“The topics discussed were very current and applicable to my practice. I learned something new from all the lectures, and the speakers were very knowledgeable and very willing to answer questions, even outside the lecture halls.”
– M. Benitez, MD

“Fantastic speakers and discussions. I am once again highly impressed with the caliber of lecturers who are dynamic, well-informed, and very approachable.”
– H. Jordan, CNM

“I thought the speakers were terrific – this conference was better overall than other conferences I have attended. I would definitely attend Symposia Medicus conferences in the future.”
– J. Foster, PA-C


Our 35th Annual Fall Conference on Obstetrics has been designed for physicians, certified nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, PAs, nurses, and other healthcare professionals who face ever-increasing challenges in the clinical diagnoses, treatment options, and new technologies involved in caring for the pregnant patient. The primary 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 35th Annual Fall Conference on Obstetrics while sharing ideas and experiences with colleagues from across the country in the beautiful setting of Maui.


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

Review known risk factors for stillbirth and state
methods to reduce risk

Develop a plan to reduce postpartum complications in extremely obese women

Describe adverse effects of opioid use or abuse
in pregnancy

Identify fetuses at risk for increased morbidity and mortality based on fetal growth parameters

Evaluate the evidence supporting key components of improving outcomes and reducing risk related to the third stage of labor


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.

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 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 2 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 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.


Mark Alanis, MD, MSCR, FACOG
Conference Co-Chair

Associate Clinical Professor
Director, Perinatal Quality
Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Memorial Hospital - University of Colorado Health Sciences
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Curtis Cook, MD, FACOG
Associate Director, Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Phoenix Perinatal Associates
Phoenix, Arizona
Medical Director, Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Banner Desert Medical Center
Mesa, Arizona

Donna Dizon-Townson, MD, FACOG
Conference Co-Chair

Associate Professor
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
University of Utah Health Sciences
Salt Lake City, Utah
Co-Director, Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Utah Valley Regional Medical Center
Provo, Utah

Adam Kinney Hiett, MD
Volunteer Clinical Assistant Professor
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Indiana University School of Medicine
St. Vincent Women’s Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Director, Maternal-Fetal Medicine & Genetics
St. Vincent Women’s Hospital
Indianapolis, Indiana

Samantha Sommerness, DNP, APRN, CNM
Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Minnesota School of Nursing
Minneapolis, Minnesota

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, November 1

7:00am Registration & Check-in
8:00 Welcome & Introduction
Donna Dizon-Townson, MD
8:15 Management of Labor Abnormalities
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Curtis Cook, MD
9:00 An Update on Gestational Diabetes
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Donna Dizon-Townson, MD
9:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 Break
10:30 Prediction & Prevention of Preterm Birth in 2017
Mark Alanis, MD, MSCR
11:15 Stillbirth: A Persistent Perinatal Problem
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Curtis Cook, MD
Noon Intrauterine Growth Restriction: Identification & Management (Rx = 15 minutes)
Adam Kinney Hiett, 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, November 2

8:00am Opioid Use, Abuse, and Dependency During Pregnancy (Rx = 45 minutes)
Donna Dizon-Townson, MD
8:45 Evaluation & Management of Adnexal Masses in Pregnancy
Adam Kinney Hiett, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break
10:15 Cerebral Palsy: What We All Should Know
(Rx = 15 minutes)

Donna Dizon-Townson, MD
11:00 Trauma in Pregnancy: A Tale of Two Patients
(Rx = 5 minutes)
Curtis Cook, MD
11:45 Prevention of Primary Cesarean Section
Samantha Sommerness, DNP, APRN, CNM
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Adjourn for the Day

Friday, November 3

3:00pm Smaller Group Breakouts – Session One
. A. Diagnosis & Management of Placenta Accreta
Mark Alanis, MD, MSCR
. B. Extending Second Stage Labor in Women Who Choose Epidural Anesthesia for Pain Management: Training Session
Samantha Sommerness, DNP, APRN, CNM
. C. Thrombophilia Quiz Show: Who & When to Screen & How to Treat
Donna Dizon-Townson, MD
. D. Non-Obstetrical Surgery on the Pregnant Patient
Curtis Cook, MD
4:30 Break
4:45 Smaller Group Breakouts – Session Two
(Session One Topics Repeated)
6:15 Adjourn for the Day

Saturday, November 4

8:00am Rhesus Isoimmunization: A Brief History in Timeliness
Adam Kinney Hiett, MD
8:45 The Severely Obese Gravida: Antepartum, Intrapartum, and Postpartum Management
Mark Alanis, MD, MSCR
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break (hotel check-out, if applicable)
10:15 Ultrasound in Early Pregnancy: Something is Not Quite Right
Adam Kinney Hiett, MD
11:00 Prenatal Testing for Fetal Chromosomal Problems: Screening & Diagnostic Approaches
Mark Alanis, MD, MSCR
11:45 A Primer on Third Stage Management: Clinical Considerations for the Obstetric Team
Samantha Sommerness, DNP, APRN, CNM
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! The magical island of Maui, land of legend and incredible beauty, is the setting for our 35th Annual Fall Conference on Obstetrics. Famous for its breathtaking views and spectacular white sand beaches, the island of Maui is also dramatically covered with mountain slopes and lush valleys.

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua offers unlimited activities and amenities in a setting of tropical luxury. Delightful surprises will reveal themselves throughout your stay, from the pro-like experience of playing two championship golf courses, to introducing your children to the magnificence of nature through Jean-Michael Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment program, to discovering a new flavor in one of the six on-site restaurants. However your days unfold, it will be an unforgettable retreat at one of the most beautiful 5-star hotels in Hawaii.

Take a guided hike through a lush Hawaiian rainforest or snorkel among Maui’s beautiful coral reefs. Enjoy the pampered amenities of luxurious outdoor poolside cabanas or the soft golden sand beneath your feet on D.T. Fleming Beach. Or, abandon yourself to the peaceful serenity of the Kapalua Embrace, a signature spa treatment.

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it in Maui, at our 35th Annual Fall Conference on 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
August 23, 2017
If postmarked after
August 23, 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 Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. 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 Group Rates (Single/Double) Description
Terrace Room
(Limited garden views)
$289/night Rooms offer a king or two queen beds and are approximately 440 sq. ft. with a balcony. Each room includes a 55-inch flat-screen TV with DVD player, large work desk, iPod docking station, Nespresso Coffee maker with pods, marble bathroom with soaking tub and separate shower, dual vanities, and bath amenities.
Deluxe Room
(Pool & resort views)
Deluxe Ocean View
(View of ocean from balcony)
By booking your lodging with Symposia Medicus, the Resort Fee charge of $35.00 per room,
per night is discounted to $10.00 per room, per night. The Resort Fee includes (subject to change):
internet access, discounted golf fees and preferred tee times at The Bay and The Plantation Golf Courses
within the Kapalua resort, shuttle van transportation within the Kapalua resort, charging privileges at selected shops and restaurants within the Kapalua resort area, use of the 24-hour fitness center and classes, Aloha Friday festivities, arts & crafts and cultural history tours, in-room coffee and bottled water, use of the tennis, bocce ball, and basketball facilities, beach chair service, local and toll-free telephone calls, and complimentary photo session with an 8x10 photo included.


Hotel Policies

Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to change):
- 13.4167% State & local Taxes
- $10 Resort Fee (discounted from $35)

Mandatory Porterage Fee (bellman baggage handling fee)
- $8 plus 4.166% tax, round-trip, per person, regardless of age. This fee includes two bags per person (additional luggage is $2.75 plus tax). These fees are subject to change.

Maximum guestroom occupancy is four regardless of age

Mandatory additional person charges (below) include daily buffet breakfast, taxes, and gratuities:
- Children 4 years and under are FREE
- Children 5 to 12 years old are $19/person, per night
- Occupants 13 years and older are $37/person, per night

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)

Check-in time is 4:00pm 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: Self-parking is complimentary (normally $22 per day) for hotel guests who booked through Symposia Medicus. Valet parking is $30 plus tax, per day (subject to change).

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 27, 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 30, 2017. Between August 31, 2017, and September 27, 2017, one night’s deposit is forfeited. After September 27, 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 be flying into Kahului Airport (OGG), which is approximately 34 miles from The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. To find 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 “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 ECMX573 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