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– K. Walker, MD

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– M. Felix, CNM

“Symposia Medicus conferences are always well-organized, in nice locations, and have good speakers.”
– C. Harraghy, MD

CONFERENCE DESCRIPTION

Taking place over the course of three days, our 32nd Annual National Conference on Women’s Healthcare 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, mood and anxiety disorders, headaches, heart disease, sexually transmitted infections (STI), and sexual healthcare, 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.

CONFERENCE OBJECTIVES

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

• Illustrate common treatment interventions for mood and anxiety disorders and interventions specific to female patients

• Recognize when to pursue central nervous system (CNS) imaging for headaches

• Use American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP) guidelines for managing abnormal cervical cancer screening results

• Cite clinical trials and evidence-based guidelines regarding diet, nutrition, supplements, and vitamins while counseling patients on cardiovascular disease

• Perform a thorough examination for causes of sexual pain

• Evaluate the timing hypothesis as it pertains to the use of menopausal hormone therapy (MHT)

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 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.

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT

Physicians
Symposia Medicus designates this live activity for a maximum of 17 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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.

AAFP
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.

PAs
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 17 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

Nurse Practitioners/Nurses
The ANCC contact hours awarded for completion of this conference are 17.

Provider is also approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP2335, for 20.4 contact hours.

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™

Pharmacology Content for Prescriptive Authority
A maximum of 3.5 hours in pharmacology content for prescriptive authority may be earned by attending this educational conference. Sessions awarding pharmacology content for prescriptive authority are denoted with an Rx in the schedule. Please contact your state’s Board of Nursing for specific educational requirements as requirements may vary state to state.

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

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.

HEALTH & SAFETY AWARENESS

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.

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 www.symposiamedicus.org.

CONFERENCE FACULTY

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

Mindy Goldman, MD
Conference Co-Chair

Clinical Professor
Director, Gynecology Center for Cancer Survivors
& At-Risk Women
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, California

Jesse D. Markman, MD, MBA
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington

Douglas S. Paauw, MD, MACP
Conference Co-Chair

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

Tami S. Rowen, MD, MS
Assistant Professor
Department of Clinical Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
UCSF Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
Director
UCSF Center for Sexual Health
University of California, San Francisco
School of Medicine
San Francisco, California

Ruth K. Weinberg, MD, FACOG, NCMP, NSCA-CSCS
Medical Director
Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center
Associate Clinical Professor
University of Colorado School of Medicine
NAMS Certified Menopause Practitioner
NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
Boulder, Colorado

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 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.

 

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Monday, September 20

7:00am Registration & Check-In
During Continental Breakfast
8:00 Welcome & Introduction
Douglas S. Paauw, MD, MACP
8:15 Drug Interactions & Side Effects
(Rx = 45 minutes)
Douglas S. Paauw, MD, MACP
9:00 Controversies in Diet & Heart Disease: What Is Hype & What Is Real (Rx = 5 minutes)
C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD
9:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 Break
10:30 Treatment of Mood & Anxiety Disorders in Women
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Jesse D. Markman, MD, MBA
11:15 Hard to Treat Headaches
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Douglas S. Paauw, MD, MACP
Noon Women & Heart Disease: Detection, Evaluation, and Management (Rx = 15 minutes)
C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD
12:45pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:30 Adjourn for the Day

Tuesday, September 21

7:30am Continental Breakfast
8:00 Managing Menopause Medically & Naturally
Mindy Goldman, MD
8:45 Cervical Cancer Screening & the “Wrongful Pap”
Ruth K. Weinberg, MD, NCMP, NSCA-CSCS
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break
10:15 Peripartum & Postpartum Mental Health
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Jesse D. Markman, MD, MBA
11:00 Cholesterol 101: New Guidelines, Medications, and Targets (Rx = 30 minutes)
C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD
11:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
12:15pm Lunch Break (on your own)
1:30 Smaller Group Breakouts – Session One
. Exercise & Wellness
Ruth K. Weinberg, MD, NCMP, NSCA-CSCS
. Low Sexual Desire: How to Help the Most Common Sexual Complaint
Tami S. Rowen, MD, MS
. Management of Personality Disorders in Women
Jesse D. Markman, MD, MBA
. Medical Mythology: Debunking Common Medical Myths in Women’s Health
Douglas S. Paauw, MD, MACP
3:00 Break
3:15 Smaller Group Breakouts – Session Two
(Session One Topics Repeated)
4:45 Adjourn for the Day

Wednesday, September 22

7:30am Continental Breakfast
8:00 Female Sexual Dysfunctions: Sexual Pain and Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Tami S. Rowen, MD, MS
8:45 Breast Cancer Screening & Prevention: What Every Clinician Needs to Know (Rx = 10 minutes)
Mindy Goldman, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break (hotel check-out, if applicable)
10:30 Vulvar Dermatoses: Diagnosis & Clinical Management
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Tami S. Rowen, MD, MS
11:15 GYN Care for Women With Breast Cancer
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Mindy Goldman, MD
Noon STI Update (Rx = 10 minutes)
Ruth K. Weinberg, MD, NCMP, NSCA-CSCS
12:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:30 Conference Adjourns

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

CONFERENCE LOCATION

Bally’s Las Vegas is ideal for those who appreciate an exciting hotel right in the center of the famous Las Vegas Strip. While it captures the feel of old Vegas, rooms have upgraded amenities like flat-screen TVs, docking stations, and pillow-top beds. Stay in the stylish, renovated hotel rooms featuring accent walls and rich woods. Located across the street from the Caesar’s Palace Forum Shops and the fountains, gardens, and galleries of the Bellagio Hotel & Casino, Bally’s Las Vegas is right in the center of all of the action. Visit Las Vegas’ new night life center, The LINQ–a trendy shopping, activity, and dining area, including Las Vegas’ exciting attraction, the “High Roller,” the world’s tallest Ferris Wheel–all just a block away!

Guests at Bally’s are offered numerous restaurants, an abundance of casino options, and non-stop entertainment. Wade your cares away in the Blu Pool, the oversized, outdoor swimming pool, that is lush with palm trees and luxuriously attended to by poolside servers. This is the perfect place to lose track of the day! If you are feeling active, Bally’s Las Vegas is the home of the Strip’s biggest tennis complex, with eight lit courts.

Whether you seek rest and relaxation or crave entertainment and excitement, Las Vegas has it all. Stretch your legs walking the famous Las Vegas Strip, stimulate your taste buds in one of the city’s world-class restaurants, or extend your conference stay and take a day trip to Hoover Dam or the Grand Canyon and witness the grandeur of the Colorado River. Explore the city’s casinos or enjoy great entertainment in the showplaces and lounges. Las Vegas is truly the city that never sleeps!

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it in Las Vegas, at our 32nd Annual National Conference on Women’s Healthcare.

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION, LODGING & TRAVEL INFORMATION

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

You can register the following ways:

Online at 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 with registration form to:
399 Taylor Blvd., Suite 201, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523-2287

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

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION INFORMATION

TUITION: EARLY
If postmarked by
July 12, 2021
REGULAR
If postmarked after
July 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, continental breakfast on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday mornings, and break refreshments for conference registrants

Conference registration will be confirmed via email

CONFERENCE LODGING INFORMATION

Symposia Medicus has conference group rates at Bally’s Las Vegas, located in the center of the
world-famous Las Vegas Strip.

These special rates will only be available until Friday, August 27, 2021 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.

Bally’s Las Vegas
3645 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Direct: (702) 967-4111

To make your reservations please call (800) 358-8777
You must refer to the group code SBSYM1 to receive conference group rates.
To make your reservations online, please visit: https://book.passkey.com/go/SBSYM1

The conference group rates may also be available three days before and three days after the conference (based on availability) if you wish to extend your stay in Las Vegas.

Room Type Group Rates
(Single/Double Occupancy)
Description
Resort Tower
Run of House

$89/night
(Sunday-Thursday)

$140/night
(Friday & Saturday)

Newly renovated rooms are approximately 440 sq. ft. and include a king or two queen pillow top beds, hairdryer, iron & ironing board, clock radio, flat-screen TV with in-room movies, and marble bathrooms.

For information regarding COVID-19, health, and safety at the hotel, please visit:
https://www.caesars.com/health-and-safety

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Hotel Policies

A deposit equal to one night’s room & tax is due to the hotel with major credit card upon making your reservation. Each guestroom must have at least one registered guest 21 years of age or older.

Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to change):
- 13.38% Clark County tax
- $25 (plus 13.38% tax) Resort Fee (includes unlimited local phone calls, admission to the Fitness Center for up to two guests daily, and in-room internet access for up to two devices per day)

Maximum guestroom occupancy is four, regardless of age

Mandatory additional occupant charge (12 years and over) is $30 per person, per night

Children 11 years and under are complimentary – not to exceed stated maximum occupancy

Rollaway beds are available at an additional cost of $30 per night (subject to availability and change)

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

Check-in time is 4:00pm and check-out time is 11:00am. Any departure after 11:00am is subject to the full day charge.

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 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 and valet parking are complimentary for conference guests

Hotel Cancellations must be made directly with the hotel at least 72 hours prior to your confirmed arrival date or you will be charged a cancellation fee equal to one night’s deposit and tax

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 August 16, 2021; however, tuition, less a 10% processing fee, may be applied to a future Symposia Medicus conference.

All cancellations must be emailed to registrar@symposiamedicus.org by the date stated above

In the unlikely event of conference cancellation by Symposia Medicus, full tuition refunds will be made.
Symposia Medicus will not be responsible for refunding travel or any other expenses.

AIR TRAVEL INFORMATION

You will fly into Las Vegas McCarren International Airport (LAS), which is approximately 15 minutes from Bally’s Las Vegas. 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.

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.

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 ECMD521 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.

CAR RENTAL DISCOUNT

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