“I appreciate your exceptional attention to detail. The conference was very well-organized and the lectures were pertinent to my needs.”
– R. Golenbock, MD

“Symposia Medicus does a superior job of merging high level learning with local recreation.”
– M. Pawliw, PA-C

“Every year, you outdo yourselves! Wonderful conference!”
– W. Unsderfer, MD


Our 19th Annual Winter 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, 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 19th Annual Winter Conference on Pediatric Emergencies while sharing ideas and experiences with colleagues from across the country in the beautiful setting of Big Sky, Montana.


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

Recognize the reemergence of previously common infections and when to suspect them in your patients and/or community

Discuss with families the latest information about concussions in young children

Recommend appropriate precautions for children who have had an allergic reaction to a drug or vaccine

Develop strategies for counseling about sport specialization

Identify pediatric traumatic opthalmologic injuries that need emergent intervention


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 studies 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 16 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 16 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 16 hour(s) of ACEP Category I credit.

This Live activity, 19th Annual Winter Conference on PEDIATRIC EMERGENCIES, with a beginning date of 02/26/2019, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 16.00 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 16 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

Nurse Practitioners/Nurses
The ANCC contact hours awarded for completion of this conference are 16.

Provider is also approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP2335, for 19.2 contact hours.

Pharmacology Content for Prescriptive Authority
A maximum of 3 hours in pharmacology content for prescriptive authority may be earned by attending this educational conference. Sessions awarding pharmacology content for prescriptive authority are denoted with an Rx in the schedule. Please contact your state’s Board of Nursing for specific educational requirements as requirements may vary state to state.


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, ski lift tickets, ski lift equipment rental, tours and/or nearby attractions, and ground transportation, please visit our website at www.symposiamedicus.org.


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

Sheila P. McMorrow, MD, FAAP, FACEP
Medical Director
Pediatric Emergency Department
The Children’s Hospital at TriStar Centennial
Nashville, Tennessee

Jordan D. Metzl, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Cornell Medical School
Sports Medicine Division
Hospital for Special Surgery
New York City, New York

Joan E. Shook, MD, MBA, FACEP, FAAP
Conference Co-Chair

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.


Tuesday, February 26

5:30-7:00pm Registration & Check-in / During Group Reception
(Faculty, Participants, and Guests)

Wednesday, February 27

3:00pm Continued Registration & Check-in
3:45 Welcome & Introduction
Joan E. Shook, MD, MBA
4:00 Emerging Epidemics: New Infections in Children
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Jeffrey Starke, MD
4:45 Common Rashes & Associated Illnesses in Pediatrics
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Sheila P. McMorrow, MD
5:30 Anaphylaxis: How to Recognize & How to React
(Rx = 15 minutes)
John M. Kelso, MD
6:15 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
7:15 Adjourn for the Day

Thursday, February 28

7:00am Head Injuries in Children: What’s New & How to Manage (Rx = 25 minutes)
Joan E. Shook, MD, MBA
7:45 When Animals Attack: Management of Bites
Jeffrey Starke, MD
8:30 Medical Errors in Pediatric Practice: Disclosure & Apology
Joan E. Shook, MD, MBA
9:15 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Adjourn Morning Session
Mid-Day Break: 10:00am-4:00pm
4:00pm Drug & Vaccine Allergies (Rx = 30 minutes)
John M. Kelso, MD
4:45 Pearls of Pediatric Sedation (Rx = 20 minutes)
Sheila P. McMorrow, MD
5:30 Sports Medicine Cases: Real Live Cases with Real Live Answers
Jordan D. Metzl, MD
6:15 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
7:15 Adjourn for the Day

Friday, March 1

4:00pm Food Allergy: Recognition, Treatment, and Prevention
(Rx = 15 minutes)
John M. Kelso, MD
4:45 Pediatric Ophthalmology (Rx = 15 minutes)
Sheila P. McMorrow, MD
5:30 Hip Injuries in the Adolescent Athlete: How to Make Sense of it All (Rx = 10 minutes)
Jordan D. Metzl, MD
6:15 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
7:15 Adjourn for the Day

Saturday, March 2

7:00am Altered Mental Status in Children
Joan E. Shook, MD, MBA
7:45 Hot Topics in Sports Medicine
Jordan D. Metzl, MD
8:30 MRSA: Where Are We & Where Are We Heading?
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Jeffrey Starke, MD
9:15 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 Conference Adjourns

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


This exciting conference will be held in the picturesque Northwestern Rockies at the beautiful Big Sky Resort, just an hour’s drive from Bozeman, Montana. This lovely hotel and suite/condominium resort, with ski-in and out access, is located within the Big Sky Resort-Moonlight Basin, providing you access to 5,800 skiable acres. Annual snowfall of more than 400 inches results in spectacular beginning, intermediate, and expert slopes, with plenty of wide, groomed cruising runs, as well as narrow chutes and trees for the advanced skier. You will also experience the incomparable Big Sky powder snow!

If it’s Nordic skiing you enjoy, just six miles from the Big Sky Resort lies the Lone Mountain Ranch cross country skiing area, rated one of the best in the United States. And, for a change of pace, you are sure to enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the beautiful Big Sky Mountains, or a snow coach tour of nearby Yellowstone National Park.

Big Sky Resort is a self-contained village with many restaurants to choose from, as well as live evening entertainment and dancing. The resort has a giant heated indoor/outdoor swimming pool, full spa and whirlpools to help soothe those aching muscles at the end of a busy day. A full range of shops are available around Big Sky Resort.

You are sure to find many thrilling winter activities in this spectacular setting while attending our 19th Annual Winter 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.

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


If postmarked by
December 18, 2018
If postmarked after
December 18, 2018
Physicians $685 $785
Residents, Nurses, PAs, & All Others $585 $685

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 emaill


Conference group rates have been arranged at the Big Sky 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.


(All accommodations are non-smoking and include complimentary in-room and throughout resort, internet access)
Huntley Lodge: Main hotel lodge containing the Conference Center and spa.
Huntley rooms do not offer air conditioning.
Huntley First Class (Room) $299/night 4 375 Rooms have two queen beds, mini refrigerator, TV, one bathroom, wet bar, coffeemaker, iron & ironing board, and blow dryer.
Huntley Deluxe
Mountain View (Room)
$314/night 4 375 Same amenities as above, with mountain views.
Shoshone Building: Attached to the Huntley Lodge & Conference Center
Most rooms face Lone Mountain or Andesite Mountain
Shoshone 1-Bedroom Condo $469/night 6 790 Has a private bedroom with one queen bed, 1-3/4 bathrooms, Murphy bed and double sleeper sofa in living room, fully-equipped kitchen, gas fireplace and a small balcony.
Summit Building: Euro-western luxury hotel adjacent to the Mountain Village
A two-minute walk to the Huntley Lodge & Conference Center
*Summit Studio $344/night 2 450 Has a queen pull-down Murphy bed, kitchen, dining area and bathroom.

*Summit Hotel
(2 Queen Beds)

(Must call Symposia
Medicus for availability)

$399/night 4 400 Has two queen beds, wet bar, and bathroom.

*Summit Hotel
(King Bed)

(Must call Symposia
Medicus for availability)

$414/night 2 400 Has one king bed, wet bar, and bathroom.
*Summit 1-Bedroom
$649/night 4 880 Has one or two queen beds, one sleeper sofa, full kitchen, dining area, and two bathrooms.

*Summit 2-Bedroom Condo

(Must call Symposia
Medicus for availability)

$819/night 6 1300 Has one queen bed in one bedroom, one king or two queen beds in second bedroom, and queen sleeper sofa in living room; three bathrooms, full kitchen and fireplace.

*Summit 3-Bedroom Condo

(Must call Symposia
Medicus for availability)

$1,149/night 8 1770 Same as Summit 2-Bedroom Condo with an adjoining hotel room.
Village Center: Located between the Summit and Shoshone buildings and adjacent to the Huntley Lodge & Conference Center
*Village Studio $329/night 2 432 Has queen pull-down Murphy bed, microwave, coffeemaker, small refrigerator & dishwasher, and one bathroom.

*Units are VERY limited. Reserve early or, where indicated, call Symposia Medicus for availability at (925) 969-1789.


Hotel Policies

Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to change):
- 7% state accommodation tax
- 3% resort tax
- 9% resort service fee

Maximum guestroom occupancy as stated above cannot be exceeded

Mandatory additional occupant charge (over two in room), 13 years and older, is $25 per person, per night (includes daily buffet breakfast, taxes and gratuities)

Children 12 years and under are complimentary staying in room with adult (includes daily buffet breakfast & lift ticket) – not to exceed stated maximum occupancy

Rollaways & Cribs: Rollaway beds and cribs are $10 each, per night (based on availability and subject to change)

Check-in time is 5:00pm and check-out time is 11:00am. 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 plus estimated incidentals; 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. Valet is $15 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 January 22, 2019; 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 December 21, 2018. Between December 22, 2018 and January 22, 2019, one night’s deposit is forfeited. After January 22, 2019, 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 Bozeman, Montana (BZN), which is approximately one hour from the Big Sky Resort. 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 ECMZ738 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 NMS74 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 ZFMB292493 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 online or by phone; please refer to the conference code and the conference/airport location when making your reservations. Please see below:

AVIS www.avis.com 800-331-1600 AWD # B766625
Budget www.budget.com 800-772-3773 BCD # U076767