“Not only did Symposia Medicus bring knowledgeable speakers, but presenters delivered interesting, relevant, and enthusiastic lectures. Very enjoyable.”
– Renee Carlton, MD

“Fantastic program; all presenters were engaging, entertaining, and knowledgeable in their subject areas. I came away with valuable information, most will probably influence my clinical practice.”
– Heather Champney, MD

“I always enjoy these conferences. Symposia Medicus combines a good mix of lectures and personalities.”
– Elizabeth Ezell, PA


Our 17th 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 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 17th Annual Winter Conference on Pediatric Emergencies while sharing ideas and experiences with colleagues from across the country in the beautiful setting of Beaver Creek, Colorado.


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

Implement a management plan for rehabilitation after concussion

Identify the most common causes of pediatric pneumonia

Provide an update on the current status of treatment of patients with chronic hepatitis C.

Identify and manage orthopedic conditions that have high rates of complications

State the best ways to treat respiratory illnesses in children and neonates


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 16.25 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 16.25 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 16.25 hour(s) of ACEP Category 1 credit.

This Live activity, 17th Annual Winter Conference on Pediatric Emergencies, with a beginning date of 02/28/2017, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 16.25 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.

Certified Nurse Midwives
The American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) accepts Category 1 CME approval from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

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 16.25 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

Nurse Practitioners/Nurses
The ANCC contact hours awarded for completion of this conference are 16.25.

Provider is also approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP2335, for 19.5 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.


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.


William F. Balistreri, MD
Professor of Pediatrics & Medicine
University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
Director, Division of Pediatric
Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition
Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Pediatrics
Cincinnati, Ohio

Scottie Day, MD, FAAP
Associate Professor and Vice-Chair, 
Chief, Division of Critical Care Medicine Department of Pediatrics
Associate Chief Medical Officer
Kentucky Children’s Hospital
Lexington, Kentucky

Paul Graham Fisher, MD, FAAP
Conference Co-Chair

Professor, Neurology and Pediatrics;
By Courtesy, Neurosurgery & Human Biology
Chief, Division of Child Neurology
The Beirne Family Professor of Pediatric
Stanford University &
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
Palo Alto, California

Michael Gerardi, MD, FAAP, FACEP
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Mt. Sinai School of Medicine
Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Goryeb Children’s Hospital
Atlantic Health System
Attending Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine
Morristown Medical Center
Morristown, New Jersey

James Naprawa, MD
Conference Co-Chair

Attending Physician 
Division of Emergency Medicine
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, Oakland
Oakland, CA

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 28

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

Wednesday, March 1

6:30am Continued Registration & Check-in
Continental Breakfast
7:00 Welcome & Introduction
James Naprawa, MD
7:15 Managing Concussions & Head Trauma in Children
Paul Graham Fisher, MD
8:00 Pediatric Pneumonia: Does this Kid Need Antibiotics?
(Rx = 10 minutes)
James Naprawa, MD
8:45 Last Dance with Mary Jane: Overdoses and Intoxications (Rx = 30 minutes)
Scottie Day, MD
9:30 Pearls in Practice
Faculty Panel
9:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:30 Adjourn Morning Session
Mid-Day Break: 10:30am-4:00pm
4:00pm Admit or Discharge this Child: That is the Decision
Michael Gerardi, MD
4:45 Functional Abdominal Pain
(Rx = 15 minutes)
William F. Balistreri, MD
5:30 Case Presentations in High Risk Pediatric EM Encounters
Michael Gerardi, MD
6:15 Pearls in Practice
Faculty Panel
6:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
7:15 Adjourn for the Day

Thursday, March 2

6:30am Continental Breakfast
7:00 Wheezing in the Young Child (Rx = 10 minutes)
James Naprawa, MD
7:45 What’s Hot in Pediatric Gastroenterology: An Editor’s Perspective (Rx = 15 minutes)
William F. Balistreri, MD
8:30 Pediatric Neurological Emergencies: Do You Know What To Do? (Rx = 20 minutes)
Paul Graham Fisher, MD
9:15 Pearls in Practice
Faculty Panel
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 Adjourn for the Day

Friday, March 3

4:00pm Avoiding Pitfalls in Managing Acute Pediatric Orthopedic Conditions
Michael Gerardi, MD
4:45 Are Kids Just Small Adults?: Special Considerations in Pediatric Airways
Scottie Day, MD
5:30 First & Second Seizures: What to Know & What to Do
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Paul Graham Fisher, MD
6:15 Pearls in Practice
Faculty Panel
6:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
7:15 Adjourn for the Day

Saturday, March 4

6:30am Continental Breakfast
7:00 Case Studies in Infectious Diseases
(Rx = 10 minutes)
James Naprawa, MD
7:45 Viral Hepatitis - Are you “C”ing it?
(Rx = 20 minutes)
William F. Balistreri, MD
8:30 Drowning: In the Blink of an Eye
Scottie Day, MD
9:15 Pearls in Practice
Faculty Panel
9:30 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 at the beautiful Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, nestled at the base of Beaver Creek Mountain, with the Eagle River running the entire length of the resort. Located on the Westin Plaza, the Riverfront Express Gondola whisks skiers and riders to the slopes of Beaver Creek Mountain, Bachelor Gulch and Arrowhead ski areas, providing access to more than 1,800 acres of skiable terrain - perfect for novice to experienced skiers. Cross-country and snowshoeing enthusiasts can enjoy lift access to McCoy Park for an equally enjoyable outdoor experience. Other nearby activities to enjoy include snowmobiling, dog sledding, sleigh rides, and ice skating.

Only 20 minutes away is Vail Ski Resort, where you will be challenged by 193 trails over nearly 5,300 acres of skiable terrain.

In your guest room, indulge yourself with the signature Westin Heavenly Bed® and the Heavenly Bath®, a truly luxurious treat. Plush bathrobes & slippers, oversized cotton towels, refreshing White Tea Aloe bath amenities by Bliss, and turndown service complement your Westin experience.

The Westin’s Spa Anjali provides soothing mountain-inspired treatments featuring local botanicals in a luxurious 23,000 square foot facility designed to relax, rejuvenate and restore body, mind and spirit. Or enjoy a healthy workout in the WestinWORKOUT® fitness center or the heated outdoor saline pool.

After a full day of wintertime fun, you can enjoy a relaxing afternoon or evening at the Westin’s Lobby Wine Bar. Or take pleasure in a fine dining experience by Chef Richard Sandoval at the Westin’s Maya Restaurant. For a more casual dining experience you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner at The Lift Cafe. You can also enjoy a meal in nearby Avon, a town sprinkled with shops, boutiques, and beautiful bronze sculptures.

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it in Beaver Creek, Colorado at our 17th 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.

For additional conference or lodging information, call Symposia Medicus at (925) 969-1789, or visit our website at www.symposiamedicus.org.


If postmarked by
December 20, 2016
If postmarked after
December 20, 2016
Physicians $660 $760
Residents, Nurses, PAs, & All Others $560 $660

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

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 Riverfront 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.


Traditional Room

(Limited availability,
reserve early)

$310/night 4 Approximately 400 sq. ft. and features two queen size beds, bathroom, mini-fridge, and views of the town of Avon. Rollaway beds are not allowed in this room.
Studio Suite King $360/night 4
Note: Studio best equipped for 2 adults & 2 children (or 3 adults) due to bedding
Approximately 450 sq. ft. studio style room, featuring a king-size bed and a seating area with a chair, a love seat that converts to a full-size sofa bed, and coffee table surrounding a warming gas fireplace. Also includes a kitchenette that features a two-burner stove, sink, mini-fridge, and microwave. Rollaway beds are not allowed in this room.
The 1-, 2-, and 3-Bedroom Suites include a gas fireplace, Bose sound system, washer & dryer,
and full kitchen with dining table. Rollaway beds are only allowed in these suites.
1-Bedroom Suite $515/night 4 Approximately 800 sq. ft. one bedroom condominium style suite. Expansive windows throughout the residential suite allow you to enjoy the exhilarating Beaver Creek Mountain, Vail Valley or Eagle River views. Master bedroom with a king size bed, separate living area with two couches (one with full-size pull-out bed).
2-Bedroom Suite $774/night 8 Approximately 1,200 sq. ft. suite includes a master bedroom with a king-size bed and bathroom with a dual vanity, walk-in glass shower, and separate soaking tub. The second bedroom has two queen-size beds, bathroom with combination tub/shower, and separate exit into hotel’s hallway. The living area has two sofas (one with a full-size pull-out bed), two chairs, and a coffee table. The suite also has a balcony or patio with views of Eagle River and Game Creek Bowl, Beaver Creek Mountain, or Bachelor Gulch Mountain.

3-Bedroom Luxury Suite

(Must call Symposia Medicus for availability)


$1,205/night 10 Approximately 1,900 sq. ft. suite includes a master bedroom with a king-size bed, a second bedroom with a queen size bed, a third bedroom with two queen-size beds, and three bathrooms. The oversized separate living area has two couches (one with a full-size pull-out bed) and two chairs. The suite also has a private deck and wrap around windows, offering expansive panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and Eagle River.

All rooms & suites include the following:
Westin Heavenly Beds®, Westin Heavenly Baths®, at least one 42” flat screen LCD TV, iHome alarm clock including iPod docking station, work station with chair and desk pad, Starbucks® Coffee, plush robes and slippers, make-up/shaving mirror, full-length mirror, iron/ironing board, in-room safe, housekeeping services (offered twice daily), and turndown service (offered between 6:00-9:00pm by request).

Dogs are allowed at $25/dog/night and receive a Heavenly Dog Bed® and water bowl upon arrival, along with doggie welcome kit. Limit is two dogs per room.


Hotel Policies

Changes to your reservation, regardless of the reason, made within 30 days of your arrival date will be charged the total original reserved stay. If changes are made before 30 days, no penalty will be assessed. Please notify Symposia Medicus of changes.

Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to change):
- 12.4% state & local taxes
- $15 Resort Fee (discounted from $25) which includes: wireless internet, daily bottled water (in-room) & newspaper (upon request), unlimited local & 800 calls, shuttle throughout the valley, including Beaver Creek & Vail, Ski Valet, athletic club access, one free class, per stay, in the movement or yoga studio, Cookie Time, business center usage, including boarding pass printing)

Maximum occupancy stated above is based on sleeping beds (two per bed) and cannot be exceeded. An infant in a crib does not count toward maximum occupancy.

Rollaway beds are available at an additional cost of $35 per night (very limited availability, subject to change). Rollaway beds are only available for 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom suites.

Cribs and Pack & Plays are available on a complimentary basis (subject to availability and change)

Check-in time is 4:00pm 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; 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: Only valet parking is available at this resort. Conference registrants who reserve their room through Symposia Medicus will receive discounted valet parking at $15 per day, per car (regularly $30).

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 24, 2017; 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 27, 2016. Between December 28, 2016 and January 24, 2017, one night’s deposit is forfeited. After January 24, 2017, 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 Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE), which is an approximate 20 minute drive to Beaver Creek; however, lower fares can often be found by flying into Denver International Airport (DEN), which is approximately a two hour drive to Beaver Creek. 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 ECMX164 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 NMNP8 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 ZX32764574 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