Conference #1625
36th Annual Fall Conference on High Risk Obstetrics

September 29 - October 1, 2022
New Orleans, Louisiana

See Tuition information for pricing and attendance options.
No specific health and safety information for in-person attendance
(See Health & Safety tab for complete info)


Designed for physicians, certified nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, physician associates, nurses, and other allied healthcare professionals who face challenges in the care of the high-risk pregnant patient, our 36th Annual Fall Conference on High Risk Obstetrics takes place over the course of three days. Covering a wide array of topics including, our expert faculty will discuss the latest evidence-based advancements in obstetrics, 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 allow attendees to ask the faculty critical and challenging questions about caring for patients during various obstetric situations.


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

  • Describe the timing of delivery in IUGR
  • Employ special preparations, equipment, and drug dosing for obese laboring patients
  • Recognize the avoidable risks of your online presence in modern litigation
  • Initiate the appropriate evaluation and treatment for sepsis
  • Properly manage shoulder dystocia through a series of maneuvers
  • Discuss contemporary management of diabetes in pregnancy

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

If postmarked by
July 21, 2022
If postmarked after
July 21, 2022
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, continental breakfast on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday mornings, and break refreshments for conference registrants.

Virtual: Attend the conference virtually via live web stream. Tuition includes continuing education and online access to educational session materials.

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 102, 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 Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing 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 ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This ACE activity was developed with standards to address California Assembly Bill (AB) 1195 cultural and linguistic competency (CLC) and CA AB 241 implicit bias (IB) to reduce health disparities. Please refer to the accreditation page on our website for resources.

Application has been made with the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG) for cognates, Formal Learning. 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 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™

Pharmacotherapeutic CEUs for Nurses
This activity is designated for a maximum of 2.25 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.

Eugene Chang, MD
Professor, Maternal-Fetal Medicine; Fellowship Director & Director of Medical Education; Medical University of South Carolina; Charleston, South Carolina
Curtis Cook, MD, FACOG - Conference Co-Chairperson
Associate Clinical Professor, Creighton University, Phoenix; Clinical Associate Professor, University of Arizona, Phoenix; Medical Director, Maternal-Fetal Medicine; Dignity Health Medical Group, East Valley; Phoenix, Arizona
Clinical Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology; Baylor College of Medicine; Houston, Texas; Adjunct Professor Obstetrics & Gynecology Saint Louis University School of Medicine Saint Louis, Missouri
Karrie Francois, MD - Conference Co-Chairperson
Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Arizona; Tucson, Arizona; HonorHealth, Scottsdale Prenatal Associates, PLLC; AMOMI Pregnancy Wellness ~ Spa; Scottsdale, Arizona
Alexandria J. Hill, MD, FACOG
Clinical Assistant Professor; Obstetrics & Gynecology, Texas A&M University College of Medicine; College Station, Texas; Staff MFM Physician SOC Telemedicine, Herndon, Virginia
Adam Snyder, JD
Founder & Chairman; The ALLGOOD Foundation, Founder & Trial Lawyer; The Birth Injury Alliance; Chicago, Illinois


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 24 months. Symposia Medicus will also ensure that any and all relevant financial relationships will be mitigated before the conference commences. Beyond disclosure and mitigation 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 on site.

Thursday, September 29, 2022
8:15 AMShoulder Dystocia & Brachial Plexopathy: Are These Cases Avoidable?
9:00Obesity: Management of Labor
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Curtis Cook, MD, FACOG
9:45Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
10:30Managing Diabetes During Pregnancy
(Rx = 30 minutes)
Karrie Francois, MD
11:15Sepsis in Pregnancy
Alexandria J. Hill, MD, FACOG
12:00 PMQuestions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
1:45Stillbirth: A Persistent Perinatal Problem
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Curtis Cook, MD, FACOG
2:30Gone Viral: Social Media in Obstetric Litigation
Adam Snyder, JD
3:15Fetal Growth Restriction: Diagnosis & Management
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Eugene Chang, MD
4:00Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
Friday, September 30, 2022
8:00 AMIndefensible: The Maternal Mortality Crisis & High Risk Obstetrics
Adam Snyder, JD
8:45Case Studies in OB Ultrasound: Preventing Future Emergencies
Eugene Chang, MD
9:30Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15Current Concepts in Amniotic Fluid Embolism
11:00Congenital Cardiac Disease in Pregnancy
Alexandria J. Hill, MD, FACOG
11:45Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
1:30 PMMaternal-Fetal Physiology & Medical Problems of Pregnancy
Alexandria J. Hill, MD, FACOG
2:15Management of Hypertension in Pregnancy
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Karrie Francois, MD
3:00Reducing the Initial Cesarean
Curtis Cook, MD, FACOG
3:45Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
Saturday, October 1, 2022
8:00 AMManagement of the Periviable Pregnancy
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Curtis Cook, MD, FACOG
8:45New Approaches to Managing Severe Postpartum Hemorrhage
(Rx = 15 minutes)
9:30Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
10:30Birth of a Lawsuit
Adam Snyder, JD
11:15Multiple Gestations, Multiple Pitfalls
Karrie Francois, MD
12:00 PMThe Short Cervix: Risks & Management Strategies
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Eugene Chang, MD
12:45Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
Rx = Pharmacotherapeutic CEUs for nurses will be granted for these sessions

Symposia Medicus values the well-being of our attendees, faculty, and staff and collaborates with the conference venue to ensure the safety and protection of all on-site participants.

In recognition of the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, proof of vaccination and/or face mask use requirements may change from the time of conference announcement and your registration, until the conference takes place. Current policies and attendance requirements for this conference are provided here, and we encourage you to refer to this information as needed, particularly as it gets closer to your on-site date, so that you can take any action you feel appropriate to be in compliance.

At this time, the following is in effect for on-site attendance:



Symposia Medicus has conference group rates at Harrah’s New Orleans.

These special rates will only be available until Friday, September 9, 2022 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.

Harrah’s New Orleans
228 Poydras Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Direct: (504) 533-6000

To make your reservation, please call (877) 466-7847.

To make your reservations online, please use the following link:

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 New Orleans.

Premium City View (Single/Double) - $215/night

Premium River View (Single/Double) - $239/night

All rooms are 430 sq. ft., differing only by view. Rooms feature a king or two beds, exclusive-to-Harrah's pillow-top Simmons Beauty rest mattress, flat-screen TV, refrigerator, iron & ironing board, hair dryer, double vanity, separate bathtub and shower, and casual seating area.

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

  • 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):
    - 16.35% room tax
    - $2.00 occupancy tax
    - $19.99 plus 16.35% tax, resort fee (fee includes: unlimited local phone calls, admission to the fitness center for two guests, and basic in-room Wi-Fi access for up to two devices per day)
  • Maximum guestroom occupancy is four, regardless of age
  • Mandatory additional occupant charge (13 years & over) is $30 per person, per night
  • Children 12 years & 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 departures after 11:00am are subject to a full day charge. A late check-out can only be confirmed on the date of departure by the front desk. Additional charges may apply for late check-outs and are based upon availability.
  • 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; 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 Valet parking is $42/night and self-parking is $34/night. Self-parking charge can be waived daily if you have a Caesars Rewards Card (obtained on property) and play at least 30 minutes of slot play per day (subject to change and/or cancellation). See hotel’s front desk for more information.
  • Hotel cancellations must be made directly with the hotel at least 72 hours prior to your scheduled arrival (check-in) date or you will be charged a cancellation fee equal to your one night’s deposit and tax.
  • 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 25, 2022; 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 Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY), which is approximately 30 minutes from Harrah’s New Orleans. 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 ECMD923 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.


OPTION 1 - Taxis



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:

AWD # B766625

BCD # U076767


Valet parking is $42/night and self-parking is $34/night. Self-parking charge can be waived daily if you have a Caesars Rewards Card (obtained on property) and play at least 30 minutes of slot play per day (subject to change and/or cancellation). See hotel’s front desk for more information.


Nestled on the banks of the majestic Mississippi River, New Orleans is one of the United States’ most mesmerizing cities. Its Old-World European charm, rich cultural fabric, and intriguing history have made it one of the world's top travel destinations. Visit this amazing city and experience world-class cuisine, inspired jazz, and boutique shopping in a place that is steeped in history. Whether it’s music, food, or the arts you love (or all of the above), you'll want to join in as New Orleans lets its hair down and declares, "laissez les bons temps rouler" (let the good times roll)!

The AAA Four Diamond Award-winning Harrah's New Orleans hotel is located in the heart of this exhilarating city. This 26-story marvel, with 450 oversized rooms and suites, provides an unparalleled escape. Spend some time at the fun, friendly casino or dine at one of their eight restaurants, including a local favorite, the Acme Oyster House. With spectacular views of the Mississippi River and New Orleans skyline, just steps from the French Quarter and a few blocks from the Superdome, there is no better place to stay in New Orleans than Harrah's.

Enjoy the atmosphere of Bourbon Street, walk the historic French Quarter, or shop ‘til you drop on Royal Street! Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it in New Orleans, at our 36th Annual Fall Conference on High Risk Obstetrics.

Virtual Attendance Is available For this conference. Registered Virtual Attendees should sign in for current information.