“I have nothing but the best to say about Symposia Medicus. So well-organized and thorough in every aspect.”
– M. Ali, MD

“Informative conference in a very desirable location!”
– L. Jennings, PA-C

“Excellent quality speakers with pertinent topics.”
– D. Wilson, DO


Our 4th 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…

Generate a differential diagnosis for patients with presentations related to BRUE symptoms

Diagnose and treat depression and anxiety in children and adolescents

Discuss the etiology and pathophysiology of bronchiolitis, including risk factors for more severe diseases

Identify and treat various causes of vulvar and vaginal bleeding in children and adolescents

Manage common non-traumatic orthopedic emergencies


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 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 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.

Approved by the American College of Emergency Physicians for a maximum of 18 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. 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 3 pharmacotherapeutic credit 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.


Ilene Claudius, MD
Conference Co-Chair

Professor of Pediatrics &
Emergency Medicine
David Geffen School of Medicine
Los Angeles, California

Alissa Hemke, MD
Acting Assistant Professor
Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Division
Seattle Children’s Hospital
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington

Jeanne McCoy, MD
Associate Physician in Pediatrics
Boston Children’s Hospital Chair of Pediatrics, MRMC
Immediate Past President, MRMC
Milford Regional Medical Center
Milford, Massachusetts

Joanna Stacey, MD
Vice Chair, Department of
Director, Division of Gynecology
Assistant Professor of OB/GYN
Baylor Scott & White
Temple, Texas

George A. (Tony) Woodward, MD, MBA, FAAP, FACEP
Conference Co-Chair

Professor of Pediatrics
Chief, Division of Emergency Medicine University of Washington
School of Medicine
Medical Director, Emergency Medicine & Transport Services
Seattle Children’s Hospital
Seattle, Washington

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 6

7:00am Registration & Check-In
8:00 Welcome & Introduction
Ilene Claudius, MD & Tony Woodward, MD, MBA
8:15 Mood & Anxiety Disorders in Pediatrics
(Rx = 25 minutes)
Alissa Hemke, MD
9:00 Congenital & Acquired Cardiac Emergencies
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Ilene Claudius, MD
9:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 Break
10:30 LARCs for Everyone, Plus New Contraceptive Options
(Rx = 40 minutes)
Joanna Stacey, MD
11:15 Pediatric Bronchiolitis
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Jeanne McCoy, MD
Noon Pediatric Fractures: Identification, Management, and Pitfalls
Tony Woodward, MD, MBA
12:45pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

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

Thursday, November 7

8:00am Common Pediatric Vulvar Complaints: It’s Not a Yeast Infection
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Joanna Stacey, MD
8:45 Eating Disorders in Youth
(Rx = 5 minutes)
Alissa Hemke, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break
10:15 Menstrual Manipulation for the Adolescent
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Joanna Stacey, MD
11:00 Attention & Disruptive Behavior Disorders in Pediatrics
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Alissa Hemke, MD
11:45 Texting, Sexting, and Vexing Internet Dilemmas
Joanna Stacey, MD
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Adjourn for the Day

Friday, November 8

3:00pm Smaller Group Breakouts – Session One
. Brief Behavioral Interventions in Pediatrics
Alissa Hemke, MD
. Child Maltreatment
Jeanne McCoy, MD
. Common Orthopedic Emergencies: Discussion & Demonstration
Tony Woodward, MD, MBA
. Working With Children With Enhanced Medical Needs
Ilene Claudius, MD
4:30 Break
4:45 Smaller Group Breakouts – Session Two
(Session One Topics Repeated)
6:15 Adjourn for the Day

Saturday, November 9

8:00am Brief Resolved Unexplained Event (BRUE)
(Rx = 5 minutes)
Ilene Claudius, MD
8:45 Oral-Dental-Maxillofacial Emergencies
(Rx = 5 minutes)
Tony Woodward, MD, MBA
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break (hotel check-out, if applicable)
10:15 Neonatal Resuscitation for Non-Neonatal Pediatricians
Jeanne McCoy, MD
11:00 STI Guidelines in Teens
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Ilene Claudius, MD
11:45 Non-Traumatic Pediatric Orthopedic Emergencies
(Rx = 10 minutes)

Tony Woodward, MD, MBA
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Conference Adjourns

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


The U.S. Virgin Islands are blessed with powder-soft sand beaches and sun-drenched weather. Because of its location, The Westin is the perfect place to watch brilliant Caribbean sunsets.

St. Thomas is the most cosmopolitan of the Virgin Islands. The scenic and historic capital city, Charlotte Amalie, has been the center of international trade since the 1600s. Its deep-water harbor, once teeming with four-masted trading ships, now plays host to visiting cruise ships and a fleet of sail and power yachts. It’s also the duty-free shopping mecca of the Caribbean.

Our conference resort, The Westin Beach Resort & Spa at Frenchman’s Reef, offers a thoughtfully-crafted Virgin Islands experience with everything you need to enjoy your stay. Rest well in plush bedding with scenic views and locally-inspired décor. Savor Caribbean cuisine in an outdoor setting at Isla Blue and unwind with drinks by the ocean at The Salt Shack Bar & Grill. Enjoy the resort’s outdoor pool and fitness center. Relax, renew, and refresh with facials, massages, and more in their full-service spa.

Explore St. Thomas during your visit at Charlotte Amalie, Coral World Ocean Park, and more attractions near the resort. Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it on St. Thomas, at our 4th 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 28, 2024
If postmarked after
August 28, 2024
Physicians $895 $995
Nurses, PAs, & All Others $795 $895

Discounts are available for retired healthcare providers, active U.S. military, residents, 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, 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 Westin Beach Resort & Spa at Frenchman’s Reef (the conference hotel) and Morningstar Buoy Haus at Frenchman’s Reef, Autograph Collection.

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
Garden View $369/night Enjoy views of the resort, gardens, and tropical foliage. Each room offers a king bed or two double beds. Room does not have a balcony. All rooms come equipped with a clothing steamer (iron/ironing board available upon request), hair dryer, coffee maker, and in-room safe along with a bath/showercombination or shower. Handicap and accessible rooms are not offered in this category.
Partial Ocean View $389/night Enjoy partial views of the ocean. Each room offers a king bed or two double beds. Relax on the patio or balcony. All rooms come equipped with a clothing steamer (iron/ironing board available upon request), hair dryer, coffee maker, and in-room safe along with a bath/shower combination.
Ocean View $434/night Enjoy full ocean views. Each room offers a king bed or two double beds. Relax on the patio or balcony. All rooms come equipped with a clothing steamer (iron/ironing board available upon request), hair dryer, coffee maker, and in-room safe along with a bath/shower combination.
*Garden View $609/night Enjoy views of the resort, gardens, and tropical foliage. Each room offers a king bed. Room does have a balcony or patio. All rooms come equipped with a clothing steamer (iron/ironing board available upon request), hair dryer, coffee maker, and in-room safe along with a shower.
*Ocean Front $819/night Enjoy full ocean views. Each room offers a king bed. Relax on the patio or balcony. All rooms come equipped with a clothing steamer (iron/ironing board available upon request), hair dryer, coffee maker, and in-room safe along with a shower.
By booking your lodging with Symposia Medicus, the Resort Fee ($75 per room/per night at
The Westin and $85 per room/per night at Morningstar Buoy Haus) is discounted to $25 per room, per night.
The Resort Fee includes: enhanced Wi-Fi, non-motorized watersports, beach chairs & umbrellas, snorkeling gear & pool toys, paddle board lessons, yoga & Pilates classes, local & long-distance phone calls, mixology classes & rum tastings (twice weekly), and in-room bottled water.

*Units at Morningstar Buoy Haus are VERY limited; please call Symposia Medicus for availability at (925) 969-1789


Hotel Policies

Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to change):
- 12.5% State & Local Taxes
- 2.5% State Cost Recovery Fee
- $25 Resort Fee (discounted from $75 and $85)

Suggested porterage & housekeeping gratuities are up to individual discretion (not mandatory):
- $6 per room/per day housekeeping gratuity is suggested
- $12 per person, roundtrip porterage (bellman) gratuity is suggested

Maximum guestroom occupancy is four, regardless of age (no exceptions)

Mandatory additional occupant charge (18 years & over) is $50 per person/per night; children 17 years & under are complimentary with an adult in the room

Any additional guests (over 2 people in the room) wishing to partake in buffet breakfast will be charged $32 per person/per day, regardless of age

Rollaways & Cribs: When booking through Symposia Medicus, rollaway beds and cribs are both complimentary (based on availability and subject to 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; 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: Valet parking is $35 per night; self-parking is not available

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 October 2, 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 September 4, 2024. Between September 5, 2024 and October 2, 2024, one night’s deposit is forfeited. After October 2, 2024, 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 Cyril E. King Airport (STT), which is approximately 20 minutes from The Westin (and Morningstar Buoy Haus) at Frenchman’s Reef. Information on ground transportation will be sent to registrants and available online at our website.

Symposia Medicus has arranged for discount fares with 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.

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 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 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 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.