Atlanta, GA CME Conference

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Daily Schedule for Atlanta, GA CME Conference

Whether you practice full-time and strive to sharpen your skills, or you work occasionally and need to improve your knowledge base, there’s something for everyone here! Perhaps you just want to stay current and pass your recertification exams. Plus, this exciting program allows participants to come early and/or stay over the weekend for a vacation. Discounted hotel rates apply! Schedule is preliminary.

Topics, times and presenters subject to change.

APNP Pharmacology Credit denoted by Rx
Product Theater (Non-CME) denoted by *

*Number of hours depends on your course selection. Rx denotes Pharmacology hours. Daily CME credits listed are the maximum number of credits available for that specific day.

Day One – Tuesday, April 21

Dermatology

Speaker

Kara Roman, MMS, PA-C

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6:30 – 8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast

7:30 – 8:30 am

A “Rash”ional Approach to Dermatologic Differential Diagnosis

This session is designed to equip the primary care provider with the skills to recognize over 40 common dermatologic conditions. By reviewing lesion morphology and distribution patterns, participants will be able to sharpen their skills and gain confidence in making these important diagnoses. Case presentations will stimulate discussion along with hundreds of interesting dermatologic images to assist in disease recognition. Don’t miss this opportunity to refine your ability to quickly and confidently diagnose dermatologic disease.

8:30 – 9:30 am

Tackling Topical Therapies

“If it is wet, dry it; if it is dry, wet it; and if you don’t know what to do, put a steroid on it.” Dermatologic pharmacology is not so simple. A plethora of topical medications is utilized in primary care to manage conditions ranging from xerosis to contact dermatitis to cutaneous infections. To be utilized most effectively, the proper preparation, amount, and duration of therapy should be considered. This presentation will help the primary care provider make sense of the various commonly prescribed topical medications including topical corticosteroids, anti-infective agents, emollients, and several new agents that have recently become available. Medication dosing and safety will be addressed, as well as pearls and practical pointers for the most effective use of these products. Learn the what, when and how of dermatologic pharmacology.

9:30 – 9:45 am

Break

9:45 – 11:15 am

Can You “Spot” the Diagnosis? Recognizing Melanoma and Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer in the Primary Care Setting

More people in the United States are diagnosed with skin cancer every year than all other cancers combined. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70, and nearly two persons will die from it every hour. It’s common, it’s deadly, and it’s important to review these suspicious “spots” in our primary care patients. This session will provide the participant with the opportunity to review the clinical characteristics and visual clues that should prompt early biopsy and/or referral of suspected skin cancers.

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Sponsored Session or Lunch on Your Own

12:30 – 2:00 pm

Bacteria, Fungus, or Virus: Oh, My! An Update on Skin and Soft Tissue Infections

The skin is a great line of defense, but it is not always perfect at keeping out microbial invaders. When microbes invade, infection ensues. The epidemiology and clinical presentations of common skin infections including tinea (capitis, corporis, pedis, cruris, unguium), HPV, molluscum, cellulitis, and abscesses will be reviewed in this session. The differential diagnosis and methods for confirming a diagnosis based on clinical presentation will be discussed and recommended treatment options for each type of infection will be specified.

2:00 – 2:15 pm

Break

2:15 – 3:45 pm

What’s All the Buzz? Urticaria and Other Allergy-Mediated Skin Conditions

Something stings you, you eat something, you take a new medication, you use a new product…you get a rash, and it itches. When an allergen is responsible for triggering the immune system, an allergic skin condition results. Allergy-mediated skin manifestations can be superficial like contact dermatitis or urticaria or can lead to more systemic reactions such as toxic epidermal necrolysis or anaphylaxis. Participants in this session will review the common skin findings in several allergic conditions and the diagnostic testing and management strategies that will both improve the look of the skin and potentially save lives.

Day Two – Wednesday, April 22

Orthopedics

Speaker

Gerald Weniger, MEd, MPAS, ATC, PA-C

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6:30 – 8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast

7:30 – 8:30 am

Not Just Sprains: Foot and Ankle Pathologies You May Be Missing

Most clinicians are likely familiar with the evaluation and treatment of common conditions like plantar fasciitis, lateral ankle sprains, and Achilles tendinitis. But what about more obscure foot and ankle pathologies? This presentation will review less common musculoskeletal conditions of the foot and ankle such as Morton’s neuroma, Lisfranc injuries, Achilles tendon rupture, and syndesmosis (high ankle) sprains. Often neglected principles for treating inflammation will also be covered.

8:30 – 9:30 am

Don’t Shoulder the Burden: Demystifying Physical Exam of the Shoulder

Many clinicians are comfortable with the evaluation of musculoskeletal conditions of the hand, wrist, foot, or ankle. But for some reason, evaluation of shoulder pain is often more daunting. SLAP tears? Hawkins-Kennedy test? Bankart tears? O’Brien’s test? This presentation will help you make sense of all the orthopedic acronyms and eponyms so that you can more confidently evaluate a patient with shoulder pain.

9:30 – 9:45 am

Break

9:45 – 11:15 am

Keys to the Knee: Simplifying Evaluation of the Knee

Evaluation of the knee has changed and evolved over the years. Do you perform a Lachman’s test or anterior drawer? Is McMurray’s test still clinically useful? What is a Thessaly test? This presentation will discuss these special tests and more; while making sense of a musculoskeletal exam of the knee. Special attention will be directed towards acute and degenerative meniscus tears, and when referral to orthopedics is prudent.

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Sponsored Lunch or Lunch on Your Own

12:30 – 2:00 pm

Capture the Fracture: Upper and Lower Extremity Fracture Review

Are you confident in your ability to diagnose upper and lower extremity fractures? Can you accurately and succinctly describe these fractures as seen radiographically? Are you familiar with the conservative vs. surgical treatment options? This presentation will review the evaluation and treatment of common extremity fractures. Attendees will have the opportunity to view and practice describing fracture patterns.

2:00 – 2:15 pm

Break

2:15 – 3:45 pm

Breaching the Standard of Care: Case Studies in Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice is any act by a clinician during treatment of a patient that deviates from accepted norms of medical practice and causes injury to the patient. This presentation will review several real-life case study scenarios in orthopedics and emergency medicine. Compartment syndrome? Pulmonary embolus? Oh my! Avoid future pitfalls and potential malpractice claims by learning valuable lessons from prior mistakes.

Day Three – Thursday, April 23

Cardiology/Emergency Medicine

Speaker

Midge Bowers, DNP, FNP-BC, CHSE, AACC, FAANP

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6:30 – 8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast

7:30 – 8:30 am

Advanced Cardiovascular Physical Exam

Everyone is familiar with basic techniques for performing a cardiovascular physical exam. This presentation will provide guidance on advanced physical exam techniques and how to integrate these techniques into practice. We will discuss how to perform specific maneuvers to elicit heart murmurs as well as explore physical exam findings that may be indicative of underlying pathology.

8:30 – 9:30 am

Practical Application of 2018 Lipid Guidelines

Implementing clinical guidelines is standard practice in the delivery of care to patients with cardiovascular disease. Previous lipid guidelines focused on specific numeric targets for lowering total cholesterol and low density lipoproteins. During this presentation we will discuss how to utilize risk calculators and the updated guidelines to reduce risk of cardiovascular events and practical application of pharmacologic therapy for dyslipidemia.

9:30 – 9:45 am

Break

9:45 – 11:15 am

Feeling Faint- Evaluation of Syncope and POTS

Patients presenting with symptoms of “fainting or passing out” are clinically challenging. The diagnostic approach to evaluation of syncope is often costly and focuses on ruling out multiple etiologies before a definitive diagnosis can be achieved. This presentation will provide a focused approach to the evaluation and treatment of syncope and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome. Discussion will cover diagnostic approaches, pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic therapy.

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Sponsored Session or Lunch on Your Own

12:30 – 2:00 pm

Atrial Fibrillation Management

Atrial fibrillation is the most common dysrhythmia in adults over age forty and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality related to thromboembolic events. As such it is imperative to have the knowledge and skills to manage this diagnosis across settings of care. During this presentation we will discuss rate and rhythm control, anticoagulation as well as left atrial appendage occlusion devices. We will use risk calculators to determine risk of thromboembolic events as well as bleeding events.

2:00 – 2:15 pm

Break

2:15 – 3:45 pm

Acute and Chronic Heart Failure Management

Heart failure is a clinical syndrome caused by cardiac dysfunction and ventricular remodeling. As a progressive disease which is associated with high mortality, the goal of therapy is to stabilize cardiac function in an effort to manage symptoms and improve quality of life. During the course of the disease process clinical symptoms can vary with both acute and chronic episodes. During this presentation we will discuss evidence-based guidelines for managing heart failure with reduced and preserved ejection fraction. We will analyze heart failure case scenarios during acute and chronic episodes.

Day Four – Friday, April 24

Women’s Health

Speaker

Elyse Watkins, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA

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6:30 – 8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast

7:30 – 8:30 am

Maternal Morbidity and Mortality

It is almost unthinkable that in 2020, thousands of women still die giving birth, and it is not just a problem in under-resourced countries. Here in the United States, morbidity and mortality rates continue to be high with women of color carrying the greatest risk of an adverse pregnancy outcome. Some of the risk factors for maternal morbidity and mortality are modifiable, but many are not. This session will provide an overview of the epidemiologic data surrounding maternal morbidity and mortality in the US and globally, and will follow with a discussion about what conditions are preventable, modifiable risk factors, and strategies used to help prevent unnecessary deaths. Specific topics to be addressed include race/ethnicity, weight, diabetes, postpartum hemorrhage, and cardiovascular disease.

8:30 – 9:30 am

What’s New in Obstetrics and Gynecology?

The practice of medicine is rapidly evolving and it can be difficult to keep up with the latest breakthrough in treatments or diagnostics, especially when you have a full schedule, plus add-ons, plus administrative duties. This session will provide an overview of some of the most recent updates in obstetrics and gynecology, including new treatment options for common issues encountered in women’s health. Some of the topics discussed will be female sexuality, postpartum depression, cannabis use during the reproductive years, vaginitis, and sexually transmitted infections. New pharmacologic options will be presented, as will clinical practice guideline updates regarding specific topics.

9:30 – 9:45 am

Break

9:45 – 11:15 am

Preterm Labor

One of the more frustrating areas of obstetrical practice is trying to stratify a patient’s risk of delivering preterm. During this session, we will discuss the terminologies and definitions surrounding preterm labor, common physical examination findings, and diagnostics available to help diagnose and stratify risk for preterm delivery. A brief historical review will be provided that includes previously used criteria to diagnose preterm labor and medications to treat preterm labor. Also, we will talk about what is on the horizon in terms of research into the possible cause(s) of preterm labor as well as novel testing modalities to help accurately provide a diagnosis and prognosis for the gravid patient. Included in this part of the discussion will be the link between sleep, melatonin, and preterm labor; placental growth factor; and new research about the impact of the vaginal microbiome on preterm labor risk.

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Sponsored Session or Lunch on Your Own

12:30 – 2:00 pm

Hypertensive Disorders in Pregnancy

Hypertensive disorders in pregnancy are directly responsible for almost 15% of all maternal deaths worldwide, and when we add in the indirect consequence of hypertensive disorders on postpartum hemorrhage, the statistic grows to almost 25%. Hypertensive disorders in pregnancy exist on a spectrum, from pre-gravid or chronic hypertension to eclampsia, with preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome in between. During this session, we will discuss the terminology and diagnostic criteria for each hypertensive disorder. There will also be a discussion on the risk factors associated with hypertension in pregnancy, including modifiable and non-modifiable risks. The session will conclude with a discussion about the consequences of undiagnosed or poorly managed hypertensive disorders as well as the evidence-based guidelines for appropriate treatment of each entity.

2:00 – 2:15 pm

Break

2:15 – 3:45 pm

Menopause

Humans are one of the only mammals on the planet that live beyond our reproductive potential. Moving through the transition can be difficult for some women, and often the messages we receive from our culture can be confusing and unhelpful. Once we move beyond the milestone of one year after the last normal menstrual period, we are left with the physical and emotional consequences of lack of estrogen and progesterone, including changes in cognition, bone density, and the urogenital tract. In this session, we will discuss the menopause transition and what happens to our hormones as we progress through these years. We will then discuss treatment strategies, including guidance from the North American Menopause Society and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists regarding peri-menopause and post-menopause. The session will end with a brief exploration of what is on the horizon in terms of menopause management, including novel pharmacotherapeutic options and ovarian tissue transplantation.

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