Designed for physicians, nurse practitioners, PAs, nurses, and other allied healthcare professionals involved in the care of pediatric patients, our 37th Annual Fall Conference on Pediatric Emergencies takes place over the course of four days. Covering a wide array of topics such as asthma, orthopedic emergencies, pediatric sepsis,child abuse, and fever, our expert faculty will discuss the latest evidence-based advancements in pediatric emergency medicine, present emerging clinical data, and provide skills and strategies for application and implementation into your practice. 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, case studies, and small group breakouts. 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 pediatric situations.

The breakout sessions, designed to facilitate even greater interaction between faculty and participants, offer an opportunity to engage in group 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.


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

  • Recognize clinical and radiographic injury patterns that are characteristic of physical abuse
  • Differentiate between bacterial and viral pediatric pneumonia
  • Review pain relief in pediatric orthopedics and compare/contrast opiate versus other modalities
  • Manage cyanotic heart disease
  • Apply current strategies for the longer-term management of severe pediatric traumatic brain injury (TBI)


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.

Approved by the American College of Emergency Physicians for a maximum of 18 hour(s) of ACEP Category I credit.

Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending. Please check our website for updated credit information.

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 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.

Christopher S. Amato, MD, FAAP, FACEP
Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine & Pediatrics, Sidney Kimmel Medical College; Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship; Medical Director, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Atlantic Health System; Attending Physician, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Morristown Memorial Hospital; Goryeb Children's Hospital; Morristown, New Jersey
Richard M. Cantor, MD, FAAP, FACEP - Conference Co-Chairperson
Professor of Emergency Medicine & Pediatrics; Director, Fellowship Program in Pediatric Emergency Medicine; Director, Pediatric Emergency Department; Medical Director, Central New York Poison Control Center; Upstate Medical University; Syracuse, New York
Liza Kearl, MD, FAAP
Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine; Medical Director & Division Chief of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine; LAC-USC Keck Medical Center; Los Angeles, California
Maia S. Rutman, MD, FAAP, FACEP - Conference Co-Chairperson
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine & Pediatrics; Associate Program Director, Emergency Medicine Residency; Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth; Director, Pediatric Emergency Services, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; Lebanon, New Hampshire
Binita R. Shah, MD, FAAP
Distinguished Professor of Emerita of Emergency Medicine & Pediatrics; SUNY Downstate Medical Center; Director Emerita, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Kings County Hospital Center; Brooklyn, New York


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, October 27, 2021
8:15 AM Pediatric Toxicology Mysteries: It’s a Dangerous World
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Richard M. Cantor, MD, FAAP, FACEP
9:00 AM Pediatric Orthopedics: When to Consult & When to Defer
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Christopher S. Amato, MD, FAAP, FACEP
9:45 AM Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
10:30 AM When It’s NOT Abuse: Conditions Mistaken for Child or Sexual Abuse
Binita R. Shah, MD, FAAP
11:15 AM Surviving Sepsis
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Liza Kearl, MD, FAAP
12:00 PM Severe Traumatic Brain Injury in the Pediatric Population: Recognition & Management in the ED
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Maia S. Rutman, MD, FAAP, FACEP
12:45 PM Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
Thursday, October 28, 2021
8:00 AM And the Beat Goes On: The Critical Cardiac Child
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Liza Kearl, MD, FAAP
8:45 AM Pediatric Meningitis: The Rare but Deadly Diagnosis You Don’t Want to Miss
Maia S. Rutman, MD, FAAP, FACEP
9:30 AM Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 AM Pediatric Fever
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Christopher S. Amato, MD, FAAP, FACEP
11:00 AM Take a Deep Breath—Asthma: Tips for Better Breathing
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Liza Kearl, MD, FAAP
11:45 AM Pediatric Trauma: An Evidence-Based Approach
(Rx = 5 minutes)
Christopher S. Amato, MD, FAAP, FACEP
12:30 PM Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
Friday, October 29, 2021
3:00 PM Breaking Down Pediatric Fractures
Christopher S. Amato, MD, FAAP, FACEP
3:00 PM Challenging Cases in Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Richard M. Cantor, MD, FAAP, FACEP
3:00 PM Crisis Averted?: Screening for & Management of Mental Health Emergencies in Children & Adolescents
Maia S. Rutman, MD, FAAP, FACEP
3:00 PM Genitourinary Emergencies: Don’t Miss the Costly “Oops!”
Binita R. Shah, MD, FAAP
4:45 PM Breaking Down Pediatric Fractures
Christopher S. Amato, MD, FAAP, FACEP
4:45 PM Challenging Cases in Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Richard M. Cantor, MD, FAAP, FACEP
4:45 PM Crisis Averted?: Screening for & Management of Mental Health Emergencies in Children & Adolescents
Maia S. Rutman, MD, FAAP, FACEP
4:45 PM Genitourinary Emergencies: Don’t Miss the Costly “Oops!”
Binita R. Shah, MD, FAAP
Saturday, October 30, 2021
8:00 AM The Eyes Have It–Eye Injuries: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Liza Kearl, MD, FAAP
8:45 AM Everything You Wanted to Know About Pneumonia in Pediatric Patients
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Richard M. Cantor, MD, FAAP, FACEP
9:30 AM Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 AM Rapid Fire Visual Diagnoses: Sharpen Your Diagnostic Skills
Binita R. Shah, MD, FAAP
11:00 AM Evidence-Based Pediatric Emergency Medicine: Are You Practicing It?
Richard M. Cantor, MD, FAAP, FACEP
11:45 AM Life-Threatening Dermatologic Emergencies
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Binita R. Shah, MD, FAAP
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 Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach 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.


All rooms are non-smoking and approximately 390 square feet. Rooms feature a 55” Samsung TV, Westin Heavenly® beds, hairdryer, coffee/tea maker, and mini-fridge.

  • Island View - $289/night
    View of the famous Seven Mile Beach Road on the island side of the hotel. These rooms also look out onto the main entrance of the resort. Rooms on higher floors offer a view of the Safe Haven Golf Course. Ground floor rooms have patios and only some upper level rooms offer balconies.
  • Partial Ocean View - $319/night
    Located on the north and south sides of the hotel, offering a partial view of Seven Mile Beach. Ground floor rooms have patios and all upper level rooms have balconies.
  • Ocean/Pool View - $349/night
    Located in the interior of the hotel with views of the pool area and Seven Mile Beach. Palm trees can obstruct views in some rooms. Ground floor rooms have patios and all upper level rooms have balconies.
  • Deluxe Ocean Front - $449/night
    (Very limited availability, must call Symposia Medicus to reserve)
    Located on the second floor of the hotel with an unobstructed view of Seven Mile Beach and includes a balcony.

By reserving through Symposia Medicus, the Resort Fee (normally $65/day) is included in the group rates stated above.

The Resort Fee includes: Internet access in guest rooms and public spaces, two bottles of water (replenished daily), mini-refrigerators, self-parking, beach chairs, umbrellas, and towels, pool and beach ambassadors, use of sauna, hot tub, and steam room at the Hibiscus Spa (based on availability), use of the fitness center, clinics to include beach yoga and standup paddle boarding, use of the business center (free printing for up to 10 pages), Sunday movie night on the beach, welcome drink, complimentary bite-size appetizers at Catboat Bar, poolside treats (some for a fee), Director of Lifestyle to execute daily/weekly events and activities, S’mores/Marshmallow Madness Night, Beach Bonfire Night, Imagination Playground including kids play blocks, board games, beach and lawn games, giant chess/checkers, and complimentary weekly activities (soccer, corn hole, nature scavenger hunt, character tattoos for kids, beach ball rally, water balloon toss, water drop relay, bocce ball tourney, trivia night, and sand sculpture competition). Items listed are subject to change.

Hotel Policies

  • Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to change):
    - 13% Government Tax
    - 11% Service Charge (includes round-trip bellman & daily housekeeping gratuities)
  • Maximum guestroom occupancy is:
    - Three adults, or
    - Two adults and two children (or three if 3rd child is 3 years old or younger)
  • Mandatory additional person charges, listed below, include daily buffet breakfast and taxes (not to exceed maximum occupancy)
    - Third adult (18 years & older) is $55 per night
    - Children 13-17 years old are $18 per person, per night
    - Children 5-12 years old are $10 per person, per night
    - Children 4 years & under are complimentary
  • Bed Type Requests: You can select one or two beds; however, requests cannot be guaranteed until check-in. All king bedded rooms come with sleeper sofas.
  • Cribs are available on a complimentary basis and rollaway beds are available at $15/day (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. Late check-outs are based on availability and additional charges may apply.
  • Early Departure Fee: Please notify the hotel at check-in if there are any changes to your scheduled departure, 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 estimated 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: Self-parking is complimentary for conference guests. Valet is not available at this resort.

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 September 22, 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 August 25, 2021. Between August 26, 2021 and September 22, 2021, one night’s deposit is forfeited. After September 22, 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.


You will fly into Owen Roberts International Airport (GCM), which is approximately 15 minutes from The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa. For information on ground transportation, please visit our website.

Symposia Medicus has arranged for discount fares with Delta and United Airlines for this conference. Reservations can be made either through your travel agency or through the airline 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.

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.


Beautiful Grand Cayman Island is the largest of the three Cayman Islands. Whether you are looking for complete relaxation, exquisite dining, exciting nightlife, or awesome underwater sights featuring accessible reefs, there is something for everyone. On the west side of Grand Cayman you will find the famous Seven Mile Beach. A crescent-shaped natural wonder, with white sand and azure water stretching as far as the eye can see, Seven Mile Beach is often rated as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Take a trip into the North Sound and visit Stingray City, where you and your family have the rare opportunity to swim and learn about southern stingrays. When you’re looking to get off the beach, get lost in the luxury of George Town, with colorful traditional Caribbean-style buildings and endless duty-free shopping.

The newly-renovated Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa is in the premier location for fun and relaxation. The resort has easy access to Grand Cayman’s best attractions including scuba diving, shopping, snorkeling, and golfing. Spend time at the oversized outdoor pool or enjoy luxurious private cabanas on the beach. Family and children’s activities are sure to keep everyone busy, so why not visit the rejuvenating Hibiscus Spa? With world-class treatments, you will leave more refreshed than you ever imagined.

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it on Grand Cayman, at our 37th Annual Fall Conference on Pediatric Emergencies.