“These conferences provide updated and concise topics that I always feel are relevant to clinical practice.”
– T. Wilson, MD

“Conference was well-managed and presenters and presentations were very informative.”
– T. Truong, BSN

“The course was excellent. I have been in practice for over 25 years and I learned new information that I will use in my practice.”
– L. Linan, MD


Our 30th 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 sexual health, dermatology, breast cancer, cardiology, and mental health issues, 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…

Formulate an appropriate treatment plan for those suffering from common psychiatric illnesses

Discuss the cultural, gender, and age-related “norms” of sexual activity

Detect the skin findings and symptoms of melanoma

Review strategies to optimize cholesterol management to reduce cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk

Recognize the indications for at least three different surgical options for treating uterine fibroids


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 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.

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 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.


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.


There are detailed requirements and instructions for all visitors to St. Maarten, which may include pre-travel testing and/or proof of vaccination.

Please visit https://stmaartenehas.com/travel-requirements/ for current information about these requirements (mandates are subject to change.)

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.


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


C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD, FACC, FAHA
Director, Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center
Director, Linda Joy Pollin Women’s Heart Health Program
Director, Erika J. Glazer Women’s Heart Research Initiative
Director, Preventive Cardiac Center
Professor of Medicine
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Los Angeles, California

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

Richard Colgan, MD
Conference Co-Chair

Professor & Vice-Chair
Department of Family & Community Medicine
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland

Mindy Goldman, MD
Conference Co-Chair

Clinical Professor Emeritus
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, California

Paul S. Yamauchi, MD, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Los Angeles, California
Adjunct Associate Professor
John Wayne Cancer Institute
Dermatology Institute & Skin Care Center
Clinical Science Institute
Santa Monica, California

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



Wednesday, March 22

7:00am Registration & Check-In
8:00 Welcome & Introduction
Richard Colgan, MD & Mindy Goldman, MD
8:15 Women & Heart Disease: Detection, Evaluation, and Management (Rx = 15 minutes)
C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD
9:00 Skin Conditions in Women Including Vulvar Dermatologic Diseases (Rx = 15 minutes)
Paul S. Yamauchi, MD, PhD
9:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 Break
10:30 Sexual Health Is General Health
Laurie Birkholz, MD, NCMP
11:15 Hereditary Cancers: The Basics for Clinicians
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Mindy Goldman, MD
Noon Common Infections in Women
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Richard Colgan, MD
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, March 23

8:00am Detection of Skin Cancers
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Paul S. Yamauchi, MD, PhD
8:45 Somatic Presentations of Patients With Psychiatric Illnesses (Rx = 15 minutes)
Richard Colgan, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break
10:15 Hormones & Heart Disease: What Do We Know in 2023? (Rx = 15 minutes)
C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD
11:00 Common Skin Rashes: Eczema, Psoriasis, and Many More (Rx = 25 Minutes)
Paul S. Yamauchi, MD, PhD
11:45 Cholesterol 101: New Guidelines, Medications, and Targets (Rx = 30 minutes)
C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Adjourn for the Day

Friday, March 24

3:00pm Smaller Group Breakouts – Session One
. Case Studies in Women’s Dermatology
Paul S. Yamauchi, MD, PhD
. Fat or Fit: Does it Matter What You Weigh?
C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD
. Female Sexual Dysfunction 101
Laurie Birkholz, MD, NCMP
. Managing Menopause Medically & Naturally
Mindy Goldman, MD
4:30 Break
4:45 Smaller Group Breakouts – Session Two
(Session One Topics Repeated)
6:15 Adjourn for the Day

Saturday, March 25

8:00am Burning From Desire: The Latest UTI Guidelines
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Richard Colgan, MD
8:45 Fibroid Management
Mindy Goldman, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break (hotel check-out, if applicable)
10:15 Substance Abuse in Women
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Richard Colgan, MD
11:00 Update on Breast & Ovarian Cancers: Issues Pertaining to Screening & Prevention
Mindy Goldman, MD
11:45 STIs in Women: An Update in Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment
Laurie Birkholz, MD, NCMP
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Conference Adjourns

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


One of the most magnificent Caribbean islands, St. Maarten is surrounded by beautiful, blue water and white sand beaches, making it the perfect tropical getaway. With its blend of French, Dutch, and Caribbean influences, this piece of paradise offers endless possibilities for adventures on both land and sea.

The smallest island in the world ever to have been partitioned between two different nations, Saint Martin/Sint Maarten has been shared by the French and the Dutch in a spirit of neighborly cooperation and mutual friendship for almost 350 years. Saint Martin on the French side is known for its outdoor markets and rich French and Indian Caribbean cuisine, while the Dutch side is known for its festive nightlife, beaches, jewelry, exotic drinks, and plentiful casinos.

Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa is located on the island’s southwest shore in the heart of Maho Village, the entertainment hub of St. Maarten, where you can find duty-free boutiques, a host of international restaurants, bars, cafés, and lounges to suit every palate, and a bustling nightlife—including Casino Royale, the island’s largest casino and theatre. The property features a man-made beach, The Palms Beach (a private extension of Maho Beach), is known for its famous plane spotting and is only a 10-minute walk from Mullet or Simpson Bay. For the adventurous, snorkeling, scuba diving, sunset dinner cruises, ATV and dune buggy tours, distillery tours, private charters, and more await. Or, if you’re looking for some R&R, enjoy the resorts’ signature well-being retreat within the peaceful walls of Serenity Spa, where you can quiet your mind, ease muscular tension, or reconnect with your mind, body, and soul.

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it on St. Maarten, at our 30th 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 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
January 11, 2023
If postmarked after
January 11, 2023
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

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


Conference group rates have been arranged at the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino, & Spa.

These special rates will only be available until Thursday, February 2, 2023 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.

The conference group rates will also be available three days before and three days after the conference (based on availability) if you wish to extend your stay.

Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & Spa
1 Rhine Road
Maho Village Maho Beach, Sint Maarten
Direct: (721) 545-2115

To make your reservations online, please visit:
**When booking online the room rate doesn’t reflect taxes and fees until you click “book now”, then it will show on your invoice

To make your reservations by phone, please call (721) 545-2115
You must refer to the group code SYM2023 to receive conference group rates.


Group Rates below are for ONE adult (13 years & older)
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: private balcony or patio with outdoor furniture, energy efficient in-room climate control, flat screen TV, iron & ironing board, in-room safe, coffee maker with coffee and tea, mini-fridge with water and sodas, hair dryer and bath amenities.

Superior Room $440/night $500/night $735/night These rooms are 440 sq. ft. with either one or two beds and furnished balcony or patio with ample closet space.
Garden/Island View Room $410/night $520/night $765/night These rooms are 440 sq. ft. with either one or two beds with a semi-private patio or balcony with views of the resort’s lush gardens.
Signature Island View $425/night $540/night $795/night These rooms are 440 sq. ft. with island-facing views, Maho Village or adjacent golf course and a furnished balcony.
Room types below are VERY limited.
Oasis Pool View $435/night $550/night $810/night These rooms are 440 sq. ft. with a furnished balcony overlooking the resort’s lush gardens and the Oasis Pool.
Signature Ocean View $455/night $570/night $840/night These rooms are 440 sq. ft. with a furnished balcony overlooking the expansive views of the Oasis Pool and Maho Beach.
One-Bedroom Suite Garden View $535/night $660/night $975/night Spread out in 670 sq. ft. space divided into a one-bedroom master and a spacious living area with balcony overlooking the resort’s lush gardens.
All-inclusive rates include: all taxes, food & beverages (including alcohol), access to private beach, large oasis pool with slides, access to kids’ club with supervised activities, game area for children, access to Teen Zone, daily activities & nightly entertainment, five restaurant dining options, plus access to the gym & Serenity Spa. Dining options include either an à la carte or buffet meal service, depending on the resort schedule. Beverage selection includes brands as specified by the resort.

For information regarding COVID-19, health, and safety at the hotel, please visit


Hotel Policies

A deposit equal to two night’s room is due to the hotel with major credit card upon making your reservation

Final payment for the remaining stay is due on Sunday, February 5, 2023, (45-days prior to event). The hotel will charge the credit card on file (used for the deposit) for the remaining balance.

Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to change):
- Dry cleaning/laundry services
- Phone charges
- Store purchases
- Salon & spa services
- Tours & transportation

Maximum guestroom occupancy is:
- Three adults (13 years old and over are considered adults), or
- Two adults and two children (children are 12 and under)
- Children 6 to 12 years old are $45 per child per night
- Children five years or younger are free of charge

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

Rollaways & Cribs: Rollaway beds and cribs are both complimentary (based on availability)

Check-in time is 4:00pm 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 or debit card to ensure that funds are available. Holds are placed on your account of $50 per night for estimated incidentals for your entire stay; 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 $10 per day for all guests. Valet is not available at this resort.

Hotel Cancellation Policies

Hotel cancellations must be made directly with the hotel at least 45 days prior to your confirmed arrival date

Any cancellations after this date will be charged the original reserved stay. Please contact the hotel for further information.

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 15, 2023; however, tuition, less a 10% processing fee, may be applied to a future Symposia Medicus conference.

Conference 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 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 Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM), which is only minutes from Sonesta Maho Beach Resort, Casino & 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 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.

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.