Conference #1643
27th Annual Winter Conference on Clinical Issues in OB/GYN


February 15 - 18, 2023
Tulum, Riviera Maya, Mexico



 
See Tuition information for pricing and attendance options.
 
No specific health and safety information
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CONFERENCE DESCRIPTION

Our 27th Annual Winter Conference on Clinical Issues in OB/GYN is designed for physicians, certified nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, physician associates, nurses, and other allied healthcare professionals who manage preconception, pregnant, and postpartum patients.

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.
 

CONFERENCE OBJECTIVES

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

  • Utilize cerclage, when indicated, to lower the risk of pregnancy loss and spontaneous preterm birth
  • Discuss the controversies of using menopausal hormonal agents
  • Recognize risk factors for obstetric hemorrhage
  • Help patients cope with sexual pelvic pain
  • Review current diabetes management for your pregnant patients

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
December 7, 2022
REGULAR
If postmarked after
December 7, 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.
 
ATTENDANCE OPTIONS 
 
For this conference, we are offering the below options for attendance:
 
In-Person: Attend in-person in the conference meeting room.Tuition includes continuing education, online access to educational session materials, and break refreshments for conference registrants. Tuition also includes a group reception for faculty, registrants, and their guests.

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 and cruise reservations (if applicable) will be confirmed via email

Please call (925) 969-1789 for additional questions or information.

Due to strict hotel security for non-hotel guests, please contact Symposia Medicus if you are not staying at Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa.

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 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.
 

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT

Physicians
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.

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.

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.

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.

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™

Pharmacotherapeutic CEUs for Nurses
This activity is designated for a maximum of 4.25 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.

 
Mark Alanis, MD, MSCR, FACOG
Assistant Clinical Professor, Maternal-Fetal Medicine; UCHealth Memorial Hospital; Colorado Springs, Colorado
 
James V. Fiorica, MD, FACOG - Conference Co-Chairperson
Clinical Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology; Florida State University School of Medicine; Director, Gynecologic Oncology Research; Chief Medical Officer; Sarasota Memorial Hospital; Sarasota, Florida
 
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
 
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
 
Jessica Shepherd, MD, MBA, FACOG
Gynecologist & Women's Health Chief Medical Officer, Verywell Health; Founder & CEO, Sanctum Med + Wellness; Baylor University Medical Center; Dallas, Texas

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 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.

 
Wednesday, February 15, 2023
 
8:15 AMPrediction & Prevention of Preterm Birth in 2023
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Mark Alanis, MD, MSCR, FACOG
 
9:00Substance Use Disorder in Pregnancy
(Rx = 25 minutes)
Ronald Iverson, Jr., MD, MPH, FACOG
 
9:45Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
 
10:30Evaluation of Breast Lumps & Diagnosis of Breast Cancer
(Rx = 20 minutes)
James V. Fiorica, MD, FACOG
 
11:15Sex & Pleasure After a Diagnosis of Breast Cancer
Jessica Shepherd, MD, MBA, FACOG
 
12:00 PMWhen Her Blood Pressure Boils: Managing Hypertension in Pregnancy
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Karrie Francois, MD
 
12:45Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
 
Thursday, February 16, 2023
 
8:00 AMSex & Pelvic Pain: Gynecologic Conditions
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Jessica Shepherd, MD, MBA, FACOG
 
8:45Balancing Mind & Soul: The Hormone Therapy Controversy
(Rx = 30 minutes)
James V. Fiorica, MD, FACOG
 
9:30Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
 
10:15Endometriosis: Symptoms, Management, and More
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Jessica Shepherd, MD, MBA, FACOG
 
11:00New Guidelines & Management for HPV & Cervical Cancer Screenings
(Rx = 20 minutes)
James V. Fiorica, MD, FACOG
 
11:45Focus on Fibroids: What Do Women Need for Better Care
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Jessica Shepherd, MD, MBA, FACOG
 
12:30 PMQuestions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
 
Friday, February 17, 2023
 
3:00 PMSmall Group Breakouts – Session One

● Building an Obstetrics Safety Culture

Ronald Iverson, Jr., MD, MPH, FACOG
 
 ● Controversies Related to the Screening & Diagnosis of Ovarian Cancer
James V. Fiorica, MD, FACOG
 
 ● Multiple Gestations, Multiple Pitfalls
Karrie Francois, MD
 
 ● Prenatal Testing for Fetal Chromosomal Problems: Screening & Diagnostic Approaches
Mark Alanis, MD, MSCR, FACOG
 
4:45Small Group Breakouts – Session Two

● Building an Obstetrics Safety Culture

Ronald Iverson, Jr., MD, MPH, FACOG
 
 ● Controversies Related to the Screening & Diagnosis of Ovarian Cancer
James V. Fiorica, MD, FACOG
 
 ● Multiple Gestations, Multiple Pitfalls
Karrie Francois, MD
 
 ● Prenatal Testing for Fetal Chromosomal Problems: Screening & Diagnostic Approaches
Mark Alanis, MD, MSCR, FACOG
 
Saturday, February 18, 2023
 
8:00 AMRisks of Maternal Obesity
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Mark Alanis, MD, MSCR, FACOG
 
8:45OB Hemorrhage
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Ronald Iverson, Jr., MD, MPH, FACOG
 
9:30Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
 
10:15Diagnosis & Management of Placenta Accreta
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Mark Alanis, MD, MSCR, FACOG
 
11:00Managing Diabetes During Pregnancy
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Karrie Francois, MD
 
11:45Management of the Second Stage of Labor
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Ronald Iverson, Jr., MD, MPH, FACOG
 
12:30 PMQuestions & 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:

 

CONFERENCE LODGING INFORMATION

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.
 

GROUP RATES STATED BELOW ARE ALL-INCLUSIVE

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY Group Rates below are for TWO adults (13 years & older)

TRIPLE OCCUPANCY Group Rates below are for THREE adults (13 years & older)

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

Adult Only Section (13 years & older)

Deluxe Garden View
(Double Occupancy) - $430/night
(Triple Occupancy) - $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) - $410/night
(Triple Occupancy) - $615/night
These rooms are 451 sq. ft. with either a king bed or two double beds and have views of the lush gardens.

Jr. Suite Garden View (King bed only)
(Double Occupancy) - $440/night
(Triple Occupancy) - $660/night
These Jr. suites are 515 sq. ft. with a king bed, separate area with sofa, and have views of the lush gardens.

Deluxe Ocean View
(Double Occupancy) - $492/night
(Triple Occupancy) - $738/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).

*Preferred Club Jr. Suite Ocean View (King bed only)
(Must call Symposia Medicus for availability)
(Double Occupancy) - $554/night
(Triple Occupancy) - $831/night
These Jr. suites are 515 sq. ft. with a king bed, separate living area with sofa, 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!
 

*Preferred Club rooms are VERY limited. Please 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: https://info.amresorts.com/coronavirus-covid-19-status and https://info.amresorts.com/cleancomplete.

  • 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
     
  • 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)
     
  • Changes to reservations, regardless of reason, made within 25 days of arrival will be charged the total original reserved stay. If changes are made before 25 days, no penalty will be assessed.
     
  • 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
     
  • 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 11, 2023; 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 14, 2022. Between December 15, 2022 and January 11, 2023, one night’s deposit is forfeited. After January 11, 2023, no hotel refunds can be made.
     
  • All cancellations must be emailed to registrar@symposiamedicus.org 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 publications@symposiamedicus.org for more information.

AIR TRAVEL INFORMATION

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 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 ECME230 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 NMVXF 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 ZMA2992670 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 / TOURS

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: https://www.amstardmc.com/symposia-medicus-2023/transfers.html.

To reserve tours, please visit: https://www.amstardmc.com/symposia-medicus-2023/tours.html.

CONFERENCE LOCATION

Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa is an escape to a tropical paradise, perfectly situated in the history-rich town of Tulum in 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, located 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 such as swimming in the crystal-clear waters of the underground caves called cenotes.

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it in Tulum, Riviera Maya, Mexico, at our 27th Annual Winter Conference on Clinical Issues in OB/GYN.