Course Information
22nd Annual UCLA Pediatric Board Review Course

UCLA Meyer & Renee Luskin Conference Center
Los Angeles, California
September 05, 2017 to September 10, 2017

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*Please note that the course syllabus will be available online only to registered attendees.
A password link will be sent prior to the course.

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 macrolide therapy)

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, EKGs, dermatologic conditions, and genetic syndromes, among others.

Topics Covered

Adolescent Medicine
Critical Care and Emergency Medicine
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Gastroenterology and Nutrition
General Pediatrics
Infectious Diseases
Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


Safety and Quality Improvement
Test Taking


Registration Information

Enrollment is limited. Please register early.


To enroll click here

By Mail

Send the completed enrollment form to:

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


Fax the registration form with charge card information and your authorizing signature to the Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA at (310) 794-2624.

By Phone

Call (310) 794-2620. Accepted cards: MasterCard, VISA, American Express or Discover.

Registration Fee

Physicians In-Training, recent training graduates (within the last 12 months), Other Health Professionals
(RN, NP, etc.):

  • Registration on or before June 16, 2017: $1,050.00
  • Registration effective June 17, 2017: $1,200.00


  • Registration on or before June 16, 2017: $1,150.00
  • Registration effective June 17, 2017: $1,300.00

Electronic Course Syllabus

In order to provide high quality images and graphics, and in the spirit of going green, the syllabus for the 2017 UCLA Pediatric Board Review Course will be available to all attendees online for download in advance of the course. If you would like to receive a printed copy of the syllabus, it can be ordered in advance of the course for $150 and will be available for pick up at the course registration desk (must order prior to the course.) The price for a syllabus purchased on-site at the course will be $200.


A service charge of $75 will be 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, 2015. Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA reserves the right to cancel the course, in which case full refund is granted.

Program Agenda


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

8:00 - 8:30 Welcome
Debbie Lehman
8:30 - 9:30 General Pediatrics
Lee Miller
9:30 - 10:15 Patient Safety & QI
Carlos Lerner
10:15 - 10:30 Break
10:30 - 11:30 Behavior & Development
Carlos Lerner
11:30 - 12:30 Sexuality & Drug Abuse
Robby Morris
12:30 - 1:15 Lunch
1:15 - 2:00 Child Abuse
Claudia Wang
2:00 - 3:30 Gastroenterology
Rob Venick
3:30 - 3:45 Break
3:45 - 4:45 Ethics & Biostatistics
Stuart Slavin
4:45 - 5:45 Test Taking Strategies
Stuart Slavin

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

8:00 - 9:00 Gastroenterology
Laura Wozniak
9:00 - 10:00 General Pediatrics
James Lee
10:00 - 10:15 Break
10:15 - 11:30 Immunological Disorders & Allergy
Caroline Kuo
11:30 - 12:30 Radiology
Ted Hall
12:30 - 1:15 Lunch
1:15 - 2:15 Nephrology
Patricia Weng
2:15 - 3:15 Behavior & Development
Rujuta Bhatt
3:15 - 3:30 Break
3:30 - 4:45 STIs & Adolescent Mental Health
Nancy Steiner
4:45 - 5:45 Cardiology Part 1
Leigh Reardon
5:45 - 6:15 Practice Questions
Stuart Slavin

Thursday, September 7, 2017

8:00 - 9:00 Cardiology Part 2
Leigh Reardon
9:00 - 10:00 Critical Care
Myke Federman
10:00 - 10:15 Break
10:15 - 11:15 Poisoning
Myke Federman
11:15 - 12:15 Coagulation
Gavin Roach
12:15 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 2:30 Infectious Diseases
Nava Yeganeh
2:30 - 3:30 Gastroenterology
Mini Mehra
3:30 - 3:45 Break
3:45 - 5:15 Infectious Diseases
Debbie Lehman
5:15 - 6:15 Neonatology
Kara Calkins

Friday, September 8, 2017

8:00 - 10:00 Endocrinology Part 1
Mark Daniels
10:00 - 10:15 Break
10:15 - 11:15 Rheumatology
Miriam Parsa
11:15 - 12:15 Endocrinology Part 2
Mark Daniels
12:15 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 2:30 Pulmonology
Sande Okleo
2:30 - 3:30 Cardiology Part 3
Leigh Reardon
3:30 - 3:45 Break
3:45 - 5:15 Neurology
Jason Lerner

Saturday, September 9, 2017

8:00 - 8:45 Infectious Diseases
Dean Blumberg
8:45 - 10:15 Immunizations
Dean Blumberg
10:15 - 10:30 Break
10:30 - 12:00 Heme/Onc Part 1
Randy Wada
12:00 - 12:45 Lunch
12:45 - 2:15 Heme/Onc Part 2
Randy Wada
2:15 - 3:45 Dermatolgy
Jame Korb
4:00 - 5:30 Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
Jame Korb

Sunday, September 10, 2017

8:00 - 9:30 Nephrology
Joshua Zaritsky
9:30 - 10:30 Contraception & Menstrual Disorders
Martin Anderson
10:30 - 10:45 Break
10:45 - 12:15 Genetics
Derek Wong
12:15 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 2:30 Genetics
Julian Martinez
2:30 - 4:00 Neurology
Chris Giza


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


We are pleased to be hosting this year’s board review course at the brand new UCLA Meyer and Renee Luskin Conference Center, situated in the heart of UCLA’s vibrant campus community.

The rates listed below cover accommodations as early as September 4th through September 10th. You must book by 8/14/2017 to be eligible for rates below.  Please note that unlike all the other hotels in the area, these rates are exempt of all occupancy taxes (16%) and thus is comparable to a $189 rate at a local hotel, + occupancy taxes.

  • Standard King, Non-Smoking @ $219/day
  • Queen Double, Non-Smoking @ $219/day


For directions from the airport and parking information please go here.


Please note that call-in option must be used if any attendee is trying to book pre / post contracted dates (the online option only works for contracted dates, not pre / post)

Via the website:

  1. Click on "Reserve Now" button
  2. Select "I have a Conference Code"
  3. Input PED0904 into Conference Code area and enter arrival / departure dates
  4. Click on "Check Availability"
  5. Attendees may select room type on next screen after submitting "Check Availability"
  6. A valid credit card is required to make reservations

Or call-in directly to: 855-LCC-UCLA (855-522-8252)

Reservations are accepted based upon availability.
There is a limited number of rooms at the discounted rate, so reserve your room early!