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Seventeenth Annual Pediatric Board Review Course

Sheraton Delfina
Santa Monica, California
September 04, 2012 to September 09, 2012

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Course Description

The goal of this course is to provide a broad, but in-depth review of pediatrics for those preparing for the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) certification examination, those undergoing ABP re-certification, and pediatricians and family practitioners seeking an intensive refresher course in pediatrics.

The program is designed to maximize performance on the American Board of Pediatrics examination. The focus of the Board examination, historically, has been on diagnosis. Two key elements to making a successful diagnosis are pattern recognition and knowledge of links and associations. An appreciation of these elements is essential for maximal performance on the Board examination, and they are emphasized in this program.

Pattern recognition involves fitting a set of symptoms, physical signs, and/or laboratory values to the pattern of a particular disease. For example, cough of ten days' duration, of increasing intensity and occurring in paroxysms, accompanied by coryza, with little or no fever, in a 7-week-old, fits the pattern of pertussis.

Links and associations represent key features of diseases that are necessary to suspect or make the diagnosis. In the example above, one might recognize the diagnosis, yet success in answering the question could depend on recall of the link that, with pertussis, the white blood count is typically elevated, with a predominance of lymphocytes. Other links include:

  • links of physical findings and diseases (e.g., aniridia/Wilms)
  • links of geography and disease (e.g., Midwest and histoplasmosis)
  • links of diseases and treatments (e.g., legionella and erythromycin)
Each lecture in the course includes descriptions of the patterns of illness for the most important and the most common pediatric problems, and key links and associations are highlighted. A daily photo quiz will permit attendees to test their diagnostic skills with X-rays, EKG's, dermatologic conditions, and genetic syndromes, among others.

  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Allergy/Immunology/Pulmonology
  • Cardiology
  • Critical Care and Emergency Medicine
  • Dermatology
  • Developmental Studies
  • Endocrinology
  • Ethics
  • Gastroenterology and Nutrition
  • General Pediatrics
  • Genetics
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Neonatology
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Orthopedics
  • Radiology
  • Test Taking

Registration Information



Online enrollment is now closed.

If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please contact Rosalinda Luna at 310-825-4128 or email her at roluna@mednet.ucla.edu.

By Mail

Send the completed enrollment form to:

Office of Continuing Medical Education
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Pediatric Board Review
10920 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1060
Los Angeles, CA 90024-6512

By Fax

Fax the enrollment form with charge card information and your authorizing signature to the UCLA Department of Pediatrics at (310) 267-3842.

Registration Fee

  • Residents
    • $795 by June 30, 2012
    • $950 effective July 1, 2012
  • Physician in Practice, Fellow
    • $895 by June 30, 2012
    • $1,050 effective July 1, 2012

A service charge of $75 is withheld from all refunds for the course registration (full refund if course is canceled, discontinued, or rescheduled). Refund requests must be in writing and postmarked no later than August 1, 2012. Refund will not be issued for requests made after August 1, 2012. Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA reserves the right to cancel the course, in which case full refund is granted.

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Adolescent Medicine

Martin Anderson, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor and Director, Adolescent Medicine Program

Robert E. Morris, M.D.
Professor Emeritus


Nick Anas, M.D.
Director, Pediatric Critical Care
Children's Hospital of Orange County
Professor (Voluntary)
Department of Pediatrics
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

James D. Korb, M.D.
Director, Academic Affairs
Director, Pediatric Residency Program
Children's Hospital of Orange County

Deborah McCurdy, M.D.

E. Richard Stiehm, M.D.


Daniel S. Levi, M.D.
Associate Professor

Kevin M. Shannon, M.D.

Child Abuse

Claudia Wang, M.D.
Professor, Medical Director of Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect Team

Critical Care and Emergency Medicine

Myke Federman, M.D.
Assistant Professor

Rick E. Harrison, M.D.


James D. Korb, M.D.
Director, Academic Affairs
Director, Pediatric Residency Program
Children's Hospital of Orange County

Developmental Studies

Carlos Lerner, M.D., MPhil
Assistant Professor

Rachelle Tyler, M.D.
Associate Professor


Mark Daniels, M.D.
Children’s Hospital Orange County

Kuk-Wha Lee, M.D.
Assistant Professor


Stuart J. Slavin, M.D., M.Ed.
Associate Dean of Curriculum
St. Louis University School of Medicine

Gastroenterology and Nutrition

Mini Mehra, M.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor

Robert S. Venick, M.D.
Assistant Professor

David Ziring, M.D.
Assistant Professor

General Pediatrics

Ryan Coller, M.D.
Clinical Instructor

Lee Miller, M.D.


Lisa A. Schimmenti, M.D.
Associate Professor
University of Minnesota

Derek Wong, M.D.
Assistant Professor, M.D.


Noah Federman, M.D.
Assistant Professor

Randal K. Wada, M.D.
Associate Researcher, Cancer Research Center of Hawaii
Associate Professor, John A. Burns School of Medicine,
University of Hawaii

Infectious Diseases

Dean Blumberg, M.D.
Associate Professor/Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases
University of California, Davis

Paul Krogstad, M.D.

Karin Nielsen, M.D., MPH
Clinical Professor


Marianne Anderson, M.D.
Assistant Professor


Katherine Wesseling Perry, M.D.
Assistant Professor

Joshua Zaritsky, M.D., PhD
Assistant Professor


Raman Sankar, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Division Chief

W. Donald Shields, M.D.
Professor Emeritus


James D. Korb, M.D.
Director, Academic Affairs
Director, Pediatric Residency Program
Children's Hospital of Orange County


Theodore R. Hall, M.D.

Test Taking

Stuart J. Slavin, M.D., M.Ed.
Associate Dean of Curriculum Affairs
St. Louis University School of Medicine

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At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Use pattern recognition to diagnose both common and unusual diseases in children
  • Describe diagnostic strategies for common and unusual problems in children
  • Describe therapeutic approaches after the diagnosis is established
  • Recognize important links and associations that may be tested on the Pediatric Board Exam

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Sheraton Delfina Santa Monica Hotel
530 Pico Boulevard.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Phone: (310) 399-9344

The Sheraton Delfina is ideally located in the heart of sunny Santa Monica, just four blocks from the Pacific Ocean. It is conveniently located to numerous local attractions including the 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica Pier, Getty Museum and 8 miles from the Los Angeles International Airport (taxi rates from LAX start at $35 / Super Shuttle rates start at $15). The hotel is 7 miles to Beverly Hills, 12 miles to Hollywood and 15 miles to Downtown Los Angeles.

City of Santa Monica offers a complimentary Tides Shuttle Service from the Sheraton Delfina to the beach, shopping, and dining areas in the city.

Popular local activities near the hotel are:

Santa Monica Pier – Over a Century old, the historic landmark has been the sight of numerous movies and television shoots and welcomes over 3 million visitors a year. The Pier hosts concerts and movies during the summer months and offers exciting amusement park rides, fresh seafood and great people watching year round.

3rd Street Promenade – Lively outdoor mall full of popular shops like Banana Republic, Apple and Kenneth Cole. Cafes and restaurants line the Promenade, as well as AMC and Loews movie theatres. Street performers and artsy vendors round out the laid-back, Southern California experience.

Main Street – Trendy boutiques and eclectic art galleries fill this neighborhood shopping area. It is also a great place to dine – anything from coffee and smoothies, to pizza, sushi, and fine dining is available.

Sheraton Delfina Hotel Santa Monica, CA Hotel Features:

  • Outdoor heated swimming pool, sundeck, cabanas, and outdoor fireplace
  • 24-hour poolside fitness center featuring cardiovascular equipment and individual cardio theatre
  • Club Level Rooms with access to poolside Club Lounge
  • Lobby Bistro & Lounge located poolside serving beverages, lunch and dining as well as in the private cabanas
  • icafé on the Mezzanine Level is open for breakfast and dinner offering Californian cuisine with relaxing views of Santa Monica.
  • Room Service Hours: Sun-Thurs- 6:00 am to 12:00 am and Fri-Sat- 6:00am to 1:00am
  • Wireless internet access in all public areas and meeting facilities
  • 24-hour business center
  • Valet parking
  • Dedicated concierge service
Sheraton Delfina Hotel Santa Monica Hotel Suite Amenities

Sheraton Santa Monica offers 310 guest rooms beautifully decorated in refreshing blues and white, all in a contemporary, warm décor. Many guestrooms and all 11 Suites feature oversized balconies with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and Santa Monica.
  • Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Beds with high-thread count linens, and down comforters and pillows
  • Complimentary daily newspaper delivery (choice of USA Today, Wall Street Journal, or LA Times)
  • Cable TV with Pay Per View Movies
  • High Speed Internet Access
  • Large Work Desk with Ergonomic Chair
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • In-Room Digital Safes with Computer Charger
  • Cotton Robes and Bath Amenities
  • Dual-line Speakerphones with private voicemail
  • Complimentary In-Room Coffee Maker
  • Private guestroom balconies with dramatic mountain and ocean views
The rates listed below cover accommodations for the nights of Monday, September 3rd, 2012 through Sunday, September 9, 2012.
  • Standard King Suite, Non-Smoking @ $149/day
  • Standard Double Suite, Non-Smoking @ $149/day
  • $15.00 Valet - Overnight (Inclusive of tax)
  • $10.00 Valet – Event Day (Inclusive of tax)
  • FREE-self parking - limited (until full)
On-line reservations for on-site lodging at Sheraton Delfina Hotel Santa Monica are now available. Click here to reserve your room.

The cutoff date to make reservations is August 11, 2011. Reservations requested after this date will be accepted based upon availability.

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