Conference #1599
27th Annual Conference on Challenges in Gynecology

December 17 - 18, 2021
New York City, New York

See Tuition information for pricing and attendance options.
Proof of full vaccination and face masks required for in-person attendance.

Taking place over the course of two days, our 27th Annual Conference on Challenges in Gynecology has been designed for physicians, certified nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, PAs, nurses, and other allied healthcare professionals who face ever-increasing challenges in the clinical diagnoses, treatment options, and new technologies involved in caring for the female patient. Covering an array of topics including diabetes, uterine fibroids, breast cancer, sexual dysfunction, and vulvovaginal dermatology, our expert faculty will discuss the latest evidence-based advancements in gynecologic care, present emerging clinical data, and provide skills and strategies for application and implementation into your practice. This educational activity aims to increase both the competence and performance of all attendees as well as contribute to your ability to work together as part of a coordinated healthcare team.

Topics for this year’s conference have been selected based on the educational needs underlying 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 such as current clinical guidelines, research findings, literature reviews, and patient safety considerations.

An outstanding faculty has been assembled for this conference. Each faculty member was selected based on their individual area of expertise and ability to communicate current, evidence-based, and practical information to participants.

The conference format includes didactic lectures, case studies, and following a group of lectures, the question and answer sessions allow attendees to ask the faculty critical and challenging questions about caring for patients during various gynecologic situations.


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

  • List new developments in reversible contraceptives
  • Explain at least three medical and surgical options to treat abnormal vaginal bleeding
  • Describe treatment alternatives to hysterectomy
  • Recognize available technologies for diabetes care and discern settings where they may be useful in management
  • Plan treatment and follow-up for vulvovaginal skin diseases
  • Outline an appropriate work-up of hematuria according to new guidelines

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

If postmarked by
October 8, 2021
If postmarked after
October 8, 2021
Physicians $795 $895
Residents, Nurses, PAs, & All Others $695 $795
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.
For this conference, we are offering the below options for attendance:
In-Person: Attend in-person in the conference hotel meeting room. Tuition includes continuing education and online access to educational session materials. Continental breakfast on in-session days and break refreshments every day will be provided for conference registrants.

You can register and receive conference lodging group rates in the following ways:

  • Online via this website (unless otherwise directed) OR:
  • Call (925) 969-1789 Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm (Pacific Time), with
      Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover; OR
  • By mail; make check payable to Symposia Medicus and send along with registration form to:
    399 Taylor Blvd., Suite 201, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523-2287

Conference registration will be confirmed via email.

Please call (925) 969-1789 for additional questions or information.


After 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, reviewing the educational session materials, and submitting the case studies test, evaluations, surveys, and verification of attendance 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 nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


Symposia Medicus designates this live activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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.

Application has been made with the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG) for cognates, Formal Learning. 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 TM from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. PAs may receive a maximum of 12 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

Nurse Practitioners/Nurses
The ANCC contact hours awarded for completion of this conference are 12.

Provider is also approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP2335, for 14.4 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 TM

Pharmacotherapeutic CEUs for Nurses
This activity is designated for a maximum of 4 hours pharmacotherapeutic credits towards meeting the requirement for nursing pharmacology continuing education. Sessions awarding pharmacotherapeutic credits are denoted with an Rx in the schedule. Please contact your state’s Board of Nursing for specific educational requirements as they may vary state to state.

Anders L. Carlson, MD
Medical Director, International Diabetes Center; Endocrinologist & Medical Director of the Diabetes Program, HealthPartners; Associate Professor, University of Minnesota Medical School; Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jay Goldberg, MD, MSCP - Conference Co-Chairperson
Professor; Vice Chairman; Director of Philadelphia Fibroid Center; Department of OB/GYN, Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Mindy Goldman, MD
Clinical Professor; Director, Gynecology Center for Cancer Survivors & At-Risk Women; Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences; University of California, San Francisco; San Francisco, California
Gretchen Lentz, MD - Conference Co-Chairperson
Professor & Division Director of Urogynecology; Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology; Adjunct Professor of Urology, Director of the Pelvic Health Center; University of Washington Medical Center; Seattle, Washington
Toby Maurer, MD
Professor, Department of Dermatology, Indiana University School of Medicine; Indianapolis, Indiana; Professor Emeritus, University of California, San Francisco; San Francisco, California
Anita L. Nelson, MD
Professor & Chair of OB/GYN; Western University of Health Sciences; Pomona, California; Professor Emeritus of OB/GYN, UCLA; Clinical Professor of OB/GYN, USC; Los Angeles, 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 educational session materials for this activity and speakers will provide a disclosure slide for each presentation which they will also disclose verbally onsite.

Friday, December 17, 2021
8:15 AMContraception: What’s New & What Is the Sexuality Impact?
(Rx = 30 minutes)
Anita L. Nelson, MD
9:00Female Sexual Dysfunction Dilemmas
Gretchen Lentz, MD
10:00Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
10:30Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Mindy Goldman, MD
11:15Therapeutic Alternatives to Hysterectomy
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Jay Goldberg, MD, MSCP
12:00 PMQuestions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
2:00Cervical Screening & Treatment Update
Jay Goldberg, MD, MSCP
2:45GYN Care for Women With Breast Cancer
(Rx = 30 minutes)
Mindy Goldman, MD
3:30Case Studies in Thyroid Disease
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Anders L. Carlson, MD
4:15Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
Saturday, December 18, 2021
8:00 AMPuzzling Dermatologic Vulvovaginal Cases
(Rx = 25 minutes)
Toby Maurer, MD
8:45Diabetes: Challenging Cases
(Rx = 25 minutes)
Anders L. Carlson, MD
9:30Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
10:30Dermatologic Skin Conditions in Women
(Rx = 25 minutes)
Toby Maurer, MD
11:15Urinary Tract Infections & Other Causes of Bladder Pain
(Rx = 30 minutes)
Gretchen Lentz, MD
12:00 PMTreatment of Perimenopause & Menopause
(Rx = 30 minutes)
Anita L. Nelson, MD
12:45Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
Rx = Pharmacotherapeutic CEUs for nurses will be granted for these sessions

Symposia Medicus has conference group rates at New York Hilton Midtown.

These special rates will only be available until Friday, November 19, 2021 and will only be available after that date on a space and rate available basis. We recommend you reserve your lodging as soon as possible, as rooms at the conference group rates are limited and on a first come, first served basis. Rooms may sell out and/or room rates may increase prior to the release date.

1335 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019-6078
(Located on 6th Avenue between West 53rd and West 54th Streets)
Phone: 1-800-HILTONS (1-800-445-8667)
Hotel accommodations are in high demand in New York City during the holiday season

To make your reservation, please call (800) 445-8667. YOU MUST REFER TO group code SYM21
You may also use this link to make a reservation:

These 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.

City Room (Floors 5-33) - $369/night
Features a single king or queen, or two double beds, 55-inch television, on-demand entertainment, spacious work area, two telephones with voicemail, and in-room WiFi capabilities.

Skyline & Premier Corner Rooms (Executive Floors 34-43) - $399/night
(Very limited, please reserve early)
Skyline Rooms are on higher floors of the hotel and include the same features as the Run of House rooms as well as upgraded bath amenities, bottled water, robes, and access to the Executive Lounge, located on the lobby level.
The lounge features daily continental breakfast, hors d'oeuvres in the afternoon and evening, and continuous coffee and tea service. These rooms also offer separate ground floor check-in.

By booking your lodging using the Symposia Medicus group rates, the following items are included:
Complimentary guest room internet, complimentary access to the fitness center, a 15% discount at Herb n’ Kitchen in the hotel, and double HHonors points for all HHonors members.

For information regarding COVID-19, health, and safety at the hotel, please visit

Hotel Policies

  • A deposit equal to one night’s room & tax is due to the hotel with major credit card upon making your reservation
  • Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to change):
    - 14.75% New York State & City taxes
    - $2.00 occupancy tax
    - $1.50 tertiary tax
  • Maximum guestroom occupancy is four, regardless of age
  • Mandatory 3rd & 4th additional adult charge (19 years & older) is $20 each, per night and will be added to the nightly room rate
  • Children 18 years & younger are complimentary in room with an adult – not to exceed stated maximum occupancy
  • Bed Type Requests: You can select one or two beds; however, requests cannot be guaranteed until check-in
  • Rollaway beds are an additional $35 each for the entire length of stay (subject to availability and change). Rollaway beds are only available in king bedded rooms.
  • Cribs are complimentary (subject to availability and change)
  • Check-in time is 3:00pm and check-out time is noon. Guests arriving prior to 3:00pm will be accommodated as rooms become available.
  • A 30-minute break has been allotted in our conference schedule on the last day for those who need to check out
  • Early Departure Fee: Please confirm your scheduled departure date with the hotel at check-in. An early departure fee equal to one night’s room and tax will be charged to any guest who checks out of the hotel before their confirmed departure date.
  • Credit/Debit Card Policy: Upon check-in, the hotel requires a credit card or debit card to ensure that funds are available. Holds are placed on your account for your entire stay; however, the amount may be immediately deducted from your account. The length of time for which these holds remain on your credit or debit account varies from bank to bank.
  • Parking: The hotel only offers valet parking at $75 per day with same-day in/out privileges. There are other parking garages within walking distance of the hotel (prices may vary). Note: Valet parking is $85 per day for oversized vehicles. All rates are subject to change.
  • Hotel cancellation policy: Hotel cancellations must be made directly with the hotel by November 19, 2021. After this date, the deposit of one night plus tax will be forfeited.
Vaccination/Face Mask Policy

    You must be fully vaccinated in order to attend a Symposia Medicus conference in-person. Proof of vaccination in the form of vaccination record card, a photo of your vaccination card, and QR code (via paper, your smartphone or other portable electronic device). You can submit this prior to the conference via email (to or in-person at the conference venue.

    Face masks are required in the conference room. Symposia Medicus will have disposable masks available at the registration desk.

    Cancellation Policies

    • Conference cancellations must be made in writing (via email) to Symposia Medicus and a refund, less a 10% processing fee, will be given. No refunds will be made if cancellation is received after November 12, 2021; however, tuition, less a 10% processing fee, may be applied to a future Symposia Medicus conference.
    • All cancellations must be emailed to by the date stated above
    • In the unlikely event of conference cancellation by Symposia Medicus, full tuition refunds will be made. Symposia Medicus will not be responsible for refunding travel or any other expenses.

    Download Session Materials

    Registered Conference attendees can access the Session Material Download from under the user profile icon after logging in, or by using the above link.

    We encourage you to load the session materials on your laptop, tablet or other electronic device for use during the conference, or for review prior to arriving. As a suggestion, some attendees are now bringing iPads and other devices to the conference and using programs like Adobe Acrobat Reader to take and save notes right on top of the presentation.

    Paper copies of the session materials WILL NOT be available. So, please download the session materials prior to the conference.

    Updated session materials, with any changes from the conference, will also be available for download within a week after the conference end.

    Note: Due to conference facility bandwidth limitations, session materials MUST be downloaded PRIOR to the conference start date and will not be available during the conference.

    For more information on downloading the session materials, view our Frequently Asked Questions.

    If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to email us at

    You can fly into LaGuardia Airport (LGA), which is approximately 25 minutes from the hotel; John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK), which is approximately 45 minutes from the hotel; or Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), which is approximately one hour from the hotel. 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.

    Please check directly with the airlines for updated information on their COVID-19 policies.

    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 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 ECMD642 in the “Discount Code” box, located at the right hand side of the page. Blackout Dates: December 17-23, 2021

    Delta Airlines
    For discounts on Delta Airlines, please visit, enter in 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 NY34X 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 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 ZJVS420980 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.

    Manhattan is exciting at any time of the year, but in December, when the holiday season activities are at their peak, it is an experience you won’t want to miss.

    Few places in the world have the magnetism and thrilling pace of New York City, and our conference will be held right in the heart of it all. Conveniently located in midtown Manhattan (1335 Avenue of the Americas – 6th Avenue, between West 53rd & West 54th Streets), the New York Hilton Midtown is just a short walk away from Broadway theaters, Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Diamond District, Times Square, and Central Park. Our beautiful hotel makes this weekend in New York appealing, and the outstanding theater, opera, and other live performances throughout the holiday season make it even more enticing.

    Come visit The Big Apple, where you are sure to enjoy our exciting 27th Annual Conference on Challenges in Gynecology in the exhilarating surroundings of New York City.