“Symposia Medicus has a great track record for having knowledgeable and interesting speakers. Learning is more fun and the format is great. Keep it up!”
– Rogelio Sanchez, MD
“Symposia Medicus conferences provide the best of both worlds – education that is relevant, in environments that are relaxing and beautiful.”
– Nora Hardy, CNM
“Symposia Medicus puts on excellent conferences. They are always practical, informative, and applicable to my daily practice with patients. The conferences are an excellent mix of information, relaxation, and gorgeous settings. Keep up the great work!”
– Kim M. Puterbaugh, MD


Our 22nd Annual Spring Conference on Women’s Health is designed to provide the most current clinical information about the care of the female patient to OB/GYNs, family physicians, nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, and all other healthcare professionals involved with the care of women. 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 22nd Annual Spring Conference on Women’s Health while sharing ideas and experiences with colleagues from across the country in the beautiful setting of Hawaii.


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

Recognize why there is an inherent insulin resistance typically present in PCOS patients

Identify current treatment options for stress and urge urinary incontinence

State current evidence regarding the risks and benefits of hormone therapy for menopause

Evaluate and treat common STIs found in the adolescent and young adult population

Identify common vulvovaginal diseases and recommend treatment options


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.

Each participant should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Certificates of credit will be given to participants on-site at the conclusion of the conference.


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 18 cognate credits to this program.

This Live activity, 22nd Annual Spring Conference on Women’s Health, with a beginning date of 03/04/2015, 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 College of Nurse Midwives accepts Category 1 CME approval from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Physician Assistants
AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants 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.

Pharmacology Credit for Prescriptive Authority
A maximum of 4 hours in pharmacology credit for prescriptive authority may be earned by attending this educational conference. Sessions awarding pharmacology credit for prescriptive authority are denoted with an Rx in the schedule.


Smaller group sessions will be held Friday afternoon. These breakout sessions are organized to provide an opportunity for 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 choice on the conference registration form in this brochure. Space is limited so please reserve early.


Each registrant will receive an extensive conference syllabus that includes materials on each topic presented. The full color digital syllabus 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 paper syllabus (black and white type & photos), please check the box on the registration form in this brochure.

If you bring your tablet/laptop to the conference, be aware that there are no electrical outlets at the conference tables. Make sure your tablet/laptop is fully charged each day.

If you are unable to attend this conference, extra copies of this syllabus (either paper or digital copy) will be available one week after the conference. The cost is $60 for a paper syllabus and $25 for the digital copy. To place your order, please email publications@symposiamedicus.org.


Tours are planned for participants and guests throughout the conference breaks. Additional information regarding activities, hotel, location, and ground transportation will be sent to registrants.


John MacIndoe II, MD
Conference Co-Chair

Adjunct Professor of Medicine
University of Minnesota
Senior Endocrinologist
Department of Endocrinology, HPMG
HealthPartners Medical Group & Clinics
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Toby Maurer, MD
Professor of Clinical Dermatology
University of California, San Francisco
Chief, Department of Dermatology
San Francisco General Hospital
San Francisco, California

Charles Nager, MD
Professor of Clinical Reproductive Medicine
Director, Division of Urogynecology and Pelvic Medicine
University of California, San Diego
San Diego, California

Lawrence Neinstein, MD
Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine
Keck School of Medicine
University of Southern California
Assistant Vice Provost for Student Health and Wellness
Executive Director
USC Engemann Student Health Center
Chief, Division of College Health
Los Angeles, California

Jan Shepherd, MD, FACOG
Conference Co-Chair

Associate Clinical Professor
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Denver, Colorado
Adjunct Associate Professor
Founding Education Director for Obstetrics and Gynecology
Florida State University College of Medicine
Tallahassee, Florida

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, everyone who is in a position to control content (including planners, reviewers, speakers, moderators, Symposia Medicus Staff, Board of Trustees, and Planning Committee members), were asked to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. This information is intended to assist learners in forming their own judgments about the content presented. Disclosure information will be included in the syllabus for this activity, and it will also be verbally disclosed on-site.


Wednesday, March 4

7:00am Registration & Check-in
8:00 Welcome & Introduction
Jan Shepherd, MD
8:15 Update on Management & Treatment of Diabetes
(Rx = 30 minutes)
John MacIndoe II, MD
9:00 Evaluation & Management of Stress Incontinence
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Charles Nager, MD
9:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 Break
10:30 Dermatologic Aging Dilemmas: Approaches & Pitfalls
Toby Maurer, MD
11:15 Vaginitis: Tackling the Tough Cases
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Jan Shepherd, MD
Noon Puzzling Dermatologic Vulvovaginal Cases
Toby Maurer, MD
12:45pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:30 Adjourn for the Day
5:30-7:00pm Group Reception
(Faculty, Participants, and Guests)

Thursday, March 5

8:00am Thyroid Issues in the Office
(Rx = 30 minutes)
John MacIndoe II, MD
8:45 STI Update for Adolescents & Young Adults
Lawrence Neinstein, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break
10:15 Contraception Update 2015
(Rx = 40 minutes)
Jan Shepherd, MD
11:00 PCOS: Managing the Reproductive, Metabolic, and Cosmetic Consequences
John MacIndoe II, MD
11:45 Common Dermatologic Infectious Diseases: Viral, Fungal, and Mimickers of Staphylococcus Aureus
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Toby Maurer, MD
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Adjourn for the Day

Friday, March 6

3:00pm Small Group Breakouts – Session One
. A. Fecal Incontinence & the Unappreciated Anal Sphincter
Charles Nager, MD
. B. Diabetes on $5 a Day: Costs of Medications & Equipment
John MacIndoe II, MD
. C. Female Adolescent Case Studies
Lawrence Neinstein, MD
. D. Skin Cancers: Non-Melanoma & Melanoma
Toby Maurer, MD
4:30 Break
4:45 Smaller Group Breakouts – Session Two
(Session One Topics Repeated)
6:15 Adjourn for the Day

Saturday, March 7

8:00am Menopause: Dilemmas & Options
(Rx = 35 minutes)
Jan Shepherd, MD
8:45 Legal Issues Commonly Associated With Adolescents & Young Adults: Consent, Confidentiality, and Privacy
Lawrence Neinstein, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break (Hotel check-out, if applicable)
10:15 Prolapse: Pessaries & Procedures
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Charles Nager, MD
11:00 Female Sexual Dysfunction Dilemmas
(Rx = 30 minutes)
Jan Shepherd, MD
11:45 Evaluation & Management of Urge Incontinence
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Charles Nager, MD
12:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Conference Adjourns

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


Aloha! Hawaii’s Big Island isn’t just big, it’s still growing. The Big Island of Hawaii is the youngest island in the Hawaiian chain and is also by far the biggest, providing a vast canvas of environments to discover a variety of unrivaled natural wonders. This is the home of one of the world’s most active volcanoes (Kilauea), the tallest sea mountain in the world at more than 30,000 feet (Mauna Kea), the largest by volume volcano in the world (Mauna Loa), and the largest park in the state (Hawaii Volcanoes National Park). All but two of the world’s climate zones generate everything from lush rain forests to volcanic deserts, snow-capped mountaintops to beautiful black sand beaches.

Situated on the sunny Kohala Coast, the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel defines Big Island luxury. Perfectly nestled into the bluffs above the #1-rated Hapuna Beach, the hotel features a contemporary Hawaiian style where guests experience the true essence of Hawaii. The Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel is adjacent to its sister property, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. Guests at Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel are able to use (and charge to their room) the services and amenities at Mauna Kea.

Each guest room at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel has a private, furnished lanai, with picturesque views of lush gardens, partial ocean, or full ocean views. Superb breakfast buffets are served in an indoor-outdoor area, while lunch and dinner options include a seafood grill, a steakhouse and sushi bar, and a poolside bar. Our group room rates include full buffet breakfast for two, as well as complimentary internet, self-parking, and admission to the fitness center for each day of your stay.

Water activities are plentiful at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, from swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving, to sailing, or deep-sea fishing. Pamper yourself at the Hapuna Spa or spend an afternoon golfing on the 18-hole golf course designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay. Enjoy dining at the many varied restaurants located near the hotel.

The Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel’s beautiful and relaxing setting, combined with our exciting 22nd Annual Spring Conference on Women’s Health makes this an opportunity not to be missed.


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

You can register and receive our 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 or (800) 327-3161; OR

Fax form with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover to (925) 969-1795; 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.

For additional conference or lodging information, call Symposia Medicus at (800) 327-3161 or (925) 969-1789, or visit our website at www.symposiamedicus.org.


If postmarked by
December 24, 2014
If postmarked after
December 24, 2014
Physicians $640 $740
Residents, Nurses, PAs & All Others $540 $640

Discounts are available for retired healthcare providers, military, and groups of three or more. For more information, please contact Symposia Medicus prior to registering.

Tuition includes continuing education certification, extensive conference syllabus, break refreshments, and
group reception. The group reception is for faculty, registrants, and their guests.

Conference registration will be confirmed via email and more information on travel, hotel, and activities
will be emailed and also available on our website

This conference meets the requirements for CE tax deductibility; however, we suggest you consult your
financial authority for more information


Conference group rates have been arranged at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. The 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.

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.

Please note that rooms at these 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.


Room Type

Group Rates

Terrace View $205/night Views of the manicured grounds and tropical landscaping. Rooms located in the main building
Partial Ocean View $245/night Views of the manicured grounds, tropical landscaping, and expansive pool, with partial ocean view. Rooms located in the main building
Ocean View $266/night Views of the manicured grounds, tropical landscaping, and expansive pool, with ocean view. Rooms located in the main building.
Premium Ocean View $287/night On highest floors in main building with panoramic view of the beach and ocean. Also, view of the manicured grounds, tropical landscaping, and expansive pool.
Ocean Front $330/night In the building closer to the beach, with views of the beach and ocean.
By reserving through Symposia Medicus, wireless internet access, self-parking, and admission to the Fitness Center are complimentary. All guestrooms are approximately 630 sq. ft. and feature a private lanai, mini-refrigerator, coffee maker with Kona blend coffee (replenished daily), robes & slippers, complimentary shampoo/conditioner/body lotion, hair dryer, iron & ironing board, television, safe, and nightly turn down service.

Group rates may be available at the Hapuna’s sister hotel, the historic Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. Please call us for more information at 800-327-3161.


Hotel Policies

Above group rates do not include the following (subject to change):
- State and local taxes of 13.416% per room, per night
- Mandatory porterage (e.g., bellman) charge of $9.00 plus 4.166% tax per person, round trip (18 years and older)

Housekeeping gratuity is optional. However, $3.00 per room, per night is suggested.

Maximum guestroom occupancy is:
- Three adults, or
- Three adults and one child (17 years and under), or
- Two adults and two children (or three if all under 12 years old)

Mandatory additional person charges below (over two people in room) include daily buffet breakfast, tax, and gratuity:
- Children ages 5 and under are free
- Children ages 6-12 are $18 each, per night
- Persons 13 years and older are $28 each, per night

Rollaways & Cribs: Rollaway beds and cribs are available at no additional charge, based on availability
(subject to change)

Check-in time is 3:00pm and check-out time is noon. Requests for a late check-out should be directed to the front desk the evening prior to departure, and are subject to availability and late check-out fees and taxes.

Credit/Debit Card Policy: Upon check-in, the hotel will require a credit card and will place a hold for any estimated incidental charges during your stay. Please be aware that if you use a debit card instead of a credit card, the funds will be immediately removed from your account (even if you have prepaid your stay). The amount will be based on the average length of your stay, plus an estimate of incidental charges. These funds will not be released back into your account for 10 or more business days after you check-out.

Parking: By booking through Symposia Medicus, valet parking is discounted to $10 per day (normally $20 per day). Self-parking is complimentary.

Cancellation Policies

Conference cancellations must be made in writing to Symposia Medicus and a 10% of paid tuition processing fee will be assessed. No refunds will be made if cancellation is postmarked after January 28, 2015; 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 postmarked by December 31, 2014. Between January 1, 2015 and January 28, 2015, one night’s deposit is forfeited. After January 28, 2015, no hotel refunds can be made.

All cancellations must be made in writing to Symposia Medicus (via email, fax or mail) and 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 Kona Airport (KOA), which is approximately 27 miles from the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel. Information on ground transportation will be sent to registrants and available online at our website.

Symposia Medicus has arranged for discount fares with Alaska, Delta, Hawaiian, 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 insert ECMV482 into the e-certificate code box. Please note that some blackout dates apply. For questions, please call the Alaska Airlines Convention Desk at (800) 445-4435.
Delta Airlines For discounts on Delta Airlines, please visit www.delta.com and click on the link “More Search Options”, 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 NMJHN 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.
Hawaiian Airlines For discounts on Hawaiian Airlines flights, please book online at https://www.hawaiianair.com/affiliate and insert SYMPOSIA MED into the “Preferred Affiliate Program Code” box, located at the right hand side of page.
United Airlines For discounts on United Airlines flights, please book online at www.ual.com and insert ZSN7150020 in the offer code Airlines 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 by phone; please refer to the conference code and the conference/airport location when making your reservations. Please see below:

AVIS 800-331-1600 AWD #B766625
Budget 800-772-3773 BCD #U076767