“I like that the lectures are clinically relevant and that the conference ends earlier in the day so that I have some down time while I’m away from the unit.”
– J. Camacho, MD

“Symposia Medicus conferences have evidence-based practice guidelines, great locations, and enjoyable speakers.”
– L. Kliem, ARNP

“Symposia Medicus conferences have a variety of topics, good speakers, and great venues.”
– C. John, MD


Our 10th Annual Fall Conference on Current Concepts in Neonatal Care is designed for medical and nursing professionals who care for the tiniest and most fragile of infants. Covering a wide array of topics, our expert faculty will discuss updates and key issues in neonatology. This course will present the latest evidence-based advancements in neonatal care and provide you with skills and strategies for application and implementation into your practice. With an emphasis on the ever-evolving technologies in this field, this course will equip attendees with tools and techniques for optimal patient care. 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 neonatal 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…

Describe multidisciplinary care strategies for children with bronchopulmonary dysplasia

Weigh the ethical considerations regarding integration of genomic testing in the newborn

Assess thyroid dysfunction in the neonate

Develop a process to adopt with your NICU team for utilizing umbilical cord blood for admission laboratory studies

Examine how to balance competing outcomes when caring for infants born at 22 to 23 weeks’ gestation


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.

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 .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.


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 continues to collaborate with the conference venue to ensure the safety and protection of all attendees. As the event gets closer, we will communicate details regarding 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.


Tariq Ahmad, MD
Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Pediatric Endocrinology
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland
Oakland, California

Patrick D. Carroll, MD, MPH
Conference Chairman

Hospital Medical Director & NICU
Medical Director
St. George Regional Hospital
Intermountain Healthcare
St. George, Utah

Matthew Kielt, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Ohio State University College of Medicine
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Columbus, Ohio

Jonathan M. Klein, MD
Professor of Pediatrics-Neonatology
Medical Director
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
University of Iowa
Stead Family Children’s Hospital
Iowa City, Iowa

Jill L. Maron, MD, MPH
Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island
William & Mary A. Oh/Anna Elsa Zopfi
Professorship in Pediatrics for
Perinatal Research
Warren Alpert Medical School of
Brown University
Providence, Rhode Island

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.

faculty photo



Wednesday, September 21

7:00am Registration & Check-In
During Continental Breakfast
8:00 Welcome & Introduction
Patrick D. Carroll, MD
8:15 High Frequency Jet Ventilation: A First Intention Approach for Infants Born at 22 to 25 Weeks’ Gestation
Jonathan M. Klein, MD
9:00 Team Building & Collaboration: The More We Work Together the Happier We’ll Be
Patrick D. Carroll, MD
9:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 Break
10:30 Multidisciplinary Care of Children With Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia
Matthew Kielt, MD
11:15 Genomic Testing in the NICU
Jill L. Maron, MD, MPH
Noon Longitudinal Respiratory Care of Extremely Preterm Infants
Matthew Kielt, MD
12:45pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:30 Adjourn for the Day
5:30-6:30 Group Reception
(Faculty, Participants, and Guests)

Thursday, September 22

7:30am Continental Breakfast
8:00 Integrating Salivary Diagnostics Into Newborn Care: From Assessing Development to Predicting Morbidities
Jill L. Maron, MD, MPH
8:45 Reducing In-Hospital Infections for Children With Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia
Matthew Kielt, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break
10:15 Caring for the Newborn Born at 22 to 23 Weeks’ Gestation Part I: Outcomes for Premature Infants Born at 22 to 23 Weeks’ Gestation
Jonathan M. Klein, MD
11:00 Development & Assessment of Oral Feeding Maturation in the Preterm Infant: From A (Appetite) to Z (Zygomatic Arch)
Jill L. Maron, MD, MPH
11:45 Caring for the Newborn Born at 22 to 23 Weeks’ Gestation Part II: Management Strategies for the Care of Premature Infants Born at 22 to 23 Weeks’ Gestation (Rx = 15 minutes)
Jonathan M. Klein, MD
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Adjourn for the Day
3:00 Reducing the Initial Cesarean
Curtis Cook, MD

Friday, September 23

3:00pm Smaller Group Breakouts – Session One
. Neonatal-Endocrine Case Presentations: Choose Your Own Adventure!
Tariq Ahmad, MD
. High Frequency Oscillatory Ventilation: Strategies for Hypoxemic Respiratory Failure
Jonathan M. Klein, MD
. Assessing Oral Feeding Readiness & Pathology Through Neonatal Salivary Analysis
Jill L. Maron, MD, MPH
4:30 Break
4:45 Smaller Group Breakouts – Session Two
(Session One Topics Repeated)
6:15 Adjourn for the Day

Saturday, September 24

7:30am Continental Breakfast
8:00 Thyroid Disorders in the Neonate: Too Much, Too Little, Not Too Late
Tariq Ahmad, MD
8:45 Thermoregulation in the Delivery Room—Aspirations to Not Be Cool as a Cucumber
Patrick D. Carroll, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break (hotel check-out, if applicable)
10:15 When Sweetness Goes Sour: Addressing Hypoglycemia in the Infant
Tariq Ahmad, MD
11:00 Cord Blood—A Source for Admission Laboratory Studies in Neonates
Patrick D. Carroll, MD
11:45 Stiffness, Seizures, and Spasms…Oh My! Vitamin D & Calcium in the Neonate
Tariq Ahmad, 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


Home to wide open spaces and cool, coastal breezes, Westlake Village is a prime location for getting outdoors and enjoying the Southern California sunshine. With the Santa Monica Mountains nearby and the Pacific Ocean just nine miles away, this valley city offers countless opportunities for both adventure and relaxation.

Situated between Los Angeles and Ventura counties in Southern California, Westlake Village is a “city in the country” that is proud of its small population. Known for its proximity to the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, this little city can take you on all sorts of treks and trails—from hiking to backpacking, biking to horseback riding, and picnicking. Westlake Village has several other parks, including Russell Ranch, a popular filming location for many Hollywood hits. There are also several golf courses and country clubs in the area, such as the Westlake Golf Course. Don’t be surprised if you run into a movie star or two while shopping at The Promenade or Westlake Plaza. And should you wish to pay a visit to Hollywood, Universal Studios is only 28 miles away! Or, if hitting the beach is more your speed, take a scenic 18-mile drive through the canyons to Malibu Beach.

The Four Seasons Hotel is the perfect place to rest, relax, and reinvigorate. This resort features a family-friendly atmosphere and boasts Los Angeles’ most comprehensive spa and wellness programs. Book a spa suite or a nature greenhouse experience with the California Health & Longevity Institute, the hotel’s on-site wellness facility, or get up and get moving in one of the hotel’s outdoor or indoor pools, yoga studio, or state-of-the-art gym. When you’re feeling hungry, enjoy Japanese cuisine at the Onyx Restaurant or take advantage of poolside dining with the hotel’s craft cocktails and small bites. Whether you’re ready to decompress and unwind, work hard and work out, or feed your inner foodie, this resort has it all.
Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it in Westlake Village, at our 10th Annual Fall Conference on Current Concepts in Neonatal Care.


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 102, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523-2287

Please visit www.symposiamedicus.org or call (925) 969-1789 for additional questions or information.


If postmarked by
July 13, 2022
If postmarked after
July 13, 2022
Physicians $795 $895
Residents, Nurses, PAs, & All Others $695 $795

Discounts are available for retired healthcare providers, active U.S. military, and groups of three or more. For more information, please contact Symposia Medicus prior to registering.

Tuition includes continuing education, online access to educational session materials, continental breakfast on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings, and break refreshments for conference registrants. Tuition also includes a group reception for faculty, registrants, and their guests.

Conference registration will be confirmed via email


Conference group rates have been arranged at the Four Seasons Hotel. Rooms at our group rates are limited and on a first come, first serve 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.

Type of Room

Group Rates

King Bed

Group Rates

Two Double Beds

Deluxe Room $391/night
Max. Occupancy: 2
Max. Occupancy: 4
Rooms are about 450 sq. ft., offering one (1) king bed or two (2) double beds, chase lounge, table for two, end of bed bench seating, upgraded flat screen smart TV, Bose Bluetooth speakers, Nespresso machines, local mini bar items, bath tub, stand up shower, custom FS mattresses, and double sinks in some rooms. Views of Santa Monica mountains, lawn areas of the property, and/or front of the hotel.
Waterfall View $421/night
Max. Occupancy: 2
Max. Occupancy: 4
Rooms are about 450 sq. ft., offering one (1) king bed or two (2) double beds, chase lounge, table for two, end of bed bench seating, upgraded flat screen smart TV, Bose Bluetooth speakers, Nespresso machines, local mini bar items, bath tub, stand up shower, custom FS mattresses, and double sinks in some rooms. Views of waterfall.

Studio Suite King

(Must call
Symposia Medicus
for availability)

Max. Occupancy: 4
N/A Rooms are about 644 sq. ft., offering one (1) king bed, full size pull out sofa bed/sectional couch, table for two, end of bed bench seating, upgraded flat screen smart TV, Bose Bluetooth speakers, Nespresso machines, local mini bar items, bath tub, stand up shower, custom FS mattresses, and double sinks in some rooms.

Malibu 1-Bedroom

(Must call
Symposia Medicus
for availability)

Max. Occupancy: 4
N/A Rooms are about 856 sq. ft., offering one (1) king bed, full-size pull out sofa bed/sectional couch, powder bathroom in the living room space, larger living room area, additional closets, table for two, end of bed bench seating, upgraded flat screen smart TV, Bose Bluetooth speakers, Nespresso machines, local mini bar items, bath tub, stand up shower, custom FS mattresses, and double sinks in some rooms. Views of Santa Monica mountains, lawn areas of the property, and/or front of the hotel.
Room rate includes the following complimentary and value-added items: Standard guest room wireless internet for up to four (4) devices, 24-hour access to fitness center and spa facilities (including whirlpool, steam, sauna, relaxation loungers, and serenity pool). Items listed are subject to change.

*Suites are 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


Hotel Policies

Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to change):
- 10% Occupancy Tax
- 0.52% Tourism Assessment Fee

Maximum guestroom occupancy is:
- Two adults in king-bedded rooms
- Four people, regardless of age, in two-bedded rooms or suites

Bed Type Requests: You can select one or two beds; however, requests cannot be guaranteed until check-in

Rollaways & Cribs: Rollaway beds are only offered in king-bedded rooms. Rollaway beds and cribs are both complimentary (based on availability and subject to change.)

Check-in time is 3:00pm and check-out time is noon. A late check-out can only be confirmed on the date of departure by the front desk. Late check-outs are based on availability and additional charges may apply.

Credit/Debit Card Policy: Upon check-in, the hotel requires a credit or debit card to ensure that funds are available. Holds are placed on your account for your entire stay; 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 overnight is $10 per vehicle, per night (discounted from $25). Valet overnight parking is $30 per vehicle, per night (discounted from $35). For day use (if not staying on property), valet day parking is available at $18 per vehicle, per day and self-parking starts at $11 for the first four (4) hours, and $2 for every additional hour after that, per vehicle, per day. All parking charges are subject to change.

Cancellation Policies

Conference cancellations must be made in writing (via email) to Symposia Medicus and a refund, less a 10% processing fee, will be given. No refunds will be made if cancellation is received after August 17, 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 July 20, 2022. Between July 21, 2022 and August 17, 2022, one night’s deposit is forfeited. After August 17, 2022, 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 Bob Hope (Burbank) Airport (BUR), which is approximately one hour’s drive to the hotel; however, lower fares can often be found by flying into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), which is approximately an hour and half 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.

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 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 ECMD922 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 NMV3E in the “Meeting Code” box. For questions, please call the Delta Airlines Convention Desk at (800) 328-1111.
United Airlines For discounts on United Airlines, please visit 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 ZKBQ178725 in the “Promotions and Certificates” box at the end of the page. For questions, please call the United Airlines Convention Desk at (800) 426-1122.


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