Plenary Sessions

 Friday March 6, Sunday March 8, and Monday March 9, 2020  |  Centennial Complex

Held over three days, plenary sessions feature a number of seminars that are of interest to physicians who practice in a wide variety of specialties. The theme for the 2020 Annual Postgraduate Convention plenary sessions is: “The Latest and Greatest in Whole Person Care.”


All Burned Out and Nowhere To Go?
Adapting and Inspiring Change in Your Life

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Thursday March 5, 2020 | Centennial Complex & Tent, Drayson Center Field

This interprofessional program examines causes and manifestations of professional burnout and discusses how this affects interprofessional communication and teamwork. Professional boundaries and social connectivity are two of the most common factors associated with this syndrome. Interdisciplinary panels and small group discussions will elucidate professional ramifications of healthy and unhealthy boundaries and social connectivity followed by stress regulation techniques using the Community Resiliency Model (CRM) ©TM

The New Wellness Approach: A Realistic Way for Dentistry and Medicine to Collaborate

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Thursday March 5, 2020 | Centennial Complex

There is now undeniable evidence that the local inflammatory response to initiating periodontal bio-film spills into the circulatory system and contributes to the level of systemic inflammation. There is also evidence that successful periodontal intervention can result in meaningful reductions of systemic inflammation. Clearly, it is time for dental and medical providers to work together to better control the systemic diseases that are affected by systemic inflammation.

Every report detailing the link between oral and overall health concludes with a recommendation that medicine and dentistry should work together to achieve better outcomes for the patients they share. However, no one ever outlines what form that collaboration should take…until now. This presentation outlines a realistic protocol which dental and medial providers can utilize to effortlessly screen and refer patients for better management of the risk factors their patients have in common.

Awaken Your Knowledge of Sleep Disorders in the Pediatric Population: Airway management for the entire healthcare team

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Friday March 6, 2020 | Centennial Complex

This program is designed for the entire health provider team. Sleep consumes about one third of our life and has a spectrum of abnormalities which can hinder our daily living. It has received little attention in our medical education system. Sleep disorders in children and adolescents are common; even infants may have sleep disorders. Physiological problems such as obstructive sleep apnea show abnormal or disruptive behaviors during sleep such as sleepwalking or other parasomnias, restless legs syndrome, and daytime symptoms such as excessive sleepiness, and more. While adults may suffer from the same problems, the etiology, presentation, and associated findings in children are different than those seen in adults. Breathing trumps all other physiologic body functions. Our brain and facial/nasopharyngeal structural development are unfavorably influenced and affected when imbalances with disorders of sleep or breathing are evident.

Prevention and earlier intervention are the most powerful therapies for sleep disorders!

Cardiology Symposium

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Thursday March 5, 2020 | Wong Kerlee International Conference Center

The overall objective of this symposium is to present information on advancements in the field of interventional cardiology. Focused topics will include the interventional management of cardiogenic shock, antiplatelet therapy after PCI, and transcatheter therapies for structural heart disease.

Neurosurgery Symposium

8:00 a.m. – 5:20 p.m., Sunday March 8, 2020 | Centennial Complex

This year’s Neurosurgery Symposium will focus on the latest surgical techniques in epilepsy, intracranial aneurysms, stroke prevention, spinal cord injury, and many more. The Neurosurgery Symposium is offered by the Department of Neurosurgery at Loma Linda University Health.


Orthopedic Surgery Symposium Schedule

Symposium Cancelled (February 4, 2020)

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the 2020 Orthopedic Surgery Symposium has been canceled.
We apologize for any inconvenience.
In place of this event, we encourage you to consider the APC Plenary Lectures taking place on Sunday, March 8, 2020.
More information can be found at Thank you for your understanding. 

Plastic Surgery Symposium Schedule

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Sunday March 8, 2020 | Centennial Complex

This year’s Plastic Surgery Symposium will focus on advances in reconstructive, hand, and aesthetic plastic surgery. New methods extending across the reconstructive spectrum will be presented, and advanced technology, including biosynthetics, will be reviewed. The Plastic Surgery Symposium is offered by the Department of Plastic Surgery at Loma Linda University Health.


Surgery Symposium Schedule

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Sunday March 8, 2020 | Centennial Complex

The focus of this year’s Surgery Symposium will cover advanced surgical procedures in the following areas: breast cancer, chronic pancreatitis, endoscopic surgery, and melanoma. Additional topics include opioid-free surgery, and pre-habilitation and Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS). The Surgery Symposium is offered by the Department of Surgery at Loma Linda University Health.


The Annual Postgraduate Convention (APC) is sponsored by the Alumni Association of the School of Medicine of Loma Linda University. This activity is designed to change and diminish the gap between evidence-based medicine and practice.

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 Loma Linda University School of Medicine and the Alumni Association of the School of Medicine of Loma Linda University. The Loma Linda University School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Loma Linda University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 23 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This program has been planned and implemented in accordance with ACCME essentials and standards. The Loma Linda University School of Medicine Office of Continuing Medical Education relies on its CME faculty to provide program content that is free of commercial bias. Therefore, in accordance with ACCME standards, any faculty and/or provider industry relationships will be disclosed and resolved.

The California State Board of Registered Nurses has issued guidelines stating that CME-accredited Category 1 courses are acceptable toward meeting CE requirements for license renewal by nurses.

For CME credit, please scan your badge as you enter your session in the morning and in the afternoon, or fill in the form on the online livestream page. Your CME certificate will be emailed to you a few weeks after the conclusion of the event.

For any quesitons regarding your CME credit, please email