Women in Medicine 2018

August 5-9, 2018
Embassy Suites by Hilton, Napa Valley, CA


Women in Medicine 2018 marks the 35th annual retreat and CME conference for lesbian and other sexual minority female physicians, medical students and their partners. The yearly conference is a forum for discussion of front-line research on women’s health issues, as well as lesbian, bisexual, gender-queer and transgender women’s issues. There also are non-medical seminars of interest to all, as well as rejuvenating social opportunities for children and adults alike. Essential networking and mentoring opportunities abound, with a special focus on the needs of medical students and residents. This is the only medical conference where partners are not only invited to attend, but are also welcomed and encouraged to participate and learn from the high quality medical and non-CME presentations. We are proud to present a broad range of medical, ethical and social issues relevant to today's world.

In keeping with the retreat format, only registered physicians and their registered partners are invited to attend the conference. Children are invited to social functions as deemed appropriate.

This event is historically geared toward lesbian and other sexual minority female physicians and their partners. It highlights women's health, including lesbian health. However, topics vary across a broad range of medical specialties, and are appropriate for both generalists and specialists. Speakers include nationally and internationally known experts in their fields.


By the end of the event, participants should be able to:

  1. Recognize the contemporary trends in LGBTQ health education and those areas in need of improvement, as well as new areas that require attention.
  2. Recognize the significant as well as unique health risks facing the LGBTQ population, including addiction, access, disparities, obesity as well as current information on the longitudinal family study, transgender healthcare, and medical ecology.
  3. Review the current updates for a variety of specific conditions, including bone health, cellular immunology, pain management, the applicability of alternative health treatments, and oncology.
  4. Be aware of the numerous research projects currently involving LGBTQ medical students at their respective institutions.

Pre-Conference Workshop: Mentorship and Career Exploration for Lesbian Pre-Med and Medical Students

This pre-conference workshop will be held on Sunday, August 5, 2018 from 9:00-1:00 and will include lunch.  The program will host a panel of physicians speaking about their specialties.  It will also review the application process into medical school and residency, whether to come out or not during the application process and how to identify a LGBTQ friendly environment. 

If interested, please register early, space is limited. 

Tours/Activities Tuesday, August 7, 2018 

Custom Hands-On Cooking Event  - This cooking class will be at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), the world's premier culinary college.  It includes CIA Chef, hands-on cooking, recipe booklet, CIA logo apron, special CIA gift buffet lunch or dinner, and flight of three wines paired by the sommelier.  As Chefs-for-the-day, you will be working in a professional kitchen.  This cooking class is approximately two hours long, which includes time for relaxing and enjoying the meal you have prepared.  Price per person will be $380.  Please register early so we can make sure we have the necessary numbers required.  If we do not meet the requirement, you will receive a refund.

Wine Tasting Tour - Transportation and a tour guide will be provided.  With over 450 Napa wineries, Napa Valley has an array of options for every visitor, from wine neophyte to the serious connoisseur and collectors.  As you explore the wineries in Napa Valley, you will find yourself immersed in new sensory experiences.  In a valley with so much rich history, you'll likely discover numerous iconic landmarks along the way.  Total cost per person is $95.  Please register early, as space is limited.

Museum/Sight Seeing Tour - If wine tasting is not your thing, but you want to see the landscape of Napa Valley, this tour is for you!  Transportation and a box lunch will be provided.  Total cost per person is $80.  Please register early, as space is limited.


LogoIn support of improving patient care, The Robert Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont 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.

The University of Vermont designates this live activity for a maximum of 18 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Accommodations - (There are no longer rooms available for Saturday, August 4, 2018)

Enjoy the Mediterranean-inspired, resort-like setting of the Embassy Suites Napa Valley hotel. Experience our stylish lobby, restaurant, meeting/event space and atrium, and explore our seven acres of landscaped grounds. The idyllic surroundings of our Napa, CA hotel include palm trees, rose gardens and a mill pond with resident swans. Located in the heart of Napa Valley one mile from downtown Napa, California, the hotel is the perfect gateway to Napa wineries, dining and excursions.

Wake up to a free cooked-to-order breakfast and relax in with beverages at the complimentary Evening Reception*. Enjoy some fresh air with a swim in the outdoor pool or take advantage of the indoor pool facilities. Stay fit in our on-site fitness center. Explore the grounds, relish a drink in the outdoor courtyard, or rent a bike from the hotel to discover the local Napa area.

Settle in to your two-room suite with separate bedroom and living areas. Relax in the spacious living room with a sofa, LCD TV, desk, and WiFi access. Make yourself at home in our Napa hotel with a mini-refrigerator, microwave, and full-sized coffeemaker. Pet-friendly suites are also available.

* Service of alcohol subject to state and local laws. Must be of legal drinking age.


Physicians: $720.00 ($770 after July 1)

Partners: $425.00 ($475 after July 1)

Partners Non-Physician Credit Fee: $75.00

Residents/Felows: $325.00

Students: $50.00

10% Discount for First Time Physician Attendee

$100 Discount for Signing up a New MD Registrant

Refund Information: In the event that you must cancel your registration for the conference, a $75 administrative fee will be charged. No refunds are possible after July 15, 2018.

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