“Perfect balance of lectures, small groups, and free time. Very well thought-out conference.”
– L. Kurek, MD

“Symposia Medicus always provides great clinical information in ideal locations that make the entire experience worth repeating.”
– J. Lovell, CPNP

“This is the first Symposia Medicus conference that I have attended, and I’m not sure I will ever attend a non-Symposia Medicus conference in the future, I enjoyed it so much! I will definitely recommend to my partners.”
– M. Schmieder, MD


Our 22nd Annual Spring 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 22nd Annual Spring Conference on Pediatric Emergencies while sharing ideas and experiences with colleagues from across the country in the beautiful setting of St. Maarten.


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

Recognize and cite the difference between normal
and pathologic heart murmurs in children

Discuss some orthopedic emergencies that can
be managed without an emergency orthopedic

Apply specific management for poisonings including
acetaminophen, lead, organophosphates, iron,
tricyclics, hydrocarbons, and opiates

Develop a comprehensive plan for the management
of severe asthma

List common and uncommon conditions increased
in children with autism


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 hours 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 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.


Veda Ackerman, MD
Conference Co-Chair

Professor of Pediatrics
Sections of Pediatric Pulmonary,
Critical Care, and Allergy
Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, Indiana

Jahn Avarello, MD, FAAP, FACEP
Conference Co-Chair

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Hofstra North Shore
LIJ School of Medicine
Chief, Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York
New Hyde Park, New York

William Lutin, MD, PhD, FAAP, FACC
Professor of Pediatrics
Medical Director
Pediatric Echocardiography Laboratory
Director, Pediatric Cardiology
Fellowship Training Program
Georgia Regents University
Children’s Hospital of Georgia
Augusta, Georgia

Karen J. Miller, MD
Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician
Center of Children with Special Needs
Floating Hospital for Children
Tufts Medical Center
Boston, Massachusetts

A. Gabriel Schifman, DO, FAAP, FACEP
Medical Director of Pediatric
Emergency Medicine
Overland Park Regional Medical Center
Overland Park, Kansas

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, April 11

7:00am Registration & Check-in
8:00 Welcome & Introduction
Jahn Avarello, MD
8:15 Case-Based Management of Life-Threatening Asthma
(Rx = 15 minutes)

Veda Ackerman, MD
9:00 Uncle Bill’s Rhythm Review: A Guide to Common Pediatric Arrhythmias (Rx = 15 minutes)
William Lutin, MD, PhD
9:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 Break
10:30 Pediatric Orthopedic Emergencies: From the Broken Bone to the Irritable Hip
Jahn Avarello, MD
11:15 Breaking the Cycle: Recognition & Management of Child Abuse
A. Gabriel Schifman, DO
Noon Caring for the Sick or Injured Child with Autism
Karen J. Miller, 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, April 12

8:00am Common Poisonings & Toxidromes
(Rx = 15 minutes)
A. Gabriel Schifman, DO
8:45 Heart Murmurs in Children: Innocent or Guilty?
(Rx = 15 minutes)
William Lutin, MD, PhD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break
10:15 Pharmacotherapy of Pediatric Asthma
(Rx = 40 minutes)
Veda Ackerman, MD
11:00 How Did That Get There?: Pediatric Foreign Bodies
A. Gabriel Schifman, DO
11:45 Can We Prevent Sudden Cardiac Death in Child Athletes? (Rx = 10 minutes)
William Lutin, MD, PhD
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Adjourn for the Day

Friday, April 13

3:00pm Smaller Group Breakouts – Session One
. A. Behavioral Counseling: How to Handle Upset Kids & Angry Parents
Karen J. Miller, MD
. B. Case Studies in Pediatric Abdominal Pain
Jahn Avarello, MD
. C. Problem Cases in Pediatric Cardiology: You Make the Diagnosis
William Lutin, MD, PhD
. D. Drug Use/Abuse in Adolescents: The Changing Landscape
A. Gabriel Schifman, DO
4:30 Break
4:45 Smaller Group Breakouts – Session Two
(Session One Topics Repeated)
6:15 Adjourn for the Day

Saturday, April 14

8:00am Technology-Dependent Children
Veda Ackerman, MD
8:45 Pediatric Closed Head Injuries: An Evidence-Based Approach to Evaluation & Management
Jahn Avarello, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break (hotel check-out, if applicable)
10:15 Pulmonary Diagnostic Challenges
Veda Ackerman, MD
11:00 Pediatric Emergency Myth Busters: What Does the Evidence Say? (Rx = 15 minutes)
Jahn Avarello, MD
11:45 ADHD: What to Do Second, When the First Thing Didn’t Work (Rx = 25 minutes)
Karen J. Miller, 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


St. Maarten is one of the most magnificent Caribbean islands. It is surrounded by beautiful blue water and white sand beaches, making it the perfect tropical getaway, and with its blend of French, Dutch, and Caribbean influences, this paradise island holds endless possibilities for adventures on both land and sea.

The smallest island in the world ever to have been partitioned between two different nations, Saint-Martin/Saint Maarten has been shared by the French and the Dutch in a spirit of neighborly cooperation and mutual friendship for almost 350 years. St. Maarten’s Dutch side is known for its festive nightlife, beaches, jewelry, exotic drinks, and plentiful casinos. The island’s French side is known for its outdoor markets and rich French and Indian Caribbean cuisine. Voted as one of the top 16 “Best Islands in the World” by USNEWS.COM in 2017, St. Maarten is the island where you want to be.

The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa is located on one of the most beautiful beaches on the Dutch side of the island. While relaxing in this paradise, you can shop to your heart’s content in the variety of boutiques and well-known shops in nearby Philipsburg; explore the extraordinary local beaches on the island; pamper yourself in the Hibiscus Spa; roll the dice and try your luck at the casino; or, discover St. Maarten’s best scuba diving spots.

Philipsburg, St. Maarten’s capital, is approximately three miles from our conference resort and offers the combination of historical legacy with 21st century excitement. Visitors will find examples of the beautiful, traditional West Indian architecture, endless shops and restaurants, as well as casinos and local
nightlife fun!

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it on St. Maarten, at our 22nd Annual Spring 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
January 31, 2018
If postmarked after
January 31, 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 Westin Dawn 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
Resort View
(View of hotel’s courtyard or island hillside)

All rooms are non-smoking, approximately 475 sq. ft., and feature either a king bed or two beds.

Rooms also include an iron/ironing board, blow dryer, Heavenly® Bed, and bath products, as well as a patio area or balcony, depending on the floor.

Partial Ocean View
(Partial view of the Caribbean Sea & Dawn Beach. Limited availability, reserve early.)
Ocean Front
(View of infinity pool, as well as the Caribbean Sea & Dawn Beach)
By booking your lodging with Symposia Medicus, the resort fee charge of $20.00 per room, per night is discounted to $10.00. The Resort Fee includes the following, subject to change: in-room and resort-wide internet access, in-room coffee; in-room safe; unlimited local telephone calls; use of pool/beach chairs and towels; unlimited use of the Health Club; Westin robes; and use of the sauna, whirlpool, and steam room in the spa.


Hotel Policies

Arrival/Departure Change Fee: Changes to your confirmed arrival and/or departure dates must be made with Symposia Medicus 15 or more days prior to arrival. If changes are made within 14 days prior, the original length of stay will be charged.

Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to change):
- 5% Government Tax
- 15% Guestroom Tax (billed as Service Charge; includes Bellman & Maid gratuities)
- $10.00 Resort Fee (discounted from $20.00)

Maximum guestroom occupancy is:
- Three adults, or
- Three adults and one child (17 years and under), or
- Two adults and two children (or three if all children are under 12 years old)

Mandatory third additional adult charge (18 years and over) is $25.00 per person, per night (includes additional adult lodging fee, daily buffet breakfast, taxes, and gratuities)

Children 17 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 $15.00 per night (subject to availability and change)

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.

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 March 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 February 7, 2018. Between February 8, 2018 and March 7, 2018, one night’s deposit is forfeited. After March 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 Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM), which is approximately 40 minutes from The Westin Dawn 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.comand 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.