“Symposia Medicus combines quality CE with relaxed schedules to allow time to vacation with family while getting CE on the same trip.”
– K. Lingler, MD

“Variety of topics with helpful pearls to incorporate into practice, great locations, and fun activities with benefits staying on site.”
– S. Sickle, FNP-BC

“Excellent presentations, topics, and locations.”
– K. Smith, MD

CONFERENCE DESCRIPTION

Our 32nd Annual Fall Conference on Hot Topics in Primary Care is designed for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician associates, nurses, and other allied healthcare professionals involved in the primary care of their patients. Covering a wide array of topics, our expert faculty will discuss the latest evidence-based advancements in primary 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, 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 primary care 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…

Develop a treatment strategy for specific clinical syndromes causing shoulder pain

Identify which new drugs in the past year play an important role in primary care practice

Select the proper osteoporosis medication for different patient populations

Discuss the pros and cons of menopausal hormone therapy

Determine the mechanism of syncope in most patients and select the appropriate therapy

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 Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing 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 18 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 5.75 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.

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

Red Sail Sports, the onsite tour company at the hotel has offered a 10% discount to all conference attendees and their guests, on Red Sail Sports operated activities (some exclusions apply).

For advance reservations, please call (877) 506-6368 and mention Symposia2022 to receive the discount. You may also book tours once you arrive at the hotel, based on availability. For a full list of services, please visit their website at http://www.redsailcayman.com/.

To receive additional information about the conference hotel, location, and ground transportation, please visit our website at www.symposiamedicus.org.

CONFERENCE FACULTY

Benjamin D. Levine, MD, FACC, FAHA, FACSM
Director, Institute for Exercise &
Environmental Medicine
S. Finley Ewing, Jr. Chair for Wellness at
Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas
Harry S. Moss Heart Chair for
Cardiovascular Research
Professor of Medicine & Cardiology
Distinguished Professorship in Exercise Science
The University of Texas Southwestern
Medical Center
Dallas, Texas

Veronica Piziak, MD, PhD, FACP
Professor of Medicine
Emeritus Director of Endocrinology
Department of Medicine
Division of Endocrinology
Baylor Scott & White
Texas A&M University
Temple, Texas

James C. Puffer, MD
Professor of Clinical Family Medicine, Emeritus
Department of Family Medicine
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Los Angeles, California

Martin Quan, MD
Conference Chairman

Professor of Clinical Family Medicine
Director, Office of Continuing
Medical Education
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Vice Chair for Academic Affairs
UCLA Department of Family Medicine
Los Angeles, California

Gerald W. Smetana, MD, MACP
Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Division of General Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston, Massachusetts

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.

faculty photo

 

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Wednesday, November 9

7:00am Registration & Check-in
8:00 Welcome & Introduction
Martin Quan, MD
8:15 Challenging Diagnostic Dilemmas in Primary Care
(Rx = 45 minutes)
Gerald W. Smetana, MD, MACP
9:00 Approach to the Patient With Syncope
(Rx = 5 minutes)
Benjamin D. Levine, MD
9:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 Break
10:30 Case Studies in Vaginitis
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Martin Quan, MD
11:15 Approach to the Patient With Knee Pain
James C. Puffer, MD
Noon Top Drugs for Primary Care
(Rx = 45 minutes)
Gerald W. Smetana, MD, MACP
12:45pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:30 Adjourn for the Day
5:30-7:00 Group Reception
(Faculty, Participants, and Guests)

Thursday, November 10

8:00am New Treatment Options for Diabetes
(Rx = 35 minutes)
Veronica Piziak, MD, PhD
8:45 Contraception Update: 2022
(Rx = 45 minutes)
Martin Quan, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break
10:15 Exercise Physiology for the Clinician: A Rational Approach to Exercise Testing
Benjamin D. Levine, MD
11:00 Pre-Operative Evaluation for Cardiac Risk
(Rx = 45 minutes)
Gerald W. Smetana, MD, MACP
11:45 Common Thyroid Disorders
(Rx = 25 minutes)
Veronica Piziak, MD, PhD
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Adjourn for the Day

Friday, November 11

3:00pm Smaller Group Breakouts – Session One
. Primary Care Management of Depression
Gerald W. Smetana, MD, MACP
. Case Studies in Hypertension
Martin Quan, MD
. Obesity: Surgical & Medication Options
Veronica Piziak, MD, PhD
. Common Sports Medicine Challenges
James C. Puffer, MD
4:30 Break
4:45 Smaller Group Breakouts – Session Two
(Session One Topics Repeated)
6:15 Adjourn for the Day

Saturday, November 12

8:00am Update on Osteoporosis: 2022
(Rx = 25 minutes)
Veronica Piziak, MD, PhD
8:45 Menopausal Hormone Therapy: Where Are We Now?
(Rx = 45 minutes)
Martin Quan, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break (hotel check-out, if applicable)
10:15 Heart Failure With Preserved Ejection Fraction—The “Other” Heart Failure (Rx = 10 minutes)
Benjamin D. Levine, MD
11:00 Approach to the Patient With Shoulder Pain
James C. Puffer, MD
11:45 Exercise & Cardiovascular Health: How Much Exercise for What Benefit?
Benjamin D. Levine, MD
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Conference Adjourns

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

CONFERENCE LOCATION

Beautiful Grand Cayman Island is the largest of the three Cayman Islands. Whether you are looking for complete relaxation, exquisite dining, exciting nightlife, or awesome underwater sights featuring accessible reefs, the island has something for everyone. On the west side of Grand Cayman, you will find the famous Seven Mile Beach. A crescent-shaped natural wonder, with white sand and azure water stretching as far as the eye can see, Seven Mile Beach is often rated as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Take a trip into the North Sound and visit Stingray City, where you and your family have the rare opportunity to swim and learn about southern stingrays. When you’re looking to get off the beach, get lost in the luxury of George Town, with colorful, traditional Caribbean-style buildings and endless duty-free shopping.

The newly-renovated Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa is in the premier location for fun and relaxation. The resort has easy access to Grand Cayman’s best attractions including scuba diving, shopping, snorkeling, and golfing. Spend time at the oversized outdoor pool or enjoy luxurious private cabanas on the beach. Family and children’s activities are sure to keep everyone busy, so why not visit the rejuvenating Hibiscus Spa? With world-class treatments, you will leave more refreshed than you ever imagined.

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it on Grand Cayman, at our 32nd Annual Fall Conference on Hot Topics in Primary Care.

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
August 31, 2022
REGULAR
If postmarked after
August 31, 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, and break refreshments for conference registrants. Tuition also includes a group reception for faculty, registrants, and their guests.

Conference registration will be confirmed via email

CONFERENCE LODGING INFORMATION

Conference group rates have been arranged at The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach 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 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 Room Group Rates
(Single/Double)
Description
All rooms are non-smoking and approximately 392 square feet. Rooms feature a 55” Samsung TV, Westin Heavenly® beds, hairdryer, and mini-refrigerators.
Island View $359/night View of the famous Seven Mile Beach Road on the island side of the hotel. These rooms also look out onto the main entrance of the resort. Rooms on higher floors offer a view of the Safe Haven Golf Course. Ground floor rooms have patios and only some upper level rooms offer balconies.
Partial Ocean View $419/night Located on the north and south sides of the hotel, offering a partial view of Seven Mile Beach. Ground floor rooms have patios and all upper level rooms have balconies.
Ocean/Pool View $449/night Located in the interior of the hotel with views of the pool area and Seven Mile Beach. Palm trees can obstruct views in some rooms. Ground floor rooms have patios and all upper level rooms have balconies.

Deluxe Ocean Front

(Very limited availability; must call Symposia Medicus to reserve)

$499/night

Located on the second floor of the hotel with an unobstructed view of Seven Mile Beach and includes a balcony.

By reserving through Symposia Medicus, the Resort Fee (normally $65/day) is included in the group rates stated above.

The Resort Fee includes: Internet access in guest rooms and public spaces, two bottles of water (replenished daily), mini-refrigerators, self-parking, beach chairs, umbrellas, and towels, pool and beach ambassadors, use of sauna, hot tub, and steam room at the Hibiscus Spa (based on availability), use of the fitness center, clinics to include beach yoga and standup paddle boarding, use of the business center (free printing for up to 10 pages), Sunday movie night on the beach, welcome drink, complimentary bite-size appetizers at Catboat Bar, poolside treats (some for a fee), Director of Lifestyle to execute daily/weekly events and activities, S’mores/Marshmallow Madness Night, Beach Bonfire Night, Imagination Playground including kids play blocks, board games, beach and lawn games, giant chess/checkers, and complimentary weekly activities (soccer, corn hole, nature scavenger hunt, character tattoos for kids, beach ball rally, water balloon toss, water drop relay, bocce ball tourney, trivia night, and sand sculpture competition). Items listed are subject to change.

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

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Hotel Policies

Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to change):
- 13% Government Tax
- 11% Service Charge (includes round-trip bellman & daily housekeeping gratuities)

Maximum guestroom occupancy is:
- Three adults, or
- Two adults and two children (or three if 3rd child is 3 years old or younger)

Mandatory additional person charges, listed below, include daily buffet breakfast and taxes (not to exceed maximum occupancy)
- Third adult (18 years & older) is $55 per night
- Children 13-17 years old are $18 per person, per night
- Children 5-12 years old are $10 per person, per night
- Children 4 years & under are complimentary

Bed Type Requests: You can select one or two beds; however, requests cannot be guaranteed until check-in. All king bedded rooms come with sleeper sofas.

Cribs are available on a complimentary basis. Rollaway beds are available at $15/day and only allowed in rooms with one bed. Both cribs and rollaway beds are 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.

Early Departure Fee: Please notify the hotel at check-in if there are any changes to your scheduled departure, as an early departure fee equal to one night’s room rate and tax will be charged to any guest who checks out prior to 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 plus estimated incidental charges; 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 for conference guests. Valet is not available at this resort.

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 October 5, 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 September 7, 2022. Between September 8, 2022 and October 5, 2022, one night’s deposit is forfeited. After October 5, 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.

BEFORE TRAVELING

There are detailed requirements and instructions for all visitors to Grand Cayman, which include mandatory pre-testing and proof of vaccination (subject to change).

Visit the Cayman Islands government website below for current information about these requirements. Visitors are encouraged to stay up to date on the latest restrictions, advisories, and travel alerts that are in place leading up to your planned stay. Please note that these mandates are subject to change.

For more information, please visit: https://www.exploregov.ky/coronavirus/travel

AIR TRAVEL INFORMATION

You will fly into Owen Roberts International Airport (GCM), which is approximately 15 minutes from The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa. For information on ground transportation, please visit our website.

Symposia Medicus has arranged for discount fares with Delta and United Airlines for this conference. Reservations can be made either through your travel agency or through the airline 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.

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