Our conference on Hot Topics in Pediatric Emergencies focuses on the 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 conference on Hot Topics in Pediatric Emergencies while sharing ideas and experiences with colleagues from across the country on the beautiful Rhine River.


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

Appropriately monitor a child who is receiving medications for pain or sedation

Recognize what patient is at risk for undiagnosed metabolic disorders

Recognize the difference between inflammatory and noninflammatory gastroenteritis and develop an appropriate evaluation for a patient with a likely foodborne illness

Determine the likely etiologic agent of cervical adenitis of children, and know the risk factors for common specific infections

Select appropriate therapies for children with infectious etiologies for altered mental statues


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 14 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 14 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 14 hour(s) of ACEP Category I credit.

This Live activity, Hot Topics in Pediatric Emergencies, with a beginning date of 10/29/2018, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 14.00 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 14 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

Nurse Practitioners/Nurses
The ANCC contact hours awarded for completion of this conference are 14.

Provider is also approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP2335, for 16.8 contact hours.

Pharmacology Credit for Prescriptive Authority
A maximum of 2.75 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.


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



All cruise rates quoted are per person, based on double occupancy (U.S. dollars, cruise-only). The price of your cruise includes ship accommodations, taxes, fine dining with all meals included onboard, coffee, tea, milk, juices, and sparkling wine with breakfast, unlimited red and white wines from Europe’s great wine regions, beer, and soft drinks with every lunch and dinner aboard the ship, bottled waters daily in staterooms, Included Tours in every port (see “Tours”), on-demand entertainment in all staterooms featuring free high-speed Wi-Fi internet access, hit Hollywood movies, extensive music library, English language TV stations, and bicycles to explore on your own or on guided bicycle tours (availability based on first come, first served).

A deposit for all stateroom occupants is due to Symposia Medicus at the time of registration ($1,000 per person). Final payments are due to Symposia Medicus by Friday, July 13, 2018. Payments not received by the due date are subject to cabin cancellation with no refunds.

AmaWaterways® provides complimentary paper cruise documents and you will receive them within four weeks prior to cruise. Please provide your best mailing address on the registration form.


Conference Tuition See “Conference Registration Information”
Port Charges $168/per person
(for the entire crew and cruise director)
$130/per person
Air Transportation See “Airline Travel Information”
Ground Transportation See “Ground Transportation”
Cruise rates also do not include: other trips, meals ashore, alcoholic and certain beverages (not during breakfast, lunch or dinner), telephone calls, passport and visa fees; airport baggage fees; travel, health, accident, or other insurance; vaccinations; laundry; or other items or services of a personal nature.


A full refund will be made for written cruise cancellations received by Symposia Medicus on or before Friday, July 13, 2018. After July 13, 2018, no refunds can be made.

Name changes require the prior approval of AmaWaterways® and are subject to additional fees. Cruise tickets are non-transferable. For security reasons, no name changes are allowed by AmaWaterways® after Friday, October 19, 2018.


If a pregnant guest has entered or will be entering their 24th week before or during the cruise, they are NOT ALLOWED to travel.

If a pregnant guest is less than 24 weeks, a physician’s “Fit to Travel” note stating that they are in good health, not a high risk pregnancy, and not entering the 24th week must be presented at check-in and carried onboard.


All guests under the age of 18 are to be in a stateroom with an adult, and must remain supervised at all times, and their safety is the responsibility of the accompanying adult(s). Children must be 8 years old by October 28, 2018, to go on the cruise. Denial of boarding for children who do not satisfy this minimum age requirement may also result in the denial of boarding for one or more guests sailing with that child. No refunds will be given as a result of the denial of boarding to an underage child or other accompanying guests. AmaWaterways® does not provide child-specific programs or child-minding facilities.

Children 8-10 years old at the time of embarkation may share a cabin at a rate of 25% of the cabin rate with 2 adults provided the child is able to share the bed with the adults – no additional or rollaway bed will be provided. Children 11-17 years old will be charged the full rate and can share a room with adults in a triple occupancy stateroom (limited). For rates and availability, please contact Symposia Medicus.


Passports are REQUIRED for every passenger. If you do not have a passport, please allow a minimum of 4-6 weeks to receive it after you complete and mail the application. Your passport cannot expire before May 5, 2019.

It is the sole responsibility of the guest to identify and obtain all required travel documents and have them available when necessary. These appropriate valid travel documents such as passports, visas, inoculation certificates, and/or family legal documents are required for ship boarding and country entry and/or re-entry into the United States and other countries. Based on nationality, many countries require an entry visa. Obtaining required visas and any other required travel documentation, and assuring these are complete and correct in all ways, is the sole responsibility of each traveler. AmaWaterways® and Symposia Medicus are not in a position to obtain or verify the accuracy or completeness of any participant’s visa or other required documentation and shall not be responsible or liable for delay or missed portion of any part of the itinerary or other problems resulting from the participant lacking the appropriate travel documentation.

Guests who do not possess the proper documentation may be prevented from boarding their flight or ship, or from entering a country, and may be subject to fines.

Note: No refunds will be given to individuals who fail to bring proper documentation.

For additional passport and visa requirements, visit the U.S. Department of State’s website at
or Embassies (Consular Service Office) of each country on the sailing itinerary.



1) You can fly into Basel, Switzerland (Euro Airport Basel Mulhouse-Freiburg airport
code – BSL), which is approx. 45 minutes to the cruise port in Basel

2) You can fly into Zürich, Switzerland (airport code – ZRH), which is approx. 1 hour & 30 minutes to the cruise port in Basel


You will fly out of Amsterdam, Netherlands (airport code – AMS), which is approx. 30 minutes from the cruise port in Amsterdam.

If you make your own air arrangements, it is recommended you allow a minimum of five to eight hours from the time your flight arrives in Zürich or Basel to the time the ship departs (at 10:00pm).

Going home, it is recommended you allow at least five hours between when the ship disembarks and the time your plane departs Amsterdam (disembarkation starts at approximately 9:00am). The five hours allow you time for ship clearance, customs clearance (if applicable), and airline security. You can also request to be one of the first groups to depart the ship by going to the Reception Desk as soon as possible once you board the ship and letting them know that due to a tight airline schedule, you need to be included in the first group off the ship.


AmaWaterways® allows you to purchase airline tickets through them. After you are registered and receive a reservation number, we will send you via email, the contact information to make these arrangements. Any changes or cancellations may be subject to non-refundable service charges and additional airfare costs.


After you are registered and receive a reservation number, we will send you via email, the contact information to make these arrangements. Any changes or cancellations may be subject to non-refundable service charges and additional costs.

AmaWaterways® allows you to plan a pre/post cruise packages, for an additional cost, please see below:

4-Night Pre-Cruise Package – offers 2-nights in Zürich and 2-nights in Lucerne to include hotel stays, breakfast, city tours, and transfer to the ship

Pre-Cruise Hotel – hotel accommodations in Basel including breakfast and transfer from hotel to the ship

Post-Cruise Hotel – hotel accommodations in Amsterdam including transfer from ship to hotel and breakfast


If you choose to make your own air travel arrangements or you booked your air through AmaWaterways®, you can purchase transfers to/from the ship (only from Basel or to Amsterdam airport) from AmaWaterways® at the rates listed below, price subject to change.

Arrival transfers from the Basel airport to the ship on October 29, 2018 are $60 per person and run throughout the day.

Departure transfers to the airport in Amsterdam on November 5, 2018 are $30 per person and run throughout the morning and early afternoon.

Ground Reservations must be made through AmaWaterways® by Friday, August 24, 2018. Your flight itinerary must be provided in order to confirm your transfers.

For more information on ground transportation, please visit our website.


During the cruise, you are offered complimentary sparkling wine with breakfast, unlimited complimentary beer, wine, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner. Any additional drinks (cocktails) not during dining times, are available at an additional fee, per drink at the bar and charged to your stateroom.


AmaWaterways® expert chefs craft menus that feature exquisite, locally-inspired cuisine as well as traditional, Western offerings. At breakfast, sip sparkling wine as you partake in the buffet with fresh pastries, or opt for something made-to-order from the menu. For lunch head to the restaurant for full menu service and high-quality regional wine or beer. Dinner is a multi-course affair with wine recommendations that accompany visually stunning, delicious dishes.

The Executive Chef, Primus Perchtold, is the winner of three gold medals at the European Championship of Culinary Art and oversees the menus aboard every AmaWaterways® cruise in Europe. You will find one of his recipes on your pillow each night, just in case you want to recreate his culinary magic at home.

Special dietary requests must be provided to Symposia Medicus at time of reservation. An effort will be made to meet the request, but AmaWaterways® cannot assure the request can be accommodated.

For additional information, please visit:


A sightseeing tour is included in each city or town you visit, along with free time to explore the city according to your own interests. AmaWaterways® offers the below:

• Included Tours – Standard tours offered in each port. These are included in the price of the cruise and do not require advanced booking.

• Special Interest Tours – Tours offered in place of the standard tours in each port. These are not at an additional cost but should be booked in advance, as they are capacity controlled. They can be booked online after online check-in is completed.

• Optional Tours – Tours offered as an option at an additional cost. These are in addition to the standard tours offered in each port and can be booked onboard.

During all the tours, AmaWaterways® provides a sophisticated audio headset system that allows guests to comfortably listen to the tour guide while taking photos and admiring some of Europe’s hidden gems.


For more information about clothing to pack and more, please visit

Medical: Medical doctors are not available on any vessel. If medical services are required, efforts to contact local medical providers will be made. A participant requiring such assistance is solely responsible for all related charges.

Smoking: Smoking is only permitted on the ship’s Sun Deck in the designated smoking area.

Disabled Travelers: Facilities are not available onboard or in many places visited on the cruises and cruise tours AmaWaterways® offer.



Toby Maurer, MD
Professor of Clinical Dermatology
University of California, San Francisco
Chief, Department of Dermatology
San Francisco General Hospital
San Francisco, California

Jan Shepherd, MD, FACOG
Associate Clinical Professor
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Aurora, Colorado
Adjunct Associate Professor
Founding Education Director for
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Florida State University College of Medicine
Tallahassee, Florida

Joan E. Shook, MD, MBA, FACEP, FAAP
Professor of Pediatrics
Section of Emergency Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine
Chief Safety Officer & Chief Clinical Information Officer
Texas Children’s Hospital
Houston, Texas

Jeffrey Starke, MD, FAAP
Professor of Pediatrics
Baylor College of Medicine
Texas Children’s Hospital
Houston, Texas

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.




Basel St. Johann, Switzerland - 10:00pm
6:00pm Check-In & Welcome Reception
Conference Director & Speaker Introductions


Schonau, Germany 4:30am 2:00pm
2:00pm Hot Topics in Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Jeffrey Starke, MD
3:00 Head Injuries in Children: What’s New & How to Manage (Rx = 25 minutes)
Joan E. Shook, MD, MBA
4:00 Fever & Rash: When To Worry & When to Relax
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Jeffrey Starke, MD
5:00 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
5:30 Adjourn for Day
Strasbourg, France 9:30pm -


Strasbourg, France - 11:00pm


Ludwigshafen, Germany 8:00am 2:00pm
2:30pm Pain Management in Children: What to Use & When
(Rx = 60 minutes)
Joan E. Shook, MD, MBA
3:30 Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecologic Emergencies
(Rx = 35 minutes)
Jan Shepherd, MD
4:30 Enzymes Gone Awry: Metabolic Disease in Children
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Joan E. Shook, MD, MBA
5:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
6:00 Adjourn for the Day
Rüdesheim, Germany 7:30pm -


Rüdesheim, Germany - 1:00pm
2:00pm Foodborne Illness in the Emergency Department: Causes & Management
Jeffrey Starke, MD
3:00 What You Don’t Want to Miss! Pediatric Dermatology
Toby Maurer, MD
4:00 Cervical Adenitis: Causes & Management
Jeffrey Starke, MD
5:00 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
5:30 Adjourn for the Day
Cologne, Germany 9:30pm -


Cologne, Germany - 6:30pm


8:00am It Could Happen Anywhere: How to Better Prepare for Disasters
Joan E. Shook, MD, MBA
9:00 When Animals Attack: Management of Bites
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Jeffrey Starke, MD
10:00 Altered Mental Status in Children
Joan E. Shook, MD, MBA
11:00 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
11:30 Conference Adjourns
Amsterdam, Netherlands 12:30pm -


Amsterdam, Netherlands DISEMBARK at 9:00am

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



“Old Father Rhine” is one of Europe’s most spellbinding rivers. Hillside castles, lush vineyards and storybook villages take center stage along the river. Revel at the majestic turreted fortresses, grand cathedrals, historic cities, medieval towns, fantastic Black Forest, charming windmills, canal-laced cities, and spectacular scenery.
The AmaStella features the most advanced design of any river cruise vessel currently in operation. You can enjoy gourmet dining with fine wines onboard; a heated sun deck swimming pool; fitness center and spa; complimentary ship-wide Wi-Fi and on-demand entertainment; and a fleet of bicycles carried onboard for passengers to enjoy on their own or on guided bike tours when in port.

Travel on the beautiful Rhine River through Switzerland, France, Germany, and the Netherlands. Begin in Basel, Switzerland and then head to medieval Strasbourg, visit the majestic cathedral in Cologne, and end your trip in Amsterdam, with its legendary canals and distinctive architecture.
On this cruise, you will enjoy an extensive lineup of included tours. In many cases, you will have a choice of tours and hikes. No matter your preference, your days will be full of discovery and wonder.
We cordially invite you to “come aboard” the AmaStella for this conference on Hot Topics in Pediatric Emergencies and the outstanding cruise of a lifetime.

Alaska Cruise



Enrollment for this cruise conference is limited in order to provide the best possible learning environment. Early registration is advised.

You can register and receive conference group rates by reserving the following ways:

Call Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm (Pacific Time), (925) 969-1789 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 or call (925) 969-1789 for additional questions or information.


If postmarked by
August 20, 2018
If postmarked after
August 20, 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

Conference registration and cruise reservations (if applicable) will be confirmed via email


We have arranged conference group rates through AmaWaterways®. We have a limited number of staterooms in the categories and at the rates listed below. Staterooms at our group rates are limited and on a first come, first served basis, and are only available until Friday, July 13, 2018. PLEASE RESERVE EARLY as staterooms may sell out and/or rates may increase.

Rates are (U.S. dollars, cruise-only) PER PERSON, based on double occupancy, and DO NOT include conference tuition, cruise fees (port charges) of $168.00 per person, gratuities of $130.00 per person, air transportation, or ground transfers.

The stateroom categories below differ by location on each deck, size, and balconies.

The suites are limited and will sell-out prior to the cruise.

Category E
Piano Deck - Fixed Windows
$2,699 160
Category D
Piano Deck - Fixed Windows
$2,998 160
Category CB
Violin Deck - French Balcony
$3,298 155
Category CA
Violin & Cello Deck -
French Balcony
$3,598 170
Category BB
Cello Deck - French Balcony
& Outside Balcony
$4,098 210
Category BA
Violin Deck - French Balcony
& Outside Balcony
$4,298 210
Category AB
Cello Deck - French Balcony
& Outside Balcony
$4,498 235

Category AA
Violin Deck - French Balcony
& Outside Balcony

$4,698 235
Category SS
Violin Deck - French Balcony
& Outside Balcony
$5,998 350

If you need accommodations for 3rd/4th persons,
the ship has less than 8 staterooms to accommodate.

Single occupancy staterooms can be requested; however, the rate for single occupancy is double the cruise fare and port charges for the selected stateroom category.

Please call us at (925) 969-1789 for rates and availability.

Detailed stateroom descriptions and amenities are available at®-river-cruise-ship


Cruise Policies

Deposit due at time of booking is $1,000 per person

Final payment is due to Symposia Medicus by Friday, July 13, 2018

You will receive PAPER cruise documents approximately 4 weeks prior to the sail date. Please provide your best mailing address on the registration form.

Third and fourth occupant (11 years and older) staterooms are very limited. The stateroom rates above do not reflect availability for 3rd/4th person(s). These are limited and on a first come, first served basis. Please contact us for pricing and availability.

Cruise cancellations must be made in writing (via email or mail) to Symposia Medicus for a full refund on or before July 13, 2018. After July 13, 2018, no refunds can be made.


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 Friday, July 13, 2018; however, tuition, less 10% processing fee, may be applied to a future Symposia Medicus conference.

In the unlikely event of conference cancellation by Symposia Medicus, full tuition and, if reservation was made with Symposia Medicus, stateroom payment refunds will be made. Symposia Medicus will not be responsible for refunding travel or any other expenses.