“Symposia Medicus provides quality CME with relaxed schedules to allow time to vacation with family, while getting CME done on the same trip.”
– K. Lingler, MD

“Variety of topics with helpful pearls to incorporate into practice, great locations and fun activities with benefits staying onsite.”
– S. Sickle, FNP-BC

“Excellent presentations, topics, and locations.”
– K. Smith, MD


Our 31st Annual Fall Conference on Hot Topics in Primary Care has been designed to provide physicians, nurse practitioners, PAs and nurses with up-to-date and evidence-based clinical data in primary care. 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 31st Annual Fall Conference on Hot Topics in Primary Care while sharing ideas and experiences with colleagues from across the country in the beautiful setting of the Bahamas.


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

Perform an evidence-based assessment of patients presenting with the symptoms of depression

Determine which patients require regular follow-up with the dermatologist

Recognize the role of ECG and biomarkers in diagnosing and identifying risks of different types of heart attacks

List two herbs or supplements that can alter drug metabolism through the cytochrome P450 system

Identify new modalities of treatment for erectile dysfunction


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.

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 CreditTM

Pharmacotherapeutics CEUs for Nurses
This activity is designated for a maximum of 3.0 pharmacotherapeutic credits towards meeting the requirement for nursing pharmacology continuing education. Sessions awarding pharmacotherapeutic credits 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.


Libby Edwards, MD
Conference Co-Chair

Adjunct Clinical Professor
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Chief of Dermatology
Carolinas Medical Center
Charlotte, North Carolina

Ajay Nangia, MBBS, FACS
Professor & Vice Chair of Urology
Department of Urology
University of Kansas
School & Medical Center
Kansas City, Kansas

Oliver Oyama, PhD, ABPP, PA-C, CAQ-Psy
Conference Co-Chair

Associate Director, Family Medicine Residency
Professor of Family Medicine
University of South Florida
Morsani College of Medicine
Turley Family Health Center
Clearwater, Florida

Karen Stout, MD, FACC
Professor, Internal Medicine/Cardiology
Adjunct Professor, Pediatrics/Cardiology
Associate Chief, Cardiology
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington

Candy Tsourounis, PharmD, FCSHP
Professor of Clinical Pharmacy
Medication Outcomes Center
UCSF School of Pharmacy
San Francisco, 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, November 4

7:00am Registration & Check-in
During Continental Breakfast
8:00 Welcome & Introduction
Libby Edwards, MD & Oliver Oyama, PhD, ABPP, PA-C, CAQ-Psy
8:15 Diagnostic Testing in Cardiology: Who, What, and When
Karen Stout, MD
9:00 Skin Cancers & Sun Damage
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Libby Edwards, MD
9:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 Break
10:30 An Overview of the Dietary Supplement Industry
Candy Tsourounis, PharmD
11:15 Another Request for a Benzodiazepine? Successful Management of Anxiety in Primary Care
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Oliver Oyama, PhD, ABPP, PA-C, CAQ-Psy
Noon Testosterone Therapy for Men
(Rx = 40 minutes)
Ajay Nangia, MBBS
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, November 5

7:30am Continental Breakfast
8:00 Syncope: When to Worry About the Heart
Karen Stout, MD
8:45 How to Diagnose Skin Disease Using Diagnostic Algorithms
Libby Edwards, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break
10:15 Management of Chronic Vulvar Symptoms
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Libby Edwards, MD
11:00 Approach to Chest Pain: How Not to Miss a Heart Attack (Rx = 15 minutes)
Karen Stout, MD
11:45 Erectile Dysfunction: What’s New?
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Ajay Nangia, MBBS
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Adjourn for the Day

Friday, November 6

3:00pm Smaller Group Breakouts – Session One
. • Cardiology Case Studies in Women’s Health
Karen Stout, MD
. • Men’s Health Clinics: The Future of Primary Care vs. Multispecialty Practice
Ajay Nangia, MBBS
. • Common Things Are Common: Case Discussions in Primary Care Psychiatry
Oliver Oyama, PhD, ABPP, PA-C, CAQ-Psy
. • Weight Loss, Dietary Supplements, and the Pursuit of Happiness
Candy Tsourounis, PharmD
4:30 Break
4:45 Smaller Group Breakouts – Session Two
(Session One Topics Repeated)
6:15 Adjourn for the Day

Saturday, November 7

7:30am Continental Breakfast
8:00 Maximizing Outcomes in the Treatment of Depression (Rx = 15 minutes)
Oliver Oyama, PhD, ABPP, PA-C, CAQ-Psy
8:45 Herb & Drug Interactions: Separating Fact From Fiction (Rx = 20 minutes)
Candy Tsourounis, PharmD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break (hotel check-out, if applicable)
10:15 Blistering Diseases: Diagnosis & Treatment
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Libby Edwards, MD
11:00 Do I Have ADHD? Diagnosis & Treatment in Adult Patients (Rx = 15 minutes)
Oliver Oyama, PhD, ABPP, PA-C, CAQ-Psy
11:45 Popular Supplements: What’s Hot & What’s Not
Candy Tsourounis, PharmD
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Conference Adjourns

Rx = Pharmacotherapeutics CEUs for Nurses
will be granted for these sessions


Paradise Island, Bahamas, is located in one of the most beautiful areas in the world, blessed with enchanting beaches and a tropical climate.

The Atlantis Resort features Aquaventure, a 141-acre water park, including the iconic Mayan Temple’s Leap of Faith slide, 11 incredible pools, five miles of magnificent beaches, a Tom Weiskopf-designed 18-hole, oceanfront golf course, the Atlantis Casino, and the world’s largest open-air marine habitat!

The resort, located on a white sand beach, also features a lagoon for snorkeling, fitness center, and tennis courts. You can workout at the fitness center and then enjoy the saunas, massage treatment rooms, and steam baths in the Mandara Spa. Younger resort guests (ages 3-12) are invited to choose their own adventure within themed spaces designed specifically for their Atlantis imagination at AKA Kids Club and teens (ages 13-17) can gather and hang out in their own 14,000 sq. ft. nightclub and internet lounge, CRUSH. The resort has several superb restaurants, lounges and entertainment venues, and a large shopping area with several specialty shops.

During conference breaks, you are sure to enjoy the outdoor activities of swimming with the dolphins, snorkeling, sailing, golfing, or taking an exhilarating helicopter ride over the pristine blue waters of the Caribbean. Venture out of the resort and experience duty-free shopping, local art, live music, and festivals.

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it in the Bahamas, at our 31st Annual Fall Conference on Hot Topics in Primary 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
August 26, 2020
If postmarked after
August 26, 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 Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings, 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 Atlantis 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.

Type of Room Group Rates

Royal Tower
Run of House

(Terrace, harbor,
or water views)


The Royal Tower is in the center of activities and entertainment, including the casino, full service spa, nightclub, Dolphin Cay, pools, waterslides, and restaurants.

Each guest room is 400 sq. ft. and features a king or two queen beds, French step-out balconies with terrace, harbor, or water views, sitting area, flat-screen TV, shower/tub combination, safe, in-room coffee & tea, and mini-bar.

Royal Tower
Water View

(Rooms face
the ocean)


*Reef Tower
Run of Studio

(Terrace, harbor,
or ocean views)


The Reef Tower is adjacent to the Cove Tower, just steps away from the white-sand beach.

Studios are 532 sq. ft. and offer a king bed and queen sleeper sofa in the living area, kitchenette, full sit-out balcony, large bathroom with twin basins, separate shower and bathtub, flat-screen TV, and safe.

*Cove Tower
Run of Suite

(Ocean view)


The Cove Tower is located between the Cove and Paradise private beaches and offers exclusive access to the Cove Pool, an adults only pool and beach club, and Cascades family pool.

Each suite is 672 sq. ft. and features a king or two queen beds, full sit-out or French step-out balcony, open floor plan with step-down living area, walk-in closet, bathroom with marble floors, twin granite vanities, frosted glass-tile enclosed shower with separate bathtub, flat-screen TV, safe, and in-room coffee & tea.

By booking your lodging with Symposia Medicus, the Resort Fee charge of $49.95 (plus tax) per room, per night is WAIVED. The Resort Fee includes: two bottles of water daily, in-room coffee & tea, unlimited local phone calls, internet access in rooms and lobby areas (up to four devices per room), casino lessons, resort shuttle service (between the towers), access to Aquaventure water park, fitness center access for up to two people, per room (use of cardio studio, universal & free weights; all other facilities such as tennis, fitness classes, and personal trainer at an additional cost), and access to the Atlantis movie theater. Items listed are subject to change. Complimentary self and valet parking is also included when booking with Symposia Medicus.

*Limited availability, reserve early.
Rooms in the Coral Tower at the Atlantis Resort may be available. Please call us for more information.


Hotel Policies

Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to change):
- 12% Value Added Tax (VAT)
- 10.75% tourism development levy and promotion board levy (billed as PITDA & NPIPD)
- $1.60 (per person, 12 years & older), pool, beach, and lifeguard fee
- $5.00 (per person, 12 years & older), housekeeping gratuity ($6.00 per person for the Cove & Reef Towers, and may be higher for other suites)
- $6.00 (per person, 12 years & older) one-time bellman gratuity

Maximum guestroom occupancy is four, regardless of age (5th occupant allowed if 4 years or younger – no exceptions)

Mandatory third and fourth additional occupant charge (12 years and over) is $50.00 per person, per night for the Royal & Reef Towers, and $75.00 per person, per night for the Cove Tower (plus taxes, fees, and gratuities as stated above)

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

Bed Type Requests: You can select one or two beds; however, requests cannot be guaranteed until check-in
Rollaways & Cribs: Rollaway beds (air beds in the Cove Tower) and cribs are both complimentary and only allowed in rooms with a king bed (based on availability and subject to change) and fees may apply

Check-in time is 4:00pm - Anyone arriving earlier than 4:00pm will be checked in as soon as rooms become available but are not guaranteed check-in prior to 4:00pm. Additional fees may be charged for early check-in, based on availability.

Check-out time is 11:00am - Anyone checking out after 11:00am will be charged an automatic late check-out fee of $150.00 ($150.00 per hour for the Cove Tower). An approved late check-out can only be confirmed on the date of departure by the front desk and fees 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 (including taxes, fees, anticipated use of facilities, and $150.00 per day for 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 30, 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 September 2, 2020. Between September 3, 2020 and September 30, 2020, one night’s deposit is forfeited. After September 30, 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 Nassau Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS), which is approximately 10 miles from Atlantis Resort. For information on ground transportation, please visit our website.

Symposia Medicus has arranged for discount fares with 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.

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.