Conference #1672
3rd Annual Fall Conference on Clinical Updates in Pediatrics

November 1 - 4, 2023
Big Island, Hawaii

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Our 3rd Annual Fall Conference on Clinical Updates in Pediatrics is designed for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician associates, nurses, and other allied healthcare professionals involved in the care of pediatric patients. Our expert faculty will discuss the latest evidence-based advancements in pediatrics, present emerging clinical data, and provide skills and strategies for application and implementation into your practice. This educational activity aims to increase learner knowledge, improve the competence and performance of all attendees, and contribute to their 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…

  • Identify approaches to treating sleep problems in children with developmental disorders
  • Differentiate between celiac disease, wheat allergy, and gluten sensitivity
  • Recognize serious illnesses presenting with a complaint of chest pain
  • Discuss common household toxins and their potential for injury, and perform basic management of these substances
  • Develop a non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic treatment plan for neonatal abstinence syndrome

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

If postmarked by
August 23, 2023
If postmarked after
August 23, 2023
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, continental breakfast on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings, 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 accredited continuing 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.

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.

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 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.

Siraj Amanullah, MD, MPH
Associate Professor, Departments of Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, Health Services, Policy, and Practice; Alpert Medical School of Brown University; Brown School of Public Health; Hasbro Children's Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital; Providence, Rhode Island
Angela C. Anderson, MD, FAAP - Conference Co-Chairperson
Associate Professor Emerita of Pediatrics & Emergency Medicine, Brown University School of Medicine; Director, Division of Pediatric Pain & Palliative Care; Consultant in Clinical Toxicology & Pharmacology; Hasbro Children's Hospital; Providence, Rhode Island
Patrick D. Carroll, MD, MPH
Neonatologist, Hospital Medical Director; Regional Associate CMO; St. George Regional Hospital; Intermountain Health; St. George, Utah
Michelle Pietzak, MD - Conference Co-Chairperson
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine; Attending, Gastroenterology, Children's Hospital Los Angeles & Los Angeles County + University of Southern California; Los Angeles, California
Joel Shulkin, MD, MPH, FAAP
Board-Certified Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician; Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital; Institute for Brain Protection Sciences; St. Petersburg, Florida


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 with ineligible companies within the past 24 months. Symposia Medicus will also ensure that any and all relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies 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, November 1, 2023
8:15 AMPediatric Celiac Disease: How Many Patients Are We Missing?
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Michelle Pietzak, MD
9:00Developmental Screening in a Busy Pediatric Practice
Joel Shulkin, MD, MPH, FAAP
9:45Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
10:30Household Toxins: Signs, Symptoms, and Management
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Angela C. Anderson, MD, FAAP
11:15Too Hot, Too Cold, Too High: Environmental Emergencies
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Siraj Amanullah, MD, MPH
12:00 PMNeonatal Abstinence Syndrome for the Pediatric Practitioner
(Rx = 25 minutes)
Patrick D. Carroll, MD, MPH
12:45Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
Thursday, November 2, 2023
8:00 AMEyeing the Problem: Ophthalmological Emergencies
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Siraj Amanullah, MD, MPH
8:45GI Complications of Obesity
(Rx = 35 minutes)
Michelle Pietzak, MD
9:30Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15Pediatric Chest Pain: Is it a Heart Attack?
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Siraj Amanullah, MD, MPH
11:00The Growing Problem of Pediatric Food Allergies: Prevalence & Prevention
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Michelle Pietzak, MD
11:45Team Building & Collaboration: The More We Work Together the Happier We'll Be
Patrick D. Carroll, MD, MPH
12:30 PMQuestions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
Friday, November 3, 2023
3:00 PMSmall Group Breakouts – Session One

● Counseling Parents on Self-Regulation & Building Self-Esteem

Joel Shulkin, MD, MPH, FAAP
 ● How to Talk the Critical Talk: Preparing for Difficult Discussions With Patients & Family
Siraj Amanullah, MD, MPH
 ● The Pediatric Gut Microbiome in Health & Disease
Michelle Pietzak, MD
4:45Small Group Breakouts – Session Two

● Counseling Parents on Self-Regulation & Building Self-Esteem

Joel Shulkin, MD, MPH, FAAP
 ● How to Talk the Critical Talk: Preparing for Difficult Discussions With Patients & Family
Siraj Amanullah, MD, MPH
 ● The Pediatric Gut Microbiome in Health & Disease
Michelle Pietzak, MD
Saturday, November 4, 2023
8:00 AMForeign Bodies: Fun Ways to Get Them Off & Out
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Angela C. Anderson, MD, FAAP
8:45ADHD: Are We Over-Focused on Focus?
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Joel Shulkin, MD, MPH, FAAP
9:30Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15Thermoregulation: What the Pediatric Practitioner Should Know
Patrick D. Carroll, MD, MPH
11:00Sleep Problems in Developmental Disorders
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Joel Shulkin, MD, MPH, FAAP
11:45Advances in Newborn Resuscitation Involving Umbilical Cord Blood
Patrick D. Carroll, MD, MPH
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:


We care about the health and safety of our conference attendees. As the event gets closer, Symposia Medicus will communicate any relevant health and safety policies and procedures implemented by us and/or the conference venue.



Conference group rates have been arranged at the Fairmont Orchid. 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.

Fairmont Garden View (Single/Double) - $432/night
(Limited number of rooms available at this rate; once sold, rate will increase to $482/night)

Partial Ocean View (Single/Double) - $532/night

Ocean View (Single/Double) - $582/night

Deluxe Ocean View (Single/Double) - $612/night
(Limited availability, reserve early)

All rooms are approximately 522 square feet and feature a patio area or balcony, depending on the floor. Each room includes: air-conditioning with climate control, bathrobes, Fairmont toiletries, marble bathroom with separate shower and bathtub, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, in-room safe, chiller, Nespresso coffee maker, and 55” LG LCD flat screen television.

By booking your lodging with Symposia Medicus, the Resort Fee charge of $40.00 plus 17.962% tax, per room, per night is DISCOUNTED to $15.00 plus 4.712% + 13.75% tax, per room, per night. The Resort Fee includes: Overnight self-parking for one vehicle per room, unlimited basic Wi-Fi access in guest rooms and public areas (ALL members receive an upgrade to premium speed internet access and ALL Platinum members receive $20 credit towards spa services), wellness classes (please see the hotel’s weekly complimentary wellness offerings at the Spa Without Walls), complimentary shuttle bus service within the Mauna Lani Resort area, two branded reusable water bottles per room, per stay, to be filled at purified water stations located throughout the resort, Hawaiian Cultural Classes & Resort Activities (please see the hotel’s weekly activity schedule at the Concierge), lei greeting upon arrival, complimentary snorkel equipment rental for one hour (available to each guest, per day—resort use only), guests who purchase Fun & Sun passes may sign out snorkel equipment multiple times per day (subject to space and availability), 45-minute photo session with Pacific Dream Photography (reservations required, photos available for purchase), and unlimited long distance calls to North America (Canada & America).

Activity Passes are available for purchase for guests of the Fairmont Orchid at the front desk, concierge desk, the Beach Shack, and the Pool Kiosk for $95 per person (13 years & older) and $85 per child (5-12 years old). Children under 5 are free. These one-time purchase passes are good every day of your stay and include all beach rental equipment including boogie boards, soft-top surfboards, stand-up paddle boards, personal floats, one and two-person kayaks, noodles, and more!

By booking your lodging with Symposia Medicus, when you buy one Activity Pass at full price, you will get one (at equal or lesser value) free!

  • Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to change):
    - 4.712% + 13.75% state & local taxes
    - $15.00 (plus 4.712% + 13.75% tax) Resort Fee (discounted from $40.00 plus 4.712% + 13.75% tax)
  • Maximum guestroom occupancy is four, regardless of age
  • Mandatory additional person charges (below) include additional lodging fee, taxes, and gratuities:
    - Children 5 years & under are FREE and eat FREE based on the Children’s Menu at all dining outlets while eating with an adult (excludes In-Room Dining, Brown’s Deli, and Beach & Pool)
    - Children 6-12 years old are FREE and receive 50% off published menus at all dining outlets while eating with an adult (excludes In-Room Dining, Brown’s Deli and Beach & Pool)
    - Children 13-17 years are FREE
    - Adults 18 years & older are $75 (plus 4.712% + 13.75% tax) per person, per night
  • Bed Type Requests: You can select one or two beds; however, requests cannot be guaranteed until check-in
  • Rollaway beds are available at an additional cost of $75 (plus 4.712% + 13.75% tax) per night (subject to availability and change). This fee will be waived if guest is paying additional adult fee. Only one rollaway bed is allowed in a room or suite with a king bed. Rooms with two beds cannot accommodate a rollaway.
  • Cribs are available on a complimentary basis (subject to availability and change)
  • Connecting rooms can be guaranteed for $75 (plus 4.712% + 13.75% tax) per night; please note that connecting rooms will not be charged nor confirmed until check-in
  • Check-in time is 4:00pm and check-out time is 11:00am. A late check-out can only be confirmed on the date of departure by the front desk. Late check-outs are based on availability and additional charges may apply.
  • Early Departure Fee: Please notify Symposia Medicus of any changes to your scheduled departure at least 30 days prior to your check-in date. Any changes made to your scheduled departure date within 30 days of your arrival will be charged the full original length of stay.
  • 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 per room, per day for incidentals. The authorization will hold these funds until check-out, at which time the amount actually incurred during your stay will be charged. 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 $5 (plus 4.712% tax) per night (or complimentary for Fairmont Gold) with unlimited access for hotel guests and $25 (plus 4.712% tax) per day for non-hotel guests (subject to change)

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 27, 2023; 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 30, 2023. Between August 31, 2022 and September 27, 2023, one night’s deposit is forfeited. After September 27, 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 Kona Airport (KOA), which is approximately 30 minutes from the Fairmont Orchid. 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.

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 ECME620 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


To receive additional information about the conference hotel, location, tours or nearby attractions, and ground transportation, please visit our website at


Home to two of the world’s greatest mountains, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, 11 of the world’s 13 climate zones, and some of Hawaii’s top beaches, the Big Island of Hawaii has much to offer the spirited traveler. The sunny Kohala Coast, just 20 minutes from the Kona International Airport, boasts dramatic black lava fields, beautiful beaches, world-renowned golfing, and spectacular sunsets.

Inspired by culture, well-being, and genuine Aloha, the Fairmont Orchid is a Four Diamond resort and features an award-winning spa, 10,000 square foot oceanside pool, six restaurants, a beach club, year-round children’s program, fitness center, and a tennis pavilion. Immerse yourself in an authentic Hawaiian vacation experience, surrounded by 32 oceanfront acres of lush tropical gardens, cascading waterfalls, and a tranquil white sand beach lagoon. You can celebrate the sunset with exquisite oceanfront dining and also enjoy live entertainment at the lounge.

The best shopping in Hawaii is just around the corner! Located just a quick complimentary shuttle ride away, you will find the Shops at Mauna Lani. Tommy Bahama Restaurant and retail store, Foodland Farms Market, and several boutiques, galleries, and other restaurants can be found at this “has it all” plaza. The Shops at Mauna Lani also feature amazing weekly Polynesian hula shows—complete with fire dancing, along with a variety of other cultural activities throughout the week.

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it on Hawaii, at our 3rd Annual Fall Conference on Clinical Updates in Pediatrics.