“This conference is great, with excellent material and presenters. I highly recommend it, as it was informative, up-to-date, relevant, and fun!”
– Mary MacKessy, MD
“Wonderful conference! New York is magical during the holiday season. Great opportunity for an educational experience, paired with a getaway.”
– Pamela Plumb, MSN
“Rarely have I learned such important things that will change my daily practice like I did at this conference. Symposia Medicus has amazing speakers who really know what they are talking about with relevant, evidence-based talks. Thank you.”
– Kidist Alemu, MD


Our 7th Annual Conference on Emergencies & Challenges in Pediatrics focuses on the many dilemmas facing Pediatric and Emergency health care professionals today. This conference is designed to provide physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, and other healthcare professionals with evidence-based information and approaches to managing many pediatric emergency dilemmas. The goal of this conference is to increase knowledge and enhance the competence of attendees. Emphasis will be placed on practical application of the evidence-based topics presented.

Topics for this year’s conference have been selected based on the educational needs determined from the 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.

Conference format will include didactic lectures, case studies, and question and answer sessions.

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

You are sure to enjoy our 7th Annual Conference on Emergencies & Challenges in Pediatrics while sharing ideas and experiences with colleagues from across the country, amidst the excitement of New York City during the holiday season.


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

Identify and manage symptoms of congenital heart failure in neonates

Determine the best imaging modality for the evaluation of abdominal pain in the pediatric patient

Identify the initial evaluation and management of children with mild and severe head trauma

Incorporate recent toxicology literature and research in the treatment of your pediatric patients

Recognize the signs and symptoms of life-threatening rashes, including Kawasaki Disease


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 continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Successful completion of this activity will be determined by the submission of an attendance verification form. At the conclusion of participating in this conference, participants are entitled to a certificate of credit. Each participant should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Symposia Medicus designates this live activity for a maximum of 12 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 12 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 12.00 hour(s) of ACEP Category I credit.

This Live activity, 7th Annual Conference on Emergencies & Challenges in Pediatrics, with a beginning date of 12/18/2015, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 12.00 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician Assistants
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 assistants may receive a maximum of 12 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

Nurse Practitioners/Nurses
The ANCC contact hours awarded for completion of this conference are 12.

Provider is also approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP2335, for 14.4 contact hours.

Pharmacology Credit for Prescriptive Authority
A maximum of 2.5 hours in pharmacology credit for prescriptive authority may be earned by attending this educational conference. Sessions awarding pharmacology credit for prescriptive authority are denoted with an Rx in the schedule.


Each registrant will have online access to presentation handouts. The handouts will be available for download approximately two weeks prior to the conference (you’ll receive an email with instructions). If you wish to receive a hard copy of the handouts, please check the box on the registration form in this brochure.

If you bring your tablet/laptop to the conference, be aware that there are no electrical outlets at the conference tables. Make sure your tablet/laptop is fully charged each day.

If you are unable to attend this conference, extra copies of the handouts (either paper or digital copy) will be available one week after the conference.  The cost is $60 for a hard copy and $25 for the digital copy. To place your order, please email .


Jahn Avarello, MD, FAAP, FACEP
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Hofstra North Shore
LIJ School of Medicine
Chief, Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York
New Hyde Park, New York

Richard M. Cantor, MD, FAAP, FACEP
Conference Co-Chair

Professor of Emergency Medicine & Pediatrics
Director, Fellowship Program in
Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Director, Pediatric Emergency Department
Medical Director, Central New York
Poison Control Center
Upstate Medical University
Syracuse, New York

Robert S. Hoffman, MD, FACEP, FAACT
Professor of Emergency Medicine & Medicine
Director, Division of Medical Toxicology
New York University School of Medicine & Bellevue Hospital Center
New York, New York

Ghazala Q. Sharieff, MD, MBA,

Clinical Professor
University of California, San Diego
Corporate Director
Physician Outreach & Medical Management
Scripps Health
San Diego, California

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

Professor of Pediatrics
University of Washington School of Medicine
Chief, Division of Emergency Medicine
Medical Director, 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, everyone who is in a position to control content (including planners, reviewers, speakers, moderators, Symposia Medicus Staff, Board of Trustees, and Planning Committee members), were asked to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. This information is intended to assist learners in forming their own judgments about the content presented. Disclosure information will be included in the syllabus for this activity, and it will also be verbally disclosed on-site.



Friday, December 18

7:00am Registration & Check-in
During Continental Breakfast
8:00 Welcome & Introduction
Richard M. Cantor, MD
8:15 Advances in Pediatric Emergency Care: A 25 Year Perspective
Richard M. Cantor, MD
9:00 Pediatric Orthopedic Emergencies: From the Broken Bone to the Irritable Hip
Jahn Avarello, MD
9:45 Break
10:00 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:30 Management of the Child in Respiratory Distress
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Ghazala Q. Sharieff, MD, MBA
11:15 Toxicology Update: The Most Important Research That Will Affect Your Practice (Rx = 15 minutes)
Robert S. Hoffman, MD
Noon Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
12:30pm Lunch Break (on your own)
2:00 Evaluation & Management of Pediatric Head Injuries
(Rx = 15 minutes)
George (Tony) A. Woodward, MD, MBA
2:45 Case Studies in Pediatric Abdominal Pain
Jahn Avarello, MD
3:30 Common Emergencies in the First 28 Days of Life
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Richard M. Cantor, MD
4:15 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
5:00 Adjourn for the Day

Saturday, December 19

7:30am Continental Breakfast
8:00 Interactive Cases in Pediatric Emergency Medicine
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Richard M. Cantor, MD
8:45 Name that Rash: Dermatology Dilemmas in Pediatrics
(Rx = 35 minutes)
Ghazala Q. Sharieff, MD, MBA
9:30 Break (hotel check-out, if applicable)
10:00 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:30 Oral-Dental-Maxillofacial Emergencies
(Rx = 10 minutes)
George (Tony) A. Woodward, MD, MBA
11:15 Your Worst Nightmare: Acute Life Threatening Events in Children (Rx = 15 minutes)
Ghazala Q. Sharieff, MD, MBA
Noon Pediatric Emergency Myth Busters: What Does the Evidence Say? (Rx = 15 minutes)
Jahn Avarello, MD
12:45pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:30 Conference Adjourns

Rx = Pharmacology Credit for Prescriptive Authority
will be granted for these sessions


Manhattan is exciting at any time of the year, but in December, when the holiday season activities are at their peak, it is an experience you won’t want to miss.

Few places in the world have the magnetism and thrilling pace of New York City, and our conference will be held right in the heart of it all. Conveniently located in mid-town Manhattan (1335 Avenue of the Americans – 6th Avenue, between 53rd & 54th Streets), the Hilton New York Midtown is just a short walk away from Broadway theaters; Radio City Music Hall; Rockefeller Center; the Museum of Modern Art; the Diamond District; Times Square; and, Central Park.

Our beautiful hotel makes this weekend in New York appealing, and the outstanding theater, opera and other live performances this holiday season make it even more enticing.

You’re sure to enjoy our exciting 7th Annual Conference on Emergencies & Challenges in Pediatrics in the exhilarating surroundings of New York City.


Enrollment for this conference is limited in order to provide the best possible learning environment. This conference typically sells out prior to the early tuition deadline. Early registration is advised.

You can register the following ways:

On-line at our website,; OR

Call Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm (Pacific Time), (925) 969-1789 with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover; OR

By mail, make check payable to Symposia Medicus and send with registration form to 399 Taylor Blvd., Suite 201, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523-2287.

For additional conference or lodging information, call Symposia Medicus at (925) 969-1789, or visit our website at


If postmarked by
October 9, 2015
If postmarked after
October 9, 2015
Physicians $495 $595
Residents, Nurses, PAs, & All Others $410 $510

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 certification, online access to presentation handouts, break refreshments, and continental breakfast on Friday and Saturday for conference attendees

Conference registration will be confirmed via email and more information on travel, hotel, and activities will be emailed and also available on our website

This conference meets the requirements for CE tax deductibility; however, we suggest you consult your financial authority for more information


Symposia Medicus has conference group rates at the New York Hilton Midtown. We recommend you reserve your lodging as soon as possible, as rooms at the conference group rates are limited and on a first come, first served basis. Rooms may sell out and/or room rates may increase.

1335 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019-6078
(Located on 6th Avenue between West 53rd and West 54th Streets)
Phone: 1-800-HILTONS (1-800-445-8667)

Hotel accommodations are in high demand in New York City during the holiday season

To make your reservation, please call (800) 445-8667. YOU MUST REFER TO SYMPOSIA MEDICUS TO RECEIVE CONFERENCE GROUP RATES. You may also use this link to make a reservation:

These group rates will also be available three days before and three days after the conference (based on availability) if you wish to extend your stay.



Classic Room $349/night Features a single king or queen, or two double beds, thermostat control, 37 inch television, on-demand entertainment, spacious work area, two telephones with voicemail, and in-room WiFi capabilities.

Premier Room

$399/night Premier Room accommodations (on higher floors of the hotel) include the same features as the Classic Rooms as well as upgraded bath amenities, 55 inch flat screen television, bottled water, robes, and access to the Executive Lounge, located on the lobby level. The lounge features daily continental breakfast, hors d’oeuvres in the afternoon and evening, and continuous coffee and tea service. Premier Rooms offer separate ground floor check-in.
By booking your lodging using the Symposia Medicus group rates, the following items are included: Complimentary guest room internet; complimentary access to the fitness center; a 15% discount on all restaurants, bars, and lounges in the hotel; and double HHonors points for all HHonors members.

Rooms are very limited, please reserve early


Hotel Policies

A deposit equal to one night’s room & tax is due to the hotel with major credit card upon making your reservation

Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to change):
- New York State & City taxes, currently 14.75% per room, per night
- $2.00 per room, per night occupancy tax
- $1.50 per room, per night tertiary tax

Maximum guest room capacity is four, regardless of age

Children 18 years old & younger stay free in room with adults

Third and fourth guests (19 years & older) are an additional $30 each, per night

Rollaway beds are an additional $35 each, for the entire length of stay (subject to availability and change). Rollaways are only available in king bedded rooms.

Cribs are complimentary (subject to availability and change)

Check-in time is 3:00pm and check-out time is 12:00pm. Guests arriving prior to 3:00pm will be accommodated as rooms become available.

A 30-minute break has been allotted in our conference schedule on the last day, for those of you who need to check-out

Early Departure Fee: Please confirm your scheduled departure date with the hotel at check-in. An early departure fee equal to one night’s room rate plus tax will be charged to any guest who checks-out of the hotel before their confirmed departure date.

Credit/Debit Card Policy: Upon check-in, the hotel will require a credit card and will place a hold for your total estimated stay and incidental charges (approximately $50/day). Please be aware that if you use a debit card instead of a credit card, the funds will be immediately removed from your account (even if you have prepaid your stay). These funds will not be released back into your account for 10 or more business days after you check-out.

Parking: The hotel only offers valet parking at $55 per day with same day in/out privileges. The parking lot is owned and managed by Central Parking System of NY, Inc. There are other parking garages within walking distance of the hotel (prices may vary). Note: Valet parking is $67 per day for oversized vehicles. All rates subject to change.

Cancellation Policies

Hotel cancellation policy: Hotel cancellations must be made directly with the hotel by October 23, 2015. After this date, the deposit of one night plus tax will be forfeited.

Conference cancellations must be made in writing (via email or mail) to Symposia Medicus and a 10% of paid tuition processing fee will be assessed. No refunds will be made if cancellation is emailed/postmarked after November 13, 2015; however, tuition, less 10% processing fee, may be applied to a future Symposia Medicus conference.

All conference cancellations must be e-mailed to OR mailed to Symposia Medicus. If mailed, it must be postmarked by the dates stated above.

In the unlikely event of conference cancellation by Symposia Medicus, full tuition refunds will be made. Symposia Medicus will not be responsible for refunding travel or any other expenses.


During this busy holiday time in New York City, it is difficult to get theater tickets, so we have purchased a group of theater tickets for a variety of popular performances during your stay (see below). We have a limited number of tickets for each performance and anticipate they will all sell out, so we recommend you call as soon as possible. The seats are in the Orchestra or Mezzanine.

To order tickets, please call Symposia Medicus with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover Card at (925) 969-1789. No ticket refunds or exchanges can be made.

Friday and/or Saturday Night Shows
An American in Paris
Book of Mormon
Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular
School of Rock - The Musical
Something Rotten!
The King and I
Other shows may become available, please call us for assistance.
We strongly recommend you call for theater tickets as soon as possible, as these popular performances sell out early!


You can fly into LaGuardia Airport (LGA), which is approximately 25 minutes from the hotel; John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK), which is approximately 45 minutes from the hotel; or Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), which is approximately one hour from the hotel. 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 below.

Delta Airlines For discounts on Delta Airlines, please visit and click on the link “Advanced Search,” located at the bottom of the “Book a Trip” box. Once you click on this link, another page will appear. On this page, you will need to insert NMJHN in the “Meeting Event Code” box, located at the right hand side of the page.
For questions, please call the Delta Airlines Convention Desk at (800) 328-1111.
United Airlines For discounts on United Airlines flights, please book online at and insert ZSN7150020 into the e-certificate code 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 800-331-1600 AWD #B766625
Budget 800-772-3773 BCD #U076767


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