Course Information

24th Annual Pediatric Board Review Course / Board Prep Course

UCLA Meyer & Renee Luskin Conference Center
425 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, California

September 03, 2019 to September 08, 2019

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

Syllabus for Conference Registrants

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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
  • Allergy/Immunology
  • Cardiology
  • Critical Care and Emergency Medicine
  • Dermatology
  • Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
  • Endocrinology
  • Ethics
  • Gastroenterology and Nutrition
  • General Pediatrics
  • Genetics
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Neonatology
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Pulmonology
  • Radiology
  • Patient Safety and Quality Improvement
  • Test Taking


Enrollment is limited so please register early!

To enroll click here.

By Check

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

By Fax

Fax the enrollment form with charge card information and your authorizing signature to (310) 794-2624.

By Phone

Use your American Express, MasterCard, VISA, or Discover card. Call (310) 794-2620

Course Fees

Physicians In-Training, recent training graduates (within the last 12 months), Other Health Professionals (RN, NP, etc.):
Registration on or before June 30, 2019: $1,075.00
Registration effective July 1, 2019: $1,225.00

Registration on or before June 30, 2019: $1,175.00
Registration effective July 1, 2019: $1,325.00

Group Pricing Available: Please contact for more information 

Electronic Course Syllabus

In order to provide high quality images and graphics, and in the spirit of going green, the syllabus for the 2019 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 $175 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 $225.


A service charge of $100 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, 2019. Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA reserves the right to cancel the course, in which case full refund is granted.

(all faculty are from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA unless stated)

Course Chair

Jessica Lloyd, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor
Pediatric Hospital Medicine
Associate Program Director, Pediatric Residency Program

Adolescent Medicine

Martin Anderson, MD, MPH
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Adolescent Medicine

Nancy Steiner, MD
Associate Clinical Professor, Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine


Caroline Kuo, MD
Clinical Instructor, Pediatrics


Carlos Lerner, MD, MPhil
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics


Leigh Reardon, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics

Child Abuse

Claudia Wang, MD
Professor, Medical Director of Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect Team

Critical Care and Emergency Medicine

Myke Federman, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics


Marcia Hogeling, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor
Director of Pediatric Dermatology

Developmental Studies

Carlos Lerner, MD, MPhil
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

Rujuta B. Wilson, MD
Assistant Professor in Pediatrics and Psychiatry


Mark Daniels, MD
Division Chief, Endocrinology and Diabetes
CHOC CS Assistant Clinical Professor UCI
Irvine, CA


Joseph Raho, PhD
Clinical Ethicist
Ethics Center, UCLA Health

Gastroenterology and Nutrition

Mini Mehra, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Division of GI, Hepatology, and Nutrition

Robert Venick, MD
Associate Professor, Pediatrics & Surgery

Laura Wozniak, MD
Associate Clinical Professor, Pediatrics

General Pediatrics

James Lee, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor

Lee Miller, MD


Julian Martinez, MD
Associate Professor, Pediatrics

Derek Wong, MD
Associate Clinical Professor, Pediatrics


Gavin Roach, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor

Randal K. Wada, MD
Associate Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, John A. Burns School of Medicine
Honolulu, HI

Infectious Diseases

Dean Blumberg, MD, FAAP
Associate Professor/Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases
University of California, Davis
Davis, CA

Deborah Lehman, MD
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

Nava Yeganeh, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics


Alison Chu, MD
Assistant Professor-in-Residence
Division of Neonatology & Developmental Biology


Joshua Zaritsky, MD, PhD
Chief, Pediatric Nephrology
Nemours Children’s Health System
Wilmington, DE


Christopher Giza, MD
Professor of Pediatric Neurology and Neurosurgery

Jason Lerner, MD
Associate Professor, Pediatrics

Orthopedics/Sports Medicine

Jennifer Beck, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery

Joshua Goldman, MD, MBA
Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery

Patient Safety & QI

Jessica Lloyd, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor
Pediatric Hospital Medicine
Associate Program Director, Pediatric Residency Program


Diana Chen, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor, Pediatrics


Theodore R. Hall, MD
Professor of Clinical Radiology


Miriam Parsa, MD
Associate Physician, Department of Pediatric Rheumatology

Test-Taking Strategies

Sue Nahm
Director, Student Academic Support
David Geffen School of Medicine

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

The Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Office of Continuing Medical Education, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA designates this live activity for a maximum of 48 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The California State Board of Registered Nursing accepts courses approved by the AMA for category 1 credit as meeting the continuing education requirements for license renewal. Nurses from states other than California should inquire with their local State Board for specific continuing education policies.

The FDA has issued a concept paper which classifies commercial support of scientific and educational programs as promotional unless it can be affirmed that the program is "truly independent" and free of commercial influence. In addition to independence, the FDA requires that nonpromotional, commercially supported education be objective, balanced, and scientifically rigorous. The policy further states that all potential conflicts of interest of the CME staff and faculty be fully disclosed to the program's participants. In addition, Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education policy mandates that the provider adequately manages all identified potential conflicts of interest prior to the program. We at UCLA fully endorse the letter and spirit of these concepts.

Location of Course and Hotel Registration

UCLA Meyer & Renee Luskin Conference Center
425 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, California

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

Rated 4.5 stars on TripAdvisor, this hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Westwood Village and is in close proximity to numerous affordable restaurants. The hotel offers:

  • Room Service
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Complimentary High-Speed Internet (Wi-Fi)
  • Fitness Center
  • And more!

The rates listed below cover accommodations as early as August 31 through September 11. You must book by 8/12/2019 to be eligible for rates below.

Please note that these rates are exempt of all occupancy taxes, meaning this is what you pay!

Standard King, Non-Smoking @ $232/day
Queen Double, Non-Smoking @ $232/day


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


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