“Symposia Medicus has a long history of excellence.”
– D. Carroll, MD

“The presenters are experts in their fields with pertinent, boots-on-the-ground knowledge.”
– J. Borchardt, PNP

“These conferences are family-friendly with a great work-life balance. They offer a good pacing of lectures while allowing for free time in the day. These meetings are both valuable AND restorative.”
– E. Hall, DO


Our 29th Annual Spring Conference on Pediatric Emergencies is designed for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician associates, nurses, and other allied healthcare professionals involved in the care of pediatric patients. Covering a wide array of topics, our expert faculty will discuss the latest evidence-based advancements in pediatric emergency medicine, present emerging clinical data, and provide skills and strategies for application and implementation into your practice. This educational activity aims to increase learner knowledge, improve the competence and performance of all attendees, and contribute to their ability to work together as part of a coordinated healthcare team.

Topics for this year’s conference have been selected based on the educational needs underlying identified professional practice gaps. The gaps were derived from a variety of sources including evaluations and outcomes data from past participants, clinical expert input, Symposia Medicus’ online survey, and other medical and nursing data such as current clinical guidelines, research findings, literature reviews, and patient safety considerations.
An outstanding faculty has been assembled for this conference. Each faculty member was selected based on their individual area of expertise and ability to communicate current, evidence-based, and practical information to participants.

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


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

Describe genitourinary emergencies for both male and female pediatric patients

Provide pharmacologic treatment for anxiety disorders in children

Initiate an age-appropriate evaluation for the febrile young infant

List strategies for preventing knee injuries in
adolescent athletes

Select analgesics appropriate for the current procedure or diagnosis

Interpret antimicrobial susceptibility data from a variety of test platforms


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.

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. 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 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. It is important to think about safety as part of your travel preparations. For General Travel Safety Suggestions, please visit https://symedblog.org/general-travel-safety-suggestions/.


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


Marianne Gausche-Hill, MD, FACEP, FAAP, FAEMS
Conference Co-Chair

Professor of Clinical Emergency
Medicine & Pediatrics
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Torrance, California

Gil Lichtshein, MD
Affiliate Clinical Assistant Professor of
Clinical Biomedical Sciences
Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
Florida Atlantic University
Boca Raton, Florida

Mimi Lu, MD
Clinical Professor
Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, California

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

Joan E. Shook, MD, MBA, FACEP, FAAP
Conference Co-Chair

Professor & Executive Vice Chair
Department of Pediatrics
Baylor College of Medicine
Chief Safety Officer & Deputy Chief
Quality Officer
Texas Children’s Hospital
Houston, Texas

Jeffrey Starke, MD, FAAP
Professor of Pediatrics
Baylor College of Medicine
Texas Children’s Hospital
Houston, Texas

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, April 2

1:00pm Registration & Check-In
1:45 Welcome & Introduction
Marianne Gausche-Hill, MD &
Joan E. Shook, MD, MBA
2:00 Challenging Pediatric Cases in the Community ED
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Mimi Lu, MD
2:45 Travel-Related Infections: Going There & Coming Home
Jeffrey Starke, MD
3:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
4:00 Break
4:15 Challenging Cases in PEM: Airway Pearls
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Marianne Gausche-Hill, MD
5:00 Update on Pediatric Anxiety Disorders
(Rx = 25 minutes)
Gil Lichtshein, MD
5:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
6:15 Adjourn for the Day
6:30-7:30 Group Reception
(Faculty, Participants, and Guests)

Thursday, April 3

7:30am Continental Breakfast
8:00 Sports Specialization in the Young Athlete: A Dilemma for the Pediatric Healthcare Provider
Jordan D. Metzl, MD
8:45 Pain Management in Children: What to Use & When
(Rx = 45 minutes)
Joan E. Shook, MD, MBA
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break
10:15 Animal Bites: Diagnosis & Management
Jeffrey Starke, MD
11:00 Overview of the Mental Status Exam
(Rx = 25 minutes)
Gil Lichtshein, MD
11:45 Pediatric ECGs: Nothing or Nightmare?
Mimi Lu, MD
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Adjourn for the Day

Friday, April 4

2:00pm Nontraumatic Abdominal Surgical Emergencies
Joan E. Shook, MD, MBA
2:45 Case-Based Sports Medicine: Real-Life Cases From the Sports Medicine Office
Jordan D. Metzl, MD
3:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
4:00 Break
4:15 The Young Febrile Infant: A Stepwise Approach
(Rx = 5 minutes)
Mimi Lu, MD
5:00 Major & Minor Genitourinary Emergencies
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Marianne Gausche-Hill, MD
5:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
6:15 Adjourn for the Day

Saturday, April 5

7:30am Continental Breakfast
8:00 Nontraumatic Orthopedic Emergencies
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Marianne Gausche-Hill, MD
8:45 Acute Management of Seizures
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Joan E. Shook, MD, MBA
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break (hotel check-out, if applicable)
10:15 Psychedelics in Psychiatry
(Rx = 25 minutes)
Gil Lichtshein, MD
11:00 Office Management of Common Knee Injuries
Jordan D. Metzl, MD
11:45 Interpretation of Those Newfangled Infectious Disease Laboratory Tests
Jeffrey Starke, 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


Hawaii’s “Garden Island” awaits you—and it certainly lives up to its nickname. Marvel at the emerald valleys, tropical rainforests, cascading waterfalls, sharp mountain spires, and sheer cliffs. The majestic natural scenery of the island is humbling to behold.

Nestled amidst the lush greenery of Kauai, the Royal Sonesta Kauai Resort is a Garden Island oasis of its own. Take in a glorious setting on golden sands, with opportunities to indulge in beachside spa treatments, four restaurants offering a variety of cuisines, and the largest single-level pool in Hawaii.

Make yourself at home in your stylish, modern guest room, with views of the ocean, gardens, or pool. And when you set out to explore, the natural beauty of Hanalei Bay and the nearby Waimea Canyon State Park are sure to fill your days in paradise with enchantment.

There are so many outdoor adventures to choose from. Kayak the Wailua River, snorkel on Poipu Beach, hike the trails of Kokee State Park, or zip-line above Kauai’s lush valleys. Or make island-time your time and relax at the resort and enjoy the small-town settings and Hawaiian culture.

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it on Kauai, at our 29th Annual Spring Conference on Pediatric Emergencies.


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

You can register 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
January 22, 2025
If postmarked after
January 22, 2025
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, continental breakfast on 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 Royal Sonesta Kauai Resort. Rooms at our group rates are limited and on a first come, first served basis. PLEASE RESERVE EARLY as rooms may sell out and/or room rates may increase. If you wish to extend your stay, group rates may be available three days before and three days after the conference.

Two nights’ deposit (room rate only) must accompany your reservation. The balance of your lodging, hotel fees as stated below, and all incidental charges are due to the hotel. The hotel accepts most major credit cards.

Type of Room Group Rates

King Bed
Group Rates

Two Queen Beds

Garden View



Wake up to tranquil views of the hotel gardens, and admire the lush tropical greenery. Spacious guest rooms feature island-inspired décor with details that reflect the tranquil, tropical surroundings. Each room offers 1 king bed (with sofa bed) or 2 queen beds, complimentary coffee, tea, bath amenities, in-room safe, flat-screen TV, mini-refrigerator, and balcony.
Pool View



Enjoy sweeping views of the resort through floor-to-ceiling windows, overseeing tropical resort grounds and Hawaii’s largest single level swimming pool. Spacious guest rooms feature island-inspired décor with details that reflect the tranquil, tropical surroundings. Each room offers 1 king bed (with sofa bed) or 2 queen beds, complimentary coffee, tea, bath amenities, in-room safe, flat-screen TV, mini-refrigerator, and balcony.
Ocean View


$522/night The ocean view guest room will get you one step closer to the warm Pacific breeze and breathtaking views of Mount Haupu. Spacious guest rooms feature island-inspired décor with details that reflect the tranquil, tropical surroundings. Each room offers 1 king bed (with sofa bed) or 2 queen beds, complimentary coffee, tea, bath amenities, in-room safe, flat-screen TV, mini-refrigerator, and balcony.

Ocean View

(Very limited,
must call Symposia Medicus to reserve)



Get inspired or enjoy quiet contemplation in the tropical oasis overlooking Kalapaki Beach and pool. This room offers 1 king bed, complimentary coffee, tea, bath amenities, in-room safe, flat-screen TV, mini-refrigerator, sofa bed, and balcony.

By booking your lodging with Symposia Medicus, the Resort Fee charge of $40.00 plus tax, per room, per night is discounted to $25.00 plus tax, per room, per night.
The Resort Fee includes: Daily enhanced internet service, local & long distance domestic calls, airport shuttle on demand, daily fitness classes (alternating Yoga and Aqua Fit, up to 2 people), cultural classes, 24 hour access to fitness center, one (1) appetizer or dessert in Kukui’s Restaurant per room, per stay, and two (2) complimentary Mai Tais at Kukui’s Restaurant per room, per stay. Items listed are subject to change.


Hotel Policies

Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to change):
- 17.962% state & local taxes
- $25.00 (plus 17.962% tax) resort fee (discounted from $40.00, plus tax)

Suggested porterage & housekeeping gratuities (not mandatory):
- $10.00 (plus 17.962% tax) per person porterage (bellman) gratuity round-trip
- $2.00 per room, per day housekeeping gratuity

Maximum guestroom occupancy is 4, regardless of age

Mandatory third/fourth additional occupant charge (18 years & older) is $50.00 per night, plus tax – not to exceed stated room maximum occupancy

Guests 17 years of age and younger are complimentary – not to exceed stated room maximum occupancy

No rollaway beds available; sofa pulls out to a double bed in king-bedded rooms

Cribs are available on a complimentary basis (subject to availability)

Check-in time is 4:00pm 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.

Early Departure Fee: An early departure fee equal to one night’s room and tax may be charged to guests who check out prior to their scheduled departure date without notifying the hotel at check-in.

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/day 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. As you charge more to your room, the hold will increase.

Parking: Self-parking is discounted to $20.00 plus tax per day (subject to change) for hotel and non-hotel guests. Valet is $40.00 plus tax per day.

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 February 26, 2025; 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 January 26, 2025. Between January 27, 2025 and February 26, 2025, one night’s deposit is forfeited. After February 26, 2025, 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 Lihue Airport (LIH), which is approximately one (1) mile from the Royal Sonesta Kauai Resort. A courtesy resort shuttle is available 24 hours a day to and from the airport for resort guests.

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.comand click on the link “Use Discount Airlines 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 ECMK669 in the “Discount Code” box, located at the right-hand side of the page.
Blackout Dates: March 28-30, 2025 & April 4-6, 2025
Delta Airlines For discounts on Delta Airlines, please visit www.delta.com, enter in your travel plans and then click on the “Advanced Search”
Airlines link located below the “Passenger” box. Once you click on this link, a panel will appear and you will need to insert NY3B8in 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
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 ZPT8594284 in the “Promotions and Certificates” box at the end of the page. For questions, please call the United Airlines Group Desk at (800) 426-1122.


For conference discounts, Symposia Medicus has made arrangements with AVIS and Budget Car Rentals. Reservations can be made online or by phone; please refer to the conference code 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