The 2023 Western Pediatric Trauma Conference

Carlsbad, CA US
July 11, 2023 to July 13, 2023

The conference features nationally renowned faculty in the fields of pediatric trauma, critical care, emergency medicine and pre-hospital care. Participants will be able to propose practice improvements to their teams based on evidence-based guidelines, scientific inquiry, tools and resources presented at the conference. This event is an unparalleled opportunity to make and solidify relationships through person-to person communications and marketing.

Registration Fees
Full conference MD/DO$790
Single day MD/DO$450
Full conference for all other participants$500
Single day for all other participants$275
MD/DO - Virtual Attendance$295
Non-MD - Virtual Attendance$149
EMS Providers - Virtual Attendance$30

This year, we are hosting an additional session titled "The 411 on How to be a Great Paper Reviewer" at 4:00pm on Wednesday, July 12, 2023, for an additional $100.

To reserve your hotel room at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, please click here.

Target Audience

The program content is targeted to surgeons, registered nurses and health care professionals from around the nation who care for injured children.

Learning Objectives

  • Apply newly acquired knowledge in the evaluation and management of pediatric trauma patients.
  • Identify appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic interventions for specific injury types.
  • Assess the evidence supporting clinical algorithms and pathways.
  • Discuss current national standards of care and ongoing research in managing pediatric trauma patients, emphasizing uncommon content areas.
  • Identify recent consensus guidelines in pediatric trauma care.

Learner Outcome

After attending this conference, participants will report increased knowledge related to care of the pediatric trauma patient and report intent to change practice based on new evidence-based practice information provided.

Additional Information

Course Contact: 
Please contact Matthew Stern, CME Manager, for any questions at
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 17.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 17.50 Attendance
  • 17.50 Colorado State EMS
  • 17.50 NCPD
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
07/11/2023 - 8:00am MDT
Event ends: 
07/13/2023 - 5:00pm MDT
Tuesday, July 11,2023
7:00 AM7:30 AMSign-In and Breakfast 
7:30 AM7:45 AMWelcome and Opening RemarksDr. David Notrica
7:45 AM8:45 AMKeynote Address: TBDDr. Bellal Joseph
8:45 AM8:55 AMQ&A
8:55 AM9:45 AMLow Titer Group O Whole Blood for Pediatric Hemostatic ResuscitationDr. Phillip Spinella
9:45 AM9:50 AMQ&A
9:50 AM10:15 AMBreak with Exhibitors 
10:15 AM11:00 AM

Things That go Bump in the Woods: When Wild Animals Attack

Dr. Joe Forrester
11:00 AM11:10 AMQ&A
11:10 AM11:55 AMOptimal Integration of the APP in Trauma Service
Panel Discussion
Katherine Alvarez, PA
Amanda Loquias, NP
Chance Bassinger (peds)
Jenna Malone PA (adult)
11:55 AM12:00 PMQ&A
12:00 PM1:00 PMLunch 
Meeting on Multicenter Trials - Dr Katie Russell to organize
1:00 PM1:45 PMPoint – Counterpoint Session: Whole BloodDr. Phillip Spinella
Dr. Bellal Joseph
1:45 PM1:50 PMQ&A
1:50 PM2:20 PMAirway Injuries Including Trauma-related Foreign Body ObstructionDr. Siva Chinnadurai, MD MPH
2:20 PM2:25 PMQ&A
2:25 PM3:30 PMPoster Session - Visit Exhibitors  
3:30 PM Adjourn 
4:00 PM6:00 PMTrauma Networking Reception and Vendors 
Wednesday, July 12, 2023
7:00 AM7:30 AMSign-In and Breakfast 
7:30 AM8:15 AMTrauma and PTSD in Children Under 6Patrick Goodman
8:15 AM8:20 AMQ&A
8:20 AM8:50 AMBurn Injuries of the HandDr. Steve Moulton
8:50 AM8:55 AM Q&A
8:55 AM9:40 AMChild AbuseDr. Stephanie Chao
9:40 AM9:45 AMQ&A
9:45 AM10:00 AMBreak with Exhibitors 
Abstract Presentations
10:00 AM11:00 AMScientific Abstract Podium Presentations 
11:00 AM12:00 PMBest Practice Abstract Podium Presentations 
12:00 PM1:00 PMLunch 
Possible continuation of Multicenter Trial Meeting - Dr KR
1:00 PM1:30 PMDiscussing the Dichotomy of Drownings and Other Trauma TaboosLisa Nichols, RN
PTS President
1:30 PM2:00 PMPoint - Counterpoint Session: Management of Blunt Grade V Liver Laceration in Children Surgical vs NOMDr. David Notrica
Dr. Ronald Stewart
2:00 PM2:05 PMQ&A
2:05 PM3:05 PMLocal Cases Studies w/ Audience Participation Dr. Romeo Ignacio
Dr. Philip Stanley
3:05 PM3:15 PMQ&A
3:15 PM4:15 PMVisit Exhibitors and 2nd Round Poster Presentations 
4:15 PM Adjourn 
4:15 PM5:00 PMThe 411 on How to be a Great Paper Reviewer
Separate ticketed seminar
Dr. Denis Bensard
Dr. David Notrica
Dr. Romeo Ignacio
Thursday, July 13, 2023
7:00 AM7:30 AMSign-In and Breakfast 
7:30 AM8:00 AMTop trauma papers of 2022Dr. Katie Russell
8:00 AM8:45 AMExpanding Simulation Program Outside Hospital Dr. Robert Vezzetti
8:45 AM8:50 AMQ&A
8:50 AM9:20 AMPediatric ED ThoracotomyDr. Romeo Ignacio
Dr. Mubeen Jafri
9:20 AM9:25 AMQ&A
9:25 AM10:10 AMTreatment of Traumatic Brachial Plexus and Nerve Injuries in the Pediatric PopulationDr. Kate Hinchcliff
10:10 AM10:15 AMQ&A
10:15 AM10:15 AMAbstract Award Presentation and 2024 Announcement 
10:15 AM10:30 AMBreak with Exhibitors 
10:30 AM11:00 AMHealthcare Disparities in Pediatric Trauma: Picking the Right Tools for the JobDr. Romeo Ignacio
11:00 AM11:05 AMQ&A
11:05 AM11:35 AMUtility of Dual-Energy Spectral CT in Pediatric Abdominal TraumaDr. Rich Southard
(recorded session)
11:35 AM11:40 AMQ&A
11:40 AM12:10 PMPediatric Urologic TraumaDr. Heidi Stephany
12:10 PM12:15 PMQ&A
12:15 PM12:30 PMEvaluation, Wrap-Up & Adjourn 
Omni La Costa Resort and Spa
2100 Costa Del Mar Road
Carlsbad, CA 95476
United States

To reserve your hotel room for this course, please CLICK HERE:



Omni La Costa Resort & Spa is near the following airports:

  • About 3-4 miles from McClellan Palomar Airport (CLD)
  • About 30-32 miles from San Diego International Airport (SAN)
  • About 61 miles from John Wayne Airport (SNA)

Continuing Education credits will be provided by Children’s Hospital Colorado. Below are the available credit types that a learner can claim by attending this conference. More information will be posted in the coming months.

Medical (CME):
Children’s Hospital Colorado is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Children’s Hospital Colorado designates this live activity for a maximum of 17.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing Continuing Professional Development (NCPD):
Children’s Hospital Colorado is approved with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by Colorado Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This educational offering for 17.5 nursing contact hours is provided by Children’s Hospital Colorado.
Claim only those hours you attend. For nurses, attendance, sign-in, and submission of an evaluation after session are required for successful completion and receipt of certificate of attendance.

Children’s Hospital Colorado is a State of Colorado recognized EMS Training Group (CO-049) and will provide 17.5 continuing education credit(s) for all pre-hospital providers.

Successful completion of this CME activity enables the learner to earn credit toward the CME requirement(s) of the American Board of Surgery’s Continuous Certification program. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit learner completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABS credit.

A certificate of attendance will be provided upon completion of this course.

Available Credit

  • 17.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 17.50 Attendance
  • 17.50 Colorado State EMS
  • 17.50 NCPD

For more information on exhibit and sponsorship opportunities, click here or email Matthew Stern for any specific questions.


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