Conference #1726
32nd Annual Spring Conference on High Risk Obstetrics


March 12 - 15, 2025
Kauai, Hawaii



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

 
Wednesday, March 12, 2025
 
2:00 PMComplications of Pregnancies Concerned With Artificial Reproductive Technologies
(Rx = 5 minutes)
Linda R. Chambliss, MD, MPH, FACOG
 
2:45Cardiac Disease in Pregnancy
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Loralei Thornburg, MD
 
3:30Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
 
4:15Building a Safety Culture
Ronald Iverson, Jr., MD, MPH, FACOG
 
5:00Opioid Use, Abuse, and Dependency During Pregnancy
(Rx = 35 minutes)
Donna Dizon-Townson, MD, CPHQ, FACOG
 
5:45Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
 
Thursday, March 13, 2025
 
8:00 AMAn Update on Gestational Diabetes
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Donna Dizon-Townson, MD, CPHQ, FACOG
 
8:45Cesarean Section & the 30-Minute “Rule”
Ronald Iverson, Jr., MD, MPH, FACOG
 
9:30Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
 
10:15Clinical Management of Venous Thromboembolism in Obstetrics
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Donna Dizon-Townson, MD, CPHQ, FACOG
 
11:00Hypertension in Pregnancy: Goals & Management
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Maged Costantine, MD, FACOG
 
11:45Endocrinological Emergencies
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Loralei Thornburg, MD
 
12:30 PMQuestions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
 
Friday, March 14, 2025
 
2:00 PMHigh Risk Pregnancy Complications: A Window to Future Health
(Rx = 5 minutes)
Linda R. Chambliss, MD, MPH, FACOG
 
2:45Prevention of Preterm Delivery
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Maged Costantine, MD, FACOG
 
3:30Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
 
4:15Second Stage Management
Ronald Iverson, Jr., MD, MPH, FACOG
 
5:00Postpartum Depression: More Common Than You Think
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Linda R. Chambliss, MD, MPH, FACOG
 
5:45Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
 
Saturday, March 15, 2025
 
8:00 AMWhy You Should Include an ACEs Score in the OB History
Linda R. Chambliss, MD, MPH, FACOG
 
8:45Fetal Growth Restriction
Maged Costantine, MD, FACOG
 
9:30Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
 
10:15Non-Obstetric Surgery During Pregnancy
Loralei Thornburg, MD
 
11:00Imitators of Preeclampsia
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Maged Costantine, MD, FACOG
 
11:45Managing Autoimmune Diseases
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Donna Dizon-Townson, MD, CPHQ, FACOG
 
12:30 PMQuestions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
 
 
Rx = Pharmacotherapeutic CEUs for nurses will be granted for these sessions
 

CONFERENCE DESCRIPTION

Our 32nd Annual Spring Conference on High Risk Obstetrics is 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. Covering a wide array of topics, our expert faculty will discuss the latest evidence-based advancements in obstetric care, 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, 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 high-risk obstetric situations.
 

CONFERENCE OBJECTIVES

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

  • Counsel patients about future health risks of preeclampsia
  • Describe the signs and symptoms in various syndromes that are confused with preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome
  • List the components of a comprehensive thrombophilic evaluation
  • Identify a systematic process to decrease time from cesarean decision to skin incision
  • Screen for cardiac risk factors related to poor pregnancy outcomes and aid in the risk stratification and risk mitigation for future cardiac events

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
January 1, 2025
REGULAR
If postmarked after
January 1, 2025
 
Physicians $895 $995
 
Nurses, PAs, & All Others $795 $895
 
Discounts are available for retired healthcare providers, active U.S. military, residents, 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, continental breakfast on Thursday and Saturday mornings, 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.

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 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.
 

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.

Certified Nurse Midwives
The American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) accepts Category 1 CME approval from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

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.

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.

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 3.25 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.

 
Linda R. Chambliss, MD, MPH, FACOG - Conference Co-Chairperson
Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Creighton University School of Medicine; Clinical Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Arizona College of Medicine; Director, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Valleywise Health Center; Phoenix, Arizona
 
Maged Costantine, MD, FACOG
Professor & Division Director, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, The Ohio State University; Columbus, Ohio
 
Donna Dizon-Townson, MD, CPHQ, FACOG - Conference Co-Chairperson
Intermountain Health; Associate Medical Director for Quality & Process Improvement in Obstetrics & Maternal-Fetal Medicine; Utah Valley Hospital, Department of Maternal-Fetal Medicine; Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Utah Health Sciences; Salt Lake City, Utah
 
Ronald Iverson, Jr., MD, MPH, FACOG
Associate Professor, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine; Vice-Chair of Obstetrics, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Boston Medical Center; Boston, Massachusetts
 
Loralei Thornburg, MD
James R. Woods, Jr., Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology; Division Director Maternal Fetal Medicine; University of Rochester; Rochester, New York

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 with ineligible companies within the past 24 months. Symposia Medicus will also ensure that any and all relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies 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.

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:

HEALTH & SAFETY AWARENESS

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 LODGING INFORMATION

Conference group rates have been arranged at the Royal Sonesta Kauai Resort. 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 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.
 

Garden View
King Bed (Single/Double) - $402/night
Two Queen Beds (Single/Double) - $432/night
Wake up to tranquil views of the hotel gardens admiring the lush tropical greenery. Spacious guest rooms feature island-inspired décor with details that reflect the tranquil, tropical surroundings. Each room offers 1 king bed (with sofa bed) or 2 queen beds, complimentary coffee, tea, bath amenities, in-room safe, flat-screen TV, mini-refrigerator, and balcony.

Pool View
King Bed (Single/Double) - $432/night
Two Queen Beds (Single/Double) - $462/night
Enjoy sweeping views of the resort through floor-to-ceiling windows overseeing tropical resort grounds and Hawaii’s largest single-level swimming pool. Spacious guest rooms feature island-inspired décor with details that reflect the tranquil, tropical surroundings. Each room offers 1 king bed (with sofa bed) or 2 queen beds, complimentary coffee, tea, bath amenities, in-room safe, flat-screen TV, mini-refrigerator, and balcony.

Ocean View
King Bed (Single/Double) - $462/night
Two Queen Beds (Single/Double) - $492/night
The ocean view guest room will get you one step closer to the warm Pacific breeze and breathtaking views of Mount Haupu. Spacious guest rooms feature island-inspired décor with details that reflect the tranquil, tropical surroundings. Each room offers 1 king bed (with sofa bed) or 2 queen beds, complimentary coffee, tea, bath amenities, in-room safe, flat-screen TV, mini-refrigerator, and balcony.

Preferred Ocean View
(Very limited, must call Symposia Medicus to reserve)
King Bed (Single/Double) - $512/night
Two Queen Beds (Single/Double) - N/A
Get inspired or enjoy quiet contemplation in the tropical oasis overlooking Kalapaki Beach and pool. This room offers 1 king bed, complimentary coffee, tea, bath amenities, in-room safe, flat-screen TV, mini-refrigerator, sofa bed, and balcony.
 

By booking your lodging with Symposia Medicus, the Resort Fee charge of $40.00 plus tax, per room, per night is discounted to $25.00 plus tax, per room, per night.

The Resort Fee includes: Daily enhanced internet service, local & long distance domestic calls, airport shuttle on demand, daily fitness classes (alternating Yoga and Aqua Fit, up to 2 people), cultural classes, 24 hour access to fitness center, one (1) appetizer or dessert in Kukui’s Restaurant per room, per stay, and two (2) complimentary Mai Tais at Kukui’s Restaurant per room, per stay. Items listed are subject to change.

  • Conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to change):
    - 17.962% state & local taxes
    - $25.00 (plus 17.962% tax) resort fee (discounted from $40.00, plus tax)
     
  • Suggested porterage & housekeeping gratuities (not mandatory):
    - $10.00 (plus 17.962% tax) per person porterage (bellman) gratuity round-trip
    - $2.00 per room, per day housekeeping gratuity
     
  • Maximum guestroom occupancy is 4, regardless of age
     
  • Mandatory third/fourth additional occupant charge (18 years & older) is $50.00 per night, plus tax - not to exceed stated room maximum occupancy
     
  • Guests 17 years of age and younger are complimentary – not to exceed stated room maximum occupancy
     
  • No rollaway beds available; sofa pulls out to a double bed in king bedded rooms.
     
  • Cribs are available on a complimentary basis (subject to availability)
     
  • 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.
     
  • Early Departure Fee: An early departure fee equal to one night’s room and tax may be charged to guests who check out prior to their scheduled departure date without notifying the hotel at check-in.
     
  • 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/day for incidentals; 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. As you charge more to your room, the hold will increase.
     
  • Parking: Self-parking is discounted to $20.00 plus tax per day (subject to change) for hotel and non-hotel guests. Valet is $40.00 plus tax per day.
     
  • 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 5, 2025; 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 8, 2025. Between January 9, 2025 and February 5, 2025, one night’s deposit is forfeited. After February 5, 2025, 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 Lihue Airport (LIH), which is approximately one (1) mile from the Royal Sonesta Kauai Resort. A courtesy resort shuttle is available 24 hours a day to and from the airport for resort guests.

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 here 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 ECMK615 in the “Discount Code” box, located at the right hand side of the page.

Delta Airlines
For discounts on Delta Airlines, please visit here, 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 NY3B8 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 here

United Airlines
For discounts on United Airlines, please visit here 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 ZPT8594284 in the “Promotions and Certificates” box at the end of the page. For questions, please call the United Airlines Group Desk at (800) 426-1122.
 

CAR RENTAL DISCOUNT

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:

AVIS
www.avis.com
800-331-1600
AWD # B766625

Budget
www.budget.com
800-772-3773
BCD # U076767
 

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS / GROUND TRANSPORTATION

To receive additional information about the conference hotel, location, tours or nearby attractions, and ground transportation, please visit our website at http://www.symposiamedicus.org/.

CONFERENCE LOCATION

Hawaii’s “Garden Island” awaits you—and it certainly lives up to its nickname. Marvel at the emerald valleys, tropical rainforests, cascading waterfalls, sharp mountain spires, and sheer cliffs. The majestic natural scenery of the island is humbling to behold.

Nestled amidst the lush greenery of Kauai, the Royal Sonesta Kauai Resort is a Garden Island oasis of its own. Take in a glorious setting on golden sands, with opportunities to indulge in beachside spa treatments, four restaurants offering a variety of cuisines, and the largest single-level pool in Hawaii.

Make yourself at home in your stylish, modern guest room, with views of the ocean, gardens, or pool. And when you set out to explore, the natural beauty of Hanalei Bay and Waimea Canyon State Park are sure to fill your days in paradise with enchantment.

There are so many outdoor adventures to choose from. Kayak the Wailua River, snorkel on Poipu Beach, hike the trails of Kokee State Park, or zip-line above Kauai’s lush valleys. Or make island-time your time and relax at the resort and enjoy the small town settings and Hawaiian culture.

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it on Kauai, at our 32nd Annual Spring Conference on High Risk Obstetrics.