2018 Women’s Health and OB/GYN Care

New Orleans, LA – November 11 - 14, 2018

Join us for the 33rd Women’s Health and OB/GYN Care in 2018. This conference focuses on the challenges clinicians face daily in their care of women in the primary care setting. Designed for NPs, CNMs, RNs, PAs and MDs, it promises to enrich the clinical knowledge and skill set of these professionals by providing evidence-based approaches and creative solutions for a variety of women’s health and obstetric issues.

Conference Details

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Highlights & Benefits

The unique and picturesque city of New Orleans is hosting the 33rd Women’s Health and OB/GYN Care in 2018.  This conference focuses on the challenges clinicians face daily in their care of women in the primary care setting. Designed for NPs, CNMs, RNs, PAs and MDs, it promises to enrich the clinical knowledge and skill set of these professionals by providing evidence-based approaches and creative solutions for a variety of women’s health and obstetric issues. A stellar panel of expert speakers has been assembled to address the most relevant topics in this area of care and to challenge attendees to re-think their approaches to enhance their practice and relationship between healthcare providers and patients.

Why This Is A Must-Attend CE Event:

  • A morning preconference: “Adolescent Health with Emphasis on Sexual and Reproductive Health” presents a view on the issues that adolescents face, while dealing with their sexual and reproductive health, and how to diagnose and treat the clinical challenges this group of patients may encounter.
  • An afternoon preconference: “Health Promotion and Management of Menopausal Women” is a comprehensive update on the support and promotion of menopausal women’s health that provides a wide spectrum of areas for prevention and care.
  • An exceptional combination of primary care gynecologic and obstetric topics, all in one conference, focusing on health issues from adolescence through menopause, which include:
    • The techniques to effectively implement and/or improve Patient-Centered Counseling.
    • The appropriate management of the contraception options available for special populations.
    • An overview of Women’s Health policy in 2018.
    • What might be missed in cervical and breast cancer screening.
  • A choice of 15 Concurrent Sessions offering clinically applicable information on reproductive ethics, cardiovascular disease (CVD), transgender health, breast issues, thyroid disorders, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and other areas relevant to the women’s primary care setting.
  • A visit to New Orleans, a city rich in culture, food, music and pure joy!

Conference Objectives

  • Examine the clinical management of common and complex challenges in women’s health, including STIs, HPV, breast disease, contraception, miscarriage, vaginitis and adolescent health.
  • Explore techniques and technologies for breast and cervical screening.
  • Identify primary care concerns that affect women’s well-being such as cardiovascular and mental health.
  • Define the objectives, benefits and strategies of patient-centered counseling.

Who Should Attend?

  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Office and Clinic Nurses
  • Nurse-Midwives
  • Staff Nurses and Nurse Managers
  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • You!

Patty Cason, MSN, FNP-BC
Program Co-Chair
Assistant Clinical Professor
UCLA School of Nursing
Nurse Practitioner & Consultant
Planned Parenthood
Los Angeles, California

Melanie Deal, MSN, WHNP-BC, FNP-BC
Nurse Practitioner, University Health Services
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California
Clinical Faculty, California STD/HIV Prevention Training Center
Oakland, California

Nikole D. Gettings, RN, MSN, APRN, CNM
Founder, S.H.i., Certified Nurse Midwife
Memphis, TN

Jan Hastings, MD
Director, Transgender Healthcare Program
Planned Parenthood Mar Monte
Assistant Clinical Professor
UCSF Department of Family and Community Medicine
San Francisco, California

Andrew Kaunitz, MD, FACOG, NCMP
University of Florida Research Foundation Professor and Associate Chairman
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Medical Director, Director of Menopause and GYN Ultrasound Services, UF Southside Women’s Health
University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville
Jacksonville, Florida

Christine A. Kessler, MN, CNS, ANP, BC-ADM, CDTC, FAANP
Founder, Nurse Practitioner
Metabolic Medicine Associates
King George, Virginia

Melissa Kottke, MD, MPH, MBA
Associate Professor
Director, Jane Fonda Center for Adolescent Reproductive Health
Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Emory University School of Medicine
Atlanta, Georgia

Adriana LeBer, MAOM
Program Manager
Contemporary Forums

Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Affairs
University of Nevada Las Vegas
Nurse Practitioner, Sahara Family Practice and iCarePsychiatry
Las Vegas, Nevada

Michael S. Policar, MD, MPH
Program Co-Chair
Clinical Professor of OB/GYN and Reproductive Sciences
University of California San Francisco School of Medicine
San Francisco, California


The soul of New Orleans is thriving! The birthplace of Jazz and festive home of Mardi Gras, New Orleans provides an exciting, colorful setting. Stroll through the picturesque French Quarter and view quaint Italian courtyards, sculpted fountains and sprawling Victorian mansions. Venture to Bourbon Street, the historic center of the French Quarter, known for its lively music, folklore, mystery and iconic architecture as well as its famous night life. Take in a show at Preservation Hall and hear New Orleans musicians playing jazz, explore fine antique shops and art galleries on Royal Street or stop by St. Louis Cathedral and relax as you watch the artists gather around Jackson Square.

A visit to New Orleans would not be complete without sampling its world-renowned restaurants, serving the Cajun and Creole cuisine that helps define this city’s heritage. Relax with a fresh hot beignet and café au lait at Café du Monde. Enjoy celebrated restaurants, including Commander’s Palace, Emeril’s, K-Paul’s, Acme Oyster House, Tujague’s, Mother’s, and Herbsaint for a gastronomic treat. Stop by Pat O’Brien’s on Bourbon Street and try their famous libation—the Hurricane!—as you take in the local jazz scene.

New Orleans offers an abundance of adventures for you to enjoy! Climb aboard the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar for a ramble uptown to the Garden District and Audubon Park and Zoo. The Swamp & Bayou Tour, plantation tours and Garden District and French Quarter Walking Tours are available through Gray Lines. The Steamboat Natchez is moored in the heart of the French Quarter and open for dockside dining and beverages. You’ll also want to visit the National World War II Museum, with its priceless artifacts, displays, oral histories and live entertainment reminiscent of the era. For dining, entertainment and sightseeing, there’s no place like New Orleans!

The JW Marriott New Orleans is tucked within the heart of the city's vibrant downtown district, just moments away from Jackson Square and the French Market. Impeccably appointed rooms and suites boast comfortable bedding, marble bathrooms and ergonomic workspaces. Feast on fire-roasted steak at Fogo de Chão or maintain your workout routine at our fitness center. Enjoy the views while taking a refreshing saltwater swim. Located at a prime French Quarter location, the JW Marriott is the downtown getaway of choice.

Hotel Accommodations

  • The conference will be held at JW Marriott New Orleans, 614 Canal Street (Driveway Entrance on 611 Common Street), New Orleans, LA.
  • Room Block Dates:
    A limited block of rooms is being held for you and your guests at special group rates which will be in effect, based on room availability. The discounted room rate may be available before and after the conference for those wishing to extend their stay. Please inquire when making your hotel reservation.
  • Special Groups and Rates:
    $199 standard (from November 9 -14, 2018)
    $199 suite (from November 11 -13, 2018)
    Rates are per room and subject to prevailing state and local taxes.
  • To obtain the special group rates, make your reservation before October 15, 2018. Rooms may sell out before this date so be sure to make your reservation now. After the release date, call the hotel as rooms and group rates may no longer be available.
  • All reservations must be accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card.
  • Room Reservations:
    Phone: Call (888) 364-1200 and inform them that you are attending the Contemporary Forums' conference on Women’s Health and OB/GYN Care. Request a confirmation number and written confirmation of your reservation.
    Online: To reserve your room online click here
  • Contact the hotel regarding cancellation policy. For arrivals after 3 p.m., call the resort on the day of travel to reconfirm reservations.
  • For additional hotel information, call the hotel at (504) 525-6500

Travel Discounts

Contemporary Forums has a special discount agreement with United Airlines unavailable to the general public. To obtain these special conference fares visit www.united.com or (800) 426-1122 insert Offer Code ZEFA851558. Ticketing and payment can be done directly by you or through your travel agent. To ensure the best flights and times, since seats are limited, make your reservations early. Fares are guaranteed at the time of the ticket purchase.

Hertz is the official car rental agency for the conference. Special rates will be in effect throughout the conference as well as one week before and after. For special rates and reservations, call HERTZ at (800) 654-2240 or (405) 749-4434, or go online at www.hertz.com and refer to Contemporary Forums plus the conference discount code CV#03000265. 

In support of improving patient care, Contemporary Forums is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive up to 25.25 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.

Nurses and Nurse Practitioners
Preconference A: 4.25 ANCC/5.1 CA BRN contact hours
Preconference B: 4.25 ANCC/5.1 CA BRN contact hours
Main Conference: 16.75 ANCC/20.1 CA BRN contact hours
Contemporary Forums is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #04516. (CA BRN contact hour = 50 minutes) 

ANCC Certified NPs and CNSs
This course provides a maximum of 7.75  pharmacotherapeutic hours toward the required 25 hours needed for ANCC recertification.

NCC Certified Nurses and Nurse Practitioners
Contemporary Forums is a continuing education organization recognized by the National Certification Corporation.
NCC Maintenance Codes are listed here.

Preconference A: 4.25 hours
Preconference B: 4.25 hours
Main Conference: 16.75 hours
The Continuing Education Committee of the American College of Nurse-Midwives grants reciprocity status to the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) for Category 1 offerings, providing the program is relevant to nurse-midwifery. Nurse-Midwives may report up to the listed hours of credit.

Pharmacology Credit for Prescriptive Authority
Preconference A: 1 hour 
Preconference B: .75 credit
Main Conference: 6 hours available
Rx indicates pharmacology content. Because states’ requirements vary, contact your Board of Nursing and certifying agency for the specifics of individual Rx requirements.

Preconference A: 4.25 credits
Preconference B: 4.25 credits
Main Conference: 16.75 credits
Contemporary Forums designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 25.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Application for cognate credits has been filed with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Determination of credit is pending.
Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.

Physician Assistants
Preconference A: 4.25 hours
Preconference B: 4.25 hours
Main Conference: 16.75 hours
AAPA 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 Assistants may receive a maximum of the listed hours of Category I credit for completing this program.

Other Professionals
Preconference A: 4.25 hours
Preconference B: 4.25 hours
Main Conference: 16.75 hours
You will receive a Certificate of Completion verifying your attendance at this course.  Please comply with the guidelines of the appropriate boards, organizations or agencies in registering your credit.

Joint Accreditation
Contemporary Forums is awarded Joint Accreditation to advance Interprofessional Continuing Education. Joint Accreditation is the leading model of interprofessional collaboration designed to be independent, free from commercial bias, and effective in improving the quality and safety of care delivered by the healthcare team.

On Demand Conference

Earn your CEs anytime, anywhere and on any device! CLICK HERE to get started streaming On Demand content from women's health specialty conferences.

Exhibit with Contemporary Forums and Reach your Target Audience at the 2018 Women’s Health and OB/GYN Care conference.

Exhibiting at a Contemporary Forums conference will cost-effectively increase your brand and product visibility with your targeted customers. Your resources will be focused on an optimal, attentive, engaged audience.  Become an exhibitor, register today!

Why Exhibit

  • Enhance the profile of your organization by supporting a premier healthcare conference
  • Interact with a target audience of top healthcare specialists from around the country
  • Create marketing and sales opportunities for both your national affiliates and global operation

Become an Exhibitor

Contact the Contemporary Forums exhibit team today to learn how one of our events can help you achieve your sales and branding objectives.

Download Prospectus

Register to become an exhibitor

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Questions about your exhibit space or sponsorship, please contact exhibits@cforums.com or call (925)361-4807 for details.


  • Reserve your spot now! Only a $75 refundable deposit necessary. The deposit becomes non-refundable and non-transferable if balance is not paid in full at least 30 days prior to the start of conference.  To guarantee Early Registration pricing, attendee must make deposit prior to the Early Registration deadline and pay balance in full at least 30 days prior to the start of conference; thereafter, Early Registration pricing will be forfeited.  All other cancellation terms apply.
  • Registrations faxed without deposit or payment will not be processed. Conference communications are sent via email. When registering please provide attendee’s best email address as some emails are filtered and blocked. Since conference registration and hotel rooms are limited, early registration is advised.
    * Postmarked or phone/fax/online registration and fees received on/before September 16, 2018.
    ^ Residents: To qualify, submit facility verification of status with registration.
    + New Grads (graduated 2015 or after): To qualify, submit proof of graduation date with registration.
    Your tuition includes continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks, Certificate of Completion and online access to posted presentation handouts before and after the conference. In addition, you will have complimentary access to the recorded sessions posted after the conference in your account at ContemporaryForums.com for one year.
  • Attendance Rules
    Registrations may not be shared. Children of any age and spouses may not attend sessions. Audio recording, video recording and livestreaming of speakers, sessions and/or attendees is strictly prohibited. Medical information presented at this conference is intended for educational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice.
  • Register Online, or by Phone, Fax or Mail (Deposit or full payment is required to register)
    Register only ONCE, online at www.ContemporaryForums.com, by mail or fax (800) 329-9923, or call (800) 377-7707, Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. (Pacific Time). Before calling, complete all registration information.
  • Method of Tuition Payment
    Make payment by check (payable to Contemporary Forums and enclose with Registration Form), Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or Purchase Order. A $30 fee is charged for any returned check. Personal checks are NOT accepted at the conference. Purchase Orders must be received with registration by the conference date and include the P.O. number, invoice address, tuition, approval signature, contact name, email address and phone number.
  • Group Discounts (Mail, fax or call in together. Online registration is not available)
    Tuition discounts are given to groups of 3 or more registering for the complete Main Conference. Discounts do not apply to the Preconference or New Grads. To qualify for the group discount, all registration information must be complete for all group members, payment included and forms sent together. If faxing, list all group members on cover sheet. Subtract the discount from the tuition fee. Groups may not be formed after individual registrations are received.
    $25 per person discount for 3 or 4 in a group
    $45 per person discount for 5 or more in a group
  • Partial Attendance (Online registration is not available)
    To register, call Contemporary Forums for tuition and CE credit for individual days. Group discounts do not apply.
  • Cancellations
    All cancellations will be assessed a $75 processing fee (“Fee”). Cancellations must be made in writing to info@cforums.com prior to Conference start date. Only cancellations received at least 30 days from Conference start date are eligible for refund. Attendees may use non-refunded tuition, less the Fee, towards ONE Contemporary Forums conference occurring within 12 months of original conference. ENTIRE TUITION FORFEITED FOR NO-SHOWS.
  • Force Majeure
    Should this conference be cancelled for any reason, including but not limited to, acts of God, labor strikes, civil unrest, or acts of terrorism, Contemporary Forums’ liability is strictly limited to full refund of registration fees paid.
  • Program Changes
    Contemporary Forums reserves the right to make necessary changes in speakers, topics or schedule. The most current program can be found on our website.

Contact Contemporary Forums at (800) 377-7707, Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. (Pacific Time) or email info@cforums.com.
If you require special arrangements at this conference, call (800) 377-7707, at least 30 days prior to the conference.

Host City: New Orleans

The soul of New Orleans is thriving! The birthplace of Jazz and festive home of Mardi Gras, New Orleans provides an exciting, colorful setting.


Preconference A: Adolescent Health with Emphasis on Sexual and Reproductive Health
All Attendees
Early Registration Fee
(On or before September 16, 2018)
Regular Registration Fee
(After September 16, 2018)
Preconference B: Health Promotion and Management of Menopausal Women
All Attendees
Early Registration Fee
(On or before September 16, 2018)
Regular Registration Fee
(After September 16, 2018)
Preconference C: Clinical Training for NEXPLANON® (etonogestrel implant)
All Attendees
Complimentary tuition for the first 40 registrants and open to advanced practice clinicians
with furnishing numbers or prescribing privileges in their state and to physicians only.
Nurses, PAs, Residents, Others Physician New Graduates
Early Reg. Fee
(On or before September 16, 2018)
$665.00 $765.00 $425.00
Regular Reg. Fee
(After September 16, 2018)
$695.00 $865.00 $425.00