“Outstanding speakers with well-chosen topics.”
– S. Wagner, MD

“Symposia Medicus consistently offers clinically relevant conferences with knowledgeable and outgoing faculty!”
– K. Walker, MD

“Excellent presenters and topics that are clinically-relevant. Excited to go back and share new information I learned with my colleagues!”
– J. Hesselberth, WHNP


Our 35th Annual National Conference on Women’s Healthcare is designed for OB/GYNs, family physicians, general practitioners, internal medicine 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, and case studies. 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 healthcare situations.


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

Name the neurotransmitters and hormones involved in Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder (HSDD)

Recognize common causes of secondary hypertension

Interpret blood work and imaging techniques involved with an infertility diagnosis

Counsel women on the endocrinologic changes that occur during perimenopause and menopause

Discuss factors affecting bone development and loss


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.

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. PAs 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™

Pharmacology Content for Prescriptive Authority
This activity is designated for a maximum of 3.5 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.


Creighton Edward Likes, III, MD, MS
Founding Partner & Medical Director
Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine
CCRM - Greenville
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
University of South Carolina
School of Medicine
Greenville, South Carolina

Anita Nelson, MD
Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Western University of Health Sciences
Pomona, California
Professor Emeritus, Obstetrics & Gynecology
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Clinical Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California

Douglas Paauw, MD, MACP
Professor of Medicine
Department of Medicine
University of Washington
School of Medicine
Seattle, Washington

Veronica Piziak, MD, PhD, FACP
Conference Co-Chair

Professor of Medicine
Emeritus Director of Endocrinology
Department of Medicine
Division of Endocrinology
Baylor Scott & White
Texas A&M University
Temple, Texas

Tami Rowen, MD, MS
Conference Co-Chair

Associate Professor
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology,
and Reproductive Sciences
UCSF Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
Director, UCSF Center for Sexual Health
University of California, San Francisco
School of Medicine
San Francisco, 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


Monday, September 23

7:00am Registration & Check-In
During Continental Breakfast
8:00 Welcome & Introduction
Veronica Piziak, MD, PhD & Tami Rowen, MD, MS
8:15 Treatment of Perimenopause & Menopause
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Anita Nelson, MD
9:00 Update on Osteoporosis 2024
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Veronica Piziak, MD, PhD
9:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 Break
Work-Up & Treatment of Abnormal Uterine Bleeding (Rx = 20 minutes)
Tami Rowen, MD, MS
11:15 Hard-to-Treat Headaches
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Douglas Paauw, MD, MACP
Noon Diagnosis & Treatment of Fertility Issues
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Creighton Edward Likes, III, MD, MS
12:45pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:30 Adjourn for the Day

Tuesday, September 24

7:30am Continental Breakfast
8:00 Low Sexual Desire: How to Help the Most Common Sexual Complaint
Tami Rowen, MD, MS
8:45 Breast Cancer Screening & Prevention
Anita Nelson, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break
10:15 Sexual Pain Disorders: Diagnosis & Treatment
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Tami Rowen, MD, MS
11:00 Contraception: What’s New?
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Anita Nelson, MD
11:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
12:15pm Lunch Break (on your own)
1:30 Helping Your Female Patients Sort Out Diets & Effective Exercise
Veronica Piziak, MD, PhD
2:15 Fertility Preservation: Reasons, Treatment, and Future Use
Creighton Edward Likes, III, MD, MS
3:00 Medical Mythology: Debunking Common Medical Myths in Women’s Health
Douglas Paauw, MD, MACP
3:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
4:30 Adjourn for the Day

Wednesday, September 25

7:30am Continental Breakfast
8:00 Office Management of Urinary Incontinence
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Anita Nelson, MD
8:45 Obesity: Pharmacologic & Surgical Options
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Veronica Piziak, MD, PhD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break (hotel check-out, if applicable)
10:30 Treatment of Hypertension & Hyperlipidemia in 2024 & Beyond
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Douglas Paauw, MD, MACP
11:15 Endometriosis in Women With Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Creighton Edward Likes, III, MD, MS
Noon Common Thyroid Disorders
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Veronica Piziak, MD, PhD
12:45pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:30 Conference Adjourns

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


Horseshoe Las Vegas is ideal for those who appreciate an exciting hotel right in the center of the famous Las Vegas Strip. While it captures the feel of old Las Vegas, you will enjoy newly renovated rooms with modern amenities and European-inspired decor. Located across the street from the Caesar’s Palace Forum Shops and the fountains, gardens, and galleries of the Bellagio Hotel & Casino, Horseshoe Las Vegas is right in the center of all of the action. Visit Las Vegas’ night life center, The LINQ—a trendy shopping, activity, and dining area, including an exciting attraction, the “High Roller,” the world’s tallest Ferris Wheel—all just a block away! Be sure to see Las Vegas’ newest attraction, The Sphere—the largest spherical building in the world!

Guests at Horseshoe Las Vegas are offered numerous restaurants, an abundance of casino options, and non-stop entertainment. Wade your cares away in the oversized, outdoor swimming pool, lush with palm trees and luxuriously attended by poolside servers. Take a short walk next door and experience everything you love about Paris, right in the heart of the Strip. At Paris Las Vegas, you are transported to the City of Lights with the same excitement and ambiance of Europe’s most romantic city!

Whether you seek rest and relaxation or crave entertainment and excitement, Las Vegas has it all. Stretch your legs while walking the famous Las Vegas Strip, stimulate your taste buds in one of the city’s world-class restaurants, or extend your conference stay and take a day trip to Hoover Dam or the Grand Canyon and witness the grandeur of the Colorado River. Explore the city’s casinos or enjoy fabulous entertainment in one of the city’s showplaces or lounges. Las Vegas truly is the city that never sleeps!

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it in Las Vegas, at our 35th Annual National Conference on Women’s Healthcare.


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

You can register 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
July 15, 2024
If postmarked after
July 15, 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.

Tuition includes continuing education, online access to educational session materials, continental breakfast on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday mornings, and break refreshments for conference registrants

Conference registration will be confirmed via email


Symposia Medicus has conference group rates at Horseshoe & Paris Las Vegas, located in the center of the World-Famous Las Vegas Strip.

These special rates will only be available until Friday, August 30, 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.

Horseshoe & Paris Las Vegas
3655 Las Vegas Blvd. S
Las Vegas, NV 89109

To make your reservations please call (877) 603-4389
You must refer to the group code SPWOM4 to receive conference group rates.

To make your reservations online, please visit HTTPS://BOOK.PASSKEY.COM/GO/SPWOM4

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

Room Type Group Rates
(Single/Double Occupancy)
Versailles Room $125/night Enjoy 445-square-feet of contemporary Parisian design
in the newly renovated Versailles Strip View room.
Relax in comfort with one king or two queen beds, a 55” flat-screen, desk with task chair, stylish sofa, and unmatched views of the Las Vegas Strip. The marble designed bathroom provides a relaxing retreat with upscale fixtures, shower, vanity, and hair dryer.


Hotel Policies

A deposit equal to one night’s room and tax is due to the hotel with major credit card upon making your
reservation. Each guestroom must have at least one registered guest 21 years of age or older.

Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to change):
- 13.38% Clark County Room Tax
- $30 plus 13.38% tax Resort Fee (includes unlimited local phone calls, daily admission for two guests to the Fitness Center (not spa), and in-room internet access for two devices per day)

Maximum guestroom occupancy is four, regardless of age

Mandatory additional occupant charge (12 years & over) is $30 per person, per night

Children 11 years & under are complimentary—not to exceed stated maximum occupancy

Rollaway beds are available at an additional cost of $30 per night (subject to availability and change)

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

Check-in time is 4:00pm and check-out time is 11:00am. Any departures after 11:00am are subject to the full day charge. 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.

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: Valet and self-parking are complimentary for conference attendees

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

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 August 19, 2024;
however, tuition, less a 10% processing fee, may be applied to a future Symposia Medicus conference.

All cancellations must be emailed to registrar@symposiamedicus.org 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.


You will fly into Harry Reid International Airport (LAS), which is approximately 15 minutes from Horseshoe Las Vegas. 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 below.

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 ECMK301 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.
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