“Symposia Medicus conferences have great locations and expert teachers. Their conferences are well-organized and the
most professional to attend!”
– A. Bradley, MD

“Symposia Medicus always has informative conferences in amazing places. I have never been disappointed!”
– I. Beach, CNM

“Timely topics, good lectures, and nice locations!”
– S. Carpto, MD


Designed for physicians, certified nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, PAs, nurses, and other allied healthcare professionals who manage preconception, pregnant, and postpartum patients, our 28th Annual Summer Conference on Obstetrics & Gynecology takes place over the course of four days. Covering a wide array of topics such as postpartum hemorrhage, gestational diabetes, vulvar dermatology, infertility, and early pregnancy loss, our expert faculty will discuss the latest evidence-based advancements in both obstetric and gynecologic care, 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 obstetric and gynecologic situations.


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

Comprehend the impact of pituitary, thyroid, and adrenal gland pathophysiology

Apply the new ACOG guidelines for hypertensive disorders in obstetric clinical practice

Be familiar with recent genetic research involving neonatal metabolism of opioids

Answer patient questions about the process and recommendations of cord blood banking

Recognize vulvar manifestations of common dermatoses


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 Essentials and Standards relating to continuing medical and nursing 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.

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.

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 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.


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.


Symposia Medicus will make every effort to protect our conference attendees, faculty, and staff from COVID-19. We are collaborating extensively with the conference venue to ensure that precautions will be in place for this in-person meeting. As the event gets closer, we will communicate details regarding all safety and social distancing protocols and procedures intended to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.


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


G. Wright Bates, MD
Conference Co-Chair
Chair, Department of
Obstetrics & Gynecology
The Grimes Family Endowed Chair
of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Senior Staff
Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility
Baylor Scott & White Health
Clinical Professor
Texas A&M College of Medicine
Temple, Texas

Gary A. Dildy, MD, FACOG, CPHQ, CPPS
Clinical Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas

Donna Dizon-Townson, MD, FACOG
Conference Co-Chair
Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Intermountain Healthcare
Associate Professor
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
University of Utah Health Sciences
Salt Lake City, Utah

Julie Lamppa, APRN, CNM
Certified Nurse Midwife
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine & Science
Rochester, Minnesota

Stacy Tompkins, MD
Associate Voluntary Professor
Department of Dermatology
University of California
San Diego Medical Center
San Diego, California
Private Practice
West Dermatology
La Jolla, 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 12 months. Beyond disclosure 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 onsite.



Wednesday, July 21

7:00am Registration & Check-In
8:00 Welcome & Introduction
G. Wright Bates, MD & Donna Dizon-Townson, MD
8:15 Clinical Pearls for Reproductive Physiology
G. Wright Bates, MD
9:00 Common Dermatologic Problems in Women
Stacy Tompkins, MD
9:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 Break
10:30 Current Concepts of Amniotic Fluid Embolism
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Gary A. Dildy, MD, CPHQ, CPPS
11:15 Assessment of First Trimester Bleeding
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Julie Lamppa, APRN, CNM
Noon Thrombophilia & Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Donna Dizon-Townson, MD
12:45pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:30 Adjourn for the Day

Thursday, July 22

8:00am Management of Early Pregnancy Loss
(Rx = 5 minutes)
Julie Lamppa, APRN, CNM
8:45 PCOS Update (Rx = 20 minutes)
G. Wright Bates, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break
10:15 Vulvar & Pregnancy-Related Dermatoses
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Stacy Tompkins, MD
11:00 Non-Hormonal Management of Menopausal Symptoms
(Rx = 10 minutes)
G. Wright Bates, MD
11:45 Skin Cancers: Risks & Recognition
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Stacy Tompkins, MD
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Adjourn for the Day

Friday, July 23

3:00pm Can We Avoid Shoulder Dystocia & Brachial Plexopathy?
Gary A. Dildy, MD, CPHQ, CPPS
3:45 Case Studies in Infertility: Endometriosis, Fibroids, and Beyond
G. Wright Bates, MD
4:30 Break
4:45 Cosmetic Rejuvenation: An Update On Minimally Invasive Techniques
Stacy Tompkins, MD
5:30 Thrombophilia Quiz Show: Who & When to Screen & How to Treat
Donna Dizon-Townson, MD
6:15 Adjourn for the Day

Saturday, July 24

8:00am Opioid Use, Abuse, and Dependency During Pregnancy (Rx = 25 minutes)
Donna Dizon-Townson, MD
8:45 Preparing for Severe Postpartum Hemorrhage
(Rx = 15 minutes)

Gary A. Dildy, MD, CPHQ, CPPS
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break (hotel check-out, if applicable)
10:15 Update on Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Gary A. Dildy, MD, CPHQ, CPPS
11:00 Gestational Diabetes: An Update
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Donna Dizon-Townson, MD
11:45 Getting Familiar With the Unfamiliar: Uncommon Topics in Obstetrics
Julie Lamppa, APRN, CNM
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Conference Adjourns

Rx = Pharmacotherapeutic CEUs for nurses
will be granted for these sessions


The setting for our conference is the beautiful Big Sky Resort, nestled in the majestic Northwestern Rockies, just an hour’s drive from Bozeman, Montana.

Big Sky is host to a multitude of summer activities. Take a scenic chair-lift ride up Lone Mountain and experience wonderful hiking and mountain biking, enjoy an invigorating horseback ride, or take to the rivers for incredible fly fishing and whitewater rafting. Big Sky also offers an 18-hole golf course, as well as a number of tennis courts, all offering spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.

The resort’s close proximity to Yellowstone National Park (the northwest border of the park is just 18 miles away) is yet another element of Big Sky’s appeal. Plan to spend time observing the nation’s most impressive geysers and hot springs, including “Old Faithful Geyser,” and be awestruck by the ever-present wildlife and majestic scenery in our country’s first established National Park.

Big Sky Resort is a self-contained village with many restaurants from which to choose, as well as live evening entertainment and dancing. The resort has a giant heated indoor/outdoor swimming pool, full spa, and whirlpools to help soothe those aching muscles at the end of a busy day. A full range of shops are available in and around Big Sky Resort offering everything from hiking supplies to fine art.

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it in Big Sky, at our 28th Annual Summer Conference on Obstetrics & Gynecology.


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

You can register and receive conference lodging group rates in the following ways:

Online via our website, www.symposiamedicus.org 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

Please visit www.symposiamedicus.org or call (925) 969-1789 for additional questions or information.


If postmarked by
May 12, 2021
If postmarked after
May 12, 2021
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.

Tuition includes continuing education, online access to educational session materials, and break refreshments for conference registrants

Conference registration will be confirmed via email


Conference group rates have been arranged at the Big Sky 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.


(Double Occupancy)
(All accommodations are non-smoking and include complimentary internet access in room and throughout resort)
Huntley Lodge: Main hotel lodge containing the Conference Center and spa.
Huntley rooms offer air conditioning window unit.
Huntley First Class (Room) $225/night 4 375 Rooms have two queen beds, mini refrigerator, TV, one bathroom, wet bar, coffeemaker, iron & ironing board, and blow dryer.
Shoshone Building: Attached to the Huntley Lodge & Conference Center
Most rooms face Lone Mountain or Andesite Mountain
Shoshone 1-Bedroom Condo $245/night 6 790 Has a private bedroom with one queen bed, 1-3/4 bathrooms, Murphy bed and double sleeper sofa in living room, fully-equipped kitchen, gas fireplace, and a small balcony.
Summit Building: Euro-Western luxury hotel adjacent to the Mountain Village
A two-minute walk to the Huntley Lodge & Conference Center
*Summit Studio $285/night 4 450 Has a queen pull-down Murphy bed, kitchen, dining area, and bathroom.

*Summit Hotel (2 Queen Beds)

(Must call Symposia
Medicus for availability)

$295/night 4 400 Has two queen beds, wet bar, and bathroom.

*Summit Hotel (King Bed)

(Must call Symposia
Medicus for availability)

$305/night 2 400 Has one king bed, wet bar, and bathroom.

*Summit 1-Bedroom Condo

(Must call Symposia
Medicus for availability)

$375/night 6 880 Has one or two queen beds, one sleeper sofa, full kitchen, dining area, and two bathrooms.

*Summit 2-Bedroom Condo

(Must call Symposia
Medicus for availability)

$425/night 8 1300 Has one queen bed in one bedroom, one king or two queen beds in second bedroom, and queen sleeper sofa in living room; three bathrooms, full kitchen and fireplace.

*Summit 3-Bedroom Condo

(Must call Symposia
Medicus for availability)

$555/night 10 1770 Same as Summit 2-Bedroom Condo with an adjoining hotel room.
Village Center: Located between the Summit and Shoshone buildings
and adjacent to the Huntley Lodge & Conference Center
Village Studio $285/night 4 432 Has queen pull-down Murphy bed, microwave, coffeemaker, small refrigerator & dishwasher, and bathroom.

*Units are VERY limited. Reserve early, call Symposia Medicus for availability at (925) 969-1789.

If you are traveling alone and would like to inquire about single rates, please call Symposia Medicus at (925) 969-1789.

For information regarding COVID-19, health, and safety at the hotel, please visit https://bigskyresort.com/what-to-expect


Hotel Policies

Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to change):
- 8% state accommodation tax
- 4% resort tax
- 10% resort service fee

The resort service fee includes: pool access, scenic lift ticket (1 guest per day), fireworks on special occasions, bellman shuttle for transport within the Big Sky community, children’s activities in the Huntley Lodge lobby, nightly movies in the amphitheater (based on availability), luggage storage with bell staff on arrival or departure, concierge assistance with boarding passes, and self-parking. Items listed are subject to change.

Maximum guestroom occupancy as stated above cannot be exceeded

Mandatory additional occupant charge (over two in room), 7 years and older, is $10 per person, per night (includes daily buffet breakfast, taxes, and gratuities)

Children 6 years and under are complimentary staying in room with adult (includes daily buffet breakfast, taxes, and gratuities) – not to exceed stated maximum occupancy

Rollaway beds are available at an additional cost of $20 per night (subject to availability and change)

Cribs are available on a complimentary basis (subject to availability and change)

Check-in time is 5:00pm 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 card or debit card to ensure that funds are available. Holds are placed on your account for your entire stay plus estimated 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.

Parking: Self-parking is complimentary. Valet is $20 per day (subject to change).

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 June 16, 2021; 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 May 19, 2021. Between May 19, 2021 and June 16, 2021, one night’s deposit is forfeited. After June 16, 2021, 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.


You will fly into Bozeman, Montana (BZN), which is approximately one hour from the Big Sky Resort. 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.

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 ECMD447 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 NY34X 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 ZJVS420980 in the “Promotions and Certificates” box. For questions, please call the United Airlines Convention Desk at (800) 426-1122.


For conference discounts, Symposia Medicus has made arrangements with AVIS and Budget Car Rentals. Reservations can be made by phone; please refer to the conference code 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