“Always well organized, with relevant, up-to-date topics and excellent faculty presenters.”
– L. Thum, MD

“I am constantly impressed with the high quality of the speakers.”
– L. Smith, CNM

“Excellent conference and staff.”
– R. Espada, MD

CONFERENCE DESCRIPTION

Our 33rd Annual National Conference on Women’s Healthcare 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, 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 healthcare 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…

• Implement the most up-to-date strategies for prescribing menopausal hormone treatment (MHT)

• Explain common therapies used for the treatment of PCOS

• Manage dyspareunia due to vulvodynia

• Recognize the role of exercise, physical therapy, NSAIDS, analgesics, opioids, nutritional supplements, and platelet-rich plasma in evaluating and treating osteoarthritis

• Review basic contraceptive methods available in the U.S., evidence-based guidelines, and clinical resources and tools in order to provide shared decision-making and patient-centered contraceptive counseling

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.

This ACE activity was developed with standards to address California Assembly Bill (AB) 1195 cultural and linguistic competency (CLC) and CA AB 241 implicit bias (IB) to reduce health disparities. Please refer to the accreditation page on our website for resources.

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.

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. 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™

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.

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 continues to collaborate with the conference venue to ensure the safety and protection of all attendees. As the event gets closer, we will communicate details regarding 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

Libby Edwards, MD
Conference Co-Chair

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

Peng T. Fan, MD, FACP
Clinical Professor of Medicine
Division of Rheumatology
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Los Angeles, California

Matthew Freeby, MD
Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine
Director, Gonda Diabetes Center
Associate Director
Diabetes Clinical Programs
Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Los Angeles, California

Rebecca McEntee, MD
Leadership Faculty
LifeLong Medical Care Family Medicine Residency Program
Richmond, California
Assistant Professor
UCSF Department of Family &
Community Medicine
San Francisco, California

Jan Shepherd, MD, FACOG
Conference Co-Chair

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

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 24 months. Symposia Medicus will also ensure that any and all relevant financial relationships will be mitigated before the conference commences. Beyond disclosure and mitigation 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.

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CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Monday, September 19

7:00am Registration & Check-In
During Continental Breakfast
8:00 Welcome & Introduction
Libby Edwards, MD & Jan Shepherd, MD
8:15 Hormone Therapy for Menopause: Current Data
(Rx = 45 minutes)
Jan Shepherd, MD
9:00 PCOS: Nuts & Bolts (Rx = 15 minutes)
Matthew Freeby, MD
9:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 Break
10:30 Puzzling Dermatologic Vulvovaginal Cases
Libby Edwards, MD
11:15 Managing Rheumatic Diseases in the Pregnant Woman
Peng T. Fan, MD
Noon Contraception Update 2022 (Rx = 30 minutes)
Rebecca McEntee, MD
12:45pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:30 Adjourn for the Day

Tuesday, September 20

7:30am Continental Breakfast
8:00 Office Management of Common Rashes & Bumps
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Libby Edwards, MD
8:45 Osteoporosis: State-of-the-Art
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Matthew Freeby, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break
10:15 Skin Cancers & Sun Damage
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Libby Edwards, MD
11:00 Type 2 Diabetes: A Clinical Update
(Rx = 30 minutes)
Matthew Freeby, MD
11:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
12:15pm Lunch Break (on your own)
1:30 Smaller Group Breakouts – Session One
. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Fibromyalgia: Case Studies
Peng T. Fan, MD
. Female Sexual Dysfunction Dilemmas
Jan Shepherd, MD
. An Integrative Approach to Fertility Challenges
Rebecca McEntee, MD
3:00 Break
3:15 Smaller Group Breakouts – Session Two
(Session One Topics Repeated)
4:45 Adjourn for the Day

Wednesday, September 21

7:30am Continental Breakfast
8:00 Obesity Management: A Clinical Approach
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Matthew Freeby, MD
8:45 Gynecologic Cancers: Prevention & Early Detection
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Jan Shepherd, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break (hotel check-out, if applicable)
10:30 Arthritis in Women: Treatment Options
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Peng T. Fan, MD
11:15 Abortion In-Office & Aftercare (Rx = 10 minutes)
Rebecca McEntee, MD
Noon Addressing Racial Disparities in Women’s Health
Jan Shepherd, 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

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 33rd 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 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
July 11, 2022
REGULAR
If postmarked after
July 11, 2022
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 Wednesday, August 24, 2022 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 SBMED2 to receive conference group rates.

To make your reservations online, please visit: https://book.passkey.com/go/SBMED2

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

$79/night
(Sunday-Thursday)

$235/night
(Friday & Saturday)

Newly renovated rooms are approximatel 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 & over) is $30 per person, per night

Children 11 years & 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 15, 2022; 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 ECMD921 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