Symposium Overview

Obstetricians and gynecologists have special and important responsibilities in their daily practices to diagnose and manage patients with the most common and most complicated obstetric and gynecologic problems. Staying abreast of these medical advances provides practitioners increasing opportunities to deliver high-quality patient care. The Sanford H. Cole, M.D., Memorial Ob/Gyn Symposium provides a platform for national and local specialists to share critical knowledge about innovative screening and treatment approaches to women’s healthcare based on the most recent research results.

Symposium History

Established 33 years ago by Sanford H. Cole, M.D., the annual Ob/Gyn Symposium has grown from its modest beginnings as a half-day program held in the Baptist Hospital Auditorium to a full-day symposium. Through Dr. Cole’s vision and efforts, world-class educators have come to our community to discuss the newest concepts in obstetrics and gynecology. Generously supported by Baptist Health South Florida, this symposium attracts close to 200 physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals.

Symposium Director
Jason S. James, M.D., FACOG

Planning Committee
James Esserman, M.D.
Dibe Martin, M.D.
Larry S. Spiegelman, M.D.

Topics this Year

Topics this Year

  • Preimplantation Genetic Testing
  • Gynecologic Dermatology
  • Clotting and Bleeding Problems in Pregnancy
  • Maternal Mortality
  • Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
  • Antenatal Betamethasone for Late Preterm Fetal Lung Maturity
  • Postpartum Hemorrhage

Who should attend?

  • Obstetricians
  • General Surgeons
  • Family Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurse Midwives
  • Labor & Delivery Nurses
  • Gynecologists
  • General Practicioners
  • Dermatologists
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Pharmacists
  • Other interested healthcare professionals

Sponsorship & Exhibit Information

On behalf of the symposium directors and the Baptist Health Continuing Medical Education Department we are pleased to invite you and your company to participate as a sponsor and exhibitor at our upcoming event.


Upcoming Courses

Visit our Continuing Medical Education Website for upcoming symposiums, as well as our local conferences and online courses, both available at no charge.



*Schedule subject to change.

Friday Jan. 31*

Registration, Continental Breakfast and Exhibits
7:15 a.m.
Welcome and Introduction
(​Jason S. James, M.D., FACOG)
7:55 a.m.
Preimplantation Genetic Testing: Beyond Aneuploidy
(​Sinem Karipcin, M.D.)
8:00 a.m.
Maternal Mortality and Race Disparities: What Can We Do?
(​Cynthia Gyamfi-Bannerman, M.D.​, MSc)
8:50 a.m.
Break and Exhibits
9:50 a.m.
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
(Michael Paidas, M.D.)
10:10 a.m.
Gynecologic Dermatology
(Libby Edwards, M.D.)
11:00 a.m.
Lunch and Exhibits
12:00 a.m.
Antenatal Betamethasone for Late Preterm Fetal Lung Maturity
(​Cynthia Gyamfi-Bannerman, M.D.​, MSc)
1:00 p.m.
Clotting and Bleeding Problems in Pregnancy
(​Michael Paidas, M.D.​)
1:50 p.m.
Postpartum Hemorrhage: How to Stop It
(​Moises Lichtinger, M.D., FACOG, FACS​)
2:40 p.m.
Closing Remarks and Adjourn
(​​Jason S. James, M.D., FACOG​)
3:30 p.m.

Educational Objectives and Accreditation & Credits

Upon completion of this conference, participants should be better able to:

Educational Objectives

  • List conditions preimplantation genetic testing (PGT) is used to identify.
  • Explain the steps involved in performing PGT.
  • Describe the impact PGT has on reproductive clinical outcomes.
  • Analyze the epidemiology of maternal mortality.
  • Evaluate the data on racial disparities in maternal mortality in the United States.
  • Identify solutions to incorporate into clinical practice.
  • Identify common causes of recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL).
  • Determine who meets the diagnostic criteria for RPL.
  • Utilize current recommendations for evaluation and treatment options for the prevention of RPL.
  • Identify common dermatologic conditions gynecologic patients present with in the gynecology office setting.
  • Utilize appropriate diagnostic tests to distinguish between dermatologic conditions that present similarly in the gynecologic patient.
  • Determine if and when a gynecologic dermatology condition requires referral to a dermatologist.
  • Describe the historic and scientific basis behind the use of antenatal corticosteroid therapy for preterm birth management.
  • Analyze the results of the Maternal Fetal Medicine Units (MFMU) late preterm steroids trial.
  • Consider newer indications and long-term implications for the administration of antenatal corticosteroids.
  • Identify the leading cause of maternal mortality and implement a strategy designed to prevent its occurrence.
  • Describe the association between common pregnancy complications and bleeding and clotting conditions in the pregnant patient.
  • Utilize management strategies to prevent and treat clotting and bleeding problems in pregnancy.
  • Describe the public health significance of postpartum hemorrhage and its role in maternal deaths worldwide.
  • Perform differential diagnosis to identify the postpartum hemorrhage levels of acuity.
  • Analyze, in depth, the hemostatic interventional procedures for management of postpartum hemorrhage.

Accreditation and Credits

  • Baptist Health provides accredited continuing education (CME/CE) to doctors, nurses and allied health professionals.

  • Baptist Health South Florida is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Baptist Health has been re-surveyed by the ACCME and awarded Commendation for 6 years as a provider of CME for physicians.

  • Baptist Health South Florida designates this live activity for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

  • This activity has been approved for 6 credit hours, CE Broker Course #20-677243, by the Florida Boards of Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine and by the Florida Council of Physician Assistants.

  • This activity has also been approved for 6 credits for Nursing and Occupational Therapy. Baptist Health South Florida CE Broker Provider #50-182.

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  • The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist has assigned up to 6 cognate credits to this program.

  • The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) accepts CEs accredited by the ACCME. Individuals are responsible for checking with the AANPCB for further guidelines.
AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ claimed by physicians attending live events certified and organized in the United States for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ can be claimed through the agreement on mutual recognition of credits between UEMS and AMA, considered as being equal to the European Continuous Medical Education Credits (ECMEC©) granted by the UEMS. One AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ is equivalent to one (1) hour of European EACCME Credit (ECMEC©). Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Summit Registration

Registration Fees

Physicians $150*
Other Healthcare Professionals $90
Baptist Health Employees $55
Fellows/Residents $90**

Symposium fee includes Continental Breakfast, Breaks and lunch.

*Group discounts available for three or more physicians who register together as a group by Friday, January 17. No add-ons. Call for details.

**Registration must be accompanied by a letter from the Fellowship/Residency Director.

Mail-In Registration

With check payment only to Baptist Health CME Department, 8900 North Kendall Drive, Miami, Florida 33176.

Online Registration

Pay via Master Card, Visa, American Express online
  • Nothing to Disclose

    The following faculty members have indicated that neither they nor their spouses/partners have relevant financial relationships with commercial interest companies, and they will not include off-label or unapproved product usage in their presentations or discussions:

    -Sinem Karipcin, M.D.

    -Moises Lichtinger, M.D.


    The following faculty member has disclosed relevant financial relationships with commercial interest companies and her presentation will not include off-label or unapproved usage.

    -Cynthia Gyamfi-Bannerman, M.D., MSc, has indicated that she receives grant/research support from Hologic and received a one-time honorarium from Sera Prognostics.

    The following faculty members have disclosed relevant financial relationships with commercial interest companies and their presentations will include off-label or unapproved usage.

    -Libby Edwards, M.D., has indicated that she received an honorarium from the publication of the Genital Dermatology Atlas and Manual.

    -Michael J. Paidas, M.D., has indicated that he receives grant/research support from BioIncept, LLC, CLS Behring, GestFision, Progenity and rEVO Biologixs; he is a consultant for Novo-Nordisk; and is a shareholder with BioIncept, LLC.

    Non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

  • All course activities (including educational sessions, meal functions, exhibit hall, etc.) are exclusively reserved for registered attendees. Non-registered guests (including children, family members, colleagues, etc.) are not allowed in the training areas. Badges provided at registration are required for entrance into all functions and will be strictly enforced.

  • In consideration of the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact us to determine your special service requirements.

  • Changes may occur that are beyond our control. In the unforeseen event the symposium is canceled, Baptist Health will refund attendees the entire amount of their registration fees. If you are traveling from outside of the area, we strongly suggest purchasing travel insurance.

    Cancellations must be received by January 17, 2020.  to receive a refund of the registration fee, less a $25 administrative fee. Registration fees are not refundable after January 17, 2020.


  • Jason S. James, M.D., FACOG

    Jason S. James, M.D., FACOG

    ​Symposium Director

    Secretary/Treasurer of the Medical Staff, Baptist Hospital of Miami
    Medical Director, FemCare Ob/Gyn
    Miami, Florida

  • Dibe Martin, M.D.

    Dibe Martin, M.D.

    Medical Director, Obstetrics and Gynecology/Maternal-Fetal Medicine
    Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialists of South Florida, LLC
    Clinical Professor and Vice-Chair, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
    Florida International University

  • Larry S. Spiegelman, M.D.

    Larry S. Spiegelman, M.D.

    Symposium Director

    Chief, Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Baptist Hospital
    Assistant Clinical Professor
    FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

Location and Accommodations

Location and Accommodations

Miami Marriott Dadeland
9090 S. Dadeland Blvd., Miami, FL 33156

Miami Marriott Dadeland has a limited number of rooms available. When making your reservation, request the Baptist Health South Florida rate.

NOTE: Partial credits are not available. Where credits are approved on a session-by-session basis, participants must attend each session in its entirety to receive complete credit for the session. (This does not apply to M.D.s and D.O.s.)


By attending our symposium, you consent to photography and videography of your image and likeness for use on Baptist Health websites, social media pages and press releases distributed for marketing purposes. Should you not agree to be photographed or recorded, you are responsible to notify us prior to this symposium.

Photography and recording of presenters and presentations are prohibited in the General Session, unless authorized by Baptist Health South Florida.


Baptist Health South Florida presents this CME activity for use by healthcare professionals for educational purposes only. Opinions, perspectives and information presented by the faculty represent their ideas and views, and participants should carefully consider all available scientific data before acting on knowledge gained through this activity. Additionally, participants should consult the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for approved uses prior to prescribing medications or utilizing medical devices discussed in this activity.

While Baptist Health makes reasonable efforts to ensure that accurate information is presented, no warranty, expressed or implied, is offered. Participants should rely on their own clinical judgment, knowledge and experience before applying information acquired to their professional use.