Our conference on Challenges in Obstetrics & Gynecology 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, 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 conference on Challenges in Obstetrics & Gynecology while sharing ideas and experiences with colleagues from across the country in the beautiful setting of the Mediterranean & Adriatic cruise.


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

Describe the efficacy and safety of uterine fibroid embolization

Implement specific management recommendations for several common cardiac problems encountered during pregnancy

Determine what the appropriate management and drug therapy is for a pregnant patient in hypertensive crisis

Identify the symptoms and antidote for local anesthetic overdose toxicity

Describe screening recommendations for cervical disease


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 case study test, 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 16.25 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 up to 17 cognate credits to this program.

This Live activity, CHALLENGES IN OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY, with a beginning date of 09/18/2018, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 16.25 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.

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 16.25 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

Nurse Practitioners/Nurses
The ANCC contact hours awarded for completion of this conference are 16.25.

Provider is also approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP2335, for 19.5 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.


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



All cruise rates quoted are per person, based on double occupancy (U.S. dollars, cruise-only). The price of your cruise includes ship accommodations, meals (except for specialty restaurants), 24-hour room service, standard beverages (coffee, tea, milk, poured water and juices, iced tea, and lemonade), and most activities and entertainment onboard the ship.

If you book through Symposia Medicus, for cabins 07 and higher, you will receive a Classic Beverage Package (valued at $585 per person) for the 1st/2nd persons (includes gratuities), and if applicable, the 3rd and 4th guests in your cabin will receive a Classic Non-Alcoholic Beverage Package. See Drink Package section for further information.

Please note, the cruise line may offer lower rates with promotions; however, our cabin rates are the lowest available.

A deposit for all cabin occupants is due to Symposia Medicus at the time of registration ($450.00 per person for cabin categories 10-Interior to S2-Sky Suite and $950.00 per person for cabin category CS-Celebrity Suite). Final payments are due to Symposia Medicus by Friday, June 22, 2018. Payments not received by the due date are subject to cabin cancellation with no refunds.

Celebrity Cruises® provides complimentary electronic cruise documents (eDocs). You will receive cruise documents in portable document format (PDF) by email approximately two weeks (or more) prior to sailing.

If you would like your cruise documents printed and mailed to you, (approximately 7-10 days prior to sailing), please note an additional fee of $35.00 (subject to change), per cruise document booklet, will be assessed. Please make your selection on the Conference Registration Form in this brochure.


Conference Tuition See “Conference Registration Information”
Cruise Fees
(Port Charges)
$225.00/per person
Taxes $105.09/per person
(subject to change)
Gratuities See “Gratuities Aboard Ship”
Air Transportation See “Airline Travel Information”
Ground Transportation See “Ground Transportation”
(Optional) CruiseCare® Cancellation Penalty
Waiver Program
See (Optional) “CruiseCare® Cancellation Penalty Waiver Program”
Cruise rates also do not include: shore and land excursions, meals ashore, alcoholic and certain beverages (unless cabin is booked through Symposia Medicus, where you’ll receive a Classic Beverage Package for cabins 07 and higher), photographs, telephone calls, internet access, meals on ship at specialty restaurants, purchases from the ship stores, and spa or beauty salon treatments.

You will be able to view your reservation, book shore and land excursions, and air transportation through Celebrity’s ChoiceAir® Program, on the cruise website, after you are registered and receive confirmation with a reservation number.


Per Celebrity Cruises’® policy, a full refund (except amounts paid for CruiseCare® Cancellation Penalty Waiver Program, which is non-refundable) will be made for written cancellations received by Symposia Medicus no later than June 22, 2018. Passengers who cancel after this date, for any reason, are subject to the following per person cancellation fees.

By June 22: Full refund will be given

June 23 – August 10: $450.00 or $950.00 per person cruise deposit will not be refunded

August 11 – August 31: 50% of total cruise price will not be refunded

After August 31: No refunds will be made

Name changes require the prior approval of Celebrity Cruises® and are subject to additional fees. Cruise tickets are non-transferable. For security reasons, no name changes are allowed by Celebrity Cruises® after Friday, August 31, 2018.


CruiseCare® insurance is optional, but if purchased, must be for all cabin occupants.

With the optional CruiseCare® Cancellation Penalty Waiver Program, Celebrity Cruises® will waive the non-refundable cancellation provision of your cruise ticket contract, and pay you the value of the unused portion of your prepaid cruise cost should you or your traveling companion(s) need to cancel your cruise for one of the CruiseCare® stated reasons such as sickness, injury or death of yourself, a traveling companion, or immediate family member. In addition, should you or your traveling companion(s) need to cancel for “any other reason,” you may be eligible for CRUISE CREDITS - up to 75% of the non-refundable, prepaid cruise cost to be used toward a future cruise.

Celebrity Cruises’® CruiseCare® rates vary depending on the cost of your cruise fare and cruise fees (port charges).

If you would like additional information or have questions concerning the CruiseCare® Cancellation Penalty Waiver Program, you can go to or call Celebrity’s CruiseCare® Help Line at (800) 797-4516.

You are able to add this insurance to your booking with us (Symposia Medicus) on or before the final payment deadline of Friday, June 22, 2018.


If a pregnant guest has entered or will be entering their 24th week before or during the cruise, they are NOT ALLOWED to travel.

If a pregnant guest is less than 24 weeks, a physician’s “Fit to Travel” note stating that they are in good health, not a high risk pregnancy, and not entering the 24th week must be presented at check-in and carried onboard.


Children must be at least one year old by September 18, 2018, to go on the cruise. Denial of boarding for children who do not satisfy this minimum age requirement may also result in the denial of boarding for one or more guests sailing with that child. No refunds will be given as a result of the denial of boarding to an underage child or other accompanying guests.


Passports are REQUIRED for every passenger including children and infants. If you do not have a passport, please allow a minimum of 4-6 weeks to receive it after you complete and mail the application. Your passport cannot expire before March 27, 2019 (6 months prior to the last day of your trip).

It is the sole responsibility of the guest to identify and obtain all required travel documents and have them available when necessary. These appropriate valid travel documents such as passports, visas, inoculation certificates, and/or family legal documents are required for ship boarding and country entry and/or re-entry into the United States and other countries. Based on nationality, many countries require an entry visa.

Guests who do not possess the proper documentation may be prevented from boarding their flight or ship, or from entering a country, and may be subject to fines.

Note: No refunds will be given to individuals who fail to bring proper documentation.

For additional passport and visa requirements, visit the U.S. Department of State’s website at or Embassies (Consular Service Office) of each country on the sailing itinerary.


If you purchase Air Transportation through Celebrity’s ChoiceAir® Program:

Celebrity’s ChoiceAir® Program allows you to purchase airline tickets at the best available prices. After you are registered and receive a reservation number, you can book directly on the website at or by calling (800) 533-7803 and speaking with an air agent (service fees may apply). Any changes or cancellations may be subject to non-refundable service charges and additional airfare costs.

By using Celebrity’s ChoiceAir® Program, you can:

Receive the lowest fares on available flights

Choose your preferred airline and specific itineraries

Receive assured arrival to the ship if any delays or cancellations occur

Receive 24-hour assistance with flights

Note: Infant fares (one year to two years old) cannot be booked online. You must call the Celebrity’s ChoiceAir® Program Support Desk at 800-533-7803 or the airline directly to add your infant to the booking.


If you make your own air arrangements, you should allow a minimum of three hours from the time your flight arrives in Barcelona, Spain to the time you need to check-in (at 3:30pm). Going home, you should allow at least three hours between when the ship disembarks in Venice and your plane departs (disembarkation starts at approximately 8:00am). The three hours allow you time for ship clearance, customs clearance (if applicable), and airline security. You can also request to be one of the first groups to depart the ship by going to the Guest Relations Desk as soon as possible once you board the ship and letting them know that due to a tight airline schedule, you need to be included in the first group off the ship.


For more information on ground transportation, please visit our website.

If you choose to make your own air travel arrangements, you can purchase Celebrity Cruises® transfers to/from the ship.

Once you have arrived, cleared customs and collected your luggage at the airport, you will be met by a Celebrity Cruises® representative outside the Baggage Claim area who will assist you with transportation to the ship. When you return from your cruise and have claimed your luggage, a Celebrity Cruises® representative on the pier will direct you to your transportation to the airport. Note: The transfers are only available on the scheduled day of ship embarkation (September 18, 2018, no later than 1:45pm) and disembarkation (September 27, 2018, no earlier than 11:10am). If your flight does not meet these requirements, you will need to arrange your own transportation, such as a taxi to/from the port.

All requests must be made to Symposia Medicus by Friday, August 31, 2018. Your flight itinerary must be provided in order to confirm your transfers.


If you book through Symposia Medicus, for cabins 07 and higher, you will receive a Classic Beverage Package (valued at $585 per person) for the 1st/2nd persons (includes gratuities), and if applicable, the 3rd and 4th guests in your cabin will receive a Classic Non-Alcoholic Beverage Package.

The Classic Beverage Package includes: Unlimited fountain and canned sodas (Coca Cola products), bottled juices, premium teas and coffee, all specialty coffees, smoothies, frozen drinks, non-premium bottled water, certain types of beer and wine, as well as non-premium spirits and cocktails.

The Classic Non-Alcoholic Beverage Package includes: Unlimited fountain and canned sodas (Coca Cola Products), bottled juices (cranberry, tomato, pineapple, and apple), fresh juices, premium coffee and tea (Lavazza and Cova), and non-premium bottled water.

If you do not book your cabin through Symposia Medicus, or you reserve an Interior Stateroom, you can purchase a beverage package directly through Celebrity Cruises. Please note that if you do not have a beverage package all beverage purchases will incur an 18% service charge.


When you make your cruise reservations, you can request either the 6:15pm Main Dining, the Flexible Select Dining (see details below), or 8:45pm Late Dining. Please inform us if you or your guests have any special food or dietary requirements and inform us of other cruise passengers (not guests in your cabin) with whom you would like to sit. Your final dining assignment will be indicated in your eDocs unless your preferred dining time is not available, in which case you will be waitlisted. If you are waitlisted, you can go to the Guest Relations Desk once you get onboard the ship to see if you can change your dinner seating time.

The Flexible Select Dining is a flexible dining option. With this option, you can be seated for dinner in the main dining room at any time between 6:15-9:30pm, or you can make reservations to dine at any time that you choose within that time frame. Reservations can be made up to four days prior to September 18, 2018, or can be made on the ship and are strongly encouraged.

If you reserve a suite, your dining will be in Luminae, you are automatically booked for Main Dining. If you have any requests or changes, you will make them with your butler.

On your cruise, you can expect two evening chic and seven smart casual dress nights. Complimentary room service is also available 24-hours a day.


All gratuities must be pre-paid and will be included in your final cruise balance. This covers your cabin steward (and butler, if suite), head waiter and assistant waiter.

Non-Suite gratuities are $121.50 per person

Concierge Class gratuities are $126.00 per person

Suite gratuities are $153.00 per person


For more information about clothing to pack, youth activities, shore excursions, and more, please visit



Lisa Dado, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor 
Department of Pediatric Anesthesiology
University of Arizona College of Medicine
The Mayo Clinic - Phoenix 
Department of Anesthesiology 
Phoenix, Arizona

Michael R. Foley, MD, FACOG
Conference Co-Chair

Professor & Chair
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
University of Arizona College of Medicine
Phoenix, Arizona

Jay Goldberg, MD, MSCP
Conference Co-Chair

Vice Chairman
Director of Philadelphia Fibroid Center
Department of OB/GYN
Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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.



Tuesday, September 18

Barcelona, Spain - 5:00pm

Wednesday, September 19

Valencia, Spain 7:00am 7:00pm

Thursday, September 20

Ibiza, Spain 7:00am 6:00pm

Friday, September 21

Palma De Mallorca, Spain 7:00am 5:00pm

Saturday, September 22

7:30am Registration & Check-In
8:00 Welcome & Introduction
Michael R. Foley, MD
8:15 Update & Treatment Options for Uterine Fibroids
(Rx = 25 minutes)
Jay Goldberg, MD, MSCP
9:15 Cardiac Disease in Pregnancy Made Easy
Michael R. Foley, MD
10:15 Break
10:30 Evaluation & Treatment of Menstrual Migraines
(Rx = 35 minutes)
Jay Goldberg, MD, MSCP
11:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
12:30pm Lunch Break (on your own)
1:30 Hypertensive Emergencies During Pregnancy – An Innovative Approach to an Old Problem
Michael R. Foley, MD
2:30 Obstetrical Anesthesia: The Basics
(Rx = 40 minutes)
Lisa Dado, MD
3:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
4:15 Adjourn for Day

Sunday, September 23

7:00am Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation in Pregnancy: Making it Understandable
Michael R. Foley, MD
8:00 The Anesthesiologist & the Obstetrician... Creating a Happy Marriage
Lisa Dado, MD
9:00 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
9:30 Adjourn for Day

Catania, Sicily, Italy 10:00am 6:00pm

Monday, September 24

8:00am GYN Risk Management: Case Studies
Jay Goldberg, MD, MSCP
9:00 Pulmonary Edema in Pregnancy: Simplifying Diagnosis & Management (Rx = 10 minutes)
Michael R. Foley, MD


10:15 Pap Smear Screening & Triage Update
Jay Goldberg, MD, MSCP
11:15 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
12:15pm Lunch Break (on your own)
1:15 Exercising in Pregnancy: Evidence, Guidelines, and More
Jay Goldberg, MD, MSCP
2:15 Managing Physician/Nurse Burnout: Ancient Wisdom for Healthcare Professionals (Rx = 10 minutes)
Michael R. Foley, MD
3:15 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
4:15 Conference Adjourns

Tuesday, September 25

Kotor, Montenegro 7:00am 6:00pm

Wednesday, September 26

Split, Croatia 7:00am 3:00pm

Thursday, September 27

Venice, Italy 6:00am -

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



The beautiful and exciting Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas are calling. Start your adventure by taking in the rich cultural sights and sounds of Barcelona. Have some traditional Spanish paella in Valencia. Bask in the delightful Mediterranean climate while in Ibiza. Shop to your heart’s content in Palma De Mallorca, where you can find bargain pearls at the city’s many jewelers. Sail across the western Mediterranean Sea to Sicily and marvel at the baroque architecture, medieval castles, Roman era theatres, and flourishing cultural and artistic centers in Catania.

Head up the Italian coast and into Split, Croatia. This Adriatic seaside town is also a cultural mecca, with numerous museums, historic buildings and old churches to explore. End the cruise in Venice, one of the world’s most beautiful cities. With its unique canal ways and dynamic St. Mark’s Square, what better way to reminisce and reflect on the trip than on a romantic gondola ride?

The Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas are best experienced with an award-winning cruise line. Celebrity Cruises® ranks in the top 5 on the prestigious Conde’ Nast Traveler magazine’s 2017 “Top Large Cruise Ships in the World”.

Luxurious and upscale on every level, the Celebrity Constellation® continues to set new standards in modern luxury vacations. You will experience scrumptious meals, a world-class spa, state-of-the-art fitness center, an inviting Rooftop Terrace, awe-inspiring shore excursions, and a great educational experience!

We cordially invite you to “come aboard” the Celebrity Constellation® for our conference on Challenges in Obstetrics & Gynecology and the outstanding cruise of a lifetime.




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

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

Call Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm (Pacific Time), (925) 969-1789 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.

Visit or call (925) 969-1789 for additional questions or information.


If postmarked by July 10, 2018
If postmarked after July 10, 2018
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

Conference registration and cruise reservations (if applicable) will be confirmed via email


We have arranged conference group rates through Celebrity Cruises®. We have a limited number of cabins in the categories, and at the rates, listed below. Cabins at our group rates are limited and on a first come, first served basis, and are only available until Friday, June 22, 2018. PLEASE RESERVE EARLY as cabins may sell out and/or rates may increase. After Friday, June 22, 2018, all remaining cabins are released back to the cruise line and are on a space and rate available basis.

Rates are (U.S. dollars, cruise-only) PER PERSON, based on double occupancy, and DO NOT include cruise fees (port charges) of $225.00 per person, taxes of $105.90 per person (subject to change), gratuities (see Gratuities Aboard Ship section), air transportation, ground transfers, or optional CruiseCare® Cancellation Penalty Waiver Program fees.

CS Celebrity Suite w/ Private
Veranda, Suite Amenities, and European-Style Butler
$6,299 $924 467 89
S2 Sky Suite w/ Private
Veranda, Suite Amenities, and European-Style Butler
$4,294 $924 251 57

Family Ocean View
FV w/ Private Veranda
(5 persons required -
5th Person Rate $524)

$2,434 $524 271 242
C3 Concierge Class: Deluxe Ocean View w/ Private Veranda and Concierge
Class Amenities
$2,364 $724 191 42
2B Deluxe Ocean View w/ Private Veranda $2,114 $524 170 38
07 Ocean View (no Veranda) $1,304 $474 170 N/A
10 Interior Stateroom $914 $474 170 N/A

Aqua Class and other cabin types may be available upon request.
Please call us at (925) 969-1789 for availability and rates.

Single occupancy cabins can be requested; however, the rate for single occupancy is two times the cruise fare and port charges for the selected cabin category.

Detailed cabin descriptions and amenities are available at


Cruise Policies

Deposit due at time of booking is $450.00 per person for cabin categories 10 to S2 or $950 per person for cabin category CS

Final payment is due to Symposia Medicus by Friday, June 22, 2018

Cruise documents will be emailed in a (PDF) file, approximately two weeks (or more) prior to sailing. If you would like your cruise documents printed and mailed to you, (approximately 7-10 days prior to sailing), please note an additional fee of $35.00 (subject to change), per cruise document booklet, will be assessed. Please make your selection on the Conference Registration Form.

Triple and/or quad cabins are limited and not all cabins can accommodate 3 or 4 people, therefore, please call us at (925) 969-1789 to check availability.

Mandatory third, fourth, (and fifth for FV only), additional cabin guest charges noted above do not include $225.00 cruise fees (port charges), $105.90 taxes (subject to change), and gratuities (see Gratuities Aboard Ship section).

© 2017 Celebrity Cruises Inc. Ships’ registry: Malta and Ecuador


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, 2018; however, tuition, less 10% processing fee, may be applied to a future Symposia Medicus conference.

Please see Cruise Cancellation Policy section for cancellation dates

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