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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.

APRN 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.

Monday, November 1 – Early Registration 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Day One – Tuesday, November 2

Cardiology & Emergency Medicine

Speaker

Jennifer Carlquist, PA-C, ER, CAQ

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6:30 – 8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast

7:30 – 8:30 am

Basic Rhythm Interpretation

In this lecture, we will cover all the waves on the EKG and what they mean. We will also discuss the intervals, how to use them, and why they are essential. A review of Basic Arrhythmias will also be covered in this presentation.

8:30 – 9:30 am

Basic 12 Lead Interpretation

“This course is a one-hour Basic 12 lead review. We will review normal cardiac conduction, normal EKGs, normal intervals and wave morphology, and some basic rhythm interpretation. Learn how to assess heart rate using the EKG and just a rhythm strip and how to trouble-shoot the EKG (artifact and 60 cycle interference). We will also discuss the PQRST model of EKG interpretation.”

9:30 – 9:45 am

Break

9:45 – 11:15 am

Challenging Cases

Solve the mystery! In this lecture, we will have the opportunity to discuss the following cases:

  • A 29-year-old with palpitations and went home and collapsed from VT.

  • A 10-year-old female with a rash on the face, transferred to a tertiary facility with a pulmonary embolus, had V-tach on the way and lived. What was the connection between the two?

  • A 36-year-old female thinking she had bronchitis, wanted a Z pack and ended up getting airlifted to a nearby facility. She was diagnosed with prolonged QT syndrome and ended up going into V-tach in the hospital.

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Lunch on Your Own

12:30 – 2:00 pm

Afib Masterclass (Rx=0.25)

In this presentation, we will discuss which anticoagulant is the safest, which patients need anticoagulation, and what to do when you can’t anticoagulate your patient. How to risk-stratify your patient for stroke will also be discussed. This lecture has useful tips and a review on how to treat AFIB, including what medications to use. Also included in this presentation is a handy link to the updated CHADs score.

2:00 – 2:15 pm

Break

2:15 – 3:45 pm

ACS Deep Dive

This course will follow a patient with ACS from the emergency room to his cardiology follow up appointment. Learn about the “cardiac happy meal,” a combination of medications used post ACS event. We will conclude this topic with STEMI detection on the EKG.

4:00 – 6:30 pm

Optional Workshop: Conquering Cardiology: Mastering the EKG

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  • Do you know how much to worry about the next EKG that comes across your desk? Do you feel overwhelmed by all the things we have to know but don’t know where to start?
  • You may know how to pick up the big stuff like a STEMI, but do you know the 3 deadly things you can’t miss when the EKG software says non-specific st t wave changes?
  • When you are doing sports physicals, do you know the two deadly things you can’t miss on a Young person‘s EKG?
  • Do you know the 5 things you should always look for and document on any patient with palpitations? Do you know how to find an S1 q3 t3 and why this MATTERS?
  • Do you know what a Q wave is and when to worry about it? Do you know why the numbers on the top of the EKG matter, and how they can help you make the diagnosis of some lethal arrhythmias?

In this 2.5 hours hands-on course, we will cover all these things and more! We will discuss reciprocal changes and contiguous leads. You will get a chance to draw them on your sample EKG and make it into a cheat sheet you can use in the clinic. You will go hands-on in your workbook with 17 EKGs in class using pattern recognition to spot the high-risk findings. This hands-on approach helps you “put it all together” finally. If you feel overwhelmed by all the things we have to know but don’t know where to start, this is a quick condensed course that only focuses on the high-risk findings you need to know to be a safe provider.

Join the thousands of people who have already joined this Course in the past and are feeling more comfortable reading EKGs.

Day Two – Wednesday, November 3

Dermatology

Speaker

Kathleen Haycraft, DNP, FNP/PNP-BC, DCNP, FAANP

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6:30 – 8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast

7:30 – 8:30 am

Common Cutaneous Disorders: Acne/Warts/Pruritis/Atopic Dermatitis/Tinea (Rx=0.25)

The most frequent presentation in walk-in clinics is of a dermatologic nature. The vast majority of individuals will have experienced these common skin disorders in their lifetime. The ability to deliver expert care and provide relief for these common problems will enhance value in your patient and practice setting. Key pearls will be given in the diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of these disorders. Utilize the evidence based and avoid implementation of ineffective therapies. These practice points will be valuable in your everyday experiences.

8:30 – 9:30 am

Benign Cutaneous Neoplasms

All providers of care take due pride in their ability to detect a malignant neoplasm. To attain this skill, without the concern of unnecessary biopsies, one must attain an acute eye for the benign neoplasm. You must know what is within the realm of normal before one attempts to master the complex. The treatment of the benign lesion must be judicious because the adverse effects of treatment may outweigh the original appearance of the benign lesion. One must use auditory, visual, and tactile senses to become a master of benign lesions. Become a Master of the benign.

9:30 – 9:45 am

Break

9:45 – 11:15 am

Cutaneous Manifestations of Systemic Disease

The skin is the largest and most expressive organ of the body. Many, if not most, diseases will have a cutaneous manifestation. Common skin lesions are associated with endocrine, renal, GI, and internal malignancies. Developing a superb set of history and physical assessment skills may add to the visual skill set of identifying associated cutaneous lesions. All will be surprised at the number of common skin disorders that also have a correlation to systemic disease. Be prepared to become an ace in this field.

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Lunch on Your Own

12:30 – 2:00 pm

Blistering, Connective Tissue Disease, and Psoriasis (Rx=0.25)

Be prepared for a deep, but rapid, dive into blistering diseases of the skin. These may portray from the fairly innocent to the most serious and occasionally fatal diseases. Connective tissue diseases frequently manifest with physical assessment findings of the skin that range from the obvious to the subtle. Early onset of pharmacologic management is critical to outcome. Psoriasis, affecting approximately 3% of the population, is commonly misunderstood. A review of the disease and treatment will be followed by a correlation of common comorbid conditions.

2:00 – 2:15 pm

Break

2:15 – 3:45 pm

Malignant Cutaneous Neoplasms (Rx=0.25)

Finding melanomas early is a win for the patient and the provider. There are actually malignant cutaneous neoplasms that are far more common (basal and squamous cell) and far more rare (merkel cell and cutaneous lymphoma).The etiology, pathophysiology, and treatment of all of these lesions will be discussed. The prevention is paramount and expect to leave this session as an expert in prevention. Multiple new pharmacologic therapies will be reviewed. You will leave this day with your dermatology skill set dramatically increased.

Day Three – Thursday, November 4

Orthopedics

Speaker

Laurel Short, DNP, FNP-C

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6:30 – 8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast

7:30 – 9:30 am

How to Master Your Upper Extremity Exam and Treatment of the Lower Extremity

Musculoskeletal (MSK) problems are among the top reasons for primary care visits. Over half of chronic medical conditions in the United States are related to MSK diagnoses. These conditions are a leading cause of disability, resulting in both individual and societal burden. Achieving confidence with your head-to-toe musculoskeletal exam is the first step in diagnosing and managing MSK issues. This interactive session will provide a solid foundation for optimizing orthopedic care in the primary care setting. Emphasis will be placed on practical options for multimodal pain management in your busy practice setting.

9:30 – 9:45 am

Break

9:45 – 11:15 am

Heads Up: Concussion Management

A majority of traumatic brain injuries in the United States are mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI). Traumatic brain injury often occurs from sports injury, motor vehicle accidents, falls, and military trauma. By definition, concussion is mTBI, and there is growing knowledge about the pathophysiology and management strategies for concussion. This session will utilize case studies to inform your practice of assessment and treatment of acute concussion, as well as postconcussion syndrome. Topics will include assessment, medication and non-medication therapies, patient education, and return to learn/return to play.

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Lunch on Your Own

12:30 – 2:00 pm

The Three Common Mistakes in Spine Assessment

Is it a shoulder issue or neck problem? Is it a pain related to the lumbar spine or hip? These are common challenging scenarios for the primary care provider. There are many etiologies for neck and back pain, and often symptoms resolve with conservative measures. This session will focus on history and exam findings that allow for accurate diagnosis of neck and low back pain. Teaching approaches include exam demonstration, when to consider diagnostic testing, and comprehensive treatment plans. The discussion will include the use of both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic modalities.

2:00 – 2:15 pm

Break

2:15 – 3:45 pm

Become an Orthopedic Injection Pro with this Essential Toolkit (Rx=0.25)

Pain. It’s a significant topic, and the two epidemics of chronic pain and misuse of pain medications can be overwhelming as a healthcare provider. Performing joint and periarticular injections will enhance your practice and improve patient access to care. These injections are utilized to address pain, improve tolerance for rehabilitation, and diagnose musculoskeletal conditions. This session will include general information for musculoskeletal injections, as well as specific training for multiple injection sites. The presentation toolkit will include everything from needed supplies and procedure codes to video demonstration and patient aftercare.

Day Four – Friday, November 5

Women’s Health

Speaker

Aleece Fosnight, PA-C, CSC-S, CSE, NCMP, IF

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6:30 – 8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast

7:30 – 8:30 am

Prevention and Screening: Women’s Health Guidelines Update

Let’s start with a review of the clinically important updates to cervical cancer screenings, HPV testing and guidelines, CDC STI updates, breast cancer screening for the average risk woman, contraception, and clinical pearls for well-woman visits. We will also take a more in-depth look at prevention and screening for interpersonal and domestic violence, sexual health and incontinence concerns, and HIV.

8:30 – 9:30 am

AUB: What’s “Normal” Anyways? (Rx=0.25)

With more than half of all women experiencing abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB) at some point in their life, we will discuss the importance of understanding the normal menstrual cycle and etiologies contributing to irregularities in bleeding. This lecture will look at common causes of AUB through the use of the PALM-COEIN classification system. There will be clinical case presentations, including diagnostic work-up and treatment strategies for review and discussion.

9:30 – 9:45 am

Break

9:45 – 11:15 am

GYN Evaluation Workshop Demo (Rx=0.25)

This interactive workshop will look at concerns south of the cervix, including pelvic exam best practices, tips and tricks for treating challenging vaginitis, the role of the pelvic floor muscles, applying the biopsychosocial model to female sexual health concerns, and evaluation and management of pelvic pain. Be ready to stand up, use props, laugh, and learn!

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Lunch on Your Own

12:30 – 2:00 pm

Women’s Sexual Health Trivia

Ready to test your skills on women’s sexual health trivia? The audience will be asked to participate by assembling into teams to answer questions on topics ranging from anorgasmia, vulvodynia, hypoactive sexual desire disorder, dyspareunia, BDSM/Kink, and many more! Each question will encompass a clinical case presentation and follow with a discussion on diagnosis, lab/imaging testing, and treatment plan of care. Bring your brain for some friendly competition with prizes awarded to the winning team! You don’t want to miss this!

2:00 – 2:15 pm

Break

2:15 – 3:45 pm

To MENOPAUSE and Beyond! (Rx=0.75)

More and more women in the United States are entering the menopause phase of their life with a laundry list of questions and concerns related to this change. We will look at the normal physical, hormonal and emotional changes that occur through menopause, as well as discuss appropriate health evaluations, risk assessments, screening methods, and evidence-based treatment options for women in the perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopausal stages including hormone/non-hormone therapy options. And lastly, we will examine appropriate counseling strategies and best clinical practices that lead to positive lifestyle changes for women at menopause and beyond.