“This was my first time attending this integrative practice conference. I got a lot of information and I am hoping to apply all the alternative management and techniques to my practice.”
– C. Sanchez, MD

“Everyone was outstanding! Content was very relevant. Glad I came to this conference.”
– C. Johnson, WHNP-BC

“The conference was truly comprehensive and integrative. Being trained in traditional western American medicine, I will use so much of this information and resources I learned here for use on my everyday patient.”
– A. Bujor, MD

CONFERENCE DESCRIPTION

Integrative Medicine focuses on the mind and body as a whole and the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient. Our 20th Annual Fall Conference on Integrative Medicine in Women’s Health is designed to take an in-depth look at how to achieve optimal health and healing for female patients through a variety of complementary alternative treatment modalities and provide mainstream medical and nursing professionals with evidence-based data. Emphasis will be placed on practical application of the 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 20th Annual Fall Conference on Integrative Medicine in Women’s Health while sharing ideas and experiences with colleagues from across the country in the beautiful setting of California’s Napa Valley.

CONFERENCE OBJECTIVES

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

Describe the mind-body connection as it relates to pain

Identify associated disorders which are commonly
present in thyroid patients, such as celiac disease and
B12 deficiency

Evaluate the risks and potential benefits of bioidentical hormone replacement in menopause

Demonstrate an understanding of acupuncture’s history and professionalization in the United States, as well as its safety and effectiveness as a treatment option for chronic pain

Demonstrate various yoga poses to help patients gain flexibility, strength, and endurance in the body

Recognize which supplements are helpful for
reducing depression

ATTENDEE REQUIREMENTS

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, surveys, and attendance verification form. Each participant should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ACCREDITATION

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.

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT

Physicians
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 CME activity meets the requirements under California Assembly Bill 1195, continuing education and cultural and linguistic competency.

AAFP
This Live activity, 20th Annual Fall Conference on Integrative Medicine in Women’s Health, with a beginning date of 09/04/2019, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 18.00 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ACOG
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has assigned up to 18 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.

PAs
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.

Pharmacists
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™

SMALLER GROUP BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Smaller group sessions will be held Friday morning. 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.

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

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.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS / GROUND TRANSPORTATION

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

CONFERENCE FACULTY

Tirun Gopal, MD
St. Luke’s Hospital San Francisco
Certified in Ayurveda, Medical Acupuncture,
Yoga & Meditation, and Homeopathy
San Francisco, California

Ian Koebner, PhD, MSc, MAOM
Assistant Professor & Director of
Integrative Pain Medicine
Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine
University of California, Davis
Davis, California

Jody Levy, MBA, EEM-AP
Founder, Peak Vitality LLC
Eden Energy Medicine Advanced Practitioner
PSYCH-K Facilitator
Energy Coach
Alfred, Maine

Paula Luber, MD
Conference Co-Chair

Private Functional Medicine Practice
Encinitas, California

Seema M. Patel, MD, MPH
Conference Co-Chair

Functional Medicine Physician
Center for Functional Medicine
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, Ohio

Scarlet Soriano, MD, ABIHM
Director of Group Visits & Wellness-Based
Healthcare Transformation
Boston Medical Center
Boston, Massachusetts

DISCLOSURE STATEMENT
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.

 

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Wednesday, September 4

7:00am Registration & Check-in
During Continental Breakfast
8:00 Welcome & Introduction
Paula Luber, MD
8:15 An Integrative Approach to Depression
Seema M. Patel, MD, MPH
9:00 Mind-Body Approaches to Chronic Pain
Scarlet Soriano, MD, ABIHM
9:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 Break
10:30 Achieving Wellness in the Hypothyroid Patient
Paula Luber, MD
11:15 The Role of Acupuncture Today
Ian Koebner, PhD, MSc, MAOM
Noon Benefits of Yoga: Cultivating a Healthy Body
Tirun Gopal, MD
1:00pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:30 Adjourn for the Day
5:30-6:30

Wine & Cheese Reception
(Faculty, Participants, and Guests)

Thursday, September 5

7:30am Continental Breakfast
8:00 Integrative Approaches to Stress Reduction: Addressing the Elephant in the Healthcare Paradigm
Scarlet Soriano, MD, ABIHM
8:45 The Leaky Gut & How It Affects Health
Seema M. Patel, MD, MPH
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break
10:15 Optimizing Bone Health in Your Female Patients
Paula Luber, MD
11:00 The Analgesic Museum and the Case for Social Connection
Ian Koebner, PhD, MSc, MAOM
11:45 Healthy Plate: A New Way Of Eating
Scarlet Soriano, MD, ABIHM
12:45pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:30 Adjourn for the Day

Friday, September 6

7:30am Continental Breakfast
8:00 Smaller Group Breakouts – Session One
. A. Mind, Body, and Spirit Interactive Yoga
Tirun Gopal, MD
. B. Integrative Pain Management & Acupuncture
Ian Koebner, PhD, MSc, MAOM
. C. Self-Care for the Health Professional Through Energy Medicine
Jody Levy, MBA, EEM-AP
. D. The Nuts & Bolts for Developing Robust & Financially Viable Wellness-Based Group Visits in Primary & Specialty Care
Scarlet Soriano, MD, ABIHM
9:30 Break
9:45

Smaller Group Breakouts – Session Two
(Session One Topics Repeated)

11:15 Adjourn for the Day

Saturday, September 7

7:30am Continental Breakfast
8:00 An Integrative Approach to Common Sleep Complaints
Seema M. Patel, MD, MPH
8:45 Managing Menopausal Symptoms with Bioidentical Hormones
Paula Luber, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break (hotel check-out, if applicable)
10:15 Healthy Aging: An Integrative & Functional Medicine Approach
Seema M. Patel, MD, MPH
11:00 Irritable Bowel Syndrome in the Office
Paula Luber, MD
11:45 Balanced Living According to Ayurvedic Medicine
Tirun Gopal, MD
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Conference Adjourns

CONFERENCE LOCATION

California’s wine country offers scenic countrysides, great wines, and superb restaurants. With over 450 wineries offering a variety of wines for all tastes, it’s no wonder that the Napa Valley is considered the heart of the American wine industry. Located approximately 60 miles north of San Francisco, there is much more to Napa than just its grapes! Enjoy hot-air ballooning, horseback riding, mountain biking, or challenging golf. Find incredible discounts on your favorite brand-names at the Napa Premium Outlets or visit Old Town for more unique shopping. Visit the recently restored Napa Valley Opera House for headliners from Jazz to Country music. It might be wine that comes to mind when thinking of the Napa Valley, but with world-renowned restaurants, such as The French Laundry, Bottega, and Morimoto, it’s the food that will keep you occupied while there.

With so much to do, you’ll find that fine wine is only a part of this abundant valley. If the Napa Valley isn’t enough to keep your interest, San Francisco, with Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, and famous cable cars, is just an hour away; or the kid inside you will love the excitement of Six Flags Discovery Kingdom located just 20 minutes away, or Safari West wildlife preserve just 45 minutes away.

The Marriott Napa Valley Hotel & Spa combines modern convenience with traditional comfort. Exercise at the state-of-the-art fitness center, or enjoy “The Preserve Spa”, one of the best full-service spas in the Napa Valley. If you are looking for a refreshing escape – just head over to the hotel’s all new resort-style pool and courtyard. They’ll provide the towels, sunscreen, lounge chairs and umbrellas– all you have to do is relax and enjoy every moment. Sip on specialty cocktails or your favorite Napa Valley wines complemented by creative small bites from VINeleven’s innovative kitchen, the hotel’s indoor/outdoor restaurant and bar. Start the day with morning yoga sessions on the pool deck, or just unwind with a cocktail on the pool patio under a gorgeous California sunset after a long day spent touring vineyards or teeing off on Napa’s famous golf courses.

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it in Napa, at our 20th Annual Fall Conference on Integrative Medicine in Women’s Health.

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION, LODGING & TRAVEL INFORMATION

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.

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION INFORMATION

TUITION: EARLY
If postmarked by
June 26, 2019
REGULAR
If postmarked after
June 26, 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 Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday mornings, and break refreshments for conference registrants. Tuition also includes group reception for faculty, registrants, and their guests.

Conference registration will be confirmed via email

CONFERENCE LODGING INFORMATION

Conference group rates have been arranged at the Marriott Napa Valley Hotel & Spa. 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.

Room Type Group Rates Description
Standard Room
(view of perimeter and
exterior of hotel)
$329/night

All rooms are non-smoking and approximately 375 sq. ft. and feature either one king bed or two double beds. They also include air conditioning, pillow top mattresses, mini refrigerators, coffee makers with complimentary coffee, pay-per view movie access, and flat screen TVs.

Due to strict fire codes, rollaway beds and cribs are not permitted in a room with two beds. Only one rollaway or crib is permitted in a room with a king bed.

Garden View Room
(view of hotel’s courtyard)
$379/night

Concierge Room
(view of hotel’s courtyard or
perimeter and exterior of hotel)

Concierge lounge access includes complimentary continental breakfast, daily midday snacks, hors d’oeuvres and dessert, non-alcoholic beverages, and business services.

$399/night
By reserving your lodging with Symposia Medicus, the $20 per room, per night Destination Fee is waived. This fee includes (subject to change): two bottles of water (daily), coffee, in-room enhanced internet and throughout the resort, two bicycle rentals, spa access (for the locker room, steam room, and Jacuzzi), use of pool & towels, culinary garden tour with sparkling wine (4:00pm daily), and self-parking.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Hotel Policies

Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to change):
- 12% tax
- 0.065% California Tourism Assessment Fee
- 2% Tourism Business Improvement District Assessment

Maximum guestroom occupancy is four people and cannot be exceeded due to fire codes

There is no additional charge for 3rd and 4th guests in room

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). Please note: Due to strict fire codes, rollaway beds and cribs are not permitted in a room with
two beds. Only one rollaway or crib is permitted in a room with a king bed.

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. Additional charges may apply for late check-outs and are based
upon availability.

Early Departure Fee: Failure to arrive on confirmed arrival date will be charged the entire reserved
stay. Please inform Symposia Medicus of any changes.

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 and valet is not available at this hotel

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 July 31, 2019; however, tuition, less 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/postmarked by July 3, 2019. Between July 4, 2019 and
July 31, 2019, one night’s deposit is forfeited. After July 31, 2019, no hotel refunds can be made. 

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.

AIR TRAVEL INFORMATION

The closest airport to the Marriott Napa Valley Hotel & Spa is Oakland International Airport (OAK); however, lower fares can sometimes be found by flying into San Francisco International Airport (SFO), Sacramento International Airport (SMF) or San Jose International Airport (SJC). Oakland is approximately 50 miles from the hotel, while San Francisco and Sacramento are approximately 60 miles, and San Jose is approximately 85 miles. 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 ECMC131 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 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.

CAR RENTAL DISCOUNT

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