“Symposia Medicus conferences provide great, practical updates on common women’s health issues. Plenty of clinical pearls.”
– C. Kirkham, MD

“Great conferences, great locations. Symposia Medicus makes it easy to work and play.”
– M. Rogina, CNM

“Well-organized, especially the question and answer sessions. Consistently excellent faculty and relevant topics.”
– P. Shube, MD


Our 28th Annual Fall Conference on Issues in Women’s Health 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.

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 28th Annual Fall Conference on Issues in Women’s Health while sharing ideas and experiences with colleagues from across the country in the beautiful setting of the Big Island.


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

Recognize and treat common vulvar disorders

Describe hormonal effects on migraine headaches

Distinguish risk factors and develop a plan to evaluate for secondary causes of osteoporosis

Discuss both medical and psychological interventions that can be implemented to help treat female sexual problems

Formulate a treatment plan for patients with rheumatoid arthritis


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.

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.

Application has been made with the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG) for cognates, Formal Learning. 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 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 3.75 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.


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.


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

Julie Gladsjo, MD, PhD
Conference Co-Chair

Associate Clinical Professor
Department of Dermatology
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, California
Dermatologist/Mohs Surgeon
San Diego Veteran Affairs Healthcare System
San Diego, California

Jay Goldberg, MD, MSCP
Conference Co-Chair

Vice Chairman
Director of Philadelphia Fibroid Center
Department of OB/GYN
Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Michael Krychman, MDCM, MPH
Health Sciences Clinical Professor
University of California Irvine
Irvine, California
AASECT Certified Sexual Counselor
Executive Director of the Southern California Center for Sexual Health & Survivorship Medicine
Newport Beach, California

Andrea Sikon, MD, FACP, NCMP
Chair, Department of Internal Medicine & Geriatrics
Center for Specialized Women’s Health
Women’s Health Institute
Executive Director, Center for Excellence in Coaching & Mentoring
Professor of Medicine
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, Ohio

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, October 21

7:00am Registration & Check-in
8:00 Welcome & Introduction
Julie Gladsjo, MD, PhD & Jay Goldberg, MD, MSCP
8:15 Skin Signs of Systemic Disease
Julie Gladsjo, MD, PhD
9:00 Evaluation of a Woman With Multiple Aches & Pains
Peng Fan, MD
9:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 Break
10:30 Cervical Screening & Treatment Update
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Jay Goldberg, MD, MSCP
11:15 Menopause: Who, What, and How to Treat
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Andrea Sikon, MD, NCMP
Noon Breast Cancer Survivorship: Issues & Answers
(Rx = 25 minutes)
Michael Krychman, MDCM, MPH
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, October 22

8:00am Evaluation & Treatment of Menstrual Migraines
(Rx = 35 minutes)
Jay Goldberg, MD, MSCP
8:45 Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause: Dryness 101
(Rx = 25 minutes)
Michael Krychman, MDCM, MPH
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break
10:15 Managing Abnormal Uterine Bleeding: PALM-COEIN
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Jay Goldberg, MD, MSCP
11:00 Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Female Sexual Dysfunction But Were Afraid to Ask!
(Rx = 25 minutes)
Michael Krychman, MDCM, MPH
11:45 Cardiovascular Updates for Women: The Guidelines Keep Changing!
Andrea Sikon, MD, NCMP
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Adjourn for the Day

Friday, October 23

3:00pm Small Group Breakouts – Session One
. • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Fibromyalgia: Case Studies
Peng Fan, MD
. Dermatology for Women: Diagnosing & Treating Common Skin Disorders
Julie Gladsjo, MD, PhD
. Lifecycle Sexuality: From Pregnancy & Chronic Disease to Menopause 
Michael Krychman, MDCM, MPH
. • Women’s Healthcare Risk Management: Case Studies
Jay Goldberg, MD, MSCP
4:30 Break
4:45 Small Group Breakouts – Session Two
(Session One Topics Repeated)
6:15 Adjourn for the Day

Saturday, October 24

8:00am Arthritis in Women: Treatment Options
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Peng Fan, MD
8:45 Common (and Not So Common) Dermatologic Problems in Women: From Acne to Vulvar Skin Disorders (Rx = 15 minutes)
Julie Gladsjo, MD, PhD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break (hotel check-out, if applicable)
10:15 Osteoporosis Basics: A Case-Based Approach
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Andrea Sikon, MD, NCMP
11:00 What to Do with a Positive Antinuclear Antibody Test: Does My Patient Have Lupus?
Peng Fan, MD
11:45 Update on Sun Protection & Skin Health
Julie Gladsjo, MD, PhD
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


From snorkeling among manta rays in crystal clear lagoons and stargazing from the snow-capped peaks of Mauna Kea, to exploring one of the most extensive petroglyph fields in Hawaii, a world of stunning contrasts and cultural experiences beckon you to the Big Island. The sunny Kohala Coast, 30 minutes from the Kona International Airport, boasts dramatic black lava fields, beautiful beaches, world-renowned golf, and spectacular sunsets.

Surrounded by 32 expansive oceanfront acres, the Mauna Lani is marked by royal fishponds, natural lava plains, lush tropical gardens, alluring beaches, and a spacious four-acre lawn. The resort just completed a $200 million renovation and is an inspiring spiritual haven that captures a distinct sense of place deeply rooted in rich cultural traditions, yet seamlessly blends a modern tomorrow. Three distinct pools, five restaurants, Auberge Spa, a full menu of cultural, fitness and outdoor programs, and a kids’ club await you, along with beautifully redesigned guestrooms.

The best shopping in Hawaii is just around the corner! Located just a quick complimentary shuttle ride away, you will find the Shops at Mauna Lani. Tommy Bahama Restaurant and retail store, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Foodland Farms Market, and several boutiques, galleries, and other restaurants can be found at this “has it all” plaza. The Shops at Mauna Lani also features amazing weekly Polynesian hula shows – complete with fire dancing, along with a variety of other cultural activities throughout the week.

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it on the Big Island, at our 28th Annual Fall Conference on Issues in Women’s Health.


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
August 12, 2020
If postmarked after
August 12, 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


Conference group rates have been arranged at the Mauna Lani. 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.


Type of Room Group Rates
All rooms offer one king or two queen beds, furnished balcony, flat screen TV, coffee/tea maker, safe, mini refrigerator, bathrobes, and dual bathroom vanities with walk-in shower.
Mountain View Room $287/night Rooms are 610 sq. ft. and offer mountain views
Garden View $310/night Rooms are 520 sq. ft. and offer tropical garden views
Ocean View $335/night Rooms are 520 sq. ft. and offer views of the hotel grounds, pools, and ocean
Ocean View Deluxe
$355/night Rooms are 520 sq. ft. and offer panoramic ocean views
Ocean Front $410/night Rooms are 570-667 sq. ft. and offer direct ocean views
By booking your lodging with Symposia Medicus, the Resort Fee of $35.00 plus tax, per room, per night is discounted to $10.00 plus tax. The fee includes (subject to change): Welcome lei greeting and tropical juice upon arrival, in-room wireless internet access, two carafes of water daily, local & toll free telephone calls, access to the Auberge Fitness Center (24/7) and Mauna Lani Sports & Fitness Club, use of the resort’s snorkel equipment and boogie boards at The Surf Shack (based on availability), on-property use of resort bicycles (based on availability & does not include specialty or e-bikes), daily activities through the resort’s Living Culture program, and on-property only resort shuttle provided through Guest Services (upon request and based on availability).


Hotel Policies

Arrival/Departure Change Fee: Changes to your confirmed arrival and/or departure dates must be made with Symposia Medicus 15 days or more prior to your arrival. If changes are made within 14 days of arrival, the original length of stay will be charged.

Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to change):
- 14.962% state and local taxes
- $10 (plus 14.962% tax), discounted resort fee

Maximum guestroom occupancy is three (3) in a room with a king bed, and four (4) in a room with two queen beds (regardless of age)

Mandatory additional person charges (below) include daily buffet breakfast, taxes, and gratuities:
- Children 4 years and under are FREE
- Children 5 to 12 years old are $16/person, per night
- Children 13 to 17 years old are $37/person, per night
- Adults 18 years and older are $112/person, per night

Bed Type Requests: You can select one or two beds; however, requests cannot be guaranteed until check-in

Rollaways & Cribs: Rollaway beds and cribs are complimentary (based on availability and subject to change)

Check-in time is 3:00pm and check-out time is noon. A late check-out can only be confirmed on the date of departure by the front desk. Late check-outs are based on availability and additional charges may apply.

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: Self and valet parking are complimentary for conference guests

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 September 16, 2020; 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 August 19, 2020. Between August 20, 2020 and September 16, 2020, one night’s deposit is forfeited. After September 16, 2020, 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.


You will fly into Kona Airport (KOA), which is approximately 30 minutes from the Mauna Lani. For information on ground transportation, please visit our website.

Symposia Medicus has arranged for discount fares with Alaska, Delta, Hawaiian, 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 ECMD052 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.
Hawaiian Airlines For discounts on Hawaiian Airlines flights, please book online at https://www.hawaiianair.com/affiliate and insert SYMPOSIA MED into the “Preferred Affiliate Program Code” box, located at the right hand side of page.
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 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