“I always enjoy Symposia Medicus conferences! The topics are relevant, up-to-date, and high-yield. The locations are always exceptional and fun.”
– K. Durfee, MD

“I am always impressed with the caliber of conferences put on by Symposia Medicus.”
– E. Forbes, WHNP-BC

“Great couple of days! Thank you for educating information. Hoping for better service to my clients. Thanks again.”
– L. Scearce, CNM


Sexual health is a dynamic and multifaceted phenomenon that is closely linked to the overall quality of life. A critical issue cutting across many fields of health and well-being, sexual health can affect many aspects including intimacy, reproductive health, disease prevention, clinical care, policy, advocacy, health equality, and the social determinants of health. Determining the etiology of sexual complaints in all persons is often a complex process. The healthcare provider must be a cautious detective, exploring medical, psychological, and environmental issues.

At our 4th Annual Conference on Challenges in Sexual Healthcare, primary care physicians, nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, PAs, and nurses will share information, innovations, and advances in sexual health and develop conversations about supporting healthy sexuality. 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, 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 4th Annual Conference on Challenges in Sexual Healthcare while sharing ideas and experiences with colleagues from across the country in the beautiful setting of Newport Beach, California.


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

Recognize key components in the physical examination to identify sexual problems in men and women

Counsel patients on the risks and benefits of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT)

Discuss some of the sexual health concerns facing gay men, lesbian, bisexual and trans people, including Pre-Exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)

Screen patients for hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD)

Counsel women on the impacts of urinary incontinence and the therapeutic options for quality of life and sexual function


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, surveys, 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 19.5 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.

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.

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 19.5 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

Nurse Practitioners/Nurses
The ANCC contact hours awarded for completion of this conference are 19.5.

Provider is also approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP2335, for 23.4 contact hours.

The California Board of Pharmacy accepts as continuing professional education those courses that meet the standard of relevance to pharmacy practice and have been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ and the California Board of Nursing.

Pain Management and Care
The approved credits shown above include 1 credit toward meeting the requirement under California Assembly Bill 487, Pain Management and Care.

This CME activity meets the requirements under California Assembly Bill 1195, continuing education and cultural and linguistic competency.


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, flash drive, or digital copy) will be available one week after the conference. The cost is $65 for a hard copy, $30 for a flash drive, 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.


Brooke M. Faught, DNP, WHNP-BC, IF
Clinical Director
Women’s Institute for Sexual Health
Nashville, Tennessee

Murray A. Freedman, MS, MD, FACOG, IF
Clinical Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Medical College of Georgia
Augusta University
Augusta, Georgia

Michael Krychman, MDCM, MPH
Conference Co-Chair

AASECT Certified Sexual Counselor
Executive Director of the
Southern California Center for
Sexual Health & Survivorship Medicine
Newport Beach, California

Anita Nelson, MD
Professor Emeritus
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Los Angeles, California

Ashley H. Tapscott, DO
Conference Co-Chair

Sexual Health Institute of the Carolinas
Carolina Urology Partners
Huntersville, North Carolina

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, May 15

7:00am Registration & Check-in
During Continental Breakfast
8:00 Welcome & Introduction
Michael Krychman, MDCM, MPH
8:15 History/Physical/Psychological Assessment: Treatment Paradigm
Murray A. Freedman, MS, MD, IF
9:00 Contraception: What’s New & What is the Sexuality Impact?
Anita Nelson, MD
9:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 Break
10:30 Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause (GSM): More Than Just Vulvovaginal Atrophy (VVA)
Murray A. Freedman, MS, MD, IF
11:15 Everything Vulva: Dermatological Considerations
Brooke M. Faught, DNP, WHNP-BC, IF
Noon Penile Deformities: Causes & Consequences
Ashley H. Tapscott, DO
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, May 16

7:30am Continental Breakfast
8:00 Current Updates in Testosterone Therapy for Men
Ashley H. Tapscott, DO
8:45 Current Updates in Testosterone Therapy for Women
Murray A. Freedman, MS, MD, IF
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break
10:15 Pills & Penises: Drugs That Cause (and Treat) Sexual Problems
Ashley H. Tapscott, DO
11:00 Sex, Hormones, and Happiness: A Critical Triad
Murray A. Freedman, MS, MD, IF
11:45 Enabling Healthy Sexuality in Patients with Physical & Cognitive Limitations
Brooke M. Faught, DNP, WHNP-BC, IF
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Adjourn for the Day

Friday, May 17

7:30am Continental Breakfast
8:00 LGBTQI+ Care: Updates
Michael Krychman, MDCM, MPH
9:00 Break
9:10 Creams, Lotions, Potions, and Sexual Accessories
Michael Krychman, MDCM, MPH
10:10 HPV Vaccine: Disease Burden, STI Issues and Counselling
Anita Nelson, MD
11:10 Break
11:20 Case Studies in Sexual Healthcare
Faculty Panel
12:50pm Adjourn for the Day

Saturday, May 18

7:30am Continental Breakfast
8:00 Urinary Incontinence in Women and Impacts on Sexuality 
Anita Nelson, MD
8:45 Flibanserin: Friend or Foe?
Brooke M. Faught, DNP, WHNP-BC, IF
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break (hotel check-out, if applicable)
10:15 9 Months & Beyond: Sex & Pregnancy
Brooke M. Faught, DNP, WHNP-BC, IF
11:00 Emerging Trends in Male Restorative & Cosmetic Therapies
Ashley H. Tapscott, DO
11:45 Your Partner is Doing What?: Shocking Sexual Surprises
Michael Krychman, MDCM, MPH
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Conference Adjourns



Known for its picturesque views of the Pacific Ocean and one of the world’s largest small yacht harbors, Newport Beach is a chic seaside community located in Southern California. Enjoy eight miles of ocean beach that offers outstanding fishing, swimming, surfing, and aquatic sports activities–there is plenty of time for fun in the sun!

Travel down the boardwalk on a beach cruiser, enjoy the many affordable entertainments of the Fun Zone at Balboa Village, or spend the day at Fashion Island, where you’ll discover some of the finest shopping in the country. The Happiest Place on Earth (Disneyland Park) is just 14 miles away!

Sprawling across 15 waterfront acres, Balboa Bay Resort is one of the top hotels in Newport Beach. Conveniently situated just off the Pacific Coast Highway, this Mediterranean-style hotel is complete with a design of relaxed elegance and timelessness, using the colors of the sea, sand, and sky, along with natural material and modern furnishings that reflect the area’s casual luxury.

Visitors and locals alike can savor culinary delights at Balboa Bay Resort’s signature restaurant, Waterline, complete with a captivating water to table experience, fresh seafood, and a unique chef-driven concept. Or, enjoy the rustic waterfront gastropub, A&O Kitchen+Bar, where guests can enjoy shared plates, hearty dishes, creative cocktails, and craft beers.

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it in Newport Beach, at our 4th Annual Conference on Challenges in Sexual Healthcare.


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
March 6, 2019
If postmarked after
March 6, 2019
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 every morning of the conference and break refreshments for conference registrants. Tuition also includes group reception for faculty, registrants, and their guests.

Conference registration will be confirmed via email


Conference group rates have been arranged at the Balboa Bay Resort. 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 Description

Standard Room

(Overlooking the city of Newport Beach)


(Limited number of rooms available at this rate. Once sold, rate will increase to $340/night)

Each guest room is approximately 500 sq. ft. and has been enhanced with fresh, modern, and contemporary furnishings, pillow top mattresses, with luxury bedding, plush towels, and robes.

Rooms come with a 48” inch LED Samsung TV, Keurig coffee service, refrigerators, cordless dual-line phone with private voicemail, armchair and work desk, elegant marble bathrooms, dual sinks, window-sized beveled-glass mirrors, hairdryer & make-up mirror, in-room safe, and private balcony or terrace.

Courtyard Room

(Overlooking the brand-new pool and courtyard of palm trees)


Bayview Room

(View overlooking Balboa Bay)


By booking your lodging with Symposia Medicus, the Hospitality Service Fee of $30.00 plus tax, per room, per night is DISCOUNTED to $15.00 plus tax, per room, per night.

The Hospitality Service Fee includes (subject to change): Bottle of signature wine in room upon arrival, two bottles of water, replenished daily, in-room and resort-wide wireless internet access, 24-hour access to fitness center, 24-hour access to business center which includes printing of boarding passes and unlimited incoming & outgoing fax services, unlimited local and 1-800 calls, in-room coffee & tea service, hotel lobby coffee & tea service from 6:00am-9:00am daily, and the hotel’s one-hour wine reception on Friday & Saturday evenings starting at 4:00pm.


Hotel Policies

Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to change):
- 10.5% Occupancy Tax
- 3% Tourism Business Improvement District Assessment
- $15.00 plus 13.5% tax, Hospitality Service Fee

Maximum guestroom occupancy is four, regardless of age

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 $30.00 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 availability.

Arrival/Departure Changes: Changes to your confirmed arrival and/or departure must be made with Symposia Medicus 48 hours prior to your arrival. If changes are made within 48 hours of arrival, the original length of stay will be charged.

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, including taxes, fees, and estimated 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-parking is complimentary for conference guests. Valet is $20.00 per day for non-hotel guests and $35.00 per night for hotel guests (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 April 10, 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 March 13, 2019. Between March 14, 2019 and April 10, 2019, one night’s deposit is forfeited. After April 10, 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 closest airports are the John Wayne Airport (SNA), which is an approximate 15 minute drive to the hotel or Long Beach Airport (LGB), an approximate 20 minute drive; however, lower fares can often be found by flying into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) which is an approximate 60 minute drive to the hotel, or the Burbank (Bob Hope) Airport (BUR), which is an approximate 75 minute drive to 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 flights, please book online at www.alaskaair.com and 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 ECMZ867 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 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