“These conferences are always very well-organized and educational.”
– M. Uli, DO

“The speakers have great overall topics with up-to-date recommendations and real, clinical examples!”
– M. Jackson, CNM

“Relevant topics, good presenters, and a desirable location!”
– K. Kendall, MD


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


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.


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.


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 or tours, please visit: https://agents.amstardmc.com/symposiamedicus-afciwh2024/transfers.html


Laurie A. Birkholz, MD, NCMP
Conference Co-Chair

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-Chair

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.

faculty photo


Wednesday, October 30

7:00am Registration & Check-In
8:00 Welcome & Introduction
Laurie A. Birkholz, MD, NCMP & Toby Maurer, MD
8:15 Breast Cancer Screening & Prevention
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Anita Nelson, MD
9:00 Integrative Approaches for Treating & Reversing Arthritis in Women
(Rx = 15 minutes)
C. David Geier, Jr., MD
9:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 Break
10:30 Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Laurie A. Birkholz, MD, NCMP
11:15 Update on Female Urinary Incontinence
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Charles R. Rardin, MD
Noon Skin Conditions in Women’s Health
Toby Maurer, MD
12:45pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

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

Thursday, October 31

8:00am Surgical & Nonsurgical Management of Female Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Charles R. Rardin, MD
8:45 How Active Women Can Treat & Prevent Common Injuries in Sports & Exercise
(Rx = 10 minutes)
C. David Geier, Jr., MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break
10:15 STIs in Women: An Update on Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Laurie A. Birkholz, MD, NCMP
11:00 Evaluation & Management of Painful Bladder Syndrome
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Charles R. Rardin, MD
11:45 All Things Testosterone
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Laurie A. Birkholz, MD, NCMP
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Adjourn for the Day

Friday, November 1

3:00pm Smaller 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
4:30 Break
4:45 Smaller Group Breakouts – Session Two
(Session One Topics Repeated)
6:15 Adjourn for the Day

Saturday, November 2

8:00am Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause
(Rx = 20 minutes)
Laurie A. Birkholz, MD, NCMP
8:45 Treatment of Perimenopause & Menopause
(Rx = 30 minutes)
Anita Nelson, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break (hotel check-out, if applicable)
10:15 Puzzling Dermatologic Vulvovaginal Cases
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Toby Maurer, MD
11:00 Gynecologic Cancer Screening & Prevention
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Anita Nelson, MD
11:45 Skin Cancer & Aging
Toby Maurer, 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


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.


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
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.

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.

Conference registration will be confirmed via email

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


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.


Group Rates below are for TWO adults
(13 years & older)
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 $410/night $600/night Rooms are 452 sq. ft. with garden views, located on lower floors.
Premium Deluxe Ocean View $450/night $660/night Rooms are 452 sq. ft. with ocean views, located on higher floors.
Premium Deluxe with Plunge Pool $470/night $690/night Rooms are 525 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 $520/night $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 $540/night $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)

$610/night $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.


Hotel Policies

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.

Credit/Debit Card Policy: Upon check-in, the hotel requires a credit card 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

Cancellation Policies

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 registrar@symposiamedicus.org 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.


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 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 ECMK305 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.