Conference #1605
29th Annual Spring Conference on Women's Health

March 9 - 12, 2022
Tulum, Riviera Maya, Mexico

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


Taking place over the course of four days, our 29th Annual Spring Conference on Women’s Health is designed for OB/GYNs, family physicians, certified nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, physician associates, nurses, and all other healthcare professionals who care for female patients. Covering a wide array of topics such as menopause, obesity, vulvovaginal dermatology, anxiety disorders, and yoga for chronic pain, 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…

  • Counsel women about the endocrinologic changes that occur during perimenopause and menopause and how those changes can affect symptomatology and long-term health
  • Discuss the causes of obesity and the effectiveness of medications and surgical options for therapy
  • Perform a quick screen for anxiety and related disorders
  • Discover the benefits of yoga for back pain
  • Manage dyspareunia due to vulvodynia

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

If postmarked by
December 29, 2021
If postmarked after
December 29, 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, online access to educational session materials, 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.


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™. 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™ 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™.

Pharmacotherapeutic CEUs for Nurses
This activity is designated for a maximum of 3.75 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.

Judi Bar, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT
Lead Yoga Therapist, Cleveland Clinic Wellness & Preventive Medicine, Reiki Master, Director & Lead Instructor of Cleveland Clinic School of Yoga, Wellness Yoga, Meditation, Mindfulness Instructor, Yoga Therapist, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio
Heidi Combs, MD
Professor, Vice Chair of Education, University of Washington Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Stern Endowed Chair for WWAMI Faculty Development, Seattle, Washington
Libby Edwards, MD
Chief of Dermatology, Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, North Carolina
Anita Nelson, MD - Conference Co-Chairperson
Professor & Chair, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, California; Professor Emeritus, Obstetrics & Gynecology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; Clinical Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology, University Southern California, Los Angeles, California
Veronica Piziak, MD, PhD, FACP - Conference Co-Chairperson
Professor of Medicine, Emeritus Director of Endocrinology, Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Baylor Scott & White Texas A&M University, Temple, Texas


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, March 9, 2022
8:15 AMContraception: What’s New & What Is the Sexuality Impact?
(Rx = 30 minutes)
Anita Nelson, MD
9:00Blistering Diseases: Diagnosis & Treatment
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Libby Edwards, MD
9:45Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
10:30Recognizing Adrenal & Pituitary Problems
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Veronica Piziak, MD, PhD, FACP
11:15When Patients Sing the Blues: Mood Disorders
(Rx = 25 minutes)
Heidi Combs, MD
12:00 PMWhat Is Yoga? How It Can Help You & Your Patients
Judi Bar, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT
12:45Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
Thursday, March 10, 2022
8:00 AMTreatment of Perimenopause & Menopause
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Anita Nelson, MD
8:45Dermatologic Emergencies & Dangerous Skin Findings
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Libby Edwards, MD
9:30Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15Urinary Incontinence in Women & Its Impact on Sexuality
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Anita Nelson, MD
11:00I’m Worried, You Should Be Too: Anxiety Disorders
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Heidi Combs, MD
11:45Puzzling Dermatologic Vulvovaginal Cases
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Libby Edwards, MD
12:30 PMQuestions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
Friday, March 11, 2022
3:00 PMSmall Group Breakouts – Session One

● Gynecologic Cancer Screening

Anita Nelson, MD
 ● The Joys of Hot Flashes & Swollen Ankles: Special Issues in Women
Heidi Combs, MD
 ● What’s New in Thyroid Disease
Veronica Piziak, MD, PhD, FACP
 ● Yoga, Tai Chi, and Mindfulness: Tips & Experience
Judi Bar, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT
4:45Small Group Breakouts – Session Two

● Gynecologic Cancer Screening

Anita Nelson, MD
 ● The Joys of Hot Flashes & Swollen Ankles: Special Issues in Women
Heidi Combs, MD
 ● What’s New in Thyroid Disease
Veronica Piziak, MD, PhD, FACP
 ● Yoga, Tai Chi, and Mindfulness: Tips & Experience
Judi Bar, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT
Saturday, March 12, 2022
8:00 AMYoga for Chronic Pain
Judi Bar, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT
8:45Update on Osteoporosis 2022
(Rx = 30 minutes)
Veronica Piziak, MD, PhD, FACP
9:30Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15How to Diagnose Skin Disease Using Diagnostic Algorithms
Libby Edwards, MD
11:00Obesity: Medications & Surgical Options
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Veronica Piziak, MD, PhD, FACP
11:45Healthcare Burnout: Prevalence, Impact, and Preventive Strategies
Judi Bar, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT
12:30 PMQuestions & Answers / Group Discussions
Faculty Panel & Audience
Rx = Pharmacotherapeutic CEUs for nurses will be granted for these sessions


Conference group rates have been arranged at the Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa. 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) 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.


All rooms and suites include: balcony or terrace with hammock, hair dryer, bathrobes & slippers, 42” TV, air-conditioning, in-room safe, iron & ironing board, standard USA electrical outlets.

Adult Only Section (13 years & older):

Deluxe Garden View
Double Occupancy (TWO adults(13 years & older): $430/night
Triple Occupancy (THREE adults(13 years & older): $645/night
These rooms are 451 sq. ft. with either a king bed or two double beds and have views of the lush gardens.

Family Section (all ages):

Deluxe Garden View
Double Occupancy (TWO adults(13 years & older): $410/night
Triple Occupancy (THREE adults(13 years & older): $615/night
These rooms are 451 sq. ft. with either a king bed or two double beds and have views of the lush gardens.

Deluxe Jr. Suite Garden View (King bed only)
Double Occupancy (TWO adults(13 years & older): $460/night
Triple Occupancy (THREE adults(13 years & older): $690/night
These Jr. suites are 515 sq. ft. with a king bed, separate area with sofa, workstation, and have views of the lush gardens.

Deluxe Ocean View
Double Occupancy (TWO adults(13 years & older): $510/night
Triple Occupancy (THREE adults(13 years & older): $765/night
These rooms are 451 sq. ft. with either a king bed or two double beds and have views of the Caribbean Sea (3rd floor rooms do not come with a hammock).

*Deluxe Jr. Suite Ocean View (King bed only)
(Must call Symposia Medicus for availability)
Double Occupancy (TWO adults(13 years & older): $550/night
Triple Occupancy (THREE adults(13 years & older): $825/night
These Jr. suites are 515 sq. ft. with a king bed, separate living area with sofa, workstation, and have views of the Caribbean Sea (3rd floor rooms do not come with a hammock).

All-inclusive rates include: all taxes and gratuities for bellmen, daily maid service, and waiters, daily breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, 24-hour room service, daily refreshed mini-bar including soft drinks, bottled water, and beer, nine dining options, unlimited domestic and international alcoholic beverages, unlimited natural fruit juices, soft drinks, water, tea, and coffee, wireless internet, daytime activities, nightly entertainment, theme parties, use of pool/beach chairs, umbrellas, and towels, a fully-equipped fitness center, Explorer’s Club for Kids (3-12 years) and Core Zone Teens Club (13-17 years), and much more!

*Deluxe Jr. Suite Ocean View rooms are VERY limited. Please reserve early or call Symposia Medicus for availability at (925) 969-1789. Single rates may be available; please call us for more information.

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


  • Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to change):
    - Premium wine
    - Spa and/or salon services
    - Laundry & dry-cleaning services
    - Airport transfers
    - Telephone calls & business center access
  • Maximum occupancy is:
    - Three adults (13 years & older), or
    - Three adults (13 years & older) and one child (12 years & under); or
    - Two adults (13 years & older) and two children (12 years & under)
  • Mandatory additional child charge (normally $67 per child ages 3-12 years old) is WAIVED when booking with Symposia Medicus – not to exceed stated maximum occupancy.
  • Children 2 years & under are complimentary – not to exceed stated maximum occupancy.
  • Bed Type Requests: Where applicable, you can select one or two beds; however, requests cannot be guaranteed until check-in.
  • Rollaway beds are complimentary, however, only allowed in Jr. Suites (based on availability and subject to change).
  • Cribs (only allowed in the family section) 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 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 and will charge your full stay (even if you have pre-paid). If using a debit card, the amount may be immediately deducted from your account. Upon check-out, the hotel will charge the credit card for your incidental charges. The length of time for which the unused funds will be released back 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 February 2, 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 January 5, 2022. Between January 6, 2022 and February 2, 2022, one night’s deposit is forfeited. After February 2, 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.


    Before traveling to Mexico, please visit: for current information and guidelines.

    Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa is offering hotel guests onsite complimentary COVID-19 (antigen) testing before your return to the US. In the event of a positive test result, complimentary quarantine accommodations will be provided (subject to change).


    You will fly into the Cancun International Airport (CUN), which is approximately 1½ hours from Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa. 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 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 ECMD754 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 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.


    We have made arrangements with the onsite tour company to provide participants with transportation to/from the Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa, as well as tour options.

    To reserve personalized ground transportation, please visit:

    To reserve tours, please visit:


    Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa is an escape to a tropical paradise, perfectly situated in the history-rich town of Tulum on the Riviera Maya. A secluded stretch of sugar-white sand beach and 44 acres of lush, blossoming gardens grace this beautiful resort. The Mayan ruins of ancient Tulum and the Xel-Ha natural aqua park are nearby attractions that the whole family will enjoy. At Dreams Tulum, a AAA Four-Diamond award-winning resort, luxury has never looked so good.

    The resort goes far beyond the all-inclusive experience with Unlimited-Luxury®, where nearly everything is included. Enjoy spacious rooms and suites, reservation-free dining at nine different restaurants, the Explorer’s Club for Kids, and so much more.

    Tulum is full of great restaurants, a variety of nightlife, bars, shopping, and other local attractions. Immerse yourself in a truly authentic experience and discover the Mayan culture prevalent in the area. This untouched part of the Mexican Caribbean, just a short drive south of Playa del Carmen, offers its visitors the opportunity to discover magical and uncrowded places such as the ancient ruins of Coba. Adventure-seekers will also be able to enjoy activities like swimming in the crystal-clear waters of the underground caves called cenotes.

    Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it in Tulum, at our 29th Annual Spring Conference on Women’s Health.