“I love this conference. This is my third year attending and I always learn useful information that changes my practice.”
– D. Tetreault, MD

“This was my first conference and I was very impressed. From the speakers to the hotel, everything was exceptional.”
– J. Marinello, BSN

“It was a great conference, the location and faculty were excellent. Really enjoyed it!”
– R. Nithya, MD


Our 35th Annual Fall Conference on Pediatric Emergencies focuses on many challenges facing pediatric and emergency physicians, nurse practitioners, PAs, nurses, and other healthcare professionals involved in the clinical care of children. The goal of this conference is to increase the 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, smaller group breakout and interactive 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 35th Annual Fall Conference on Pediatric Emergencies while sharing ideas and experiences with colleagues from across the country in the beautiful setting of Panama.


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

Identify the most common causes of pediatric pneumonia

Diagnose cyanotic heart disease in infancy

Discuss common household toxins that can cause signs and symptoms easily mistaken for other pediatric illnesses

Discuss the epidemiology of mild traumatic brain injury in children and adolescents

Identify potential treatment options for ADHD


At the conclusion of 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, review of the educational session materials, and submission of the case studies test, surveys, and attendance verification form. Each participant should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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.


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.

Approved by the American College of Emergency Physicians for a maximum of 18 hour(s) of ACEP Category I credit.

This Live activity, 35th Annual Fall Conference on PEDIATRIC EMERGENCIES, with a beginning date of 10/23/2019, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 18.00 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.

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™

Pharmacology Content for Prescriptive Authority
A maximum of 2.5 hours in pharmacology content for prescriptive authority may be earned by attending this educational conference. Sessions awarding pharmacology content for prescriptive authority are denoted with an Rx in the schedule. Please contact your state’s Board of Nursing for specific educational requirements as requirements may vary state to state.


Smaller group sessions will be held Friday afternoon. These breakout sessions are organized to provide greater participant/faculty interaction, and will give you an opportunity to participate in 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.


Each registrant will have online access to session materials. The session materials 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 session materials, please check the box on the registration form in this brochure.

If you are unable to attend this conference, extra copies of the session materials (either paper, flash drive, or digital copy) will be available one week after the conference. The cost is $65 for a hard copy, $30 for a flash drive, and $25 for the digital copy. To place your order, please email publications@symposiamedicus.org.


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


Angela C. Anderson, MD, FAAP
Conference Co-Chair

Associate Professor of Pediatrics & Emergency Medicine
Brown University School of Medicine
Director, Division of Pediatric Pain & Palliative Care
Consultant in Clinical Toxicology & Pharmacology
Hasbro Children’s Hospital
Providence, Rhode Island

James M. Callahan, MD, FAAP, FACEP
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Associate Medical Director
Division of Emergency Medicine
Children’s Hospital Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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

Andrew Morgan, MD
Professor Emeritus of Clinical Pediatrics
University of Illinois
College of Medicine at Peoria
Medical Director
Ray & Kathy LaHood Center for Cerebral Palsy
Peoria, Illinois

James Naprawa, MD
Attending Physician
Director of Quality Improvement
Division of Emergency Medicine
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, Oakland
Oakland, California

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 within the past 12 months. Beyond disclosure 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 session materials for this activity, and speakers will provide a slide disclosure for each presentation, and will also verbally disclose on-site.



Wednesday, October 23

7:00am Registration & Check-in
8:00 Welcome & Introduction
Richard M. Cantor, MD
8:15 Pediatric Pneumonia: Does This Kid Need Antibiotics?
(Rx = 25 minutes)

James Naprawa, MD
9:00 Taking the Pain Out of Pediatric Pain Management
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Angela C. Anderson, MD
9:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 Break
10:30 The Most Common Pediatric Emergency Complaints: Are You Managing Them Appropriately?
Richard M. Cantor, MD
11:15 A 21st Century Approach to Fever in Infants & Young Children (Rx = 10 minutes)
James M. Callahan, MD
Noon The Autism “Epidemic”: Diagnosis, Intervention, and Controversies
Andrew Morgan, MD
12:45pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:30 Adjourn for the Day

Group Reception
(Faculty, Participants, and Guests)

Thursday, October 24

8:00am Scary Babies: Management Strategies
Richard M. Cantor, MD
8:45 Office Orthopedic Emergencies
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Angela C. Anderson, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break
10:15 Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make in Pediatric Patients
Richard M. Cantor, MD
11:00 Toxicology Look Alikes: Pediatric Poisonings That Mimic Pediatric Illnesses (Rx = 35 minutes)
Angela C. Anderson, MD
11:45 Oh, My Back! Pediatric Back & Neck Problems
James Naprawa, MD
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Adjourn for the Day

Friday, October 25

3:00pm Smaller Group Breakouts – Session One
. A. Here’s the Story, What’s the Picture?: Radiologic Pitfalls in Pediatrics
Angela C. Anderson, MD
. B. Cognitive Errors in Medicine – Why So Many & Can We Prevent Them?
James M. Callahan, MD
. C. Jeopardy! Pediatric Emergency Medicine Episode
Richard M. Cantor, MD
. D. Diagnostic Dilemmas in Developmental Disabilities
Andrew Morgan, MD
4:30 Break

Smaller Group Breakouts – Session Two
(Session One Topics Repeated)

6:15 Adjourn for the Day

Saturday, October 26

8:00am To CT or Not to CT: The Acute Medical Evaluation & Management of Sports Concussion (Rx = 10 minutes)
James M. Callahan, MD
8:45 Wheezing in the Young Child (Rx = 10 minutes)
James Naprawa, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break (hotel check-out, if applicable)
10:15 Abdominal Emergencies in Children: Pain & Vomiting
(Rx = 10 minutes)

James M. Callahan, MD
11:00 Allergic Emergencies: Anaphylaxis to FPIES
(Rx = 15 minutes)

James Naprawa, MD
11:45 Managing Difficult Children with ADHD
Andrew Morgan, MD
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Conference Adjourns

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


Panama is a country abundant in history, culture, and tropical jungles, home to extraordinary flora, and fauna. Serving as the meeting point of North and South America, as well as the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, the isthmus has also been a confluence of many cultures since the opening of the Panama Canal.

Panama City is a cosmopolitan, dynamic city, where the modern and the traditional come together to create a cheerful and relaxed atmosphere. Here you can walk on the Cinta Costera and marvel at its modern beauty or discover the past in the capital city’s Old Town. And if you are looking to do some shopping, the city offers a wide range of excellent malls and shopping centers.

Come stay at Dreams Playa Bonita Resort & Spa on Playa Bonita (literally meaning “beautiful beach”), it is the closest beach to Panama City and the perfect location for our conference. The Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean offer incredible opportunities for world-class fishing, snorkeling, and diving. The resort’s seaside towers offer luxurious guest rooms and suites with jungle walkways and stunning views.

Our all-inclusive group rates let you choose from seven dining experiences: four à la carte restaurants, a buffet, grill and café that are all-inclusive! Relax at the infinity pool or enjoy the many outdoor activities the resort has to offer such as kayaking, yoga, water aerobics, and beach or pool volleyball.

Panama’s unique setting, combined with our exciting 35th Annual Fall Conference on Pediatric Emergencies, make this an opportunity you won’t want to miss!


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 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 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.

Visit www.symposiamedicus.org or call (925) 969-1789 for additional questions or information.


If postmarked by
August 14, 2019
If postmarked after
August 14, 2019
Physicians $685 $785
Residents, Nurses, PAs, & All Others $585 $685

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, online access to session materials, and break refreshments for conference registrants. Tuition also includes group reception for faculty, registrants, and their guests.

Conference registration will be confirmed via email


Conference group rates have been arranged at the Dreams Playa Bonita Panama Resort & Spa. 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.


Room Type/View


Group Rates below are for TWO adults (13 years and older)


Group Rates below are for THREE adults (13 years and older)

All rooms and suites are non-smoking and include: bath amenities, internet access, hair dryer, TV, air-conditioning, double vanities, workstation, daily refreshed mini-bar, coffee & tea maker, alarm clock, in-room safe, private balcony or terrace, iron & ironing board, and standard USA electrical outlets.
Partial Ocean View
(garden & partial views These rooms are 495 sq. ft. with either
of the Pacific Ocean)
$260/night $390/night These rooms are 495 sq. ft. with either a king bed or two double beds
Ocean View
(Pacific Ocean views)
$270/night $390/night
Preferred Club Guests will receive the following additional amenities & services: personalized check-in and check-out, upgraded mini-bar service, bathrobes & slippers, access to Preferred pool (adults only), access to the Preferred Club Lounge which offers computer access, daily continental breakfast, afternoon hors d’oeuvres, desserts and fine liquors, and one-time spa access to use the Jacuzzi, sauna, and steam room.
Preferred Club Deluxe Ocean View
(Pacific Ocean views)
$330/night $480/night These rooms are 495 sq. ft. with either a king bed or two double beds
Preferred Club Junior Suite Ocean View
(Pacific Ocean views)
$460/night $684/night These Jr. Suites are 820 sq. ft. and only offer a king bed, walk-in closet, and dining area with table & seating for four
All-inclusive rates include: all taxes, gratuities for bellman, daily maid services, and waiters, daily full breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, 24-hour room service, daily refreshed mini-bar including soft drinks, bottled water, juice, and beer, 7 dining options, unlimited domestic & international alcoholic beverages, unlimited natural fruit juices, soft drinks, water, tea, and coffee, wireless internet, daytime activities, nightly entertainment, theme nights, private beach, use of pool/beach chairs and towels, use of pool cabanas & beach palapas, a fully-equipped fitness center, Explorer’s Club for Kids (3-12 years), shuttle service from the resort to Panama City with drop-offs at Albrook Mall and Casco Antiguo (see concierge for schedule), and much more!

If you are traveling alone and would like to inquire about single rates please call Symposia Medicus at (925) 969-1789.



Hotel Policies

Changes to reservations, regardless of reason, made within 25 days of arrival, will be charged the total original reserved stay. If changes are made before 25 days, no penalty will be assessed. Please notify Symposia Medicus of changes.

Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to change):
- Mandatory additional child charge (see below for details)
- Premium wine (list available at restaurants and bars)
- Spa and/or salon services
- Telephone calls
- Business center access
- Laundry & dry cleaning services
- Additional gratuities at your discretion

Maximum guestroom occupancy is (NO EXCEPTIONS):
- Three adults (13 years & older), or
- Three adults (13 years & older) and one child (12 years & under), or
- Two adults (13 years & older) and two children (12 years & under)

Mandatory additional child charge (3-12 years old) is $50 per child, per night (all-inclusive), however, this fee is WAIVED when booking with Symposia Medicus – not to exceed stated maximum occupancy

Children 2 years & under are complimentary – not to exceed stated maximum occupancy

Rollaways & Cribs: Rollaway beds and cribs are not available at the resort

Check-in time is 3:00pm and check-out time is noon. A late check-out can only be confirmed on the date of departure by the front desk. Additional charges may apply for late check-outs and are based upon availability.

Credit/Debit Card Policy: Upon check-in, the hotel requires a credit card or debit card and will charge the full stay for guest’s room. Upon check-out, the hotel will charge the credit card for the guest’s incidental charges they incurred during their stay.

Parking: Self-parking and valet are complimentary

Cancellation Policies

Conference cancellations must be made in writing (via email or mail) to Symposia Medicus and a refund, less a 10% processing fee, will be given. No refunds will be made if cancellation is received after September 18, 2019; 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 emailed/postmarked by August 21, 2019. Between August 22, 2019 and September 18, 2019, one night’s deposit is forfeited. After September 18, 2019, no hotel refunds can be made. 

All cancellations must be emailed to registrar@symposiamedicus.org 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 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 Tocumen International Airport (PTY), which is approximately 25 miles from Dreams Playa Bonita Panama Resort & Spa. Depending on traffic and road conditions, travel time from the airport to the hotel can take anywhere from 40 minutes to a little over an hour. For information on ground transportation, please visit 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 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 NMS74 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, please visit www.united.com and click on All Search Options, 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 ZFMB292493 in the “Promotions and Certificates” box. For questions, please call the United Airlines Convention Desk at (800) 426-1122.