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.

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.

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

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. 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

The “S” Word: Demystifying Female Sexual Health

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

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

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

Leslie Davis, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, FAANP, FACC, FAHA, FPCNA

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6:30 – 8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast

7:30 – 8:30 am

Spot that Rhythm: 12 Lead ECG Interpretation (Part 1)

In this session, you will learn how the frontal, augmented, and chest (V) leads of the ECG align with the images on the printed copy of the 12 lead ECG. You will learn which two leads are the most useful to determine rate and rhythm. By the end of the first session, you will be a pro at on-the-spot interpretation of the underlying heart rate and rhythm.

8:30 – 9:30 am

Turned to the Side, Slower, Wider, What’s Wrong: 12 Lead ECG Interpretation (Part 2)

In this session, you will learn what is meant by axis, including likely causes and significance of an axis deviation, if present. You will use the “eyeball test” as one of the three ways to determine if left ventricular hypertrophy is present on a 12 lead ECG. You will get hands-on practice using a systematic approach to determine the difference between a right versus left bundle branch blocks in ECGs with wide QRS waves.

9:30 – 9:45 am

Break

9:45 – 11:15 am

Spot that Heart Attack: 12 Lead ECG Case Studies

This session will utilize a systematic approach for recognizing acute ischemia, acute injury, and infarction in case studies of 12 lead ECGs. You will get hands-on practice in interpreting case studies to apply the knowledge gained. After this session, you will be able to recognize acute ischemia like a pro.

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Sponsored Lunch or Lunch on Your Own

12:30 – 2:00 pm

Stop the Stroke, Prevent the Bleed in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation

In this session, you will utilize evidence-based risk stratification scoring tools to determine whether your patient with atrial fibrillation needs chronic anticoagulation to prevent stroke while considering the likelihood of bleeding. We will compare newer versus traditional anticoagulation options to stroke prevention, even for those with chronic kidney disease. The discussion will conclude with reviewing a systematic approach to managing bleeding, including the use of newly approved reversal agents, as appropriate, in patients on chronic anticoagulation.

2:00 – 2:15 pm

Break

2:15 – 3:45 pm

Ref and Pef: The Not So Identical Twins of Heart Failure

The treatment of patients with heart failure (HF) has become very complex, including figuring out how to optimize guideline-directed medical therapy for patients with HF with reduced ejection fraction and HF with preserved ejection fraction. In this session, we will cover the latest treatment guidelines for treating adults with both types of HF. We will review how to start and titrate optimal medical therapy, including traditional baseline therapy and two new classes of medications. You will learn strategies for how to overcome barriers to medication titration from an expert in the field, including which circumstances would trigger a referral to a HF specialist. Templates for conducting phone visits (within 72 hours) and clinic visits (within 7-10 days) for those hospitalized for HF will be shared for immediate use in your clinical practice. Patient education resources and a user-friendly app for health care providers will also be shared.

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

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

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

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

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

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.