2024 Cedars-Sinai Special Pathogens Symposium

Date & Location
Monday, April 29, 2024, 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM PST, 
Cedars-Sinai Harvey Morse Conference Center, Los Angeles, CA

Target Audience
Specialties - Critical Care Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Infectious Disease

Professions - Administrator, Nurse, Physician, Radiologic Technologist, Researcher (non-physician), Respiratory Therapist

The intent of the Special Pathogens symposium is to provide education regarding hospital preparedness for high-consequence infectious diseases to healthcare professionals in Health and Human Services (HHS) Region IX frontline, assessment and treatment facilities. The purpose of the symposium is to provide education, foster institutional collaboration, and improve relationships with assessment/treatment hospitals within the region. Specific objectives include assessing current global events related to low-incidence, high-consequence infectious pathogens; explaining key elements of the regional concept of operations (ConOps); identifying critical issues relevant for hospital preparedness for special pathogens; and collaborating with global partners. This year the Cedars-Sinai Special Pathogens Program will highlight the Ugandan Ministry of Health's management of the Ebola Sudan outbreak in 2022 and examine how these strategies may be of use to strengthen hospital preparedness capacity within Region IX.


  1. Analyze critical issues relevant for hospital preparedness of emerging pathogens within HHS Region IX.
  2. Discuss methods to strengthen hospital preparedness capacity for emerging pathogens in Region IX.
  3. Examine relevant lessons learned from transport and management of Ebola Sudan patients in Uganda that may be applied within Region IX.
  4. Describe interprofessional strategies to implement identify, isolate, and inform in hospitals within Region IX.