“Symposia Medicus conferences are great, with excellent speakers and topics in fantastic locations.” – L. Fan, MD

“I’ve been in practice for 40 years and have never attended a Symposia Medicus conference where I failed to learn something new or refresh an ‘old’ memory.” – C. Coleman, CNM

“I have attended many Symposia Medicus conferences and am never disappointed. Excellent speakers and topics that are pertinent to my practice. The settings are fabulous.” – L. Fesenmyer, MD


Our 28th Annual Fall Conference on Hot Topics in Primary Care has been designed to provide physicians, nurse practitioners, PAs and nurses with up-to-date and evidence-based clinical data in Primary Care. 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 Fall Conference on Hot Topics in Primary Care while sharing ideas and experiences with colleagues from across the country in the beautiful setting of the Big Island.


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

Recognize and treat skin cancer

Create a treatment plan for patients with depression

Counsel patients on contraceptive methods and devices

Recognize injuries that require referral to an orthopedic surgeon

Identify and treat rheumatologic diseases such as fibromyalgia


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 18 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This Live activity, 28th Annual Fall Conference on Hot Topics in Primary Care, with a beginning date of 10/25/2017, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 18.00 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. 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 up to 18 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.

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 18 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

Nurse Practitioners/Nurses
The ANCC contact hours awarded for completion of this conference are 18.

Provider is also approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP2335, for 21.6 contact hours.

Pharmacology Credit for Prescriptive Authority
A maximum of 3.5 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 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.


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

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

James Puffer, MD
President & Chief Executive Officer
American Board of Family Medicine
Professor, Department of Family & Community Medicine
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Lexington, Kentucky

Martin Quan, MD
Conference Chairman

Professor of Clinical Family Medicine
Director, Office of Continuing Medical Education
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
UCLA Department of Family Medicine
Los Angeles, California

Owen Wolkowitz, MD
Professor of Psychiatry
Director, Psychopharmacology Assessment Clinic
Co-Director, UCSF Depression Center
University of California, San Francisco
School of Medicine
San Francisco, California

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.


Wednesday, October 25

7:00am Registration & Check-in
8:00 Welcome & Introduction
Martin Quan, MD
8:15 Current Management Options for Osteoarthritis
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Peng Fan, MD
9:00 Common Psychiatric Presentations in Primary Care
Owen Wolkowitz, MD
9:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 Break
10:30 Contraception Update: 2017
(Rx = 40 minutes)
Martin Quan, MD
11:15 New Dermatologic Procedures for Primary Care Practice
Toby Maurer, MD
Noon Recognition & Management of Musculoskeletal Problems
James Puffer, MD
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, October 26

8:00am Skin Cancers: Non-Melanoma & Melanoma
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Toby Maurer, MD
8:45 Fibromyalgia: Diagnosis & Treatment
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Peng Fan, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break
10:15 Managing Depression in Primary Care Part I: Selecting the Best Antidepressant Treatments
(Rx = 30 minutes)
Owen Wolkowitz, MD
11:00 Managing Depression in Primary Care Part II: Predicting & Managing Side Effects
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Owen Wolkowitz, MD
11:45 Low Back Pain: When Should We Worry?
Peng Fan, MD
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Adjourn for the Day

Friday, October 27

3:00pm Smaller Group Breakouts – Session One
. A. Rheumatologic Disease: Challenging Case Studies
Peng Fan, MD
. B. Medical Dilemmas in Sports Medicine: A Case-Based Approach
James Puffer, MD
. C. Case Studies in Hormonal Contraception
Martin Quan, MD
. D. Psychopharmacology Update in the Treatment of Anxiety Disorders
Owen Wolkowitz, MD
4:30 Break
4:45 Smaller Group Breakouts – Session Two
(Session One Topics Repeated)
6:15 Adjourn for the Day

Saturday, October 28

8:00am Diagnosis & Management of Vaginitis
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Martin Quan, MD
8:45 Common Dermatologic Infectious Diseases
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Toby Maurer, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break (hotel check-out, if applicable)
10:15 Menopause Hormone Therapy: Where Are We Now?
(Rx = 40 minutes)

Martin Quan, MD
11:00 Dermatologic Aging Dilemmas: Approaches & Pitfalls
Toby Maurer, MD
11:45 Common Injuries in the Young Athlete
James Puffer, MD
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


Aloha! Hawaii’s Big Island isn’t just big, it’s still growing. The Big Island of Hawaii is the youngest island in the Hawaiian chain and is also by far the biggest, providing a vast canvas of environments to discover a variety of unrivaled natural wonders. This is the home of one of the world’s most active volcanoes (Kilauea), the tallest sea mountain in the world at more than 30,000 feet (Mauna Kea), the largest by volume volcano in the world (Mauna Loa) and the largest park in the state. All but two of the world’s climate zones generate everything from lush rain forests to volcanic deserts, snow-capped mountaintops to beautiful black sand beaches on the island.

Widely recognized as a pacesetter in historic preservation and stewardship of the land, the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows beckons visitors with its unparalleled beauty. Guests of the hotel are invited to join in daily activities and personally experience the history and culture of Hawaii.

Learn to play a ukulele, weave a coconut frond basket, dance the hula, hike through Hawaii’s largest petroglyph field or relax on the beach and watch the “honu” basking in the sun. This luxury beach resort offers a myriad of experiences to discover.

The Shops at Mauna Lani is the resort shopping center to visit on the Kohala Coast and is situated adjacent to the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows. The center is anchored by the island’s only Tommy Bahama Restaurant and retail store, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, and Foodland Farms Market. The Shops at Mauna Lani also features amazing weekly Polynesian hula shows – complete with fire dancing! There is also a variety of cultural activities throughout the week.

Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows is home to the luxurious Mauna Lani Spa. Inspired by the geographic beauty of the Hawaiian Islands, this luxury spa is the perfect venue for a relaxing spa vacation.

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it in Hawaii, at our 28th Annual Fall Conference on Hot Topics in Primary Care.


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
August 16, 2017
If postmarked after
August 16, 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, and break refreshments for conference registrants. Tuition also includes group reception for faculty, registrants, and their guests.

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


Conference group rates have been arranged at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows. Rooms at our group 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
(Very limited, reserve early)
Overlooking the Mauna Kea Mountain $284/night

All rooms are approximately 420 sq. ft. and feature a lanai or balcony.

Each room offers a king or two queen beds, in-room Kona coffee & tea, bathrobes, hairdryer, refrigerator, iron & ironing board, HD TV, in-room safe, desk, clock radio, and daily newspaper.

Complimentary for all hotel guests: Shuttle service within the resort (spa, golf course, shops at Mauna Lani, Fairmont Orchid), hula lessons, bicycles, jogger amenity station, historic tours of petroglyphs, educational fish & turtle feedings, Hawaiian weaving classes, ukulele lessons, floral lei making classes, sand volleyball, and guest laundry room.

Standard Room
(Very limited, reserve early)
Overlooking the beautiful gardens of Mauna Lani $310/night
Ocean View Views of the tranquil fish ponds, tropical foliage, and crystal blue Pacific Ocean $335/night
Deluxe Ocean View Expansive views of the tranquil fish ponds, tropical foliage, and crystal blue Pacific Ocean $365/night
Ocean Front Overlooking the beach, palm trees, and Pacific Ocean, with spectacular views of the Kohala Coast sunset $395/night
Deluxe Ocean Front Views of the Pacific Ocean and miles of shoreline $415/night
By booking your lodging with Symposia Medicus, the Resort Activity Package Fee of $25.00 plus tax, per room, per night is discounted to $10.00 plus tax. The fee includes (subject to change): Valet or self-parking, in-room wireless internet access, two bottles of water daily, local & toll free telephone calls, domestic or international long distance calls (30 minutes per day), access to the Mauna Lani Sports & Fitness Club, one double beach cabana per day, 10% discount on lunch and dinner at the Bay Terrace Restaurant and Ocean Bar & Grill (excludes happy hour, special promotions and events), $20 off one spa treatment at the Mauna Lani Spa, per day, per room, 20% discount at Mauna Lani’s Makana Gift Shop, 10% discount on retail and golf lessons at Mauna Lani Resort’s Golf Shop, 15% discount for the sunset or snorkel sail on Mauna Lani Sea Adventure’s “Winona”, 20% discount for one Hulakai Stand-up Paddle Board rental and one Hulakai Kayak rental per stay, daily snorkel equipment for up to four hours (limited to 4 guests per room).


Hotel Policies

Arrival/Departure Change Fee: Changes to your confirmed arrival and/or departure dates must be made with Symposia Medicus 15 days or more, prior to your arrival. If changes are made within 14 days of arrival, the original length of stay will be charged.

Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to change):
- 13.4166% state & local taxes
- $10 plus 4.166% tax, Resort Activity Package Fee

Maximum guestroom occupancy is four, regardless of age

Mandatory additional person charges (below) include daily buffet breakfast, taxes, and gratuities:
- Children ages 0-4 are complimentary
- Children ages 5-12 are $16 each, per day
- Children ages 13-17 are $37 each, per day
- Adults 18 years and older are $112 each, per day

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

Rollaways & Cribs: Rollaway beds and cribs are both complimentary (based on availability and subject to change). A rollaway bed is only allowed in a room with a king bed.

Check-in time is 3:00pm and check-out time is noon. A late check-out can only be confirmed on the date of departure by the front desk. Additional charges may apply for late check-outs and are based upon availability.

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.

Parking: Valet and self-parking are included for hotel guests

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 September 20, 2017; 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 August 23, 2017. Between August 24, 2017 and September 20, 2017, one night’s deposit is forfeited. After September 20, 2017, 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.    


You will fly into Kona Airport (KOA), which is approximately 23 miles from the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows. For information on ground transportation, please visit our website.

Symposia Medicus has arranged for discount fares with Alaska, Delta, Hawaiian, 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 ECMX935 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.
Hawaiian Airlines For discounts on Hawaiian Airlines flights, please book online at https://www.hawaiianair.com/affiliate and insert SYMPOSIA MED into the “Preferred Affiliate Program Code” box, located at the right hand side of page.
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