Conference #1691
35th Annual Spring Conference on Pediatrics

April 17 - 20, 2024
Oahu, Hawaii

No specific health and safety information
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Wednesday, April 17, 2024
8:15 AMDiabetes Update & How to Overcome Barriers to Good Glycemic Control
Tariq Ahmad, MD
9:00Pediatric Dermatology: When to Worry & When to Relax
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Jessica Sprague, MD
9:45Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
10:30Concussion & Return to Play
Andrew Gregory, MD, FAAP, FACSM
11:15What Is New/Current in Vaccines: RSV, Pneumococcus, New Combos, and More!
Kenneth Zangwill, MD
12:00 PMHot Topics in Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics
Alison Schonwald, MD
12:45Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
Thursday, April 18, 2024
8:00 AMThe New Infection Prevention: Pediatricians & Possibilities
Kenneth Zangwill, MD
8:45Seeing Red: Hemangiomas & Other Vascular Lesions
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Jessica Sprague, MD
9:30Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15Common Overuse Injuries in Adolescents
Andrew Gregory, MD, FAAP, FACSM
11:00What's New in Atopic Dermatitis: New Systemic & Topical Therapies
(Rx = 30 minutes)
Jessica Sprague, MD
11:45Providers & Patients' Doubts: The Need for Intelligent Skepticism in Clinical Practice
Kenneth Zangwill, MD
12:30 PMQuestions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
Friday, April 19, 2024
3:00 PMSmall Group Breakouts – Session One

● A Case of Delay for Every Day: Developmental Disorders in the Office

Alison Schonwald, MD
 ● Infectious Disease Jeopardy: What Is the "ID-ea?"
Kenneth Zangwill, MD
 ● Is This Birthmark Bad? When to Pursue Further Work-Up
Jessica Sprague, MD
 ● Who Wants to Be an Endocrinologist? Game Show Edition
Tariq Ahmad, MD
4:45Small Group Breakouts – Session Two

● A Case of Delay for Every Day: Developmental Disorders in the Office

Alison Schonwald, MD
 ● Infectious Disease Jeopardy: What Is the "ID-ea?"
Kenneth Zangwill, MD
 ● Is This Birthmark Bad? When to Pursue Further Work-Up
Jessica Sprague, MD
 ● Who Wants to Be an Endocrinologist? Game Show Edition
Tariq Ahmad, MD
Saturday, April 20, 2024
8:00 AMAutism: Facts & Fiction
Alison Schonwald, MD
8:45Sports Medicine for the School-Aged Athlete: A Case-Based Discussion
Andrew Gregory, MD, FAAP, FACSM
9:30Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15Short Stature: It's All Relative...or Is It?
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Tariq Ahmad, MD
11:00Psychopharmacology Update for the Primary Care Pediatrician
(Rx = 25 minutes)
Alison Schonwald, MD
11:45GLP-1 Agonists & Pediatric Obesity: The Holy Grail or Hype?
Tariq Ahmad, MD
12:30 PMQuestions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
Rx = Pharmacotherapeutic CEUs for nurses will be granted for these sessions


Our 35th Annual Spring Conference on Pediatrics is designed for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician associates, nurses, and other allied healthcare professionals involved in the care of pediatric patients. Our expert faculty will discuss the latest evidence-based advancements in pediatrics, present emerging clinical data, and provide skills and strategies for application and implementation into your practice. This educational activity aims to increase learner knowledge, improve the competence and performance of all attendees, and contribute to their 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 pediatric 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…

  • Distinguish between innocent and life-threatening pediatric dermatologic disorders
  • Review the recommendations for the newest vaccines for children
  • Discuss current treatment options for type 1 and type 2 diabetes
  • Collaborate with families regarding pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections (PANDAS) care
  • Outline the return-to-play process after a concussion

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

If postmarked by
February 7, 2024
If postmarked after
February 7, 2024
Physicians $795 $895
Nurses, PAs, & All Others $695 $795
Discounts are available for retired healthcare providers, active U.S. military, residents, 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 group 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 accredited continuing education 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.

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.

Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending. Please check our website for updated credit information.

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 1.5 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.

Tariq Ahmad, MD - Conference Co-Chairperson
Clinical Professor of Pediatrics; Division of Pediatric Endocrinology; UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland; Oakland, California
Andrew Gregory, MD, FAAP, FACSM - Conference Co-Chairperson
Associate Professor, Orthopedics & Rehabilitation; Associate Professor, Pediatrics; Assistant Program Director, Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship; Co-Director, Vanderbilt Sports Concussion Center; Vanderbilt University School of Medicine; Nashville, Tennessee
Alison Schonwald, MD
Touchstone Neurodevelopmental Center, LLC; Department of Pediatrics, Cambridge Health Alliance, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School; Boston, Massachusetts
Jessica Sprague, MD
Pediatric Dermatology; Sansum Clinic; Santa Barbara, California
Kenneth Zangwill, MD
Professor of Pediatrics; David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center; Torrance, 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 with ineligible companies within the past 24 months. Symposia Medicus will also ensure that any and all relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies 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.

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:


We care about the health and safety of our conference attendees. As the event gets closer, Symposia Medicus will communicate any relevant health and safety policies and procedures implemented by us and/or the conference venue.



Conference group rates have been arranged at the Turtle Bay Resort. 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.

Turtle Bay Resort is newly renovated

All rooms have mini-fridge and Keurig machines

Ocean View (Promo Rate)
*Limited number of rooms at this rate; once they sell out, room rates will increase as indicated below
King Bed - $419/Night, Max. Occupancy: 3
Two Queen Beds - $439/Night, Max. Occupancy: 4

Ocean View
King Bed - $599/Night, Max. Occupancy: 3
Two Queen Beds - $619/Night, Max. Occupancy: 4

Located on middle floors, rooms are 478 sq. ft. and offer views of the ocean and bays complimented by lush hillsides and resort grounds. Bathroom offers double vanities and a walk-in shower.

Premium Ocean View
King Bed - $699/Night, Max. Occupancy: 3
Two Queen Beds - N/A
Located on the top floor, rooms are 478 sq. ft. and offer the most magical ocean views from your private balcony. Bathroom offers a peekaboo tub, walk-in shower, plush robes, and slippers.

*Ocean View Suite
(Must call Symposia Medicus for availability)
King Bed - $859/Night, Max. Occupancy: 3
Two Queen Beds - $879/Night, Max. Occupancy: 4
Located on the middle floors, suites are 725 sq. ft. and offer sweeping views of the ocean. The suite has an open spacious sitting area, dining table, and bedroom. Bathroom offers a soaking tub and walk-in shower.

*Ocean Bungalow
(Must call Symposia Medicus for availability)
King Bed - $1,321/Night, Max. Occupancy: 4
Two Queen Beds - $1,371/Night, Max. Occupancy: 5
The waters in front of these bungalows are a globally recognized refuge for sea turtles, whales, and seals. The 740 sq. ft. cottage features extra privacy, added comfort, and exceptional service with a furnished walk-out lanai, private pool, and dedicated VIP concierge. Bathroom offers a soaking tub and walk-in shower.

By booking your lodging with Symposia Medicus, the Resort Fee charge of $49.00 plus 17.962% tax, per room, per night is discounted to $25.00 plus tax, per room, per night. The Resort Fee includes: Arrival lei greeting, two refillable PATH water bottles with refill stations located throughout the resort, use of Business Center facilities, unlimited toll-free local & 60-minute domestic long-distance telephone calls, high-speed Wi-Fi access in guest room and public areas, daily resort activities (see the Guidepost for calendar), use of resort cruiser bikes (45-minutes per day/per guest, 2 cruisers per room, based on availability), use of beach toys & boogie boards at Kuilima Cove (based on availability), use of beach umbrellas & chairs at Kuilima Cove (based on availability), daily basket of range balls (after 12:00pm), admission to Nalu Fitness Center with a fitness lesson of the day, use of Go Pro Camera for up to 24-hours, one-hour pickle ball court usage, 45-minute photo session (images available for purchase), complimentary use of Beats Pill Speaker (based on availability), and self-parking. Items listed are subject to change.

*Suites & Bungalows are VERY limited. Please reserve early; call Symposia Medicus for availability at (925) 969-1789.

  • Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to change):
    - 17.962% state & local taxes
    - $25.00 (plus 17.962% tax) resort fee (discounted from $49.00, plus tax)
  • Suggested porterage & housekeeping gratuities (not mandatory):
    - $14.50 (plus 4.712% tax) per person (18 years & older) porterage (bellman) gratuity is suggested
    - $3.00 (plus 4.712% tax) per room, per day housekeeping gratuity is suggested
  • Mandatory additional adult charge (18 years & older) is $50.00 per person, per night (includes taxes & gratuities) – not to exceed stated maximum occupancy
  • Children 17 years & under are complimentary – not to exceed stated maximum occupancy
  • Rollaway beds are NOT available. An air mattress can be requested (subject to availability), which is normally $50.00 per night, plus tax; however, this fee is waived when booking through Symposia Medicus. Only one air mattress is allowed in a room with a king bed.
  • Cribs are available on a complimentary basis (subject to availability and change)
  • Check-in time is 3:00pm and 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 $100/day for 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. As you charge more to your room, the hold will increase.
  • Parking: Self-parking is included in the Resort Fee (and complimentary during the conference for conference attendees not staying at the hotel). Valet is available at $35.00 plus tax, per day (subject to change) for hotel and non-hotel guests.
  • 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 March 13, 2024; 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 February 14, 2024. Between February 15, 2024 and March 13, 2024, one night’s deposit is forfeited. After March 13, 2024, 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.


You will fly into Honolulu International Airport (HNL), which is approximately 1½ hours from the Turtle Bay Resort. For information on ground transportation, please visit our website.

Symposia Medicus has arranged for discount fares with Alaska, Delta, Hawaiian, 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.

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 ECME943 in the “Discount Code” box, located at the right hand side of the page.
Blackout Dates: April 12-14, 2024

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 NY35Z in the “Meeting Code” box.
For questions, please call the Delta Airlines Convention Desk at (800) 328-1111.

Hawaiian Airlines
For discounts on Hawaiian Airlines flights, please book online at and insert SYMPOSIA MED into the “Preferred Affiliate Program Code” box located at the right-hand side of the page.

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 ZNQA939938 in the “Promotions and Certificates” box at the end of the page. For questions, please call the United Airlines Convention Desk at (800) 426-1122.


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 below and the conference/airport location when making your reservations. Please see below:

AWD # B766625

BCD # U076767


A rare gem of a destination, the Turtle Bay Resort is truly an iconic Hawaiian landmark. The only resort of its kind anywhere on the north shore of Oahu, this idyllic place is the perfect base to get fully immersed in the authentic island experience. Situated on a majestic outcropping with panoramic views of the breathtaking shoreline, this resort is a true standout among island destinations anywhere in the world.

The resort has completed a major renovation—every aspect of the hotel experience has been transformed to immerse guests into this dramatic landscape, from the stunning, redesigned lobby and pool deck to the locally inspired dining concepts.

Located on the North Shore of Oahu, the unequivocal surf capital of the world, Turtle Bay Resort is conveniently located near legendary surf breaks like Pipeline, Sunset Beach, and the big wave mecca that is Waimea Bay. A fifteen-minute drive north takes you to historic Haleiwa, which provides eclectic shopping, fantastic Hawaiian shaved ice, and restaurant options that include everything from shrimp trucks to fine dining.

Paddle out at sunrise for a dawn patrol surf session. Snap a photo of a honu (green sea turtle) while snorkeling. Launch off “Jump Rock” at Waimea Bay. Discover deserted white sand beaches while trekking up to Ka’ena Point. You can also enjoy whale watching, as this is the perfect time of year to see these beautiful creatures in Oahu’s warm waters. The list of what to see and do during your stay at this Oahu resort never ceases to amaze!

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it in the Bahamas, at our 35th Annual Spring Conference on Pediatrics.


(North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii)
57-091 Kamehameha Hwy, Kahuku, HI 96731
Phone: (808) 293-6000

Hotel's Website
Local Area Information


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

Date – Wednesday, April 17
Location – Kuilima Ballroom Foyer, located on the lobby level
Time – Begins at 7:00am


Continental breakfast buffet is for conference particiapnts only and will be available in the Kahuku Ballroom, located on the lobby level, next to our conference room, beginning at 6:30am on Wednesday and 7:00am on Thursday and Saturday.


Main Room Location – Kuilima 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, April 17
Time – Begins at 5:30pm and concludes at 6:30pm
Location – Kuilima Point, located on the lobby level, outside from our the conference location


The breakouts that you pre-selected will be printed on your badge. If you would like to change, we can accommodate you on-site as long as space is available.

Time - Begins at 3:00pm & 4:45pm on Friday, April 19

Is This Birthmark Bad? When to Pursue Further Work-Up
Jessica Sprague, MD
Location: Kahuku Ballroom I

A Case of Delay for Every Day: Developmental Disorders in the Office
Alison Schonwald, MD
Location: Kuilima Ballroom I

Who Wants to Be an Endocrinologist? Game Show Edition
Tariq Ahmad, MD
Location: Oahu Room

Infectious Disease Jeopardy: What Is the “ID-ea?”
Kenneth Zangwill, MD
Location: Kahuku Ballroom II


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 in your badge.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.


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.

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

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 Oahu in April usually range from the high 70’s during the day to the low 60’s during the evening

Time Zone – Oahu is in the Hawaii Time Zone

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The Nalu Kinetic Spa at the resort is offering a 10% discount on spa services (merchandise is excluded). Please let the receptionist at the spa know that you are with the "Symposia Medicus" group. Advance reservations are highly recommended.


For tour information and/or to make reservations, please contact Turtle Bay Resort’s concierge at (808) 293-6020. The concierge is open daily from 7:00am-7:00pm.

Please note: The Concierge is offering a 10% discount for our group on these tours only: Horseback Riding, Segway Tours, and Cultural Bike Tours as well as Bike Rentals. Please refer to the ‘Symposia Medicus group’ when making your reservation.

You can also make reservations once you arrive by going to the Guidepost, located in the hotel lobby, however, we strongly suggest making reservations prior to your arrival as tours/activities do sell out.