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Midlife Women's Health: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Care

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Mass General Midlife Women's Health Center

July 18, 2014
7:45 AM -5:00 PM

Wyndham Hotel, Beacon Hill, Boston
5 Blossom Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02114


“Midlife Women’s Health: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Care” is a one-day live CME course sponsored by the Mass General Midlife Women’s Health Center. Optimizing women’s health at midlife requires an understanding of a rapidly advancing knowledge base, involving a wide range of medical specialties. In this course, a multi-disciplinary group of experts will provide guidance regarding clinical concerns at this stage of life and available treatment options. Given demographic changes in the U.S. population, midlife women are becoming an increasingly important group served by healthcare providers, with special needs that cross many areas of medical expertise.

The full-day course will cover topics critical to midlife women’s health, including cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, obesity, breast cancer, menopausal symptoms, urinary incontinence, skin aging, sleep and stress management. Senior faculty of the Massachusetts General Hospital will share the latest evidence and their extensive clinical experience. Learning will be enhanced by interactive Question and Answer sessions and a discussion of complex cases by a panel of experts. 

Learning Objectives

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

1.  Counsel menopausal women on the indications for estrogen/progestin hormone therapy and associated risks and benefits.
2.  Identify cardiovascular risk factors in their midlife patients and advise appropriate lifestyle and pharmacologic options.
3.  Assess the serious consequences of obesity at midlife and advise effective lifestyle, medical and surgical interventions.
4.  Describe the relative strengths and limitations of available osteoporosis therapies and use this learning to meet the individual needs of menopausal women at increased risk for fracture.
5.  Counsel women on appropriate risk reduction strategies for skin aging and skin cancer.
6.  Identify women at increased risk for breast cancer, order appropriate screening studies, and help counsel midlife women diagnosed with breast cancer, together with an oncologist, regarding the treatment options available.
7. Identify women with urinary incontinence through awareness of risk factors and an appropriate history and describe the relative strengths and limitations of available incontinence therapies.
8.  Describe the common causes of sleep disorders at midlife and available lifestyle and pharmacologic interventions, and use this learning to meet the individual needs of menopausal women with disordered sleep.
9.  Recognize the impact of stress on health and quality of life and to provide guidance in the incorporation of mind body approaches to reduce stress and its deleterious effects on women at midlife.

Target Audience

This educational activity is designed for physicians and advance practice nurses in internal medicine, family practice, primary care, gynecology, surgery, oncology, endocrinology, and psychiatry.



7:15 a.m.  Continental breakfast
7:45  Welcome & Introductory Remarks
8:00  Hormone Therapy: Historical Perspective and Current Controversy
  Isaac Schiff, MD
  Chief, Vincent Obstetrics and Gynecology Service 
  Massachusetts General Hospital
8:45  Cardiovascular Disease in Women: Reducing Risk
  Malissa Wood, MD
  Co-Director, Corrigan Women’s Heart Health Program
  Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center
9:30 Obesity and Women: Effective Approaches to a Complex Chronic
  Janey Pratt, MD
  Director MGH Weight Center
  Department of Surgery
  Massachusetts General Hospital
10:15  Coffee Break
10:30 Current Controversies in Osteoporosis
  Sherri-Ann Burnett-Bowie, MD, MPH
  Department of Endocrinology
  Massachusetts General Hospital
11:15 Keeping Skin Healthy as the Clock Ticks
  Sandy Tsao, MD
  Department of Dermatology
  Massachusetts General Hospital
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00  Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment: An Update for 2014 
  Barbara Smith, MD, PhD
  Director, Breast Program
  Co-Director, Gillette Center for Women’s Cancers
  Division of Surgical Oncology
  Massachusetts General Hospital
1:45 Evaluation and Management of Urinary Incontinence
  May Wakamatsu, MD
  Director, Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
  Vincent Obstetrics and Gynecology Service
  Massachusetts General Hospital
2:30  Complex Cases in Midlife Women’s Health
  Panel of Experts
3:15  Coffee Break
3:30  Approach to Sleep Problems at Midlife
  Karen Carlson, MD
  Medical Director, MGH Women’s Health Associates
  Department of Medicine
  Massachusetts General Hospital
4:15  The Relaxation Response: 
  How to Counteract the Harmful Effects of Stress in Midlife
  Herbert Benson, MD
  Director Emeritus, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine
  Massachusetts General Hospital
4:55  Concluding Remarks

Each 45 minute presentation will include 35 minutes lecture & 10 minutes Question and Answer

Registration Fees

Early Bird:
Physicians: $150
Allied Health Professionals & Physicians-in-training: $75

After June 18, 2014:
Physicians: $175
Allied Health Professionals & Physicians-in-training: $100

Cancellation Policy
Cancellation requests received via email to on or before June 27, 2014 will be refunded, less a $25 administrative fee. Cancellations received after June 27, 2014 will not be honored.

For any questions regarding the online registration process, please contact the Partners Office of Continuing Professional Development at or 617-726-7465

Sponsored by

Mass General Midlife Women's Health Center and Partners HealthCare


CME Information

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

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