Conference #1602
26th Annual Winter Conference on Clinical Issues in OB/GYN

February 16 - 19, 2022
Paradise Island, Bahamas

See Tuition information for pricing and attendance options.
Proof of full vaccination and face masks required for in-person attendance.


Designed for physicians, certified nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, physician associates, nurses, and other allied healthcare professionals who manage preconception, pregnant, and postpartum patients, our 26th Annual Winter Conference on Clinical Issues in OB/GYN takes place over the course of four days. Covering a wide array of topics such as obesity, hypertension in pregnancy, infectious disease, and urinary incontinence, our expert faculty will discuss the latest evidence-based advancements in both obstetric and gynecologic 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, 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 OB/GYN 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…

  • Summarize treatment options for PCOS
  • Conduct a diagnostic work-up of the growth-restricted fetus
  • Describe the pathophysiology of urinary incontinence
  • Formulate a management plan for patients with substance use in pregnancy
  • Describe the various cerclage techniques for managing cervical insufficiency

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

If postmarked by
December 8, 2021
If postmarked after
December 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. Continental breakfast on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings, and break refreshments 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.


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.

Physician Associates
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. Physician associates 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 3.25 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.

G. Wright Bates, Jr., MD - Conference Co-Chairperson
Chair, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, The Grimes Family Endowed Chair of Obstetrics & Gynecology; Senior Staff, Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility, Baylor Scott & White Health; Clinical Professor, Texas A&M College of Medicine; Temple, Texas
Haywood Brown, MD, FACOG
Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology; Senior Associate Vice President Academic Affairs, USF Heath; Senior Associate Dean, Morsani College of Medicine; University of South Florida; Tampa, Florida
Cornelia R. Graves, MD, FACOG
Professor, University of Tennessee; Medical Director, Tennessee Maternal-Fetal Medicine; Director of Perinatal Services, St. Thomas Health Systems; Clinical Professor, Vanderbilt University; Adjunct Professor, Meharry Medical College; Nashville, Tennessee
Charles R. Rardin, MD
Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology; Alpert Medical School of Brown University; Chief of Surgical Operations; Women & Infants' Hospital of Rhode Island; Providence, Rhode Island
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.

Wednesday, February 16, 2022
8:15 AMContemporary Management of Preterm Labor
(Rx = 30 minutes)
Cornelia R. Graves, MD, FACOG
9:00Special Considerations in EFM: Chorioamnionitis
Haywood Brown, MD, FACOG
9:45Questions & Answers / Group Discussions
Faculty Panel & Audience
10:30PCOS Update
(Rx = 15 minutes)
G. Wright Bates, Jr., MD
11:15Update in Female Urinary Incontinence
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Charles R. Rardin, MD
12:00 PMFetal Growth Restricion: Diagnosis & Management
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Mureena A. Turnquest Wells, MD, FACOG
12:45Questions & Answers / Group Discussions
Faculty Panel & Audience
Thursday, February 17, 2022
8:00 AMInfertility Diagnosis & Treatment
(Rx = 15 minutes)
G. Wright Bates, Jr., MD
8:45Surgical & Nonsurgical Management of Female Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Charles R. Rardin, MD
9:30Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15The Obesity Struggle
G. Wright Bates, Jr., MD
11:00Evaluation & Management of Painful Bladder Syndrome
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Charles R. Rardin, MD
11:4550 Is the New 40: Sex & Pregnancy at Midlife
(Rx = 15 minutes)
G. Wright Bates, Jr., MD
12:30 PMQuestions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
Friday, February 18, 2022
3:00 PMSmall Group Breakouts – Session One

● Chronic Hypertension: Evaluation, Management, and Impact on Pregnancy Outcomes & Long-Term Health

Haywood Brown, MD, FACOG
 ● Infectious Diseases Including COVID-19: What Do We Tell Our Pregnant Patients?
Cornelia R. Graves, MD, FACOG
 ● Management of Premature Rupture of Membranes
Mureena A. Turnquest Wells, MD, FACOG
 ● Mesh for Pelvic Surgery: Is It Good or Bad & Why Are so Many Lawyers Interested?
Charles R. Rardin, MD
4:45Small Group Breakouts – Session Two

● Chronic Hypertension: Evaluation, Management, and Impact on Pregnancy Outcomes & Long-Term Health

Haywood Brown, MD, FACOG
 ● Infectious Diseases Including COVID-19: What Do We Tell Our Pregnant Patients?
Cornelia R. Graves, MD, FACOG
 ● Management of Premature Rupture of Membranes
Mureena A. Turnquest Wells, MD, FACOG
 ● Mesh for Pelvic Surgery: Is It Good or Bad & Why Are so Many Lawyers Interested?
Charles R. Rardin, MD
Saturday, February 19, 2022
8:00 AMSubstance Abuse: The Changing Landscape
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Cornelia R. Graves, MD, FACOG
8:45The Incompetent Cervix
Haywood Brown, MD, FACOG
9:30Questions & Answers / Group Discussions
Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15The High Risk Pregnant Teen: The Perils & Pitfalls
(Rx = 30 minutes)
Cornelia R. Graves, MD, FACOG
11:00Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Mureena A. Turnquest Wells, MD, FACOG
11:45The Bariatric Gravida
Haywood Brown, MD, FACOG
12:30 PMQuestions & 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 Atlantis 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.

Royal Tower Run of House (Single/Double) - $259/night
(Terrace, harbor, or water view)

Royal Tower Water View (Single/Double) - $309/night
(Ocean view)

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 one king-size or two queen-size beds, French balconies with terrace, harbor, or water views, sitting area, flat-screen TV, shower/tub combination, safe, in-room coffee & tea, and mini-bar.

By booking your lodging with Symposia Medicus, the Resort Fee charge of $52.95 (plus tax) per room, per night is WAIVED. The Resort Fee includes: two refillable water bottles, 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. Complimentary self and valet parking are also included when booking with Symposia Medicus. Items listed are subject to change.

Rooms in the Beach, Coral, Cove, and Reef Towers may be available. Please call us for availability and rates.
For information regarding COVID-19, health, and safety at the hotel, please visit:


  • Conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to change):
    - 12% Value Added Tax (VAT)
    - 11.62% 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, 12 years & older) one-time bellman gratuity
  • Maximum guestroom occupancy is four, regardless of age (5th occupant allowed if 3 years or younger – no exceptions).
  • Mandatory third and fourth additional occupant charge (12 years & over) is $50.00 per person, per night (plus taxes, fees, and gratuities as stated above).
  • Children 11 years & 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 and cribs are complementary and only allowed in rooms with a king bed (based on availability and subject to change).
  • 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. An approved late check-out can only be confirmed on the date of departure by the front desk.
  • 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 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.
Vaccination/Face Mask Policy

    You must be fully vaccinated in order to attend a Symposia Medicus conference in-person. Proof of vaccination in the form of vaccination record card, a photo of your vaccination card, and QR code (via paper, your smartphone or other portable electronic device). You can submit this prior to the conference via email (to or in-person at the conference venue.

    Face masks are required in the conference room. Symposia Medicus will have disposable masks available at the registration desk. These policies are subject to change.

    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 January 12, 2022; 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 December 15, 2021. Between December 16, 2021 and January 12, 2022, one night’s deposit is forfeited. After January 12, 2022, 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.


    There are detailed requirements and instructions for all visitors to the Bahamas, which may include pre-travel testing or proof of vaccination.

    Please visit for current information about these requirements (mandates are subject to change.)

    Visitors are encouraged to stay up- to-date on the latest restrictions, advisories, and travel alerts that are in place leading up to your planned stay.


    You will fly into Nassau International Airport (NAS), which is approximately 10 miles from the 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.

    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.

    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 NMV3E 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 ZKBQ178725 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.


    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 26th Annual Winter Conference on Clinical Issues in OB/GYN.