“I find the quality and relevance to my practice excellent. I recommend Symposia Medicus to colleagues without any reservations. I always learn a great deal of new information to take back to my colleagues and practice.” -Kiersa D. Durfee, MD “With so many options out there to receive CME, Symposia Medicus conferences are an excellent value. The lectures are first rate and I can count on them to offer the most relevant information available. I have been attending for more than 15 years and always leave feeling very satisfied with my choice!” -Rebecca Stern, MSN, CR-NP “I have attended several Symposia Medicus conferences and have never been disappointed with any aspect - thank you!” -William Kelley, MD


Our 24th Annual National Conference on Women’s Health Care is designed to provide OB/GYN, family and internal medicine physicians, nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and nurses, with the most current clinical information about the care of the female patient. The primary goal of this conference is to increase knowledge and enhance the competence of attendees while providing a comprehensive update on current issues in Women’s Health Care. Emphasis will be placed on practical application of the evidence-based topics presented.

Topics for this year’s conference have been selected based on the educational needs determined from the identified professional practice gaps. The gaps were derived from a variety of sources including evaluations and outcomes data from past participants; clinical expert input; Symposia Medicus’ online survey; and other medical and nursing data.

Conference format will include didactic lectures, smaller group breakout sessions, case studies, and question and answer sessions.

An outstanding faculty has been assembled for this conference. Each member was selected based on their individual area of expertise and ability to communicate current, evidence-based and practical information to participants.

You are sure to enjoy our 24th Annual National Conference on Women’s Health Care while sharing ideas and experiences with colleagues from across the country in the exciting setting of Las Vegas.


As a result of participating in this conference, you should have increased knowledge and enhanced competence to…

Recognize common dermatologic aging dilemmas

Develop management options for women who are obese

Provide your patients with current information regarding contraception options

Offer appropriate gynecologic care for women with breast cancer

Develop treatment strategies for the patient with a thyroid disorder

Better manage abnormal uterine bleeding


This educational activity was planned and produced in accordance with the ACCME and ANCC Essentials and Standards relating to continuing medical and nursing education.

Symposia Medicus is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Symposia Medicus is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Each participant should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Certificates of credit will be given to participants on-site at the conclusion of the conference.


Symposia Medicus designates this live activity for a maximum of 17 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Application has been made with the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG) for cognates, Formal Learning.

Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.

Certified Nurse Midwives
The American College of Nurse Midwives accepts Category 1 CME approval from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Physician Assistants
The American Academy of Physician Assistants accepts Category 1 CME approval from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Nurse Practitioners/Nurses
The ANCC contact hours awarded for completion of this conference are 17.

Provider is also approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP2335, for 20.4 contact hours.

Pharmacology Credit for Prescriptive Authority
A maximum of 4 hours in pharmacology credit for prescriptive authority may be earned by attending this educational conference. Sessions awarding pharmacology credit for prescriptive authority are denoted with an Rx in the schedule.


Smaller group sessions will be held Tuesday afternoon. These breakout sessions are organized to provide an opportunity for greater participant/faculty interaction, and will give you an opportunity to discuss subjects relating to your particular area of interest. Please indicate your breakout session topic choice on the conference registration form in this brochure. Space is limited so please reserve early.


Each registrant will receive an extensive conference syllabus that includes materials on each topic presented. The full color digital syllabus will be available for download approximately two weeks prior to the conference (you’ll receive an email with instructions). If you wish to receive a paper syllabus (black and white type & photos only), please check the box on the registration form in this brochure.

If you bring your laptop/tablet to the conference, be aware that there are no electrical outlets at the conference tables. Make sure your laptop/tablet is fully charged each day.

If you are unable to attend this conference, extra copies of this syllabus (either paper or digital copy) will be available one week after the conference.  The cost is $60 for a paper syllabus and $25 for the digital copy. To place your order, please email publications@symposiamedicus.org.


Linda Bradley, MD, FACOG
Conference Co-Chairperson
Professor of Surgery
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
Vice-Chairman of Obstetrics, Gynecology &
Women's Health Care Institute
Director, Center for Menstrual Disorders, Fibroids and Hysteroscopic Services
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, Ohio

Michael Cirigliano, MD, FACP
Conference Co-Chairperson
Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
School of Medicine
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Mindy Goldman, MD
Clinical Professor
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology &
Reproductive Sciences
Director, Women's Health
Cancer Care Program
Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center
UCSF Women's Health
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, California

Lisa Lepine, MD
Private Practice
Director of Gynecologic Robotic Surgery
Boulder Gynecology & Minimally Invasive Surgery
Boulder, Colorado

Toby Maurer, MD
Professor of Clinical Dermatology
University of California, San Francisco
Chief, Department of Dermatology
San Francisco General Hospital
San Francisco, California

Veronica Piziak, MD, PhD, FACP
Emeritus Director of Endocrinology
Dept. of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology
Endocrine Fellow Program Director
Professor of Medicine
Scott & White Clinic & Texas A&M University
Temple, Texas

Consistent with ACCME and ANCC policy, faculty for this educational activity are asked to disclose any commercial interests that may create or may be perceived as creating a conflict related to the material they will be presenting, as well as limitations on clinical studies presented, and any “off-label” use suggestions for medical products. Additionally, Symposia Medicus Board, Planning Committee, and Staff members have disclosed that they have no significant financial relationships that could pose a conflict of interest to the planning of this conference. This information is intended to assist you in forming your own judgments about content presented. Disclosure information will be included in your syllabus and/or verbally disclosed at the conference.


Monday, September 16

11:00am Registration & Check-in
Noon Welcome & Introduction
Michael Cirigliano, MD
12:15pm Abnormal Uterine Bleeding: Approach to Evaluation & Treatment (Rx = 20 minutes)
Linda Bradley, MD
1:00 Female Sexual Dysfunction Dilemmas
(Rx = 30 minutes)
Linda Bradley, MD
1:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
2:15 Break
2:30 Diet & Non-Traditional Approaches for an Expanding Problem: Women & Obesity
Michael Cirigliano, MD
3:15 Update on Osteoporosis 2013
(Rx = 30 minutes)
Veronica Piziak, MD, PhD
4:00 Office Hysteroscopy: Video Presentation, Evaluation & Case Studies
Linda Bradley, MD
4:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
5:30 Adjourn for the Day

Tuesday, September 17


Continental Breakfast

9:00 GYN Care for Women with Breast Cancer
(Rx = 30 minutes)
Mindy Goldman, MD
9:45 Promoting the Use of Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (Rx = 30 minutes)
Lisa Lepine, MD
10:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
11:00 Break
11:15 Dermatologic Aging Dilemmas: Including Skin Cancer & Sun Exposure
Toby Maurer, MD
Noon Update on Breast & Ovarian Cancer: Issues Pertaining to Screening & Prevention
(Rx = 5 minutes)

Mindy Goldman, MD
12:45pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Lunch Break
2:30 Smaller Group Breakouts - Session One
. A. Herbal Medicine & Natural Products: Does Mother Nature Always Know Best?
Michael Cirigliano, MD
. B. Obesity: Surgical & Medication Options
Veronica Piziak, MD, PhD
. C. Individualizing Menopausal Care
Lisa Lepine, MD
. D. Pros & Cons of Cosmetic Dermatology
Toby Maurer, MD
4:00 Break
4:15 Smaller Group Breakouts - Session Two
(Session One Topics Repeated)
5:45 Adjourn for the Day

Wednesday, September 18

8:30am Continental Breakfast
9:00 Current Treatment Options for Women with Hypertension: A Critical Review of the Literature
(Rx = 25 minutes)
Michael Cirigliano, MD
9:45 Cases in Thyroid Disease
(Rx = 30 minutes)
Veronica Piziak, MD, PhD
10:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
11:00 Break (Hotel check-out, if applicable)
11:30 Cervical Cytology Screening & Management of Young Women (Rx = 30 minutes)
Lisa Lepine, MD
12:15pm Common Dermatologic Conditions
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Toby Maurer, MD
1:00 Alternative Therapies for Menopause Symptoms
Mindy Goldman, MD
1:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
2:30 Conference Adjourns

Rx = Pharmacology Credit for Prescriptive Authority
will be granted for these sessions


Our conference hotel, the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, is located at the famous corners of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road, and combines heart-pounding Las Vegas excitement with the ultimate self-contained resort experience. Located directly across the street from the Caesar’s Palace Forum Shops and the fountains, gardens, and galleries of the Bellagio Hotel & Casino, the Flamingo Las Vegas is right in the center of all the action of the Las Vegas Strip.

Inside this exciting hotel, guests are offered numerous restaurants, an abundance of casino options, non-stop entertainment, and fifteen acres of tropical paradise with five separate pools, cascading waterfalls, and a Wildlife Habitat that is home to a multitude of exotic birds, including, of course, the lovely flamingo. With its newly renovated rooms, the Flamingo Las Vegas is the place to stay!

Whether you seek rest and relaxation, or crave entertainment and excitement, Las Vegas has it all. Stretch your legs walking the famous Las Vegas Strip; stimulate your taste buds in one of the city’s world-class restaurants; or extend your conference stay and take a day trip to Hoover Dam or the Grand Canyon and witness the grandeur of the Colorado River. Explore the city’s casinos or enjoy great entertainment in the showplaces and lounges. Las Vegas is truly the city that never sleeps!

Whatever your pleasure, you’re sure to find it during your stay at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino while attending our 24th Annual National Conference on Women’s Health Care!


Enrollment for this conference is limited in order to provide the best possible learning environment.
Early registration is advised.

If postmarked by July 8, 2013
If postmarked after July 8, 2013
Physicians $610 $710
Residents, Nurses, PAs & All Others $510 $610

Tuition includes continuing education certification, extensive conference syllabus, break refreshments, and continental breakfast on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Tuition may be paid by check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover.

Register on-line at www.symposiamedicus.org or by using the form in this brochure.

Telephone registrations can be made Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm (Pacific Time), by calling (925) 969-1789 or (800) 327-3161. Registrations can also be faxed to (925) 969-1795.

If paying by check, make payable and send with registration form to Symposia Medicus, 399 Taylor Blvd., Suite 201, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523-2287.

Conference registration will be confirmed via email and more information on travel and hotel will be emailed and also available on our website.

This conference meets the requirements for CE tax deductibility; however, we suggest you consult your financial authority for more information.

For additional conference or lodging information, call Symposia Medicus at (800) 327-3161 or (925) 969-1789, or visit our website at www.symposiamedicus.org.

For information on air reservations and ticketing assistance, you may either call your travel agent or the airlines direct. Please see the Airline Travel Information portion of this brochure for further information.


We recommend you reserve your lodging as soon as possible, as our block of rooms is limited and on a first come, first served basis. Rooms may sell out and/or room rates may increase.

Symposia Medicus has reserved a block of rooms with group rates at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. Rooms in our block will be released on August 13, 2013 and will only be available after that date on a space and rate available basis. Reserve early as rooms may sell out before the release date.

Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
3555 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(888) 373-9855 or (702) 733-3111

Lodging is available to conference participants and their guests at the rates listed below. These group rates will also be available three days before and three days after the conference (based on availability) if you wish to extend your stay in Las Vegas.


The hotel is located in the center of the World Famous Las Vegas Strip.

Room Type Group Rates (Single/Double) Description
Fab Deluxe


Friday & Saturday

350 sq. ft. rooms feature pillow-top mattresses with plush linens, 32-inch flat screen plasma television, chaise lounge, chic lighting, wood-toned floors, and vintage Vegas framed artwork. Also includes in-room safe, iron & ironing board, and hair dryer.
Go Deluxe


Friday & Saturday

450 sq. ft. rooms feature pillow-top mattresses with plush linens, CD/DVD player with iPod compatibility, chaise lounge, chic lighting, vintage Vegas framed artwork, and electronic window treatments. Rooms are equipped with 42” flat panel television sets and built-in television screens in the bathroom mirrors. Also includes in-room safe, iron & ironing board, and hair dryer.

Suites and pet friendly rooms may be available. Please call the hotel directly for more information.


Hotel Policies

A deposit equal to one night’s room & tax is due to the hotel with major credit card upon making your reservation. Each guestroom must have at least one registered guest 21 years of age or older.

Rates do not include Clark County Room Tax, currently 12% (subject to change)

Maximum four guests per room, regardless of age

Children 12 years of age and under are free in room with parent(s)

Third & fourth person in room, 13 years and older, are an additional $25 per person, per night, plus tax

Cribs are complimentary & rollaways are $30 per night (both subject to change & availability)

Check-in time is 4:00pm and check out time is 11:00am. Any departures after 11:00am are subject to the full day charge

A 30-minute break has been allotted in our conference schedule on the last day for those of you who need to check-out

Hotel cancellations must be made directly with the hotel at least 72 hours prior to arrival or scheduled check-in, or you will be charged a cancellation fee equal to your one night’s deposit and tax

Cancellation Policies

Conference cancellations must be confirmed in writing and a 10% of paid tuition processing fee will be assessed. No refunds will be made if cancellation is postmarked after August 12, 2013; however, tuition, less 10% processing fee may be applied to a future Symposia Medicus conference. 

All cancellations must be made in writing to Symposia Medicus (via email, fax or mail) and postmarked by the dates stated above.

In the unlikely event of conference cancellation by Symposia Medicus, full tuition refunds will be made. Symposia Medicus will not be responsible for refunding travel or any other expenses.  


You will be flying into Las Vegas McCarran International Airport, which is approximately 10 minutes from the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. Information on ground transportation will be sent to registrants and available online at our website.

Symposia Medicus has arranged for discount fares with Alaska, American, Delta and United airlines for this conference. Reservations can be made either through your travel agency or through the airlines at the website or Convention Desk numbers listed below.

In order to receive the discounted rate, you or your travel agent must refer to the Symposia Medicus Group ID number listed below.

Alaska Airlines For discounts on Alaska Airlines flights, please book online at www.alaskaair.com and insert ECMU399 into the e-certificate code box. For questions, please call the Alaska Airlines Convention Desk at (800) 445-4435.
American Airlines For discounts on American Airlines flights, please book online at www.aa.com and insert 9893BB into the promotion code box. For questions, please call the American Airlines Convention Desk at (800) 433-1790.
Delta Airlines For discounts on Delta Airlines flights, please book online at www.delta.com and click the box “from Airport” and another page will appear. At the bottom of that page, click the link “Meeting Event Code” and insert NME7E. For questions, please call the Delta Airlines Convention Desk at (800) 328-1111.
United Airlines For discounts on United Airlines flights, please book online at www.ual.com and insert ZNAY347675 in the offer code box. For questions, please call the United Airlines Convention Desk at (800) 426-1122.


For conference discounts, Symposia Medicus has made arrangements with AVIS and Budget Car Rentals. Reservations can be made by phone; please refer to the conference code and the conference/airport location when making your reservations. Please see below:

AVIS 800-331-1600 AWD # B766625
Budget 800-772-3773 BCD # U076767