Conference #1699
25th Annual Summer Conference on Women's Health


July 10 - 13, 2024
Big Sky, Montana





 
No specific health and safety information for in-person attendance
(See Health & Safety tab for complete info)

 
Wednesday, July 10, 2024
 
2:15 PMUpdate on Osteoporosis 2024
(Rx = 25 minutes)
Veronica Piziak, MD, PhD, FACP
 
3:00The Psychology of Pleasure
Jessica Shepherd, MD, MBA, FACOG
 
3:45Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
 
4:30Integrative Approaches for Treating & Reversing Arthritis in Women
C. David Geier, Jr., MD
 
5:15Common Skin Rashes: Eczema, Psoriasis, and Many More
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Paul S. Yamauchi, MD, PhD
 
6:00Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
 
Thursday, July 11, 2024
 
8:00 AMSkin Conditions in Women Including Vulvar Dermatologic Diseases
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Paul S. Yamauchi, MD, PhD
 
8:45Common Thyroid Disorders
(Rx = 25 minutes)
Veronica Piziak, MD, PhD, FACP
 
9:30Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
 
10:15Endometriosis: You Can't Treat What You Can't See
(Rx = 5 minutes)
Tatnai L. Burnett, MD
 
11:00Helping Your Female Patients Sort Out Diets & Effective Exercise
Veronica Piziak, MD, PhD, FACP
 
11:45Common Dermatologic Cosmetic Procedures
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Paul S. Yamauchi, MD, PhD
 
12:30 PMQuestions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
 
Friday, July 12, 2024
 
2:00 PMHow Symptoms of Menopause Can Impact Sex
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Jessica Shepherd, MD, MBA, FACOG
 
2:45Common Orthopedic Injuries in Active Women
C. David Geier, Jr., MD
 
3:30Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
 
4:15Skin Cancers & Sun Protection
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Paul S. Yamauchi, MD, PhD
 
5:00Sex & Pleasure After a Diagnosis of Breast Cancer
Jessica Shepherd, MD, MBA, FACOG
 
5:45Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
 
Saturday, July 13, 2024
 
8:00 AMBeyond Cortisone & Physical Therapy: Non-Surgical Strategies for Orthopedic Healing & Optimal Health
C. David Geier, Jr., MD
 
8:45Management of Chronic Pelvic Pain
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Tatnai L. Burnett, MD
 
9:30Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
 
10:15New Treatment Options for Diabetes
(Rx = 30 minutes)
Veronica Piziak, MD, PhD, FACP
 
11:00Sexuality & Femtech
Jessica Shepherd, MD, MBA, FACOG
 
11:45Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy: Clinical Pearls, Tips, and Tricks
(Rx = 5 minutes)
Tatnai L. Burnett, MD
 
12:30 PMQuestions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
 
 
Rx = Pharmacotherapeutic CEUs for nurses will be granted for these sessions
 

CONFERENCE DESCRIPTION

Taking place over the course of four days, our 25th Annual Summer Conference on Women’s Health is designed for OB/GYNs, family physicians, certified nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, physician associates, nurses, and all other healthcare professionals who care for female patients. Covering a wide array of topics such as menopause, nutrition, adolescent gynecology, breast & ovarian cancers, and fibroids, our expert faculty will discuss the latest evidence-based advancements in women’s healthcare, 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 women’s health situations.
 

CONFERENCE OBJECTIVES

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

  • Determine when surgery is appropriate for patients with chronic pelvic pain
  • Prescribe supplements, medications and other non-surgical treatments to assist your female patients with osteoarthritis in returning to desired activity
  • Diagnose hyperthyroidism and discuss available therapies
  • Reduce sexual complications in menopause
  • Identify and diagnose skin conditions unique to your female patients

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 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.
 

TUITION PRICING
 
  EARLY
If postmarked by
May 1, 2024
REGULAR
If postmarked after
May 1, 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.
 
Tuition includes continuing education, online access to educational session materials, continental breakfast on Thursday and Saturday mornings, and break refreshments for conference registrants.
 

ATTENDEE REQUIREMENTS

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.
 

ACCREDITATION

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.
 

CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT

Physicians
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.

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.

ACOG
Application has been made with the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG) for cognates, Formal Learning. Please check our website for updated credit information.

AAFP
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.

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 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.

Pharmacists
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 3 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.

 
Tatnai L. Burnett, MD
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology; Mayo Clinic, College of Medicine & Science
 
C. David Geier, Jr., MD - Conference Co-Chairperson
Orthopedic Surgeon; Sports Medicine Specialist, Anti-Aging & Regenerative Medicine Expert; Better Life Carolinas; Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
 
Veronica Piziak, MD, PhD, FACP - Conference Co-Chairperson
Professor of Medicine, Emeritus Director of Endocrinology, Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Baylor Scott & White Texas A&M University, Temple, Texas
 
Jessica Shepherd, MD, MBA, FACOG
Gynecologist & Women's Health; Chief Medical Officer, Verywell Health; Founder & CEO, Sanctum Med + Wellness; Baylor University Medical Center; Dallas, Texas
 
Paul S. Yamauchi, MD, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; Los Angeles, California; Adjunct Associate Professor, John Wayne Cancer Institute, Dermatology Institute & Skin Care Center, Inc.; Clinical Science Institute; Santa Monica, California

DISCLOSURE STATEMENT

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:

HEALTH & SAFETY AWARENESS

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 LODGING INFORMATION

Conference group rates have been arranged at the Big Sky Resort. 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 before or after the conference (subject to availability).

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.

All accommodations are non-smoking and include complimentary internet access in room and throughout the resort
 

Huntley Lodge: The main hotel lodge containing the Conference Center and spa.

Huntley Room (Double Occupancy) - $285/night
Max Occupancy: 4
Approx. Square Footage: 375
Rooms have two queen beds, mini refrigerator, TV, one bathroom, wet bar, coffeemaker, iron & ironing board, and blow dryer.

Huntley Mountain View (Double Occupancy) - $299/night
Max Occupancy: 4
Approx. Square Footage: 375
Same amenities as above with mountain views.
 

*Huntley Room/Bunk Loft (Double Occupancy) - $369/night
(Must call Symposia Medicus for availability)
Max Occupancy: 4-6
Approx. Square Footage: 500
Rooms have two queen beds plus a loft area with either a queen or a twin bunk bed, mini refrigerator, TV, one bathroom, wet bar, coffeemaker, iron & ironing board, and blow dryer.
 

Shoshone Building: Attached to the Huntley Lodge & Conference Center.
Most rooms face Lone Mountain or Andesite Mountain

Shoshone 1-Bedroom Condo (Double Occupancy) - $469/night
Max Occupancy: 6
Approx. Square Footage: 790
Has a private bedroom with one queen bed, 1-3/4 bathrooms. Murphy bed and double sleeper sofa in living room, fully-equipped kitchen, gas fireplace, and a small balcony.
 

Village Center: Located between the Summit and Shoshone buildings.

Village Studio (Double Occupancy) - $255/night
Max Occupancy: 4
Approx. Square Footage: 432
Has queen pull-down Murphy bed, sleeper sofa, microwave, coffeemaker, small refrigerator and dishwasher, and bathroom.
 

Summit Building: Euro-Western luxury hotel adjacent to the Mountain Village.
A two-minute walk to the Huntley Lodge & Conference Center.

(Must call Symposia Medicus for availability)

*Summit Studio (Double Occupancy) - $319/night
Max Occupancy: 2
Approx. Square Footage: 450
Has a queen pull-down Murphy bed, kitchen, dining area, and bathroom.

*Summit Hotel (King Bed) (Double Occupancy) - $389/night
Max Occupancy: 2
Approx. Square Footage: 400
Has one king bed, wet bar, and bathroom.

*Summit Hotel (2 Queen Beds) (Double Occupancy) - $389/night
Max Occupancy: 4
Approx. Square Footage: 400
Has two queen beds, wet bar, and bathroom.

*Summit 1-Bedroom Condo (Promotional Rate) (Double Occupancy) - $469/night
Limited number of rooms at this rate; once they sell out, room rates will increase as indicated below.
Max Occupancy: 2-4
Approx. Square Footage: 880
Has either one queen bed and sleeper sofa or two queen beds, full kitchen, dining area, and one bathroom. Bed types not guaranteed.

*Summit 1-Bedroom Condo (Double Occupancy) - $625/night
Max Occupancy: 2-4
Approx. Square Footage: 880
*Same as above

*Summit 2-Bedroom Condo (Double Occupancy) - $729/night
Max Occupancy: 6-8
Approx. Square Footage: 1300
Has one queen bed in one bedroom, one king or two queen beds in second bedroom, and queen sleeper sofa in living room; three bathrooms, full kitchen, and fireplace. Bed types not guaranteed.

*Units are VERY limited. Reserve early. Other units not listed above may be available.
Call Symposia Medicus for availability at (925) 969-1789.

  • Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to change):
    - 8% state bedding/accommodation tax
    - 4% local/resort tax
    - 10% resort service fee
    - 0.8% bedding/accommodation tax
    The resort service fee includes: complimentary resort-wide Wi-Fi, scenic lift rides, pool access, resort bellman shuttle for transport within the Big Sky Community (based on availability), children's activities in Huntley Lodge lobby, movies in the amphitheater nightly (availability allowing), luggage storage with bell staff on arrival or departure, and self-parking. Items are subject to change.
     
  • Maximum guestroom occupancy as stated above cannot be exceeded
     
  • Mandatory additional occupant charge (over two in room), is $25 per person, per night for ages 7 years & older
     
  • Rollaway beds are available at an additional cost of $20 per night (subject to availability and change)
     
  • Cribs are available on a complimentary basis (subject to availability and change)
     
  • Check-in time is 5:00pm and check-out time is 11:00am. A late check-out can only be confirmed on the date of departure by the front desk. Late check-outs are based on availability and additional charges may apply.
     
  • Early Departure Fee: Please notify Symposia Medicus of any changes to your scheduled departure date at least 30 days prior to your check-in date. Any changes made within 30 days of your arrival, including changes made at the conference hotel, may be charged the full original length of stay.
     
  • 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 plus estimated incidentals; 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 complimentary (included in resort fee). Covered parking and valet parking available for a nightly rate per vehicle, at The Summit Hotel and Huntley Lodge, as available.
     
  • 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 June 5, 2024; however, tuition, less a 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 by May 8, 2024. Between May 9, 2024 and June 5, 2024, one night’s deposit is forfeited. After June 5, 2024, no hotel refunds can be made.
     
  • All cancellations must be emailed to registrar@symposiamedicus.org 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.
     

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 publications@symposiamedicus.org for more information.

AIR TRAVEL INFORMATION

You will fly into Bozeman, Montana (BZN), which is approximately one hour from the Big Sky 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 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 ECML102 in the “Discount Code” box, located at the right hand side of the page.
Blackout Dates: February 16, 2024 and February 19, 2024

Delta Airlines
For discounts on Delta Airlines, please visit www.delta.com, 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 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 ZNQA939938 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.
 

GROUND TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS

Option 1 – Personalized Shuttle Transportation

Karst Stage offers scheduled service from the airport seven (7) days a week.

To make reservations, please visit www.karststage.com. Choose Airport Shuttle Tickets, then select from Bozeman Yellowstone International to Huntley-Shoshone-Village Center and your travel information. For the summer, they are offering a 5% discount off regular rates. This will automaticially be applied to your reservation online.

If you have any questions or need assistance booking online, please contact Karst Stage at (406) 556-3500.

Children 3-12 years old are half the adult price and children under three (3) are free (subject to change).

It is recommended to select a shuttle that leaves a minimum of 30 minutes after landing at the airport. Upon your return, it is recommended to book a shuttle that picks you up at least three (3) hours prior to your flight. If you have any concerns regarding your flight times, please contact Karst Stage at (406) 556-3500 for assistance.

All reservations will be confirmed by email and text message, along with your transportation tickets. It is recommended that you print your confirmation letter, read it carefully for accuracy, and be sure to print and take your tickets with you when you travel. A MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover card will be required to guarantee your reservation. Your credit card will be charged upon submission of your reservation online. Reservations must be made at least 72 hours in advance.

No refunds will be given for reservations cancelled with less than 24 hours’ notice.

If you are delayed, miss a flight, or your flight is cancelled, please contact Karst Stage at (406) 556-3500.

Upon arrival at the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, before claiming your luggage, check-in at the Karst Stage counter, conveniently located in ground transportation near baggage claim. You will be given instructions on where to meet. A Karst Stage representative will also go over with you in detail your return ticket information (pick-up date, time, and location). Your return shuttle will be scheduled to get you to Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport at least 1½ hours before your flight is scheduled to depart.
 

Option 2 – Shuttle/Taxi Service

To make reservations and for more information, please contact Shuttle to Big Sky & Taxi at (406) 995-4895 or www.bigskytaxi.com

Option 3 – Car Rental Discount

For conference discounts, 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:

AVIS
www.avis.com
800-331-1600
AWD # B766625

Budget
www.budget.com
800-772-3773
BCD # U076767
 

PARKING

Self-parking is complimentary (included in resort fee). Covered parking and valet parking (only at the Summit Building) is available for a nightly rate, as space is available.

CONFERENCE LOCATION

The setting for our conference is the beautiful Big Sky Resort, nestled in the majestic Northwestern Rockies, just an hour drive from Bozeman, Montana.

Big Sky is host to a multitude of summer activities. Take a scenic chair-lift ride up Lone Mountain and experience wonderful hiking and mountain biking, enjoy an invigorating horseback ride, or take to the rivers for incredible fly fishing and whitewater rafting. Big Sky also offers an 18-hole golf course, as well as a number of tennis courts, all offering spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.

The resort’s close proximity to Yellowstone National Park (the northwest border of the park is less than an hour away) is yet another element of Big Sky’s appeal. Plan to spend time observing the nation’s most impressive geysers and hot springs, including “Old Faithful Geyser,” and be awestruck by the ever-present wildlife and majestic scenery in our country’s first established National Park.

Our conference coincides with the award-winning Big Sky PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Tour. Built from the sagebrush up, PBR has grown into “Big Sky’s Biggest Week”—a week of community events including three nights of bull riding, musical events, a vendor village, and more. Ticket information will be available on the Tours/Activities Tab on our website.

Big Sky Resort is a self-contained village with many restaurants from which to choose, as well as live evening entertainment and dancing. The resort has a giant heated indoor/outdoor swimming pool, full spa, and whirlpools to help soothe those aching muscles at the end of a busy day. A full range of shops are available in and around Big Sky Resort, offering everything from hiking supplies to fine art.

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it in Big Sky, at our 25th Annual Summer Conference on Women’s Health.

Virtual Attendance Is available For this conference. Registered Virtual Attendees should sign in for current information.