“I love the schedule and set-up. Very informative, lively, and engaging speakers.”
– S. Bergmann, MD

“Love the half days so we have time to visit the area. Speaker choices were excellent!”
– K. O’Brien, APRN

“Symposia Medicus never disappoints – great speakers in beautiful locations. What a great way to learn and relax.”
– S. King, MD


Our 6th Annual Fall Conference on Current Concepts in Neonatal Care will present an array of topics pertinent to health care professionals who care for the tiniest and most fragile of infants. Interventions and technologies continue to change in this field and those involved need current, evidence-based, and practical information to provide optimal care. Updates in nutrition; Cytomegalovirus (CMV) transmission; delayed cord clamping; pulmonary hypertension; neonatal jaundice; as well as many other key issues in neonatal care will be discussed. 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 6th Annual Fall Conference on Current Concepts in Neonatal Care while sharing ideas and experiences with colleagues from across the country in the beautiful setting of Newport Beach, California.


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

Explain the common genetic causes of severe hemolytic jaundice

Describe the three critical changes from fetal to postnatal circulation

Examine transfusion support and blood product utilization in neonatal extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)

Identify the benefits of delayed cord clamping and cord milking

Describe the epidemiology and trends of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) incidence by gestational age


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 case study test, 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.

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 1.5 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.

This CME activity meets the requirements under California Assembly Bill 1195, continuing education and cultural and linguistic competency.

Pain Management and Care
The approved credits shown above include 1 credit toward meeting the requirement under California Assembly Bill 487, Pain Management and Care.


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.


Patrick D. Carroll, MD, MPH
Conference Co-Chair

Medical Director
Pediatric & Newborn Clinical Programs
Dixie Regional Medical Center
Intermountain Healthcare
St. George, Utah

Robert D. Christensen, MD
Conference Co-Chair

Professor of Pediatrics
Divisions of Neonatology & Hematology/Oncology
University of Utah Health
Director of Neonatology Research
Intermountain Healthcare
Salt Lake City, Utah

Cassandra D. Josephson, MD
Professor, Pathology & Pediatrics
Emory University School of Medicine
Director of Clinical Research
Center for Transfusion & Cellular Therapies
Medical Director
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Blood, Tissue, and Apheresis Services
Atlanta, Georgia

Camilia R. Martin, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Harvard Medical School
Associate Director, NICU
Department of Neonatology
Director of Cross-Disciplinary
Research Partnerships
Division of Translational Research
Boston, Massachusetts

Bradley A. Yoder, MD
Professor of Pediatrics
Chief, Division of Neonatology
University of Utah Health
Salt Lake City, Utah

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, September 26

7:00am Registration & Check-in
During Continental Breakfast
8:00 Welcome & Introduction
Robert D. Christensen, MD
8:15 Probiotics in NICU Patients: What Does the Evidence Show? (Rx = 20 minutes)
Bradley A. Yoder, MD
9:00 The Clinician’s Role in Influencing the Early Neonatal Microbiome
Camilia R. Martin, MD, MS
9:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 Break
10:30 Neonatal Thrombocytopenia: Causes & Treatment Options (Rx = 25 minutes)
Robert D. Christensen, MD
11:15 Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Transmission by Blood & Breast Milk (Rx = 10 minutes)
Cassandra D. Josephson, MD
Noon Update in Necrotizing Enterocolitis: Has the Latest Data Helped Us Understand or Manage This Complex Disease?
Camilia R. Martin, MD, MS
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, September 27

7:30am Continental Breakfast
8:00 An Update on Neonatal Jaundice
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Robert D. Christensen, MD
8:45 Neonatal ECMO Coagulopathy & Transfusion
Cassandra D. Josephson, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break
10:15 One Man’s Trash is a Neonatologist’s Treasure: Placental Admission Labs (Rx = 10 minutes)
Patrick D. Carroll, MD, MPH
11:00 Iron Deficiency in the NICU: Recognition, Prevention, and Treatment Considerations
Robert D. Christensen, MD
11:45 Blood Safety in Transfusion to Neonates
Cassandra D. Josephson, MD
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Adjourn for the Day

Friday, September 28

3:00pm Smaller Group Breakouts – Session One
. A. Major Issues in Neonatal Transfusion Medicine as Identified by the National Institutes of Health
Cassandra D. Josephson, MD
. B. POKE (Prevent Pain & Organisms from Skin & Catheter Entry): Improving Neonatal Outcomes & Saving Millions of Dollars by Eliminating Quality Waste & Harm
Patrick D. Carroll, MD, MPH
. C. Squeezing the Most Information Possible from the Neonate’s CBC
Robert D. Christensen, MD
. D. Non-Invasive Ventilation: What, Why, When, and How
Bradley A. Yoder, MD
4:30 Break
4:45 Smaller Group Breakouts – Session Two
(Session One Topics Repeated)
6:15 Adjourn for the Day

Saturday, September 29

7:30am Continental Breakfast
8:00 Lipid Delivery & Requirements in the Preterm Infant
Camilia R. Martin, MD, MS
8:45 Preventing Hypothermia During Delivery & Resuscitation of Our Smallest Premature Neonates
Patrick D. Carroll, MD, MPH
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break (hotel check-out, if applicable)
10:15 What Are We Waiting For?: Delayed Cord Clamping & Other Non-Pharmacological Interventions to Decrease Transfusions
Patrick D. Carroll, MD, MPH
11:00 Building a Nutritional Armor for the Preterm Infant to Promote Health & Disease Resilience
Camilia R. Martin, MD, MS
11:45 Pulmonary Hypertension in Neonates: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis, and Treatment
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Bradley A. Yoder, 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


Known for its picturesque views of the Pacific Ocean and one of the world’s largest small yacht harbors, Newport Beach is a chic seaside community located in Southern California. Enjoy eight miles of ocean beach that offers outstanding fishing, swimming, surfing, and aquatic sports activities–there is plenty of time for fun in the sun!

Travel down the boardwalk on a beach cruiser, enjoy the many affordable entertainments of the Fun Zone at Balboa Village, or spend the day at Fashion Island, where you’ll discover some of the finest shopping in the country. The Happiest Place on Earth (Disneyland Park) is just 14 miles away!

Sprawling across 15 waterfront acres, Balboa Bay Resort is one of the top hotels in Newport Beach. Conveniently situated just off the Pacific Coast Highway, this Mediterranean-style hotel is complete with a design of relaxed elegance and timelessness, using the colors of the sea, sand, and sky, along with natural material and modern furnishings that reflect the area’s casual luxury.

Visitors and locals alike can savor culinary delights at Balboa Bay Resort’s signature restaurant, Waterline, complete with a captivating water to table experience, fresh seafood, and a unique chef-driven concept. Or, enjoy our rustic waterfront gastropub, A&O Kitchen+Bar, where guests can enjoy shared plates, hearty dishes, creative cocktails, and craft beers.

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it in Newport Beach, at our 6th Annual Fall Conference on Current Concepts in Neonatal Care.


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.

Visit www.symposiamedicus.org or call (925) 969-1789 for additional questions or information.


If postmarked by
July 18, 2018
If postmarked after
July 18, 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, 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


Conference group rates have been arranged at the Balboa Bay 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 Description

Standard Room

(Overlooking the city of Newport Beach)


(Limited number of rooms available at this rate. Once sold, rate will increase to $329/night)

Each guest room is approximately 500 sq. ft. and has been enhanced with fresh, modern, and contemporary furnishings, pillow top mattresses, and luxury bedding with Frette linens,
plush towels, and robes.

Rooms come with a 48” inch LED Samsung TV, Keurig coffee service, refrigerators, cordless dual-line phone with private voicemail, comfortable armchair and work desk, elegant marble bathrooms, dual sinks, window-size beveled-glass mirrors, hairdryer & make-up mirror, in-room safe,
and private balcony or terrace.

Courtyard Room

(Overlooking the brand-new pool
and courtyard of palm trees)


Bayview Room

(View overlooking Balboa Bay)


By booking your lodging with Symposia Medicus, the Hospitality Service Fee charge of $30.00 plus tax, per room, per night is DISCOUNTED to $15.00 plus tax, per room, per night.

The Hospitality Service Fee includes (subject to change): Bottle of signature wine in-room upon arrival, two bottles of water, replenished daily, in-room and resort-wide wireless internet access, 24-hour access to the fitness center, 24-hour access to the business center which includes printing of boarding passes and unlimited incoming & outgoing fax services, unlimited local and 1-800 calls, in-room coffee & tea service, hotel lobby coffee & tea service from 6:00am-9:00am, and the hotel’s one-hour wine reception on Friday & Saturday evenings starting at 4:00pm.

In addition, by booking your lodging with Symposia Medicus, self-parking is complimentary
(regularly $25.00 per day).


Hotel Policies

Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to change):
- 10.5% Occupancy Tax
- 3% Tourism Business Improvement District Assessment
- $15 plus 13.5% tax, Hospitality Service Fee

Maximum guestroom occupancy is four, regardless of age

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 $30 per night (subject to availability and 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.

Arrival/Departure Changes: Changes to your confirmed arrival and/or departure must be made with Symposia Medicus 48 hours prior to your arrival. If changes are made within 48 hours of arrival, the original length of stay will be charged.

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 $20 per day for non-hotel guests and $35 per night for hotel guests (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 August 22, 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 July 25, 2018. Between July 26, 2018 and August 22, 2018, one night’s deposit is forfeited. After August 22, 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 the John Wayne Airport (SNA), which is an approximate 15 minute drive to the hotel; however, lower fares can often be found by flying into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) which is an approximate 60 minute drive to the hotel, or the Burbank (Bob Hope) Airport (BUR), which is an approximate 75 minute drive to the hotel. 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 Airlines 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 ECMZ255 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