30th Annual Conference 2024

Cool Topics in Neonatology

California Association of Neonatologists (CAN) and AAP District IX Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa

March 1-3, 2024

A Hybrid CME Conference - Available as both a live in-person and live virtual activity

  • Friday, March 1 – Sunday, March 3, 2024
  • Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa*
  • Available as both a live in-person and live virtual activity

Cool Topics In Neonatology
30th Annual Conference
March 1-3, 2024

  • Life After Fellowship: Friday full-day workshop for 2nd and 3rd year fellows with invited speakers discussing work, career and life balance issues. (Sponsored by the AAP, SoNPM, Dist IX).
  • CPQCC Improvement Palooza: Friday full-day of expert speakers and breakout sessions under the theme of “Community Engagement”.  
  • CAN Keynote address:  Jodi Halpern, MD, PhD, Chancellor’s Chair, UC Berkeley and co-founder of the Kavli Center for Ethics, Science and the Public. Dr. Halpern’s work on clinical empathy changed medical school curriculums around the world. As a medical ethicist she has spoken widely on developing thoughtful guardrails for emerging technologies like AI, gene editing and neurotechnology. Or you could just show this box from the brochure.
  • ELBW Resuscitation Around the World: International experts speaking about NICU practices in Japan (Tetsuya Isayama, MD, MSc, PhD), from ILCOR (Helen Liley, MBChB), and the perspective of one Small Baby Unit in Northern California (Elizabeth Rogers, MD)
  • Breakout sessions: Your chance to try hands-on demonstrations about new/emerging tools and practices in the NICU.
    • Breakout 1: Targeted Neonatal Echo (TnECHO) 
    • Breakout 2: Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS)
    • Breakout 3: Surfactant by LISA/MIST and SALSA (LMA)
    • Breakout 4: Building and Maintaining Cultures of Care in the NICU
    • Breakout 5: Min Effort/Max Gain in Neonatal Nutrition
  • Pro/Con Debate: Will AI Replace Neonatologists? : two internationally recognized experts, Carolyn McGregor, AM, PhD (Ontario Tech Univ) and John Lantos, MD (Pediatric Bioethicist) provide their insights and perspectives on the promises and perils of rapidly emerging technologies like machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) in the NICU. 
  • 30th CAN Cool Topics Conference Gala Celebration dinner – Saturday, Mar 2nd: All attendees are invited to help celebrate 30 years of CAN Cool Topics Conferences with a plated dinner with DJ/dancing under an event tent by the waterfront. Ticket price $20/person (trainees – no charge). 
  • Neonatal-Perinatal Environment: How Dyads, Teams & Units Culture impact outcomes: Finally, the conference will close with a special session on unit cultures and the impact on maternal-neonatal dyads, provider communication and burnout.
  • Two-day POCUS workshop (3/3-3/4): We will again offer a 2-day POCUS workshop after the conference ends on Sun 12:00pm-5:00pm & Mon 8:00am-3:00pm. The workshop is bargain at only $400 for CAN attendees ($250 for fellows). If you’ve been wanting to take a POCUS course, this is your chance to combine it with a great weekend of learning.

Jodi Halpern, MD, PhD

Dr. Jodi Halpern, MD, PhD, Chancellor’s Chair, UC Berkeley, is the author of groundbreaking work on clinical empathy that led to a wave of change in medical education internationally. Dr. Halpern advises leaders in the development of ethical guardrails for innovative technologies including Al, gene editing and neurotechnology. In 2021, Dr. Halpern co-founded the Kavli Center for Ethics, Science and the Public. Halpern received the Guggenheim 2022 Award in Medicine.



A block of rooms has been reserved at the Coronado Island Marriott Resort at seminar rates: $279 single or double occupancy plus state and local taxes. One night’s deposit is required. Confirmation of res­ervations received after Wednesday, February 7, 2024 is subject to availability.

There is always the possibility the room block might sell out prior to Wednesday, February 7, 2024 in which case rooms will be sold at a higher rate based on availability and/or you will be referred to another hotel.  For more information and reservations call (800) 228-9290 or (619) 435-3000. Indicate that you are attending the Cool Topics in Neonatol­ogy program in order to receive conference rates. You may also book online at https://bit.ly/CAN2024roomblock

For more information on the CAN 2024 Conference, please click here. To register, please click here.

We hope you will be able to join us! 

Any questions, please reach out to the UCLA CCPD Office at ccpd@mednet.ucla.edu , or call 310-794-2620.

SAVE THE DATE! – March 1 – 3, 2024 – Coronado, CA