“It was an incredible treat to sit back and soak in knowledge, as well as truly meaningful practice tips from such an excellent team of experts. Not only was it up-to-date and helpful, but each faculty member was an outstanding, thoughtful, and knowledgeable speaker—thank you!”
– A. Leonard, MD

“The faculty for this conference was amazing! The topics were pertinent to my practice and very interesting.”
– K. Larter, WHNP

“Times for the presentations allowed me to enjoy the surroundings. All presenters were approachable and very understanding of the reality of office practices.”
– C. Dwyer, DO


Our 31st Annual Fall Conference on Issues in Women’s Health is designed for OB/GYNs, family physicians, general practitioners, internal medicine 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 learner knowledge, improve the competence and performance of all attendees, and contribute to their 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…

Effectively diagnose gynecologic cancer in the office setting

Design a treatment program for recurrent urinary tract infections in both pre and post-menopausal women

Recognize the differences in treating chronic vulvovaginal symptoms as compared to acute symptoms

Describe how to identify and treat peripartum depression

Improve the concept of sexual wellness during menopause


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 accredited continuing education 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. PAs 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 2.75 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.


We care about the health and safety of our conference attendees. As the event gets closer, Symposia Medicus will communicate any relevant health and safety policies and procedures implemented by us and/or the conference venue.


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


Lisa Barroilhet, MD
Associate Professor of
Gynecologic Oncology
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health
Madison, Wisconsin

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

Libby Edwards, MD
Conference Co-Chair

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

Gretchen Lentz, MD
Conference Co-Chair

Professor Emeritus
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology Division Urogynecology
Adjunct Professor of Urology
University of Washington
School of Medicine
Seattle, Washington

Jessica Shepherd, MD, MBA, FACOG
Gynecologist & Women’s Health
Chief Medical Officer
Verywell Health
Founder & CEO
Sanctum Med + Wellness
Baylor University Medical Center
Dallas, 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 with ineligible companies within the past 24 months. Symposia Medicus will also ensure that any and all relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies 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, November 1

7:00am Registration & Check-In
8:00 Welcome & Introduction
Libby Edwards, MD & Gretchen Lentz, MD
8:15 What’s New in UTIs, Recurrent UTIs, and Hematuria
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Gretchen Lentz, MD
9:00 Hormone Replacement & Cancer Risk: Safety vs. Sanity
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Lisa Barroilhet, MD
9:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 Break
10:30 How Symptoms of Menopause Can Impact Sex
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Jessica Shepherd, MD, MBA
11:15 Management of Chronic Vulvar Symptoms
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Libby Edwards, MD
Noon Sex & Pelvic Pain: Gynecologic Conditions
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Jessica Shepherd, MD, MBA
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 2

8:00am Blistering Diseases: Diagnosis & Treatment
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Libby Edwards, MD
8:45 Sexuality & Femtech
Jessica Shepherd, MD, MBA
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break
10:15 Hypersensitive Skin Reactions: Hives, Erythema Multiforme, and Vasculitis
Libby Edwards, MD
11:00 Special Issues for Women Throughout the Lifecycle
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Heidi Combs, MD, MS
11:45 The Psychology of Pleasure
Jessica Shepherd, MD, MBA
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Adjourn for the Day

Friday, November 3

3:00pm Smaller Group Breakouts – Session One
. Other Annoying Bladder Problems Besides UTIs
Gretchen Lentz, MD
. Depressive Disorders
Heidi Combs, MD, MS
. Work-Up of the Pelvic Mass in a Female Patient
Lisa Barroilhet, MD
. Skin Cancers & Sun Damage
Libby Edwards, MD
4:30 Break
4:45 Smaller Group Breakouts – Session Two
(Session One Topics Repeated)
6:15 Adjourn for the Day

Saturday, November 4

8:00am Keys to Managing Abnormal Uterine Bleeding
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Gretchen Lentz, MD
8:45 The Ever-Changing Landscape of Cervical Cancer Screening: 2023 Updates
(Rx = 5 minutes)
Lisa Barroilhet, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break (hotel check-out, if applicable)
10:15 Pros & Cons of Oophorectomy at Hysterectomy
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Gretchen Lentz, MD
11:00 Gynecologic Cancers in Post-Menopausal Women
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Lisa Barroilhet, MD
11:45 Identification & Management of Anxiety Disorders
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Heidi Combs, MD, MS
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Conference Adjourns

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


Aloha! The magical island of Maui, land of legend and incredible beauty, is the setting for this conference. Famous for its breathtaking views and spectacular white sand beaches, the island of Maui is also dramatically covered with mountain slopes and lush valleys.

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua offers unlimited activities and amenities in a setting of tropical luxury. Delightful surprises will reveal themselves throughout your stay, from the pro-like experience of playing two championship golf courses, to introducing your children to the magnificence of nature through Jean-Michael Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment program, to discovering a new flavor in one of the six on-site restaurants. However your days unfold, it will be an unforgettable retreat at one of the most beautiful 5-star hotels in Hawaii.

Take a guided hike through a lush Hawaiian rainforest or snorkel among Maui’s beautiful coral reefs. Enjoy the pampered amenities of luxurious outdoor poolside cabanas or the soft golden sand beneath your feet on D.T. Fleming Beach. Or, embrace indigenous plants and customs for a holistic approach to wellness at The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua Spa.

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it on Maui, at our 31st Annual Fall Conference on Issues 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 at 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
August 23, 2023
If postmarked after
August 23, 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


Conference group rates have been arranged at The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. 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. group rates may be available three days before and three days after the conference (based on availability).

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.


Room Type Group Rates
Deluxe Resort View
(Pool & resort views)
$339/night Rooms offer a king or two queen beds, and are approximately 440 sq. ft. with a balcony. Each room includes a 65-inch flat-screen TV, large work desk, iPod docking station, Nespresso Coffee maker with pods, marble bathroom with soaking tub and separate shower, dual vanities,
and bath amenities.
Deluxe Ocean View
Lower Floors

(View of ocean from balcony)
Deluxe Ocean View
Higher Floors
(View of ocean from balcony)
By booking your lodging with Symposia Medicus, the Resort Fee charge of $40.00 per room, per night is discounted to $20.00(plus tax)per room, per night. The Resort Fee includes (subject to change): Enhanced High-Speed Guest Room & Public Space Wi-Fi, Kapalua Resort Shuttle Services (travel within Kapalua Resort), Aloha welcome experience with non-alcoholic beverage and fresh flower or kukui nut lei, Discounted Golf Fees & Preferred Tee Times at Kapalua Plantation & Bay Courses, 24-hour Fitness Center Access, In-Room Coffee & Complimentary Bottled Water in Guest Rooms and throughout the Resort, Resort Activities (Basketball, Tennis, Shuffleboard, Croquet), Signature daily experiences including guided labyrinth meditation walk, sunrise yoga, etc. (offerings change seasonally)


Hotel Policies

Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to change):
- 17.42% state and local taxes
- $20 (plus 17.42% tax) discounted resort fee

Maximum guestroom occupancy is four, regardless of age. An infant under 12 months of age is allowed as a 5th guest at no charge, however, is subject to crib or rollaway rental fee, if needed.

Mandatory additional person charges below include daily buffet breakfast and gratuities (tax of 17.42% will apply):
- Children 4 years & under are FREE
- Children 5-12 years old are $19/person, per night
- Children 13-18 years old are $38/person, per night
- Adults 19 years & older are $118/person, per night

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 complimentary (based on availability and subject to change). Only one rollaway or one crib is allowed per room (king bed rooms only).

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.

Early Departure Fee: Please confirm your scheduled departure date with the hotel at check-in. An early departure fee equal to one night’s room and tax will be charged to any guest who checks out of the hotel before 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 $200 per day to cover 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: Parking at the resort is valet only. The rate is discounted to $29/night (from $50/night).

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 September 27, 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 August 30, 2023. Between August 31, 2023 and September 27, 2023, one night’s deposit is forfeited. After September 27, 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 be flying into Kahului Airport (OGG), which is approximately 36 miles from The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. For information on ground transportation, please visit our website.

Symposia Medicus has arranged for discount fares with Alaska, Delta, Hawaiian, 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.

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 ECME619 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 NMVXF in the “Meeting Code” box. For questions, please call the Delta Airlines Convention Desk at (800) 328-1111.
Hawaiian Airlines For discounts on Hawaiian Airlines flights, please book online at https://www.hawaiianairlines.com/affiliate?affcode=SYMPOSIAMED
United Airlines For discounts on United Airlines, please visit www.united.com and click on All Search Options, 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. 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 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