“Excellent speakers at wonderful locations!”
– M. Promintz, MD

“The lectures are extremely relevant to my practice and are given in beautiful environments.”
– D. Bogan, PA-C

“Symposia Medicus always has wonderful speakers in a beautiful setting. They successfully balance learning with fun, which makes their conferences desirable.”
– B. Butcher, MD


Designed for physicians, nurse practitioners, PAs, nurses, and other allied healthcare professionals involved in the care of pediatric patients, our 23rd Annual Summer Conference on Pediatrics takes place over the course of four days. Covering a wide array of topics including type 2 diabetes, asthma, autism, vaccinations, infectious diseases, obesity, and sports medicine cases, 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 both the competence and performance of all attendees as well as contribute to your ability to work together as part of a coordinated healthcare team.

Topics for this year’s conference have been selected based on the educational needs underlying identified professional practice gaps. The gaps were derived from a variety of sources including evaluations and outcomes data from past participants, clinical expert input, Symposia Medicus’ online survey, and other medical and nursing data such as current clinical guidelines, research findings, literature reviews, and patient safety considerations.

An outstanding faculty has been assembled for this conference. Each faculty member was selected based on their individual area of expertise and ability to communicate current, evidence-based, and practical information to participants.

The conference format includes didactic lectures, question and answer sessions, case studies, and small group breakouts. Following a group of lectures, the question and answer sessions allow attendees to ask the faculty critical and challenging questions about caring for patients during various pediatric situations.


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

Differentiate between insulin hyper-secretion and insulin resistance

List new vaccines that will become available in the next year

Formulate strategies for evaluating children with brain processing disorders

Develop an age-based differential for the child with a chronic cough

Present a strategy for sports specialization to athletes and their families


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.

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 CME activity meets the requirements under California Assembly Bill 1195, continuing education and cultural and linguistic competency

NCCPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. PAs may receive a maximum of 18 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

Nurse Practitioners/Nurses
The ANCC contact hours awarded for completion of this conference are 18.

Provider is also approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP2335, for 21.6 contact hours.

The California Board of Pharmacy accepts as continuing professional education those courses that meet the standard of relevance to pharmacy practice and have been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Pharmacotherapeutic CEUs for Nurses
This activity is designated for a maximum of 2.5 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.


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 publications@symposiamedicus.org
for more information.


Symposia Medicus will make every effort to protect our conference attendees, faculty, and staff from COVID-19. We are collaborating extensively with the conference venue to ensure that precautions will be in place for this in-person meeting. As the event gets closer, we will communicate details regarding all safety and social distancing protocols and procedures intended to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.


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


Veda Ackerman, MD
Conference Co-Chair

Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics
Division of Pediatric Critical Care
Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, Indiana

Robert Lustig, MD, MSL
Conference Co-Chair

Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Pediatric Endocrinology
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, California

Jordan Metzl, MD, FAAP
Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Cornell Medical School
Sports Medicine Division
Hospital for Special Surgery
New York City, New York

Andrew Morgan, MD
Professor Emeritus of Clinical Pediatrics
University of Illinois
College of Medicine at Peoria
Medical Director
Ray & Kathy LaHood Center for
Cerebral Palsy
Peoria, Illinois

Mark H. Sawyer, MD, FAAP
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
University of California, San Diego
School of Medicine
Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego
San Diego, California

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 session materials for this activity, and speakers will provide a slide disclosure for each presentation, and will also verbally disclose onsite.



Wednesday, July 28

7:00am Registration & Check-In
During Continental Breakfast
8:00 Welcome & Introduction
Veda Ackerman, MD & Robert Lustig, MD, MSL
8:15 Early Identification of Children With Motor Disorders: Recognizing Abnormal Patterns of Movement
Andrew Morgan, MD
9:00 Targeting Insulin in Childhood Obesity
(Rx = 15 minutes)

Robert Lustig, MD, MSL
9:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 Break
10:30 Seismic Shifts in New Asthma Guidelines
(Rx = 30 minutes)
Veda Ackerman, MD
11:15 The Autism “Epidemic:” Diagnosis, Intervention, and Controversies
Andrew Morgan, MD
Noon Pediatric Vaccine Updates (Rx = 45 minutes)
Mark H. Sawyer, MD
12:45pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:30 Adjourn for the Day

Thursday, July 29

7:30am Continental Breakfast
8:00 The Hateful (or Grateful) Eight: The Pathologies That Belie Chronic Disease
Robert Lustig, MD, MSL
8:45 Youth Sports During the COVID-19 Pandemic: What’s the Best Advice?
Jordan Metzl, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break
10:15 Management of Allergies in Children
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Veda Ackerman, MD
11:00 Brain Processing Disorders: Hidden but Common Developmental Disabilities
Andrew Morgan, MD
11:45 The Nutrition Transition From Fetus to Toddler: What & How They Eat
Robert Lustig, MD, MSL
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Adjourn for the Day

Friday, July 30

3:00pm Case-Based Sports Medicine: Real Live Cases from the Sports Medicine Office
Jordan Metzl, MD
3:45 Case Studies in Puberty
Robert Lusting, MD, MSL
4:30 Break
4:45 Countering Vaccine Hesitancy From Parents
Mark H. Sawyer, MD
5:30 Managing Difficult Children with ADHD: Case Studies
Andrew Morgan, MD
6:15 Adjourn for the Day

Saturday, July 31

7:30am Continental Breakfast
8:00 COVID-19 Considerations in Children
(Rx = 30 minutes)
Mark H. Sawyer, MD
8:45 Hip Injury in the Pediatric Athlete: Office-Based Evaluation
Jordan Metzl, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break (hotel check-out, if applicable)
10:15 Chronic Cough: A Practical Approach to Diagnosis & Management (Rx = 15 minutes)
Veda Ackerman, MD
11:00 Antibiotic Use & Overuse
Mark H. Sawyer, MD
11:45 Sports Specialization in the Young Athlete: A Dilemma for the Pediatric Healthcare Provider
Jordan Metzl, MD
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Conference Adjourns

Rx = Pharmacotherapeutic CEUs for nurses
will be granted for these sessions


Adventure and excitement await you in Lake Tahoe, California! Located in the rugged Sierra Nevadas, Lake Tahoe really comes alive in the summer with various outdoor activities and special events. Kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, fly-fishing, horseback riding, and paddle-boarding–the possibilities for fun in the sun are endless.

Come stay at The Village at Squaw Valley. With suites that include open living areas or dens and full kitchens, there’s plenty of space for the whole family!

Take the Squaw Valley Aerial Tram, your access to the High Camp experience and countless high-altitude adventures. With an interpretive guide at the helm, enjoy a 360-degree view of Lake Tahoe and soar 550 feet above a mountainscape of creeks, waterfalls, forests, granite rock, and the iconic Tram Face. Take the time to contemplate what you’ll do at the top. High Camp offers dining, shopping, access to hiking and walking trails, roller skating, a mid-mountain pool and hot tub, and disc golf! Breathe in the fresh mountain air and immerse yourself in the High Sierras.

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it in Lake Tahoe, California, at our 23rd Annual Summer Conference on Pediatrics.


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 our website, www.symposiamedicus.org; 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 www.symposiamedicus.org or call (925) 969-1789 for additional questions or information.


If postmarked by
May 19, 2021
If postmarked after
May 19, 2021
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 Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings, and break refreshments for conference registrants

Conference registration will be confirmed via email


Conference group rates have been arranged at The Village at Squaw Valley. 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.

Room Type Group Rates Maximum Occupancy Description
*Standard Room
(Very limited availability, must call Symposia Medicus to reserve)
$299/night 2 Approximately 250 sq. ft., with one king or one queen bed, includes a television, DVD player, coffee pot, and small refrigerator. These rooms do not have balconies or fireplaces.
1-Bedroom Suite
(with fireplace)
$319/night 4 Approximately 600 sq. ft. The master bedroom features a king-size bed with large storage closet. Spacious living room includes queen-size sofa sleeper, gas fireplace, and balcony. Full kitchen stocked with cooking utensils, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, and range, and one bathroom.
1-Bedroom Suite
(with fireplace & extra den)
$329/night 6 Approximately 700 sq. ft. of space with den. The master bedroom features a king-size bed with closet. Shared living space includes TWO queen-size sleeper sofas. Fully furnished with dining table/chairs, television, DVD player, gas fireplace, and balcony. Full kitchen stocked with cooking utensils, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, and range, and one bathroom.
2-Bedroom Suite
(with fireplace)
$409/night 6 Approximately 900 sq. ft. of space. The master bedroom features a king-size bed with closet. Second bedroom features a queen-size bed and additional closet space. Spacious living room includes a queen-size sofa sleeper. Fully furnished with dining table/chairs, television, DVD player, gas fireplace, and balcony. Full kitchen stocked with cooking utensils, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, and range, and two bathrooms.
2-Bedroom Suite (with twin beds or bunk beds in 2nd bedroom)
$429/night 6 Approximately 900 sq. ft. The master bedroom features a king-size bed with closet. Second bedroom features two twin beds (or bunk beds) and additional closet space. Spacious living room includes a queen-size sofa sleeper. Fully furnished with dining table/chairs, television, DVD player, gas fireplace, and balcony. Full kitchen stocked with cooking utensils, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, and range, and two bathrooms.
3-Bedroom Suite
(with fireplace)
(Very limited availability, must call Symposia Medicus to reserve)
$539/night 8 Approximately 1,350 sq. ft. The master bedroom features a king-size bed with closet space. Second and third bedrooms feature queen-size beds and additional closet space. Full kitchen stocked with cooking utensils, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, and range, gas fireplace, and private balcony. Spacious living room includes a queen-size sofa sleeper. Private washer/dryer unit in room and three bathrooms.

By booking your lodging with Symposia Medicus, the Resort Fee charge of $29.00 per room, per night is WAIVED. Resort Fee includes (subject to change): In room Wi-Fi, towels in fitness rooms & sauna area, unlimited local & toll telephone calls, board & Xbox games (to borrow at the front desk), and in room coffee & tea.

In addition, the hotel offers the following on a complimentary basis: 8 outdoor small hot tubs, 4 saunas, 3 fitness rooms, media room with HDTVs, DVD player, Xbox 360 consoles, and pool table.

Activity Tram Package at High Camp will be available for purchase online only. The link will be available online as we get closer to the conference and will be emailed to all participants. The link can be used both prior to arrival and onsite for purchase of Aerial Tram Rides. The discount is not available at the Tram box office.

The package includes: Unlimited Aerial Tram Rides for the day of purchase, hiking and walking trails, geocaching, disc golf, lawn games, access to the pool deck, Umbrella Bar, pool and hot tub, as well as roller skating. Discounted Group Rates (via online link) for the Activity Tram Package at High Camp are: Adults (13 and older): $20/day, youth (5-12 yrs.): $10/day, and children 4 yrs. and under: free.

Please note: The Aerial Tram & High Camp is based on availability and COVID-19 guidelines.

*Units are VERY limited. Reserve early, call Symposia Medicus for availability at (925) 969-1789.

For information regarding COVID-19, health, and safety at the hotel, please visit http://bit.ly/squaw-policies.


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):
- 13% occupancy tax
- 2% Village assessment fee

Maximum occupancy stated cannot be exceeded (including children of all ages)

Housekeeping Services: Due to COVID-19, no mid-stay cleans and only full-service room clean upon departures will be provided. For needs during your stay, contact the front desk by phone, and the resort will deliver imems such as, but not limited to, coffee, shampoo, replenish towels and bedding, and help with any other housekeeping accommodation requests. These guidelines are subject to change.

Rollaway & Cribs (Pack’n Plays): Rollaway beds are NOT available. Cribs (Pack’n Plays) are very limited and available on a complimentary first come, first served basis (subject to availability and change).

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.

Credit/Debit Card Policy: Upon check-in, the hotel requires a credit or debit card to ensure that funds are available. Holds are placed on your account for your entire stay (including $30/night 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.

Parking: Self-parking is complimentary for conference guests. Valet is not available at this resort.

Cancellation Policies

Conference cancellations must be made in writing (via email) to Symposia Medicus and a refund, less a 10% processing fee, will be given. No refunds will be made if cancellation is received after June 23, 2021; however, tuition, less a 10% processing fee, may be applied to a future Symposia Medicus conference.

Per our hotel contract, hotel reservation cancellations must be made in writing to Symposia Medicus and you will receive a full refund if emailed by May 26, 2021. Between May 26, 2021 and June 23, 2021, one night’s deposit is forfeited. After June 23, 2021 no hotel refunds can be made.

All cancellations must be emailed to registrar@symposiamedicus.org 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.


The closest airport is the Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO), which is an approximate one hour drive to the hotel; however, lower fares can often be found by flying into Sacramento International Airport (SMF), which is an approximate two-hour drive to the hotel. 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.

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 www.alaskaair.com 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 ECMD449 in the “Discount Code” box, located at the right hand side of the page.
Delta Airlines For discounts on Delta Airlines, please visit www.delta.com enter in your travel plans and then click on the “Advanced Search” link located below the “Passenger” box. Once you click on this link, a panel will appear and you will need to insert NY34X in the “Meeting Code” box. For questions, please call the Delta Airlines Convention Desk at (800) 328-1111.
United Airlines For discounts on United Airlines, please visit www.united.com and click on Advanced Search, located on the bottom left corner of the “Book Travel” box. Once you click on this link, another page will appear. At the bottom of this page, you will insert ZJVS420980 in the “Promotions and Certificates” box. For questions, please call the United Airlines Convention Desk at (800) 426-1122.


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

AVIS www.avis.com 800-331-1600 AWD # B766625
Budget www.budget.com 800-772-3773 BCD # U076767