Thursday, May 23, 2024
8:15 AMTrauma in Pregnancy: A Tale of Two Patients
(Rx = 5 minutes)
Curtis Cook, MD, FACOG
9:00Managing Shoulder Dystocia & Avoiding Brachial Plexopathy
9:45Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
10:30How Can Ultrasound Help You on Labor & Delivery?
Helen Feltovich, MD, MS
11:15Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in Pregnancy
R. Brandon Frady, DNP, ACNP-BC, CCRN-CMC
12:00 PMQuestions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
1:45Management of Erythrocyte Alloimmunization
(Rx = 10 minutes)
2:30Management of Severe Hypertension During Pregnancy: Using the CMQCC Toolbox
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Mariam Naqvi, MD
3:15Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
Friday, May 24, 2024
8:00 AMSmall Group Breakouts – Session One

● Imitators of Preeclampsia

 ● Preterm Birth: Your Legal Responsibility
Helen Feltovich, MD, MS
9:45Small Group Breakouts – Session Two

● Imitators of Preeclampsia

 ● Preterm Birth: Your Legal Responsibility
Helen Feltovich, MD, MS
12:45 PMSmall Group Breakouts – Session Three

● Non-Obstetric Surgery in the Pregnant Patient

Curtis Cook, MD, FACOG
 ● What Does Sepsis Look Like During Pregnancy? Diagnosis & Management
R. Brandon Frady, DNP, ACNP-BC, CCRN-CMC
2:30Small Group Breakouts – Session Four

● Non-Obstetric Surgery in the Pregnant Patient

Curtis Cook, MD, FACOG
 ● What Does Sepsis Look Like During Pregnancy? Diagnosis & Management
R. Brandon Frady, DNP, ACNP-BC, CCRN-CMC
Saturday, May 25, 2024
8:00 AMFetal Growth Curves: How Do They Differ & Which Are Right for My Patients?
Helen Feltovich, MD, MS
8:45Pregnancy With Multiple Gestation: Approach to Diagnosis & Management
(Rx = 5 minutes)
Mariam Naqvi, MD
9:30Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
10:30Hemodynamics: Going With the Flow
(Rx = 15 minutes)
R. Brandon Frady, DNP, ACNP-BC, CCRN-CMC
11:15Screening for Substance Use in Pregnancy: The Challenging Path Forward
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Mariam Naqvi, MD
12:00 PMManagement of the Periviable Pregnancy
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Curtis Cook, MD, FACOG
12:45Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
Rx = Pharmacotherapeutic CEUs for nurses will be granted for these sessions


Our 29th Annual Conference on High Risk & Critical Care Obstetrics is designed for physicians, certified nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, physician associates, nurses, and other allied healthcare professionals who face challenges in the care of the high-risk pregnant patient. Covering a wide array of topics, our expert faculty will discuss the latest evidence-based advancements in obstetric care, present emerging clinical data, and provide skills and strategies for application and implementation into your practice. This educational activity aims to increase learner knowledge, improve the competence and performance of all attendees, and contribute to their 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, question and answer sessions, case studies, and small group breakouts. 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 obstetric situations.

The breakout sessions, designed to facilitate even greater interaction between faculty and participants, offer an opportunity to engage in group 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.


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

  • Recognize the risk factors for intimate partner violence
  • Properly manage shoulder dystocia through a series of physical maneuvers
  • Discuss ultrasound methods for monitoring labor progress
  • Identify essential timing points for maternal resuscitation
  • Safely manage acute hypertension in pregnancy per ACOG and CMQCC guidelines

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

If postmarked by
March 14, 2024
If postmarked after
March 14, 2024
Physicians $795 $895
Nurses, PAs, & All Others $695 $795
Discounts are available for retired healthcare providers, active U.S. military, residents, 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 meeting room. Tuition includes continuing education, online access to educational session materials, continental breakfast on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday mornings, and break refreshments 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 102, 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 accredited continuing education activity was planned and produced in accordance with the ACCME and ANCC Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing 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 17 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This ACE activity was developed with standards to address California Assembly Bill (AB) 1195 cultural and linguistic competency (CLC) and CA AB 241 implicit bias (IB) to reduce health disparities. Please refer to the accreditation page on our website for resources.

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.

Physician Associates
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. Physician associates may receive a maximum of 17 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

Nurse Practitioners/Nurses
The ANCC contact hours awarded for completion of this conference are 17.

Provider is also approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP2335, for 20.4 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™

Pharmacotherapeutic CEUs for Nurses
This activity is designated for a maximum of 1.25 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.

Curtis Cook, MD, FACOG - Conference Co-Chairperson
Associate Clinical Professor, Creighton University, Phoenix; Clinical Associate Professor, University of Arizona, Phoenix; Medical Director, Maternal-Fetal Medicine; Dignity Health Medical Group, East Valley; Phoenix, Arizona
Gary Dildy, MD, FACOG, CPHQ, CPPS - Conference Co-Chairperson
Clinical Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology; Baylor College of Medicine; Houston, Texas; Adjunct Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology Saint Louis University School of Medicine Saint Louis, Missouri
Helen Feltovich, MD, MS
Professor, Raquel & Jaime Gilinski; Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science; Director, Center for Integrated Imaging & Bioengineering; Blavatnik Family Women's Health Research Institute, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; New York, New York
R. Brandon Frady, DNP, ACNP-BC, CCRN-CMC
Clinical Assistant Professor, Georgia Baptist College of Nursing; Critical Care Nurse Practitioner; Critical Care Services; Northside Hospital; Atlanta, Georgia
Mariam Naqvi, MD
Associate Professor, OB/GYN & Maternal-Fetal Medicine; Associate Fellowship Director, Maternal-Fetal Medicine; Site Director, Medical Student Clerkship; Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA; 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 with ineligible companies within the past 24 months. Symposia Medicus will also ensure that any and all relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies will be mitigated before the conference commences. Beyond disclosure and mitigation 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 on site.

Symposia Medicus values the well-being of our attendees, faculty, and staff and collaborates with the conference venue to ensure the safety and protection of all on-site participants.

In recognition of the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, proof of vaccination and/or face mask use requirements may change from the time of conference announcement and your registration, until the conference takes place. Current policies and attendance requirements for this conference are provided here, and we encourage you to refer to this information as needed, particularly as it gets closer to your on-site date, so that you can take any action you feel appropriate to be in compliance.

At this time, the following is in effect for on-site attendance:


We care about the health and safety of our conference attendees. As the event gets closer, Symposia Medicus will communicate any relevant health and safety policies and procedures implemented by us and/or the conference venue.



Conference group rates have been arranged at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort.

These special rates will only be available until Monday, April 22, 2024 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.

Loews Coronado Bay Resort
4000 Coronado Bay Road
Coronado, California 92118
Direct: (619) 424-4000

To make your reservations online please visit:

To make your reservations by phone, please call (800) 235-6397
You must refer to the group code ACF515 to receive conference group rates.

The conference group rates will also be available three days after the conference (based on availability) if you wish to extend your stay in San Diego.

Resort View (Single/Double) - $367/night
(King Bed)

Pool View (Single/Double) - $392/night
(King Bed)

Marina View (Single/Double) - $412/night
(King Bed)

Partial Bay View (Single/Double) - $432/night
(King Bed)

Coronado Bay View (Single/Double) - $452/night
(King Bed)

Rooms differ by view and are approximately 430 sq. ft. and include mini-refrigerators, coffeemaker, work desk, arm chair with ottoman, bath amenities, stone-top vanity, tub and shower, hair dryer, flat-screen TV, and a balcony or patio.

If you require a room with two beds there will be an additional charge of $10 per night added to the above group room rates.

By booking your lodging under the Symposia Medicus group code, the Resort Fee (normally $35.00 per room, per night, is discounted to $10.00 per room, per night, plus taxes).

The Resort Fee includes in-room coffee, unlimited local and toll-free telephone calls, access to fitness center and studio, daily group fitness classes, airline boarding pass printing, Google Chromecast TV streaming, shoe shine service, turndown service upon request, use of beach toys, chairs, and umbrellas, and shuttle service to Silver Strand State Beach and downtown Coronado Village via the hotel beach shuttle.

You will also receive complimentary basic in-room internet access. Items listed are subject to change.

  • A credit or debit card is required upon making your reservation
  • Conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to change):
    - 10% occupancy tax
    - 1% CTID Assessment
    - 1% Environmental Protection Fee
    - 0.195% CA Tourism Assessment Fee
  • Maximum occupancy is three in rooms with a king bed and four in rooms with two beds, regardless of age
  • Mandatory additional occupant charges, listed below (not to exceed maximum occupancy stated above)
    - Adult(s) 18 years & older are $20.00 each, per night
    - Children 17 years & under are complimentary
  • Cribs & rollaways: The hotel offers cribs on a complimentary basis; rollaway beds are available for $25/per day (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. Late check-outs and are based on availability and additional charges may apply.
  • Early Departure Fee: You will finalize your departure date at check-in. If you depart prior to that date, you will be assessed a charge of 50% of the rate for each night that you depart early. To avoid this fee, you must confirm your departure date with the hotel at or before check-in.
  • Credit/Debit Card Policy: Upon check-in, the hotel requires a credit 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: Self-parking is $47 per day; valet parking (normally $50 per day) is discounted to $20 per day (subject to change)
  • Hotel Cancellations must be made directly with the hotel at least 72 hours prior to your confirmed arrival date or you will be charged a cancellation fee equal to one night’s deposit and tax
  • 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 April 18, 2024; 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.

Each registrant will have online access to educational session materials. The educational session materials will be available for download approximately one week prior to the conference (you’ll receive an email with instructions).

If you are unable to attend this conference, you may purchase an electronic copy of the educational session materials one week after the conference. Please email for more information.


You will fly into San Diego International Airport (SAN), which is approximately 40 minutes from the Loews Coronado Bay Resort. 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 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 ECMG60 in the “Discount Code” box, located at the right hand side of the page.

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 NY35Z 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 ZNQA939938 in the “Promotions and Certificates” box.
For questions, please call the United Airlines Convention Desk at (800) 426-1122.


Symposia Medicus has made arrangements with AVIS and Budget Car Rentals. Reservations can be made online or by phone; please refer to the conference code below and the conference/airport location when making your reservations. Please see below:

AWD # B766625

BCD # U076767


Come visit San Diego! Friendly locals create a welcoming vibe in California’s second largest city, where blue skies keep watch over 70 miles of majestic coastline and a gentle Mediterranean climate. Bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Anza-Borrego Desert and the Laguna Mountains to the east, and Mexico to the south, the diverse neighborhoods of San Diego are spread out over 4,200 square miles, offering endless opportunities for exploration and activities.

Spend one day relaxing on a beach (there are dozens around the city), then the next hiking in the east San Diego County mountains. Visit the quaint and charming island town of Coronado or the picturesque village of La Jolla. You won’t want to miss favorites like the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld, Birch Aquarium, Old Town San Diego, USS Midway Museum, or LEGOLAND—all located nearby. San Diego is so diverse and unique; there are plenty of options to discover something new!

Perched on its own 15-acre peninsula, Loews Coronado Bay Resort is a private oasis of tranquility. This Coronado resort offers views of both the shimmering bay waters and the San Diego skyline. Enjoy three heated pools, a hot tub spa, and dry sauna. Dine at Crown Landing Restaurant, which serves locally inspired fare with a commitment to sourcing seasonal, sustainable ingredients. Chef Aleczander Herrera shines a spotlight on San Diego’s distinct character, flavors, and the freshest seafood available. Relax and recharge at the Sea Spa which offers luxurious treatments including island-inspired body wraps, tropical sea stone massages, energizing facials, and a relaxing Vichy Rain Shower.

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it in San Diego, at our 29th Annual Conference on High Risk & Critical Care Obstetrics.


Loews Coronado Bay Resort
4000 Coronado Bay Road, Coronado, California 92118
Phone: (619) 424-4000


Although you are already registered, you will need to check-in to get your badge.

Date – Thursday, May 23
Location – Commodore Ballroom Foyer, located on the lobby level
Time – Begins at 7:00am


Continental breakfast will be served (for conference participants and faculty only) beginning at 7:00am on Thursday and 7:30am on Friday, and Saturday in the Commodore Ballroom A/B, located on the lobby level.


Main Room Location – Commodore Ballroom, located on the lobby level
Time – Begins at 8:00am on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday

If you are departing on Saturday, please keep in mind that the conference ends at approximately 1:30pm and hotel check-out is at noon. You can store your luggage with the hotel while we are still in session.


During our meeting sessions, following a series of lectures, there is a Question and Answer/Group Discussion session. Please write down any questions or comments for the faculty on the yellow question cards placed in your participant badge. These cards are collected and given to the appropriate speaker for response during these sessions.


As a courtesy to all, please place your electronic communication devices on “vibrate,” or “silent.” Also, in consideration to others, children and spouses are not permitted in the meeting rooms.


Internet Access – Wireless internet access is complimentary in the meeting rooms.

Participant Photos – We sometimes take photographs of our participants during conference sessions/activities (never pool pictures) to use in future brochures and on our website. If you would NOT like to appear in any individual or group candid photos, please notify the Conference Director.

Clothing – Formal attire is not required anywhere in the hotel or during our conference. We suggest you bring a sweater or jacket to wear during our meeting sessions, as meeting rooms are sometimes cool.

Recording – Participants, speakers, etc. must receive prior approval from Symposia Medicus to record lectures or any other educational sessions. For more information and/or questions, please e-mail us at

Temperatures – The temperatures in San Diego usually range from the low 90’s during the day to the low 80’s during the evening

Time Zone – San Diego is in the Pacific Time Zone

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Key Area Attractions
Explore the Best of San Diego:

  • San Diego Zoo / Safari Park (advance ticket purchases may be required)
  • Balboa Park
  • SeaWorld San Diego (reservations may be required)
  • LEGOLAND California (reservations may be required)
  • Coronado Ferry Landing
  • Old Town San Diego
  • Mission San Diego de Alcalá
  • USS Midway Museum
  • Seaport Village
  • Gaslamp Quarter

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