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– A. Bradley, MD

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– M. Freund, MSN

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– J. Briody, MD


Taking place over the course of four days, our 22nd Annual Summer Conference on Women’s Health is designed for OB/GYNs, family physicians, certified nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, PAs, nurses, and all other healthcare professionals who care for female patients. Covering a wide array of topics such as menopause, sexual dysfunction, urogynecology, and dermatology, 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.


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

Appreciate the anatomy and physiology related to fecal incontinence

Recognize when to use newer migraine treatment options

Review the potential risks and benefits of hormone replacement with patients

Recognize common pitfalls in the diagnosis of dermatologic issues in women

Describe management options for each category of female sexual dysfunction


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.

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

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 4 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.


There are detailed requirements and instructions for all visitors to Hawaii, which may include mandated quarantine or pre-travel testing. Visit the Hawaii Tourism Authority or State of Hawaii websites for current information about these requirements and please note that these 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. For more information, please visit:


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


Anders Carlson, MD
Medical Director
International Diabetes Center
Endocrinologist & Medical Director of the Diabetes Program, HealthPartners
Associate Professor
University of Minnesota Medical School
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Toby Maurer, MD
Conference Co-Chair

Professor, Department of Dermatology
Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, Indiana
Professor Emeritus
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, California

Douglas Paauw, MD, MACP
Conference Co-Chair

Professor of Medicine
Department of Medicine
University of Washington
School of Medicine
Seattle, Washington

Holly Richter, PhD, MD, FACOG, FACS
Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology,
Urology & Geriatrics
Research Director, Division of Urogynecology & Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery
Associate Director, Gynecologic Research Center for Women’s Reproductive Health
Medical & Quality Officer
Ambulatory OB/GYN Clinics
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, Alabama

Jan Shepherd, MD, FACOG
Associate Clinical Professor
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Medical Director
Women’s Wellness Connection
Colorado Department of
Public Health & Environment
Denver, Colorado

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 28

7:00am Registration & Check-In
8:00 Welcome & Introduction
Toby Maurer, MD & Douglas Paauw, MD, MACP
8:15 The Role of Hormone Replacement Therapy After Menopause: When Is the Right Time?
(Rx = 30 minutes)
Anders Carlson, MD
9:00 Dermatologic Issues in Women
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Toby Maurer, MD
9:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 Break
10:30 Hard to Treat Headaches
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Douglas Paauw, MD, MACP
11:15 Female Sexual Dysfunction Dilemmas
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Jan Shepherd, MD
Noon Stress Urinary Incontinence: Evidence-Based Management (Rx = 20 minutes)
Holly Richter, PhD, MD
12:45pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:30 Adjourn for the Day

Thursday, July 29

8:00am GYN Cancers: Prevention & Early Detection
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Jan Shepherd, MD
8:45 A Case-Based Approach to the Management of Fecal Incontinence (Rx = 15 minutes)
Holly Richter, PhD, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break
10:15 PFDN (Pelvic Floor Disorders Network): Its Mission & Impact on Providing Evidence-Based Care of Women With Pelvic Floor Disorders
Holly Richter, PhD, MD
11:00 Current Concepts in Chronic Pelvic Pain
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Jan Shepherd, MD
11:45 Role of the Pessary in Treating Pelvic Organ Prolapse & Incontinence
Holly Richter, PhD, MD
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Adjourn for the Day

Friday, July 30

3:00pm COVID-19: What’s New?
Douglas Paauw, MD, MACP
3:45 Diabetes Management in 2021: Case-Based Update on Management & Technology
Anders Carlson, MD
4:30 Break
4:45 Pros & Cons of Cosmetic Dermatology
Toby Maurer, MD
5:30 Reproductive Life Planning & Preconception Care
Jan Shepherd, MD
6:15 Adjourn for the Day

Saturday, July 31

8:00am Puzzling Dermatologic Vulvovaginal Cases
Toby Maurer, MD
8:45 Pitfalls & Pearls of Thyroid Disease Management
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Anders Carlson, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break (hotel check-out, if applicable)
10:15 Practical Pearls for Dilemmas in Women’s Health
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Douglas Paauw, MD, MACP
11:00 Difficult Treatment Decisions in Osteoporosis
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Anders Carlson, MD
11:45 Drug Interactions & Side Effects
(Rx = 35 minutes)
Douglas Paauw, MD, MACP
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Conference Adjourns

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


A rare gem of a destination, the Turtle Bay Resort is truly an iconic Hawaiian landmark. The only resort of its kind anywhere on the north shore of Oahu, this idyllic location is the perfect place to get fully immersed in the authentic island experience. Situated on a majestic outcropping with panoramic views of the breathtaking shoreline, this resort is a true standout among island destinations anywhere in the world.

Located on the North Shore of Oahu, the unequivocal surf capital of the world, Turtle Bay Resort is conveniently located near legendary surf breaks like Pipeline, Sunset Beach, and the big wave mecca that is Waimea Bay.

A fifteen-minute drive north takes you to historic Haleiwa, which provides eclectic shopping, fantastic Hawaiian shaved ice, and restaurant options that include everything from shrimp trucks to fine dining.

Paddle out at sunrise for a dawn patrol surf session. Snap a photo of a honu (green sea turtle) while snorkeling. Launch off “Jump Rock” at Waimea Bay. Discover deserted white sand beaches trekking up to Ka’ena Point. The list of what to see and do during your stay at this Oahu resort never ceases to amaze.

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it on Oahu, at our 22nd Annual Summer Conference on Women’s Health.


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 201, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523-2287

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


If postmarked by
May 19, 2021
If postmarked after
May 19, 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 Turtle Bay 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.


Type of Room Group Rates

King Bed
Group Rates
Two Queen Beds
Resort Room


Max. Occupancy: 3


Max. Occupancy: 4

Located on the second floor, rooms are 478 sq. ft. and enjoy a combined view of resort elements and landscaped rooftop gardens. Bathrooms offer double vanities and walk-in showers.
Ocean View


Max. Occupancy: 3


Max. Occupancy: 4

Located on floors two through five, rooms are 478 sq. ft. and include a balcony, as well as views of the ocean and bays, lush hillsides, and resort grounds. Bathrooms offer double vanities and walk-in showers.
Vista Ocean View


Max. Occupancy: 3


Max. Occupancy: 4

Located on the top floors, rooms are 478 sq. ft. and feature the best views at the resort, including the ocean, bays, and surf breaks. Your room gives you access to a dedicated VIP concierge, plush robes and towels, a large walk-in shower (king rooms include a deep soaking tub), and guaranteed 12:00pm (noon) check-out. Rooms also have exclusive access to the Vista Gallery, where North Shore Breakfast Bites are served with an assortment of coffees, teas, and juices.
*Beach Cottage
(Must call Symposia Medicus for availability)


Max. Occupancy: 4


Max. Occupancy: 5

The waters in front of these cottages are a globally recognized refuge for sea turtles, whales, and seals. The 740 sq. ft. cottage features towering 15-foot ceilings, Brazilian walnut floors, and a deep soaking tub. The cottages are arranged in clusters of six at the water’s edge, and are contained within a very private paradise.
By booking your lodging with Symposia Medicus, the Resort Fee charge of $49.00 plus 4.712% tax, per room, per night is discounted to $20.00 plus tax, per room, per night. The Resort Fee includes: password-free internet access, in-room coffee & tea, self-parking, business & fitness center access, one-time 24-hour Go Pro camera demo (subject to availability), use of Beats Pill speaker, daily snorkel rental for two people per room, one-hour tennis court usage per person, per day (rackets available for a fee), 10-minute stand up paddle clinic (available Monday-Friday 12-2pm, weather permitting), use of Titleist golf clubs on the practice range when purchasing a basket of practice balls, 30-minute golf chipping clinic, golf putting instruction at Guidepost, live entertainment (special events not included), and local phone calls. Items listed are subject to change.

*Beach cottages are VERY limited. Please reserve early or call Symposia Medicus for availability at (925) 969-1789.

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


Hotel Policies

Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to change):
- 14.962% state & local taxes
- $20.00 (plus 4.712% tax) resort fee (discounted from $49.00, plus tax)

Suggested porterage & housekeeping gratuities (not mandatory):
- $9.75 per person (18 years & older) porterage (bellman) gratuity is suggested
- $3.50 per room, per day housekeeping gratuity is suggested

Mandatory additional adult charge (18 years & older) is $30.00 per person, per night (includes daily buffet breakfast, taxes, and gratuities) – not to exceed stated maximum occupancy

Children 17 years & under are complimentary (includes daily buffet breakfast) – not to exceed stated maximum occupancy

Rollaway beds are NOT available. An air mattress can be requested (subject to availability), which is normally $50.00 per night, plus tax; however, this fee is waived when booking through Symposia Medicus. Only one air mattress is allowed in a room with a king bed.

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

Check-in time is 3:00pm and check-out time is 11:00am. If you have reserved a Vista Ocean View room, you are guaranteed a check-out at 12:00pm (noon). A late check-out can only be confirmed on the date of departure by the front desk. Late check-outs are based on availability and additional charges may apply.

Credit/Debit Card Policy: Upon check-in, the hotel requires a credit card or debit card 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 complimentary. Valet is available at $20.00 plus tax, per day (subject to change) for hotel and non-hotel guests.

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 23, 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 26, 2021. Between May 27, 2021 and June 23, 2021, one night’s deposit is forfeited. After June 23, 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 Honolulu International Airport (HNL), which is approximately 1½ hours from the Turtle Bay Resort. 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 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 ECMD448 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.
Hawaiian Airlines For discounts on Hawaiian Airlines flights, please book online at https://www.hawaiianair.com/affiliate 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 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