Conference #1671
31st Annual Fall Conference on Issues in Women's Health

November 1 - 4, 2023
Maui, Hawaii

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Our 31st Annual Fall Conference on Issues in Women’s Health is designed for OB/GYNs, family physicians, general practitioners, internal medicine 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, 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 learner knowledge, improve the competence and performance of all attendees, and contribute to their 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…

  • Effectively diagnose gynecologic cancer in the office setting
  • Construct a treatment plan for women with stress and urge urinary incontinence
  • Recognize the differences in treating chronic vulvovaginal symptoms as compared to acute symptoms
  • Describe how to identify and treat peripartum depression
  • Improve the concept of sexual wellness during menopause

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

If postmarked by
August 23, 2023
If postmarked after
August 23, 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

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 accredited continuing education 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. PAs 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 2.75 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

Lisa Barroilhet, MD
Associate Professor of Gynecologic Oncology; University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health; Madison, Wisconsin
Heidi Combs, MD, MS
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 - Conference Co-Chairperson
Chief of Dermatology, Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, North Carolina
Gretchen Lentz, MD - Conference Co-Chairperson
Professor Emeritus, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology; Division Urogynecology; Adjunct Professor of Urology; University of Washington School of Medicine; Seattle, Washington
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


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, November 1, 2023
8:15 AMWhat's New in UTIs, Recurrent UTIs, and Hematuria
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Gretchen Lentz, MD
9:00Hormone Replacement & Cancer Risk: Safety vs. Sanity
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Lisa Barroilhet, MD
9:45Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
10:30How Symptoms of Menopause Can Impact Sex
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Jessica Shepherd, MD, MBA, FACOG
11:15Management of Chronic Vulvar Symptoms
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Libby Edwards, MD
12:00 PMSex & Pelvic Pain: Gynecologic Conditions
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Jessica Shepherd, MD, MBA, FACOG
12:45Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
Thursday, November 2, 2023
8:00 AMBlistering Diseases: Diagnosis & Treatment
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Libby Edwards, MD
8:45Sexuality & Femtech
Jessica Shepherd, MD, MBA, FACOG
9:30Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15Hypersensitive Skin Reactions: Hives, Erythema Multiforme, and Vasculitis
Libby Edwards, MD
11:00Special Issues for Women Throughout the Lifecycle
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Heidi Combs, MD, MS
11:45The Psychology of Pleasure
Jessica Shepherd, MD, MBA, FACOG
12:30 PMQuestions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
Friday, November 3, 2023
3:00 PMSmall Group Breakouts – Session One

● Depressive Disorders

Heidi Combs, MD, MS
 ● Other Annoying Bladder Problems Besides UTIs
Gretchen Lentz, MD
 ● Skin Cancers & Sun Damage
Libby Edwards, MD
 ● Work-Up of the Pelvic Mass in a Female Patient
Lisa Barroilhet, MD
4:45Small Group Breakouts – Session Two

● Depressive Disorders

Heidi Combs, MD, MS
 ● Other Annoying Bladder Problems Besides UTIs
Gretchen Lentz, MD
 ● Skin Cancers & Sun Damage
Libby Edwards, MD
 ● Work-Up of the Pelvic Mass in a Female Patient
Lisa Barroilhet, MD
Saturday, November 4, 2023
8:00 AMKeys to Managing Abnormal Uterine Bleeding
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Gretchen Lentz, MD
8:45The Ever-Changing Landscape of Cervical Cancer Screening: 2023 Updates
(Rx = 5 minutes)
Lisa Barroilhet, MD
9:30Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15Pros & Cons of Oophorectomy at Hysterectomy
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Gretchen Lentz, MD
11:00Gynecologic Cancers in Post-Menopausal Women
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Lisa Barroilhet, MD
11:45Identification & Management of Anxiety Disorders
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Heidi Combs, MD, MS
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:


We care about the health and safety of our conference attendees. As the event gets closer, Symposia Medicus will communicate any relevant health and safety policies and procedures implemented by us and/or the conference venue



Conference group rates have been arranged at the Hyatt Regency Maui 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 (based on availability).

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.


Resort View (Single/Double) - $339/night
Overlooking the gardens & landscaping

Golf Mountain View (Single/Double) - $399/night
View of the West Maui Mountains and Ka’anapali golf courses

Partial Ocean View (Single/Double) - $460/night
Partial view of the Pacific Ocean from the lanai

Ocean View (Single/Double) - $490/night
View of the Pacific Ocean, overlooking the hotel grounds, pool, and ponds

Ocean Front (Single/Double) - $529/night
Unobstructed view of the Pacific Ocean

All rooms are approximately 450 sq. ft., and have either a king bed with a full-sized sofa pullout or two queen beds.

All accommodations offer a private lanai with glass balcony, LED television with remote control, cable movie channels, in-room pay movies, high-speed Wi-Fi, telephone with voicemail and message light, in-room mini fridge and coffeemaker, individual climate control air conditioning, full bath amenities, daily turndown service available, iron/ironing board, iHome® alarm clock radio and in-room safety-deposit box.

By booking your lodging with Symposia Medicus, the Resort Fee charge of $45.00 plus 17.416% tax, per room, per night is discounted to $20.00 plus tax. The Resort Fee includes: Fresh flower lei upon arrival, daily yoga and fitness classes, programs including lei making, lawn games, hula lessons, mermaid story time, wildlife tours, penguin presentations, and koi feedings, two in-room prefilled reusable water bottles with filtered water and ice machines available throughout the resort, admission to the Oceanfront Stay Fit Gym, unlimited tennis, pickleball, or basketball court time (tennis/pickleballs, racquets, and basketballs included), concierge services, access to current, full-content newspapers and magazines viewable on your tablet or smartphone via Inkl, beach portrait session and 5x7 print from Grins2Go at Hyatt Regency Maui, local, 1-800, and 1-888 phone calls, in-room safety-deposit box, in-room Keurig coffee and tea, personalized guest request texting service, 25% off non-discounted greens fees at Ka’anapali Golf Courses, 10% discount on all non-sale apparel items at the Ka’anapali Golf Courses Pro Shop, complimentary backpack beach chair rental, 24-hour access to pool towels throughout the resort, and Ka’anapali Trolley shuttle service within the hotel and golf resort.

Items listed are subject to change.

By booking with Symposia Medicus you will also receive a 25% discount on hotel’s two-person daybeds (ocean or pool). Advance reservations are required and are based on availability; please call the hotel’s recreation department to reserve.

This property is a cashless hotel; outlets accept room and credit card charges only

  • Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to change):
    - 17.416% state and local taxes
    - $20 (plus 17.416% tax) discounted resort fee
  • Maximum guestroom occupancy is four, regardless of age. An infant under 12 months of age is allowed as a 5th guest at no charge, however, is subject to crib or rollaway rental fee, if needed.
  • Mandatory additional person charges below include daily buffet breakfast and gratuities (tax of 17.416% will apply):
    - Children 4 years & under are FREE
    - Children 5-12 years old are $19/person, per night
    - Children 13-18 years old are $38/person, per night
    - Adults 19 years & older are $118/person, per night
  • 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 $25 each, per night (based on availability and subject to change). Only one rollaway or one crib is allowed per room (king bed rooms only).
  • 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.
  • Early Departure Fee: Please confirm your scheduled departure date with the hotel at check-in. An early departure fee equal to one night’s room and tax will be charged to any guest who checks-out of the hotel before their confirmed departure date.
  • 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, plus $100 per day to cover incidental charges; 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 discounted to $20 per day for conference guests. Valet parking is available at $40 per day (subject to change).
  • 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 September 27, 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 August 30, 2023. Between August 31, 2023 and September 27, 2023, one night’s deposit is forfeited. After September 27, 2023, 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.


You will be flying into Kahului Airport (OGG), which is approximately 28 miles from the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa. For information on ground transportation, please visit our website.

Symposia Medicus has arranged for discount fares with Alaska, Delta, Hawaiian, 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.

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 ECME619 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 NMVXF in the “Meeting Code” box.
For questions, please call the Delta Airlines Convention Desk at (800) 328-1111.

Hawaiian Airlines
For discounts on Hawaiian Airlines flights, please book online at and insert SYMPOSIA MED into the “Preferred Affiliate Program Code” box, located at the right hand side of page.

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.


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.

AWD # B766625

BCD # U076767


To receive additional information about the conference hotel, location, tours or nearby attractions, and ground transportation, please visit our website at


Aloha! The magical island of Maui, land of legend and incredible beauty, is the setting for this conference. Famous for its breathtaking beauty and spectacular white sand beaches, Maui is also dramatically covered with mountain slopes and lush valleys.

Situated on 40 spectacular oceanfront acres along the famed Ka’anapali Beach, the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa offers unlimited activities and amenities in a setting of tropical luxury. The resort is just four miles north of historic Lahaina town and a short walk from Whaler’s Village for shopping, dining, art, boating excursions, and nightlife. With unparalleled panoramic views of the magnificent Pacific Ocean, the resort puts you close enough to hear the waves from your guestroom while enjoying the gentle breezes of paradise.

Swim and relax in four new pool areas, including a zero-entry lagoon and an infinity relaxation pool with ocean views. Cool off with a refreshing drink at Pau Huaka’i, a beachfront Tiki Bar, and pick up items to go, including delicious gourmet foods and wine at the Lahaina Provision Company market and deli.

Spend the day pampering yourself at the Marilyn Monroe™ Spa, play a round of championship golf at the Royal Ka’anapali Course or Ka’anapali Kai Course, or hit the court for a tennis match. For an authentic island adventure, go snorkeling at Black Rock, enjoy a Polynesian Lu’au, or ride the Pacific waves along the white sand beach.

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it on Maui, at our, at our 31st Annual Fall Conference on Issues Women’s Health.