“Once again, the successful Symposia Medicus formula comes through: clinically relevant content delivered by approachable faculty in a tropical paradise setting! Well done.”
– E. Dovre, MD

“The education was evidence-based, current, and significant to my practice.”
– S. Rehberg, CNM

“My knowledge increases each and every time I have attended your conferences. Excellent speakers and topics that are of utmost importance.”
– R. Reddi-Dickason, MD


Our 24th Annual Winter Conference on Clinical Issues in OB/GYN has been designed for physicians, certified nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, PAs, nurses, and other healthcare professionals who face ever-increasing challenges in the clinical diagnoses, treatment options, and new technologies involved in caring for the female 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.

Smaller group sessions will be held Friday afternoon. 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.

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 Winter Conference on Clinical Issues in OB/GYN while sharing ideas and experiences with colleagues from across the country in the beautiful setting of Cancun.


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

List the leading causes of pregnancy-related death in the United States

Discuss how to manage pulmonary edema when diuresis fails

Recognize and describe the role of testosterone in women’s sexual desire

Describe the efficacy and safety of Uterine Fibroid Embolization

List emerging imaging biomarkers for preventing poor obstetric outcomes


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.


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 18 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 18 cognate credits to this program.

This Live activity, 24th Annual Winter Conference on Clinical Issues in OB/GYN, with a beginning date of 02/05/2020, 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.

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 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™

Pharmacology Content for Prescriptive Authority
A maximum of 2.5 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.


Each registrant will have online access to session materials. The session materials will be available for download approximately one week 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.


We have arranged with Amstar DMC, the onsite tour company at the resort, to provide Symposia Medicus participants with transportation to/from the Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa, as well as tour options.

For more information, please visit our website at www.symposiamedicus.org.


Helen Feltovich, MD, MS
Associate Scientist
Department of Medical Physics
University of Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin
Attending Physician
Division of Maternal Fetal-Medicine
Intermountain Healthcare
Salt Lake City, Utah

Jay Goldberg, MD, MSCP
Conference Co-Chair

Vice Chairman
Director of Philadelphia Fibroid Center
Department of OB/GYN
Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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

Tami S. Rowen, MD, MS
Assistant Professor
Department of Clinical Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
UCSF Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
UCSF Center for Sexual Health
University of California, San Francisco
School of Medicine
San Francisco, California

Shailen Shah, MD
Medical Director & Lead Physician
Virtua Maternal Fetal Medicine
Voorhees, New Jersey

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.



Wednesday, February 5

7:00am Registration & Check-in
8:00 Welcome & Introduction
Jay Goldberg, MD, MSCP
8:15 Maternal Morbidity & Mortality: Stopping the Trends
Suzanne McMurtry Baird, DNP, RN
9:00 Respiratory Issues: Asthma, Pneumonia, and More
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Shailen Shah, MD
9:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 Break
10:30 Protecting the Pelvic Floor: Evidence-Based Evaluation of Episiotomy, Perineal Massage, Birthing Position, and More (Rx = 15 minutes)
Jay Goldberg, MD, MSCP
11:15 Testosterone Therapy for Sexual Health Complaints (Rx = 30 minutes)
Tami S. Rowen, MD, MS
Noon The New International Fetal Growth Curves: How Do They Differ & Which Are Right for My Patients?
Helen Feltovich, MD, MS
12:45pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:30 Adjourn for the Day

Group Reception
(Faculty, Participants, and Guests)

Thursday, February 6

8:00am Evaluation & Treatment of Menstrual Migraines
(Rx = 35 minutes)
Jay Goldberg, MD, MSCP
8:45 Hypoactive Sexual Desire: Diagnosis & Current Treatment Options
Tami S. Rowen, MD, MS
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break
10:15 Uterine Fibroid Update (Rx= 15 minutes)
Jay Goldberg, MD, MSCP
11:00 Gynecologic Care for Women Who Have Sex with Women
Tami S. Rowen, MD, MS
11:45 OB/GYN Risk Management: Case Studies    
Jay Goldberg, MD, MSCP
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Adjourn for the Day

Friday, February 7

3:00pm Smaller Group Breakouts – Session One
. Case Studies in Cardiac Disease During Pregnancy
Shailen Shah, MD
. Estrogen & Progestin Therapy for Menopause
Tami S. Rowen, MD, MS
. Opioid Use Disorder: Care Bundles in Pregnancy
Suzanne McMurtry Baird, DNP, RN
. Preterm Labor: What Do I Really Need to Know in 2020?
Helen Feltovich, MD, MS
4:30 Break

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

6:15 Adjourn for the Day

Saturday, February 8

8:00am Electronic Fetal Monitoring Issues with Maternal Disease (Rx = 15 minutes)
Suzanne McMurtry Baird, DNP, RN
8:45 Would You Jump Out of an Airplane without a Parachute?: Cholestasis of Pregnancy
Shailen Shah, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break (hotel check-out, if applicable)
10:15 The Unstable Patient: How to Get Out of a Sticky Situation (Rx = 20 minutes)
Shailen Shah, MD
11:00 Preparing for the Woman with a Suspected Morbidly Adherent Placenta
Suzanne McMurtry Baird, DNP, RN
11:45 Precision Medicine for Obstetrics: How Will Emerging Biomarkers & Big Data Change Tomorrow’s Practice?
Helen Feltovich, MD, MS
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Conference Adjourns

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


Relaxation and excitement await you on the Riviera Maya! Cancun, located on the Yucatán Peninsula, has countless ways to spend the day. Beginners and experts alike can enjoy fishing, windsurfing, parasailing, or scuba diving. The Great Mesoamerican Reef is the second largest reef in the world and makes for an ideal diving spot. And the mellower vacationer can lounge on more than 14 miles of white, powdery sand beaches.

Explore ruins and marvel at the Mayan culture, one of the most densely populated and culturally dynamic societies in the world. Mayan culture is known for its spectacular art, impressive architecture, and sophisticated mathematical and astronomical systems which were all way ahead of their time.

Located close to the excitement of Cancun and Playa del Carmen, Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa is set along a natural white-sand beach the Riviera Maya, surrounded by lush tropical gardens and the crystal-clear Caribbean Sea. This AAA Four Diamond resort is an enchanting wonderland of glistening pools
and impressive ocean views
with unique octagonal-shaped rooms and suites.

Go far beyond the all-inclusive experience where nearly everything is included. The family-friendly resort offers a heated kids pool and a Mayan-themed Explorer’s Club for Kids that features a planetarium and Chichen Itza climbing wall. Enjoy spacious rooms and suites, reservation-free dining at nine different restaurants, and so much more!

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it in Cancun, Mexico, at our 24th Annual Winter Conference on Clinical Issues in OB/GYN.


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
November 27, 2019
If postmarked after
November 27, 2019
Physicians $695 $795
Residents, Nurses, PAs, & All Others $595 $695

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, and break refreshments for conference registrants. Tuition also includes 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 Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa.


Conference group rates have been arranged at the Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & 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) 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.


Group Rates below are for TWO adults (13 years & older)
Group Rates below are for THREE adults (13 years & older)
All rooms include: A king or two double beds, furnished balcony or terrace, marble floors, jetted aromatherapy hydro tubs, separate shower, double vanities, hair dryer, iron & ironing board, bathrobes & slippers, TV, air-conditioning with in-room climate control, in-room safe, alarm clock, daily refreshed mini-bar with beer, juices, soft drinks, and bottled water, coffee & tea maker, daily maid service, and standard USA electrical outlets. Please note, smoking is not permitted on property or in guest rooms.
Premium Deluxe
Tropical & Garden View


(Limited number of rooms available at this rate. Once sold, rate will increase to $430/night)


(Limited number of rooms available at this rate. Once sold, rate will increase to $645/night)

Rooms are 452 sq. ft. with garden views, located on lower floors.
Premium Deluxe Ocean View $458/night $687/night Rooms are 452 sq. ft. with ocean views, located on higher floors.
Premium Deluxe
with Plunge Pool
$480/night $720/night Rooms are 710 sq. ft. with garden or pool views, with a plunge pool on the terrace, located on the ground floor.
Preferred Club Guests will receive the following additional amenities & services: personalized check-in and check-out, upgraded mini-bar and bath amenities, pillow menu, access to the private Preferred Club Lounge which offers computer access, daily continental breakfast, afternoon hors d’oeuvres, desserts and fine liquors, exclusive dining privileges, which include daily à la carte breakfast in Oceana and Seaside Grill restaurants, complimentary one-time hydrotherapy circuit at the spa, and access to the private Preferred Club beach area that includes beachside wait service and use of Bali beds (based on availability).
Preferred Club
Ocean View
$534/night $801/night Rooms are 538 sq. ft. with ocean views and include an outdoor whirlpool on the balcony, located on higher floors.
Preferred Club
Ocean View &
Pool Front
$570/night $855/night Rooms are 560 sq. ft. with ocean and pool views and include an outdoor whirlpool on the balcony, located on higher floors.

Preferred Club with Plunge Pool

(Very limited, must call Symposia Medicus to reserve)

$612/night $918/night Rooms are 538 sq. ft. with garden or pool views and include an outdoor whirlpool and plunge pool on the terrace, located on the ground floor.
All-inclusive rates include: all taxes, gratuities for Bellman, daily maid services, and waiters, daily full breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, 24-hour room service, daily refreshed mini-bar, 9 dining options, 6 bars, unlimited domestic alcoholic beverages, unlimited natural fruit juices, soft drinks, water, tea, and coffee, wireless internet, daytime activities, tennis clinics, special events or theme dinners, non-motorized water sports, beach access, use of Pool/Beach chairs, umbrellas, and towels, a fully-equipped fitness center, and more!

If you are traveling alone and would like to inquire about single rates please call Symposia Medicus at (925) 969-1789.


Hotel Policies

Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to change):
- Mandatory additional child charge (see below for details)
- Premium wine (list available at restaurants and bars)
- Spa and/or salon services
- Telephone calls
- Business center services
- Laundry & dry cleaning services
- Airport transfers
- Additional gratuities at your discretion

Maximum guestroom occupancy is (NO EXCEPTIONS):
- Three adults (13 years & older), or
- Three adults (13 years & older) and one child (12 years & under), or
- Two adults (13 years & older) and two children (12 years & under)

Mandatory additional child charge (3-12 years old) is $70 per child, per night (all-inclusive), however, this fee is WAIVED when booking with Symposia Medicus – not to exceed stated maximum occupancy

Children 2 years & under are complimentary – not to exceed stated maximum occupancy

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 available at no additional charge, based on availability

Check-in time is 3:00pm and check-out time is noon. 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 and will charge the full stay for guest’s room. Upon check-out, the hotel will charge the credit card for the guest’s incidental charges they incurred during their stay.

Parking: Self-parking and valet are complimentary

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 January 1, 2020; 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 December 4, 2019. Between December 5, 2019 and January 1, 2020, one night’s deposit is forfeited. After January 1, 2020, 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.


You will fly into the Cancun International Airport (CUN), which is approximately 25 minutes from the Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa. 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
ECMC541 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 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 NMT7R 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 ZH4W711859 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.