Conference #1608
26th Annual Spring Conference on Pediatric Emergencies

March 30 - April 2, 2022
Playa Bonita, Panama

See Tuition information for pricing and attendance options.
Proof of full vaccination and face masks required for in-person attendance.

Designed for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician associates, nurses, and other allied healthcare professionals involved in the care of pediatric patients, our 26th Annual Spring Conference on Pediatric Emergencies takes place over the course of four days. Covering a wide array of topics such as differential diagnoses for respiratory emergencies, endocrinology, child abuse, mental health, and orthopedic emergencies, 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 emergency 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…

  • Review the compensating child with endocrinologic metabolic disease
  • Recognize risk factors and indicators of abuse and neglect and apply that knowledge toward the medical work and differential diagnosis
  • Discuss orthopedic emergencies that can be managed without an emergency orthopedic consultation
  • Manage sexually transmitted infection (STI) emergencies
  • Recognize appropriate psychopharmacologic medications and dosages for a range of developmental and behavioral health needs

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 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

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

If postmarked by
January 19, 2022
If postmarked after
January 19, 2022
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.
  • Tuition includes continuing education, online access to educational session materials, continental breakfast on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday mornings, and break refreshments for conference registrants.
  • Conference registration will be confirmed via email.

Due to strict security for non-hotel guests, please contact Symposia Medicus if you are not staying atDreams Playa Bonita Panama Resort & Spa


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.

Physician Associates
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. Physician Associates 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 3.25 pharmacotherapeutic credit 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.

Jahn Avarello, MD, FAAP, FACEP - Conference Co-Chairperson
Regional Medical Director, Florida; PM Pediatrics Urgent Care; Coral Springs, Florida
Ilene Claudius, MD - Conference Co-Chairperson
Associate Professor of Pediatrics & Emergency Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Harbor-UCLA; Los Angeles, California
Landon A. Jones, MD
Maria D. McColgan, MD, MSEd, FAAP
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Rowan University SOM & Cooper Medical School, Rowan University; Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellowship Director; The Child Abuse Research Education Service (CARES) Institute & Cooper University Health Center; Stratford, New Jersey
Alison Schonwald, MD, FAAP
Touchstone Neurodevelopmental Center, LLC; Department of Pediatrics, Cambridge Health Alliance, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School; Boston, Massachusetts


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, March 30, 2022
8:15 AMPediatric Respiratory Emergencies
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Ilene Claudius, MD
9:00Pediatric Endocrinologic Disorders: When the Body's Homeostasis Fails
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Landon A. Jones, MD
9:45Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
10:30Visual Diagnosis in Pediatric Emergency Medicine
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Jahn Avarello, MD, FAAP, FACEP
11:15Making the Diagnosis: Child Physical Abuse & Neglect
Maria D. McColgan, MD, MSEd, FAAP
12:00 PMWe're Running Out of Meds! Will You Send a Prescription?
(Rx = 45 minutes)
Alison Schonwald, MD, FAAP
12:45Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
Thursday, March 31, 2022
8:00 AMWhen It's More Than ADHD
(Rx = 25 minutes)
Alison Schonwald, MD, FAAP
8:45Street Drugs & Teens
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Ilene Claudius, MD
9:30Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15Demystifying the Medical Evaluation in Child Sexual Abuse
Maria D. McColgan, MD, MSEd, FAAP
11:00STIs & Teens
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Ilene Claudius, MD
11:45Identifying & Responding to Child Sex Trafficking
Maria D. McColgan, MD, MSEd, FAAP
12:30 PMQuestions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
Friday, April 1, 2022
3:00 PMSmall Group Breakouts – Session One

● Infectious Disease Emergencies in Pediatrics: You Make the Call

Landon A. Jones, MD
 ● Pediatric Abdominal Pain: The Jeopardy Version
Jahn Avarello, MD, FAAP, FACEP
 ● When Disaster Strikes: Caring for Youth With Mental Health & Developmental Needs
Alison Schonwald, MD, FAAP
4:45Small Group Breakouts – Session Two

● Infectious Disease Emergencies in Pediatrics: You Make the Call

Landon A. Jones, MD
 ● Pediatric Abdominal Pain: The Jeopardy Version
Jahn Avarello, MD, FAAP, FACEP
 ● When Disaster Strikes: Caring for Youth With Mental Health & Developmental Needs
Alison Schonwald, MD, FAAP
Saturday, April 2, 2022
8:00 AMPediatric Emergency Myth Busters: What Does the Evidence Say?
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Jahn Avarello, MD, FAAP, FACEP
8:45Foreign Body Removals
Landon A. Jones, MD
9:30Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15Congenital & Acquired Cardiac Emergencies
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Ilene Claudius, MD
11:00Pediatric Orthopedic Emergencies
Jahn Avarello, MD, FAAP, FACEP
11:45Less Common Pediatric Neurology Cases That You'll See
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Landon A. Jones, MD
12:30 PMQuestions & 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 Dreams Playa Bonita Panama 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.


Deluxe Partial Ocean View
(Garden & partial views of the Pacific Ocean.) Located on the 1st floor.
Double Occupancy (TWO adults 13 years and older) - $318/night
Triple Occupancy (THREE adults 13 years and older) - $471/night

Deluxe Ocean View
(Pacific Ocean Views)
Double Occupancy (TWO adults 13 years and older) - $338/night
Triple Occupancy (THREE adults 13 years and older) - $501/night

All rooms and suites are non-smoking and include: bath amenities, internet access, hair dryer, TV, air-conditioning, double vanities, workstation, daily refreshed mini-bar, coffee & tea maker, alarm clock, in-room safe, private balcony or terrace, iron & ironing board, and standard USA electrical outlets.

These rooms are 495 sq. ft. with either a king bed or two double beds.

Preferred Club Guests will receive the following additional amenities & services:
personalized check-in and check-out, upgraded mini-bar service, bathrobes & slippers, access to the Preferred Club Lounge which offers, a computer, daily continental breakfast, afternoon hors d’oeuvres, desserts and fine liquors, and one-time spa access to use the Jacuzzi, sauna, and steam room.

Preferred Club Deluxe Ocean View
(Pacific Ocean Views)
Double Occupancy (TWO adults 13 years and older) - $360/night
Triple Occupancy (THREE adults 13 years and older) - $534/night

These rooms are 495 sq. ft. with either a king bed or two double beds

Preferred Club Deluxe Jr. Suite Ocean View*
(Pacific Ocean Views)
Double Occupancy (TWO adults 13 years and older) - $400/night
Triple Occupancy (THREE adults 13 years and older) - N/A, 3th or 4th Person only ages 12 & under

These Jr. Suites are 820 sq. ft. and offer one king bed only, walk-in closet, and dining area with table & seating for four. Located on the top floors.

All-inclusive rates include: all taxes, gratuities for Bellman, daily maid services, and waiters, daily full breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, 24-hour room service, daily refreshed mini-bar including soft drinks, bottled water, juice, and beer, 7 dining options, unlimited domestic & international alcoholic beverages, unlimited natural fruit juices, soft drinks, water, tea, and coffee, wireless internet, daytime activities, nightly entertainment, theme nights, private beach, use of Pool/Beach chairs and towels, use of pool Cabanas & beach Palapas, a fully-equipped fitness center, Explorer’s Club for Kids (3-12 years), shuttle service from the resort to Panama City with drop-offs at Albrook Mall and Casco Antiguo (see concierge for schedule) and much more!

*Preferred Club Deluxe Jr. Suite Ocean View rooms are VERY limited. Please reserve early or call Symposia Medicus for availability at (925) 969-1789. Single rates may be available; please call us for more information.

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

Hotel Policies

  • Changes to reservations, regardless of reason, made within 25 days of arrival, will be charged the total original reserved stay. If changes are made before 25 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):
    - Premium wine (list available at restaurants and bars)
    - Spa and/or salon services
    - Telephone calls
    - Business center
    - Laundry & dry cleaning services
    - Additional gratuities at your discretion
    - Medical Services
    - Airport Transfers
  • Maximum guestroom occupancy is (NO EXCEPTIONS):
    -Three adults (13 years & older), or
    - Three adults (13 years & older) and one child (12 years & under), or
    - Two adults (13 years & older) and two children (12 years & under)
  • Mandatory additional child charge (3-12 years old) is $67 per child, per night (all-inclusive), however, this fee is WAIVED when booking with Symposia Medicus - not to exceed stated maximum occupancy
  • Children 2 years & under are complimentary – not to exceed stated maximum occupancy
  • Bed Type Requests: You can select one or two beds; however, requests cannot be guaranteed until check-in
  • Rollaway beds are complimentary, however, only allowed in Deluxe and Preferred Club Deluxe King Bed Rooms (based on availability and subject to change)
  • Cribs: are not available at the resort
  • 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.
  • Credit/Debit Card Policy: Upon check-in, the hotel requires a credit card or debit card and will charge your full stay (even if you have pre-paid). If using a debit card, the amount may be immediately deducted from your account. Upon check-out, the hotel will charge the credit card for your incidental charges. The length of time for which the unused funds will be released back on your credit or debit account varies from bank to bank.
  • Parking: Self-parking and valet are complimentary.

Vaccination/Face Mask Policies

You must be fully vaccinated in order to attend a Symposia Medicus conference in-person. Proof of vaccination in the form of vaccination record card, a photo of your vaccination card, and QR code (via paper, your smartphone or other portable electronic device). You can submit this prior to the conference via email to or in-person at the conference venue. Face masks are required in the conference room. Symposia Medicus will have disposable masks available at the Registration Desk. These policies are subject to change.

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 February 23, 2022; 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 January 26, 2022. Between January 27, 2022 and February 23, 2022, one night’s deposit is forfeited. After February 23, 2022, no hotel refunds can be made.
  • All cancellations must be emailed to by the dates stated above
  • In the unlikely event of a 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.


There are detailed requirements and instructions for all visitors to Panama, which may include proof of vaccination, pre-travel testing, and/or mandated quarantine for non-vaccinated travelers. Visit the Panama Tourism Authority at for current information about these requirements and please note that these mandates are subject to change. Visitors are encouraged to stay up to date on the latest restrictions, advisories, and travel alerts that are in place leading up to your planned stay.

You will need to complete the Health Affidavit form. In order to obtain your QR code, please visit


You will fly into Tocumen International Airport (PTY), which is approximately 25 miles from Dreams Playa Bonita Panama Resort & Spa. Depending on traffic and road conditions, travel time from the airport to the hotel can take anywhere from 40 minutes to a little over an hour. 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 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.

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 NMV3E 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 ZKBQ178725 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.


Dreams Playa Bonita Panama Resort & Spa is offering hotel guests onsite complimentary COVID-19 (antigen) testing before your return to the United States. In the event of a positive result, the Clean Complete Verification protocol will take place and all expenses will be covered by the government (subject to change).


We have arranged ground transportation and tour options for conference members through PANAMAZING DMC, our selected tour company in Panama.

For more information or to make reservations, please visit:


Panama is a country abundant in history, culture, and tropical jungles, home to extraordinary flora, and fauna. Serving as the meeting point of North and South America, as well as the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, the isthmus has also been a confluence of many cultures since the opening of the Panama Canal.

Panama City is a cosmopolitan, dynamic city, where the modern and the traditional come together to create a cheerful and relaxed atmosphere. Here you can walk on the Cinta Costera and marvel at its modern beauty or discover the past in the capital city’s Old Town. And if you are looking to do some shopping, the city offers a wide range of excellent malls and shopping centers.

Come stay at Dreams Playa Bonita Resort & Spa on Playa Bonita (literally meaning “beautiful beach”), it is the closest beach to Panama City and the perfect location for our conference. The Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean offer incredible opportunities for world-class fishing, snorkeling, and diving. The resort’s seaside towers offer luxurious guest rooms and suites with jungle walkways and stunning views.

Our all-inclusive group rates let you choose from seven dining experiences: four à la carte restaurants, a buffet, grill and café that are all-inclusive! Relax at the infinity pool or enjoy the many outdoor activities the resort has to offer such as kayaking, yoga, water aerobics, and beach or pool volleyball.

Panama’s unique setting, combined with our exciting 26th Annual Spring Conference on Pediatric Emergencies, make this an opportunity you won’t want to miss!


We have arranged ground transportation and tour options for conference members through PANAMAZING DMC, our selected tour company in Panama.

For more information or to make reservations, please visit: