“Symposia Medicus conferences have great locations and expert teachers. Their conferences are well-organized and the most professional to attend!”
– A. Bradley, MD

“Symposia Medicus always has informative conferences in amazing places. I have never been disappointed!”
– I. Beach, CNM

“Timely topics, good lectures, and nice locations!”
– S. Carpto, MD


Our 27th Annual Summer Conference on 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, smaller group breakout and interactive sessions, case studies, and question and answer sessions.

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.

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 27th Annual Summer Conference on Obstetrics & Gynecology while sharing ideas and experiences with colleagues from across the country in the beautiful setting of San Diego.


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

Recognize medications that are contraindicated during pregnancy

Implement policies and protocols to decrease risk of maternal mortality

Identify and manage hypertensive crisis during pregnancy and the postpartum period

Counsel women about the endocrinologic changes that occur during perimenopause and menopause

Recognize vulvar manifestations of common dermatoses


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

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

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has assigned up to 18 cognate credits to this program.

This Live activity, 27th Annual Summer Conference on Obstetrics & Gynecology, with a beginning date of 07/08/2020, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 18.00 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 18 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

Nurse Practitioners/Nurses
The ANCC contact hours awarded for completion of this conference are 18.

Provider is also approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP2335, for 21.6 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 3.25 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.


Each registrant will have online access to session materials. The session materials will be available for download approximately one week 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.


David Abel, MD
Conference Co-Chair

Assistant Clinical Professor
Maternal-Fetal Medicine
University of California, San Francisco-Fresno
Fresno, California

Clinical Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas

Rizwana Fareeduddin, MD, FACOG
Assistant Professor
University of Central Florida College of Medicine
Division Director, Maternal Fetal Medicine
Chair, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
North Florida Regional Medical Center
Gainesville, Florida

Anita Nelson, MD
Conference Co-Chair

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

Stacy Tompkins, MD
Associate Voluntary Clinical Professor
Department of Dermatology
UC San Diego
School of Medicine
La Jolla, California
Private Practice
Encinitas, 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, July 8

7:00am Registration & Check-in
8:00 Welcome & Introduction
Anita Nelson, MD
8:15 Update on Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Gary Dildy, MD
9:00 Breast Cancer Screening & Prevention
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Anita Nelson, MD
9:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 Break
10:30 An Overview of Vulvar Dermatological Disorders
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Stacy Tompkins, MD
11:15 Medications During Pregnancy: No Need to Fear!
(Rx = 30 minutes)
David Abel, MD
Noon There Is No Such Thing as “Twins” 
Rizwana Fareeduddin, 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, July 9

8:00am Treatment of Perimenopause & Menopause
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Anita Nelson, MD
8:45 Preparing for Severe Postpartum Hemorrhage
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Gary Dildy, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break
10:15 Office Management of Urinary Incontinence
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Anita Nelson, MD
11:00 Current Concepts of Amniotic Fluid Embolism
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Gary Dildy, MD
11:45 Common Dermatologic Problems in Women
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Stacy Tompkins, MD
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Adjourn for the Day

Friday, July 10

3:00pm Smaller Group Breakouts – Session One
. Case Studies in Antepartum Care: When Do You Deliver?
David Abel, MD
. Contraception: What’s in the Pipeline?
Anita Nelson, MD
. Can We Avoid Shoulder Dystocia & Brachial Plexopathy?
Gary Dildy, MD
. Healthcare Professionals & Social Media: What Are You Waiting For?
Rizwana Fareeduddin, MD
4:30 Break
4:45 Smaller Group Breakouts – Session Two
(Session One Topics Repeated)
6:15 Adjourn for the Day

Saturday, July 11

8:00am Maternal Mortality: We Need to Do Better
Rizwana Fareeduddin, MD
8:45 Skin Cancers: When to Treat & When to Refer
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Stacy Tompkins, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break (hotel check-out, if applicable)
10:15 Maternal Cardiac Disease Made Simple
(Rx = 15 minutes)
David Abel, MD
11:00 Venous Thromboembolism in Pregnancy
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Rizwana Fareeduddin, MD
11:45 Cosmetic Rejuvenation: An Update on Minimally Invasive Techniques
Stacy Tompkins, MD
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Conference Adjourns

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


Come visit San Diego! Friendly locals create a welcoming vibe in California’s second largest city, where blue skies keep watch over 70 miles of majestic coastline and a gentle Mediterranean climate. Bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Anza-Borrego Desert and the Laguna Mountains to the east, and Mexico to the south, the diverse neighborhoods of San Diego are spread out over 4,200 square miles, offering endless opportunities for exploration and activities.

Spend one day relaxing on a beach (there are dozens around the city), then the next hiking in the east San Diego County mountains. Visit the quaint and charming island town of Coronado or the picturesque village of La Jolla. You won’t want to miss favorites like the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld, USS Midway Museum, Birch Aquarium, or LEGOLAND, all located nearby. San Diego is so diverse and unique; there are plenty of options to discover something new!

Perched on its own 15-acre peninsula, Loews Coronado Bay Resort is a private oasis of tranquility. This Coronado resort offers views of both the shimmering bay waters and the San Diego skyline. Enjoy three heated pools, a hot tub spa and dry sauna. Dine at Crown Landing Restaurant, serving locally inspired fare with a commitment to sourcing seasonal, sustainable ingredients. Chef Aleczander Herrera shines a spotlight on San Diego’s distinct character, flavors, and the freshest seafood available. Relax and recharge at the Sea Spa that offers luxurious treatments including island-inspired body wraps, tropical sea stone massages, energizing facials and a relaxing Vichy Rain Shower.

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it in San Diego, at our 27th Annual Summer Conference on Obstetrics & Gynecology.


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


If postmarked by
April 29, 2020
If postmarked after
April 29, 2020
Physicians $695 $795
Residents, Nurses, PAs, & All Others $595 $695

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 for conference registrants. Tuition also includes group reception for faculty, registrants, and their guests.

Conference registration will be confirmed via email


Symposia Medicus has conference group rates at Loews Coronado Bay Resort.

These special rates will only be available until Tuesday, June 2, 2020 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.

Loews Coronado Bay Resort
4000 Coronado Bay Road
Coronado, California 92118
Direct: (619) 424-4000

To make your reservations online, please visit

To make your reservations by phone, please call (877) 872-8559
You must refer to the group code 1540SM to receive conference group rates.

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 San Diego.


Room Type Group Rates
(Single/Double Occupancy)
Resort View
(King Bed)

Rooms differ by view and are approximately 430 sq. ft. and include mini-refrigerators, coffeemaker, work desk, arm chair with ottoman, bath amenities, stone-top vanity, tub, and shower, hair dryer, flat-screen TV, and include a balcony or patio.

Pool View
(King Bed)

Partial Bay View
(King Bed)

Coronado Bay View
(King Bed)
If you require a room with two beds there will be an additional charge of $10 per night added to the above group room rates.
To book a room with two beds (based on availability), you must call (877) 872-8559.

By booking your lodging under the Symposia Medicus group code, the Resort Fee (normally $30.00 per room, per night, discounted to $10) is included in the conference group rates.

The Resort Fee includes in-room coffee, unlimited local and toll-free telephone calls, access to fitness center and studio, airline boarding pass printing, daily newspaper, seasonal pool deck games, daily yoga and aerobics classes, 24-hour shoe shine service, turndown service upon request, use of tennis courts (based on availability), and shuttle service to Silver Strand State Beach via hotel beach shuttles.

You will also receive complimentary basic in-room internet access. Items listed are subject to change.


Hotel Policies

A credit or debit card is required upon making your reservation

Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to change):
- 10% Occupancy Tax
- 1% CTID Assessment
- 1% Environmental Protection Fee
- 0.55% CA Tourism Assessment Fee

Maximum occupancy in a room with one king bed is three, and in a room with two beds, the maximum occupancy is four, regardless of age

Mandatory third and fourth additional adult charge (18 years and over) is $20 per person, per night. Children 17 years and under are complimentary (not to exceed maximum occupancy stated above).

Breakfast for additional occupants (third and fourth) may be purchased at the resort’s restaurant outlets

Rollaway beds are available at an additional cost of $25.00 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.

Early Departure Fee: If you check-out prior to your confirmed departure date, you will be charged 50% of the room rate for each night you are departing early. To avoid this fee, you must confirm your departure date with the hotel at or before check-in.

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: Self-parking is discounted to $15 per day (normally $31 per day) for conference guests. Valet is $35 per day (subject to change).

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 room rate and taxes.

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 June 3, 2020; 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 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.


You will fly into San Diego International Airport (SAN), which is approximately 40 minutes from the Loews Coronado Bay Resort. 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 ECMC792 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, enter in your travel plans and then click on the “Advanced Search” link located below the “Passenger” box. Once you click on this link, a panel will appear and you will need to insert NMT7R in the “Meeting Code” box.
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 Advanced search, 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 ZH4W711859
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