Designed for physicians, certified nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, PAs, nurses, and other allied healthcare professionals who face challenges in the care of the high-risk pregnant patient, our 35th Annual Fall Conference on High Risk Obstetrics takes place over the course of three days. Covering an array of topics including diabetes, sepsis, fetal growth restriction, opioid use disorder, and hemorrhage, our expert faculty will discuss the latest evidence-based advancements in obstetric care, 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, and case studies. Following a group of lectures, the question and answer sessions allows attendees to ask the faculty critical and challenging questions about caring for patients during various high risk obstetrical situations.


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
  • Identify pregnancy risk factors for development of cardiopulmonary arrest
  • Recognize the maternal/fetal risks associated with gestational diabetes
  • 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

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

If postmarked by
July 8, 2021
If postmarked after
July 8, 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 19 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.

This CME activity meets the requirements under California Assembly Bill 1195, continuing education and cultural and linguistic competency.

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 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 TM

Pharmacotherapeutics CEUs for Nurses
This activity is designated for a maximum of 3.5 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.

Pain Management & Care
The approved credits shown above include 1 credit toward meeting the requirement under California Assembly Bill 487, Pain Management & Care.

Donna Dizon-Townson, MD, FACOG
Associate Medical Director, Obstetrics Quality & System Process Development, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Intermountain Healthcare; Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Utah Health Sciences; Salt Lake City, Utah
Brandon Frady, DNP, ACNP-BC, CCRN-CMC
Clinical Assistant Professor, Georgia Baptist College of Nursing, Mercer University; Critical Care Nurse Practitioner; Critical Care Services; Northside Hospital; Atlanta, Georgia
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 G. Newman, MD - Conference Co-Chairperson
Assistant Professor, Wake Forest University, School of Medicine; Department of OB/GYN, Section of Maternal-Fetal Medicine; Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Roger B. 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 A. Turnquest Wells, MD, FACOG - Conference Co-Chairperson
Maternal-Fetal Medicine; Norton Children's Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Norton Healthcare; Louisville, Kentucky

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.

Thursday, September 16, 2021
8:15 AM Lessons Learned From Managing the Multifetal Gestation
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Roger B. Newman, MD, FACOG
9:00 AM Use of Anti-Depressants in Pregnancy
(Rx = 30 minutes)
Mark G. Newman, MD
9:45 AM  Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
10:30 AM Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Mureena A. Turnquest Wells, MD, FACOG
11:15 AM Preterm Labor: Are We Ready for Progesterone?
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Donna Dizon-Townson, MD, FACOG
12:00 PM Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
1:45 PM Perinatal Complications of Bariatric Surgery
Mark G. Newman, MD
2:30 PM Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in Pregnancy
Brandon Frady, DNP, ACNP-BC, CCRN-CMC
3:15 PM Management of the Second Stage of Labor
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Ronald Iverson, Jr., MD, MPH, FACOG
4:00 PM Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
Friday, September 17, 2021
8:00 AM What Does Sepsis Look Like During Pregnancy?
Brandon Frady, DNP, ACNP-BC, CCRN-CMC
8:45 AM Opioid Use Disorder in Pregnancy
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Ronald Iverson, Jr., MD, MPH, FACOG
9:30 AM Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 AM Speaking Fetal: Intrapartum Assessment
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Roger B. Newman, MD, FACOG
11:00 AM Gestational Diabetes: An Update
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Donna Dizon-Townson, MD, FACOG
11:45 AM Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
1:30 PM Induction of Labor
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Mark G. Newman, MD
2:15 PM Fetal Growth Restriction: Diagnosis & Management
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Mureena A. Turnquest Wells, MD, FACOG
3:00 PM Recurrent Pregnancy Loss: Understanding the Issues
Donna Dizon-Townson, MD, FACOG
3:45 PM Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
Saturday, September 18, 2021
8:00 AM Perinatal Thromboembolism
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Mark G. Newman, MD
8:45 AM OB Hemorrhage
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Ronald Iverson, Jr., MD, MPH, FACOG
9:30 AM Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
10:30 AM Systolic Versus Diastolic Heart Failure
Brandon Frady, DNP, ACNP-BC, CCRN-CMC
11:15 AM Viruses in Pregnancy: Cytomegalovirus & Parvovirus Infections
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Mureena A. Turnquest Wells, MD, FACOG
12:00 PM Operative Vaginal Delivery
Roger B. Newman, MD, FACOG
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 Loews Coronado Bay Resort.

These special rates will only be available until Monday, August 9, 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.

Loews Coronado Bay Resort
4000 Coronado Bay Road
Coronado, California 92118
Direct: (619) 424-4000
To make your reservations online please visit
To make your reservations by phone, please call (877) 872-8559
You must refer to the group code SYM021 to receive conference group rates.

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 San Diego.


Room Type Group Rates
(Single/Double Occupancy)

Resort View
(King Bed)
Pool View
(King Bed)
Marina View
(King Bed)
$389/night Rooms differ by view and are approximately 430 sq. ft. and include mini-refrigerators, coffeemaker, work desk, arm chair with ottoman, bath amenities, stone-top vanity, tub, and shower, hair dryer, flat-screen TV, and a balcony or patio.
Partial Bay View
(King Bed)
Coronado Bay View
(King Bed)
If you require a room with two beds there will be an additional charge of $10 per night added to the above group room rates.
By booking your lodging under the Symposia Medicus group code, the Resort Fee (normally $35.00 per room, per night, discounted to $17.50 per room, per night) is included in the conference group rates.
The Resort Fee includes in-room coffee, unlimited local and toll-free telephone calls, access to fitness center and studio, airline boarding pass printing, daily newspaper, seasonal pool deck games, daily yoga and aerobics classes, 24-hour shoe shine service, turndown service upon request, use of tennis courts (based on availability), and shuttle service to Silver Strand State Beach via the hotel beach shuttle.
You will also receive complimentary basic in-room internet access. Items listed are subject to change.

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

Hotel Policies

  • A credit or debit card is required upon making your reservation
  • Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to change):
    - 10% occupancy tax
    - 1% CTID Assessment
    - 1% Environmental Protection Fee
    - 0.55% CA Tourism Assessment Fee
  • Maximum occupancy in a room with one king bed is three, and in a room with two beds, the maximum occupancy is four, regardless of age
  • Mandatory additional occupant charges, listed below, include additional occupant fee, daily buffet breakfast, taxes and gratuities (not to exceed maximum occupancy stated above)
    - Adult(s) 18 years & older are $53 each, per night
    - Children 13-17 years old are $33 each, per night
    - Children 5-12 years old are $18 each, per night
    - Children 4 years & under are complimentary
  • Rollaway beds are available at an additional cost of $25.00 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 noon. A late check-out can only be confirmed on the date of departure by the front desk. Late check-outs and are based upon availability and additional charges may apply.
  • Early Departure Fee: You will finalize your departure date at check-in. If you depart prior to that date, you will be assessed a charge of 50% of the rate for each night that you depart early. To avoid this fee, you must confirm your departure date with the hotel at or before check-in.
  • 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; 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-parking is $15 per day for conference guests. Valet is $35 per day (subject to change).
  • 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 12, 2021; however, tuition, less a 10% processing fee, may be applied to a future Symposia Medicus conference.
  • All cancellations must be emailed to 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 for more information.


You will fly into San Diego International Airport (SAN), which is approximately 40 minutes from the Loews Coronado Bay Resort. 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 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 ECMD501 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 NGMTV 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 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

Come visit San Diego! Friendly locals create a welcoming vibe in California’s second largest city, where blue skies keep watch over 70 miles of majestic coastline and a gentle Mediterranean climate. Bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Anza-Borrego Desert and the Laguna Mountains to the east, and Mexico to the south, the diverse neighborhoods of San Diego are spread out over 4,200 square miles, offering endless opportunities for exploration and activities.

Spend one day relaxing on a beach (there are dozens around the city), then the next hiking in the east San Diego County mountains. Visit the quaint and charming island town of Coronado or the picturesque village of La Jolla. You won’t want to miss favorites like the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld, Birch Aquarium, USS Midway Museum, or LEGOLAND, all located nearby. San Diego is so diverse and unique; there are plenty of options to discover something new!

Perched on its own 15-acre peninsula, Loews Coronado Bay Resort is a private oasis of tranquility. This Coronado resort offers views of both the shimmering bay waters and the San Diego skyline. Enjoy three heated pools, a hot tub spa and dry sauna. Dine at crown Landing Restaurant, serving locally inspired fare with a commitment to sourcing seasonal, sustainable ingredients. Chef Aleczander Herrera shines a spotlight on San Diego’s distinct character, flavors, and the freshest seafood available. Relax and recharge at the Sea Spa that offers luxurious treatments including island-inspired body wraps, tropical sea stone massages, energizing facials, and a relaxing Vichy Rain Shower.

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it in San Diego, at our 35thAnnual Fall Conference on High Risk Obstetrics.