“I highly recommend Symposia Medicus to others. Their conferences are well-organized and in great locations. I love that the schedule is set with half days so I can enjoy the surroundings for the remainder of the day.”
-Sarah Manneh, MD
“Symposia Medicus does an excellent job of providing key information, blended with a wonderful amount of fun and relaxation. Your conferences are well worth the investment.”
-Charlyn A. Coleman, MSN
“I really appreciate the clinical relevance of all the lectures and workshops to what we face on a daily basis. Each of the three Symposia Medicus conferences I have attended has been uniformly excellent, and I would recommend them without hesitation to any of my colleagues.”
-David E. Haag, MD


Our Current Concepts in Neonatal Care conference will present an array of topics pertinent to health care professionals who care for the tiniest and most fragile of infants. Interventions and technologies continue to change in this field and those involved need current evidence-based and practical information to provide optimal care. Updates in the management of early nutritional support; brain development and respiratory dilemmas; jaundice; and legal dilemmas will be presented at this conference, as well as many other key issues in neonatal care.

The primary 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 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, smaller group breakout sessions, 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 Current Concepts in Neonatal Care conference while sharing ideas and experiences with colleagues from across the country in the beautiful setting of the Napa Valley.


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

Provide the best possible nutritional support for the critically ill and recovering newborn

Manage respiratory distress in newborns

Use cutting-edge technologies and evidence-based practice to protect the developing newborn brain

Apply current techniques and management of blood product use in the NICU environment

Provide care for the jaundiced infant utilizing current evidence


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 18 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 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.

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 18.

Provider is also approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP2335, for 21.6 contact hours.


Smaller group sessions will be held Friday morning. These breakout sessions are organized to provide an opportunity for greater participant/faculty interaction, and will give you an opportunity to discuss subjects relating to your particular area of interest. Please indicate your breakout session topic choice on the conference registration form in this brochure. Space is limited so please reserve early.


Each registrant will receive an extensive conference syllabus that includes materials on each topic presented. The full color digital 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 (black and white type & photos), 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 this conference, extra copies of this syllabus (either paper or digital copy) will be available one week after the conference. The cost is $60 for a paper syllabus and $25 for the digital copy. To place your order, please email publications@symposiamedicus.org.


Tours are planned for participants and guests throughout the conference breaks. Additional information regarding activities, hotel, location and ground transportation will be sent to registrants.


John A. Kerner, Jr., MD
Professor of Pediatrics
Director of Nutrition
Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology,
Hepatology and Nutrition
Director, Pediatric GI Fellowship Program
Stanford University Medical Center
Director of Nutrition Support Team
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
Palo Alto, California

Philip Sunshine, MD
Professor of Pediatrics (Emeritus)
Division of Neonatology &
Developmental Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine
Palo Alto, California


Sonia Bonifacio, MD
Co-Director, Neuro-Intensive Care Nursery
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Neonatology
UCSF School of Medicine
San Francisco, California

Robert D. Christensen, MD
Director of Neonatology Research
Intermountain Healthcare
Salt Lake City, Utah

Alan Jobe, MD, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital/
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio

M. Jeffrey Maisels, MD, DSc
Director, Academic Affairs
Department of Pediatrics
Oakland University
William Beaumont School of Medicine
Royal Oak, Michigan

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.


Wednesday, September 25

7:00am Registration & Check-in
During Continental Breakfast
8:00 Welcome & Introduction
Philip Sunshine, MD
8:15 Providing Brain-Focused Neonatal Care
Sonia Bonifacio, MD
9:00 Neonatal Thrombocytopenia: Causes & Treatment Options
Robert Christensen, MD
9:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 Break
10:30 Respiratory Distress Syndrome: 2013
Alan Jobe, MD, PhD
11:15 Human Milk: Is it the Only Milk for Premies in the NICU?
John Kerner, Jr., MD
Noon Phototherapy: A Magical Light, but is it Safe?
Jeffrey Maisels, MD, DSc
12:45pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:30 Adjourn for the Day
5:30-7:00pm Wine & Cheese Reception
(Faculty, Participants & Their Guests)

Thursday, September 26

7:30am Continental Breakfast
8:00 Hypothermia Therapy for Neonatal Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy: Cooling the Body to Protect the Brain
Sonia Bonifacio, MD
8:45 Hope for the Alimentary Impaired: New Advances in Short Gut Management
John Kerner, Jr., MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break
10:15 Blood Product Management in the NICU
Robert Christensen, MD
11:00 CPAP vs. Surfactant/Ventilation
Alan Jobe, MD, PhD
11:45 Is That Baby Seizing?: The Importance of Brain Monitoring in the NICU
Sonia Bonifacio, MD
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Adjourn for the Day

Friday, September 27

7:30am Continental Breakfast
8:00 Smaller Group Breakouts – Session One
. A. Brain Imaging in the NICU: Case Studies
Sonia Bonifacio, MD
. B. Cautious Use of Red Blood Cell Transfusions for VLBW Neonates
Robert Christensen, MD
. C. Perinatal Malpractice Vignettes
Philip Sunshine, MD
. D. Challenging Cases in Jaundiced Newborns
Jeffrey Maisels, MD, DSc
9:30 Break
9:45 Smaller Group Breakouts – Session Two
(Session One Topics Repeated)
11:15 Adjourn for the Day

Saturday, September 28

7:30am Continental Breakfast
8:00 Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia: Initiation & Progression
Alan Jobe, MD, PhD
8:45 Getting the Most From the Neonatal CBC
Robert Christensen, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break (Hotel check-out, if applicable)
10:15 Hyperbilirubinemia in the ELBW Infant: Do We Know What to Do?
Jeffrey Maisels, MD, DSc
11:00 Preventing & Treating Parenteral Nutrition Associated Cholestasis in the Neonate
John Kerner, Jr., MD
11:45 Miracle VLBW Babies: Why They Survive
Alan Jobe, MD, PhD
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Conference Adjourns


California’s wine country offers scenic countryside, great wines and superb restaurants. With over 450 wineries offering a variety of wines for all tastes, it’s no wonder that the Napa Valley is considered the heart of the American wine industry. Located approximately 50 miles north of San Francisco, there is much more to Napa than just its grapes! Enjoy hot-air ballooning, horseback riding, mountain biking or challenging golf. Find incredible discounts on your favorite brand-names at the Napa Premium Outlets or visit Old Town for more unique shopping. Visit the recently restored Napa Valley Opera House for headliners from Jazz to Country music. It might be wine that comes to mind when thinking of the Napa Valley, but with world-renowned restaurants, such as The French Laundry, it’s the food that will keep you occupied while there.

With so much to do, you’ll find that fine wine is only a part of this abundant valley. If the Napa Valley isn’t enough to keep your interest, San Francisco, with Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown and famous cable cars, is just an hour away; or the kid inside of you will love the excitement of Six Flags Amusement Park located just 20 minutes away.

The Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa combines modern convenience with traditional comfort. Exercise at the state-of-the-art fitness center, or enjoy “The Spa,” one of the best full-service spas in the Napa Valley. Enjoy the cuisine at VINeleven, the hotel’s indoor/outdoor restaurant and bar, specializing in small and shared plates, featuring an amazing list of Napa Valley’s finest wines.

Whatever your pleasure, you are sure to find it at our Current Concepts in Neonatal Care conference in Napa, California!


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

If postmarked by
July 17, 2013
If postmarked after
July 17, 2013
Physicians $610 $710
Residents, Nurses, PAs & All Others $510 $610

Tuition includes continuing education certification, extensive conference syllabus, continental breakfast
Wednesday through Saturday, break refreshments, as well as a wine and cheese reception. This reception is for faculty, registrants and their guests.

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

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 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.

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 Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa. 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, American Express, or Discover 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.

Room Type Group Rates (Single/Double) Description
Standard Room
(View of perimeter and exterior of hotel)

All rooms are approximately 375 sq. ft. They include pillow top mattresses, mini refrigerators, coffee makers with complimentary coffee, pay-per view movie access, and flat screen TVs.

Complimentary high speed internet access is available when booking with Symposia Medicus.

*Concierge Room
(View of interior courtyard and/or garden)

Concierge lounge access includes
complimentary continental breakfast,
daily snacks, nightly hors d’oeuvres and
dessert, non-alcoholic beverages,
and business services.


*Very Limited - Reserve Early


Hotel Policies

Above Group Rates do not include the following (subject to change):
- 12% tax
- 0.065% California Tourism Assessment Fee
- 2% Tourism Business Improvement District Assessment

Maximum occupancy in room is four people and cannot be exceeded (due to fire codes)

There are no additional charges for 3rd and 4th guests in room

Cribs and roll-away beds are complimentary (subject to change and availability)

Check-in time is 4:00pm and check-out time is noon. Requests for a late check-out can be made with hotel front desk on day of departure (charges may apply).

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 August 21, 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 July 24, 2013. Between July 25, 2013 and August 21, 2013, one night’s deposit is forfeited. After August 21, 2013, no hotel refunds can be made. 

All cancellations must be made in writing to Symposia Medicus (via email, fax or mail) 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.  


The closest airport to the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa is Oakland International Airport; however, lower fares can sometimes be found by flying into San Francisco International Airport, Sacramento International Airport, or San Jose International Airport. Oakland is approximately 50 miles from the hotel, while San Francisco and Sacramento are approximately 60 miles, and San Jose is approximately 85 miles. Information on ground transportation will be sent to registrants and available online at our website.

Symposia Medicus has arranged for discount fares with Alaska, American, 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 here.

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 For discounts on Alaska Airlines flights, please book online at www.alaskaair.com and insert ECMU400 into the e-certificate code box. For questions, please call the Alaska Airlines Convention Desk at (800) 445-4435.
American Airlines For discounts on American Airlines flights, please book online at www.aa.com and insert 9893BB into the promotion code box. For questions, please call the American Airlines Convention Desk at (800) 433-1790.
Delta Airlines 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.
United Airlines For discounts on United Airlines flights, please book online at www.ual.com and insert ZNAY347675 in the offer 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