Conference #1648
30th Annual Spring Conference on Women's Health

March 22 - 25, 2023
St. Maarten, Dutch Caribbean

See Tuition information for pricing and attendance options.
Proof of full vaccination required for in-person attendance
(See Health & Safety tab for complete info)


Our 30th 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 sexual health, dermatology, breast cancer, cardiology, and mental health issues, 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…

  • Formulate an appropriate treatment plan for those suffering from common psychiatric illnesses
  • Discuss the cultural, gender, and age-related “norms” of sexual activity
  • Detect the skin findings and symptoms of melanoma
  • Review strategies to optimize cholesterol management to reduce cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk
  • Recognize the indications for at least three different surgical options for treating uterine fibroids

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

If postmarked by
January 11, 2023
If postmarked after
January 11, 2023
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 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 will be confirmed via email

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

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 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.

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 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.

C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD, FACC, FAHA
Director, Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center; Director, Linda Joy Pollin Women's Heart Health Program; Director, Erika J. Glazer Women's Heart Research Initiative; Director, Preventive Cardiac Center; Professor of Medicine, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; Los Angeles, California
Laurie A. Birkholz, MD, NCMP
Associate Medical Director, Ms. Medicine, LLC; Founder & President, Laurie Birkholz, MD & Associates; Holland, Michigan
Richard Colgan, MD - Conference Co-Chairperson
Professor & Vice Chair; Department of Family & Community Medicine; University of Maryland School of Medicine; Baltimore, Maryland
Mindy Goldman, MD - Conference Co-Chairperson
Clinical Professor Emeritus; Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences; University of California, San Francisco; San Francisco, California
Paul S. Yamauchi, MD, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; Los Angeles, California; Adjunct Associate Professor, John Wayne Cancer Institute, Dermatology Institute & Skin Care Center; Clinical Science Institute; Santa Monica, California


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, March 22, 2023
8:15 AMWomen & Heart Disease: Detection, Evaluation, and Management
(Rx = 15 minutes)
C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD, FACC, FAHA
9:00Skin Conditions in Women Including Vulvar Dermatologic Diseases
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Paul S. Yamauchi, MD, PhD
9:45Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
10:30Sexual Health Is General Health
Laurie A. Birkholz, MD, NCMP
11:15Hereditary Cancers: The Basics for Clinicians
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Mindy Goldman, MD
12:00 PMCommon Infections in Women
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Richard Colgan, MD
12:45Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
Thursday, March 23, 2023
8:00 AMDetection of Skin Cancers
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Paul S. Yamauchi, MD, PhD
8:45Somatic Presentations of Patients With Psychiatric Illnesses
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Richard Colgan, MD
9:30Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15Hormones & Heart Disease: What Do We Know in 2023?
(Rx = 15 minutes)
C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD, FACC, FAHA
11:00Common Skin Rashes: Eczema, Psoriasis, and Many More
(Rx = 25 minutes)
Paul S. Yamauchi, MD, PhD
11:45Cholesterol 101: New Guidelines, Medications, and Targets
(Rx = 30 minutes)
C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD, FACC, FAHA
12:30 PMQuestions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
Friday, March 24, 2023
3:00 PMSmall Group Breakouts – Session One

● Case Studies in Women's Dermatology

Paul S. Yamauchi, MD, PhD
 ● Fat or Fit: Does it Matter What You Weigh?
C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD, FACC, FAHA
 ● Female Sexual Dysfunction 101
Laurie A. Birkholz, MD, NCMP
 ● Managing Menopause Medically & Naturally
Mindy Goldman, MD
4:45Small Group Breakouts – Session Two

● Case Studies in Women's Dermatology

Paul S. Yamauchi, MD, PhD
 ● Fat or Fit: Does it Matter What You Weigh?
C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD, FACC, FAHA
 ● Female Sexual Dysfunction 101
Laurie A. Birkholz, MD, NCMP
 ● Managing Menopause Medically & Naturally
Mindy Goldman, MD
Saturday, March 25, 2023
8:00 AMBurning From Desire: The Latest UTI Guidelines
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Richard Colgan, MD
8:45Fibroid Management
Mindy Goldman, MD
9:30Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15Substance Abuse in Women
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Richard Colgan, MD
11:00Update on Breast & Ovarian Cancers: Issues Pertaining to Screening & Prevention
Mindy Goldman, MD
11:45STIs in Women: An Update in Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment
Laurie A. Birkholz, MD, NCMP
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:

Proof of full vaccination required for in-person attendance



Conference group rates have been arranged at the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino, and Spa.

These special rates will only be available until Thursday, February 2, 2023 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.

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.

Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa
1 Rhine Road,
Maho Village Maho Beach, Sint Maarten
Direct: (721) 545-2115

To make your reservations online, please visit:

**When booking online the room rate doesn’t reflect taxes and fees until you click book now, then it will show on your invoice

To make your reservations by phone, please call (721) 545-2115
You must refer to the group code SYM2023 to receive conference group rates.


All rooms and suites include: private balcony with outdoor furniture, energy efficient in-room climate control, flat screen TV, iron & ironing board, in-room safe, coffee maker with coffee and tea, mini-fridge with water and sodas, hair dryer and bath amenities.

Superior Room
SINGLE OCCUPANCY (ONE adult (13 years & older)) - $440/night
DOUBLE OCCUPANCY (TWO adults (13 years & older)) - $500/night
TRIPLE OCCUPANCY (THREE adults (13 years & older)) - $735/night
These rooms are 440 sq. ft. with either one or two beds and furnished balcony or patio with ample closet space.

Garden/Island View Room
SINGLE OCCUPANCY (ONE adult (13 years & older)) - $410/night
DOUBLE OCCUPANCY (TWO adults (13 years & older)) - $520/night
TRIPLE OCCUPANCY (THREE adults (13 years & older)) - $765/night
These rooms are 440 sq. ft. with either one or two beds with a semi-private patio or balcony with views of the resort’s lush gardens.

Signature Island View
SINGLE OCCUPANCY (ONE adult (13 years & older)) - $425/night
DOUBLE OCCUPANCY (TWO adults (13 years & older)) - $540/night
TRIPLE OCCUPANCY (THREE adults (13 years & older)) - $795/night
These rooms are 440 sq. ft. with island-facing views, Maho Village or adjacent golf course and a furnished balcony.

Oasis Pool View
SINGLE OCCUPANCY (ONE adult (13 years & older)) - $435/night
DOUBLE OCCUPANCY (TWO adults (13 years & older)) - $550/night
TRIPLE OCCUPANCY (THREE adults (13 years & older)) - $810/night
These rooms are 440 sq. ft. with a furnished balcony overlooking the resort’s lush gardens and the Oasis Pool.

Signature Ocean View
SINGLE OCCUPANCY (ONE adult (13 years & older)) - $455/night
DOUBLE OCCUPANCY (TWO adults (13 years & older)) - $570/night
TRIPLE OCCUPANCY (THREE adults (13 years & older)) - $840/night
These rooms are 440 sq. ft. with a furnished balcony overlooking the expansive views of the Oasis Pool and Maho Beach

One-Bedroom Garden View Suite
SINGLE OCCUPANCY (ONE adult (13 years & older)) - $535/night
DOUBLE OCCUPANCY (TWO adults (13 years & older)) - $660/night
TRIPLE OCCUPANCY (THREE adults (13 years & older)) - $975/night
Spread out in 670 sq. ft. space divided into a one-bedroom master and a spacious living area with balcony overlooking the resort’s lush gardens.

All-inclusive rates include: all taxes, all food and beverage (including alcohol) include full use of all facilities, activities and entertainment programs as provided by the Resort(s). Food options either include a la carte or buffet meal service, depending on the schedule of the Resort(s). Beverage selection includes brands as defined by the Resort.

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

  • A deposit equal to two night’s room is due to the hotel with major credit card upon making your reservation
  • Final payment for the remaining stay is due on Sunday, February 5, 2023, (45-days prior to event). The hotel will charge the credit card on file (used for the deposit) for the remaining balance
  • Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to change):
    - Dry cleaning/laundry
    - Phone charges
    - Store purchases
    - Salon and spa services
    - Tours and transportation
  • Maximum guestroom occupancy is:

    - Three adults (13 years old and over are considered as adult), or
    - Two adults and two children (children are 12 and under)
    • Children 6 to 12 years old are $45 per child per night
    • Children five years or younger are free of charge

  • 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 both complimentary (based on availability)
  • Check-in time is 4:00pm and check-out time is 11:00am. 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 or debit card to ensure that funds are available. Holds are placed on your account of $50 per night for estimated incidentals 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 $10 per day for all guests. Valet is not available at this resort.

Hotel Cancellation Policies

  • Hotel Cancellations must be made directly with the hotel at least 45 days prior to your confirmed arrival date. Any cancellations after this date will be charged the original reserved stay. Please contact the hotel for further information.

Conference 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 15, 2023; however, tuition, less a 10% processing fee, may be applied to a future Symposia Medicus conference.
  • 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 Sint Maarten, which may include pre-travel testing and/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 Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM), which is only minutes from Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa. 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 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 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.
For questions, please call the United Airlines Convention Desk at (800) 426-1122.


One of the most magnificent Caribbean islands. St. Maarten is surrounded by beautiful blue water and white sand beaches, making it the perfect tropical getaway. With its blend of French, Dutch, and Caribbean influences, this piece of paradise offers endless possibilities for adventures on both land and sea.

The smallest island in the world ever to have been partitioned between two different nations, Saint Martin/Sint Maarten has been shared by the French and the Dutch in a spirit of neighborly cooperation and mutual friendship for almost 350 years. Saint Martin on the French side is known for its outdoor markets and rich French and Indian Caribbean cuisine, while the Dutch side is known for its festive nightlife, beaches, jewelry, exotic drinks, and plentiful casinos.

Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa is located on the island’s southwest shore in the heart of St. Maarten, where you can find duty-free boutiques, a host of international restaurants, bars, cafes, and lounges to suit every palate, and a bustling nightlife-including Casino Royale, the island’s largest casino and theatre. The property features a man-made beach, The Palms Beach (a private extension of Maho Beach), is known for its famous plane spotting and is only a 10-minute walk from Mullet or Simpson Bay.

For the adventurous, snorkeling, scuba diving, sunset dinner cruises, ATV and dune buggy tours, distillery tours, private charters, and more await. Or, if you’re looking for some R&R, enjoy the resorts’ signature well-being retreat within the peaceful walls of Serenity Spa, where you can quiet your mind, ease muscular tension, or reconnect with your mind, body, and soul.

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it in St. Maarten, at our 30th Annual Spring Conference on Women’s Health.