Conference #1712
32nd Annual Fall Conference on Issues in Women's Health

October 30 - November 2, 2024
Cancun, Mexico

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Wednesday, October 30, 2024
8:15 AMBreast Cancer Screening & Prevention
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Anita Nelson, MD
9:00Integrative Approaches for Treating & Reversing Arthritis in Women
(Rx = 15 minutes)
C. David Geier, Jr., MD
9:45Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
10:30Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Laurie A. Birkholz, MD, NCMP
11:15Update on Female Urinary Incontinence
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Charles R. Rardin, MD
12:00 PMSkin Conditions in Women’s Health
Toby Maurer, MD
12:45Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
Thursday, October 31, 2024
8:00 AMSurgical & Nonsurgical Management of Female Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Charles R. Rardin, MD
8:45How Active Women Can Treat & Prevent Common Injuries in Sports & Exercise
(Rx = 10 minutes)
C. David Geier, Jr., MD
9:30Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15STIs in Women: An Update on Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Laurie A. Birkholz, MD, NCMP
11:00Evaluation & Management of Painful Bladder Syndrome
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Charles R. Rardin, MD
11:45All Things Testosterone
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Laurie A. Birkholz, MD, NCMP
12:30 PMQuestions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
Friday, November 1, 2024
3:00 PMSmall Group Breakouts – Session One

● Common Orthopedic Injuries in Active Women

C. David Geier, Jr., MD
 ● Contraception: What’s in the Pipeline?
Anita Nelson, MD
 ● Mesh in Gynecologic Surgery: Is It Good or Bad, and Why Are So Many Lawyers Interested?
Charles R. Rardin, MD
 ● Pros & Cons of Cosmetic Dermatology
Toby Maurer, MD
4:45Small Group Breakouts – Session Two

● Common Orthopedic Injuries in Active Women

C. David Geier, Jr., MD
 ● Contraception: What’s in the Pipeline?
Anita Nelson, MD
 ● Mesh in Gynecologic Surgery: Is It Good or Bad, and Why Are So Many Lawyers Interested?
Charles R. Rardin, MD
 ● Pros & Cons of Cosmetic Dermatology
Toby Maurer, MD
Saturday, November 2, 2024
8:00 AMGenitourinary Syndrome of Menopause
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Laurie A. Birkholz, MD, NCMP
8:45Treatment of Perimenopause & Menopause
(Rx = 30 minutes)
Anita Nelson, MD
9:30Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15Puzzling Dermatologic Vulvovaginal Cases
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Toby Maurer, MD
11:00Gynecologic Cancer Screening & Prevention
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Anita Nelson, MD
11:45Skin Cancer & Aging
Toby Maurer, MD
12:30 PMQuestions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
Rx = Pharmacotherapeutic CEUs for nurses will be granted for these sessions


Taking place over the course of four days, our 32nd Annual Fall Conference on Issues in Women’s Health is designed for 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, 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.

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…

  • Develop an evidence-based treatment plan for women diagnosed with hypoactive sexual desire disorder
  • Review iatrogenic causes of and provide treatment suggestions for vulvar disease
  • Counsel women about the endocrinologic changes that occur during perimenopause and menopause
  • Discuss pharmacologic, surgical, and non-surgical treatment options for urinary incontinence
  • Help your patients select appropriate types of exercise and physical activities based on their injury history, body composition, and physical conditioning

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

If postmarked by
August 21, 2024
If postmarked after
August 21, 2024
Physicians $895 $995
Nurses, PAs, & All Others $795 $895
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 session materials, and break refreshments for conference registrants. Tuition also includes group reception for faculty, registrants, and their guests.

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.

Due to strict hotel security for non-hotel guests, please contact Symposia Medicus if you are not staying at Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa.


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 accredited continuing education 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.

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.

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.

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 3.75 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.

Laurie A. Birkholz, MD, NCMP - Conference Co-Chairperson
Founder & President, Laurie Birkholz, MD & Associates; Holland, Michigan
C. David Geier, Jr., MD
Orthopedic Surgeon; Sports Medicine Specialist, Anti-Aging & Regenerative Medicine Expert; Better Life Carolinas; Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Toby Maurer, MD - Conference Co-Chairperson
Professor, Department of Dermatology, Lead AMPATH Global Dermatology; Indiana University; Professor Emeritus, University of California, San Francisco; San Francisco, California
Anita Nelson, MD
Professor Emeritus, Obstetrics & Gynecology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; Los Angeles, California; Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Western University of Health Sciences; Pomona, California
Charles R. Rardin, MD
Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology; Alpert Medical School of Brown University; Director, Division of Urogynecology & Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery; Women & Infants' Hospital of Rhode Island; Providence, Rhode Island


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 Dreams Riviera Cancun 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.


DOUBLE OCCUPANCY Group Rates below are for TWO adults (13 years & older)
TRIPLE OCCUPANCY Group Rates below are for THREE adults (13 years & older)

All rooms include: A king or two double beds, furnished balcony or terrace, marble floors, jetted aromatherapy hydro tubs, separate shower, double vanities, hair dryer, iron & ironing board, bathrobes & slippers, TV, air-conditioning with in-room climate control, in-room safe, alarm clock, daily refreshed mini-bar with beer, juices, soft drinks, and bottled water, coffee & tea maker, daily maid service, and standard USA electrical outlets. Please note, smoking is not permitted on property or in guest rooms.

Premium Deluxe Garden & Tropical View
(Double Occupancy) - $410/night
(Triple Occupancy) - $600/night
Rooms are 452 sq. ft. with garden views, located on lower floors.

Premium Deluxe Ocean View
(Double Occupancy) - $450/night
(Triple Occupancy) - $660/night
Rooms are 452 sq. ft. with ocean views, located on higher floors.

Premium Deluxe with Plunge Pool
(Double Occupancy) - $470/night
(Triple Occupancy) - $690/night
Rooms are 710 sq. ft. with garden or pool views, with a plunge pool on the terrace, located on the ground floor.

Preferred Club Guests will receive the following additional amenities & services: personalized check-in and check-out, upgraded mini-bar and bath amenities, pillow menu, access to the private Preferred Club Lounge which offers computer access, daily continental breakfast, afternoon hors d’oeuvres, desserts and fine liquors, exclusive dining privileges, which include daily à la carte breakfast in Oceana and Seaside Grill restaurants, complimentary one-time hydrotherapy circuit at the spa, and access to the private Preferred Club beach area that includes beachside wait service and use of Bali beds (based on availability).

Preferred Club Ocean View
(Double Occupancy) - $520/night
(Triple Occupancy) - $765/night
Rooms are 538 sq. ft. with ocean views and include an outdoor whirlpool on the balcony, located on higher floors.

Preferred Club Ocean View & Pool Front
(Double Occupancy) - $540/night
(Triple Occupancy) - $795/night
Rooms are 560 sq. ft. with ocean and pool views and include an outdoor whirlpool on the balcony, located on higher floors.

Preferred Club with Plunge Pool
(Very limited, must call Symposia Medicus to reserve)
(Double Occupancy) - $610/night
(Triple Occupancy) - $900/night
Rooms are 538 sq. ft. with garden or pool views and include an outdoor whirlpool and plunge pool on the terrace, located on the ground floor.

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, 9 dining options, 6 bars, unlimited domestic alcoholic beverages, unlimited natural fruit juices, soft drinks, water, tea, and coffee, wireless internet, daytime activities, tennis clinics, special events or theme dinners, non-motorized water sports, beach access, use of Pool/Beach chairs, umbrellas, and towels, a fully-equipped fitness center, and more!

If you are traveling alone and would like to inquire about single rates, please call Symposia Medicus at (925) 969-1789.

  • 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 & bars)
    - Spa and/or salon services
    - Telephone calls
    - Business center
    - Laundry & dry-cleaning services
    - Airport transfers
    - Additional gratuities at your discretion
  • Maximum guestroom occupancy is (NO EXCEPTIONS):
    - 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 all-inclusive additional child charge (3-12 years old) is discounted to $35 per child, per night (normally $80 per child, per night) – not to exceed stated maximum occupancy
  • Children 2 years & under are complimentary – not to exceed stated maximum occupancy
  • Bed Type Requests: You can select one or two beds; however, requests cannot be guaranteed until check-in
  • Rollaways & Cribs: Rollaway beds and cribs are available at no additional charge, based on availability
  • Check-in time is 3:00pm 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 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 or debit card and will charge the full stay for the guest room and tax. Upon check-out, the hotel will charge the card for any incidental charges incurred during the stay. If using a debit card, 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 and valet are complimentary
  • 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 September 25, 2024; 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 August 28, 2024. Between August 29, 2024 and September 25, 2024, one night’s deposit is forfeited. After September 25, 2024, no hotel refunds can be made.
  • All cancellations must be emailed to 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.

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 the Cancun International Airport (CUN), which is approximately 25 minutes from the Dreams Riviera Cancun 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 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 ECMK305 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 at the end of the page. For questions, please call the United Airlines Convention Desk at (800) 426-1122.


We have made arrangements with the onsite tour company to provide participants with transportation to/from the Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa, as well as tour options. To reserve personalized ground transportation, please visit: .


Relaxation and excitement await you on the Riviera Maya! Cancun, located on the Yucatán Peninsula, has countless ways to spend the day. Beginners and experts alike can enjoy fishing, windsurfing, parasailing, or scuba diving. The Great Mesoamerican Reef is the second largest reef in the world and makes for an ideal diving spot. Alternatively, the mellower vacationer can lounge on more than 14 miles of white sand beaches.

Explore ancient ruins—like Chichen Itza and Tulum—and marvel at the Mayan culture, one of the most densely populated and culturally dynamic societies in the world. Mayan culture is known for its spectacular art, impressive architecture, and sophisticated mathematical and astronomical systems, which were all way ahead of their time.

Located close to the excitement of Cancun and Playa del Carmen, Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa is set along a natural white-sand beach, the Riviera Maya, surrounded by lush tropical gardens and the crystal-clear Caribbean Sea. This AAA Four Diamond resort is an enchanting wonderland of glistening pools and impressive ocean views with unique octagonal-shaped rooms and suites.

Go far beyond the all-inclusive experience where nearly everything is included. The family-friendly resort offers a heated kids’ pool and a Mayan-themed Explorer’s Club for Kids that features a planetarium and Chichen Itza climbing wall. During your stay, enjoy spacious rooms and suites, reservation-free dining at nine different restaurants, and so much more!

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it in Cancun, Mexico at our 32nd Annual Fall Conference on Issues in Women’s Health.


We have made arrangements with the onsite tour company to provide participants with tour options. To reserve personalized ground transportation, please visit: .