“Symposia Medicus always has superb speakers and a relaxed environment. I love the half days.”
– L. Shehadeh, DO

“Relevant content with excellent speakers in desired locations. Always my first choice for CME.”
– L. Gaglioti, CNM

“Great locations, informative conferences. I learn something new every time.”
– S. Velarde, MD


Our 31st Annual Summer Conference on Obstetrics & Gynecology is designed for physicians, certified nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, physician associates, nurses, and other allied healthcare professionals who manage preconception, pregnant, and postpartum patients. Our expert faculty will discuss the latest evidence-based advancements in both obstetric and gynecologic 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 OB/GYN 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…

Counsel patients with pregestational diabetes regarding their risk of obstetric, fetal, and neonatal complications

Identify both the symptoms and the most common causes of menstrual disorders

Summarize the impact of uterine activity on fetal oxygenation

Specify the recommendations for physical activity in pregnancy according to ACOG

Recognize the limitations of screening for ovarian cancer


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 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 1.75 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.


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


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.


To receive additional information about the conference hotel, location, tours or nearby attractions, and ground transportation, please visit our website at www.symposiamedicus.org.


Mark Alanis, MD, MSCR, FACOG
Conference Co-Chair

Assistant Clinical Professor
Maternal-Fetal Medicine
UCHealth Memorial Hospital
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Jessica Chan, MD, MSCE
Associate Professor
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Los Angeles, California

Rebecca L. Cypher, MSN, PNNP
Perinatal Nurse Practitioner
Cypher Maternal-Fetal Solutions
Gig Harbor, Washington

Gabriela Dellapiana, MD, FACOG
Staff I, Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Assistant Professor
Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Department of OB/GYN
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Los Angeles, California

Mindy Goldman, MD
Conference Co-Chair

Clinical Professor Emeritus
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology,
and Reproductive Sciences
University of California, San Francisco
Chief Clinical Officer
Midi Health
San Mateo, 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.

faculty photo


Wednesday, July 17

7:00am Registration & Check-in
During Continental Breakfast
8:00 Welcome & Introduction
Mark Alanis, MD, MSCR & Mindy Goldman, MD
8:15 Update on Breast & Ovarian Cancers: Issues Pertaining to Screening & Prevention
Mindy Goldman, MD
9:00 Prenatal Testing for Fetal Chromosomal Problems: Screening & Diagnostic Approaches
Mark Alanis, MD, MSCR
9:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 Break
10:30 PCOS: A Clinical Update
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Jessica Chan, MD, MSCE
11:15 Exercise in Pregnancy: Burpees & Baby Bumps
Gabriela Dellapiana, MD
Noon EFM Signal Ambiguity: When Signals Become Crossed
Rebecca L. Cypher, MSN, PNNP
12:45pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:30 Adjourn for the Day
5:30-6:30 Group Reception
(Faculty, Participants, and Guests)

Thursday, July 18

7:30am Continental Breakfast
8:00 Trauma in Pregnancy: A Comprehensive Overview
Rebecca L. Cypher, MSN, PNNP
8:45 Enhanced Recovery After Cesarean (ERAC)
(Rx = 10 minutes)
Gabriela Dellapiana, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break
10:15 Menstrual Disorders: Adolescence Through Adulthood
Jessica Chan, MD, MSCE
11:00 The Balancing Act: Oxytocin & Uterine Activity
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Rebecca L. Cypher, MSN, PNNP
11:45 Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
Jessica Chan, MD, MSCE
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Adjourn for the Day

Friday, July 19

3:00pm Smaller Group Breakouts – Session One
. Complications of Monochorionic Twin Pregnancy
Gabriela Dellapiana, MD
. Documentation Matters: Your Best Defense to Reducing Risk
Rebecca L. Cypher, MSN, PNNP
. Intrapartum & Postpartum Management of Extreme Maternal Obesity
Mark Alanis, MD, MSCR
. Managing Menopause Medically & Naturally
Mindy Goldman, MD
4:30 Break
4:45 Smaller Group Breakouts – Session Two
(Session One Topics Repeated)
6:15 Adjourn for the Day

Saturday, July 20

7:30am Continental Breakfast
8:00 Complications of Pregestational Diabetes in Pregnancy
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Mark Alanis, MD, MSCR
8:45 Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Mindy Goldman, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break (hotel check-out, if applicable)
10:15 Prediction & Prevention of Preterm Birth in 2024
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Mark Alanis, MD, MSCR
11:00 Fertility Preservation: Egg Freezing & More
Jessica Chan, MD, MSCE
11:45 Specialized GYN Care for Breast Cancer Patients
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Mindy Goldman, MD
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Conference Adjourns

Rx = Pharmacotherapeutic CEUs for nurses
will be granted for these sessions


Home to two of the world’s greatest mountains, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, 11 of the world’s 13 climate zones, and some of Hawaii’s top beaches, the Big Island of Hawaii has much to offer the spirited traveler. The sunny Kohala Coast, just 20 minutes from the Kona International Airport, boasts dramatic black lava fields, beautiful beaches, world-renowned golf courses, and spectacular sunsets.

Inspired by culture, well-being, and genuine Aloha, the Fairmont Orchid is a Four Diamond resort and features an award-winning spa, 10,000 square foot oceanside pool, six restaurants, a beach club, year-round children’s program, fitness center, and a tennis pavilion. Immerse yourself in an authentic Hawaiian vacation experience, surrounded by 32 oceanfront acres of lush, tropical gardens, cascading waterfalls, and a tranquil white sand beach lagoon. You can celebrate the sunset with exquisite oceanfront dining and also enjoy live entertainment at the lounge.

The best shopping in Hawaii is right around the corner! Located just a quick complimentary shuttle ride away, you will find the Shops at Mauna Lani. Tommy Bahama Restaurant and retail store, Foodland Farms Market, and several boutiques, galleries, and other restaurants can be found at this “has it all” plaza.

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it on Hawaii, at our 31st Annual Summer Conference on Obstetrics & Gynecology.


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 our website, www.symposiamedicus.org; 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

Please visit www.symposiamedicus.org or call (925) 969-1789 for additional questions or information


If postmarked by
May 8, 2024
If postmarked after
May 8, 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 Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings, and break refreshments for conference registrants. Tuition also includes a group reception for faculty, registrants, and their guests.

Conference registration will be confirmed via email


Conference group rates have been arranged at the Fairmont Orchid. 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 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.

Type of Room Group Rates (Single/Double) Description
Fairmont Garden View $475/night
(Limited number of rooms available at this rate; once sold, rate will increase to $525/night)
All rooms are approximately 522 square feet and feature a patio area or balcony, depending on the floor. Each room includes: air-conditioning with climate control, bathrobes, Fairmont toiletries, marble bathroom with separate shower and bathtub, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, in-room safe, refrigerator, Keurig coffee maker, and 42” LG LCD flat screen television.
Partial Ocean View $575/night
Ocean View $625/night
Deluxe Ocean View
(Limited availability, reserve early)

By booking your lodging with Symposia Medicus, the Resort Fee charge of $40 plus 17.962% tax, per room, per night is DISCOUNTED to $20 plus 4.712% + 13.25% tax, per room, per night. The Resort Fee includes: Overnight self-parking for one vehicle per room, unlimited basic Wi-Fi access in guest rooms and public areas (ALL Fairmont Club members receive an upgrade to premium speed internet access), wellness classes (please see the hotel’s weekly complimentary wellness offerings at the Spa Without Walls), complimentary shuttle bus service within the Mauna Lani Resort area, two branded reusable water bottles per room, per stay, to be filled at purified water stations located throughout the resort, Hawaiian Cultural Classes & Resort Activities (please see the hotel’s weekly activity schedule at the Concierge), lei greeting upon arrival, complimentary snorkel equipment rental for one hour (available to each guest, per day—resort use only), 45-minute photo session with Pacific Dream Photography (reservations required, photos available for purchase), and unlimited long distance calls to North America (Canada & America).

Fun & Sun Activity Passes are available for purchase for guests of the Fairmont Orchid at the front desk, concierge desk, the Beach Shack, and the Pool Kiosk for $95 per person (13 years & older) and $85 per child (5-12 years old). Children under 5 are free. These one-time purchase passes are good every day of your stay and include all beach rental equipment including boogie boards, soft-top surfboards, stand-up paddle boards, personal floats, one and two-person kayaks, noodles, and more!

By booking your lodging with Symposia Medicus, when you buy one Activity Pass at full price, you will get one (at equal or lesser value) free!


Hotel Policies

Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to change):
- 4.712% + 13.25% state & local taxes
- $20 (plus 4.712% + 13.25% tax) Resort Fee (discounted from $40 plus 4.712% + 13.25% tax)

Maximum guestroom occupancy is four, regardless of age

Mandatory additional person charges (below) include additional lodging fee, taxes, and gratuities:
- Children 5 years & under are FREE and eat FREE based on the Children’s Menu at all dining outlets while eating with an adult (excludes In-Room Dining, Brown’s Deli, and Beach & Pool)
- Children 6-12 years old are FREE and receive 50% off published menus at all dining outlets while eating with an adult (excludes In-Room Dining, Brown’s Deli and Beach & Pool)
- Children 13-17 years are FREE
- Adults 18 years & older are $75 (plus 4.712% + 13.25% tax) per person, per night

Bed Type Requests: You can select one or two beds; however, requests cannot be guaranteed until check-in

Rollaway beds are available at an additional cost of $75 (plus 4.712% + 13.25% tax) per night (subject to availability and change). This fee will be waived if guest is paying additional adult fee. Only one rollaway bed is allowed in a room or suite with a king bed. Rooms with two beds cannot accommodate a rollaway.

Cribs are available on a complimentary basis (subject to availability and change)

Connecting rooms can be guaranteed for $75 (plus 4.712% + 13.25% tax) per night; please note that connecting rooms will not be charged nor confirmed until check-in

Check-in time is 4:00pm 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 at least 30 days prior to your check-in date. Any changes made to your scheduled departure date within 30 days of your arrival will 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 $100 per room, per day for incidentals. The authorization will hold these funds until check-out, at which time the amount actually incurred during your stay will be charged. 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 for conference guests; valet is $5 (plus 4.712% tax) per night (or complimentary for Fairmont Gold) with unlimited access for hotel guests and $25 (plus 4.712% tax) per day for non-hotel guests (subject to change)

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 June 12, 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 15, 2024. Between May 16, 2024 and June 12, 2024, one night’s deposit is forfeited. After June 12, 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.


You will fly into Kona Airport (KOA), which is approximately 30 minutes from the Fairmont Orchid. For information on ground transportation, please visit our website.

Symposia Medicus has arranged for discount fares with Alaska, Delta, Hawaiian, 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 ECMK169 in the “Discount Code” box, located at the right hand side of the page.
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.
Hawaiian Airlines For discounts on Hawaiian Airlines flights, please book online at
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.


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 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