“Very comprehensive, candid advice with excellent clinical pearls and examples given for the topics.”
– L. Bostick, MD

“Symposia Medicus delivers quality continuing medical education time and time again! I always look at your conference schedules first.”
– M. Meszaros, CPNP

“The most well-organized, short-and-sweet lectures from any educational conference I have ever attended. Beautiful selection of conference venues and focused CME activity.”
– M. Ali, MD


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


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 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.


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.


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.


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


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-Chair

Associate Professor Emerita of
Pediatrics & Emergency Medicine
Brown University School of Medicine
Division of Pediatric Pain
& Palliative Care
Consultant in Clinical
Toxicology & Pharmacology
Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Providence, Rhode Island

Patrick D. Carroll, MD, MPH
Hospital Medical Director
Regional Associate CMO
St. George Regional Hospital
Intermountain Health
St. George, Utah

Michelle Pietzak, MD
Conference Co-Chair

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.

faculty photo



Wednesday, November 1

7:00am Registration & Check-In
During Continental Breakfast
8:00 Welcome & Introduction
Angela C. Anderson, MD & Michelle Pietzak, MD
8:15 Pediatric Celiac Disease: How Many Patients Are We Missing?
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Michelle Pietzak, MD
9:00 Developmental Screening in a Busy Pediatric Practice
Joel Shulkin, MD, MPH
9:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 Break
10:30 Household Toxins: Signs, Symptoms, and Management
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Angela C. Anderson, MD
11:15 Too Hot, Too Cold, Too High: Environmental Emergencies
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Siraj Amanullah, MD, MPH
Noon Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome for the Pediatric Practitioner
(Rx = 25 minutes)
Patrick D. Carroll, MD, MPH
12:45pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:30 Adjourn for the Day
5:30-7:00 Group Reception
(Faculty, Participants, and Guests)

Thursday, November 2

7:30am Continental Breakfast
8:00 Eyeing the Problem: Ophthalmological Emergencies
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Siraj Amanullah, MD, MPH
8:45 GI Complications of Obesity
(Rx = 35 minutes)
Michelle Pietzak, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break
10:15 Pediatric Chest Pain: Is it a Heart Attack?
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Siraj Amanullah, MD, MPH
11:00 The Growing Problem of Pediatric Food Allergies: Prevalence & Prevention
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Michelle Pietzak, MD
11:45 Team Building & Collaboration: The More We Work Together the Happier We’ll Be
Patrick D. Carroll, MD, MPH
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Adjourn for the Day

Friday, November 3

3:00pm Smaller Group Breakouts – Session One
. Counseling Parents on Self-Regulation & Building Self-Esteem
Joel Shulkin, MD, MPH
. How to Talk the Critical Talk: Preparing for Difficult Discussions With Patients & Family
Siraj Amanullah, MD, MPH & Angela C. Anderson, MD
. The Pediatric Gut Microbiome in Health & Disease
Michelle Pietzak, MD
4:30 Break
4:45 Smaller Group Breakouts – Session Two
(Session One Topics Repeated)
6:15 Adjourn for the Day

Saturday, November 4

7:30am Continental Breakfast
8:00 Foreign Bodies: Fun Ways to Get Them Off & Out
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Angela C. Anderson, MD
8:45 ADHD: Are We Over-Focused on Focus?
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Joel Shulkin, MD, MPH
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break (hotel check-out, if applicable)
10:15 Thermoregulation: What the Pediatric Practitioner Should Know
Patrick D. Carroll, MD, MPH
11:00 Sleep Problems in Developmental Disorders
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Joel Shulkin, MD, MPH
11:45 Advances in Newborn Resuscitation Involving Umbilical Cord Blood
Patrick D. Carroll, MD, MPH
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 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 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.

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it on the Big Island, at our 3rd Annual Fall Conference on Clinical Updates in 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 102, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523-2287

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


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.

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 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.

Type of Room Group Rates (Single/Double) Description
Fairmont Garden View $432/night
(Limited number of rooms available at this rate; once sold, rate will increase to $482/night)
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.
Partial Ocean View $532/night
Ocean View $582/night
Deluxe Ocean View
(Limited availability, reserve early)

By booking your lodging with Symposia Medicus, the Resort Fee charge of $40.00 plus 18.462% 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!


Hotel Policies

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

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 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, 2023 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 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.


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 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 ECME620 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 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 https://www.hawaiianairlines.com/affiliate?affcode=SYMPOSIAMED
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 ZMA2992670 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