“Always a great location, thoughtful schedule, and great speakers with great content.”
– H. Jones, MD

“Your conferences are top notch. I have been attending them for at least 20 years and I have never been disappointed. You consistently have exceptional speakers, locations, and accommodations. Thank you.”
– T. Barry, APRN

“Very well-organized seminar. Presenters were knowledgeable and entertaining so I did not get bored. I truly felt that I increased my field of knowledge and will be able to apply what I learned in my practice.”
– E. Kolkas, MD

CONFERENCE DESCRIPTION

Taking place over the course of four days, our 4th Annual Winter Conference on Hot Topics in 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, mood and anxiety disorders, vulvovaginal issues, bladder pain, and menstrual migraines, 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, 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 women’s health concerns.

CONFERENCE OBJECTIVES

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

Pinpoint best practices in vulvovaginal health from the dermatologic perspective

Differentiate between stress incontinence, overactive bladder, and mixed urinary incontinence

Discuss the terminology used to describe changes in a woman’s reproductive life cycle based on the STRAW+10 staging system

Describe the efficacy and safety of Uterine Fibroid Embolization

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

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 16 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 16 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

Nurse Practitioners/Nurses
The ANCC contact hours awarded for completion of this conference are 16.

Provider is also approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP2335, for 19.2 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 3.5 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

Due to the prolonged nature of the pandemic, Symposia Medicus has implemented several new policies. In the interest of the health and safety of our faculty, staff, and attendees, Symposia Medicus now requires that all conference participants be fully vaccinated. Facemasks, which will be provided at the Registration Desk, will also be required for this conference. We have established these policies and procedures with the intention of mitigating risk and preventing the transmission of COVID-19. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we strive to provide a quality continuing education experience that is safe for all involved.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS / GROUND TRANSPORTATION

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

SKI LIFT TICKET DISCOUNT

We have made arrangements for discounted ski lift tickets. These are one-day lift tickets that give you access to over 5,850+ acres of skiable terrain, 36 lifts, and over 300 named runs! You can only purchase these discounted tickets by visiting
https://shop.bigskyresort.com/s/symposia-medicus-2022/c/symposia-medicus-2022-2.

CONFERENCE FACULTY

Laurie Birkholz, MD, NCMP
Associate Medical Director
Ms. Medicine, LLC
Founder & President
Laurie Birkholz, MD & Associates
Holland, Michigan

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

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

Jesse D. Markman, MD
Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry &
Behavioral Sciences
University of Washington
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

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 on site.

 

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Tuesday, February 8

5:30-7:00pm Registration & Check-In

Wednesday, February 9

6:30am Continued Registration & Check-In
7:00 Welcome & Introduction
Jay Goldberg, MD, MSCP & Gretchen Lentz, MD
7:15 Menopause 101: Terminology, Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment (Rx = 20 minutes)
Laurie A. Birkholz, MD, NCMP
8:00 Treatment of Mood & Anxiety Disorders in Women
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Jesse D. Markman, MD
8:45 Evaluation & Treatment of Menstrual Migraines
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Jay Goldberg, MD, MSCP
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:30 Adjourn Morning Session
Mid-Day Break: 10:30am-4:00pm
4:00pm Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder
Laurie A. Birkholz, MD, NCMP
4:45 Dermatologic Skin Conditions in Women Over 50
(Rx= 15 minutes)
Toby Maurer, MD
5:30 Female Urinary Incontinence: Diagnosis & Treatment
(Rx = 25 minutes)
Gretchen Lentz, MD
6:15 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
7:15 Adjourn for the Day

Thursday, February 10

7:00am Do You Have Anything Stronger?: Chronic Pain Management (Rx = 15 minutes)
Jesse D. Markman, MD
7:45 Puzzling Dermatologic Vulvovaginal Cases
(Rx = 25 minutes)
Toby Maurer, MD
8:30 Pros & Cons of Oophorectomy at Hysterectomy
(Rx = 10 minutes)

Gretchen Lentz, MD
9:15 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Adjourn for the Day

Friday, February 11

4:00pm Uterine Fibroid Update
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Jay Goldberg, MD, MSCP
4:45 Why Sexual Health is Important: Sexual Health = General Health (Rx = 10 minutes)
Laurie A. Birkholz, MD, NCMP
5:30 Exercising in Pregnancy: Evidence, Guidelines, and More
Jay Goldberg, MD, MSCP
6:15 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
7:15 Adjourn for the Day

Saturday, February 12

7:00am Common Dermatologic Cosmetic Procedures & Rejuvenation (Rx = 20 minutes)
Toby Maurer, MD
7:45 Urinary Tract Infections & Other Causes of Bladder Pain (Rx = 25 minutes)
Gretchen Lentz, MD
8:30 Management of Personality Disorders in Women
Jesse D. Markman, MD
9:15 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 Conference Adjourns

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

CONFERENCE LOCATION

This exciting conference will be held in the picturesque Northwestern Rockies at the beautiful Big Sky Resort, just an hour’s drive from Bozeman, Montana. This lovely hotel and suite/condominium resort has newly-renovated buildings, ski-in/ski-out access, and is located within the Big Sky Resort, providing you with access to 5,800 skiable acres. Annual snowfall of more than 400 inches results in spectacular beginning, intermediate, and expert slopes, with plenty of wide, groomed cruising runs, as well as narrow chutes and trees for the advanced skier. You will also experience the incomparable Big Sky powder!

If it’s Nordic skiing you enjoy, just six miles from Big Sky Resort lies the Lone Mountain Ranch cross country skiing area–rated one of the best in the United States. And, for a change of pace, you are sure to enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the beautiful Big Sky Mountains or a snow coach tour of nearby Yellowstone National Park.

Big Sky Resort is a self-contained village with many restaurants to choose from 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 around Big Sky Resort.

Whatever your pleasure, you are sure to find many thrilling winter activities in this spectacular setting while attending our 4th Annual Winter Conference on Hot Topics in Women’s Health.

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 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.

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION INFORMATION

TUITION: EARLY
If postmarked by
November 30, 2021
REGULAR
If postmarked after
November 30, 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

ATTENDANCE OPTIONS:

For this conference, we are offering the below options for attendance:

In-Person: Attend in-person in the conference hotel meeting room. Tuition includes continuing education and online access to educational session materials. Break refreshments for conference registrants will be provided.

Virtual: Attend the conference virtually via live web stream. Tuition includes continuing education and online access to educational session materials.

CONFERENCE LODGING INFORMATION

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.

GROUP RATES STATED BELOW INCLUDE DAILY BUFFET BREAKFAST FOR TWO PEOPLE

TYPE OF UNIT GROUP RATES
(Double Occupancy)
MAXIMUM OCCUPANCY APPROX. SQUARE FOOTAGE DESCRIPTION
(All accommodations are non-smoking and include complimentary internet access in room and throughout resort)
Huntley Lodge: Newly renovated, the main hotel lodge containing the Conference Center and spa.
Huntley First Class Room $339/night 4 375 Rooms have two queen beds, mini refrigerator, TV, one bathroom, wet bar, coffeemaker, iron & ironing board, and blow dryer.
Huntley Mountain View Room $354/night 4 375 Same amenities as above, with mountain views.
Shoshone Building: Attached to the Huntley Lodge & Conference Center. Most rooms face Lone Mountain or Andesite Mountain.
Shoshone 1-Bedroom Condo $517/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: Newly renovated, Euro-Western luxury hotel adjacent to the Mountain Village.
A two-minute walk to the Huntley Lodge & Conference Center.
Summit Studio $386/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)

$444/night 4 400 Has two queen beds, wet bar, and bathroom.
*Summit Hotel (King Bed)

(Must call Symposia
Medicus for availability)

$459/night 2 400 Has one king bed, wet bar, and bathroom.
*Summit 1-Bedroom Condo

(Must call Symposia
Medicus for availability)

$706/night 2-6 880 Has one or two queen beds, full kitchen, dining area, and one bathroom Bed types not guaranteed.
*Summit 2-Bedroom Condo

(Must call Symposia
Medicus for availability)

$885/night 6-8 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. Bed types not guaranteed.
*Summit 3-Bedroom Condo

(Must call Symposia
Medicus for availability)

$1,231/night 8-10 1770 Same as Summit 2-Bedroom Condo with an adjoining hotel room. Bed types not guaranteed.
Village Center: Located between the Summit and Shoshone buildings and adjacent to the Huntley Lodge & Conference Center
Village Studio $370/night 4 432 Has queen pull-down Murphy bed, microwave, coffeemaker, small refrigerator and 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

 

TERMS & CONDITIONS

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: ski valet for hotel guests, pool access, daily roundtrip ride (for each registered guest) on the Ramcharger 8 life during ski season for dining at Everett’s 8800 (for each registered guest), resort bellman shuttle for transport within the Big Sky Community (based on availability), children’s activities in Huntley Lodge lobby, Ski Patrol Dog demonstrations and s’mores, Warren Miller movie playing weekly, movies in the amphitheater nightly (availability allowing), Special events and movies during exceptionally cold days, luggage storage with bell staff on arrival or departure, concierge assisted boarding passes, and self-parking. Items 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 $25 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 parking (only at the Summit Building) 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 January 4, 2022; 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 December 7, 2021. Between December 8, 2021 and January 4, 2022, one night’s deposit is forfeited. After January 4, 2022, 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.

AIR TRAVEL INFORMATION

You will fly into Bozeman, Montana (BZN), which is approximately one-two hours (varies based on weather) 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 ECMD724 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 NMV3E 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 ZKBQ178725 in the “Promotions and Certificates” box at the end of the page. 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