“I have always been very happy with the quality of the continuing medical education at Symposia Medicus conferences. You get useful clinical pearls and time to enjoy the location. Perfect!”
– S. Bennett, MD

“Professional and clinically important topics are the reasons why I attend Symposia Medicus conferences.”
– L. Harkness, CNM

“Well-organized and very pleasant staff interactions. I loved the digital session materials and appreciated the meeting schedule.”
– R. Heron-Davis, MD

CONFERENCE DESCRIPTION

Our 22nd Annual Winter Conference on Clinical Issues in OB/GYN 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 female 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 22nd Annual Winter Conference on Clinical Issues in OB/GYN while sharing ideas and experiences with colleagues from across the country in the beautiful setting of St. Maarten.

CONFERENCE OBJECTIVES

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

Screen pregnant patients for substance abuse during pregnancy

Recognize sonographic features of congenital Zika syndrome

Recommend pharmacologic approaches to polycystic ovarian syndrome based on present evidence

Effectively diagnose and treat interstitial cystitis in the office setting

Describe an optimal management strategy for the fetus with intrauterine growth restriction

ATTENDEE REQUIREMENTS

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.

ACCREDITATION

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.

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT

Physicians
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.

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

AAFP
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.

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

PAs
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 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 BREAKOUT SESSIONS

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.

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

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, pleaseemail publications@symposiamedicus.org.

GROUP TOURS / GROUND TRANSPORTATION

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.

CONFERENCE FACULTY

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

Lorraine Dugoff, MD
Associate Professor
Chief, Division of Reproductive Genetics
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Catherine Eppes, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Chief of Obstetrics
Ben Taub Hospital
Co-Director, Ben Taub High Risk Obstetrics Infectious Disease Clinic
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas

Bruce Kahn, MD, FACOG
Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
Director, Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Scripps Clinic Medical Group
La Jolla, California
Adjunct Clinical Professor
Uniformed Services University School of Medicine
Naval Medical Center
San Diego, California

William D. Schlaff, MD
Conference Co-Chair

Professor & Chairman
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Sidney Kimmel Medical College
Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

DISCLOSURE STATEMENT
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.

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Wednesday, February 14

7:00am Registration & Check-in
8:00 Welcome & Introduction
William D. Schlaff, MD
8:15 An Update on Gestational Diabetes
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Donna Dizon-Townson, MD
9:00 IUGR: Diagnosis & Treatment
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Lorraine Dugoff, MD
9:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 Break
10:30 Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: Characteristics & Controversies (Rx = 15 minutes)
William D. Schlaff, MD
11:15 Preterm Labor: Are We Ready for Progesterone?
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Donna Dizon-Townson, MD
Noon Testing for Zika Virus Infection in Pregnancy: Key Concepts When Dealing with an Emerging Epidemic (Rx = 15 minutes)
Catherine Eppes, MD, MPH
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, February 15

8:00am Chronic Pelvic Pain & Interstitial Cystitis: Pearls on Diagnosis & Treatment (Rx = 15 minutes)
Bruce Kahn, MD
8:45 Opioid Use, Abuse, and Dependency During Pregnancy (Rx = 45 minutes)
Donna Dizon-Townson, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break
10:15 Barriers to Influenza Vaccination Among Pregnant Women (Rx = 30 minutes)
Catherine Eppes, MD, MPH
11:00 Recurrent Pregnancy Loss: Understanding the Issues
Donna Dizon-Townson, MD
11:45 Syphilis During Pregnancy: A Preventable Threat to Maternal-Fetal Health (Rx = 30 minutes)
Catherine Eppes, MD, MPH
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Adjourn for the Day

Friday, February 16

3:00pm Smaller Group Breakouts – Session One
. A. Overview on Noninvasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT)
Lorraine Dugoff, MD
. B. Management of Infection for the OB/GYN Healthcare Professional
Catherine Eppes, MD, MPH
. C. Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery – Hot Topics Discussion
Bruce Kahn, MD
. D. Various Conditions in Gynecology: Test Your Knowledge!
William D. Schlaff, MD
4:30 Break
4:45 Smaller Group Breakouts – Session Two
(Session One Topics Repeated)
6:15 Adjourn for the Day

Saturday, February 17

8:00am A Contemporary View of Endometriosis-Related Pain
(Rx = 15 minutes)
William D. Schlaff, MD
8:45 Diagnosis & Management of Urinary Incontinence: The Latest Data (Rx = 30 minutes)
Bruce Kahn, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break (hotel check-out, if applicable)
10:15 Diagnosis & Treatment of Infertility
(Rx = 15 minutes)
William D. Schlaff, MD
11:00 What’s New in Hormone Management & Menopause (Rx = 15 minutes)
Bruce Kahn, MD
11:45 Update on the Management & Prevention of Preeclampsia (Rx = 30 minutes)
Lorraine Dugoff, 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

CONFERENCE LOCATION

St. Maarten is one of the most magnificent Caribbean islands. It is surrounded by beautiful blue water and white sand beaches, making it the perfect tropical getaway, and with its blend of French, Dutch, and Caribbean influences, this paradise island holds endless possibilities for adventures on both land and sea.

The smallest island in the world ever to have been partitioned between two different nations, Saint-Martin/Saint Maarten has been shared by the French and the Dutch in a spirit of neighborly cooperation and mutual friendship for almost 350 years. St. Maarten’s Dutch side is known for its festive nightlife, beaches, jewelry, exotic drinks, and plentiful casinos. The island’s French side is known for its outdoor markets and rich French and Indian Caribbean cuisine. Voted as one of the top 10 ‘Best Islands in the World’ by USNEWS.COM in 2017, St. Maarten is the island where you want to be.

The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa is located on one of the most beautiful beaches on the Dutch side of the island. While relaxing in this paradise, you can shop to your heart’s content in the variety of boutiques and well-known shops in nearby Philipsburg (the shopping here is equal to or better than St. Thomas); explore the extraordinary local beaches on the island; pamper yourself in the Hibiscus spa; roll the dice and try your luck at the casino; or, discover St. Maarten’s best scuba diving spots.

Philipsburg, St. Maarten’s capital, is approximately three miles from our conference resort and offers the combination of historical legacy with 20th century excitement. Visitors will find examples of the beautiful, traditional West Indian architecture, endless shops and restaurants, as well as casinos and local nightlife fun!

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it in St. Maarten, at our 22nd Annual Winter Conference on Clinical Issues in OB/GYN.

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION, LODGING & TRAVEL INFORMATION

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.

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION INFORMATION

TUITION: EARLY
If postmarked by
December 6, 2017
REGULAR
If postmarked after
December 6, 2017
Physicians $675 $775
Residents, Nurses, PAs, & All Others $575 $675

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 LODGING INFORMATION

Conference group rates have been arranged at The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa. 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.

GROUP RATES STATED BELOW INCLUDE DAILY BUFFET BREAKFAST FOR TWO PEOPLE

Room Type/View Group Rates
(Single/Double)
Description
Resort View
(View of hotel’s courtyard or island hillside)
$295/night All rooms are non-smoking, approximately 475 sq. ft., and feature either a king bed or two beds. Rooms also include an iron/ironing board, blow dryer, Heavenly® Bed, and bath products, as well as a patio area or balcony, depending on the floor.
Partial Ocean View
(Partial view of the Caribbean Sea & Dawn Beach. Limited availability, reserve early.)
$345/night
Ocean Front
(View of infinity pool, as well as the Caribbean Sea & Dawn Beach)
$395/night
By booking your lodging with Symposia Medicus, the resort fee charge of $20.00 per room, per night
is discounted to $10.00.
The Resort Fee includes the following, subject to change:
In-room and resort-wide internet access, in-room coffee, in-room safe, unlimited local telephone calls,
use of pool/beach chairs & towels, unlimited use of the Health Club & Westin robes,
and use of the sauna, whirlpool, & steam room in the spa.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Hotel Policies

Arrival/Departure Change Fee: Changes to your confirmed arrival and/or departure dates must be made with Symposia Medicus 15 or more days prior to arrival. If changes are made within 14 days prior, 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):
- 5% Government Tax
- 15% Guestroom Tax (billed as Service Charge; includes bellman & maid gratuities)
- $10.00 Resort Fee (discounted from $20.00)

Maximum guestroom occupancy is:
- Three adults, or
- Three adults and one child (17 years and under), or
- Two adults and two children (or three if all children are under 12 years old)

Mandatory third additional adult charge (18 years and over) is $25.00 per person, per night (includes additional adult lodging fee, daily buffet breakfast, taxes, and gratuities)

Children 17 years and under are complimentary (includes daily buffet breakfast) – not to exceed stated maximum occupancy

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 $15.00 per night (subject to availability and change)

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

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: Self-parking is complimentary for conference guests. 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 refund, less a 10% processing fee, will be given. No refunds will be made if cancellation is received after January 10, 2018; 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 December 13, 2017. Between December 14, 2017 and January 10, 2018, one night’s deposit is forfeited. After January 10, 2018, 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.

AIR TRAVEL INFORMATION

You will fly into Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM), which is approximately 40 minutes from The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa. For information on ground transportation, please visit our website.

Symposia Medicus has arranged for discount fares with 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.

Delta Airlines For discounts on Delta Airlines, please visit www.delta.comand 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 NMQC4 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 Discount code was not available at the time of printing this brochure.
Airlines Please check our website for updated information.