“Symposia Medicus conferences are well-run, organized, and located in beautiful settings.”
– D. Bennett, MD

“Excellent conference with relevant topics!
– A. Stikeleather, CNM

“Great material, trusted and reputable speakers, great locations, great topics.”
– K. Hartt, MD


Our 34th Annual Fall Conference on High Risk Obstetrics is designed for physicians, certified nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, PAs, nurses, and other healthcare professionals who face challenges in the care of the high risk pregnant 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 34th Annual Fall Conference on High Risk Obstetrics while sharing ideas and experiences with colleagues from across the country in the exciting setting of New Orleans.


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

Assess antepartum and postpartum patients for depressive illness

Describe physiologic changes of pregnancy that hinder early recognition of sepsis

Utilize standardized tools and checklists to improve identification, referral, and management of Placenta Accreta Spectrum (PAS)

Set up a system of care to approach opioid use disorder in pregnancy

Implement techniques to predict and prevent preterm deliveries in multiple gestation pregnancies

Explain the causes for fetal growth restriction


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 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 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.

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 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..


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.


Karin Fox, MD, MEd, FACOG
Assistant Professor
Associate Fellowship Director
Clinical Director, Placenta Accreta Spectrum Care Team
Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Department of OB-GYN
Baylor College of Medicine
Medical Director of Maternal Transport, Kangaroo Crew
Texas Children’s Hospital Pavilion for Women
Houston, Texas

Ronald Iverson, Jr., MD, MPH, FACOG
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Vice-Chair of Obstetrics
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Boston Medical Center
Boston, Massachusetts

Mark Newman, MD
Conference Co-Chair

Assistant Professor
Wake Forest University
School of Medicine
Department of OB/GYN
Section of Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Roger Newman, MD, FACOG
Professor & Maas Endowed Chair for Reproductive Sciences
Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine & Women’s Health Research
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina

Mureena Turnquest Wells, MD, FACOG
Conference Co-Chair

Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Norton Children’s Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Norton Healthcare
Louisville, Kentucky

Patricia Witcher, RN, MSN
Clinical Outcomes Manager
Women’s Services
Northside Hospital
Atlanta, Georgia

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.



Thursday, October 1

7:00am Conference Registration/Check-in
During Continental Breakfast
8:00 Welcome & Introduction
Mark Newman, MD
8:15 Lessons Learned from Managing the Multifetal Gestation (Rx=15 minutes)
Roger Newman, MD
9:00 Use of Anti-Depressants in Pregnancy
(Rx=30 minutes)
Mark Newman, MD
9:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 Break
10:30 Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy (Rx=15 minutes)
Mureena Turnquest Wells, MD
11:15 Placenta Percreta: Latest Updates
Karin Fox, MD, MEd
Noon Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
12:30pm Lunch Break (on your own)
1:45 Perinatal Complications of Bariatric Surgery
Mark Newman, MD
2:30 Case Studies in High Risk Obstetrics: Litigation Hot Spots
Patricia Witcher, RN, MSN
3:15 Management of the Second Stage of Labor
(Rx=15 minutes)
Ronald Iverson, Jr., MD, MPH
4:00 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
4:45 Adjourn for the Day

Friday, October 2

7:30am Continental Breakfast
8:00 Sepsis in Pregnancy: Should We Be Implementing Non-Obstetric Guidelines?
Patricia Witcher, RN, MSN
8:45 Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnancy (Rx=30 minutes)
Ronald Iverson, Jr., MD, MPH
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break
10:15 Speaking Fetal: Intrapartum Assessment
(Rx=15 minutes)

Roger Newman, MD
11:00 Diabetes & DKA: Stabilization & Management of Metabolic Emergencies (Rx=15 minutes)
Karin Fox, MD, MEd
11:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
12:15pm Lunch Break (on your own)
1:30 Induction of Labor (Rx=15 minutes)
Mark Newman, MD
2:15 Fetal Growth Restriction: Diagnosis & Management
Mureena Turnquest Wells, MD
3:00 Pulmonary Hypertension: Maternal & Fetal Consequences
Karin Fox, MD, MEd
3:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
4:30 Adjourn for the Day

Saturday, October 3

7:30am Continental Breakfast
8:00 Perinatal Thromboembolism
(Rx=15 minutes)
Mark Newman, MD
8:45 OB Hemorrhage
Ronald Iverson, Jr., MD, MPH
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break (hotel check-out, if applicable)
10:30 Maternal Mortality & Morbidity in the U.S. - What Next?
Patricia Witcher, RN, MSN
11:15 Viruses in Pregnancy: Cytomegalovirus & Parvovirus Infections (Rx=15 minutes)
Mureena Turnquest Wells, MD
Noon Operative Vaginal Delivery
Roger Newman, 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


Nestled on the banks of the majestic Mississippi River, New Orleans is one of the United States’ most mesmerizing cities. Its Old World European charm, rich cultural fabric, and intriguing history have made it one of the world’s top travel destinations. Visit this amazing city and experience world-class cuisine, inspired jazz, and boutique shopping in a place that is steeped in history. Whether it’s music, food, or the arts you love (or all of the above), you’ll want to join in as New Orleans lets its hair down and declares, “laissez les bons temps rouler” (let the good times roll)!

The AAA Four Diamond Award-winning Harrah’s New Orleans hotel is located in the heart of this exhilarating city. This 26-story marvel, with 450 oversized rooms and suites, provides an unparalleled escape.  Spend some time at the fun, friendly casino or dine at one of their eight restaurants, including a local favorite, the Acme Oyster House. With spectacular views of the Mississippi River and New Orleans skyline, just steps from the French Quarter and a few blocks from the Superdome, there is no better place to stay in New Orleans than Harrah’s. 

Enjoy the atmosphere of Bourbon Street, walk the historic French Quarter, or shop ‘til you drop on Royal Street! Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it in New Orleans, at our 34th Annual National Fall Conference on High Risk Obstetrics.


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
July 23, 2020
If postmarked after
July 23, 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, continental breakfast on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday mornings, and break refreshments for conference registrants

Conference registration will be confirmed via email


Symposia Medicus has conference group rates at Harrah’s New Orleans.

These special rates will only be available until Saturday, September 5, 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.

Harrah’s New Orleans
228 Poydras Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Direct: (504) 533-6000

To make your reservation, please call (877) 466-7847
You must refer Symposia Medicus or the group code S09HRO0 to receive conference group rates.

To make your reservations online, please visit

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 New Orleans.

Room Type Group Rates
(Single/Double Occupancy)
City View


All rooms are 430 sq. ft., differing only by view. Rooms feature a king or two beds, exclusive-to-Harrah’s pillow-top Simmons Beautyrest mattress, flat-screen TV, refrigerator, iron & ironing board, hair dryer, double vanity, separate bathtub and shower, and casual seating area.
River View


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):
- 14.5% room tax
- $2.00 occupancy tax
- $14.99 plus 14.5% tax, resort fee (fee includes: unlimited local phone calls, admission to the fitness center
for two guests, basic in-room Wi-Fi access for up to two devices per day, and 24/7 access to Ivy, the personal concierge service.)

Maximum guestroom occupancy is four, regardless of age

Mandatory additional occupant charge (13 years and over) is $30 per person, per night

Children 12 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 11:00am. Any departures after 11:00am are subject to a full day charge. 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; 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: Valet parking is $42/night and self-parking is $34/night. Self-parking charge can be waived daily if you have a Total Rewards Card (obtained on property) and play at least 30 minutes of slot play per day (subject to change and/or cancellation). See hotel’s front desk for more information.

Hotel Cancellations must be made directly with the hotel at least 72 hours prior to scheduled arrival (check-in) date, or you will be charged a cancellation fee equal to your 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 27, 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 Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY), which is approximately 30 minutes from Harrah’s New Orleans. 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 ECMD015 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 at the end of the page. 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