“I have always been very happy with the quality of the continuing medical education at Symposia Medicus conferences. You get useful clinical pearls and a little time to enjoy the location. Perfect!”
– Sylvana Bennett, MD
“I am so impressed with Symposia Medicus and their conferences! They are so well-organized and the content is so pertinent to my specialty. I will continue to attend their conferences for as long as I practice.”
– Karina Robbins, CNM
“One of the best conferences I have attended. The subject matter was of critical importance and the discussions were presented well and were clinically applicable. The material was presented in a way that was easy to understand and retain to use back home. My sincere thanks to you.”
Michael O’Shaughnessy, MD


Our 21st Annual Conference on High Risk & Critical Care Obstetrics is designed for physicians, certified nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, and other healthcare professionals who face challenges in the care of the high risk pregnant patient. The goal of this conference is to increase knowledge and enhance the competence of attendees. 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 and interactive 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 21st Annual Conference on High Risk & Critical Care Obstetrics while sharing ideas and experiences with colleagues from across the country in the beautiful setting of St. Petersburg.


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

Identify clinical strategies to reduce pregnancy-related deaths

Recognize and treat hypertensive crisis in pregnancy

Select appropriate fetal support measures in the setting of maternal hemodynamic instability

Manage respiratory complications

Recognize and manage heart failure in pregnancy


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.

Successful completion of this activity will be determined by the submission of an attendance verification form. At the conclusion of participating in this conference, participants are entitled to a certificate of credit. Each participant should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Symposia Medicus designates this live activity for a maximum of 19.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has assigned 19.5 cognate credits to this program.

Certified Nurse Midwives
The American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) accepts Category 1 CME approval from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Physician Assistants
NCCPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 19.5 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

Nurse Practitioners/Nurses
The ANCC contact hours awarded for completion of this conference are 19.5.

Provider is also approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP2335, for 23.4 contact hours.

Pharmacology Credit for Prescriptive Authority
A maximum of 2.25 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 Friday morning. These breakout sessions are organized to provide an opportunity for greater participant/faculty interaction, and will give you an opportunity to participate in discussions on 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 have online access to presentation handouts. The handouts 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 hard copy of the handouts, please check the box on the registration form in this brochure.

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


Tours are planned for participants and guests throughout the conference breaks. Additional information regarding activities, hotel, location, and ground transportation will be sent to registrants.


Karin A. Fox, MD, M.Ed.
Assistant Professor
Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Baylor College of Medicine
Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women
Houston, Texas

R. Brandon Frady, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC, CCRN-CMC
Critical Care Nurse Practitioner
Critical Care Services
Northside Hospital
Atlanta, Georgia

Cornelia (Connie) R. Graves, MD, FACOG
Conference Co-Chair

Medical Director
Tennessee Maternal Fetal Medicine
Director of Perinatal Services
St. Thomas Health Systems
Clinical Professor, Vanderbilt University
Adjunct Professor, Meharry Medical College
Nashville, Tennessee

Roger B. Newman, MD, FACOG
Professor & Maas Endowed Chair for Reproductive Sciences
Division of Women’s Health Research
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina

Mureena A. Turnquest Wells, MD, FACOG
Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Beacon Medical Group
Memorial Hospital
South Bend, Indiana

Patricia M. Witcher, RNC-OB, MSN
Conference Co-Chair

Clinical Specialist
Labor & Delivery
Northside Hospital
Atlanta, Georgia

Consistent with ACCME and ANCC guidelines, it is the policy of Symposia Medicus to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all educational activities. Prior to the planning of this educational activity, everyone who is in a position to control content (including planners, reviewers, speakers, moderators, Symposia Medicus Staff, Board of Trustees, and Planning Committee members), were asked to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. This information is intended to assist learners in forming their own judgments about the content presented. Disclosure information will be included in the syllabus for this activity, and it will also be verbally disclosed on-site.


Wednesday, May 11

7:00am Registration & Check-in
During Continental Breakfast
8:00 Welcome & Introduction
Connie Graves, MD & Patricia M. Witcher, RNC-OB, MSN
8:15 Pregnancy as a Window to the Future
Connie Graves, MD
9:00 Maternal Mortality & Morbidity in the U.S. What Next?
Patricia M. Witcher, RNC-OB, MSN
9:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 Break
10:30 Can This Medication Really Be Used in Pregnancy? Teratogen or Not? (Rx = 40 minutes)
Mureena A. Turnquest Wells, MD
11:15 “I Can’t Breathe”: Acute Respiratory Emergencies During Pregnancy (Rx = 15 minutes)
Connie Graves, MD
Noon Systolic Versus Diastolic Heart Failure
R. Brandon Frady, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC, CCRN-CMC
12:45pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:30 Adjourn for the Day
5:30-7:00 Group Reception
(Faculty, Participants, and Guests)

Thursday, May 12

7:30am Continental Breakfast
8:00 Pulmonary Hypertension: Maternal & Fetal Consequences
Karin A. Fox, MD, M.Ed.
8:45 An Update on Hypertensive Emergencies in Pregnancy
(Rx = 40 minutes)
Roger B. Newman, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break
10:15 Deep Venous Thrombosis: New ACOG Guidelines
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Connie Graves, MD
11:00 Lessons Learned from Managing the Multifetal Gestation
Roger B. Newman, MD
11:45 Update on Thyroid Disorders in Pregnancy
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Mureena A. Turnquest Wells, MD
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Adjourn for the Day

Friday, May 13

7:30am Continental Breakfast
8:00 Smaller Group Breakouts – Session One
. A. Placenta Accreta
Karin A. Fox, MD, M.Ed.
. B. What Does Sepsis Look Like During Pregnancy?: Diagnosis & Management
R. Brandon Frady, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC, CCRN-CMC
. C. Viruses That Infect the Fetus & Do Bad Things: Cytomegalovirus & Parvovirus
Mureena A. Turnquest Wells, MD
. D. Management of Category II Fetal Heart Rate Tracings
Roger B. Newman, MD
9:30 Break
9:45 Smaller Group Breakouts – Session Two
(Session One Topics Repeated)
11:15 Break
11:30 Smaller Group Breakouts – Session Three
(Session One Topics Repeated)
1:00pm Adjourn for the Day

Saturday, May 14

7:30am Continental Breakfast
8:00 Case Studies of Catastrophic Outcomes of Preeclampsia
Patricia M. Witcher, RNC-OB, MSN
8:45 Managing Acute Endocrine OB Emergencies of Diabetic Ketoacidosis & Thyroid Storm
Connie Graves, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break (Hotel check-out, if applicable)
10:15 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in Pregnancy
R. Brandon Frady, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC, CCRN-CMC
11:00 Massive Transfusion: Born in a Crossfire Hurricane
Karin A. Fox, MD, M.Ed.
11:45 EFM Application: Assessing Maternal Hemodynamic Instability Through Fetal Heart Rate Changes
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Patricia M. Witcher, RNC-OB, MSN
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Conference Adjourns

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


Along with beautiful beaches, St. Petersburg attracts visitors with the Salvador Dali Museum, Fort De Soto Park, and the St. Petersburg Pier. This city, which glimmers between the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay, is known for its warm weather and delightful breezes. Clearly a cultural center and family favorite, St. Petersburg offers an array of art, science, and natural attractions to spark your curiosity, while its beaches – some of America’s best – offer major fun in the sun. Don’t miss the new downtown area of park-side and shops, and central Florida’s theme parks are just a short drive away.

Enjoy your stay in the heart of the waterfront district at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront. Our conference hotel is perfectly located for easy access to the Dali Museum, the Mahaffey Theater, the Chihuly Collection, and the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts. Go to a Tampa Bay Rays baseball game at Tropicana Field just a few blocks away, or explore Fort De Soto, known for white sand beaches and a peaceful setting. At the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront, you can swim laps in the heated outdoor pool, sit in a tropical landscaped courtyard, or re-energize in the fully equipped fitness center.

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it in St. Petersburg, at our 21st Annual Conference on High Risk & Critical Care Obstetrics.


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

You can register and receive conference lodging group rates by reserving the following ways:

On-line at our website, www.symposiamedicus.org; OR

Call Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm (Pacific Time), (925) 969-1789 with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover; OR

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

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


If postmarked by
March 2, 2016
If postmarked after
March 2, 2016
Physicians $640 $740
Residents, Nurses, PAs, & All Others $540 $640

Discounts are available for retired healthcare providers, active U.S. military, and groups of three or more. For more information, please contact Symposia Medicus prior to registering.

Tuition includes continuing education certification, online access to presentation handouts, break refreshments, continental breakfast on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday mornings for conference registrants, and group reception. The group reception is for faculty, registrants, and their guests.

Conference registration will be confirmed via email and more information on travel, hotel, and activities 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


Conference group rates have been arranged at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront. Please note that rooms at these rates are limited and on a first come, first served basis. PLEASE RESERVE EARLY as rooms may sell out and/or room rates may increase. If you wish to extend your stay, group rates may be available three days before and three days after the conference.

Two nights’ deposit (room rate only) must accompany your reservation. The balance of your lodging, hotel fees as stated below, and all incidental charges are due to the hotel. The hotel accepts most major credit cards.

Room Type/View

Group Rates


Standard Room
King Bed

Partial Water View


This 280 sq. foot room, with one king Hilton Serenity bed, features an elegant bathroom with bath amenities, 42” HDTV, coffeemaker, refrigerator, hair dryer, work desk, iron & ironing board, and an armchair with ottoman.

Standard Room
2 Double Beds
Partial Water View

$175/night This 280 sq. foot room, with two double Hilton Serenity beds, features an elegant bathroom with bath amenities, 42” HDTV, coffeemaker, refrigerator, hair dryer, work desk, iron & ironing board, and an armchair with ottoman.
By booking your lodging through Symposia Medicus, the following is included: Wireless guestroom internet access, 24-hour fitness center admission, unlimited in-room coffee, complimentary newspaper (Monday-Friday in hotel lobby), and discounted daily self-parking ($8 per night, discounted from $16 per night).


Hotel Policies

Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to change):
- 12% Tax

Maximum guestroom occupancy is:
- Two adults in a room with one king bed (or 2 adults plus one child 17 years old & under), or
- Four adults in a room with two double beds

Children 17 years & under are complimentary – not to exceed stated maximum occupancy

Mandatory third & fourth additional adult charge (18 years & over) is $15 per person, per night

Rollaways & Cribs: Rollaway beds and cribs are both complimentary (based on availability and subject to change)

Check-in time is 3:00pm and check-out time is noon. Late check-outs are handled on a case by case basis, subject to availability.

Early Departure Fee: An early check-out fee of one night’s room rate is applicable to any guest who checks-out of the hotel prior to their stated departure date. To avoid this fee, you must make any changes at least 24 hours prior to arrival. Please contact Symposia Medicus with any changes.

Credit/Debit Card Policy: Upon check-in, the hotel will require a credit card and will place a hold for any
estimated incidental charges during your stay. Please be aware that if you use a debit card instead of a credit card, the funds will be immediately removed from your account (even if you have prepaid your stay). The amount will be based on the average length of your stay, plus an estimate of incidental charges. These funds will not be released back into your account for 10 or more business days after you check-out.

Parking: Self-parking is $8 per night (discounted from $16 per night). Valet is not available at this resort.

Cancellation Policies

Conference cancellations must be made in writing (via email or mail) to Symposia Medicus and a 10% of paid tuition processing fee will be assessed.  No refunds will be made if cancellation is emailed/postmarked after April 6, 2016; however, tuition, less 10% processing fee, may be applied to a future Symposia Medicus conference.

Per our hotel contract, hotel reservation cancellations must be made in writing to Symposia Medicus and you will receive a full refund if emailed/postmarked by March 9, 2016. Between March 10, 2016 and April 6, 2016, one night’s deposit is forfeited. After April 6, 2016, no hotel refunds can be made.

All cancellations must be emailed to registrar@symposiamedicus.org OR mailed to Symposia Medicus. If mailed, it must be postmarked by the dates stated above.

In the unlikely event of conference cancellation by Symposia Medicus, full tuition and, if reservation was made with Symposia Medicus, hotel deposit refunds will be made. Symposia Medicus will not be responsible for refunding travel or any other expenses.


We recommend you fly into Tampa, Florida (Tampa International Airport - TPA), which is an approximate 22 mile drive to the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront. The closest airport is the St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE), which is an approximate seven mile drive to the hotel; however, flights are usually more expensive and only two airline carriers fly into this airport. Information on ground transportation will be sent to registrants and available online at our website.

Symposia Medicus has arranged for discount fares with Alaska, 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.

Airlines to Tampa (Conference Discounts):

Alaska Airlines For discounts on Alaska Airlines flights, please book online at www.alaskaair.com and click on the link “Advanced Search,” located at the bottom of the “Book Flights” box. Once you click on this link, another page will appear. On this page, you will need to insert ECMW502 in the “Discount Code” box, located at the right hand side of the page.
Delta Airlines For discounts on Delta Airlines, please visit www.delta.com and click on the link “Advanced Search,” located at the bottom of the “Book a Trip” box. Once you click on this link, another page will appear. On this page, you will need to insert NMLF7 in the “Meeting Event Code” box, located at the right hand side of the page. 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 ZVGQ589086 into the e-certificate code box. For questions, please call the United Airlines Convention Desk at (800) 426-1122.

Airlines to St. Petersburg-Clearwater (No Conference Discounts):

Allegiant Air www.allegiantair.com
Sun Country www.suncountry.com


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