Taking place over the course of four days, our 22nd Annual Summer Conference on Women’s Health is designed for OB/GYNs, family physicians, certified nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, PAs, nurses, and all other healthcare professionals who care for female patients. Covering a wide array of topics such as menopause, sexual dysfunction, urogynecology, and dermatology, our expert faculty will discuss the latest evidence-based advancements in women’s healthcare, present emerging clinical data, and provide skills and strategies for application and implementation into your practice. This educational activity aims to increase both the competence and performance of all attendees as well as contribute to your ability to work together as part of a coordinated healthcare team.

Topics for this year’s conference have been selected based on the educational needs underlying 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 such as current clinical guidelines, research findings, literature reviews, and patient safety considerations.

An outstanding faculty has been assembled for this conference. Each faculty member was selected based on their individual area of expertise and ability to communicate current, evidence-based, and practical information to participants.

The conference format includes didactic lectures, question and answer sessions, case studies, and small group breakouts. Following a group of lectures, the question and answer sessions allow attendees to ask the faculty critical and challenging questions about caring for patients during various women’s health situations.

The breakout sessions, designed to facilitate even greater interaction between faculty and participants, offer an opportunity to engage in group 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.


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

  • Appreciate the anatomy and physiology related to fecal incontinence
  • Recognize when to use newer migraine treatment options
  • Review the potential risks and benefits of hormone replacement with patients
  • Recognize common pitfalls in the diagnosis of dermatologic issues in women
  • Describe management options for each category of female sexual dysfunction

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

If postmarked by
May 19, 2021
If postmarked after
May 19, 2021
Physicians $795 $895
Residents, Nurses, PAs, & All Others $695 $795
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.
For this conference, we are offering the below options for attendance:
In-Person: Attend in-person in the conference hotel meeting room. Tuition includes continuing education and online access to educational session materials. Break refreshments for conference registrants will be provided.

You can register and receive conference lodging group rates in the following ways:

  • Online via this website (unless otherwise directed) OR:
  • Call (925) 969-1789 Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm (Pacific Time), with
      Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover; OR
  • By mail; make check payable to Symposia Medicus and send along with registration form to:
    399 Taylor Blvd., Suite 201, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523-2287

Conference registration will be confirmed via email.

Please call (925) 969-1789 for additional questions or information.


After 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, reviewing the educational session materials, and submitting the case studies test, evaluations, surveys, and verification of attendance 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 nursing continuing professional development 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 TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Application has been made with the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG) for cognates, Formal Learning. Please check our website for updated credit information.

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.

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 TM 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 TM

Pharmacotherapeutic CEUs for Nurses
This activity is designated for a maximum of 4 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 they may vary state to state.

Anders L. Carlson, MD
Medical Director, International Diabetes Center; Endocrinologist & Medical Director of the Diabetes Program, HealthPartners; Associate Professor, University of Minnesota Medical School; Minneapolis, Minnesota
Toby Maurer, MD - Conference Co-Chairperson
Professor, Department of Dermatology, Indiana University School of Medicine; Indianapolis, Indiana; Professor Emeritus, University of California, San Francisco; San Francisco, California
Douglas Paauw, MD, MACP - Conference Co-Chairperson
Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine; Seattle, Washington
Holly Richter, PhD, MD, FACOG, FACS
Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Urology & Geriatrics; Research Director, Division of Urogynecology & Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery; Associate Director, Gynecologic Research Center for Women's Reproductive Health; Medical & Quality Officer, Ambulatory OB/GYN Clinics, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology; University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama
Jan Shepherd, MD, FACOG
Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Colorado School of Medicine; Medical Director, Women's Wellness Connection; Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment; Denver, Colorado

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 educational session materials for this activity and speakers will provide a disclosure slide for each presentation which they will also disclose verbally onsite.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021
8:15 AM The Role of Hormone Replacement Therapy After Menopause: When Is the Right Time?
(Rx = 30 minutes)
Anders L. Carlson, MD
9:00 AM Dermatologic Issues in Women
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Toby Maurer, MD
9:45 AM Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
10:30 AM Hard to Treat Headaches
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Douglas Paauw, MD, MACP
11:15 AM Female Sexual Dysfunction Dilemmas
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Jan Shepherd, MD, FACOG
12:00 PM Stress Urinary Incontinence: Evidence-Based Management
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Holly Richter, PhD, MD, FACOG, FACS
12:45 PM Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
Thursday, July 29, 2021
8:00 AM GYN Cancers: Prevention & Early Detection
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Jan Shepherd, MD, FACOG
8:45 AM A Case-Based Approach to the Management of Fecal Incontinence
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Holly Richter, PhD, MD, FACOG, FACS
9:30 AM Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 AM PFDN (Pelvic Floor Disorders Network): Its Mission & Impact on Providing Evidence-Based Care
Holly Richter, PhD, MD, FACOG, FACS
11:00 AM Current Concepts in Chronic Pelvic Pain
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Jan Shepherd, MD, FACOG
11:45 AM Role of the Pessary in Treating Pelvic Organ Prolapse & Incontinence
Holly Richter, PhD, MD, FACOG, FACS
12:30 PM Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
Friday, July 30, 2021
3:00 PM A - COVID-19: What's New?
Douglas Paauw, MD, MACP
3:00 PM B - Diabetes Management in 2021: Case-Based Update on Management & Technology
Anders L. Carlson, MD
3:00 PM C - Pros & Cons of Cosmetic Dermatology
Toby Maurer, MD
3:00 PM D - Reproductive Life Planning & Preconception Care
Jan Shepherd, MD, FACOG
4:45 PM A - COVID-19: What's New?
Douglas Paauw, MD, MACP
4:45 PM B - Diabetes Management in 2021: Case-Based Update on Management & Technology
Anders L. Carlson, MD
4:45 PM C - Pros & Cons of Cosmetic Dermatology
Toby Maurer, MD
4:45 PM D - Reproductive Life Planning & Preconception Care
Jan Shepherd, MD, FACOG
Saturday, July 31, 2021
8:00 AM Puzzling Dermatologic Vulvovaginal Cases
Toby Maurer, MD
8:45 AM Pitfalls & Pearls of Thyroid Disease Management
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Anders L. Carlson, MD
9:30 AM Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 AM Practical Pearls for Dilemmas in Women's Health
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Douglas Paauw, MD, MACP
11:00 AM Difficult Treatment Decisions in Osteoporosis
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Anders L. Carlson, MD
11:45 AM Drug Interactions & Side Effects
(Rx = 35 minutes)
Douglas Paauw, MD, MACP
12:30 PM Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
Rx = Pharmacotherapeutic CEUs for nurses will be granted for these sessions

Conference group rates have been arranged at the Turtle Bay Resort. Rooms at our group rates are limited and on a first come, first serve 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
King Bed
Group Rates
Two Queen Beds
Resort Room $344/night
Max. Occupancy: 3
Max. Occupancy: 4
Located on the second floor, rooms are 478 sq. ft. and enjoy a combined view of resort elements and landscaped rooftop gardens. Bathrooms offer double vanities and walk-in showers.
Ocean View $393/night
Max. Occupancy: 3
Max. Occupancy: 4
Located on floors two through five, rooms are 478 sq. ft. and include a balcony, as well as views of the ocean and bays, lush hillsides, and resort grounds. Bathrooms offer double vanities and walk-in showers.
Vista Ocean View $457/night
Max. Occupancy: 3
Max. Occupancy: 4
Located on the top floors, rooms are 478 sq. ft. and feature the best views at the resort, including the ocean, bays, and surf breaks. Your room gives you access to a dedicated VIP concierge, plush robes and towels, a large walk-in shower (king rooms include a deep soaking tub), and guaranteed 12:00pm check-out. Rooms also have exclusive access to the Vista Gallery, where North Shore Breakfast Bites are served with an assortment of coffees, teas, and juices..
*Beach Cottage
(Must call Symposia Medicus for availability)
Max. Occupancy: 4
Max. Occupancy: 5
The waters in front of these cottages are a globally recognized refuge for sea turtles, whales and seals. The 740 sq. ft. cottage features towering 15-foot ceilings, Brazilian walnut floors, and a deep soaking tub. The cottages are arranged in clusters of six at the water’s edge, and are contained within a very private paradise..
By booking your lodging with Symposia Medicus, the Resort Fee charge of $40.00 plus 4.712% tax, per room, per night is discounted to $20.00 plus tax, per room, per night. The Resort Fee includes: password-free internet access, in-room coffee & tea, self-parking, business & fitness center access, one-time 24-hour Go Pro camera demo (subject to availability), use of Beats Pill speaker, daily snorkel rental for two people per room, one-hour tennis court usage per person, per day (rackets available for a fee), 10-minute stand up paddle clinic (available Monday-Friday 12-2pm, weather permitting), use of Titleist golf clubs on the practice range when purchasing a basket of practice balls, 30-minute golf chipping clinic, golf putting instruction at Guidepost, live entertainment (special events not included), and local phone calls. Items listed are subject to change.

*Beach cottages are VERY limited. Please reserve early or call Symposia Medicus for availability at (925) 969-1789.

For information regarding COVID-19, health, and safety at the hotel, please visit:

Hotel Policies

  • Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to change):
    - 14.962% state & local taxes
    - $20.00 (plus 4.712% tax) resort fee (discounted from $40.00, plus tax)
  • Suggested porterage & housekeeping gratuities (not mandatory):
    - $9.75 per person (18 years & older) porterage (bellman) gratuity is suggested
    - $3.50 per room, per day housekeeping gratuity is suggested
  • Mandatory additional adult charge (18 years & older) is $30.00 per person, per night (includes daily buffet breakfast, taxes, and gratuities) – not to exceed stated maximum occupancy
  • Children 17 years & under are complimentary (includes daily buffet breakfast) – not to exceed stated maximum occupancy
  • Rollaway beds are NOT available. An air mattress can be requested (subject to availability), which is normally $50.00 per night, plus tax; however, this fee is waived when booking through Symposia Medicus. Only one air mattress is allowed in a room with a king bed.
  • Cribs are available on a complimentary basis (subject to availability and change)
  • Check-in time is 3:00pm and check-out time is 11:00am. If you have reserved a Vista Ocean View room, you are guaranteed a check-out at 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 $100/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. As you charge more to your room, the hold will increase.
  • Parking: Self-parking is complimentary. Valet is available at $20.00 plus tax, per day (subject to change) for hotel and non-hotel guests.

Cancellation Policies

  • Conference cancellations must be made in writing (via email) 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 23, 2021; however, tuition, less a 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 by May 26, 2021. Between May 27, 2021 and June 23, 2021, one night’s deposit is forfeited. After June 23, 2021, no hotel refunds can be made.
  • All cancellations must be emailed to 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.

Each registrant will have online access to educational session materials. The educational session materials will be available for download approximately one week prior to the conference (you’ll receive an email with instructions).

If you are unable to attend this conference, you may purchase an electronic copy of the educational session materials one week after the conference. Please email for more information.


You will fly into Honolulu International Airport (HNL), which is approximately 1½ hours from the Turtle Bay Resort. 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 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 ECMD448 in the “Discount Code” box, located at the right hand side of the page.
Delta Airlines   For discounts on Delta Airlines, please visit, 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 NY34X 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 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 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 ZJVS420980 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


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 below and the conference/airport location when making your reservations. Please see below:

AVIS   800-331-1600   AWD # B766625
Budget   800-772-3773   BCD # U076767

A rare gem of a destination, the Turtle Bay Resort is truly an iconic Hawaiian landmark. The only resort of its kind anywhere on the north shore of Oahu, this idyllic place is the perfect base to get fully immersed in the authentic island experience. Situated on a majestic outcropping with panoramic views of the breathtaking shoreline, this resort is a true standout among island destinations anywhere in the world.

Located on the North Shore of Oahu, the unequivocal surf capital of the world, Turtle Bay Resort is conveniently located near legendary surf breaks like Pipeline, Sunset Beach, and the big wave mecca that is Waimea Bay. A fifteen-minute drive north takes you to historic Haleiwa, which provides eclectic shopping, fantastic Hawaiian shaved ice, and restaurant options that include everything from shrimp trucks to fine dining.

Paddle out at sunrise for a dawn patrol surf session. Snap a photo of a honu (green sea turtle) while snorkeling. Launch off “Jump Rock” at Waimea Bay. Discover deserted white sand beaches trekking up to Ka’ena Point. You can also enjoy whale watching, as this is the perfect time to see these beautiful creatures in Oahu’s warm waters. The list of what to see and do during your stay at this Oahu resort never ceases to amaze.

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it on Oahu, at our 22ndAnnual Summer Conference on Women’s Health.