“Excellent content with a schedule that allows for the full enjoyment of family and the local amenities.”
– K. Ellenberger, MD

“Beautiful location, great content, and flexible hours for plenty of playtime. I will definitely use Symposia Medicus again.”
– K. Whitehead-Price, NP

“Top quality CME, great speakers, great location, perfect schedule.”
– S. Jacobi, DO


Our 29th Annual Spring Conference on Pediatrics is designed to provide physicians, nurse practitioners, PAs, nurses, and other healthcare professionals involved in the care of pediatric patients with up-to-date and evidence-based clinical data in Pediatrics. 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 Spring Conference on Pediatrics while sharing ideas and experiences with colleagues from across the country in the beautiful setting of Kauai.


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

Recognize how glycemic control among children with diabetes relates to short- and long-term complications

Recognize orbital infections and tumors that are vision-threatening, as misdiagnosis can lead to serious consequences

Utilize appropriate screening tools to identify children at risk for autism spectrum disorders

Devise an initial treatment plan for several life-threatening rashes that can occur in children

Develop management plans to achieve and maintain good asthma control


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.

This Live activity, 29th Annual Spring Conference on Pediatrics, with a beginning date of 03/14/2018, 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 1.25 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, pleaseemail 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.


Tariq Ahmad, MD, FAAP
Associate Clinical Professor
Department of Pediatrics
Division of Pediatric Endocrinology & Diabetes
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland
Oakland, California

Kimberly A. Horii, MD, FAAP, FAAD
Conference Co-Chair

Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Dermatology
University of Missouri at Kansas City
School of Medicine
Children’s Mercy Hospital
Kansas City, Missouri

John M. Kelso, MD
Conference Co-Chair

Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
& Internal Medicine
University of California, San Diego
School of Medicine
Division of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
Scripps Clinic
San Diego, California

Andrew Morgan, MD
Professor Emeritus of Clinical Pediatrics
University of Illinois
College of Medicine at Peoria
Medical Director
Ray & Kathy LaHood Center for Cerebral Palsy
Peoria, Illinois

Binita R. Shah, MD, FAAP
Distinguished Teaching Professor of Emergency Medicine & Pediatrics
Departments of Emergency Medicine
& Pediatrics
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Brooklyn, New York

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
John M. Kelso, MD
8:15 Worrisome & Life-Threatening Rashes in Children
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Kimberly A. Horii, MD
9:00 Food Allergy: Recognition, Treatment, and Prevention (Rx = 15 minutes)
John M. Kelso, MD
9:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 Break
10:30 Diabetes Now & Later: A Recap of Type 1 & Type 2
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Tariq Ahmad, MD
11:15 Diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Office: You Can Do It!
Andrew Morgan, MD
Noon When It’s NOT Abuse: Conditions Mistaken for Child or Sexual Abuse
Binita R. Shah, 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, March 15

8:00am What Determines Asthma Control?
(Rx = 15 minutes)
John M. Kelso, MD
8:45 Rapid Fire Visual Diagnoses: Sharpen Your Diagnostic Skills
Binita R. Shah, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break
10:15 Environmental Control for Allergies: Reducing Exposure to Pollens, Molds, Pets, and Dust Mites
John M. Kelso, MD
11:00 Ophthalmologic Conditions: Seeing the Dangers  
Binita R. Shah, MD
11:45 The Hole Pretty Picture: Complications of Tattoos & Piercings
Kimberly A. Horii, MD
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Adjourn for the Day

Friday, March 16

3:00pm Smaller Group Breakouts – Session One
. A. The Highs & Lows of Diabetes & Exercise
Tariq Ahmad, MD
. B. Interpreting Office Spirometry: What Do All Those Curves & Numbers Mean Anyway?
John M. Kelso, MD
. C. Identifying Children with Developmental Disabilities: Screening, Assessment, and Diagnosis
Andrew Morgan, MD
. D. Genitourinary Conditions Presenting in Your Office
Binita R. Shah, MD
4:30 Break
4:45 Smaller Group Breakouts – Session Two
(Session One Topics Repeated)
6:15 Adjourn for the Day

Saturday, March 17

8:00am Managing Difficult Children with ADHD
Andrew Morgan, MD
8:45 Short Stature: It’s All Relative...Or Is It?
Tariq Ahmad, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break (hotel check-out, if applicable)
10:15 Early Identification of Children with Motor Disorders: Recognizing Abnormal Patterns of Movement
Andrew Morgan, MD
11:00 Diagnosis & Management of Acne Vulgaris
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Kimberly A. Horii, MD
11:45 Common Endocrine Referrals: Game Show Edition
Tariq Ahmad, 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


Aloha! Kauai, known as Hawaii’s “Garden Island,” offers scenic splendor along its 90 miles of coastline. Kauai is famous for its breathtaking botanical beauty and spectacular white-sand beaches. The island offers a wealth of diverse ecosystems that can be explored with a rental car. You can head to the north shore, where you will find the legendary Napali coast, with its rich green cliffs and breathtaking waterfalls; or, head into the heart of Kauai to discover Waimea Canyon, the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” with its unforgettable views of crested buttes and deep valley gorges.

Warm island hospitality meets the idyllic location of the Garden Isle at the Kauai Marriott Resort. Uniquely situated on Kalapaki Bay, this Kauai beach resort invites you to soak up island adventures with a variety of recreational activities, including one of the largest family-friendly pools in Hawaii and a Jack Nicklaus-designed championship golf course at the adjacent Hokuala Golf Course. Indulge in some tropical tranquility at the full-service spa or escape to your elegantly appointed guest room, many of which offer spectacular views and balconies. Learn surfing, kayaking, scuba diving, and stand-up paddling or visit beautiful Wailua Falls, just five minutes away from the resort. You can also enjoy the Hawaii Alive! Luau at the Kauai Marriott Resort and be immersed in the Hawaii of yesterday and today. Now in its 54th year, it is one of the longest continually running shows in Hawaii.  

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it on Kauai, at our 29th Annual Spring Conference on Pediatrics.


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


Conference group rates have been arranged at the Kauai Marriott 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 Group Rates
View & Room Description
All rooms come with a king or two double beds, pillow top mattress and duvet, iron/ironing board, hair dryer, coffee/tea maker, mini-refrigerator, in-room safe, and tub/shower combination.
Garden View $299/night Lush tropical garden view rooms are approximately 425 sq. ft. and include a balcony
Pool View $366/night Overlooking the inviting 26,000 sq. ft. pool, these rooms are approximately 425 sq. ft. and include a balcony
Partial Ocean View $387/night Rooms offer a combination of garden and ocean views, are approximately 425 sq. ft., and include a balcony
Ocean View $408/night Rooms overlook the white sand beach of Kalapaki, are approximately 425 sq. ft., and include a balcony

Deluxe Ocean View

(Limited availability, reserve early)

$418/night Rooms overlook the crystal blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, are approximately 450 sq. ft., and some include a balcony
By booking your lodging with Symposia Medicus, the Resort Fee charge of $30.00 per room, per night is discounted to $10.00. The Resort Fee includes (subject to change) self-parking, enhanced internet service, choice of 2 Mai Tais or 2- 16 oz. Kauai coffee or breakfast pastries at Aupaka Terrace (per room, per stay), 800, local/long distance calls, 60 minutes of international calls, cultural classes, fitness classes, bottled water (one liter) per day, professional photo session with 8”x10” photo and 20% off professional photo session with 50+ images on USB with Seductions of Kauai, and 10% off any rental at Kauai Down Under Scuba Hut The resort also provides complimentary airport shuttle service, 24 hours a day, to/from the Lihue Airport.


Hotel Policies

Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to change):
- 13.4166% state & local taxes
- $10.00 Resort Fee (discounted from $30.00)

Maximum guestroom occupancy is four, regardless of age

Mandatory additional adult charge (19 years and over) is $50.00 per person, per night (includes additional adult lodging fee, daily buffet breakfast, taxes, and gratuities)

Children 18 years and under are complimentary (includes daily buffet breakfast) – 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 available at an additional cost of $35.00 per night and cribs are available on a complimentary basis (subject to availability and change). Only one rollaway bed OR one crib is allowed per room.

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-parking is complimentary and valet is available for $10.00 per day (subject to change)

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 Lihue Airport (LIH), which is approximately 10 minutes from the Kauai Marriott Resort. The resort provides complimentary airport shuttle service, 24 hours a day, to/from the Lihue Airport. For information on ground transportation, please visit our website.

Symposia Medicus has arranged for discount fares with Alaska, Delta, Hawaiian, 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
ECMX902 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.
Hawaiian Airlines For discounts on Hawaiian Airlines flights, please book online at https://www.hawaiianair.com/affiliate and insert SYMPOSIA MED into the “Preferred Affiliate Program Code” box, located at the right hand side of page.
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