“Symposia Medicus is well-organized and puts on one of the best conferences I have attended. Excellent faculty.”
– L. Elenagu, MD

“Symposia Medicus has, by far, the most organized conferences I have attended in 28 years of practice. Very organized with everything I needed in one booklet. Excellent speakers in stress-free, beautiful locations. I particularly loved the family being included in the reception! I will return to a busy work life with new information and rejuvenated. Thank you Symposia Medicus!”
– M. Zamudio, CNM

“Wonderful combination of lectures and fun!”
– K. Jones, DO


Our 27th 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, PAs, 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.

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 27th Annual Spring Conference on Women’s Health while sharing ideas and experiences with colleagues from across the country in the beautiful setting of Tulum.


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

Differentiate between normal and diseased vulvovaginal skin

Recognize both transient causes and modifiable risk factors for urinary incontinence

Review with patients the potential risks and benefits of hormone replacement

Describe strategies for navigating desire “discrepancy”

Summarize present evidence relating to pharmacologic approaches to polycystic ovarian syndrome


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, 27th Annual Spring Conference on WOMEN’S HEALTH, with a beginning date of 03/18/2020, 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 2.75 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 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 Tulum Resort & Spa, as well as tour options.

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


Anders L. Carlson, MD
Medical Director
International Diabetes Center
Endocrinologist & Medical Director of the Diabetes Program, HealthPartners
Assistant Professor
University of Minnesota Medical School
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Patty Cason, RN, MS, FNP-BC
Assistant Clinical Professor
UCLA School of Nursing
Los Angeles, California

Toby Maurer, MD
Conference Co-Chair

Professor of Clinical Dermatology
Department of Dermatology
University of Indiana
Indianapolis, Indiana
Professor Emeritus
Dermatology & Internal Medicine
University of California
San Francisco, California

Jan Shepherd, MD, FACOG Conference Co-Chair
Associate Clinical Professor Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology University of Colorado School of Medicine Medical Director
Women’s Wellness Connection Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
Denver, Colorado

Sam Siddighi, MD, MS, FACOG
Associate Professor
Department of Gynecology & Obstetrics
Loma Linda University Health
Chief, Section of Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
Loma Linda, California

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, March 18

7:00am Registration & Check-in
8:00 Welcome & Introduction
Toby Maurer, MD
8:15 Puzzling Dermatologic Vulvovaginal Cases
Toby Maurer, MD
9:00 Difficult Treatment Decisions in Osteoporosis
(Rx = 30 minutes)
Anders L. Carlson, 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 The PATH to Patient-Centered Contraception Counseling
Patty Cason, RN, MS, FNP-BC
Noon The Role of Hormone Replacement Therapy After Menopause: When is the Right Time? (Rx = 30 minutes)
Anders L. Carlson, MD
12:45pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:30 Adjourn for the Day

Group Reception
(Faculty, Participants, and Guests)

Thursday, March 19

8:00am A Contemporary View of Endometriosis-Related Pain
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Jan Shepherd, MD, FACOG
8:45 Wanting to Want: Controversies Surrounding Sexual Desire
Patty Cason, RN, MS, FNP-BC
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break
10:15 Pitfalls & Pearls of Thyroid Disease Management
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Anders L. Carlson, MD
11:00 A Practical Approach to Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Jan Shepherd, MD, FACOG
11:45 Urinary Incontinence: How Do You Stop the Wetness?
Sam Siddighi, MD, MS
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Adjourn for the Day

Friday, March 20

3:00pm Smaller Group Breakouts – Session One
. Diabetes Management in 2020: Case-Based Update on Management & Technology
Anders L. Carlson, MD
. Maternal Mortality - Postpartum!
Jan Shepherd, MD, FACOG
. Pros & Cons of Cosmetic Dermatology
Toby Maurer, MD
4:30 Break

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

6:15 Adjourn for the Day

Saturday, March 21

8:00am Vaginitis: Tackling the Tough Cases
(Rx = 40 minutes)
Jan Shepherd, MD, FACOG
8:45 Juggling Pregnancy Prevention & Symptom Management in Peri-Menopause
Patty Cason, RN, MS, FNP-BC
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break (hotel check-out, if applicable)
10:15 When London Bridge is Falling Down: The Ins & Outs of Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Sam Siddighi, MD, MS
11:00 Common Dermatologic Infectious Diseases
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Toby Maurer, MD
11:45 Urology in the Gynecologic Practice
Sam Siddighi, 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


Dreams Tulum Resort & Spa is an escape to a tropical paradise, perfectly situated in the history-rich town of Tulum in the Riviera Maya. A secluded stretch of sugar-white sand beach and 44 acres of lush, blossoming gardens grace this beautiful resort. The Mayan ruins of ancient Tulum and the Xel-Ha natural aqua park are great nearby attractions that the whole family will enjoy. At Dreams Tulum, a AAA Four Diamond award-winning resort, Unlimited-Luxury® has never looked so good.

The resort goes far beyond the all-inclusive experience with Unlimited-Luxury®, where nearly everything is included. Enjoy spacious rooms and suites, reservation-free dining at 9 different restaurants, an Explorer’s Club for Kids and so much more.

Tulum is full of great restaurants, a variety of nightlife, bars, shopping, and other local attractions. Immerse yourself in a truly authentic experience and discover the Mayan culture prevalent in the area. This untouched part of the Mexican Caribbean, located a short drive south of Playa del Carmen, offers its visitors the opportunity to discover magical and uncrowded places such as the ancient ruins of Coba and Tulum. Adventure-seekers will also be able to enjoy activities such as swimming in the crystal-clear waters of the underground caves called cenotes.

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it in Tulum, Riviera Maya, Mexico, at our 27th Annual Spring Conference on Women’s Health.


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
January 8, 2020
If postmarked after
January 8, 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 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 Tulum Resort & Spa.


Conference group rates have been arranged at the Dreams Tulum 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.


Room Type/View


Group Rates below are for TWO adults (13 years & older)


Group Rates below are for THREE adults (13 years & older)

All rooms and suites include: balcony or terrace with hammock, hair dryer, bathrobes & slippers, 42” TV, air-conditioning, workstation, in-room safe, iron & ironing board, standard USA electrical outlets.
Adult Only Section (13 years & older)

Deluxe Garden View

Very limited availability, reserve early.

$430/night $645/night These rooms are 451 sq. ft. with either a king bed or two double beds and have views of the lush gardens.
Family Section (all ages)

Deluxe Garden View

Limited availability, reserve early. Once sold rate will increase

Limited rate:

(Increased rate: $410/night)

Limited rate:

(Increased rate: $615/night)

These rooms are 451 sq. ft. with either a king bed or two double beds and have views of the lush gardens.
Deluxe Jr. Suite Garden View $470/night $705/night These Jr. suites are 515 sq. ft. with a king bed, separate area with sofa, and have views of the lush gardens.
Deluxe Ocean View $510/night $765/night These rooms are 451 sq. ft. with either a king bed or two double beds and have views of the Caribbean Sea (3rd floor rooms do not come with a hammock)

Deluxe Jr. Suite Ocean View

*Limited availability, MUST CALL Symposia Medicus to reserve

$538/night $807/night These Jr. suites are 515 sq. ft. with a king bed, separate living area with sofa, and have views of the Caribbean Sea (3rd floor rooms do not come with a hammock)
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 including soft drinks, bottled water, and beer, 9 dining options, unlimited domestic & international alcoholic beverages, unlimited natural fruit juices, soft drinks, water, tea, and coffee, wireless internet, daytime activities, nightly entertainment, theme parties, use of Pool/Beach chairs, umbrellas, and towels, a fully-equipped fitness center, Explorer’s Club for Kids (3-12 years) and Core Zone Teens Club (13-17 years), and much more!

*To reserve limited availability rooms (shown above) or if you are traveling alone and would like to inquire about single rates please call Symposia Medicus at (925) 969-1789.


Hotel Policies

Changes to reservations, regardless of reason, made within 25 days of arrival, will be charged the total original reserved stay. If changes are made before 25 days, no penalty will be assessed. Please notify Symposia Medicus of changes.

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
- Laundry & dry cleaning services
- Airport transfers
- Additional gratuities at your discretion

Maximum occupancy is:
- 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 $67 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: Where applicable, you can select one or two beds; however, requests cannot be guaranteed until check-in

Rollaway beds are complimentary, however, only allowed in Jr. Suites (based on availability and subject to change)

Cribs are available on a complimentary basis (allowed in the family section only), subject to availability and change

Check-in time is 4:00pm and check-out time is noon. A late check-out can only be confirmed on the date of departure by the front desk. Additional charges may apply for late check-outs and are based upon availability.

Credit/Debit Card Policy: Upon check-in, the hotel requires a credit card or debit card and will charge your full stay (even if you have pre-paid). Upon check-out, the hotel will charge the credit card for your incidental charges. (If using a debit card, the amount may be immediately deducted from your account.) The length of time for which the unused funds will be released back on your credit or debit account varies from bank to bank.

Parking: Self and valet parking are complimentary for conference guests

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 February 12, 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 January 15, 2020. Between January 16, 2020 and February 12, 2020, one night’s deposit is forfeited. After February 12, 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 1-½ hours from Dreams Tulum 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 ECMC588 in the “Discount Code” box, located at the right hand side of the page.
Please note discount has blackout dates of March 13-15 and March 20-22, 2020; discount will only apply to flights before or after these dates.
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.