Health Care for Women Over 40 Litchfield Park, AZ (45 min. from Scottsdale) • May 16 - 18, 2018

 Join us in Phoenix for the 26th Annual Healthcare for Women Over 40 conference, where the latest research will be translated into clinical pearls and evidence-based approaches for assessing and managing the health issues of older women. Designed for NPs, MDs, CNMs, PAs and RNs, this conference will address the clinical challenges you face every day in the care of perimenopausal and menopausal women. Bring your questions and puzzling cases, our dynamic faculty will give you answers and guidance!


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Highlights & Benefits

  • Two dynamic Preconferences focusing on Perimenopause A to Z and Sexual Challenges Faced by Couples over 40.
  • Practical clinical strategies which will help you help your patients manage those challenging and often uncomfortable menopause symptoms, as well as primary care issues addressed in a variety of teaching styles including didactic sessions, faculty panels, concurrent sessions, interactive case study discussions and hands-on training.
  • Access to leaders in the field of menopause management will help you create an action plan for improving your care for older women.
  • New clinicians are welcome. If you graduated in 2015 or after, you are eligible to receive a significant discount on the Main Conference Tuition.
  • NCC has coded all conference sessions to help NCC Certified RNs and NPs choose sessions that will complete their educational plan.
  • The warmth of Phoenix’s sun and a cultural community filled with art galleries, craft shops and golf courses.

Phoenix, AZ

With sun-drenched skies, world class accommodations, breathtaking desert beauty, Southwestern history, and outdoor recreation, Phoenix has something to offer to everyone. Whether you enjoy golf, tennis, swimming hiking or horseback riding, outdoor recreation is a way of life.  Squaw Peak and Camelback Mountain offer all levels of trails for strenuous hikes or leisurely nature walks. This area also offers all the amenities of a growing metropolitan area, including many shopping, fine dining and entertainment opportunities.


This conference will enable the experienced clinician to:

  • Identify the current trends and critical issues in the care of women during perimenopause, menopause and beyond.
  • Evaluate management options for a variety of clinical challenges when caring for women over 40, including abnormal uterine bleeding, genitourinary syndrome, osteoporosis, cardiac disease, diabetes, vulvar dermatology and sexuality.
  • Explore hormonal and alternative therapies for menopause symptom management.
  • Manage depression and anxiety in older women.
  • Discuss and evaluate well-women screening in women over 40.
  • Design exercise programs in the face of chronic medical conditions.
  • Synthesize and apply new knowledge to manage the care of aging women through case-based, interprofessional sessions and panel discussions.

Who Should Attend?

Clinicians from women’s health, family practice and internal medicine practices including:

  • Physicians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Certified Nurse-Midwives
  • Physician Assistants
  • Registered Nurses

… and anyone else providing health care for women over 40.

Conference Program

Wednesday, May 16

Preconference A: Perimenopause A to Z

7:00 AM

Preconference A Registration/Continental Breakfast


The Biology Behind Perimenopause (Rx = .5 hr.)
Anita Nelson, MD


What’s Happening Clinically During Perimenopause? (Rx = .5 hr.)
Michael Policar, MD, MPH


Refreshment Break


Treatments for Symptoms of Perimenopause (Rx = .75)
Anita Nelson, MD


Reproductive Health Promotion and Contraception During the 40’s (Rx = .75 hr.)
Michael Policar, MD, MPH


Case Based Approaches to Perimenopause (Rx = .25 hr.) - Q&D (Rx = .25 hr.) - Faculty Panel (12:15-12:30 pm)
Anita Nelson, MD

12:30 PM


Thursday, May 17


7:00 AM

Main Conference Registration/Exhibits/Continental Breakfast


Individualizing HT: NAMS (North American Menopause Society) & Endocrine Society 2018 Update (Rx = .75 hr.)
Cynthia Stuenkel, MD


Integrative Therapies for Vasomotor Symptoms (Rx = .75 hr.)
Heather Fields, MD


No Hormones, No Problem: Nonhormonal Management of Vasomotor Symptoms (Rx = .75 hr.)
Juliana (Jewel) Kling, MD, MPH, NCMP


Urinary Incontinence Evaluation and Treatment (Rx = .5 hr.) (10:45-11:30 pm) - Q&D (Rx = .25 hr.) - Faculty Panel (11:30-12:00 pm)
Aqsa Khan, MD

12:15 PM

LUNCHEON PRESENTATION (OPTIONAL) Quality Metrics for Women’s Health Care: What’s Being Measured and Why
Michael Policar, MD, MPH


Designing Exercise Programs in the Face of Chronic Medical Conditions
Robert Ziltzer, MD, FACP, FAAP


Diabetes in Women: An Individualized Treatment Approach (Rx = .5 hr.)
Bithika Thompson, MD


Refreshment Break/ Exhibits


How and When to Treat Depression in Primary Care (Rx = .5 hr.) - Q&D (Rx = .25 hr.) - Faculty Panel
Ira Lesser, MD



Friday, May 18

During each Concurrent Session, topics are presented simultaneously in separate rooms.

7:00 AM

Exhibits/Continental Breakfast



#11 Managing Depression and Anxiety Across the Lifespan: Interactive Cases (Rx = .75 hr.)
Ira Lesser, MD

#12 Contraception for Women Over 40 (Rx = 1 hr.)
Patty Cason, MSN, FNP-BC

#13 Abnormal Uterine Bleeding (Rx = .5 hr.)
Anita Nelson, MD


Refreshment Break/Exhibits



#21 Pessary Insertion Workshop (Rx = 1 hr.) (space limited to 30 participants)
Anita Nelson, MD
Michael Policar, MD, MPH
Patty Cason, MSN, FNP-BC

#22 Personal Resilience
Julia Files, MD, FACP, NCMP

#23 Small Vessel Disease: What does it Mean and Why is it Important?
Christina Reuss, MD, FACC


Session Change



#31 Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause for the Primary Care Provider
Julia Files, MD, FACP, NCMP

#32 Small Vessel Disease: What does it Mean and Why is it Important?
Christina Reuss, MD, FACC

#33 Osteoporosis Update (Rx = .25 hr.)
Marcia Ko, MD
Anita Nelson, MD


Lunch on Your Own

12:45 PM

Bio-Identical Hormones (Rx = .75 hr.)
Julia Files, MD, FACP, NCMP


Challenging Cases in Menopause Management (Rx = .5 hr.)
Anita Nelson, MD
Julia Files, MD, FACP, NCMP
Michael Policar, MD, MPH
Patty Cason, MSN, FNP-BC


Refreshment Break


Well-Woman Screening in 40’s, 50’s and 60’s
Michael Policar, MD, MPH


The Pain of Chronic Pelvic Pain (Rx = .25 hr.)
Anita Nelson, MD


Vulvar Dermatology (4:15 - 5:00) Q&D (Rx - .25) - Faculty Panel
Patty Cason, MSN, FNP-BC



Conference Faculty

Patty Cason MSN, FNP-BC
Assistant Clinical Professor
UCLA School of Nursing
Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center
Nurse Practitioner & Consultant
Planned Parenthood
Los Angeles, California

Heather Fields MD
Community Internal Medicine
Integrative Medicine section of General Internal Medicine
Mayo Clinic
Scottsdale, Arizona

Julia A. Files MD, FACP, NCMP
Consultant, Medallion Program
Mayo Clinic Associate Professor of Medicine
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Scottsdale, Arizona

Aqsa Khan MD
Aqsa Khan, MD
Assistant Professor
Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
Mayo Clinic, Department of Urology
Phoenix, Arizona

Juliana (Jewel) M. Kling MD, MPH, NCMP
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Senior Associate Consultant
Women's Health - Internal Medicine
Mayo Clinic
Scottsdale, Arizona

Marcia Ko MD
Marcia G Ko, MD
Consultant Medallion Program
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Scottsdale, Arizona
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of Arizona College of Medicine
Tucson, Arizona

Michael L. Krychman MD, FACOG
Executive Director of the Southern California Center for Sexual Health and Survivorship Medicine, Inc.
Newport Beach, California
Department of OB/GYN
Division of Gynecology Oncology
University of California Irvine
Irvine, California

Ira M. Lesser MD
Professor and Vice Chair
Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Chair, Department of Psychiatry
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Torrance, California

Anita L. Nelson MD
Professor Emeritus, Obstetrics and Gynecology,
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Clinical Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology,
University Southern California
Professor and Chair, Obstetrics and Gynecology,
Western University of Health Sciences
Pomona, California

Sylvia Ortega-Jones

Michael S. Policar MD, MPH
Clinical Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
University of California San Francisco School of Medicine
San Francisco, California

Christina S. Reuss MD, FACC
Non-invasive Cardiology
Atria Heart Cardiac Clinic & Wellness Center
Scottsdale, Arizona

Cynthia A. Stuenkel MD
Past President: North American Menopause Society
Clinical Professor of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism
University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine
La Jolla, California

Bithika Thompson MD
Bithika Thompson, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Mayo Clinic in Arizona

Robert Ziltzer MD, FACP, FAAP
Robert Ziltzer, MD, FACP, FAAP
Obesity Medicine Certified
Scottsdale Weight Loss Center
Scottsdale, AZ


Contemporary Forums is 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.

Certified Nurse Midwife

Preconference A: Perimenopause A to Z: 4.25 ANCC / 5.10 CA BRN contact hours
Full Main Conference: 14.50 ANCC / 17.40 CA BRN contact hours

Nurses and Nurse Practitioners

Preconference A: Perimenopause A to Z: 4.25 ANCC / 5.10 CA BRN contact hours
Full Main Conference: 14.50 ANCC / 17.40 CA BRN contact hours

Nurse Practitioner

Preconference A: Perimenopause A to Z: 4.25 ANCC / 5.10 CA BRN contact hours
Full Main Conference: 14.50 ANCC / 17.40 CA BRN contact hours


Preconference A: Perimenopause A to Z: 4.25 hours
Full Main Conference: 14.50 hours

Physician Assistant

Preconference A: Perimenopause A to Z: 4.25 hours
Full Main Conference: 14.50 hours

Case Worker

Preconference A: Perimenopause A to Z: 4.25 hours
Full Main Conference: 14.50 hours

Student/New Graduate

Preconference A: Perimenopause A to Z: 4.25 hours
Full Main Conference: 14.50 hours




Registrations must include full tuition payment to be accepted. Registrations faxed without 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.

Tuition (U.S. Funds)


Preconference A: Perimenopause A to Z

All Attendess

Early Registration Fee
(On or before December 31, 1969)


Regular Registration Fee



Nurse, Certified Nurse Midwife, Nurse Practitioner, Other


Student/New Grad*

Early Registration Fee
(On or before December 31, 1969)




Regular Registration Fee





All Attendees

Regular Registration Fee



Registrations may not be shared. Children of any age and spouses may not attend sessions. Audio and video recording of speakers, sessions, and/or attendees is strictly prohibited.

Your tuition includes continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks, Certificate of Attendance and online access to posted presentation handouts before and after the conference.

* New Grads (graduated 2014 or after): To qualify, submit proof of graduation date with registration.

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Register only ONCE, online at, by mail or fax (800) 329-9923, or call (800) 377-7707,  Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Pacific Time). Before calling, complete all registration information. 

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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 Preconferences. 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. Registrations may not be shared. 

Cancellations must be made by phone or in writing. A $ processing fee will apply. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received or postmarked on/after December 31, 1969. However, tuition paid, less the $ processing fee, may be applied to a future Contemporary Forums conference of equal or greater value. No refunds for "no shows."

Program Changes
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Litchfield Park, AZ (45 min. from Scottsdale)           May 16 - 18

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