“I continue to be very pleased with Symposia Medicus courses and highly recommend them.”
– J. Raines, MD

“I love the content of your conferences. I will be returning to Symposia Medicus!”
– Kristen Blackledge, RN

“The quality of speakers at Symposia Medicus is consistently excellent and their conferences are well-organized and a pleasure to attend.”
– M. Mastry, MD


Our 28th Annual National Conference on Women’s Health Care is designed to provide the most current clinical information about the care of the female patient to OB/GYNs, family physicians, nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, PAs, nurses and all other healthcare professionals involved with the care of women. 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 28th 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 treatments available for cardiovascular disease and integrate them into practice

Evaluate and manage low bone density in women

Identify and treat rheumatologic diseases such as fibromyalgia

Recognize and manage common dermatologic problems

Diagnose and treat abnormal uterine bleeding

Design a plan of action for patients with sexual dysfunction


At the conclusion of attending this conference, participants are entitled to a certificate of credit which will be available online. Successful completion of this activity is determined by attending the live activity, review of the educational session materials, and submission of the pre/post case study survey, evaluations, and attendance verification form. Each participant should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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.


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 for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending. Please check our website for updated credit information.

Application has been made with the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG) for cognates, Formal Learning. Please check our website for updated credit information.

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

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. PAs may receive a maximum of 17 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

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 3.25 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 Tuesday afternoon. These breakout sessions are organized to provide 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 choices on the conference registration form in this brochure. Space is limited so please reserve early.


Each registrant will have online access to session materials. The session materials 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 session materials, please check the box on the registration form in this brochure.

If you are unable to attend this conference, extra copies of the session materials (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.


To receive additional information about the conference hotel, location, tours and/or nearby attractions, and ground transportation, please visit our website at www.symposiamedicus.org.


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

Michael Cirigliano, MD, FACP
Conference Co-Chair

Founder’s Associate Professor in
General Internal Medicine
Perelman School of Medicine at
the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Peng Fan, MD, FACP
Clinical Professor of Medicine
Division of Rheumatology
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Los Angeles, California

Zena Gabriel, MD, FAAD
Department of Dermatology
Medical, Surgical, and Aesthetic
Hoag Hospital
Newport Beach, California

Janet Schlechte, MD
Conference Co-Chair

Professor of Medicine
Department of Internal Medicine
Division of Endocrinology
University of Iowa Hospital & Clinics
Iowa City, Iowa

Ashley H. Tapscott, DO
Carolina Urology Partners
Huntersville, North Carolina

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, all individuals in a position to influence and/or control the content of continuing education activities have been asked to disclose all relevant financial relationships within the past 12 months. Beyond disclosure of relevant financial relationships, faculty are required to disclose when they plan to discuss pharmaceuticals and/or medical devices that are not approved by the FDA and/or medical or surgical procedures that involve an unapproved or “off-label” use of an approved device or pharmaceutical. Symposia Medicus is committed to providing learners with commercially unbiased continuing education activities. This information is intended to assist learners in forming their own judgments about the content presented. Disclosure information will be included in the session materials for this activity, and speakers will provide a slide disclosure for each presentation, and will also verbally disclose on-site.


Monday, September 18

7:00am Registration & Check-in
During Continental Breakfast
8:00 Welcome & Introduction
Michael Cirigliano, MD
8:15 Arthritis in Women: Treatment Options
(Rx = 25 minutes)
Peng Fan, MD
9:00 Cardiovascular Disease in Women: Living Heart Healthy (Rx = 20 minutes)
Michael Cirigliano, MD
9:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 Break
10:30 Female Sexual Function: How to Help Your Patients
Ashley H. Tapscott, DO
11:15 Abnormal Uterine Bleeding: Approach to Evaluation & Treatment (Rx = 20 minutes)
Linda Bradley, MD
Noon Common Dermatologic Issues in Women
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Zena Gabriel, MD
12:45pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:30 Adjourn for the Day

Tuesday, September 19

7:30am Continental Breakfast
8:00 Boning Up: An Osteoporosis Update
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Janet Schlechte, MD
8:45 General Dermatology Rashes
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Zena Gabriel, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break
10:15 Contraception Management Options
(Rx = 30 minutes)
Linda Bradley, MD
11:00 What’s New in Cosmetic Dermatology?
Zena Gabriel, MD
11:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
12:15pm Lunch Break
1:30 Smaller Group Breakouts – Session One
. A. Rheumatologic Disease: Challenging Case Studies
Peng Fan, MD
. B. Cases From the Endocrine Clinic
Janet Schlechte, MD
. C. Improving Bladder & Urinary Health
Ashley H. Tapscott, DO
. D. Obesity in Women: Nutrition, Exercise, and Healthy Living
Michael Cirigliano, MD
3:00 Break
3:15 Smaller Group Breakouts – Session Two
(Session One Topics Repeated)
4:45 Adjourn for the Day

Wednesday, September 20

7:30am Continental Breakfast
8:00 Fibromyalgia: Diagnosis & Treatment
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Peng Fan, MD
8:45 Healing the Healer: Is Living the Dream Now a Nightmare?
Michael Cirigliano, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break (hotel check-out, if applicable)
10:30 Update on Female Urinary Incontinence
Ashley H. Tapscott, DO
11:15 Office Management of Type 2 Diabetes
(Rx = 30 minutes)
Janet Schlechte, MD
Noon Endometrial Ablation: An Alternative to Hysterectomy
Linda Bradley, MD
12:45pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:30 Conference Adjourns

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


Bally’s Las Vegas is ideal for those who appreciate an exciting hotel right in the center of the famous Las Vegas Strip. While it captures the feel of old Vegas, rooms have upgraded amenities like flat-screen TVs, docking stations, and pillow-top beds. Stay in the stylish, renovated Jubilee rooms featuring red patterned accent walls and rich woods. Located across the street from the Caesars Palace Forum Shops and the fountains, gardens, and galleries of the Bellagio Hotel & Casino, Bally’s Las Vegas is right in the center of all of the action. Visit Las Vegas’ new nightlife center, The LINQ – a trendy shopping, activity, and dining area, including Las Vegas’ newest attraction, the “High Roller,” the world’s tallest Ferris Wheel – all just a block away!

Guests at Bally’s are offered numerous restaurants, an abundance of casino options, and non-stop entertainment. Wade your cares away in the Blu Pool, the oversized, outdoor swimming pool, that is lush with palm trees and luxuriously attended to by poolside servers. This is the perfect place to lose track of the day! If you are feeling active, Bally’s Las Vegas is the home of the Strip’s biggest tennis complex, with eight lighted courts.

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’ll be sure to find it in Las Vegas, at our 28th 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.

You can register 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
July 10, 2017
If postmarked after
July 10, 2017
Physicians $660 $760
Residents, Nurses, PAs, & All Others $560 $660

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, online access to session materials, continental breakfast on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday mornings, and break refreshments for conference registrants.

Conference registration will be confirmed via email

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


Symposia Medicus has conference group rates at Bally’s Las Vegas (the conference hotel) AND Caesars Palace Las Vegas. Both hotels are located in the center of the World Famous Las Vegas Strip.

These special rates will only be available until Thursday, August 24, 2017 and will only be available after that date on a space and rate available basis. We recommend you reserve your lodging as soon as possible, as rooms at the conference group rates are limited and on a first come, first served basis. Rooms may sell out and/or room rates may increase prior to the release date.

Bally’s Las Vegas
3645 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Direct: (702) 967-4111
Located across the street from Bally’s
Caesars Palace Las Vegas
3570 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Direct: (866) 227-5938

The conference 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.

Bally’s Las Vegas
Please call (800) 358-8777
and refer to group code SBNCW7
Caesars Palace Las Vegas
Please call (866) 227-5944
and refer to group code SCNCW7
To make your reservations online at either property, please visit https://aws.passkey.com/go/SBNCW7
Please note the website may show your room rate as an average, based on the number of nights reserved.


Room Type Group Rates
(Single/Double Occupancy)

Indigo Tower

Run of House


(Friday & Saturday)
Rooms are approximately 450 sq. ft., and include a king bed or two queen beds, hairdryer, iron & ironing board, shower/tub combination, clock radio, 27-inch TV with cable, in-room movies, and have a view of the Las Vegas Strip or valley.


Run of House


(Friday & Saturday)
These renovated rooms feature a Las Vegas Strip view and ultra-modern accommodations. Approximately 450 sq. ft. and include pillow top bed, refrigerator, docking station, hairdryer, iron & ironing board, clock radio, flat-screen 37-inch TV with cable, and in-room movies.


Room Type Group Rates
(Single/Double Occupancy)

Palace Tower Deluxe

Run of House

$179/night Rooms are approximately 525 sq. ft. and feature a marble bathroom with dual sinks, oversized spa tub and walk-in shower, hair dryer, iron & ironing board, in-room safe, and 32-inch flat screen TV.

Included in the conference group rates for both hotels is one (1) complimentary ticket to the High Roller
to be used on one day only, from Monday, September 18, to Wednesday, September 20, 2017
(see onsite conference director for details).


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.

Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to change):
- 12% Clark County Room Tax
- $29 Resort Fee (includes unlimited local phone calls, daily admission for two guests to the Fitness Center (not spa), and in-room internet access for two devices per day)

Maximum guestroom occupancy is four, regardless of age

Mandatory additional occupant charge (12 years and over) is $30 per person, per night

Children 11 years & under are complimentary

Bed Type Requests: You can select one or two beds; however, requests cannot be guaranteed until check-in

Rollaway beds are available at an additional cost of $30 per night (subject to availability and change)

Cribs are available on a complimentary basis (subject to availability and change)

Check-in time is 4:00pm and check-out time is 11am. A late check-out can only be confirmed on the date of departure by the front office. Additional charges may apply for late check-outs and are based upon availability.

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

Credit/Debit Card Policy: Upon check-in, the hotel requires a credit card or debit card to ensure that funds are available. Holds are placed on your account for your entire stay; however, the amount may be immediately deducted from your account. The length of time for which these holds remain on your credit or debit account varies from bank to bank.

Hotel Cancellations must be made directly with the hotel at least 72 hours prior to your confirmed arrival date or you will be charged a cancellation fee equal to one night’s deposit and tax.

Cancellation Policies

Conference cancellations must be made in writing (via email or mail) to Symposia Medicus and a refund, less a 10% processing fee, will be given. No refunds will be made if cancellation is received after August 14, 2017; however, tuition, less 10% processing fee, may be applied to a future Symposia Medicus conference. 

All cancellations must be emailed to registrar@symposiamedicus.org OR mailed to Symposia Medicus. If mailed, it must be postmarked by the date 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 fly into Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS), which is approximately 10 minutes from Bally’s Las Vegas. For information on ground transportation, please visit 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 here.

Alaska Airlines For discounts on Alaska Airlines flights, please book online at www.alaskaair.com and click on the link “Use Discount Code,” 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 ECMX470 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 NMNP8 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, please visit www.united.com and click on “All Search Options”, located on the bottom left corner of the “Book Travel” box. Once you click on this link, another page will appear. At the bottom of this page, you will insert ZX32764574 in the “Promotions and Certificates” 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