“I love Symposia Medicus conferences. They provide a nice update that keeps me current in this ever-changing world.”
– A. Willey, MD

“I’ve never been disappointed in Symposia Medicus. They always have great speakers, current information, and lectures full of clinical pearls for my practice. I’ll be back again.”
– C. Meyer, WHNP-BC

“Overall impressed with the conferences, staff, and locations. I intend to attend more of your conferences.”
– J. Nwadike, MD


Our 30th Annual National Conference on Women’s Health Care is designed to provide the most current clinical information about the care of the female patient to OB/GYNs, family physicians, nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, PAs, nurses and all other healthcare professionals involved with the care of women. 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 30th Annual National Conference on Women’s Health Care while sharing ideas and experiences with colleagues from across the country in the exciting setting of Las Vegas.


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

Create treatment strategies for the patient with hypertension

Describe the management of mood, anxiety, and chronic pain disorders

Formulate a treatment plan for patients with rheumatoid arthritis

Describe an evidence-based approach to the diagnosis of infertility

Avoid pitfalls when diagnosing and treating common skin conditions

Describe factors that impact sexual function and treatment options


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 17 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, 30th Annual National Conference on Women’s Health Care, with a beginning date of 09/16/2019, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 17.00 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.

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 17 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

Nurse Practitioners/Nurses
The ANCC contact hours awarded for completion of this conference are 17.

Provider is also approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP2335, for 20.4 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™

Pharmacology Content for Prescriptive Authority
A maximum of 5 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.

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.


Smaller group sessions will be held Friday morning. 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, 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.


G. Wright Bates, Jr., MD
Conference Co-Chair

Chairman, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Baylor Scott & White Health
Temple, Texas

Michael Cirigliano, MD, FACP
Conference Co-Chair

Founder’s Associate Professor in
General Internal Medicine
Perelman School of Medicine at the
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Heidi Combs, MD
Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Harborview Medical Center
Seattle, Washington

Peng T. Fan, MD, FACP
Clinical Professor of Medicine
Division of Rheumatology
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Los Angeles, California

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

Makeba Williams, MD, FACOG, NCMP
Clinical Associate Professor
Director, Division of General
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Department of OB/GYN
University of Wisconsin School of
Medicine & Public Health
Madison, Wisconsin

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.



Monday, September 16

7:00am Registration & Check-in
During Continental Breakfast
8:00 Welcome & Introduction
Michael Cirigliano, MD
8:15 Do You Have Anything Stronger?: Chronic Pain Management (Rx = 45 minutes)
Heidi Combs, MD
9:00 Cardiovascular Disease in Women: Living Heart Healthy (Rx = 20 minutes)
Michael Cirigliano, MD
9:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 Break
10:30 When Patients Sing the Blues: Mood Disorders
(Rx = 45 minutes)
Heidi Combs, MD
11:15 Current Management Options for Arthritis & Osteoarthritis (Rx = 20 minutes)
Peng T. Fan, MD
Noon Infertility Diagnosis & Treatment (Rx = 15 minutes)
G. Wright Bates, Jr., MD
12:45pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:30 Adjourn for the Day

Tuesday, September 17

7:30am Continental Breakfast
8:00 Managing Menopause: Current & Emerging Therapies (Rx = 40 minutes)
Makeba Williams, MD
8:45 PCOS Therapy Update (Rx = 15 minutes)
G. Wright Bates, Jr., MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break
10:15 Fibromyalgia: Diagnosis & Treatment
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Peng T. Fan, MD
11:00 Skin Cancers & Sun Protection
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Toby Maurer, MD
11:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
12:15pm Lunch Break
1:30 Smaller Group Breakouts – Session One
. A. Rheumatologic Diagnosis: An Approach to the Patient with Multiple Aches & Pains
Peng T. Fan, MD
. B. I’m Worried, You Should be Too: Anxiety Disorders
Heidi Combs, MD
. C. Current Treatment Options for Women with Hypertension: A Critical Review of the Literature
Michael Cirigliano, MD
. D. Management & Treatment of Abnormal Uterine Bleeding
G. Wright Bates, Jr., MD
3:00 Break
3:15 Smaller Group Breakouts – Session Two
(Session One Topics Repeated)
4:45 Adjourn for the Day

Wednesday, September 18

7:30am Continental Breakfast
8:00 Skin Conditions in Women’s Health
Toby Maurer, MD
8:45 Female Sexual Dysfunction: What to Do When the Thrill Is Gone (Rx = 10 minutes)
Makeba Williams, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break (hotel check-out, if applicable)
10:30 Healing the Healer: Is Living the Dream Now a Nightmare?
Michael Cirigliano, MD
11:15 Contraception Challenges: Contraception for the Medically Complex Patient (Rx = 35 minutes)
Makeba Williams, MD
Noon Common Dermatologic Cosmetic Procedures & Rejuvenation (Rx = 20 minutes)
Toby Maurer, MD
12:45pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:30 Conference Adjourns

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


Enjoy Las Vegas at its finest at Harrah’s Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, with its recently renovated rooms, contemporary dining options and a revamped lineup of shows. Located in the center of the Las Vegas Strip, Harrah’s offers an exciting casino, outstanding restaurants, a sparkling outdoor swimming pool, a luxurious spa, state-of-the-art health club, full-service beauty salon, a unique variety of retail options and, of course, the best entertainment.

Get ready for some fun in the sun. The sparkling pool at Harrah’s Las Vegas is the perfect place for a leisurely escape. Dive into the hotel’s heated outdoor swimming pool or take a break and relax
on one of the comfortable lounge chairs, all while enjoying poolside cocktails. The surrounding flora also adds a nice touch. Check out Harrah’s Carnaval Court, an open-air street party at the center of the Strip.

Offering tasty and playful food options, Harrah’s brings the fun to restaurants in Las Vegas. With an array of creative and delightful dishes, the restaurants at Harrah’s Las Vegas will make you jump for joy. Just make sure it’s not after a big meal! Enjoy live music and down-home Southern favorites at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill or belly up to the Oyster Bar at Harrah’s and reel in oysters, fresh caught fish, clam chowder, scallops and more at this longtime Las Vegas seafood favorite.

Whether you seek rest and relaxation or crave entertainment and excitement, Las Vegas has it all. Stretch your legs walking the famous Las Vegas Strip; stimulate your taste buds in one of the city’s world-class restaurants; or extend your conference stay and take a day trip to Hoover Dam or the Grand Canyon and witness the grandeur of the Colorado River. Explore the city’s casinos or enjoy great entertainment in the showplaces and lounges.

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it in Las Vegas, at our 30th Annual National Conference on Women’s Health Care.


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
July 8, 2019
If postmarked after
July 8, 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 on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday mornings, and break refreshments for conference registrants

Conference registration will be confirmed via email


Symposia Medicus has conference group rates at Harrah’s Las Vegas located in the center of the World Famous Las Vegas Strip.

These special rates will only be available until Saturday, August 17, 2019 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.

Harrah’s Las Vegas
3475 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Direct: (888) 458-8471 or (800) 214-9110

To make your reservations please call (800) 214-9110
You must refer to the group code SHSYM9 to receive conference group rates.

To make your reservations online, please visit HTTPS://BOOK.PASSKEY.COM/GO/SHSYM9

Please note the website may show your room rate as an average, based on the number of nights reserved.

The conference 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 in Las Vegas.

Room Type Group Rates
(Single/Double Occupancy)
Valley Tower
Run of House


(Friday & Saturday)

Newly renovated rooms are approximately 300 sq. ft., and include a king or two queen beds, hairdryer, rain shower, vanity with backlit mirror, electronic device docking station, HD TV, work desk, and small sitting area.


Hotel Policies

A deposit equal to one night’s room & tax is due to the hotel with major credit card upon making your reservation. Each guestroom must have at least one registered guest 21 years of age or older.

Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to change):
- 13.38% Clark County Room Tax
- $35 plus 13.38% tax Resort Fee (includes unlimited local phone calls, daily admission for two guests to
the Fitness Center (not spa), and in-room internet access for two devices per day)

Maximum guestroom occupancy is four, regardless of age

Mandatory additional adult charge (12 years and over) is $30 per person, per night

Children 11 years and under are complimentary – not to exceed stated maximum occupancy

Rollaway beds are available at an additional cost of $30 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.

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 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: By booking your lodging under the Symposia Medicus group code you will receive complimentary valet and self-parking over the dates of Wednesday, September 11, to Friday, September 20, 2019.

Hotel Cancellations must be made directly with the hotel at least 72 hours prior to your confirmed arrival date or you will be charged a cancellation fee equal to one night’s deposit and tax

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 August 12, 2019; however, tuition, less 10% processing fee, may be applied to a future Symposia Medicus conference. 

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.


You will fly into Las Vegas McCarren International Airport (LAS), which is approximately 15 minutes from Harrah’s Las Vegas. 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 ECMC132 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