Conference #1683
24th Annual Winter Conference on Pediatrics

February 20 - 24, 2024
Big Sky, Montana

See Tuition information for pricing and attendance options.
No specific health and safety information for in-person attendance
(See Health & Safety tab for complete info)

Wednesday, February 21, 2024
7:15 AMMood & Anxiety Disorders in Pediatrics
(Rx = 25 minutes)
Alissa Hemke, MD
8:00The Highs (& Lows) of Children & Marijuana
Kevin C. Osterhoudt, MD, MS, FAAP, FAACT, FACMT
8:45Pediatric Dermatology: What You Don't Want to Miss!
Toby Maurer, MD
9:30Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
4:00 PMSTI Guidelines in Teens
Ilene Claudius, MD
4:45Eating Disorders
(Rx = 5 minutes)
Alissa Hemke, MD
5:30Chest Pain in Children & Adolescents
Thomas Tryon, MD, MBA, FAAP, FCUCM
6:15Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
Thursday, February 22, 2024
7:00 AMBrief Resolved Unexplained Event (BRUE)
Ilene Claudius, MD
7:45Pediatric Urgent Care: Interesting Cases
Thomas Tryon, MD, MBA, FAAP, FCUCM
8:30It's Getting Spicy—Understanding Novel Psychoactive Drugs
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Kevin C. Osterhoudt, MD, MS, FAAP, FAACT, FACMT
9:15Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
Friday, February 23, 2024
4:00 PMChildren in Jeopardy: Quiz Your Pediatrics Knowledge
Kevin C. Osterhoudt, MD, MS, FAAP, FAACT, FACMT
4:45Attention & Disruptive Behavior Disorders in Pediatrics
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Alissa Hemke, MD
5:30Infections & Infestations in Children: Cases That Will Make Your Skin Crawl!
Toby Maurer, MD
6:15Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
Saturday, February 24, 2024
7:00 AMCongenital & Acquired Cardiac Emergencies
Ilene Claudius, MD
7:45Pediatric Sports Medicine: Outside the Box
Thomas Tryon, MD, MBA, FAAP, FCUCM
8:30Office-Based Respiratory Emergencies
Ilene Claudius, MD
9:15Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
Rx = Pharmacotherapeutic CEUs for nurses will be granted for these sessions


Our 24th Annual Winter Conference on 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 pediatric medicine, 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, and case studies. Following a group of lectures, the question and answer sessions allow attendees to ask the faculty critical and challenging questions about caring for patients during various pediatric situations.


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

  • Describe the most common causes of chest pain in children and adolescents
  • Recognize clinical syndromes associated with different classes of novel psychoactive drugs
  • Develop workups to differentiate between the various skin disorders in pediatric infectious diseases
  • Describe the first-line treatments for depression and anxiety in children and adolescents, including medications and behavioral interventions
  • Manage common pediatric arrythmias

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

    If postmarked by
    December 12, 2023
    If postmarked after
    December 12, 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, and break refreshments for conference registrants.

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

    • Online via this website (unless otherwise directed) OR:
    • Call (925) 969-1789 Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm (Pacific Time), with
       Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover; OR
    • By mail; make check payable to Symposia Medicus and send along with registration form to:
      399 Taylor Blvd., Suite 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 education 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 16 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 16 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 16 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 16 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

    Nurse Practitioners/Nurses
    The ANCC contact hours awarded for completion of this conference are 16.

    Provider is also approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP2335, for 19.2 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 1 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.

    Ilene Claudius, MD - Conference Co-Chairperson
    Professor of Pediatrics & Emergency Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; Los Angeles, California
    Alissa Hemke, MD
    Acting Assistant Professor, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Division; Seattle Children's Hospital; University of Washington; Seattle, Washington
    Toby Maurer, MD - Conference Co-Chairperson
    Professor, Department of Dermatology, Lead AMPATH Global Dermatology; Indiana University; Professor Emeritus, University of California, San Francisco; San Francisco, California
    Kevin C. Osterhoudt, MD, MS, FAAP, FAACT, FACMT
    Professor, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania; Attending Physician & Chief; Section of Clinical Toxicology; Division of Emergency Medicine; The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; Medical Director; The Poison Control Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Thomas Tryon, MD, MBA, FAAP, FCUCM
    Urgent Care Physician, Children's Mercy Hospital & Clinics; Professor of Pediatrics, University of Missouri; Kansas City School of Medicine; Kansas City, Missouri


    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.

    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 Big Sky 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.


    All accommodations are non-smoking and include complimentary internet access in room and throughout the resort

    Huntley Lodge: The main hotel lodge containing the Conference Center and spa.

    Huntley Room (Double Occupancy) - $429/night
    Max Occupancy: 4
    Approx. Square Footage: 375
    Rooms have two queen beds, mini refrigerator, TV, one bathroom, wet bar, coffeemaker, iron & ironing board, and blow dryer.

    Huntley Mountain View (Double Occupancy) - $449/night
    Max Occupancy: 4
    Approx. Square Footage: 375
    Same amenities as above with mountain views.

    Shoshone Building: Attached to the Huntley Lodge & Conference Center. Most rooms face Lone Mountain or Andesite Mountain

    Shoshone 1-Bedroom Condo (Double Occupancy) - $549/night
    Max Occupancy: 6
    Approx. Square Footage: 790
    Has a private bedroom with one queen bed, 1-3/4 bathrooms, Murphy bed and double sleeper sofa in living room, fully-equipped kitchen, gas fireplace, and a small balcony.

    Village Center: Located between the Summit and Shoshone buildings.

    Village Studio (Double Occupancy) - $429/night
    Max Occupancy: 4
    Approx. Square Footage: 432
    Has queen pull-down Murphy bed, sleeper sofa, microwave, coffeemaker, small refrigerator and dishwasher, and bathroom.


    Summit Building: Euro-Western luxury hotel adjacent to the Mountain Village. A two-minute walk to the Huntley Lodge & Conference Center.

    *Summit Studio (Double Occupancy) - $629/night
    Max Occupancy: 2
    Approx. Square Footage: 450
    Has a queen pull-down Murphy bed, kitchen, dining area, and bathroom.

    *Summit Hotel (2 Queen Beds) (Double Occupancy) - $725/night
    Max Occupancy: 4
    Approx. Square Footage: 400
    Has two queen beds, wet bar, and bathroom.

    *Summit 1-Bedroom Condo (Double Occupancy) - $1,119/night
    (Must call Symposia Medicus for availability)
    Max Occupancy: 2-4
    Approx. Square Footage: 880
    Has either one queen bed and sleeper sofa or two queen beds, full kitchen, dining area, and one bathroom. Bed types not guaranteed.

    *Summit 2-Bedroom Condo (Double Occupancy) - $1,419/night
    (Must call Symposia Medicus for availability)
    Max Occupancy: 6-8
    Approx. Square Footage: 1300
    Has one queen bed in one bedroom, one king or two queen beds in second bedroom, and queen sleeper sofa in living room; three bathrooms, full kitchen, and fireplace. Bed types not guaranteed.

    *Units are VERY limited. Reserve early. Other units not listed above may be available. 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):
      - 8% state bedding/accommodation tax
      - 4% local/resort tax
      - 10% resort service fee (The resort service fee includes: complimentary resort-wide Wi-Fi, scenic lift rides, pool access, resort bellman shuttle for transport within the Big Sky Community (based on availability), children's activities in Huntley Lodge lobby, movies in the amphitheater nightly (availability allowing), luggage storage with bell staff on arrival or departure, and self-parking. Items are subject to change.)
    • If you book in the Summit Building, breakfast is not included
    • Maximum guestroom occupancy as stated above cannot be exceeded
    • Mandatory additional occupant charge (over two in room), is $25 per person, per night (includes daily buffet breakfast, taxes, and gratuities) Note: Breakfast does not apply to the Summit Building
    • Rollaway beds are available at an additional cost of $20 per night (subject to availability and change)
    • Cribs are available on a complimentary basis (subject to availability and change)
    • Check-in time is 5:00pm 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 estimated incidentals; however, the amount may be immediately deducted from your account. The length of time for which these holds remain on your credit or debit account varies from bank to bank.
    • Parking: Self-parking is complimentary.
    • 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 January, 16, 2024; 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 19, 2023. Between December 20, 2023 and January 16, 2024, one night’s deposit is forfeited. After January 16, 2024, 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 Bozeman, Montana (BZN), which is approximately one hour from the Big Sky Resort. For information on ground transportation, please visit our website.

    Symposia Medicus has arranged for discount fares with Alaska, Delta, and United Airlines for this conference. Reservations can be made either through your travel agency or through the airlines at the website or Convention Desk numbers listed below.

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

    In order to receive the discounted rate, you or your travel agent must refer to the Symposia Medicus Group ID number listed here.

    Alaska Airlines
    For discounts on Alaska Airlines flights, please book online at and click on the link “Use Discount Code,” located at the bottom of the “Book Flights” box. Once you click on this link, another page will appear. On this page, you will need to insert ECME939 in the “Discount Code” box, located at the right hand side of the page.
    Blackout Dates: February 16, 2024 and February 19, 2024

    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 NY35Z 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 ZNQA939938 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.


    Option 1 – Personalized Shuttle Transportation

    Karst Stage offers scheduled service from the airport seven (7) days a week.

    To make reservations, please visit Choose Airport Shuttle Tickets, then select from Bozeman Yellowstone International to Huntley-Shoshone-Village Center and your travel information. Be sure to enter SYMMED in the promo code box to receive 15% off adult transportation rates. The discount will be applied in the payment section.

    If you have any questions or need assistance booking online, please contact Karst Stage at (406) 556-3500.

    Children 3-12 years old are half the adult price and children under three (3) are free (subject to change).

    It is recommended to select a shuttle that leaves a minimum of 30 minutes after landing at the airport. Upon your return, it is recommended to book a shuttle that picks you up at least three (3) hours prior to your flight. If you have any concerns regarding your flight times, please contact Karst Stage at (406) 556-3500 for assistance.

    All reservations will be confirmed by email and text message, along with your transportation tickets. It is recommended that you print your confirmation letter, read it carefully for accuracy, and be sure to print and take your tickets with you when you travel. A MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover card will be required to guarantee your reservation. Your credit card will be charged upon submission of your reservation online. Reservations must be made at least 72 hours in advance.

    No refunds will be given for reservations cancelled with less than 24 hours’ notice.

    If you are delayed, miss a flight, or your flight is cancelled, please contact Karst Stage at (406) 556-3500.

    Upon arrival at the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, before claiming your luggage, check-in at the Karst Stage counter, conveniently located in ground transportation near baggage claim. You will be given instructions on where to meet. A Karst Stage representative will also go over with you in detail your return ticket information (pick-up date, time, and location). Your return shuttle will be scheduled to get you to Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport at least 1½ hours before your flight is scheduled to depart.

    Option 2 – Shuttle/Taxi Service

    To make reservations and for more information, please contact Shuttle to Big Sky & Taxi at (406) 995-4895 or

    Option 3 – Car Rental Discount

    For conference discounts, Symposia Medicus has made arrangements with AVIS and Budget Car Rentals. Reservations can be made online or by phone; please refer to the conference code below and the conference/airport location when making your reservations. Please see below:

    AWD # B766625

    BCD # U076767


    Self-parking is complimentary. Valet parking (only at the Summit Building) is $20 per night for Summit guests and $40 per night for all other guests (subject to change).


    This exciting conference will be held in the picturesque Northwestern Rockies at the beautiful Big Sky Resort, just an hour drive from Bozeman, Montana. This lovely hotel, suite, and condominium resort has newly-renovated buildings with ski-in/ski-out access to 5,800 skiable acres within the resort. Annual snowfall of more than 400 inches results in spectacular beginning, intermediate, and expert slopes, with plenty of wide, groomed cruising runs, as well as narrow chutes and trees for the advanced skier.

    Be one of the first to enjoy the transformed Lone Peak tram experience. The top terminal of the new tram will include an all-glass viewing platform with panoramic views of the surrounding peaks, as well as the fall line of Lone Mountain through a glass floor. Revel in the incomparable Big Sky cold smoke powder while on this completely reimagined scenic summit experience!

    If it’s Nordic skiing you enjoy, just six miles from Big Sky Resort lies the Lone Mountain Ranch cross country skiing area, rated one of the best in the United States. And, for a change of pace, you are sure to enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the beautiful Spanish Peaks range, or a snowmobile or coach tour of nearby Yellowstone National Park.

    Big Sky Resort is a self-contained village with many restaurants to choose from, as well as live evening entertainment and dancing. The resort has a giant heated indoor/outdoor swimming pool, full spa, and whirlpools to help soothe those aching muscles at the end of a busy day. A full range of shops are also available around Big Sky Resort.

    Whatever your pleasure, you are sure to find many thrilling winter activities in this spectacular setting while attending our 24th Annual Winter Conference on Pediatrics.


    We have made arrangements for discounted ski lift tickets. These are one-day lift tickets and give you access to over 5,850+ acres of skiable terrain, 36 lifts, and over 300 named runs! You can only purchase these discounted tickets by visiting our website at

    Virtual Attendance Is available For this conference. Registered Virtual Attendees should sign in for current information.