Designed for medical and nursing professionals who care for the tiniest and most fragile of infants, our 9th Annual Fall Conference on Current Concepts in Neonatal Care takes place over the course of four days. Covering a wide array of topics, our expert faculty will discuss updates in fungal infections, thermoregulation, collaborative team building, probiotics, NICU transfusions, and other key issues in neonatology. This course will present the latest evidence-based advancements in neonatal care and provide you with skills and strategies for application and implementation into your practice. With an emphasis on the ever-evolving technologies in this field, this course will equip attendees with tools and techniques for optimal patient care. This educational activity aims to increase both the competence and performance of all attendees as well as contribute to your ability to work together as part of a coordinated healthcare team.

Topics for this year’s conference have been selected based on the educational needs underlying 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 such as current clinical guidelines, research findings, literature reviews, and patient safety considerations.

An outstanding faculty has been assembled for this conference. Each faculty member was selected based on their individual area of expertise and ability to communicate current, evidence-based, and practical information to participants.

The conference format includes didactic lectures, question and answer sessions, and case studies. Following a group of lectures, the question and answer sessions allow attendees to ask the faculty critical and challenging questions about caring for patients during various neonatal situations.



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

  • Implement a hypothermia prevention quality improvement process
  • Review current evidence for probiotic administration to term infants to treat colic and prevent atopic dermatitis
  • Associate specific neonatal symptoms of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) with the risk of long-term developmental delays and behavioral problems
  • Describe and outline a management plan for three different clinical presentations of neonatal fungal infections
  • Summarize the development of transfusion guidelines in a critical care setting

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

If postmarked by
July 9, 2021
If postmarked after
July 9, 2021
Physicians $795 $895
Residents, Nurses, PAs, & All Others $695 $795
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.
For this conference, we are offering the below options for attendance:
In-Person: Attend in-person in the conference hotel meeting room. Tuition includes continuing education and online access to educational session materials. Continental breakfast on in-session days and break refreshments every day will be provided for conference registrants.

You can register and receive conference lodging group rates in the following ways:

  • Online via this website (unless otherwise directed) OR:
  • Call (925) 969-1789 Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm (Pacific Time), with
      Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover; OR
  • By mail; make check payable to Symposia Medicus and send along with registration form to:
    399 Taylor Blvd., Suite 201, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523-2287

Conference registration will be confirmed via email.

Please call (925) 969-1789 for additional questions or information.


After 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, reviewing the educational session materials, and submitting the case studies test, evaluations, surveys, and verification of attendance 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 nursing continuing professional development 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.
This CME activity meets the requirements under California Assembly Bill 1195, continuing education and cultural and linguistic competency.

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 Credit™

Pharmacotherapeutic CEUs for Nurses
This activity is designated for a maximum of 2.25 pharmacotherapeutic credits towards meeting the requirement for nursing pharmacology continuing education. Sessions awarding pharmacotherapeutic credits are denoted with an Rx in the schedule. Please contact your state’s Board of Nursing for specific educational requirements as they may vary state to state.

Patrick D. Carroll, MD, MPH - Conference Co-Chairperson
Hospital Medical Director; Intermountain—St. George Regional Hospital; Intermountain Healthcare; St. George, Utah
Christine Gleason, MD - Conference Co-Chairperson
Co-Editor, Avery's Diseases of the Newborn; Professor Emerita of Pediatrics; University of Washington; Seattle, Washington
Jill L. Maron, MD, MPH
Vice Chair of Pediatric Research, Tufts Children's Hospital; Executive Director, Mother Infant Research Institute; Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Newborn Medicine, Tufts Medical Center; Boston, Massachusetts
Robin K. Ohls, MD
Professor of Pediatrics; Division of Neonatology; University of Utah School of Medicine; Salt Lake City, Utah
Mark A. Underwood, MD
Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics; Division of Neonatology; University of California, Davis; School of Medicine; Sacramento, California; Community Neonatologist; Spokane, Washington


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 educational session materials for this activity and speakers will provide a disclosure slide for each presentation which they will also disclose verbally onsite.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021
8:15 AM Thermoregulation in the Delivery Room: Just Like Goldilocks—Not Too Hot, Not Too Cold
Patrick D. Carroll, MD, MPH
9:00 AM Survival at the Limits of Viability—Global Variations
Christine Gleason, MD
9:45 AM Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
10:30 AM Genomic Testing in the NICU
Jill L. Maron, MD, MPH
11:15 AM Adjuvant Therapies to Cooling in Neonates With Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy
(Rx = 30 minutes)
Robin K. Ohls, MD
12:00 PM Necrotizing Enterocolitis: What’s New?
Mark A. Underwood, MD
12:45 PM Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
Thursday, September 23, 2021
8:00 AM Development of NICU Transfusion Guidelines
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Robin K. Ohls, MD
8:45 AM Anemia Prevention Strategies in the NICU
Patrick D. Carroll, MD, MPH
9:30 AM Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 AM Misadventures in the NICU
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Christine Gleason, MD
11:00 AM Labs & Imaging: Is Less Really More?
Patrick D. Carroll, MD, MPH
11:45 AM Iron Supplementation in the NICU
(Rx = 30 minutes)
Robin K. Ohls, MD
12:30 PM Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
Friday, September 24, 2021
8:00 AM Assessing Oral Feeding Readiness & Pathology Through Neonatal Salivary Analysis
Jill L. Maron, MD, MPH
8:45 AM Human Milk Oligosaccharides
Mark A. Underwood, MD
9:45 AM Fungus Among-Us: Neonatal Fungal Infections
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Christine Gleason, MD
10:30 AM Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
Saturday, September 25, 2021
8:00 AM Probiotics: Risks & Benefits for Preterm & Term Infants
Mark A. Underwood, MD
8:45 AM Uncovering the Molecular Mechanism for Disparities Through Salivary Gene Expression Analyses
Jill L. Maron, MD, MPH
9:30 AM Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 AM Long-Term Consequences of Antibiotics in the Perinatal & Neonatal Periods
(Rx = 25 minutes)
Mark A. Underwood, MD
11:00 AM Team Building & Collaboration: What Does the Data Show?
Patrick D. Carroll, MD, MPH
11:45 AM Novel Insights Into Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)
Jill L. Maron, MD, MPH
12:30 PM Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
Rx = Pharmacotherapeutic CEUs for nurses will be granted for these sessions

Conference group rates have been arranged at the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & 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.

Type of Room   Group Rates   Description  
Standard Room
(view of perimeter and exterior of hotel)
*Garden View Room
(view of hotel's courtyard)
  $359/night   All rooms are non-smoking and approximately 375 sq. ft. and feature either one king bed or two double beds. Rooms also include air conditioning, deluxe bedding, luxurious bathrobes, spa-quality bath essentials, mini-refrigerators, coffee makers with complimentary coffee, flat screen TVs with plug-in high tech panel, premium movie channels, and pay-per-view movie access.
Due to strict fire codes, rollaway beds and cribs are not permitted in a room with two beds. Only one rollaway or crib is permitted in a room with a king bed.
*Concierge Room
(view of hotel’s courtyard or perimeter and exterior of hotel)
Concierge lounge access includes complimentary continental breakfast, daily midday snacks, hors d’oeuvres and dessert, non-alcoholic beverages, and business services.
By reserving your lodging with Symposia Medicus, the $20 per room, per night Destination Fee is waived. This fee includes (subject to change): two bottles of water (daily), coffee, enhanced internet in-room and throughout the resort, two bicycle rentals, spa access (for the locker room, steam room, and Jacuzzi), use of pool & towels, culinary garden tour with sparkling wine (4:00pm daily), and self-parking.

For information regarding COVID-19, health, and safety at the hotel, please visit:

Hotel Policies

  • Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to change):
    - 12% tax
    - 0.065% California Tourism Assessment Fee
    - 2% Tourism Business Improvement District Assessment
  • Maximum guestroom occupancy is four people and cannot be exceeded due to fire codes
  • There is no additional charge for 3rd and 4th guests in room
  • Bed Type Requests: You can select one or two beds; however, requests cannot be guaranteed until check-in
  • Rollaways & Cribs: Rollaway beds and cribs are complimentary (based on availability and subject to change). Please note: Due to strict fire codes, rollaway beds and cribs are not permitted in a room with two beds. Only one rollaway or crib is permitted in a room with a king bed.
  • Check-in time is 4:00pm - Please inform Symposia Medicus of any changes at least 72 hours prior to your arrival or you will be charged the entire, original reserved stay
  • Check-out time is 11:00am - A late check-out can only be confirmed on the date of departure by the front desk. Late check-outs are based on availability and additional charges may apply.
  • 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 and valet is not available at this hotel

Cancellation Policies

  • Conference cancellations must be made in writing (via email) 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 18, 2021; however, tuition, less a 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 by July 21, 2021. Between July 22, 2021 and August 18, 2021, one night’s deposit is forfeited. After August 18, 2021, no hotel refunds can be made.
  • All cancellations must be emailed to 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.

Each registrant will have online access to educational session materials. The educational session materials will be available for download approximately one week prior to the conference (you’ll receive an email with instructions).

If you are unable to attend this conference, you may purchase an electronic copy of the educational session materials one week after the conference. Please email for more information.


The closest airport to the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa is Oakland International Airport (OAK); however, lower fares can sometimes be found by flying into San Francisco International Airport (SFO), Sacramento International Airport (SMF) or San Jose International Airport (SJC). Oakland is approximately 50 miles from the hotel, while San Francisco and Sacramento are approximately 60 miles, and San Jose is approximately 85 miles. 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.

Please check directly with the airlines for updated information on their COVID-19 policies.

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 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 ECMD500 in the “Discount Code” box, located at the right hand side of the page.
Delta Airlines   For discounts on Delta Airlines, please visit, enter in your travel plans and then click on the “Advanced Search” link located below the “Passenger” box. Once you click on this link, a panel will appear and you will need to insert NY34X in the “Meeting Code” box. For questions, please call the Delta Airlines Convention Desk at (800) 328-1111.
United Airlines   For discounts on United Airlines, please visit and click on Advanced Search, 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 ZJVS420980 in the “Promotions and Certificates” box at the end of the page. 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   800-331-1600   AWD # B766625
Budget   800-772-3773   BCD # U076767

For driving directions, click on the links below:

Driving directions from Oakland International Airport (OAK) to Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa

Driving directions from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa

Driving directions from Sacramento International Airport (SMF) to Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa

Driving directions from Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) to Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa




  • Please call (800) 872-7245 or visit for more information
  • Offers transportation from Oakland, San Francisco, Sacramento, and San Jose to Napa
  • For reservations, rates, and times, please call them directly or visit their website listed above


  • Please call (415) 705-8291 or visit for more information
  • Offers ferry transportation from Oakland, San Francisco, and Alameda to Vallejo
  • The Vallejo Ferry Terminal is just a block away from the Vallejo Transit Center, with connecting bus service to the Napa area
  • For reservations, rates, and times, please call them directly or visit their website listed above


Self-parking is complimentary at the hotel. Valet parking is not available.

California’s wine country offers scenic countryside views, great wines, and superb restaurants. With over 450 wineries offering a variety of wines for all tastes, it’s no wonder that the Napa Valley is considered the heart of the American wine industry. Located approximately 60 miles north of San Francisco, there is much more to Napa than just its grapes! Enjoy hot-air ballooning, horseback riding, mountain biking, or casual golfing.

Find incredible discounts on your favorite brand names at the Napa Premium Outlets or visit Old Town for unique shopping. Visit the recently restored Napa Valley Opera House for headliners from jazz to country music. Although wine comes to mind when thinking of the Napa Valley, it is the food that will keep you occupied with world-renowned restaurants in the area such as The French Laundry, Bottega, and Morimoto.

There is so much to do in this abundant valley. But if the Napa Valley isn’t enough to keep your interest, San Francisco, with Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, and famous cable cars, is just an hour away; or the kid inside you will love the excitement of Six Flags Discovery Kingdom located just 20 minutes away, or Safari West wildlife preserve just 45 minutes away.

The Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa combines modern convenience with traditional comfort. Exercise at the state-of-the-art fitness center, or enjoy “The Preserve Spa,” one of the best full-service spas in the Napa Valley. If you are looking for a refreshing escape—just head over to the hotel’s all new resort-style pool and courtyard. They’ll provide the towels, sunscreen, lounge chairs, and umbrellas—all you have to do is relax and enjoy every moment.

Sip on specialty cocktails or your favorite Napa Valley wines complemented by creative small bites from VINeleven’s innovative kitchen, the hotel’s indoor/outdoor restaurant and bar. Start the day with morning yoga sessions on the pool deck, or just unwind with a cocktail on the pool patio under a gorgeous California sunset after a long day spent touring vineyards or teeing off on Napa’s famous golf courses!

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it in Napa, at our 9th Annual Fall Conference on Current Concepts in Neonatal Care.

Below is information on suggested activities you and your guest(s) can enjoy during your stay in the Napa Valley.


Please visit the hotel’s website at for a list of things to do in the area.


For information on the Napa Valley Wine Train, please visit their website at


For a list of wineries, restaurants, and more in the area, please visit


Below are a few attractions suited for families and children. Please visit the hotel’s concierge onsite for more information or visit Napa Valley’s website at

Jelly Belly Factory
1 Jelly Belly Ln
Fairfield, CA 94533
(800) 953-5592

Safari West
3115 Porter Creek Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
(800) 616-2695

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
1001 Fairgrounds Drive SW
(Marine World Parkway)
Vallejo, CA 94589
(707) 644-4000

Balloons Above the Valley
(Hot air balloon rides)
603 California Blvd.,
Napa, CA 94559
(800) 464-6824

Charles M. Schulz Museum
2301 Hardies Lane
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
(707) 579-4452

Scandia Family Center
4300 Central Place
Fairfield, CA 94534
(707) 864-8558