Midlife Women’s Health 2021 provides a multidisciplinary approach to the care of menopausal women. Advances in research, technology and pharmacology increase options available for midlife women, but this rapidly changing knowledge-base presents a challenge for clinicians. Care for women at this stage of life is optimized by education on a range of medical concerns provided by experts from a wide variety of medical specialties. Given demographic changes in the U.S. population, midlife women are becoming an increasingly important group served by health care providers, with needs that cross many areas of medical expertise.

Target Audience

This educational activity is designed for physicians and advance practice nurses in general medicine, gynecology, surgery and related subspecialties. Physicians and advance practice nurses in-training also are encouraged to attend.

The entire course will be available electronically to conference registrants for 30 days after the meeting.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Assess a woman’s risk of breast cancer and guide her in selecting available treatment options
  • Formulate a strategy to reduce a woman’s risk of osteoporosis and fractures
  • Evaluate and manage distressing sexual problems affecting midlife women
  • Recognize, assess and address unique risk factors for hypertension in aging women to optimize management
  • Integrate physical therapy in the treatment of women’s musculoskeletal, genitourinary and sexual dysfunction
  • Provide midlife women with appropriate vaccinations for routine care and international travel
  • Evaluate symptomatic midlife women for menopausal hormone therapy, incorporating an individualized assessment of risks and benefits
  • Assess and treat common gastroenterology problems in older women using a range of effective interventions
  • Employ non-pharmacologic strategies to reduce the high levels of stress experienced by midlife women to improve health and wellbeing

Program Agenda

7:45 am | Welcome & Introductory Remarks
Jan Shifren, MD
Director, Mass General Midlife Women’s Health Center

8:00 am | Breast Cancer Update for 2021
T. Salewa Oseni, MD
Department of Surgery, Mass General

8:45 am | Osteoporosis – Top 5 Questions of Midlife Women
Marc Wein, MD, PhD
Division of Endocrinology, Mass General

9:30 am | Sexual Dysfunction in Women: Causes and Treatment Options
Jan Shifren, MD
Director, Mass General Midlife Women’s Health Center

10:15 am | Break

10:30 am | Hypertension in Women: Unique Risk Factors
Amy Sarma, MD
Division of Cardiology, Mass General

11:15 am | Role of Physical Therapy to Optimize Midlife Sexual and Physical Wellbeing
Hollis Herman, DPT
Hollis Herman Physical Therapy, Cambridge, MA

12:00 pm | Lunch Break

1:00 pm | Update on Vaccines: Routine, Travel and COVID-19
Edward Ryan, MD
Division of Infectious Disease, Mass General

1:45 pm | Menopausal Hormone Therapy: Benefits and Risks Revisited
Kathryn Martin, MD
Reproductive Endocrine Unit, Mass General

2:30 pm | Managing Midlife Gastroenterology Problems
Kyle Staller, MD, MPH
Division of Gastroenterology, Mass General

3:15 pm | Break

3:30 pm | Approaches to Health and Wellbeing for Aging Women
Darshan Mehta, MD, MPH
Medical Director, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, Mass General

4:15 pm | Everything You Wanted to Know About Midlife, But Were Afraid to Ask
5:00 pm | Program Concludes


Mass General Brigham is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Mass General Brigham designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.