“Very dynamic speakers with clear presentations. I have been to some conferences where it was graph after graph and this was not like that––a welcome change.”
– M. Johnson, MD

“Well-presented material by all, with valuable information and evidence-based treatment strategies.”
– T. Sloan, FNP

“It was an excellent conference which included topics that are coming to the forefront of women’s health.”
– E. Grazette, MD


Our 5th Annual Winter Conference on Hot Topics in Women’s Health is designed for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician associates, nurses, and other allied healthcare professionals involved in the care of women’s health patients. Our expert faculty will discuss the latest evidence-based advancements in women’s health, 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 situations.


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

Recognize the features of an autoimmune disease and make a diagnosis

Develop a plan to reduce use of antibiotics in the treatment of urinary tract infections (UTIs)

Recognize the hemodynamic changes of pregnancy and explain how they may adversely impact women with heart disease

Discuss the interactions between medication and sexual desire

Develop a treatment plan for the different symptoms experienced by patients with PCOS


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 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.


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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.


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.


We have made arrangements for discounted ski lift tickets. These are one-day lift tickets and 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-2023/c/symposia-medicus-2023-3.


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.


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


G. Wright Bates, Jr., MD
Conference Co-Chair
Chair, Department of
Obstetrics & Gynecology
The Grimes Family Endowed
Chair of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Senior Staff
Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility
Baylor Scott & White Health
Clinical Professor
Texas A&M College of Medicine
Temple, Texas

Patty Cason, RN, MS, FNP-BC
Envision SRH
Assistant Clinical Professor
UCLA School of Nursing
Los Angeles, California

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

Michael Fialkow, MD, MPH
Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology University of Washington School of Medicine Seattle, Washington

Karen Stout, MD
Conference Co-Chair

Professor, Internal Medicine/Cardiology
Adjunct Professor, Pediatrics/Cardiology
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington

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



Tuesday, February 14

5:30-7:00pm Registration & Check-In
During Group Reception
(Faculty, Participants, and Guests)

Wednesday, February 15

6:30am Continued Registration & Check-In
7:00 Welcome & Introduction
William D. Schlaff, MD & Karen Stout, MD
7:15 Current Management Options for Women With Autoimmune Disorders
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Peng T. Fan, MD
8:00 Cardiac Disease in Women: What’s Different, What’s the Same?
Karen Stout, MD
8:45 Overactive Bladder: Update on Newer Treatment Options (Rx = 15 minutes)
Michael Fialkow, MD, MPH
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:30 Adjourn Morning Session
Mid-Day Break: 10:30am-4:00pm
4:00pm The PATH to Person-Centered Contraception Counseling (Rx = 10 minutes)
Patty Cason, RN, MS, FNP-BC
4:45 Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Update
(Rx = 20 minutes)
G. Wright Bates, Jr., MD
5:30 Women With Heart Disease: Implications for Pregnancy & Contraception (Rx = 25 minutes)
Karen Stout, MD
6:15 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
7:15 Adjourn for the Day

Thursday, February 16

7:00am Osteoarthritis: A Practical Guide
(Rx = 30 minutes)
Peng T. Fan, MD
7:45 Top 10 Cardiology Pearls
Karen Stout, MD
8:30 UTIs & Recurrent UTIs in Post-Menopausal Women
Michael Fialkow, MD, MPH
9:15 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Adjourn for the Day

Friday, February 17

4:00pm Wanting to Want: Unpacking Sexual Desire
(Rx = 5 minutes)
Patty Cason, RN, MS, FNP-BC
4:45 Infertility Diagnosis & Treatment
(Rx = 15 minutes)
G. Wright Bates, Jr., MD
5:30 Fecal Incontinence & Bowel Screenings: Issues in the Older Female Patient
Michael Fialkow, MD, MPH
6:15 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
7:15 Adjourn for the Day

Saturday, February 18

7:00am The Obesity Epidemic and Its Impact on Reproductive Health
G. Wright Bates, Jr., MD
7:45 Innovations & Advances in Contraception for 2023
(Rx = 45 minutes)
Patty Cason, RN, MS, FNP-BC
8:30 Management of Osteoporosis 2023
(Rx = 30 minutes)
Peng T. Fan, 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


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 limited; ski-in/ski-out access located within the 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 or snowmobile 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 5th Annual Winter Conference on Hot Topics in 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 6, 2022
If postmarked after
December 6, 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 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.


(Double Occupancy)
All accommodations are non-smoking and include complimentary internet access in room and throughout the resort
Huntley Lodge: The main hotel lodge containing the Conference Center and spa.
Huntley Room $429/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 $449/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 $549/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.
Village Center: Located between the Summit and Shoshone buildings.
Village Studio $439/night 4 432 Has queen pull-down Murphy bed, sleeper sofa, microwave, coffeemaker, small refrigerator and dishwasher, and bathroom.


(Double Occupancy)
All accommodations are non-smoking and include complimentary internet access in room and throughout the resort
Summit Building: Euro-Western luxury hotel adjacent to the Mountain Village.
A two-minute walk to the Huntley Lodge & Conference Center.
Summit Studio $639/night 2 450 Has a queen pull-down Murphy bed, kitchen, dining area, and bathroom.
Summit Hotel (2 Queen Beds) $739/night 4 400 Has two queen beds, wet bar, and bathroom.

*Summit Hotel (King Bed)

(Must call Symposia
Medicus for availability)

$749/night 2 400 Has one king bed, wet bar, and bathroom.
Summit 1-Bedroom Condo $1,109/night 2-4 880 Has either one queen bed and sleeper sofa 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)

$1,409/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)

$1,969/night 8-10 1770 Same as Summit 2-Bedroom Condo with an adjoining hotel room. Bed types not guaranteed.

*Units are VERY limited. Reserve early. Other units not listed above may be available.
Please call Symposia Medicus for availability at (925) 969-1789.

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


Hotel Policies

Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to change):
- 8% state bedding/accommodation tax
- 4% local/resort tax
- 10% resort service fee

The resort service fee includes: complimentary ski valet, pool access, daily round-trip ride on the Ramcharger 8 lift for dining at Everett’s 8800, 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 airline boarding passes, and self-parking. Items are subject to change.

If you book in the Summit Building, breakfast is not included

Maximum guestroom occupancy as stated above cannot be exceeded

Mandatory additional occupant charge (over two in room), is $25 per person, per night (includes daily buffet breakfast, taxes, and gratuities)

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 night for Summit guests and $40 per night for all other guests (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, 10, 2023; 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 13, 2022. Between December 14, 2022 and January 10, 2023, one night’s deposit is forfeited. After January 10, 2023, 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 Bozeman, Montana (BZN), which is approximately one hour 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.

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 ECME228 in the “Discount Code” box, located at the right hand side of the page.
Blackout Dates: February 17, 2023 and February 20, 2023
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 NMVXF 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 ZMA2992670 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.


For conference discounts, Symposia Medicus has made arrangements with AVIS and Budget Car Rentals. Reservations can be made online or 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