Conference #1617
4th Annual Summer Conference on Emergency Medicine & Acute Care

July 13 - 16, 2022
Napa, California

No Proof of Vaccination or Face Mask use required
(See Health & Safety tab for complete info)


Emergency medicine and acute care involve the delivery of immediate medical care for the treatment of acute illness and injury. Practitioners providing emergency medicine and acute care need to be proficient in evaluating and caring for patients presenting with a broad range of acute medical problems.

Our 4th Annual Summer Conference on Emergency Medicine & Acute Care is designed for emergency physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician associates, and out-of-hospital providers. Sharing their extensive scope of knowledge and expertise, our faculty will provide you with skills and strategies for the evaluation and treatment of acute medical conditions. This educational activity aims to increase both the competence and performance of all attendees as well as contribute to your 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, case studies, and small group breakouts. 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 emergency medicine and acute care situations.

The breakout sessions, designed to facilitate even greater interaction between faculty and participants, offer an opportunity to engage in group 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.


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

  • Initiate buprenorphine for patients with opioid use disorder in the emergency department
  • Describe the recent and upcoming advances in stroke care
  • Identify and localize nerves on ultrasound
  • Implement evidence-based strategies to improve survival from cardiac arrest
  • Recognize less common presentations and etiologies of acute coronary syndrome

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

If postmarked by
May 4, 2022
If postmarked after
May 4, 2022
Physicians $795 $895
Residents, Nurses, PAs, & All Others $695 $795
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.
For this conference, we are offering the below options for attendance:
In-Person: Attend in-person in the conference meeting room. Tuition includes continuing education, online access to educational session materials, continental breakfast on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings, and break refreshments for conference registrants. Tuition also includes a wine & cheese reception for faculty, registrants, and their guests.

You can register and receive conference lodging group rates in the following ways:

  • Online via this website (unless otherwise directed) 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

Conference registration will be confirmed via email.

Please call (925) 969-1789 for additional questions or information.


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 educational 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.

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

The AAFP has reviewed 4th Annual Summer Conference on Emergency Medicine & Acute Care and deemed it acceptable for up to 18.00 Live AAFP Prescribed credits. Term of Approval is from 07/13/2022 to 07/16/2022. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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 3.5 hours 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.

Erik S. Anderson, MD
Faculty Substance Use Disorder Program; Associate Research Director; Department of Emergency Medicine; Research Division; Highland Hospital, Alameda Health System; Oakland, California
Nathan Gaines, MD
Stroke Director; Chief Neurology; Department of Medicine - Division of Neurology; Highland Hospital, Alameda Health System; Oakland, California; Volunteer Clinical Faculty; University of California, San Francisco; San Francisco, California
Amal Mattu, MD
Professor & Vice Chair of Emergency Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine; Baltimore, Maryland
Arun D. Nagdev, MD
Director of Emergency Ultrasound; Department of Emergency Medicine; Ultrasound Division; Highland Hospital, Alameda Health System; Oakland, California; Associate Clinical Professor, University of California, San Francisco; San Francisco, California
Amandeep Singh, MD - Conference Chairperson
Medical Director, STEMI/Cardiac Arrest; Receiving Program, Department of Emergency Medicine; Alameda Health System-Highland Hospital; Oakland, California; Assistant Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine; University of California, San Francisco; San Francisco, California
Marina Trilesskaya, MD
Interim Chair, Department of Medicine; Chief, Cardiology; Department of Medicine - Division of Cardiology; Highland Hospital, Alameda Health System; Oakland, California; Assistant Clinical Professor; University of California, San Francisco; San Francisco, 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 24 months. Symposia Medicus will also ensure that any and all relevant financial relationships 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.

Wednesday, July 13, 2022
7:00 AMRegistration & Check-In During Continental Breakfa
8:00Welcome & Introduction
Amandeep Singh, MD
8:15Evaluation & Management of Chest Pain & Acute Coronary Syndrome
Marina Trilesskaya, MD
9:00Bedside Cardiac Ultrasound
Arun D. Nagdev, MD
9:20EKG During Pulmonary Embolism
Amandeep Singh, MD
9:45Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
10:30Management of the Acutely Psychotic Patient
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Erik S. Anderson, MD
11:15The Crashing CHF Patient: A Cardiologist's Perspective
Marina Trilesskaya, MD
11:35Ultrasound in Dyspnea: The Triple Scan
Arun D. Nagdev, MD
12:00 PMNew Insights Into the Management of Alcohol Withdrawal
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Erik S. Anderson, MD
12:20Acute Pericarditis
Marina Trilesskaya, MD
12:45Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
1:30Adjourn for the Day
5:30Group Reception
Thursday, July 14, 2022
7:30 AMContinental Breakfast
8:00Stroke Update 2022: A Neurologist's Guide
Nathan Gaines, MD
8:45Ultrasound-Guided Nerve Blocks
Arun D. Nagdev, MD
9:30Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15Ultrasound-Guided Lifesaving Procedures
Arun D. Nagdev, MD
11:00Sepsis Update 2022: Surviving Sepsis & ACEP Updates
(Rx = 40 minutes)
Amandeep Singh, MD
11:45My Head Is Killing Me: Headache Evaluation & Management
(Rx = 30 minutes)
Nathan Gaines, MD
12:30 PMQuestions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15Adjourn for the Day
Friday, July 15, 2022
7:30 AMContinental Breakfast
8:00Small Group Breakouts – Session One

● Challenging Cases in Emergency Medicine

Erik S. Anderson, MD
 ● Challenging Topics in Neurology
Nathan Gaines, MD
 ● Electrocardiography of Cardiac Ischemia: Classic, Confusing, and Confounding Patterns
Amal Mattu, MD
9:45Small Group Breakouts – Session Two

● Challenging Cases in Emergency Medicine

Erik S. Anderson, MD
 ● Challenging Topics in Neurology
Nathan Gaines, MD
 ● Electrocardiography of Cardiac Ischemia: Classic, Confusing, and Confounding Patterns
Amal Mattu, MD
11:15Adjourn for the Day
Saturday, July 16, 2022
7:30 AMContinental Breakfast
8:00Subtle Cases of Cardiac Ischemia
Marina Trilesskaya, MD
8:45My Arm is Tingling: A Guide to Tingleopathies
Nathan Gaines, MD
9:05Visual Diagnosis: Case Reports
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Amandeep Singh, MD
9:30Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15Non-Opiate Pain Management Strategies
(Rx = 30 minutes)
Erik S. Anderson, MD
11:00Beyond ACLS: Maximizing Survival During Cardiac Arrest
(Rx = 40 minutes)
Amandeep Singh, MD
11:45How to Start Buprenorphine in Any Setting
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Erik S. Anderson, MD
12:05 PMPearls & Pitfalls in the Management of Status Epilepticus
Nathan Gaines, MD
12:30Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15Adjourn for the Day
Rx = Pharmacotherapeutic CEUs for nurses will be granted for these sessions

Symposia Medicus values the well-being of our attendees, faculty, and staff and collaborates with the conference venue to ensure the safety and protection of all on-site participants.

In recognition of the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, proof of vaccination and/or face mask use requirements may change from the time of conference announcement and your registration, until the conference takes place. Current policies and attendance requirements for this conference are provided here, and we encourage you to refer to this information as needed, particularly as it gets closer to your on-site date, so that you can take any action you feel appropriate to be in compliance.

At this time, the following is in effect for on-site attendance:

Proof of vaccination is not required.

Face mask use is not required. However, face masks will be available at the conference registration desk should you choose to wear one during the conference sessions.



Conference group rates have been arranged at the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel. 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.

Run of House (Single/Double) - $329/night
(view of perimeter and exterior of hotel)

Garden View Room (Single/Double) - $349/night
(view of hotel’s courtyard)

Concierge Room (Single/Double) - $379/night
(view of hotel’s courtyard)

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


All rooms are non-smoking and approximately 375 sq. ft. and feature either one king bed or two double beds. Rooms also include air conditioning, deluxe bedding, luxurious bathrobes, spa-quality bath essentials, mini-refrigerators, coffee makers with complimentary coffee, flat screen TVs with plug-in high tech panel, premium movie channels, and pay-per-view movie access.

Due to strict fire codes, rollaway beds and cribs are not permitted in a room with two beds. Only one rollaway or crib is permitted in a room with a king bed.

By reserving your lodging with Symposia Medicus, the $20 per room, per night Destination Fee is waived. The fee includes (subject to change): coffee in the lobby, wireless high speed internet access, gym access, complimentary Quench water bottle filling stations around the property, daily wine pour from 5:00-6:00pm in the lobby, daily s’mores from 6:00-6:30pm by the firepits, 1-hour complimentary electric bike rental (per stay, per guest), and daily yoga/fitness class at 7:30am.

For information regarding COVID-19, health, and safety at the hotel, please visit:

  • Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to change):
    - 12% tax
    - 0.24% California Tourism Assessment Fee
    - 3% Tourism Business Improvement District Assessment
  • Maximum guestroom occupancy is four people and cannot be exceeded due to fire codes
  • There is no additional charge for 3rd and 4th guests in room
  • Bed Type Requests: You can select one or two beds; however, requests cannot be guaranteed until check-in
  • Rollaways & Cribs: Rollaway beds and cribs are complimentary (based on availability and subject to change). Please note: Due to strict fire codes, rollaway beds and cribs are not permitted in a room with two beds. Only one rollaway or crib is permitted in a room with a king bed.
  • Check-in time is 4:00pm - Please inform Symposia Medicus of any changes at least 72 hours prior to your arrival or you will be charged the entire, original reserved stay
  • Check-out time is 11:00am - 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.
  • 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 estimated 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.
  • Parking: Self-parking is complimentary and valet is not available at this hotel
  • 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 June 8, 2022; 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 May 11, 2022. Between May 12, 2022 and June 8, 2022, one night’s deposit is forfeited. After June 8, 2022, no hotel refunds can be made.
  • All cancellations must be emailed to 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.

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 for more information.


The closest airport to the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel is Oakland International Airport (OAK); however, lower fares can sometimes be found by flying into San Francisco International Airport (SFO), Sacramento International Airport (SMF), or San Jose International Airport (SJC). Oakland is approximately 50 miles from the hotel, while San Francisco and Sacramento are approximately 60 miles, and San Jose is approximately 85 miles.

Symposia Medicus has arranged for discount fares with Alaska, 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.

Please check directly with the airlines for updated information on their COVID-19 policies.

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 and click on the link “Use Discount 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 ECMD915 in the “Discount Code” box, located at the right hand side of the page.

Delta Airlines
For discounts on Delta Airlines, please visit, enter in your travel plans and then click on the “Advanced Search” link located below the “Passenger” box. Once you click on this link, a panel will appear and you will need to insert NMV3E in the “Meeting Code” box.
For questions, please call the Delta Airlines Convention Desk at (800) 328-1111.

United Airlines
For discounts on United Airlines, please visit 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 ZKBQ178725 in the “Promotions and Certificates” 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 online or by phone; please refer to the conference code and the conference/airport location when making your reservations. Please see below:

AWD # B766625

BCD # U076767


California’s wine country offers scenic countryside views, 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 60 miles north of San Francisco, there is much more to Napa than just its grapes! Enjoy hot-air ballooning, horseback riding, mountain biking, or casual golfing.

Find incredible discounts on your favorite brand names at the Napa Premium Outlets or visit Old Town Napa for unique shopping. Visit the recently restored Napa Valley Opera House for headliners from jazz to country music. Although wine comes to mind when thinking of the Napa Valley, the food in this region is equally as tantalizing with world-renowned restaurants in the area such as The French Laundry, Bottega, and Morimoto.

There is so much to do in this abundant valley. But if the Napa Valley isn’t enough to keep your interest, San Francisco, with Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, and the city’s famous cable cars, is just an hour away; or the kid inside you will love the excitement of Six Flags Discovery Kingdom located just 20 minutes away, or Safari West wildlife preserve just 45 minutes away.

The Napa Valley Marriott Hotel combines modern convenience with traditional comfort. If you are looking for a refreshing escape, just head over to the hotel’s all new resort-style pool and courtyard. They’ll provide the towels, sunscreen, lounge chairs, and umbrellas-all you have to do is relax and enjoy every moment.

Sip on specialty cocktails or your favorite Napa Valley wines complemented by creative small bites from Little Summer’s Innovative kitchen, the hotel’s indoor/outdoor restaurant and bar. Start the day with morning yoga sessions on the pool deck, or just unwind with a cocktail on the pool patio under a gorgeous California sunset after a long day spent touring vineyards or teeing off on Napa’s famous golf courses!

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it in Napa, at our 4th Annual Summer Conference on Emergency Medicine & Acute Care.


Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa
3425 Solano Avenue, Napa, California 94558
Phone: (707) 253-8600 | Fax: (707) 258-1320


Although you are already registered, you will need to check-in to get your badge.

Date – Wednesday, July 13
Location – Napa Ballroom Foyer, located on the lobby level
Time – Begins at 7:00am


Continental breakfast will be served (for conference participants and faculty only) beginning at 7:00am on Wednesday and 7:30am on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in the Grand Ballroom Foyer, located on the lobby level.


Main Room Location – Napa Ballroom, located on the lobby level
Time – Begins at 8:00am on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday

If you are departing on Saturday, please keep in mind that the conference ends at approximately 1:15pm and hotel check-out is at 11:00am. You can store your luggage with the hotel while we are still in session.


Please join us for this fun event, as it is a great way to become better acquainted with faculty, other participants, and their guests.

Date – Wednesday, July 13
Time – Begins at 5:30pm and concludes at 6:30pm
Location – Pool Patio, located on the lobby level, next to the pool


The name of your breakout that you have pre-selected will be printed on your badge.

Time – Begins at 8:00am & 9:45am on Friday, July 15


Challenging Cases in Emergency Medicine
Erik S. Anderson, MD
Carneros & Mount Veeder

Electrocardiography of Cardiac Ischemia
Amal Mattu, MD
Vintner's Ballroom

Challenging Topics in Neurology
Nathan Gaines, MD
Howel Mountain & Stag's Leap


During our meeting sessions, following a series of lectures, there is a Question and Answer/Group Discussion session. Please write down any questions or comments for the faculty on the yellow question cards placed at participant seats. These cards are collected and given to the appropriate speaker for response during these sessions.


As a courtesy to all, please place your electronic communication devices on “vibrate,” or “silent.” Also, in consideration to others, children and spouses are not permitted in the meeting rooms.


Internet Access – Wireless internet access is complimentary in the meeting rooms.

Participant Photos – We sometimes take photographs of our participants during conference sessions/activities (never pool pictures) to use in future brochures and on our website. If you would NOT like to appear in any individual or group candid photos, please notify the Conference Director.

Clothing – Formal attire is not required anywhere in the hotel or during our conference. We suggest you bring a sweater or jacket to wear during our meeting sessions, as meeting rooms are sometimes cool.

Recording – Participants, speakers, etc. must receive prior approval from Symposia Medicus to record lectures or any other educational sessions. For more information and/or questions, please e-mail us at

Temperatures – The temperatures in Napa in July usually range from the high 80’s during the day to the high 50’s during the evening

Time Zone – Napa is in the Pacific Time Zone

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Below is information on suggested activities you and your guest(s) can enjoy during your stay in the Napa Valley.


Please visit the hotel’s website at for a list of things to do in the area.


For information on the Napa Valley Wine Train, please visit their website at


For a list of wineries, restaurants, and more in the area, please visit


Below are a few attractions suited for families and children. Please visit the hotel’s concierge onsite for more information or visit Napa Valley’s website at

Jelly Belly Factory
1 Jelly Belly Ln
Fairfield, CA 94533
(800) 953-5592

Safari West
3115 Porter Creek Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
(800) 616-2695

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
1001 Fairgrounds Drive SW
(Marine World Parkway)
Vallejo, CA 94589
(707) 644-4000

Balloons Above the Valley
(Hot air balloon rides)
603 California Blvd.,
Napa, CA 94559
(800) 464-6824

Charles M. Schulz Museum
2301 Hardies Lane
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
(707) 579-4452

Scandia Family Center
4300 Central Place
Fairfield, CA 94534
(707) 864-8558

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