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Office of Continuing Professional Development

Midlife Women's Health 2018: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Care

Vincent Logo.pngFriday, June 8, 2018
7:45 am - 5:00 pm

Wyndham Boston Beacon Hill
5 Blossom Street
Boston, MA 02114

Course Director: Jan Shifren, MD


This activity addresses the problem of optimizing the care of midlife (menopausal) women. This course is needed as midlife women's health involves a range of medical specialties, with a rapidly changing knowledge-base due to advances in research and technology. Given demographic changes in the U.S. population, midlife women are becoming an increasingly important group served by healthcare providers, with needs that cross many areas of medical expertise.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

1. Assist women in managing increased anxiety and stress at midlife, often associated with illness and changing role demands
2. What is the truth behind the myths and misconceptions of medication commonly used by menopausal women, including statins, proton pump inhibitors, and hormone therapy?
3. Advise midlife women about the important role of palliative care in helping them and their families thrive in the face of serious illness
4. Identify and assist sexually exploited and trafficked women
5. Identify unconscious bias and realize its impact on the ability of clinicians to provide high quality care to midlife women
6. Evaluate and treat women with low bone density and osteoporosis
7. Assist women in devising an individualized approach to optimizing health in the setting of early menopause
8. Recognize the impact of HIV infection on women during the menopausal transition to optimize health and well-being
9. Optimize the impact of aging on skin health in women after menopause

Target Audience

This educational activity is designed for physicians and advance practice nurses in general medicine, gynecology, oncology, cardiology, neurology, gastroenterology, endocrinology, psychiatry, and surgery. Physicians and advance practice nurses in-training also will be encouraged to attend. We anticipate learners principally from the Boston area for this one-day course, but as there are no other courses specific to midlife women's health offered by any area medical center (to the best of our knowledge), learners from around New England and more distant regions also may attend.


7:15 am

Continental breakfast


Welcome & Introductory Remarks
Jan Shifren, MD
Director, Massachusetts General Hospital Midlife Women's Health Center


Resiliency in Midlife: Coping with Illnesses and Role Demands
Elyse R Park, PhD, MPH
Department of Psychiatry, MGH


Myths and Misconceptions About Medications at Midlife
Karen Carlson, MD
Women's Health Associates, Department of Medicine, MGH


Facing Serious Illness: Role of Palliative Care
Vicki A Jackson, MD, MPH
Division Chief, Palliative Care and Geriatric Medicine, MGH


Coffee Break


Identifying and Assisting Sexually Exploited and Trafficked Women
Erin Tracy, MD
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, MGH


Strategies to Address Unconscious Bias in Healthcare
Sherri-Ann Burnett-Bowie, MD, MPH
Director, Multicultural Affairs, Department of Medicine, MGH

12:00 pm



Osteoporosis Treatment Options: 2018 Update
Benjamin Leder, MD
Division of Endocrinology, Department of Medicine, MGH


Early Menopause: Strategies to Reduce Risk
Carey York-Best, MD
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, MGH


HIV Infection and the Menopause Transition
Sara Dolan Looby, PhD, ANP-BC
Neuroendocrine Unit, Department of Medicine, MGH
Yvonne L Munn Center for Nursing Research, MGH


Coffee Break


Enhancing Skin Health as the Clock Ticks
Sandy Tsao, MD
Department of Dermatology, MGH


All You Ever Wanted to Know about Midlife:
Panel of Experts

Isaac Schiff, MD
Cheif, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Emeritus MGH
Karen Carlson, MD
Women's Health Associates, Department of Medicine, MGH
Linda Kelly, DNP, ANP-BC
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, MGH
Sujata Somani, MD
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, MGH

5:00 pm


Registration Information

Before April 27, 2018:
Physicians: $275
Other Health Care Professionals & Physicians-in-training: $135

After April 27, 2018:
Physicians: $300
Other Health Care Professionals & Physicians-in-training: $160

Cancellation Policy:
Registrations cancelled before May 25, 2018 will be refunded, less a $25 administrative fee. Registrations cancelled after May 25 will not be refunded. Please contact if you require assistance in cancelling your online registration.


For questions regarding the activity, please contact Emilia O'Brien or 617-726-6776.

For questions regarding registration or CME, please contact Partners Office of Continuing Professional Development at / 857-282-2510.

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CME Information

The Partners HealthCare System is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Partners HealthCare System designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.5AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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