CONFERENCE DESCRIPTION

Taking place over the course of three days, our 32nd Annual National Conference on Women’s Healthcare 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, mood and anxiety disorders, headaches, heart disease, sexually transmitted infections (STI), and sexual healthcare, 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.

 

CONFERENCE OBJECTIVES

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

  • Illustrate common treatment interventions for mood and anxiety disorders and interventions specific to female patients
  • Recognize when to pursue central nervous system (CNS) imaging for headaches
  • Use American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP) guidelines for managing abnormal cervical cancer screening results
  • Cite clinical trials and evidence-based guidelines regarding diet, nutrition, supplements, and vitamins while counseling patients on cardiovascular disease
  • Perform a thorough examination for causes of sexual pain
  • Evaluate the timing hypothesis as it pertains to the use of menopausal hormone therapy (MHT)

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

TUITION PRICING FOR IN-PERSON
 
  EARLY
If postmarked by
July 12, 2021
REGULAR
If postmarked after
July 12, 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.
 
ATTENDANCE OPTIONS 
 
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. Continental breakfast on in-session days and break refreshments every day will be provided for conference registrants.

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.

ATTENDEE REQUIREMENTS

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.

 

ACCREDITATION

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.

 

CONTINUING EDUCATIONAL CREDIT

Physicians
Symposia Medicus designates this live activity for a maximum of 17 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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

AAFP
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.

PAs
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 17 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

Nurse Practitioners/Nurses
The ANCC contact hours awarded for completion of this conference are 17.
 
Provider is also approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP2335, for
20.4 contact hours.

Pharmacists
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 3.5 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.

 
C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD, FACC, FAHA
Director, Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center; Director, Linda Joy Pollin Women's Heart Health Program; Director, Erika J. Glazer Women's Heart Research Initiative; Director, Preventive Cardiac Center; Professor of Medicine, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; Los Angeles, California
 
Mindy Goldman, MD - Conference Co-Chairperson
Clinical Professor; Director, Gynecology Center for Cancer Survivors & At-Risk Women; Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences; University of California, San Francisco; San Francisco, California
 
Jesse D. Markman, MD, MBA
Assistant Professor; Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington; Seattle, Washington
 
Douglas Paauw, MD, MACP - Conference Co-Chairperson
Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine; Seattle, Washington
 
Tami S. Rowen, MD, MS
Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences; UCSF Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences; Director; UCSF Center for Sexual Health; University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine; San Francisco, California
 
Ruth K. Weinberg, MD, FACOG, NCMP, NSCA-CSCS
Medical Director, Boulder Valley Women's Health Center; Associate Clinical Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine; NAMS Certified Menopause Practitioner; NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist; Boulder, Colorado

DISCLOSURE STATEMENT
 
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.

 
Monday, September 20, 2021
 
8:15 AM Drug Interactions & Side Effects
Douglas Paauw, MD, MACP
 
 
9:00 AM Controversies in Diet & Heart Disease: What Is Hype & What Is Real
(Rx = 5 minutes)
C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD, FACC, FAHA
 
 
9:45 AM Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
 
 
10:30 AM Treatment of Mood & Anxiety Disorders in Women
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Jesse D. Markman, MD, MBA
 
 
11:15 AM Hard to Treat Headaches
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Douglas Paauw, MD, MACP
 
 
12:00 PM Women & Heart Disease: Detection, Evaluation, and Management
(Rx = 15 minutes)
C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD, FACC, FAHA
 
 
12:45 PM Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
 
 
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
 
8:00 AM Managing Menopause Medically & Naturally
Mindy Goldman, MD
 
 
8:45 AM Cervical Cancer Screening & the "Wrongful Pap"
Ruth K. Weinberg, MD, FACOG, NCMP, NSCA-CSCS
 
 
9:30 AM Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
 
 
10:15 AM Peripartum & Postpartum Mental Health
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Jesse D. Markman, MD, MBA
 
 
11:00 AM Cholesterol 101: New Guidelines, Medications, and Targets
(Rx = 30 minutes)
C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD, FACC, FAHA
 
 
11:45 AM Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
 
 
1:30 PM Exercise & Wellness
Ruth K. Weinberg, MD, FACOG, NCMP, NSCA-CSCS
 
 
1:30 PM Low Sexual Desire: How to Help the Most Common Sexual Complaint
Tami S. Rowen, MD, MS
 
 
1:30 PM Management of Personality Disorders in Women
Jesse D. Markman, MD, MBA
 
 
1:30 PM Medical Mythology: Debunking Common Medical Myths in Women's Health
Douglas Paauw, MD, MACP
 
 
3:15 PM Exercise & Wellness
Ruth K. Weinberg, MD, FACOG, NCMP, NSCA-CSCS
 
 
3:15 PM Low Sexual Desire: How to Help the Most Common Sexual Complaint
Tami S. Rowen, MD, MS
 
 
3:15 PM Management of Personality Disorders in Women
Jesse D. Markman, MD, MBA
 
 
3:15 PM Medical Mythology: Debunking Common Medical Myths in Women's Health
Douglas Paauw, MD, MACP
 
 
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
 
8:00 AM Female Sexual Dysfunctions: Sexual Pain and Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Tami S. Rowen, MD, MS
 
 
8:45 AM Breast Cancer Screening & Prevention: What Every Clinician Needs to Know
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Mindy Goldman, MD
 
 
9:30 AM Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
 
 
10:30 AM Vulvar Dermatoses: Diagnosis & Clinical Management
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Tami S. Rowen, MD, MS
 
 
11:15 AM GYN Care for Women With Breast Cancer
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Mindy Goldman, MD
 
 
12:00 PM STI Update
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Ruth K. Weinberg, MD, FACOG, NCMP, NSCA-CSCS
 
 
12:45 PM Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
 
Rx = Pharmacotherapeutic CEUs for nurses will be granted for these sessions
 

Symposia Medicus has conference group rates at Bally’s Las Vegas, located in the center of the world-famous Las Vegas Strip.

These special rates will only be available until Friday, August 27, 2021 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.

Bally's Las Vegas
3645 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Direct: (702) 967-4111
 
To make your reservations please call (800) 358-8777
You must refer to the group code SBSYM1 to receive conference group rates.
 
To make your reservations online, please visit: https://book.passkey.com/go/SBSYM1
 

The conference group rates may also be available three days before and three days after the conference (based on availability) if you wish to extend your stay in Las Vegas.
 

Room Type   Group Rates
(Single/Double Occupancy)
  Description  
 
Resort Tower Run of House   $89/night
(Sunday-Thursday)
 
$140/night(Friday and Saturday)
  Newly renovated rooms are approximately 440 sq. ft. and include a king or two queen pillow top beds, hairdryer, iron & ironing board, clock radio, flat-screen TV with in-room movies, and marble bathrooms.


  For information regarding COVID-19, health, and safety at the hotel, please visit: https://www.caesars.com/health-and-safety

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):
    - 13.38% Clark County tax
    - $25 (plus 13.38% tax) Resort Fee (includes unlimited local phone calls, admission to the Fitness Center for up to two guests daily, and in-room internet access for up to two devices per day)
     
  • Maximum guestroom occupancy is four, regardless of age
     
  • Mandatory additional occupant charge (12 years and over) is $30 per person, per night
     
  • Children 11 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 departure after 11:00am is subject to the full day charge.
     
  • Credit/Debit Card Policy: Upon check-in, the hotel requires a credit 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
     
  • 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 deposit and tax
     

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 August 16, 2021; however, tuition, less a 10% processing fee, may be applied to a future Symposia Medicus conference.
     
  • All cancellations must be emailed to registrar@symposiamedicus.org 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.

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 publications@symposiamedicus.org for more information.

AIR TRAVEL INFORMATION

You will fly into Las Vegas McCarren International Airport (LAS), which is approximately 15 minutes from Bally’s Las Vegas. 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.

Please check directly with the airlines for updated information on their COVID-19 policies.

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 ECMD521 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 NY34X 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 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.
 

GROUND TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS
 

OPTION 1 - Taxis

Taxis can be found outside the airport terminal and the cost is approximately $35.00 each way (subject to change).
 

OPTION 2 – UBER OR LYFT

OPTION 3 - CAR RENTAL DISCOUNT

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:

RENTAL COMPANY   WEBSITE   PHONE NUMBER   CONFERENCE CODE
 
AVIS   www.avis.com   800-331-1600   AWD # B766625
 
Budget   www.budget.com   800-772-3773   BCD # U076767
 

For driving directions from the Las Vegas McCarran International Airport to Bally’s Las Vegas, click on the link below:

Driving directions from Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS) to Bally’s Las Vegas
 

PARKING

By booking your lodging under the Symposia Medicus group code, you will receive complimentary valet and self-parking over the dates of Friday, September 17 to Friday, September 24, 2021.
 

GETTING AROUND THE STRIP

Monorail Service

  • The Las Vegas Monorail is a quick and easy way to get from one end of the Strip to the other in about 15 minutes
     
  • There are a total of seven stops: MGM Grand, Bally’s/Paris, Flamingo/Caesar’s Palace, Harrah’s/The Linq Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas Convention Center, Westgate, and SLS.
     
  • For more information, route maps, train schedules, and to purchase tickets in advance, please visit www.lvmonorail.com

Bus Service

  • The Deuce runs up and down the Vegas strip, 24 hours a day from the Fremont Street Experience in Downtown Las Vegas all the way to the Mandalay Bay, while stopping at virtually every hotel and casino along the Las Vegas Strip
     
  • For more information please visit https://www.rtcsnv.com/ways-to-travel/schedules-maps/
     

Bally’s Las Vegas is ideal for those who appreciate an exciting hotel right in the center of the famous Las Vegas Strip. While it captures the feel of old Vegas, rooms have upgraded amenities like flat-screen TVs, docking stations, and pillow-top beds. Stay in the stylish, renovated hotel rooms featuring accent walls and rich woods. Located across the street from the Caesar’s Palace Forum Shops and the fountains, gardens, and galleries of the Bellagio Hotel & Casino, Bally’s Las Vegas is right in the center of all of the action. Visit Las Vegas’ new night life center, The LINQ—a trendy shopping, activity, and dining area, including Las Vegas’ exciting attraction, the “High Roller,” the world’s tallest Ferris Wheel—all just a block away!

Guests at Bally’s are offered numerous restaurants, an abundance of casino options, and non-stop entertainment. Wade your cares away in the Blu Pool, the oversized, outdoor swimming pool, that is lush with palm trees and luxuriously attended to by poolside servers. This is the perfect place to lose track of the day! If you are feeling active, Bally’s Las Vegas is the home of the Strip’s biggest tennis complex, with eight lit courts.

Whether you seek rest and relaxation or crave entertainment and excitement, Las Vegas has it all. Stretch your legs walking the famous Las Vegas Strip, stimulate your taste buds in one of the city’s world-class restaurants, or extend your conference stay and take a day trip to Hoover Dam or the Grand Canyon and witness the grandeur of the Colorado River. Explore the city’s casinos or enjoy great entertainment in the showplaces and lounges. Las Vegas is truly the city that never sleeps!

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it in Las Vegas, at our 32nd Annual National Conference on Women’s Healthcare.