“Great conference! Very practical information presented clearly by faculty. The breakout sessions were particularly helpful. I enjoyed the discussion-based format and very timely topics.”
– S. Makemson, MD

“I leave Symposia Medicus conferences with valuable and updated information that enhances my practice.”
– C. Thomas, CNM

“Symposia Medicus continues to provide excellent medical education at an affordable price and at fantastic locations. I find each and every course offers a great exposure to the pertinent topics. I highly recommend Symposia Medicus.”
– P. Lachiewicz, DO


Our 24th Annual Conference on High Risk & Critical Care Obstetrics is designed for physicians, certified nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, PAs, nurses, and other healthcare professionals who face challenges in the care of the high risk pregnant patient. The goal of this conference is to increase knowledge and enhance the competence of attendees. Emphasis will be placed on practical application of the evidence-based topics presented.

Topics for this year’s conference have been selected based on the educational needs determined from the 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.

Conference format will include didactic lectures, smaller group breakout and interactive sessions, case studies, and question and answer sessions.

An outstanding faculty has been assembled for this conference. Each member was selected based on their individual area of expertise and ability to communicate current, evidence-based, and practical information to participants.

You are sure to enjoy our 24th Annual Conference on High Risk & Critical Care Obstetrics while sharing ideas and experiences with colleagues from across the country in the beautiful setting of Naples, Florida.


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

Counsel patients regarding risk/benefits of pharmacologic treatment for depression in the antepartum and postpartum periods

Apply a systematic approach to the interpretation of EFM strips in critically ill women

Manage fetal evaluation in the setting of maternal trauma

Recognize and treat a hypertensive crisis in pregnancy

Discuss CMV prevalence, testing, and management in pregnancy

Effectively manage sepsis and septic shock


At the conclusion of 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, review of the educational session materials, and submission of the case studies test, evaluations, and attendance verification 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 Essentials and Standards relating to continuing medical and nursing 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 continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


Symposia Medicus designates this live activity for a maximum of 17 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 17 cognate credits to this program.

Certified Nurse Midwives
The American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) accepts Category 1 CME approval from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

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 17 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

Nurse Practitioners/Nurses
The ANCC contact hours awarded for completion of this conference are 17.

Provider is also approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP2335, for 20.4 contact hours.

Pharmacology Credit for Prescriptive Authority
A maximum of 2.75 hours in pharmacology content for prescriptive authority may be earned by attending this educational conference. Sessions awarding pharmacology content for prescriptive authority are denoted with an Rx in the schedule. Please contact your state’s Board of Nursing for specific educational requirements as requirements may vary state to state.


Smaller group sessions will be held Friday. These breakout sessions are organized to provide greater participant/faculty interaction, and will give you an opportunity to participate in 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.


Each registrant will have online access to session materials. The session materials will be available for download approximately two weeks prior to the conference (you’ll receive an email with instructions). If you wish to receive a hard copy of the session materials, please check the box on
the registration form in this brochure.

If you are unable to attend this conference, extra copies of the session materials (either paper, flash drive, or digital copy) will be available one week after the conference. The cost is $65 for a hard copy, $30 for a flash drive, and $25 for the digital copy. To place your order,please email publications@symposiamedicus.org.


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


Kimberly Fortner, MD, FACOG
Conference Co-Chair

Associate Professor
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Director of Obstetrics
Division Director, Maternal-Fetal Medicine
University of Tennessee Medical Center
Knoxville, Tennessee

Suzanne McMurtry Baird, DNP, RN
Conference Co-Chair

Owner & Director of Nursing
Clinical Concepts in Obstetrics, LLC
Maternal Quality Improvement Specialist
Tennessee Initiative for Perinatal Quality Care
Nashville, Tennessee

Mark Newman, MD
Assistant Professor
Wake Forest University
School of Medicine
Department of OB/GYN
Section of Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Roger B. Newman, MD, FACOG
Professor & Maas Endowed Chair for Reproductive Sciences
Division of Women’s Health Research
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina

Christy Pearce, MD, MS
Director, Maternal Fetal Medicine
Centura South State & Southern Colorado Maternal Fetal Medicine
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Arthur Vaught III, MD
Assistant Professor
Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine
Division of Surgical Critical Care
The Johns Hopkins University
School of Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland

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 12 months. Beyond disclosure 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 session materials for this activity, and speakers will provide a slide disclosure for each presentation, and will also verbally disclose on-site.


Thursday, May 9

7:00am Registration & Check-in
During Continental Breakfast
8:00 Welcome & Introduction
Kimberly Fortner, MD & Suzanne McMurtry Baird, DNP, RN
8:15 Lessons Learned from Managing the Multifetal Gestation (Rx = 15 minutes)
Roger B. Newman, MD
9:00 Abnormal Placentation: Strategies for Prevention, Diagnosis, and Management (Rx = 15 minutes)
Kimberly Fortner, MD
9:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 Break
10:30 Surviving Maternal Sepsis: Diagnosis, Management, and Updates (Rx = 15 minutes)
Arthur Vaught III, MD
11:15 Trauma in Pregnancy
Christy Pearce, MD, MS
Noon Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
12:30pm Lunch Break (on your own)
1:45 EFM in the High Risk OB Patient
Suzanne McMurtry Baird, DNP, RN
2:30 Pulmonary Edema & Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) (Rx = 15 minutes)
Arthur Vaught III, MD
3:15 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
3:45 Adjourn for the Day

Friday, May 10

7:30am Continental Breakfast
8:00 Small Group Breakouts – Session One
. A. Diabetes in Pregnancy: Pre-Existing, Gestational, and Denial
Christy Pearce, MD, MS
. B. Medical-Legal Considerations in High Risk OB: Case Studies
Suzanne McMurtry Baird, DNP, RN
. C. Perinatal Complications of Bariatric Surgery
Mark Newman, MD
9:30 Break
9:45 Small Group Breakouts – Session Two
(Session One Topics Repeated)
11:15 Lunch Break (on your own)
12:45pm Small Group Breakouts – Session Three
. D. Management of Category II Fetal Heart Rate Tracings
Roger B. Newman, MD
. E. Developing Hemorrhage Protocols
Kimberly Fortner, MD
. F. Neurologic Emergencies
Arthur Vaught III, MD
2:15 Break
2:30 Small Group Breakouts – Session Four
(Session Three Topics Repeated)
4:00 Adjourn for the Day

Saturday, May 11

7:30am Continental Breakfast
8:00 An Update on Hypertensive Emergencies in Pregnancy (Rx = 30 minutes)
Roger B. Newman, MD
8:45 Acute Renal Failure in Pregnancy
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Suzanne McMurtry Baird, DNP, RN
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break (Hotel check-out, if applicable)
10:30 Treatment of Neoplastic Disease During Pregnancy: Maternal & Fetal Effects (Rx = 15 minutes)
Mark Newman, MD
11:15 Maternal Infections: Updates on Zika, Hepatitis C, and More (Rx = 15 minutes)
Kimberly Fortner, MD
Noon Use of Anti-Depressants in Pregnancy
(Rx = 30 minutes)
Mark Newman, MD
12:45pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:30 Conference Adjourns

Rx = Pharmacology Credit for Prescriptive Authority
will be granted for these sessions


Naples is graced with miles of white-sand beaches, beautiful weather, sumptuous restaurants, fine shopping, and entertainment. The Naples Pier, first erected in 1888, is the city’s symbol and a popular fishing and dolphin-spotting destination.

The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club promises you an experience you’ll always remember. Try kayaking or paddle boarding, or just take a walk along the white-sand beach and enjoy a short siesta in a cozy beach chair. Take a dip at Poolside, a multi-pool complex, just steps from the sand. The large recreational pool is perfect for play and exercise, while the smaller, more secluded, adult-only pool is just right for relaxing. The complex also includes two whirlpools and Poolside’s bar and grill, which serves cool drinks, spirits, and light fare overlooking the pools and the beach.

Enjoy the sun by getting in a game at the tennis courts or golf course. With more than 80 championship golf courses in the Naples area, Naples is the self-titled “Golf Capital of the World”, claiming to have more holes per capita than any other community.

Just a short drive away is Everglades National Park, the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States – a place where you can tour the park with a ranger, photograph birds, take an afternoon hike, spot alligators basking in the sun, or ride an airboat through the marshes.

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it in Naples, at our 24th Annual Conference on High Risk & Critical Care Obstetrics.


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 by reserving the following ways:

On-line at our website, www.symposiamedicus.org; OR

Call Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm (Pacific Time), (925) 969-1789 with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover; OR

By mail, make check payable to Symposia Medicus and send with registration form to 399 Taylor Blvd., Suite 201, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523-2287.

Visit www.symposiamedicus.org or call (925) 969-1789 for additional questions or information.


If postmarked by
February 28, 2019
If postmarked after
February 28, 2019
Physicians $685 $785
Residents, Nurses, PAs, & All Others $585 $685

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 session materials, continental breakfast on
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday mornings, and break refreshments for conference registrants

Conference registration will be confirmed via emaill


Symposia Medicus has conference group rates at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club.

These special rates will only be available until Tuesday, April 9, 2019 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.

851 Gulf Shore Boulevard North
Naples, Florida 34102
Phone: (239) 261-2222

To make your reservation, please call (800) 237-7600 or (844) 735-2022. YOU MUST

The reservations department is open Monday - Friday 8:00am-7:00pm, and weekends 9:00am-6:00pm (EST)

Room Type/View Group Rates Description
Resort View


Rooms range from 298-440 sq. ft. with views of the hotel grounds and golf course. Rooms include a refrigerator, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron & ironing board, in-room safe, flat-screen TV, and a patio or balcony.
Gulf View $349/night Rooms range from 298-440 sq. ft. with partial views of the Gulf of Mexico. Rooms include a refrigerator, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron & ironing board, in-room safe, flat-screen TV, and a patio or balcony.

Superior Gulf View

(Very limited, reserve early)

$389/night Rooms range from 298-600 sq. ft. with a direct front view of the Gulf of Mexico. Rooms include a refrigerator, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron & ironing board, in-room safe, flat-screen TV, and a patio or balcony.

1-Bedroom Resort View Suite

(Very limited, reserve early)


Suites range from 725-781 sq. ft. and differ by view.

All suites include a balcony, refreshed tropical décor, remodeled, enlarged bathrooms with new showers, vanities, and fixtures, as well as a separate bedroom from the living room, a dining area, and kitchenette.

1-Bedroom Gulf View Suite

(Very limited, reserve early)

Above group rates include: Complimentary wireless internet, in-room coffee, in-room safe, unlimited local phone calls, use of pool and beach chairs, towels, and umbrellas (based on availability), and unlimited use of the Fitness Center.


Hotel Policies

A deposit equal to one night’s room rate is due to the hotel with major credit card upon making your reservation. Credit cards with an expiration date prior to your arrival date will not be accepted.

Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include 11% state and local taxes (subject to change)

Maximum occupancy is four (4) in hotel rooms and six (6) in suites, regardless of age

There is no charge for additional guest(s) in rooms and/or suites

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

Rollaway beds are available at an additional cost of $10 per night (subject to availability and change)

Cribs are available on a complimentary basis (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. Additional charges may apply for late check-outs and are based upon availability.

A 30-minute break has been allotted in our conference schedule on the last day, for those of you who need to check out

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 $50/day to cover 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 and valet parking are complimentary

Hotel Cancellations must be made directly with the hotel at least 8 days (or more) prior to your confirmed arrival date or you will be charged a cancellation fee equal to one night’s deposit

Cancellation Policies

Conference cancellations must be made in writing (via email or mail) to Symposia Medicus and a refund,
less a 10% processing fee, will be given. No refunds will be made if cancellation is received after April 4, 2019;
however, tuition, less 10% processing fee, may be applied to a future Symposia Medicus conference.

All cancellations must be emailed to registrar@symposiamedicus.org OR mailed to Symposia Medicus. If mailed, it must be postmarked 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.


The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club is located 12 minutes from Naples Municipal Airport (APF) and 40 minutes from the Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW)/Ft. Myers and is served by most major airlines. 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.

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 and click on the link “Advanced Search,” located at the bottom of the “Book a Trip” box. Once you click on this link, another page will appear. On this page, you will need to insert NMS74 in the “Meeting Event Code” box, located at the right hand side of the page. 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 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 ZFMB292493 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 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