“Amazing conference. Worth every minute of it. I have boosted my confidence with women’s healthcare and management. The conference has reassured me in many ways that I am giving good care to my patients.”
– K. Schelhaas, DO

“I enjoyed my first Symposia Medicus conference immensely! The content was great and evidence-based.”
– J. Bridgeford, CNM

“Very engaging and informative sessions! The reception was a lot of fun and great to meet other attendees.”
– H. Eng, MD


In the current era of spiraling medical costs, with growing emphasis on the provision of cost-effective medical care, it has become increasingly important for Primary Care providers to become adept at evaluating and treating GYN/Women’s Health issues. This conference will provide you with a practical, clinical update on a full range of women’s health issues, including the diagnosis and management of common gynecologic complaints, contraception, depression, menopause, uterine bleeding, and endocrine disorders. In-depth small group breakouts are included, which will instruct and allow you to develop and refine your skills on endometrial biopsy, basic colposcopy, advanced colposcopy, IUD insertion/removal, and management of common birth control pill problems. 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 26th Annual Conference on Office Gynecology & Women’s Health for the Primary Care Provider while sharing ideas and experiences with colleagues from across the country in the beautiful setting of Naples, Florida.


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

Clinically diagnose endometriosis

Manage the three most common causes of vaginitis

Order and interpret bone density scans (DXA) in patients at risk for osteoporosis or osteopenia

Review the indications for HPV vaccinations in women

Describe the rationale for targeted STI screening strategies

Implement the latest consensus guidelines on initiating intervals and discontinuing Pap smear screenings

Distinguish between different types of urinary incontinence


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.


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

This Live activity, 26th Annual Conference on Office Gynecology & Women’s Health for the Primary Care Provider, with a beginning date of 02/13/2019, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 19.00 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 19 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 19 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

Nurse Practitioners/Nurses
The ANCC contact hours awarded for completion of this conference are 19.

Provider is also approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP2335, for 22.8 contact hours.

Pharmacology Credit for Prescriptive Authority
A maximum of 3.75 hours in pharmacology content for prescriptive authority may be earned by attending this educational conference. Sessions awarding pharmacology content for prescriptive authority are denoted with an Rx in the schedule. Please contact your state’s Board of Nursing for specific educational requirements as requirements may vary state to state.


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.


James Heaps, MD
Associate Clinical Professor of OB/GYN
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Los Angeles, California

Michele Hoh, MD
Clinical Professor of Medicine
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Los Angeles, California

Richard Johnson, MD
Conference Co-Chair

Clinical Professor of Family Medicine
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Los Angeles, California

Krystyna McNicoll, MD
Associate Clinical Professor of Family Medicine
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Los Angeles, California

Martin Quan, MD
Conference Co-Chair

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

Roland Sakiyama, MD, FACP
Clinical Professor Emeritus of Medicine
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Los Angeles, California

Shirley Uy, MD
Clinical Professor of Medicine
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Los Angeles, 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, February 13

7:00am Registration & Check-in
8:00 Welcome & Introduction
Martin Quan, MD
8:15 Workup of the Abnormal Pap Smear
Shirley Uy, MD
9:00 Uterine Fibroids & Endometriosis: A Practical Approach (Rx = 15 minutes)
James Heaps, MD
9:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 Break
10:30 A Clinical Approach to Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding (Rx = 15 minutes)
Shirley Uy, MD
11:15 Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Update: 2019 (Rx = 20 minutes)
Richard Johnson, MD
Noon Case Studies in Vaginitis (Rx = 15 minutes)
Martin Quan, 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, February 14

8:00am The ABC’s of HPV
Michele Hoh, MD
8:45 Contraception Update 2019: Rise of Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives (Rx = 45 minutes)
Martin Quan, MD
9:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 Break
10:30 Obesity: Meeting the Clinical Challenge
Richard Johnson, MD
11:15 Depression: Recognition & Management
(Rx = 25 minutes)
Martin Quan, MD
Noon Common Thyroid Disorders (Rx = 20 minutes)
Roland Sakiyama, MD
12:45pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:30 Adjourn for the Day

Friday, February 15

. A. Management of Common Oral Contraceptive Pill Problems
Martin Quan, MD
. B. IUD Workshop
Roland Sakiyama, MD & Michele Hoh, MD
. C. Endometrial Biopsy Workshop
Richard Johnson, MD
. D. Basic Colposcopy
Krystyna McNicoll, MD & Shirley Uy, MD
. E. Advanced Colposcopy
James Heaps, MD
3:00pm Session One - Offerings are A, B, C, D
4:15 Break
4:30 Session Two - Offerings are A, B, C, E
5:45 Break
6:00 Session Three - Offerings are A, B, C, E
7:15 Adjourn for the Day

Saturday, February 16

8:00am What’s New in Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Roland Sakiyama, MD
8:45 Office Approach to Infertility
James Heaps, MD
9:30 Menopause Hormone Therapy 2019: Where Are We Now? (Rx = 40 minutes)
Martin Quan, MD
10:30 Break
10:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
11:30 Osteoporosis: A Clinical Update
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Roland Sakiyama, MD
12:15pm Approach to Urinary Incontinence
Krystyna McNicoll, MD
12:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Conference Adjourns

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


Naples is graced with miles of white-sand beaches, beautiful weather, sumptuous restaurants, fine shopping, and entertainment. The Naples Pier, first erected in 1888, is the city’s symbol and a popular fishing and
dolphin-spotting destination.

The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club promises you an experience you’ll always remember. Try kayaking or paddleboarding, or just take a walk along the white-sand beach and enjoy a short siesta in a cozy beach chair. Take a dip at Poolside, a multi-pool complex, just steps from the sand. The large recreational pool is perfect for play and exercise, while the smaller, more secluded, adult-only pool is just right for relaxing. The complex also includes two whirlpools and Poolside’s bar and grill, which serves cool drinks, spirits, and light fare overlooking the pools and the beach.

Enjoy the sun by getting in a game at the tennis courts or golf course. With more than 80 championship golf courses in the Naples area, Naples is the self-titled “Golf Capital of the World”, claiming to have more holes per capita than any other community.

Just a short drive away is Everglades National Park, the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States – a place where you can tour the park with a ranger, photograph birds, take an afternoon hike, spot alligators basking in the sun, or ride an airboat through the marshes.

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it in Naples, at our 26th Annual Conference on Office Gynecology & Women’s Health for the Primary Care Provider.


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.

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


If postmarked by
December 5, 2018
If postmarked after
December 5, 2018
Physicians $685 $785
Residents, Nurses, PAs, & All Others $585 $685

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 Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings, and break refreshments for conference registrants. Tuition also includes group reception for faculty, registrants, and their guests.

Conference registration will be confirmed via emaill


Conference group rates have been arranged at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. 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 Description
Resort View


(Limited number of
rooms available at this rate. Once sold, rate will increase to $329/night)

Rooms range from 298-440 sq. ft. with views of the hotel grounds and golf course. Rooms include a refrigerator, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron & ironing board, in-room safe, flat-screen TV, and a patio or balcony.
Gulf View $399/night Rooms range from 298-440 sq. ft. with partial views of the Gulf of Mexico. Rooms include a refrigerator, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron & ironing board, in-room safe, flat-screen TV, and a patio or balcony.

Superior Gulf View

(*Very limited, must call Symposia Medicus for availability)

$439/night Rooms range from 298-600 sq. ft. with a direct front view of the Gulf of Mexico. Rooms include a refrigerator, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron & ironing board, in-room safe, flat-screen TV, and a patio or balcony.

Above group rates include: Complimentary wireless internet, in-room coffee, in-room safe, unlimited local phone calls, use of pool chairs, and towels (based on availability), and unlimited use of the Fitness Center.

Note: Beach chairs & umbrellas are available per day, on a first come, first serve basis at $10 per chair and $15 per umbrella.


Hotel Policies

Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include 11% state and local taxes (subject to change)

Maximum guestroom occupancy is four, regardless of age

There is no additional charge for 3rd and 4th guests in room

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 $10 per night (subject to availability and change)

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

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, plus $50/day to cover incidentals; 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 and valet parking are complimentary

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 9, 2019; 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 12, 2018. Between December 13, 2018 and January 9, 2019, one night’s deposit is forfeited. After January 9, 2019, 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.


The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club is located 12 minutes from Naples Municipal Airport (APF) and 40 minutes from the Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW)/Ft. Myers and is served by most major airlines. 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.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 NMS74 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 ZFMB292493 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 online or by phone; please refer to the conference code and the conference/airport location when making your reservations. Please see below:

AVIS www.avis.com 800-331-1600 AWD # B766625
Budget www.budget.com 800-772-3773 BCD # U076767