Saturday, February 20, 2021 | 9:00am-2:00pm PT

Join us virtually for a FULL day of education for physicians, residents, and students! The Golden State Symposium sponsored by CAL/AAEM will take place on Saturday, February 20, 2021 from 9:00am-2:00pm PT on Zoom. This symposium, with an all-star speaker line-up and topics important to today’s practice of EM, will be an event you won’t want to miss! There will be Live Q&A sessions after each talk for speaker questions. Additionally, participation prizes will be given throughout the conference. 


Registration is now closed. 


Each session will conclude with 10 minutes of Live Q&A


CAL/AAEM Introduction 
Jennifer Kanapicki Comer, MD FAAEM — President, CAL/AAEM


Literature Updates
Sanjay Arora, MD FAAEM and Michael Menchine, MD MPH FAAEM


Social Media and Medicine
Amy Faith Ho, MD


Stroke Updates
Mary Cheffers, MD


Critical Issues with COVID in Kids


Improving Your Mental Simulation Game
Daniel Dworkis, MD


Code STEMI or no STEMI?
Stuart Swadron, MD FAAEM


30-Minute Lunch Break


Health Care Disparities in the Times of COVID 




Sangfroid: Learning to Practice Medicine Under Pressure
Daniel Dworkis, MD


A Lethal Guide to Electrolytes
Anneli von Reinhart, MD


Earn CME

Accreditation Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM) and the California Chapter Division of AAEM (CAL/AAEM).  AAEM is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

Credit Designation Statement
The American Academy of Emergency Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 


Speakers and Bios

Jennifer Kanapicki Comer, MD FAAEM — President, CAL/AAEM
Stanford University Medical Center
Dr. Kanapicki graduated from Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY and completed her residency training in the Stanford Emergency Medicine Residency Program. She did fellowship training in international emergency medicine and medical education. Dr. Kanapicki is an Associate Professor at Stanford Department of Emergency Medicine where she is the Assistant Residency Director and Co-Director of the Medical Education Scholarship Fellowship.

Dr. Kanapicki has been involved in AAEM since her days on AAEM/RSA. She has held various roles throughout the years, including serving on the AAEM Board of Directors. She is currently the President of the California Chapter Division of AAEM.


Sanjay Arora, MD FAAEM
University of Southern California
Dr. Arora’s research area of interest is utilizing emerging technology to improve the quality and efficacy of emergency care, and to bridge the gap between an emergency department visit and a stable outpatient medical home for low-income, inner city patients with chronic disease. His work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), CAL/ACEP Emergency Medicine Research and Education Foundation (EMREF), the McKesson Foundation, the Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute (SC CTSI), Gilead Sciences, the Office of AIDS Programs and Prevention, and the California HIV/AIDS Research Program (CHRP). In addition to conducting research, he is a prominent educator in his field and received the speaker of the year award at both of the largest national conferences in emergency medicine (the American College of Emergency Physicians Scientific Assembly and the Essentials of Emergency Medicine).


Michael Menchine, MD MPH FAAEM
University of Southern California
Dr. Menchine is an Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine and Vice Chair and Research Director at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. Following medical school, Dr. Menchine completed residencies in internal and emergency medicine at University of California, Los Angeles. Stimulated by his clinical observations on the social and policy determinants of disease, Dr. Menchine pursued a Health Sciences Research Fellowship through the Department of Emergency Medicine at UCLA. In 2009, Dr. Menchine joined the faculty at Keck School and works clinically in the emergency department at the LAC+USC hospital.


Amy Faith Ho, MD MPH
John Peter Smith Hospital
Dr. Ho is an emergency medicine physician, Core Faculty and Director of Clinical Informatics at John Peter Smith Hospital. She is a prolific physician media presence with several TEDx Talks as well as featured episodes on TLC and DiscoveryLife's TV show "Untold Stories of the ER." In addition, she is a nationally-published writer with pieces in venues like Forbes, Chicago Tribune, LA Times, NPR, and more. Her latest work is a children's book, "Is Mommy A Doctor or Superhero?" geared towards celebrating women in medicine. 

Instagram/Twitter/LinkedIn: @amyfaithho


Mary Cheffers, MD
University of Southern California/LAC+USC Medical Center
Dr. Cheffers is Clinical Faculty of the LAC+USC Emergency Medicine Residency in Los Angeles. She works full time at Good Samaritan Hospital, a community hospital in downtown Los Angeles. She is also the Faculty Advisor for the Keck Human Rights Clinic at the Keck School of Medicine.


LAC+USC Medical Center
Dr. Rose is the Director for Pre-Health Undergraduate Studies and the Director of the Minor in Health Care Studies at Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California and Associate Professor (Educational Scholar) of Clinical Emergency Medicine at Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center. A native South Dakotan, she trained in emergency medicine and was chief resident at Los Angeles County/ USC Medical Center and completed a Pediatric Emergency Medicine fellowship at Loma Linda University. She has been core emergency medicine faculty at LAC/USC Medical Center since 2010 where she continues to care for both sick/injured children and adults. 

Dr. Rose is a prolific educator with numerous publications and invited national presentations. Dr. Rose has been awarded several education awards including multiple LAC/USC faculty of the year awards, outstanding teaching performance, and the Honorable Mention Outstanding Speaker of the Year for the American College of Emergency Physician Scientific Assembly. She recently published a textbook on life-threatening rashes and a practical clinical textbook for pediatric emergencies written specifically for EM-trained providers.


Daniel Dworkis, MD
University of Southern California
Dr. Dworkis is a clinical assistant professor of emergency medicine at LAC+USC and a medical officer for the Indian Health Service. His work focuses on the interface of emergency departments and population health, with an emphasis on geospatial analysis. He is the founder of The Lever institute, a virtual lab focused on building tools that help emergency departments become fulcrums for positive change in the communities they serve. His work focuses on the interface of emergency departments and population health, with an emphasis on geospatial analysis. He is the founder of the Lever institute, a virtual lab focused on building tools that help emergency departments become fulcrums for positive change in the communities they serve.


Stuart Swadron, MD FAAEM
LAC+USC Medical Center
Known internationally, he is one of the most respected, awarded, and preeminent educators in the specialty. From his years as residency director at USC, his work on EM:RAP, Essentials of EM, and thousands of hours of international speaking, he has become known as Captain Cortex! He is not just one of the best presenters in the field, he is a thought leader taking remarkably difficult concepts and distilling them in simple and fresh ways.


Lisa A. Moreno, MD MS MSCR FAAEM FIFEM — President, AAEM
Louisiana State University HSC
Dr. Moreno is Professor of Emergency Medicine, Director of Research, Diversity, and the Latino Scholars Program at Louisiana State University- New Orleans. She is President of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine and an NIH Research Scholar. Her multiple awards include the SAEM Marcus Martin Leadership Award, Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Professionalism Award, CORD Distinguished Educator Award, ADIEM Outstanding Academician Award,  AAMC Healthcare Executive Diversity & Inclusion Certificate, and the Order of the IFEM. The recipient of many research grants, Prof. Moreno has over 500 academic presentations, 45 publications, 6 book chapters, and 2 textbooks. Her research interests include health equity, violence prevention and treatment, and viral diseases.  She has mentored over 350 students, residents and junior faculty around the world.  A global health consultant and educator, she has served in over 25 countries, focusing on the development of research and elimination of healthcare disparities for women, underrepresented groups, and the under-resourced. 


Stanford University/Kaiser Permanente
Dr. Garmel is a passionate physician-educator committed to the education and well-being of students, residents, and faculty in and outside of EM. He holds the distinction of Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at Stanford and Senior Emergency Physician at Kaiser Santa Clara. Dr. Garmel co-founded and is the former Co-Director of the Stanford/Kaiser EM Residency Program. He has trained, mentored, and advised hundreds of residents at his program and around the country. He has written 4 textbooks in EM, published over 200 peer-reviewed articles and textbook chapters, and has given numerous lectures nationally and internationally,  He has received several national teaching and mentoring awards, including AAEM's Peter Rosen Award in 2010 and AAEM's Program Director of the Year Award in 2008. As an early member of AAEM, he supported his residents’ memberships in AAEM and attendance at AAEM's Scientific Assembly throughout his career using residency program funds. Dr. Garmel proudly serves on the national AAEM Education Committee, and is honored to be invited to present on the important topic of “Communication in Emergency Medicine."


Anneli von Reinhart, MD
UCSF Fresno 
Graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Yale Emergency Medicine Residency. Now she is the Assistant Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at UCSF Fresno where she served as a Medical Student Clerkship Director and Assistant Residency Director.



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