Conference #1642
32nd Annual Winter Conference on Emergency Medicine

February 8 - 11, 2023
Oahu, Hawaii

See Tuition information for pricing and attendance options.
Proof of Vaccination and Face Mask use required
(See Health & Safety tab for complete info)


Designed for physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician associates, out-of-hospital providers, and other allied healthcare professionals, our 32nd Annual Winter Conference on Emergency Medicine takes place over the course of four days. Covering a wide array of topics such as infections, ultrasound, orthopedics, pediatric emergencies, and sedation, our expert faculty will discuss the latest evidence-based advancements in 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 emergency medicine 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…

  • List the indications for emergent MRI scanning in the emergency department
  • Describe the preferred sedation for the severely agitated patient
  • Discuss the changing epidemiology and impact of vaccinations
  • Recognize the clinical features of necrotizing skin infections
  • Discuss up-to-date treatments for common ENT emergencies encountered in an acute care setting

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

If postmarked by
November 30, 2022
If postmarked after
November 30, 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.
For this conference, we are offering the below options for attendance:
In-Person: Attend in-person in the conference meeting room. Tuition includes continuing education, online access to educational session materials, and break refreshments for conference registrants. Tuition also includes a group reception for faculty, registrants, and their guests.

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 102, 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 Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing 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 ACE activity was developed with standards to address California Assembly Bill (AB) 1195 cultural and linguistic competency (CLC) and CA AB 241 implicit bias (IB) to reduce health disparities. Please refer to the accreditation page on our website for resources.

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.

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.

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 2.75 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.

Fredrick M. Abrahamian, DO, FIDSA
Health Sciences Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine; David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; Los Angeles, California
Andy Godwin, MD, FACEP - Conference Co-Chairperson
Professor of Emergency Medicine; Chair & Chief of Service; Department of Emergency Medicine; Assistant Dean, Simulation Education; University of Florida College of Medicine; Jacksonville, Florida
Mimi Lu, MD
Clinical Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine; University of California, San Francisco; San Francisco, California
Scott W. Melanson, MD, FACEP, FAAEM
Program Director, Emergency Medicine Residency; St. Luke's University Health Network; Professor of Emergency Medicine; Temple/St. Luke's School of Medicine; Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Teresa S. Wu, MD, FACEP - Conference Co-Chairperson
Space Operations Physician, SpaceX; Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine; University of Arizona, College of Medicine - Phoenix; Director, Point-of-Care Ultrasound Program & Fellowships; Banner University Medical Center - Phoenix; Phoenix, Arizona


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 24 months. Symposia Medicus will also ensure that any and all relevant financial relationships will be mitigated before the conference commences. Beyond disclosure and mitigation 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 on site.

Wednesday, February 8, 2023
8:15 AMRapidly Fatal Infections
Fredrick M. Abrahamian, DO, FIDSA
9:00Point-of-Care Ultrasound: Current Trends & Future Directions
Teresa S. Wu, MD, FACEP
9:45Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
10:30Orthopedic Injuries You Can't Afford to Overlook
(Rx = 5 minutes)
Scott W. Melanson, MD, FACEP, FAAEM
11:15Challenging Pediatric Cases in a Community ED
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Mimi Lu, MD
12:00 PMSedation Update 2023: Managing Complex Procedures & Severe Agitation in the ED
(Rx = 40 minutes)
Andy Godwin, MD, FACEP
12:45Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
Thursday, February 9, 2023
8:00 AMCritical Decisions in the Management of Severe Headaches
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Fredrick M. Abrahamian, DO, FIDSA
8:45Human Trafficking: The Evil in Front of Us
Andy Godwin, MD, FACEP
9:30Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15The Febrile Infant: A 2023 Approach
(Rx = 5 minutes)
Mimi Lu, MD
11:00Avoiding Hypoxia & Hypotension: Newest Evidence-Based Airway Management in the ED
(Rx = 30 minutes)
Andy Godwin, MD, FACEP
11:45Pediatric Resuscitation
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Mimi Lu, MD
12:30 PMQuestions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
Friday, February 10, 2023
3:00 PMSmall Group Breakouts – Session One

● Emergency Medicine Jeopardy

Scott W. Melanson, MD, FACEP, FAAEM
 ● Medical Malpractice Conundrums: Tales From the Crypt
Andy Godwin, MD, FACEP
 ● Pediatric Tricks of the Trade
Mimi Lu, MD
 ● Procedural Ultrasound: Tips to Improve Your Everyday Practice
Teresa S. Wu, MD, FACEP
4:45Small Group Breakouts – Session Two

● Emergency Medicine Jeopardy

Scott W. Melanson, MD, FACEP, FAAEM
 ● Medical Malpractice Conundrums: Tales From the Crypt
Andy Godwin, MD, FACEP
 ● Pediatric Tricks of the Trade
Mimi Lu, MD
 ● Procedural Ultrasound: Tips to Improve Your Everyday Practice
Teresa S. Wu, MD, FACEP
Saturday, February 11, 2023
8:00 AMThe Mighty Magnet: Indications for MRI in the Emergency Department
(Rx = 5 minutes)
Scott W. Melanson, MD, FACEP, FAAEM
8:45Food for Thought: Challenging Ingestions in the Emergency Department
Teresa S. Wu, MD, FACEP
9:30Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15Ear, Nose, and Throat Nightmares: The Good, the Bad, and the Really Ugly
Teresa S. Wu, MD, FACEP
11:00EKG Pearls for Your Practice
(Rx = 30 minutes)
Fredrick M. Abrahamian, DO, FIDSA
11:45Shift Work, Circadian Rhythms, and Stimulants
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Scott W. Melanson, MD, FACEP, FAAEM
12:30 PMQuestions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
Rx = Pharmacotherapeutic CEUs for nurses will be granted for these sessions

Symposia Medicus values the well-being of our attendees, faculty, and staff and collaborates with the conference venue to ensure the safety and protection of all on-site participants.

In recognition of the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, proof of vaccination and/or face mask use requirements may change from the time of conference announcement and your registration, until the conference takes place. Current policies and attendance requirements for this conference are provided here, and we encourage you to refer to this information as needed, particularly as it gets closer to your on-site date, so that you can take any action you feel appropriate to be in compliance.

At this time, the following is in effect for on-site attendance:

Proof of Full Vaccination (defined by the CDC as 14 days after the primary series of COVID vaccines) is required. This can be provided in the form of a vaccination record card, a photo of your vaccination record card, or a vaccination QR code with written administered vaccines. You can submit your proof of vaccination prior to the conference via email at or in person while on site at the conference.

Face Mask use is required in and around the meeting rooms, with face masks available at the conference registration desk for your convenience.



Conference group rates have been arranged at the Turtle Bay Resort. 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.

Turtle Bay Resort is newly renovated


All rooms have a mini-fridge and Keurig machines

Resort Room (Single/Double)
King Bed - $348/night, Max Occupancy: 3
Two Queen Beds - $358/night, Max Occupancy: 4
Located on the second floor, rooms are 478 sq. ft. and offer a combined view of resort elements and landscaped rooftop gardens. Bathrooms offer double vanities and walk-in showers.

Ocean View (Single/Double)
King Bed - $408/night, Max Occupancy: 3
Two Queen Beds - $418/night, Max Occupancy: 4
Located on middle floors, rooms are 478 sq. ft. and offer views of the ocean and bays complimented by lush hillsides and resort grounds. Bathrooms offer double vanities and walk-in showers.

Premium Ocean View (Single/Double)
King Bed - $481/night, Max Occupancy: 3
Two Queen Beds - $491/night, Max Occupancy: 4
Located on the top floor, rooms are 478 sq. ft. and offer the most magical ocean views from your private balcony. Bathrooms offer walk-in showers, plush robes, and slippers.

*Ocean Family View Suite (Single/Double)
(Must call Symposia Medicus for availability)
King Bed - $641/night, Max Occupancy: 4
Located on the middle floors, suites are 725 sq. ft. with views of bays with hillside and resort grounds. This suite has a king bed with oversized chair with wrap around partitioned sitting area with pull out sofa sleeper. Bathroom offers oversized walk-in shower.

*Ocean View Suite (Single/Double)
(Must call Symposia Medicus for availability)
King Bed - $681/night, Max Occupancy: 3
Two Queen Beds - $701/night, Max Occupancy: 4
Located on the middle floors, suites are 725 sq. ft. and offer sweeping views of the ocean. The suite has an open spacious sitting area, dining table, and bedroom. Bathrooms offer soaking tub and walk-in shower.

*Ocean Bungalow (Single/Double)
(Must call Symposia Medicus for availability)
King Bed - $771/night, Max Occupancy: 4
Two Queen Beds - $781/night, Max Occupancy: 5
The waters in front of these bungalows are a globally recognized refuge for sea turtles, whales, and seals. The 740 sq. ft. bungalow features towering 15-foot ceilings, Brazilian walnut floors, and a deep soaking tub. The bungalows are arranged in clusters of six at the water’s edge, and are contained within a very private paradise.

By booking your lodging with Symposia Medicus, the Resort Fee charge of $49.00 plus 17.962% tax, per room, per night is discounted to $20.00 plus tax, per room, per night. The Resort Fee includes: Arrival lei greeting, two refillable PATH water bottles, with refill stations located throughout the resort, unlimited toll-free local & domestic long distance telephone calls, high-speed Wi-Fi access in guest room and public areas, use of Beats Pill speaker (based on availability, sign out through housekeeping), daily resort activities (visit The Guidepost or see calendar of events online), use of resort cruiser bikes (45-minutes per day/per guest, 2 cruisers per room, based on availability), beach tours & boogie boards at Kuilima Cove (based on availability), beach umbrellas and chairs at Kuilima Cove (based on availability), daily basket of range balls (after 12:00pm), admission to one (1) fitness class of the day (visit Nalu spa), use of Go Pro Camera for up to 24-hours (sign out at The Guidepost), one-hour pickle ball court usage (sign out at The Guidepost), and use of business center facilities. Items listed are subject to change.

*Suites & Bungalows are VERY limited. Please reserve early; call Symposia Medicus for availability at (925) 969-1789.

  • Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to change):
    - 17.962% state & local taxes
    - $20.00 (plus 17.962% tax) resort fee (discounted from $49.00, plus tax)
  • Suggested porterage & housekeeping gratuities (not mandatory):
    - $14.50 (plus 17.962% tax) per person (18 years & older) porterage (bellman) gratuity is suggested
    - $3.50 per room, per day housekeeping gratuity is suggested
  • Mandatory additional adult charge (18 years & older) is $30.00 per person, per night (includes daily buffet breakfast, taxes, and gratuities) – not to exceed stated maximum occupancy
  • Children 17 years & under are complimentary (includes daily buffet breakfast) – not to exceed stated maximum occupancy
  • Rollaway beds are NOT available. An air mattress can be requested (subject to availability), which is normally $25.00 per night, plus tax; however, this fee is waived when booking through Symposia Medicus. Only one air mattress is allowed in a room with a king bed.
  • Cribs are available on a complimentary basis (subject to availability and change)
  • Check-in time is 3:00pm and check-out time is 11:00am. A late check-out can only be confirmed on the date of departure by the front desk. 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 $100/day for 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. As you charge more to your room, the hold will increase.
  • Parking: Self-parking is included in the Resort Fee. Valet is available at $35.00 plus tax, per day (subject to change) for hotel and non-hotel guests.
  • 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 December 28, 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 December 7, 2022. Between December 8, 2022 and January 4, 2023, one night’s deposit is forfeited. After January 4, 2023, 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 Honolulu International Airport (HNL), which is approximately 1½ hours from the Turtle Bay Resort. For information on ground transportation, please visit our website.

Symposia Medicus has arranged for discount fares with Alaska, Delta, Hawaiian, 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 ECME227 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 NMVXF in the “Meeting Code” box.
For questions, please call the Delta Airlines Convention Desk at (800) 328-1111.

Hawaiian Airlines
For discounts on Hawaiian Airlines flights, please book online at and insert SYMPOSIA MED into the “Preferred Affiliate Program Code” box, located at the right hand side of page.

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 ZMA2992670 in the “Promotions and Certificates” box.
For questions, please call the United Airlines Convention Desk at (800) 426-1122.


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 below and the conference/airport location when making your reservations. Please see below:

AWD # B766625

BCD # U076767


A rare gem of a destination, the Turtle Bay Resort is truly an iconic Hawaiian landmark. The only resort of its kind anywhere on the north shore of Oahu, this idyllic place is the perfect base to get fully immersed in the authentic island experience. Situated on a majestic outcropping with panoramic views of the breathtaking shoreline, this resort is a true standout among island destinations anywhere in the world.

The resort has just completed a major renovation—every aspect of the hotel experience has been transformed to immerse guests into this dramatic landscape, from the stunning, redesigned lobby and pool deck to the locally inspired dining concepts.

Located on the North Shore of Oahu, the unequivocal surf capital of the world, Turtle Bay Resort is conveniently located near legendary surf breaks like Pipeline, Sunset Beach, and the big wave mecca that is Waimea Bay. A fifteen-minute drive north takes you to historic Haleiwa, which provides eclectic shopping, fantastic Hawaiian shaved ice, and restaurant options that include everything from shrimp trucks to fine dining.

Paddle out at sunrise for a dawn patrol surf session. Snap a photo of a honu (green sea turtle) while snorkeling. Launch off “Jump Rock” at Waimea Bay. Discover deserted white sand beaches trekking up to Ka’ena Point. You can also enjoy whale watching, as this is the perfect time to see these beautiful creatures in Oahu’s warm waters. The list of what to see and do during your stay at this Oahu resort never ceases to amaze.

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it on Oahu, at our 32nd Annual Winter Conference on Emergency Medicine.