Daily Schedule for Chicago, IL 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.

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, August 29 – Early Registration 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Day One – Tuesday, August 30

Women’s Health

Speaker

Nisha McKenzie, PA-C, CSC, NCMP, IF

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6:30 – 8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast

7:30 – 8:30 am

LARCs: Use of Contraception Across the Lifespan (Rx=0.50)

What are some of the reasons we might start a patient on hormonal contraception? How and when in the month should they start? And what are some of the reasons you might NOT begin them? This talk will walk you through the long-acting reversible contraceptive options, risks, benefits, and efficacy, as well as placement and removal techniques. We’ll go through case studies with twists and turns representative of what we see in real life.

8:30 – 9:30 am

LGBTQIA+ Informed Health Care: Making Sense of the Letters

This discussion will offer a healthy foundation and increase familiarity with providing informed, non-biased healthcare to members of the LGBTQIA+ community. We will work through language as it applies to the LGBTQIA+ community and the additional risks and apprehensions members of this community face in relation to healthcare.

9:30 – 9:45 am

Break

9:45 – 11:15 am

The “S” Word: Demystifying Female Sexual Health (Rx=0.50)

Female sexual health is given very little time within medical training. Here we will discuss the science behind female sexuality and address the fact that it is not merely a light version of male sexuality. For decades women have asked their medical providers to “clean out the cobwebs” while doing pelvic exams. This cry for help often remains unanswered due to, well due to so many factors – lack of time, lack of training, lack of available resources, discomfort, or bias within the topic of sexuality. Let’s debunk some of the myths. Open and transparent talk about female sexuality and how we can address this to help our patients within our daily practice.

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Sponsored Lunch or Lunch on Your Own

12:30 – 2:00 pm

V is for Vagina, Vestibule, Vulva – And All Things Amazing (Rx=0.50)

Often the vulva, vestibule, and vagina serve simply as a conduit to get to that cervix and screen for cancer. We are going to take a pause at these important layers discussing dermatologic disorders, vulvar and vestibular pain disorders, and recurrent vaginal infections. We will go through recognition, evaluation, and treatment of all disorders of the V!

2:00 – 2:15 pm

Break

2:15 – 3:45 pm

From Menstrual Disorders to Menopause (Rx=0.25)

The span of time between menarche and menopause can be fraught with complications, from no bleeding to irregular bleeding, to heavy bleeding and all things between. PCOS, Endometriosis, Primary Ovarian Insufficiency, and PMS/PMDD are just a few of the things we will cover. Learn how to recognize and treat some of the most common menstrual disorders, as well as how to address some of the most common symptoms people endure as they approach and walk-through menopause.

Day Two – Wednesday, August 31

Cardiology & Emergency Medicine

Speaker-Ballard-Hernandez
Speaker

Jennifer Ballard-Hernandez, DNP, FACC, FAHA, FAANP

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6:30 – 8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast

7:30 – 8:30 am

Practical ECG Interpretation (Part 1)

This course provides healthcare professionals with the tools to perform basic electrocardiogram (ECG) interpretation. Participants will learn normal cardiac anatomy and physiology and normal electrical conduction through the heart. Using a systematic approach to ECG interpretation, participants will identify and relate waveforms to the cardiac cycle, understand the different lead placements and purpose of each placement, and identify normal and abnormal components on ECG.

8:30 – 9:30 am

Practical ECG Interpretation (Part 2)

This course provides healthcare professionals with the tools to perform basic electrocardiogram (ECG) interpretation. Participants will learn normal cardiac anatomy and physiology and normal electrical conduction through the heart. Using a systematic approach to ECG interpretation, participants will identify and relate waveforms to the cardiac cycle, understand the different lead placements and purpose of each placement, and identify normal and abnormal components on ECG.

9:30 – 9:45 am

Break

9:45 – 11:15 am

Cardiovascular Disease Prevention: An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

This course will cover state-of-the-art management of patients with cardiovascular risk factors, focusing on prevention. Using interactive case-based tutorials, participants will review current evidence-based guideline recommendations for obesity, hypertension, hyperlipidemia. The presentation will highlight risk assessment tools, strategies and treatment paradigms to positively impact patient outcomes.

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Sponsored Lunch or Lunch on Your Own

12:30 – 2:00 pm

Don’t Skip a Beat: Managing Atrial Fibrillation Like a Pro (Rx=1.0)

Atrial fibrillation is a common cardiac condition that is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Healthcare professionals need to be knowledgeable of current treatment options to prevent cardiovascular sequela associated with AF. During this presentation, participants will develop a systematic approach in assessing stroke risk associated with AF and review the current treatment management strategies. The presentation will summarize pharmacologic strategies for rate control, rhythm control, and stroke prophylaxis.

2:00 – 2:15 pm

Break

2:15 – 3:45 pm

Managing Heart Failure: Turning Failure into Success (Rx=1.25)

Heart failure is a significant cause of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in the United States. Healthcare professionals need to be knowledgeable of current treatment options to prevent cardiovascular sequela associated with heart failure. Using interactive case-based tutorials, participants will review the current American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association guideline on the management of heart failure, emphasizing practical approaches and clinical pearls to translate scientific evidence into everyday practice to improve patient outcomes. Emphasis will be on treatment goals based on recent evidence and the importance guideline-directed medical therapy to improve morbidity, mortality, and quality of life.

Day Three – Thursday, September 1

Orthopedics

Speaker

Sarah Bolander, DMSC, PA-C, DFAAPA

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6:30 – 8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast

7:30 – 8:30 am

Gain the Upper Hand for Evaluating Conditions from the Wrist to the Digits

Hand conditions can make activities of daily living particularly challenging. A thorough history and physical exam will narrow down your differential and guide the need for imaging. Specialized exam techniques will be demonstrated, and initial management options reviewed. Many of these conditions respond well to conservative treatment when recognized early.

8:30 – 9:30 am

I Spy: Basics of Skeletal Radiology and Fracture Identification

Can you spy the fracture line, or do you wait on the radiology report? Interpreting skeletal radiology may be daunting, but this skill allows providers to correlate imaging findings with a clinical exam to identify even subtle fractures. This interactive session will offer the essential tools needed to identify and describe fracture findings from plain radiographs appropriately.

9:30 – 9:45 am

Break

9:45 – 11:15 am

Name-That-Fracture: Eponyms and Other Named Injuries

What is in a name? Eponymous fractures allow for rapid, succinct identification of complex injuries. Unfortunately, these named injuries are often mistermed, which can create confusion and misdirect management. Commonly named injuries of the upper and lower extremities will be clarified, and the language of orthopaedics will be further discussed.

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Sponsored Lunch or Lunch on Your Own

12:30 – 2:00 pm

Kids Can Run, But They Can’t Hide a Limp: Atraumatic Lower Extremity Conditions

A limping child can be a challenging presentation and is typically a worrisome feature in the absence of trauma. This session will outline an approach to pediatric lower extremity pain and discuss common causes for an atraumatic limp. Critical physical exam findings will be reviewed to guide the diagnostic assessment, and we will narrow the differential diagnosis to determine the urgency of management.

2:00 – 2:15 pm

Break

2:15 – 3:45 pm

This Is… Ortho Jeopardy!

Play along as we review orthopaedic topics from the day and introduce a few more. This interactive opportunity will allow you to put your knowledge to the test. Categories will include clinical presentation, mechanism of injury, specialized physical exam techniques, imaging, and management of common musculoskeletal complaints.

Day Four – Friday, September 2

Dermatology

SBHPP Speaker - Cynthia Griffith
Speaker

Cynthia Griffith, MPAS, PA-C

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6:30 – 8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast

7:30 – 8:30 am

Psoriasis: Presentation, Exacerbators and Treatment (Rx=0.25)

Psoriasis is a common chronic inflammatory disease of the skin that is increasingly being recognized as a systemic inflammatory disorder. According to current studies, more than 8 million Americans have psoriasis. A rapidly expanding body of literature supports additional associations between psoriasis and cardiometabolic diseases, gastrointestinal diseases, kidney disease, malignancy, infection, and mood disorders. Given the variety of manifestations of this condition, education of healthcare providers is essential to ensuring comprehensive medical care for patients with psoriasis. This session will provide an update on the diagnosis and treatment of psoriasis.

8:30 – 9:30 am

Benign Skin Lesions Uncoded

Can you recognize benign skin lesions from cancerous ones? So much of skin lesion identification and diagnosis is pattern recognition. This is a photo-filled talk that will expand your clinical diagnostic skills and ability to visually diagnose seborrheic keratoses, dermatofibromas, cherry angiomas, venous lakes so that you can distinguish them from skin cancer.

9:30 – 9:45 am

Break

9:45 – 11:15 am

Dermatologic Drugs and Drug Reactions (Rx=0.75)

What is the difference between a cream and a lotion? In the first half of this two-part talk, we will review common dermatologic drugs, vehicles and their uses. In the second half of the talk, we will discuss drug reactions ranging from the serious Toxic Epidermal Necrosis and Steven Johnson Syndrome to the benign. This lecture will demystify common medication culprits that cause drug reactions as well as initial labs to elucidate severe from self-limited drug rashes.

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Sponsored Lunch or Lunch on Your Own

12:30 – 2:00 pm

Skin Cancer Explained (Rx=0.25)

The majority of skin lesions are benign, but when do you need to worry or biopsy? Skin cancer is by far the most common type of cancer. Basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma could be cancers that you either diagnose or miss on a daily basis. This lecture will equip you to look at a spot and recognize concerning clinical features, be equipped to take the next step and biopsy the site, and have the knowledge to direct treatment of the cancer with medical or surgical treatments.

2:00 – 2:15 pm

Break

2:15 – 3:45 pm

Common Culprits in Pediatric and Adult Dermatology (Rx=0.50)

Every clinician that sees children and adults could benefit from this refresher on everything that is common in skin disease. In this case-based discussion, we will cover diagnosis and treatment tips for acne, warts, fungal infections, atopic dermatitis, and more. This will be a fast-paced and high-yield discussion packed with clinical pearls that you can use every day in your clinical practice.