“Great time of year in a great place. Well organized and concise topics. Would highly recommend this conference.”
– R. Bucher, MD

“Love the question and answer session. So helpful for current clinical practice. Love the blend of clinical pearls of practical and actual research. Great conference for active clinicians.”
– K. Katz, CNM

“I have attended Symposia Medicus conferences for over 25 years. This conference was excellent. Excellent course content, speakers, and location. I was not disappointed.”
– J. Leno, MD

CONFERENCE DESCRIPTION

Our 24th Annual Conference on Challenges in 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 and treatment options 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 24th Annual Conference on Challenges in Gynecology while sharing ideas and experiences with colleagues from across the country, amidst the excitement of New York City during the holiday season.

CONFERENCE OBJECTIVES

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

Summarize the evidence regarding the effect of hormone replacement therapy on breast cancer

State common causes of gynecology-related litigation and strategies to reduce risk

Identify conditions and treatment of patients with female sexual dysfunction

Recognize and treat common vulvovaginal diseases

Discuss the signs and symptoms that should alert the healthcare provider to the possibility of domestic violence

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 case studies test, 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 12 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 12 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

Nurse Practitioners/Nurses
The ANCC contact hours awarded for completion of this conference are 12.

Provider is also approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP2335, for 14.4 contact hours.

Pharmacology Credit for Prescriptive Authority
A maximum of 2.75 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.

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, please email publications@symposiamedicus.org.

CONFERENCE FACULTY

Jay Goldberg, MD, MSCP
Conference Co-Chair

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

Victoria L. Green, MD, MBA, JD
Conference Co-Chair

Professor
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Emory University
Medical Director of Satellite Clinics
Director, Gynecology Comprehensive
Breast Center
Georgia Cancer Center of Excellence
Atlanta, Georgia

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

Jan Shepherd, MD, FACOG
Associate Clinical Professor
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Medical Director
Women’s Wellness Connection
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
Denver, Colorado

Ashley H. Tapscott, DO
Director, Sexual Health Institute
of the Carolinas
Carolina Urology Partners
Huntersville, North Carolina

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

Friday, December 14

7:00am Registration & Check-in
During Continental Breakfast
8:00 Welcome & Introduction
Jay Goldberg, MD, MSCP
8:15 Genitourinary Cancers: Prevention & Early Detection
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Jan Shepherd, MD
9:00 HPV & Pap Smear: Current Guidelines
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Jay Goldberg, MD, MSCP
9:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 Break
10:30 Puzzling Dermatologic Vulvovaginal Cases
Toby Maurer, MD
11:15 GYN Risk Management: Case Studies
Jay Goldberg, MD, MSCP
Noon Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
12:30pm Lunch Break (on your own)
2:00 Insights into Breast Health
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Victoria L. Green, MD, MBA, JD
2:45 Female Sexual Dysfunction: How to Help Your Patients
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Ashley H. Tapscott, DO
3:30 Current Concepts in Chronic Pelvic Pain
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Jan Shepherd, MD
4:15 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
5:00 Adjourn for the Day

Saturday, December 15

7:30am Continental Breakfast
8:00 Dermatologic Issues in Women
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Toby Maurer, MD
8:45 Therapeutic Alternatives to Hysterectomy
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Jay Goldberg, MD, MSCP
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break (hotel check-out, if applicable)
10:30 Terrorism in the Home: Responding to the Victim of Domestic Violence
Victoria L. Green, MD, MBA, JD
11:15 Menopausal Hormone Therapy: Current Data
(Rx = 45 minutes)
Jan Shepherd, MD
Noon Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, and Sexual Dysfunction (Rx = 15 minutes)
Ashley H. Tapscott, DO
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

CONFERENCE LOCATION

Manhattan is exciting at any time of the year, but in December, when the holiday season activities are at their peak, it is an experience you won’t want to miss.

Few places in the world have the magnetism and thrilling pace of New York City, and our conference will be held right in the heart of it all. Conveniently located in midtown Manhattan (1335 Avenue of the Americas – 6th Avenue, between West 53rd & West 54th Streets), the New York Hilton Midtown is just a short walk away from Broadway theaters; Radio City Music Hall; Rockefeller Center; the Museum of Modern Art; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Diamond District; Times Square; and Central Park.

Our beautiful hotel makes this weekend in New York appealing, and the outstanding theater, opera, and other live performances this holiday season make it even more enticing.

You’re sure to enjoy our exciting 24th Annual Conference on Challenges in Gynecology in the exhilarating surroundings of New York City.

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION, LODGING & TRAVEL INFORMATION

Enrollment for this conference is limited in order to provide the best possible learning environment. This conference typically sells out prior to the early tuition deadline shown below. 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.

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

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION INFORMATION

TUITION: EARLY
If postmarked by
October 5, 2018
REGULAR
If postmarked after
October 5, 2018
Physicians $550 $650
Residents, Nurses, PAs, & All Others $480 $580

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 Friday and Saturday mornings, and break refreshments for conference registrants

Conference registration will be confirmed via email

CONFERENCE LODGING INFORMATION

Symposia Medicus has conference group rates at the New York Hilton Midtown.

These special rates will only be available until Tuesday, November 13, 2018 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.

NEW YORK HILTON MIDTOWN
1335 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019-6078
(Located on 6th Avenue between West 53rd and West 54th Streets)
Phone: 1-800-HILTONS (1-800-445-8667)

Hotel accommodations are in high demand in New York City during the holiday season

RESERVE EARLY – HOTEL ROOMS AT CONFERENCE GROUP RATES SELL OUT FAST!

To make your reservation, please call (800) 445-8667. YOU MUST REFER TO SYMPOSIA MEDICUS or group code SYM18 TO RECEIVE CONFERENCE GROUP RATES.
You may also use this link to make a reservation: https://book.passkey.com/go/d988a5b2

These 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.

ROOM TYPE GROUP RATES (SINGLE/DOUBLE OCCUPANCY) ROOM DESCRIPTION
Run of House
(Floors 5th-33rd)
$359/night Features a single king or queen, or two double beds, 37 inch television, on-demand entertainment, spacious work area, two telephones with voicemail, and in-room WiFi capabilities.

Skyline
(Executive Floors 34th-43rd)

(Very limited, please reserve early)

$399/night Skyline Rooms are on higher floors of the hotel and include the same features as the Run of House rooms as well as upgraded bath amenities, bottled water, robes, and access to the Executive Lounge, located on the lobby level. The lounge features daily continental breakfast, hors d’oeuvres in the afternoon and evening, and continuous coffee and tea service. These rooms also offer separate ground floor check-in.

By booking your lodging using the Symposia Medicus group rates, the following items are included: Complimentary guest room internet; complimentary access to the fitness center; $25 destination fee is waived; a 15% discount on all restaurants, bars, and lounges in the hotel; and double HHonors points for all HHonors members.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Hotel Policies

A deposit equal to one night’s room & tax is due to the hotel with major credit card upon making your reservation

Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to change):
- 14.75% New York State & City taxes
- $2.00 occupancy tax
- $1.50 tertiary tax

Maximum guestroom occupancy is four, regardless of age

Mandatory 3rd & 4th additional adult charge (19 years and older) is $20 each, per night and will be reflected in the nightly room rate

Children 18 years & younger are complimentary in room with an adult – 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 an additional $35 each, for the entire length of stay (subject to availability and change). Rollaway beds are only available in king bedded rooms.

Cribs are complimentary (subject to availability and change)

Check-in time is 3:00pm and check-out time is noon. Guests arriving prior to 3:00pm will be accommodated as rooms become available.

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

Early Departure Fee: Please confirm your scheduled departure date with the hotel at check-in. An early departure fee equal to one night’s room and tax will be charged to any guest who checks-out of the hotel before their confirmed departure date.

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: The hotel only offers valet parking at $70 per day with same day in/out privileges. There are other parking garages within walking distance of the hotel (prices may vary). Note: Valet parking is $75 per day for oversized vehicles. All rates are subject to change.

Hotel cancellation policy: Hotel cancellations must be made directly with the hotel by November 15, 2018. After this date, the deposit of one night plus tax will be forfeited.

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 November 9, 2018; however, tuition, less 10% processing fee, may be applied to a future Symposia Medicus conference.

Conference 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.

AIR TRAVEL INFORMATION

You can fly into LaGuardia Airport (LGA), which is approximately 25 minutes from the hotel; John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK), which is approximately 45 minutes from the hotel; or Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), which is approximately one hour from the hotel. 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, please book online at www.alaskaair.comand 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 ECMZ415in 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 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 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 ZE2C279455 in the “Promotions and Certificates” box. For questions, please call the United Airlines Convention Desk at (800) 426-1122.

HOLIDAY ENTERTAINMENT & THEATER ASSISTANCE

During this busy holiday time in New York City, it can be difficult to get theater tickets, so we have purchased a variety of theater tickets for some popular performances on Friday and Saturday evenings only (see below). We have a limited number of tickets for each performance and anticipate they will all sell out, so we recommend you call as soon as possible. The seats are in the Orchestra or Mezzanine sections.

To order tickets, please call Symposia Medicus with a major credit card at (925) 969-1789. No ticket refunds or exchanges can be made.

Friday and/or Saturday Night Shows

Mean Girls
The Band’s Visit
Dear Evan Hansen
Frozen
Pretty Woman
Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular

Above listed shows are subject to change and other shows may become available, please call us for more information.

We strongly recommend you call for theater tickets as soon as possible, as these popular performances sell out early!