled water, juice, and beer, 9 dining options, unlimited domestic & international alcoholic beverages, unlimited natural fruit juices, soft drinks, water, tea, and coffee, wireless internet, daytime activities, nightly entertainment, theme parties, use of Pool/Beach chairs, umbrellas, and towels, a fully-equipped fitness center, Explorer’s Club for Kids (3-12 years) and Core Zone Teens Club (13-17 years), and more!

If you would like to inquire about other room types the resort offers, the adult only section, or if you traveling alone and would like to inquire about single rates, please call Symposia Medicus at (925) 969-1789.


Hotel Policies

Changes to reservations, regardless of reason, made within 25 days of arrival, will be charged the total original reserved stay. If changes are made before 25 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):
- Mandatory additional child charge (see below for details)
- Premium wine (list available at restaurants and bars)
- Spa and/or salon services
- Laundry & dry cleaning services
- Additional gratuities at your discretion

Maximum occupancy for rooms is:
- Three adults, or
- Three adults and one child (12 years and under), or
- Two adults and two children (12 years and under)

Maximum Jr. suite occupancy is two adults and one child (12 years and under)

Mandatory additional child charge (3-12 years old) is $66 per child, per night (all-inclusive) - not to exceed stated maximum occupancy

Children 2 years & under are complimentary - not to exceed stated maximum occupancy

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

Rollaway beds are complimentary, however, only allowed in Jr. Suites (based on availability and subject to change)

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

Check-in time is 4:00pm 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.

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 and valet parking are complimentary

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 February 7, 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 January 10, 2018. Between January 11, 2018 and February 7, 2018, one night’s deposit is forfeited. After February 7, 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.


You will fly into the Cancun International Airport (CUN), which is approximately 1½ hours from Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa. For 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
ECMX912 in the “Discount Code” box, located at the right hand side of the page. Please note discount has blackout dates of March 16-18, 2018; discount will only apply to flights before or after these dates.
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 Discount code was not available at the time of printing this brochure.
Airlines Please check our website for updated information.