“I loved the spectacular Big Sky scenery, great skiing, and conference presentations! I will attend another Symposia Medicus CME event in the future.”
– Jill Ryland, MD
“I consistently seek to attend Symposia Medicus conferences. The subjects taught are always relevant and the speakers are knowledgeable.”
– Cynthia Wallace, MSN
“Symposia Medicus’ speakers are up-to-date, interesting, and the information they present is relevant to my daily practice.”
– Robert Gilliam, MD


Our 13th Annual Winter Conference on Pediatrics has been designed to provide physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and nurses in Pediatrics and Primary Care with up-to-date and evidence-based clinical data in Pediatrics. The primary goal of this conference is to enhance knowledge and competency of attendees. Emphasis will be placed on practical application of the evidence-based topics presented. In addition to didactic lectures, ample time has been allotted for participant feedback and interaction.

Topics for this year’s conference have been selected based on professional practice gaps identified in Pediatrics that resulted from extensive target audience needs assessment data. The needs assessment data 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. Faculty members are committed to providing participants with current data. Each member was selected based on individual area of expertise and ability to communicate evidence-based and practical information to participants.

You are sure to enjoy our 13th Annual Winter Conference on Pediatrics while sharing ideas and experiences with colleagues from across the country in the beautiful setting of Big Sky.


After participating in this conference, you should have an increased knowledge of and be more competent to…

Select the type of medication and route of delivery appropriate for pediatric acne patients, based on age, severity of disease, and other factors

Diagnose and treat pediatric knee and ankle injuries

Evaluate medical problems commonly found in children on the autism spectrum

Identify the surgical management of newborns with a sexual differentiation disorder

Manage patients who are at risk for, or diagnosed with, celiac 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.

Each participant should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Certificates of credit will be given to participants on-site at the conclusion of the conference.


Symposia Medicus designates this live activity for a maximum of 16.25 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 16.25 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.

Application has been made to the American College of Emergency Physicians for ACEP Category I credit.

Physician Assistants
The American Academy of Physician Assistants accepts Category 1 CME approval from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Nurse Practitioners/Nurses
The ANCC contact hours awarded for completion of this conference are 16.25.

Provider is also approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP2335, for 19.5 contact hours.

Pharmacology Credit for Prescriptive Authority
A maximum of 2.75 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 receive an extensive conference syllabus that includes materials on each topic presented. The syllabus is available on electronic media or paper (black and white type/photos only). The full color electronic syllabus 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 paper syllabus, please check the box on the registration form in this brochure.

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

If you are unable to attend the conference, extra copies of this syllabus (either paper or electronic media) will be available one week after the conference. The cost is $60 for a paper syllabus and $25 for the electronic media. To place your order, please email publications@symposiamedicus.org


Winter activities are planned for participants and their guests throughout the conference breaks, and discounts will be offered on ski lift tickets and ski rental equipment. Additional information regarding these tickets and discounts, as well as ground transportation, will be sent to registrants.


Steven J. Anderson, MD
Clinical Professor
Department of Pediatrics
University of Washington
Private Practice
Sports Medicine
Seattle, Washington

William F. Balistreri, MD
Conference Co-Chair

Professor of Pediatrics & Medicine
University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
Director, Division of Pediatric
Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati, Ohio

Lawrence F. Eichenfield, MD
Conference Co-Chair

Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Medicine (Dermatology)
Chief, Pediatric and Adolescent Dermatology
University of California,
San Diego School of Medicine and
Rady Children’s Hospital and Health Center
San Diego, California

Barry J. Reiner, MD
Private Practice, Pediatric Endocrinology
Clinical Instructor
Division of Pediatric Endocrinology
Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, Maryland

Alison Schonwald, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Harvard Medical School
Assistant in Medicine
Developmental Medicine Center
Children’s Hospital, Boston
Boston, Massachusetts

Consistent with ACCME and ANCC policy, faculty for this educational activity are asked to disclose any commercial interests that may create or may be perceived as creating a conflict related to the material they will be presenting, as well as limitations on clinical studies presented, and any “off-label” use suggestions for medical products. Additionally, Symposia Medicus Board, Planning Committee, and Staff members have disclosed that they have no significant financial relationships that could pose a conflict of interest to the planning of this conference. This information is intended to assist you in forming your own judgments about content presented. Disclosure information will be included in your syllabus and/or verbally disclosed at the conference.


Tuesday, February 19

5:30-7:00pm Registration/Check-in
During Group Reception

Wednesday, February 20

6:30am Continued Registration & Check-in
7:00 Conference Introduction
William Balistreri, MD
7:15 Advances in Pediatric Dermatology: What’s New?
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Lawrence Eichenfield, MD
8:00 Obesity & Type II Diabetes in Children
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Barry Reiner, MD
8:45 Obesity: GI Aspects of the Epidemic
William Balistreri, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:30 Adjourn Morning Session

Mid-Day Break: 10:30am-4:00pm

4:00pm Pediatric Acne Management: Optimizing Outcomes (Rx = 35 minutes)
Lawrence Eichenfield, MD
4:45 Disorders of Sexual Differentiation: A Newborn Emergency
Barry Reiner, MD
5:30 Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Update (Rx = 25 minutes)
Alison Schonwald, MD
6:15 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
7:15 Adjourn Afternoon Session

Thursday, February 21

7:00am Taking the “Idiopathic” Out of Idiopathic Short Stature (Rx = 10 minutes)
Barry Reiner, MD
7:45 Common Pitfalls in the Diagnosis of Pediatric Sports Injuries
Steven Anderson, MD
8:30 Case Studies in Pediatric Dermatology: Audience Response – Test Your Knowledge
Lawrence Eichenfield, MD
9:15 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 Adjourn Morning Session

Friday, February 22

4:00pm Celiac Disease: Diagnosis & Management
William Balistreri, MD
4:45 Evaluation & Treatment of Common Ankle Injuries in the Pediatric Practice (Rx = 10 minutes)
Steven Anderson, MD
5:30 Autism Facts & Fiction: Working with Informed Parents (Rx = 10 minutes)
Alison Schonwald, MD
6:15 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
7:15 Adjourn Afternoon Session

Saturday, February 23

7:00am Office Management of Acute & Overuse Knee Injuries
Steven Anderson, MD
7:45 Psychopharmacology in the Pediatric Practice
(Rx = 45 minutes)

Alison Schonwald, MD
8:30 What’s Hot in Pediatric Gastroenterology
(Rx = 15 minutes)

William Balistreri, MD
9:15 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 Conference Adjourns

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


This exciting conference will be held in the picturesque Northwestern Rockies at the beautiful Big Sky Resort, just an hour’s drive from Bozeman, Montana. This lovely hotel and suite/condominium resort, with ski-in and out access, is located within Big Sky Resort-Moonlight Basin, providing you access to 5,512 skiable acres, more skiing than anywhere else in the United States. Annual snowfall of more than 400 inches results in spectacular beginning, intermediate and expert slopes, with plenty of wide, groomed cruising runs, as well as narrow chutes and trees for the advanced skier. You will also experience the incomparable Big Sky powder snow!

If it’s Nordic skiing you enjoy, just six miles from the Big Sky Resort lies the Lone Mountain Ranch cross country skiing area, rated one of the best in the United States. And, for a change of pace, you are sure to enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the beautiful Big Sky Mountains, or a snow coach tour of nearby Yellowstone National Park.

Big Sky Resort is a self-contained village with many restaurants to choose from, as well as live evening entertainment and dancing. The resort has a giant heated indoor/outdoor swimming pool, full spa and whirlpools to help soothe those aching muscles at the end of a busy day. A full range of shops are available around Big Sky Resort.

You are sure to find many thrilling winter activities in this spectacular setting while attending our 13th Annual Winter Conference on Pediatrics.


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

If postmarked by December 11, 2012
If postmarked after December 11, 2012
Physicians $610 $710
Residents, Nurses, PAs & All Others $510 $610

Tuition includes continuing education certification, extensive conference syllabus, break refreshments, and group reception. The group reception is for faculty, registrants and their guests.

Tuition may be paid by check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express.

Register on-line at www.symposiamedicus.org or by using the form in this brochure.

Telephone registrations can be made Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm (Pacific Time), by calling (925) 969-1789 or (800) 327-3161. Registrations can also be faxed to (925) 969-1795.

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

Conference registration will be confirmed via email and more information on travel, hotel, and activities will be sent.

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

For additional conference or lodging information, call Symposia Medicus at (800) 327-3161 or (925) 969-1789, or visit our website at www.symposiamedicus.org

For information on air reservations and ticketing assistance, you may either call your travel agent or the airlines direct. Please see the Airline Travel Information portion of this brochure for further information.


Group Rates have been arranged at the Big Sky Resort. These rates will also be available three days before and three days after the conference, based on availability, if you wish to extend your stay.

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.

You can receive these rates by reserving the following ways:

On-line at our website, www.symposiamedicus.org; OR

Call Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm (Pacific Time), (925) 969-1789 or (800) 327-3161; OR

Fax form with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express to (925) 969-1795; 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.

Please note that our block of rooms is limited and on a first come, first served basis. PLEASE RESERVE EARLY as rooms may sell out and/or room rates may increase.


Big Sky Resort is a full-service resort with several restaurants, heated indoor/outdoor pools, several hot tubs, steam room, sauna, and spa.

(Single/Double Occupancy)
Huntley First Class (Room)
(Main Lodge – contains conference center & spa).
$262/night (additional people over two, add $25/person per night) 4 Approx. 375 Rooms have two queen size beds, mini refrigerator, TV, one bathroom, wet bar,
coffeemaker, iron & ironing board, and blow dryer.

Shoshone Building: Attached to the Huntley Lodge & Conference Center
Most rooms face Lone Mountain or Andesite Mountain

Shoshone 1-Bedroom Suite $413/night (additional people over two, add $25/person per night)
4 Approx. 790 Has a private bedroom with one queen bed, 1-3/4 bathrooms, Murphy bed and double over two, add sleeper sofa in living room, fully equipped kitchen, gas fireplace and a small balcony.
Shoshone Loft Suite $574/night (additional people over two, add $25/person per night) 6 Approx. 1140 Downstairs of Loft Suite is the same as 1-Bedroom suite (no Murphy bed). Open spiral staircase goes up to loft. Has a queen or two beds in the loft with a bathroom.

Euro-western luxury hotel adjacent to the Mountain Village
A two-minute walk to the Conference Center

*Summit Studio $308/night
2 Approx. 450 Has a queen size pull-down Murphy bed, kitchen, dining room and private bath.
*Summit Hotel $361/night (additional people over two, add $25/person per night) 4 Approx. 400 Has 2 queen size beds, wet bar and private bath.
*Summit 1-Bedroom Suite $570/night (additional people over two, add $25/person per night) 4 Approx. 880 Has one or two queen beds, one sleeper sofa, full kitchen, dining area and two bathrooms.
*Summit 2-Bedroom Suite $719/night (additional people over two, add $25/person per night) 6 Approx. 1300 Has one queen bed in one bedroom, one king or two queen beds in second bedroom, and queen size sleeper sofa in living room; three bathrooms, full kitchen and fireplace. More bedding options are available.

Big Sky Resort’s newest section in the heart of the Mountain Village
Located between the Summit and Shoshone buildings

*Village Center Studio $294/night
2 Approx. 432 Has queen size pull-down Murphy bed, microwave, coffeemaker, small refrigerator & dishwasher, and one bathroom.
*Village 1-Bedroom Suite $544/night (additional people over two, add $25/person per night) 4 Approx. 1050 Has queen bed in private bedroom, one sofa sleeper in living room, two bathrooms,
over two, add and a full kitchen.

*Summit and Village units are VERY limited. Please reserve early. Condos and larger suites may be available. Please contact Symposia Medicus at (925) 969-1789.


Hotel Policies

Above Group Rates do not include the following (subject to change):
- 7% state accommodation tax
- 7% resort service fee
- 3% resort tax
- Meals (unless otherwise stated)
- Nor gratuities

Maximum occupancy in rooms cannot be exceeded

Children 10 and under stay free in room with adult with existing bedding (includes complimentary buffet breakfast)

See above for additional person charges, over 10 years old (listed under room rates)

Cribs and rollaways are available at $10 per night (subject to availability)

The Big Sky Resort is a smoke-free environment

Check-in time for all units is 5pm. Check-out time is 10am for the Shoshone, Summit & Village buildings, and Noon for the Huntley Lodge.

Cancellation Policies

Conference cancellations must be confirmed in writing and a 10% of paid tuition processing fee will be assessed. No refunds will be made if cancellation is postmarked after January 15, 2013; however, tuition, less 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 postmarked by December 18, 2012. Between December 19, 2012 and January 15, 2013, one night’s deposit is forfeited. After January 15, 2013, no hotel refunds can be made.

All cancellations must be made in writing and postmarked 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 be flying into Bozeman, Montana, which is approximately one hour from the resort.

Symposia Medicus has arranged for discount fares with Alaska and Delta airlines for this conference. Reservations can be made either through your travel agency or through the airlines Convention Desk at the website or 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.

Alaska Airlines Convention Desk: For discounts on Alaska Airlines flights, please book online at www.alaskaair.com and insert ECMU47 into the e-certificate code box. For questions, please call the Alaska Airlines Convention Desk at (800) 445-4435.
Delta Airlines Convention Desk: For discounts on Delta Airlines flights, please book online at www.delta.com and click the box “from Airport” and another page will appear. At the bottom of that page, click the link “Meeting Event Code” and insert NME7E. For questions, please call the Delta Airlines Convention Desk at (800) 328-1111.

Symposia Medicus has arranged conference discounts 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