Our conference on Challenges in Obstetrics & Gynecology 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, 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 conference on Challenges in Obstetrics & Gynecology while sharing ideas and experiences with colleagues from across the country in the beautiful setting of Italy.


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

Describe differences between stress incontinence, overactive bladder, and mixed urinary incontinence

Demonstrate clinical knowledge of the maximum doses of the local anesthetics Lidocaine and Marcaine

Implement specific management recommendations for several common cardiac problems encountered during pregnancy

Outline a menorrhagia work-up and the appropriate uses of imaging, endometrial biopsy, and hysteroscopy

Evaluate the safest and most effective therapies for an eclamptic seizure


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

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.

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 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™

Pharmacology Content 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.


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



All cruise rates quoted are per person, based on double occupancy (U.S. dollars, cruise-only). The price of your cruise includes ship accommodations, meals (except for specialty restaurants), 24-hour room service (orders between 11:00pm-6:00am will be charged a $4.95 room service fee, subject to change), standard beverages (coffee, tea, milk, poured water and juices, iced tea, and lemonade), use of the fitness center, and most activities and entertainment onboard the ship.

If you book through Symposia Medicus, you will receive a Classic Beverage Package & paid gratuities for the 1st/2nd persons.

Please note: The cruise line may offer promotional rates (for different cabin types other than what we have contracted in this brochure), however, our per person cabin rates are typically the lowest available.

A deposit for all cabin occupants is due to Symposia Medicus at the time of registration ($450.00 per person for cabin categories 09-Interior to S2-Sky Suite and $900.00 per person for cabin categories CS-Celebrity Suite and RS-Royal Suite). Final payments are due to Symposia Medicus by Thursday, July 2, 2020. Payments not received by the due date are subject to cabin cancellation with no refunds.

Celebrity Cruises® provides complimentary electronic cruise documents (eDocs). You will receive cruise documents in portable document format (PDF) by email approximately two weeks (or more) prior to sailing.

If you would like your cruise documents printed and mailed to you, (approximately 7-10 days prior to sailing), please note an additional fee of $35.00 (subject to change), per cruise document booklet, will be assessed by Celebrity. Please make your selection on the Conference Registration Form in this brochure.


Conference Tuition See “Conference Registration Information”
Taxes $120.06/per person
(subject to change)
Gratuities See “Gratuities Aboard Ship”
Air Transportation See “Airline Travel Information”
Ground Transportation See “Ground Transportation”
(Optional) CruiseCare®
Cancellation Penalty
Waiver Program
See "(Optional) CruiseCare® Cancellation Penalty Waiver Program”
Cruise rates also do not include: shore excursions, meals ashore, alcoholic and certain beverages (for 3rd & 4th persons, if applicable), photographs, telephone calls, internet access, specialty restaurants onboard, purchases from the ship stores,
and spa or beauty salon treatments.

You will be able to view your reservation, book shore excursions, ground, and air transportation through Celebrity’s ChoiceAir® Program, on the cruise website, after you are registered and receive confirmation with a reservation number.


Per Celebrity Cruises’® policy, a full refund (except amounts paid for CruiseCare® Cancellation Penalty Waiver Program, which is non-refundable) will be made for written cancellations received by Symposia Medicus no later than Thursday, July 2, 2020. Passengers who cancel after this date, for any reason, are subject to the following per person cancellation fees.

By July 2: Full refund will be given

July 3 – August 21: $450.00 or $900.00 per person cruise deposit will not be refunded

August 22 – September 12: 50% of total cruise price will not be refunded

After September 12: No refunds will be made

Name changes require the prior approval of Celebrity Cruises® and are subject to additional fees. Cruise tickets are non-transferable. For security reasons, no name changes are allowed by Celebrity Cruises® after Monday, September 14, 2020.


CruiseCare® insurance is optional, but if purchased, must be for all cabin occupants. This can be added at the time of booking or up until the final payment deadline of Thursday, July 2, 2020.

To view more comprehensive information
on this insurance policy, please visit For more information or if you have any questions concerning CruiseCare®, please call Celebrity Cruises’® CruiseCare® Help Line at (800) 797-4516.

Celebrity Cruises’® CruiseCare® rates vary depending on the cost of your cruise fare and cruise fees (port charges). Below is a chart showing the cost per person for CruiseCare® insurance. Prices are subject to change and may increase.

Rates based on per person cost of cruise fare and cruise fees (port charges) CRUISECARE® INSURANCE RATES
(Subject to change)
$751 - $1,000 $69/per person
$1,001 - $1,250 $99/per person
$1,251 - $1,500 $109/per person
$1,501 - $2,000 $149/per person
$2,001 - $2,500 $189/per person
$2,501 - $3,000 $229/per person
$3,001 - $3,500 $279/per person
$3,501 - $4,000 $339/per person
$4,001 - $4,500 $379/per person
$4,501 - $5,000 $429/per person
$5,001 - $5,500 $479/per person
$5,501 - $6,000 $519/per person
$6,001 - $6,500 $599/per person
$6,501 - $7,000 $629/per person
$7,001 - $7,500 $659/per person
$7,501 - $8,000 $699/per person
$8,001 - $8,500 $829/per person
$8,501 - $9,000 $879/per person
$9,001 - $9,500 $929/per person
$9,501 - $10,000 $979/per person
$10,001 - $10,500 $999/per person
$10,501 - $11,000 $1,099/per person


If a pregnant guest has entered or will be entering their 24th week before or during the cruise, they are NOT ALLOWED to travel.


Children must be at least six months old by September 24, 2020, to go on the cruise. Denial of boarding for children who do not satisfy this minimum age requirement may also result in the denial of boarding for one or more guests sailing with that child. No refunds will be given as a result of the denial of boarding to an underage child or other accompanying guests.



Passport Books (not Passport Cards) are REQUIRED for every passenger including children and infants. If you do not have a passport, please allow a minimum of 4-6 weeks to receive it after you complete and mail the application. Your passport cannot expire before April 3, 2021 (or six months after your final date of travel).

It is the sole responsibility of the guest to identify and obtain all required travel documents and have them available when necessary. These appropriate valid travel documents such as passports, visas, inoculation certificates, and/or family legal documents are required for ship boarding and country entry and/or re-entry into the United States and other countries. Based on citizenship, many countries require an entry visa.

Guests who do not possess the proper documentation may be prevented from boarding their flight or ship, or from entering a country, and may be subject to fines.

Note: No refunds will be given to individuals who fail to bring proper documentation.

For additional passport and visa requirements,
visit the U.S. Department of State’s website at en/passports.html or Embassies (Consular Service Office) of each country on the sailing itinerary or Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration website at


Please note: Although the ship is docked in Venice on Thursday, September 24 and Friday, September 25, you must check-in beginning at noon and no later than 3:00pm on Thursday, September 24. Check-in will not be allowed after 3:00pm on Thursday.

You will fly into the Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE), which is an approximate 30 minute drive to the port. You will fly out of the Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino International Airport (FCO), which is approximately 60-75 minutes’ drive from the port, due to traffic in Rome.

If you purchase Air Transportation through Flights by Celebrity Program:

Flights by Celebrity Program allows you to purchase airline tickets at the best available prices. After you are registered and receive a reservation number, you can book directly on the website at or by calling (800) 533-7803 and speaking with an air agent (service fees may apply). Any changes or cancellations may be subject to non-refundable service charges and additional airfare costs.

By using Flights by Celebrity Program, you can:

Receive the lowest fares on available flights

Choose your preferred airline and specific itineraries

Receive assured arrival to the ship if any delays or cancellations occur

Receive 24-hour assistance with flights

Note: Infant fares (six months to two years old) cannot be booked online. You must call the
Flights by Celebrity Program Support Desk at
(800) 533-7803 or the airline directly to add your infant to the booking.


If you make your own air arrangements, you should allow a minimum of three hours from the time your flight arrives in Venice to the time you must check-in at the ship (by 3:00pm Thursday). Although the ship is docked in Venice on Thursday, September 24 and Friday, September 25, you must check-in between noon and 3:00pm on Thursday, September 24. Check-in will not be allowed after 3:00pm on Thursday.

Going home, you should allow at least five hours between when the ship disembarks in Rome and your plane departs (disembarkation starts at approximately 7:00am). The five hours allow you time for ship clearance, customs clearance (if applicable), and airline security. You can also request to be one of the first groups to depart the ship by going to the Guest Relations Desk as soon as possible once you board the ship and letting them know that due to a tight airline schedule, you need to be included in the first group off the ship.


For more information on ground transportation, pricing, and criteria, please visit our website.

If you choose to make your own air travel arrangements, you can purchase Celebrity Cruises® transfers to/from the ship. Note: The transfers are only available on the scheduled day of ship check-in (September 24, 2020) and disembarkation (October 3, 2020) depending on flight times.

Transportation must be booked with Symposia Medicus by Friday, September 4, 2020. Your flight itinerary must be provided in order to confirm your transfers.


If you book through Symposia Medicus, you will receive a Classic Beverage Package (valued at $638 per occupant) for the 1st/2nd persons, (includes gratuities).

The Classic Beverage Package includes: unlimited fountain and can sodas (Coca Cola products), bottled juices (cranberry, tomato, pineapple, and apple), fresh juices, premium teas and coffee (Lavazza and Cova), non-premium bottled water, certain types of beer and wine, as well as non-premium spirits and cocktails.

If you do not book your cabin through Symposia Medicus, you can purchase a beverage package directly through Celebrity Cruises. Please note that if you do not have a beverage package all beverage purchases will incur a 20% service charge.


When you make your cruise reservations, you can request either 6:15pm Main Dining, Flexible Select Dining (see details below), or 8:45pm Late Dining. Please inform us if you or your guests have any special food or dietary requirements and inform us of other cruise passengers (not guests in your cabin) with whom you would like to sit. Your final dining assignment will be indicated in your eDocs unless your preferred dining time is not available, in which case you will be waitlisted. If you are waitlisted, you can go to the Guest Relations Desk once you get onboard the ship to see if you can change your dinner seating time.

The Flexible Select Dining is a flexible dining option. With this option, you can be seated for dinner in the main dining room at any time between 6:15-9:30pm, or you can make reservations to dine at any time that you choose within that time frame. Reservations can be made up to September 19, 2020 or can be made on the ship.

If you reserve a suite, your dining will be in Luminae, you are automatically booked for Main Dining. If you have any requests or changes you will make them with your butler.

Complimentary room service is also available 24-hours a day (orders between 11:00pm-6:00am will be charged a $4.95 room service fee, subject to change).

On your cruise, you can expect two evening chic and seven smart casual dress nights.


If you book through Symposia Medicus, the gratuities are paid for the 1st/2nd persons.

All gratuities must be pre-paid for 3rd/4th/5th (FV cabin only) persons and will be included in your final cruise balance. This covers gratuities for the cabin steward
(and butler, if suite), head waiter, and assistant waiter.

Non-Suite gratuities are $130.50 per person

Concierge Class gratuities are $135.00 per person

Suite gratuities are $162.00 per person


For more information about clothing to pack, youth activities, shore excursions, and more, please visit


Lisa A. Dado, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatric Anesthesiology
University of Arizona - Phoenix
Department of Anesthesiology
The Mayo Clinic - Phoenix
Phoenix, Arizona

Michael R. Foley, MD, FACOG
Conference Co-Chair

Professor & Chair
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
University of Arizona College of Medicine
Phoenix, Arizona

Gretchen Lentz, MD
Conference Co-Chair

Professor & Division Director of Urogynecology
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Adjunct Professor of Urology
University of Washington Medical Center
Associate Editor,
ACOG Clinical Updates in Women’s Health Care
Seattle, Washington

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.




Venice, Italy - -


Venice, Italy - 2:00pm


7:15am Registration & Check-in
7:45 Welcome & Introduction
Michael R. Foley, MD
8:00 Female Urinary Incontinence: Diagnosis & Treatment
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Gretchen Lentz, MD
9:00 Pulmonary Edema in Pregnancy: Simplifying Diagnosis & Management (Rx = 20 minutes)
Michael R. Foley, MD
10:00 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:30 Adjourn for the Day
Kotor, Montenegro 10:30am 6:30pm


8:00am Urinary Tract Infections & Other Causes of Bladder Pain
(Rx = 30 minutes)
Gretchen Lentz, MD
9:00 Cardiac Disease in Pregnancy Made Easy
(Rx = 10 minutes)

Michael R. Foley, MD
10:00 Break
10:15 Obstetrical Anesthesia: The Basics
(Rx = 40 minutes)
Lisa A. Dado, MD
11:15 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
12:15pm Lunch Break (on your own)
1:45 Keys to Managing Abnormal Uterine Bleeding
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Gretchen Lentz, MD
2:45 Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) in Pregnancy
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Michael R. Foley, MD
3:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
4:30 Adjourn for the Day


Sicily (Messina), Italy 7:00am 6:00pm


Naples, Italy 7:00am 7:00pm


8:00am The Anesthesiologist & the Obstetrician: Creating a Happy Marriage
Lisa A. Dado, MD
9:00 The Bedside Management of Eclampsia
Michael R. Foley, MD
10:00 Break
10:15 Female Sexual Dysfunction Dilemmas
Gretchen Lentz, MD
11:15 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
12:15pm Lunch Break (on your own)
1:45 Medical Leadership: What Followers Need
Lisa A. Dado, MD
2:45 Managing Physician/Nurse Burnout: Ancient Wisdom for Healthcare Professionals
Michael R. Foley, MD
3:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
4:30 Conference Adjourns


Portofino, Italy 8:00am 9:00pm


Florence/Pisa (La Spezia), Italy 6:00am 5:30pm


Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy 5:00am -

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


The Celebrity Constellation® continues to set new standards in modern, luxurious vacations. You will enjoy scrumptious meals, a world-class spa, state-of-the-art fitness center, an inviting Rooftop Terrace, awe-inspiring shore excursions, and a great educational experience aboard this Best of Italy Cruise!

Start the cruise in Venice where you can enjoy morning espressos or take a stroll and admire all the buildings that line the banks of the Grand Canal. The city has been immortalized in art, literature, and film over the centuries. Take in the picturesque sites like the Palazzo Ducale.

Next stop is Kotor, Montenegro, which offers some of the most well-preserved architecture in all the Adriatic coast, with landmarks such as the Cathedral of Saint Tryphon. Tucked at the secluded tip of a tranquil bay and watched over for millennia by the surrounding mountains, Kotor is a UNESCO World Heritage treasure.

Then cruise into Messina, an ancient place with a fascinating history, located in northeastern Sicily. You will want to see the Duomo, a Romanesque and Norman cathedral that includes a display of captivating artifacts in its treasury.

Enjoy visiting Naples with its historic city center, home to many important archeological sites and landmarks, all of which reflect different periods of the city’s history. Marvel at the city, rich with grand culture and beautiful buildings – and don’t forget the pizza! Arrive into tiny Portofino and hike through the park on 15th century footpaths winding through olive groves and vineyards overlooking the sparkling Mediterranean.

End this cruise in Civitavecchia, the gateway city of Rome. Only a few cities in the world can boast such a well-preserved level of architecture, art, and religious iconography. Walk the cobblestoned piazzas, making your way to narrow side streets where you’re sure to find craftsman shops and beautiful boutiques filled with gorgeous handmade accessories and homewares for keepsakes and souvenirs.

We cordially invite you to “come aboard” the Celebrity Constellation® for our conference on Challenges in Obstetrics & Gynecology and the outstanding cruise of a lifetime.


Enrollment for this cruise conference is limited in order to provide the best possible learning environment. Early registration is advised.

You can register and receive conference group rates by reserving the following ways:

Call Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm (Pacific Time), (925) 969-1789 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 or call (925) 969-1789 for additional questions or information.


If postmarked by July 16, 2020
If postmarked after July 16, 2020
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

Conference registration and cruise reservations (if applicable) will be confirmed via email


We have arranged conference group rates through Celebrity Cruises®. We have a limited number of cabins in the categories, and at the rates, listed below. Cabins at our group rates are limited and on a first come, first served basis, and are only available until Thursday, July 2, 2020. PLEASE RESERVE EARLY as cabins may sell out and/or rates may increase. After Thursday, July 2, 2020, all remaining cabins are released back to the cruise line and are on a space and rate available basis.

Rates are (U.S. dollars, cruise-only) PER PERSON, based on double occupancy, and DO NOT include taxes of $120.06 per person (subject to change), gratuities (3rd/4th persons), air transportation, ground transfers, or the optional CruiseCare® Cancellation Penalty Waiver Program fees. See Cruise Rates Do Not Include section of the brochure for more details.

Please note the rates stated below include cruise fees (port charges) of $225.00 per person.

09 Interior Stateroom $1,499 $799 170 N/A
06 Ocean View (no Veranda) $1,749 $799 170 N/A
2A Deluxe Ocean View
w/Private Veranda
$2,899 $899 170 38
C2 Concierge Class w/Private
Veranda and Concierge Class Amenities
$2,949 $899 191 42
FV Family Ocean View w/Private Veranda
(5 persons required)

(same rate for 5th person)

271 242
S2 Sky Suite w/Private Veranda, Suite Amenities, and Personal Butler Service $3,899 $999 251



Celebrity Suite w/Private Veranda, Suite Amenities, and Personal Butler Service $5,949 $999 467 89
RS Royal Suite with/Private Veranda, Suite Amenities, and Personal Butler Service $7,399 $999 538 150
Aqua Class and other cabin types may be available upon request, at prevailing rates.
Please call us at (925) 969-1789 for availability and rates.

Single occupancy cabins can be requested; however, the rate for single occupancy is two times the stated cruise fare for the selected cabin category.

Detailed cabin descriptions and amenities are available at


Cruise Policies

Deposit due at time of booking is $450.00 per person for cabin categories 09 to S2 or $900 per person for cabin categories CS and RS

Final payment is due to Symposia Medicus by Thursday, July 2, 2020

Cruise documents will be emailed in a (PDF) file, approximately two weeks (or more) prior to sailing. If you would like your cruise documents printed and mailed to you, (approximately 7-10 days prior to sailing), an additional fee of $35.00 (subject to change), per cruise document booklet, will be assessed. Please make your selection on the Conference Registration Form.

Triple and/or quad cabins are limited and not all cabins can accommodate 3 or 4 people. Mandatory third, fourth, and fifth for FV only, additional cabin guest charges noted above do not include $120.06 taxes (subject to change), and gratuities (see Gratuities Aboard Ship section).

© 2019 Celebrity Cruises Inc. Ships’ registry: Malta and Ecuador


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 August 20, 2020; however, tuition, less 10% processing fee, may be applied to a future Symposia Medicus conference.

Please see Cruise Cancellation and Name Change Policy section for cancellation Information

In the unlikely event of conference cancellation by Symposia Medicus, full tuition and, if reservation was made with Symposia Medicus, cabin payment refunds will be made. Symposia Medicus will not be responsible for refunding travel or any other expenses.