“An excellent conference. Good education in a beautiful setting with thought given to enjoying the location and its amenities.”
– G. Miller, MD

“Symposia Medicus has been my favorite conferences to attend based on content and expertise of presenters.”
– K. Sheffield, NNP-BC

“Best content of any conference I have attended in 20 years of neonatology. No fluff – all meat. Wonderful schedule with very relevant, interactive sessions.”
– T. Cohen, MD


Our 7th 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 thrombocytopenia, neonatal cardiology, necrotizing enterocolitis, pulmonary hypertension, early brain injury; 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 7th Annual Fall Conference on Current Concepts in Neonatal Care while sharing ideas and experiences with colleagues from across the country in the exciting setting of Washington, DC.


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

Diagnose biochemical iron deficiency among NICU patients

Utilize and apply key technologies like near-infrared
spectroscopy (NIRS), electroencephalogram (EEG), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the right setting for the newborn

Determine the risks and outcomes of patients treated with extracorporeal cardiac life support (ECLS)

Be cognizant of the early problems in assisted ventilation

Describe common metrics used by high performing NICUs to assess quality improvement efforts

Review potential mechanisms for the observed association of anemia, transfusions, and necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC)

Describe current approaches to the diagnosis and medical management of heart failure in newborns


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, surveys, 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.

The California Board of Pharmacy accepts as continuing professional education those courses that meet the standard of relevance to pharmacy practice and have been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

Pharmacology Content for Prescriptive Authority
A maximum of 1.25 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.


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, flash drive, or digital copy) will be available one week after the conference. The cost is $65 for a hard copy, $30 for a flash drive, and $25 for the digital copy. To place your order, please email publications@symposiamedicus.org.


To receive additional information about the conference hotel, location, nearby attractions, and ground transportation, please visit our website at www.symposiamedicus.org.


Robert D. Christensen, MD
Conference Co-Chair

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

Terrie Eleanor Inder, MBChB, MD
Chair, Department of Pediatric Newborn Medicine
Mary Ellen Avery Professor of Pediatrics in the
Field of Newborn Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts

Akhil Maheshwari, MD, FAAP
Josephine S. Sutland Professor of Newborn Medicine
Director, Eudowood Division of Neonatology
Vice-Chair (Integration), Department of Pediatrics
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland

Stephen J. Roth, MD, MPH
Professor of Pediatrics (Cardiology)
Chief, Division of Pediatric Cardiology
Stanford University School of Medicine
Director, Betty Irene Moore Children’s Heart Center
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford
Palo Alto, California

Billie Lou Short, MD
Professor of Pediatrics
The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences
Chief, Division of Neonatology
Children’s National Health System
Washington, DC

Lamia Soghier, MD, MEd, FAAP, CHSE
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences
Medical Director
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Children’s National Health System
Washington, DC

Philip Sunshine, MD
Conference Co-Chair

Professor of Pediatrics (Emeritus)
Division of Neonatal & Developmental Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine
Palo Alto, California

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 25

7:00am Registration & Check-in
During Continental Breakfast
8:00 Welcome & Introduction
Robert D. Christensen, MD
8:15 The Early History of Neonatology
Philip Sunshine, MD
9:00 Neurobehavioral Impairments in Preterm Neonates
(Rx = 10 minutes)

Terrie Inder, MBChB, MD
9:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 Break
10:30 Iron Deficiency in the NICU
Robert D. Christensen, MD
11:15 Anemia & Red Blood Cell Transfusions & Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC)
Akhil Maheshwari, MD
Noon Prematurity & Congenital Heart Disease (CHD): When to Operate? (Rx = 10 minutes)
Stephen J. Roth, MD, MPH
12:45pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:30 Adjourn for the Day

Thursday, September 26

7:30am Continental Breakfast
8:00 Gut Microbiome and Its Effects on the Preterm Infant
Akhil Maheshwari, MD
8:45 Technologies to Assist in Diagnosing Early Brain Injury: NIRS, EEG, and MRI
Terrie Inder, MBChB, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break
10:15 NEC: Pathophysiology & Perspectives
Akhil Maheshwari, MD
11:00 Heart Failure in Newborns (Rx = 15 minutes)
Stephen J. Roth, MD, MPH
11:45 Pulmonary Hypertension in Neonates: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis, and Treatment
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Billie Short, MD
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Adjourn for the Day

Friday, September 27

3:00pm Smaller Group Breakouts – Session One
. A. Important Information to be Gained from the CBC of NICU Patients
Robert D. Christensen, MD
. B. Quality Improvement/Safety Programs in NICUs
Billie Short, MD & Lamia Soghier, MD, MEd, CHSE
. C. Instructive Cases: Neonatal Cholestasis, Herpes, GI Disturbances, and More
Philip Sunshine, MD
. D. Shedding Light on the Neonatal Brain
Terrie Inder, MBChB, MD
4:30 Break

Smaller Group Breakouts – Session Two
(Session One Topics Repeated)

6:15 Adjourn for the Day

Saturday, September 28

7:30am Continental Breakfast
8:00 Update on Extracorporeal Life Support
Billie Short, MD
8:45 An Update on Thrombocytopenia & Platelet Transfusions in the NICU (Rx = 15 minutes)
Robert D. Christensen, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break (hotel check-out, if applicable)
10:15 Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) & Fluid Overload in Newborns with Congenital Heart Disease
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Stephen J. Roth, MD, MPH
11:00 Avoiding Neonatal Acute Bilirubin Encephalopathy
Robert D. Christensen, MD
11:45 The Secret Sauce: Metrics of High Performing NICUs
Lamia Soghier, MD, MEd, CHSE
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Conference Adjourns

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


Washington, DC is rich with historic and fascinating sights. Known for its sweeping memorials, vast green centers, urban spaces, and majestic neoclassical architecture, there is so much to do in our nation’s capital!

Spend time at the National Mall and visit the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, US Capitol, and so much more. There is also a network of colorful neighborhoods, vibrant nightlife, and other noted museums and cultural attractions. It’s here that you can see the original Declaration of Independence and US Constitution, tour the White House, marvel at all the treasures at the Smithsonian and National Gallery of Art, dine in world-class restaurants, and take in an acclaimed theatre production. From downtown to Dupont Circle, the district’s neighborhoods delight visitors with walking tours, sidewalk cafés and quaint boutiques!

Since 1930, the luxurious Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC has hosted presidents, world leaders and inaugural balls, making it a true landmark. Today, the hotel fuses modern comforts with distinguished service, creating a monumental experience for guests. The Omni Shoreham Hotel is an elegant urban retreat that boasts a resort atmosphere and a personal taste of politics, culture, art and music.

The hotel is located in one of the area’s premier residential neighborhoods just steps away from the National Zoo. After a long day of sightseeing, take advantage of the hotel’s spa services, dining options, and enticing outdoor heated pool. Enjoy cocktails and light fare from The Pool Bar while you unwind and take in the sunshine. You’ll forget you’re in the city!

Whatever your pleasure, you are sure to find it at our 7th Annual Fall Conference on Current Concepts in Neonatal Care in Washington, DC.


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

You can register 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 17, 2019
If postmarked after
July 17, 2019
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, continental breakfast on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings, and break refreshments for conference registrants

Conference registration will be confirmed via email


Symposia Medicus has conference group rates at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC.

These special rates will only be available until Sunday, August 25, 2019 and will only be available after that date on a space and rate available basis. We recommend you reserve your lodging as soon as possible, as rooms at the conference group rates are limited and on a first come, first served basis. Rooms may sell out and/or room rates may increase prior to the release date.

Omni Shoreham Hotel
2500 Calvert Street NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20008
Phone: (202) 234-0700

To make your reservations by phone, please call (800) 843-6664.
You must refer to group name 1506 and/or Neonatal to receive conference group rates.

To make your reservations online, please visit:

The conference group rates will also be available three days before and three days after the conference (based on availability) if you wish to extend your stay in Washington, DC.

Room Type Group Rates Description
Deluxe Room $299/night Rooms are approximately 300 sq. ft., with an interior courtyard view and include a king or two queen beds, desk, refrigerator, coffee/tea maker, iron & ironing board, clock radio, flat-screen TV, marble bathroom with shower/tub combination, and hairdryer.
Premier Room $339/night Rooms are approximately 300 sq. ft., with a Rock Creek Park or Woodley Park neighborhood view, and include a king or two queen beds, desk, refrigerator, coffee/tea maker, iron & ironing board, clock radio, flat-screen TV, marble bathroom with shower/tub combination, and hairdryer.

Classic Suite

(Very limited availability, reserve early)

$399/night Suites are approximately 513-589 sq. ft. and include a king or two queen beds. The sitting area includes a sofa bed and is separated from the bedroom by a wall partition. The suite features two flat-screen TVs, desk, refrigerator, coffee/tea maker, iron & ironing board, clock radio, marble bathroom with shower/tub combination, and hairdryer.
By booking your lodging under the Symposia Medicus group code, you will receive complimentary internet access in-room and throughout the hotel.


Hotel Policies

All reservations must be guaranteed by a valid major credit card, which will be supplied at the time of reservation. Regardless of how reservations are made, failure to arrive on the scheduled arrival date will be considered a no-show and a charge of one night’s room and tax will be posted to the credit card on file (see below for hotel cancellation policy). Each guestroom must have at least one registered guest 21 years of age or older.

Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include 14.95% state and local taxes (subject to change)

Maximum guestroom occupancy is four, regardless of age

There is no additional charge for 3rd and 4th guests in room

Rollaway beds are available at an additional cost of $25 per night (subject to availability and change). Rollaway beds are only allowed in king bedded rooms.

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.

Early Departure Fee: Please notify the hotel at or before check-in if there are any changes to your confirmed departure date, as an early departure fee equal to one night’s room rate and tax will be charged to any guest who checks out prior to their confirmed departure date.

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 $100 per day for incidental charges; 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: Valet parking is available for $55 per day with in/out privileges (subject to change). Self-parking is not available.

Hotel Cancellations must be made directly with the hotel at least 72 hours prior to your confirmed arrival date or you will be charged a cancellation fee equal to one night’s room rate and tax

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 21, 2019; however, tuition, less 10% processing fee, may be applied to a future Symposia Medicus conference.

All cancellations must be emailed to registrar@symposiamedicus.org OR mailed to Symposia Medicus. If mailed, it must be postmarked by the date 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 to the Omni Shoreham Hotel is the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) which is approximately 8 miles from the hotel. The Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) is approximately 29 miles, and the Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) is approximately 40 miles from 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 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 ECMC141 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