“Very good information and at a reasonable pace. I was able to relax and spend time with family in a beautiful setting.”
– M. Lopez, MD

“Excellent speakers and the half-day schedule makes it an enjoyable conference.”
– D. Farrell-Sanseverino, CNM

“Absolutely the best conference I’ve been to. Symposia Medicus conferences are always wonderful, and the speakers, topics, venue, and food were fabulous!”
– K. Greenberg, MD


Taking place over the course of four days, our 29th Annual Spring Conference on Women’s Health is designed for OB/GYNs, family physicians, certified nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, physician associates, nurses, and all other healthcare professionals who care for female patients. Covering a wide array of topics such as menopause, obesity, vulvovaginal dermatology, anxiety disorders, and yoga for chronic pain, 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.


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

Counsel women about the endocrinologic changes that occur during perimenopause and menopause and how those changes can affect symptomatology and long-term health

Discuss the causes of obesity and the effectiveness of medications and surgical options for therapy

Perform a quick screen for anxiety and related disorders

Discover the benefits of yoga for back pain

Manage dyspareunia due to vulvodynia


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.

Physician Associates
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. Physician associates 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 3.75 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.


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.


Before traveling to Mexico, please visit:
https://www.visitmexico.com for current information
and guidelines.

Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa is offering hotel guests onsite complimentary COVID-19 (antigen) testing before your return to the US. In the event of a positive test result, complimentary quarantine accommodations will be provided (subject to change).


We have made arrangements with the onsite tour company to provide participants with transportation to/from the Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa, as well as tour options. To reserve personalized ground transportation, please visit: https://www.amstardmc.com/symposia-medicus-2022/transfers.html.

To reserve tours, please visit: https://www.amstardmc.com/symposia-medicus-2022/tours.html.


Judi Bar, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT
Lead Yoga Therapist
Cleveland Clinic Wellness & Preventive Medicine
Reiki Master
Director & Lead Instructor of Cleveland Clinic
School of Yoga
Wellness Yoga, Meditation, Mindfulness Instructor
Yoga Therapist
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, Ohio

Heidi Combs, MD
Vice Chair of Education
University of Washington
Department of Psychiatry &
Behavioral Sciences
Stern Endowed Chair for WWAMI
Faculty Development
Seattle, Washington

Libby Edwards, MD
Chief of Dermatology
Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center
Charlotte, North Carolina

Anita Nelson, MD
Conference Co-Chair

Professor & Chair, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Western University of Health Sciences
Pomona, California
Professor Emeritus, Obstetrics & Gynecology
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Clinical Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology
University Southern California
Los Angeles, California

Veronica Piziak, MD, PhD, FACP
Conference Co-Chair

Professor of Medicine
Emeritus Director of Endocrinology
Department of Medicine
Division of Endocrinology
Baylor Scott & White
Texas A&M University
Temple, Texas

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.



Wednesday, March 9

7:00am Registration & Check-In
8:00 Welcome & Introduction
Anita Nelson, MD & Veronica Piziak, MD, PhD
8:15 Contraception: What’s New & What Is the Sexuality Impact? (Rx = 30 minutes)
Anita Nelson, MD
9:00 Blistering Diseases: Diagnosis & Treatment
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Libby Edwards, MD
9:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 Break
10:30 Recognizing Adrenal & Pituitary Problems
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Veronica Piziak, MD, PhD
11:15 When Patients Sing the Blues: Mood Disorders
(Rx = 25 minutes)
Heidi Combs, MD
Noon What Is Yoga? How It Can Help You & Your Patients
Judi Bar, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT
12:45pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:30 Adjourn for the Day

Thursday, March 10

8:00am Treatment of Perimenopause & Menopause
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Anita Nelson, MD
8:45 Dermatologic Emergencies & Dangerous Skin Findings
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Libby Edwards, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break
10:15 Urinary Incontinence in Women & Its Impact on Sexuality (Rx = 20 minutes)
Anita Nelson, MD
11:00 I’m Worried, You Should Be Too: Anxiety Disorders (Rx = 15 minutes)
Heidi Combs, MD
11:45 Puzzling Dermatologic Vulvovaginal Cases
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Libby Edwards, MD
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Adjourn for the Day

Friday, March 11

3:00pm Smaller Group Breakouts – Session One
. Gynecologic Cancer Screening
Anita Nelson, MD
. The Joys of Hot Flashes & Swollen Ankles: Special Issues in Women
Heidi Combs, MD
. What’s New in Thyroid Disease
Veronica Piziak, MD, PhD
. Yoga, Tai Chi, and Mindfulness: Tips & Experience
Judi Bar, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT
4:30 Break
4:45 Smaller Group Breakouts – Session Two
(Session One Topics Repeated)
6:15 Adjourn for the Day

Saturday, March 12

8:00am Yoga for Chronic Pain
Judi Bar, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT
8:45 Update on Osteoporosis 2022
(Rx = 30 minutes)
Veronica Piziak, MD, PhD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break (hotel check-out, if applicable)
10:15 How to Diagnose Skin Disease Using Diagnostic Algorithms
Libby Edwards, MD
11:00 Obesity: Medications & Surgical Options
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Veronica Piziak, MD, PhD
11:45 Healthcare Burnout: Prevalence, Impact, and Preventive Strategies
Judi Bar, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Conference Adjourns

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


Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa is an escape to a tropical paradise, perfectly situated in the history-rich town of Tulum on the Riviera Maya. A secluded stretch of sugar-white sand beach and 44 acres of lush, blossoming gardens grace this beautiful resort. The Mayan ruins of ancient Tulum and the Xel-Ha natural aqua park are nearby attractions that the whole family will enjoy. At Dreams Tulum, a AAA Four-Diamond award-winning resort, luxury has never looked so good.

The resort goes far beyond the all-inclusive experience with Unlimited-Luxury®, where nearly everything is included. Enjoy spacious rooms and suites, reservation-free dining at nine different restaurants, the Explorer’s Club for Kids, and so much more.

Tulum is full of great restaurants, a variety of nightlife, bars, shopping, and other local attractions. Immerse yourself in a truly authentic experience and discover the Mayan culture prevalent in the area. This untouched part of the Mexican Caribbean, just a short drive south of Playa del Carmen, offers its visitors the opportunity to discover magical and uncrowded places such as the ancient ruins of Coba. Adventure-seekers will also be able to enjoy activities like swimming in the crystal-clear waters of the underground caves called cenotes.

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it in Tulum, at our 29th Annual Spring 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 102, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523-2287

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


If postmarked by
December 29, 2021
If postmarked after
December 29, 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

Due to strict hotel security for non-hotel guests, please contact Symposia Medicus
if you are not staying at Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa.


Conference group rates have been arranged at the Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa. 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) 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 below are for TWO adults (13 years & older)


Group Rates below are for THREE adults (13 years & older)

All rooms and suites include: balcony or terrace with hammock, hair dryer, bathrobes & slippers, 42” TV, air-conditioning, in-room safe, iron & ironing board, standard USA electrical outlets
Adult Only Section (13 years & older)
Deluxe Garden View $430/night $645/night These rooms are 451 sq. ft. with either a king bed or two double beds and have views of the lush gardens
Family Section (all ages)
Deluxe Garden View $410/night $615/night These rooms are 451 sq. ft. with either a king bed or two double beds and have views of the lush gardens
Deluxe Jr. Suite
Garden View
(King bed only)
$460/night $690/night These Jr. suites are 515 sq. ft. with a king bed, separate area with sofa, workstation, and have views of the lush gardens
Deluxe Ocean View $510/night $765/night These rooms are 451 sq. ft. with either a king bed or two double beds and have views of the Caribbean Sea (3rd floor rooms do not come with a hammock)
*Deluxe Jr. Suite
Ocean View
(King bed only)
MUST CALL Symposia Medicus to reserve
$550/night $825/night These Jr. suites are 515 sq. ft. with a king bed, separate living area with sofa, workstation, and have views of the Caribbean Sea (3rd floor rooms do not come with a hammock)
All-inclusive rates include: all taxes and gratuities for bellmen, daily maid service, and waiters, daily breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, 24-hour room service, daily refreshed mini-bar including soft drinks, bottled water, and beer, nine dining options, unlimited domestic and international alcoholic beverages, unlimited natural fruit juices, soft drinks, water, tea, and coffee, wireless internet, daytime activities, nightly entertainment, theme parties, use of pool/beach chairs, umbrellas, and towels, a fully-equipped fitness center, Explorer’s Club for Kids (3-12 years) and Core Zone Teens Club (13-17 years), and much more!

*Deluxe Jr. Suite Ocean View rooms are VERY limited. Please reserve early or call Symposia Medicus for availability at (925) 969-1789. Single rates may be available; please call us for more information.

For information regarding COVID-19, health, and safety at the hotel, please visit:
https://info.amresorts.com/coronavirus-covid-19-status and https://info.amresorts.com/cleancomplete


Hotel Policies

Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to change):
- Premium wine
- Spa and/or salon services
- Laundry & dry-cleaning services
- Airport transfers
- Telephone calls & business center access

Maximum occupancy is:
- Three adults (13 years & older), or
- Three adults (13 years & older) and one child (12 years & under); or
- Two adults (13 years & older) and two children (12 years & under)

Mandatory additional child charge (normally $67 per child ages 3-12 years old) is WAIVED when booking with Symposia Medicus – not to exceed stated maximum occupancy

Children 2 years & under are complimentary – not to exceed stated maximum occupancy

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

Rollaway beds are complimentary, however, only allowed in Jr. Suites (based on availability and subject to change)

Cribs (only allowed in the family section) are available on a complimentary basis, subject to availability and change

Check-in time is 4:00pm and check-out time is 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 and will charge your full stay (even if you have pre-paid). If using a debit card, the amount may be immediately deducted from your account. Upon check-out, the hotel will charge the credit card for your incidental charges. The length of time for which the unused funds will be released back on your credit or debit account varies from bank to bank.

Parking: Self and valet parking are complimentary for conference guests

Vaccination/Face Mask Policies

You must be fully vaccinated in order to attend a Symposia Medicus conference in person. Proof of vaccination in the form of vaccination record card, a photo of your vaccination card, or vaccination QR code (via paper, your smartphone or other portable electronic device). You can submit this prior to the conference via email to info@symposiamedicus.org or in person at the conference venue. Face masks are required in the conference room. Symposia Medicus will have disposable masks available at the registration desk. These policies are 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 February 2, 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 January 5, 2022. Between January 6, 2022 and February 2, 2022, one night’s deposit is forfeited. After February 2, 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.


You will fly into the Cancun International Airport (CUN), which is approximately 1-½ hours from Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa. 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 ECMD754 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 this page. For questions, please call the United Airlines Convention Desk at (800) 426-1122.