“I love this conference! The education is fabulous with excellent speakers. A great experience for me and my family!”
– H. Garrard, MD

“Great topics and speakers. I will be booking another Symposia Medicus conference next year!”
– K Capusan, PNP

“Every year, you outdo yourselves! Wonderful conference!”
– W. Unsderfer, MD


Our 6th Annual Winter Conference on Hot Topics in Women’s Health is designed for physicians, nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, 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 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, 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…

Describe the adverse effects and contraindications of hormonal replacement therapy

Illustrate common treatment interventions for mood and anxiety disorders specific to female patients

Build a differential diagnosis for vulvovaginal disease

Identify dietary and behavioral management of IBS and its subtypes

Discuss the role of social determinants in creating racial disparities in women’s health


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 16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has assigned up to 16 cognate credits to this program.

The AAFP has reviewed 6th Annual Winter Conference on Hot Topics in Women’s Health and deemed it acceptable for up to 16.00 Live AAFP Prescribed credits. Term of Approval is from 02/20/2024 to 02/24/2024. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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 4.25 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 and discounted rental equipment by visiting our website at www.symposiamedicus.org.


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


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.


Bruce Kahn, MD
Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
Director, Scripps Clinic Fellowship in Minimally Invasive
Gynecologic Surgery
Clinical Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Scripps Clinic
La Jolla, California

Jesse D. Markman, MD, MBA
Conference Co-Chair

Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington

Toby Maurer, MD
Professor, Department of Dermatology
Lead AMPATH Global Dermatology
Indiana University
Professor Emeritus
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, California

Stacy B. Menees, MD, MS, FASGE
Associate Professor
Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
University of Michigan
Associate Chief of Gastroenterology
VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Jan Shepherd, MD
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

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


Tuesday, February 20

5:30-6:30pm Registration & Check-In

Wednesday, February 21

6:30am Continued Registration & Check-In
7:00 Welcome & Introduction
Jesse D. Markman, MD, MBA & Jan Shepherd, MD
7:15 Treatment of Mood & Anxiety Disorders in Women
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Jesse D. Markman, MD, MBA
8:00 Abnormal Uterine Bleeding: Current Diagnosis & Management
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Bruce Kahn, MD
8:45 Modern Approaches to Fecal Incontinence in Women
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Stacy B. Menees, MD, MS
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:30 Adjourn Morning Session
Mid-Day Break: 10:30am-4:00pm
4:00pm Puzzling Dermatologic Vulvovaginal Cases
(Rx = 25 minutes)
Toby Maurer, MD
4:45 Female Sexual Dysfunction Dilemmas
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Jan Shepherd, MD
5:30 Skin Cancers & Sun Protection
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Toby Maurer, MD
6:15 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
7:15 Adjourn for the Day

Thursday, February 22

7:00am Women & IBS
Stacy B. Menees, MD, MS
7:45 Chronic Pelvic Pain & Interstitial Cystitis: Pearls for Diagnosis & Treatment
(Rx= 20 minutes)
Bruce Kahn, MD
8:30 Addressing Racial Disparities in Women’s Health
Jan Shepherd, MD
9:15 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 Adjourn for the Day

Friday, February 23

4:00pm What’s New in Hormone Management & Menopause?
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Bruce Kahn, MD
4:45 Substance Use Disorders
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Jesse D. Markman, MD, MBA
5:30 Colon Cancer Screening in Women
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Stacy B. Menees, MD, MS
6:15 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
7:15 Adjourn for the Day

Saturday, February 24

7:00am The Current Epidemic in Sexually-Transmitted Infections
(Rx = 40 minutes)
Jan Shepherd, MD
7:45 When Your Patients Make You Anxious: Emergency Interventions
Jesse D. Markman, MD, MBA
8:30 Contraception Update 2024
(Rx = 45 minutes)
Jan Shepherd, 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 drive from Bozeman, Montana. This lovely hotel, suite, and condominium resort has newly-renovated buildings with ski-in/ski-out access to 5,800 skiable acres within the resort. 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.

Be one of the first to enjoy the transformed Lone Peak tram experience. The top terminal of the new tram will include an all-glass viewing platform with panoramic views of the surrounding peaks, as well as the fall line of Lone Mountain through a glass floor. Revel in the incomparable Big Sky cold smoke powder while on this completely reimagined scenic summit experience!

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 Spanish Peaks range, or a snowmobile or coach 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 also available around Big Sky Resort.

Whatever your pleasure, you are sure to find many thrilling winter activities in this spectacular setting while attending our 6th 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 12, 2023
If postmarked after
December 12, 2023
Physicians $795 $895
Nurses, PAs, & All Others $695 $795

Discounts are available for retired healthcare providers, active U.S. military, residents, 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.

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 $429/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 $629/night 2 450 Has a queen pull-down Murphy bed, kitchen, dining area, and bathroom.
*Summit Hotel (2 Queen Beds) $725/night 4 400 Has two queen beds, wet bar, and bathroom.

*Summit 1-Bedroom Condo

(Must call Symposia
Medicus for availability)

$1,119/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)

$1,419/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.

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


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 resort-wide Wi-Fi, complimentary ski valet, pool access, hot tub, fitness center access, 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, movies in the amphitheater nightly (availability allowing), luggage storage with bell staff on arrival or departure, 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) Note: Breakfast does not apply to the Summit Building

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

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, 16, 2024; 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 19, 2023. Between December 20, 2023 and January 16, 2024, one night’s deposit is forfeited. After January 16, 2024, 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.

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 ECME939 in the “Discount Code” box, located at the right hand side of the page.
Blackout Dates: February 16, 2024 & February 19, 2024
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 NY35Z in the “Meeting Code” box. For questions, please call the Delta Airlines Convention Desk at (800) 328-1111.
United Airlines Discount code was not available at the time of printing this brochure. Please check our website for updated information.


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