“Always well-presented, relevant to my practice, and well-designed so that the learning can be performed but one can still enjoy the city/surrounding area.”
– L. de Flesco, MD

“Best conference I have ever attended! Excellent speakers and very applicable information.”
– J. Wiebelhaus, CNM

“Symposia Medicus consistently delivers a quality conference with relevant topics and well-respected speakers.”
– M. King, WHNP-BC

CONFERENCE DESCRIPTION

Taking place over the course of two days, our 27th Annual Conference on Challenges in Gynecology has been designed for physicians, certified nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, PAs, nurses, and other allied healthcare professionals who face ever-increasing challenges in the clinical diagnoses, treatment options, and new technologies involved in caring for the female patient. Covering an array of topics including diabetes, uterine fibroids, breast cancer, sexual dysfunction, and vulvar dermatology, our expert faculty will discuss the latest evidence-based advancements in 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, case studies, and 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 gynecologic situations.

CONFERENCE OBJECTIVES

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

List new developments in reversible contraceptives

Identify at least three medical and surgical options to treat abnormal vaginal bleeding

Describe treatment alternatives to hysterectomy

Recognize available technologies for diabetes care and discern settings where they may be useful in management

Plan treatment and follow-up for vulvovaginal skin diseases

Outline an appropriate work-up of hematuria according to new guidelines

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 12 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 12 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

Nurse Practitioners/Nurses
The ANCC contact hours awarded for completion of this conference are 12.

Provider is also approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP2335, for 14.4 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™

Pharmacotherapeutic CEUs for Nurses
This activity is designated for a maximum of 4 hours 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.

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. 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.

HOLIDAY ENTERTAINMENT &
THEATER ASSISTANCE

For additional information regarding holiday entertainment and Broadway theater tickets, please visit our website at www.symposiamedicus.org.

To check pricing and availability or to purchase theater tickets for Aladdin, Chicago, Diana, Mrs. Doubtfire, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, SIX, and more, please call us at (925) 969-1789 or email us at info@symposiamedicus.org.

CONFERENCE FACULTY

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

Jay Goldberg, MD, MSCP
Conference Co-Chair

Professor
Vice Chairman
Director of Philadelphia Fibroid Center
Department of OB/GYN
Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Mindy Goldman, MD
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

Gretchen Lentz, MD
Conference Co-Chair

Professor & Division Director of Urogynecology
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Adjunct Professor of Urology
Director of the Pelvic Health Center
University of Washington Medical Center
Seattle, Washington

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

Anita L. Nelson, MD
Professor & Chair of OB/GYN
Western University of Health Sciences
Pomona, California
Professor Emeritus of OB/GYN, UCLA
Clinical Professor of OB/GYN, USC
Los Angeles, California

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

Friday, December 17

7:00am Registration & Check-In
During Continental Breakfast
8:00 Welcome & Introduction
Jay Goldberg, MD, MSCP & Gretchen Lentz, MD
8:15 Contraception: What’s New & What Is the Sexuality Impact? (Rx = 30 minutes)
Anita L. Nelson, MD
9:00 Female Sexual Dysfunction Dilemmas
Gretchen Lentz, MD
9:45 Break
10:00 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:30 Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Mindy Goldman, MD
11:15 Therapeutic Alternatives to Hysterectomy
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Jay Goldberg, MD, MSCP
Noon Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
12:30pm Lunch Break (on your own)
2:00 Cervical Screening & Treatment Update
Jay Goldberg, MD, MSCP
2:45 GYN Care for Women With Breast Cancer
(Rx = 30 minutes)
Mindy Goldman, MD
3:30 Case Studies in Thyroid Disease
(Rx = 15 minutes)

Anders L. Carlson, MD
4:15 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
5:00 Adjourn for the Day

Saturday, December 18

7:30am Continental Breakfast
8:00 Puzzling Dermatologic Vulvovaginal Cases
(Rx = 25 minutes)
Toby Maurer, MD
8:45 Diabetes: Challenging Cases
(Rx = 25 minutes)
Anders L. Carlson, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break (hotel check-out, if applicable)
10:30 Dermatologic Skin Conditions in Women
(Rx = 25 minutes)
Toby Maurer, MD
11:15 Urinary Tract Infections & Other Causes of Bladder Pain (Rx = 30 minutes)
Gretchen Lentz, MD
Noon Treatment of Perimenopause & Menopause
(Rx = 30 minutes)
Anita L. Nelson, MD
12:45pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:30 Conference Adjourns

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

CONFERENCE LOCATION

Manhattan is exciting at any time of the year, but in December, when the holiday season activities are at their peak, it is an experience you won’t want to miss.

Few places in the world have the magnetism and thrilling pace of New York City, and our conference will be held right in the heart of it all. Conveniently located in midtown Manhattan (1335 Avenue of the Americas – 6th Avenue, between West 53rd & West 54th Streets), the New York Hilton Midtown is just a short walk away from Broadway theaters, Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Diamond District, Times Square, and Central Park. Our beautiful hotel makes this weekend in New York appealing, and the outstanding theater, opera, and other live performances throughout the holiday season make it even more enticing.

Come visit The Big Apple, where you are sure to enjoy our exciting 27th Annual Conference on Challenges in Gynecology in the exhilarating surroundings of New York City.

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 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.

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION INFORMATION

TUITION: EARLY
If postmarked by
October 8, 2021
REGULAR
If postmarked after
October 8, 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 Friday and Saturday mornings, and break refreshments for conference registrants

Conference registration will be confirmed via email

CONFERENCE LODGING INFORMATION

Symposia Medicus has conference group rates at the New York Hilton Midtown.

These special rates will only be available until Friday, November 19, 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.

NEW YORK HILTON MIDTOWN
1335 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019-6078
(Located on 6th Avenue between West 53rd and West 54th Streets)
Phone: 1-800-HILTONS (1-800-445-8667)

Hotel accommodations are in high demand in New York City during the holiday season
RESERVE EARLY – HOTEL ROOMS AT CONFERENCE GROUP RATES SELL OUT FAST!

To make your reservation, please call (800) 445-8667. YOU MUST REFER TO group code SYM21
TO RECEIVE CONFERENCE GROUP RATES.
You may also use this link to make a reservation: https://book.passkey.com/go/9bf08f23

These group rates will also be available three days before and three days after the conference (based on availability) if you wish to extend your stay.

ROOM TYPE GROUP RATES
(SINGLE/DOUBLE OCCUPANCY)
ROOM DESCRIPTION
City Room
(Floors 5-33)

$369/night

Features a single king or queen, or two double beds, 55-inch television, on-demand entertainment, spacious work area, two telephones with voicemail, and in-room Wi-Fi capabilities.

Skyline & Premier Corner Rooms
(Executive Floors 34-43)

(Very limited, please reserve early)

$399/night Skyline Rooms are on higher floors of the hotel and include the same features as the City Rooms as well as upgraded bath amenities, bottled water, robes, and access to the Executive Lounge, located on the lobby level. The lounge features daily continental breakfast, hors d’oeuvres in the afternoon and evening, and continuous coffee and tea service. These rooms also offer separate ground floor check-in.
By booking your lodging using the Symposia Medicus group rates, the following items are included: Complimentary guest room internet, complimentary access to the fitness center, a 15% discount at Herb n’ Kitchen in the hotel, and double HHonors points for all HHonors members.

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

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

Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to change):
- 14.75% New York State & City taxes
- $2.00 occupancy tax
- $1.50 tertiary tax

Maximum guestroom occupancy is four, regardless of age

Mandatory 3rd & 4th additional adult charge (19 years & older) is $20 each, per night and will be added to the nightly room rate

Children 18 years & younger are complimentary in room with an adult – not to exceed stated maximum occupancy

Bed Type Requests: You can select one or two beds; however, requests cannot be guaranteed until check-in

Rollaway beds are an additional $35 each for the entire length of stay (subject to availability and change). Rollaway beds are only available in king bedded rooms.

Cribs are complimentary (subject to availability and change)

Check-in time is 3:00pm and check-out time is noon. Guests arriving prior to 3:00pm will be accommodated as rooms become available.

A 30-minute break has been allotted in our conference schedule on the last day for those who need to check out

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; 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: The hotel only offers valet parking at $75 per day with same-day in/out privileges. There are other parking garages within walking distance of the hotel (prices may vary). Note: Valet parking is $85 per day for oversized vehicles. All rates are subject to change.

Hotel cancellation policy: Hotel cancellations must be made directly with the hotel by November 19, 2021. After this date, the deposit of one night plus tax will be forfeited.

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 November 12, 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 can fly into LaGuardia Airport (LGA), which is approximately 25 minutes from the hotel; John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK), which is approximately 45 minutes from the hotel; or Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), which is approximately one hour from the hotel. 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 ECMD642 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.