Destin, FL CME Conference

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Daily Schedule for Destin, FL 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, June 8 – Early Registration 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Day One – Tuesday, June 9

Dermatology

Speaker

Cynthia Griffith, MPAS, PA-C

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6:30 – 8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast

7:30 – 8:30 am

It’s Alive: Skin Infections

Bugs, Bugs, Bugs! They are everywhere. Want to become an expert on infections and infestations from Tinea to Herpes to bed bugs and scabies then this systematic look at skin infections is the place to start. Clinical photographs will highlight skin infections you will see daily in your clinical practice and how to diagnoses these using cultures, KOH, and your clinical acumen!

8:30 – 9:30 am

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Hair and money, no one has enough of it! Hair loss complaints can be a last-minute, “Oh by the way” but if they are causing you to pull out your own hair this is right up your alley. We will review the basics: hair anatomy, the phases of hair growth and types of hair loss and then take a comprehensive look at the many types of scarring and non-scarring hair loss. Dissecting cellulitis of the scalp, alopecia areata, trichotillomania… you will have seen it all by the end of this jam-packed session.

9:30 – 9:45 am

Break

9:45 – 11:15 am

The Itch That Rashes

Are your patient’s itchy rashes keeping you up at night? Atopic Dermatitis, nummular dermatitis, dyshidrosis, lichen simplex chronicus. These are itchy and bothersome chronic conditions can be identified and treated by every provider. Learn lifestyle modifications, treatments, and management for these common and troublesome skin rashes.

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Sponsored Session or Lunch on Your Own

12:30 – 2:00 pm

The Usual Suspects: Rosacea, Acne, Lichen Planus, Psoriasis, Contact Dermatitis

Dermatology can be daunting. Let’s get visual with lots of great clinical photographs and talk about common diagnoses that are high yield to equip you for your everyday skin complaints. Learn tips for diagnoses and treatment of Rosacea, Acne, Lichen Planus, Psoriasis, Contact Dermatitis and practical tips for how to solve all your patients’ skin questions.

2:00 – 2:15 pm

Break

2:15 – 3:45 pm

Dermatology Updates! Top Tips to Be in the Know

Let’s review clinically important changes in dermatology over the past year, including new medications, new guidelines, and new OTC treatments available. The 2018 American Joint Committee on Cancer cancer staging guidelines for melanoma staging has recently been updated. The National Comprehensive Cancer Network recommendations for sentinel lymph node biopsy were released in 2017. This lecture will also highlight the myriad of new biologic treatments for psoriasis as well as new topicals and injectables to treat atopic dermatitis, urticaria, and hidradenitis suppurativa. It will finish with a new prescription-strength OTC that will be beneficial for many patients to prevent photoaging.

Day Two – Wednesday, June 10

Orthopedics

Speaker

Karen Myrick, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, ANP-BC

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6:30 – 8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast

7:30 – 8:30 am

Orthopedic Exam and CT Scans, X-Rays and MRIs, OH MY

A head to toe review and presentation of the key components of the examination of the musculoskeletal system will be discussed. High yield history questions and examination techniques will be detailed. Diagnostic testing for orthopedic and sports medicine chief complaints and mechanisms of injury will be discussed and recommended.

8:30 – 9:30 am

Let Me Give You A Hand in Diagnosing and Managing Upper Extremity Injuries and Conditions

Upper extremity injuries and conditions are common causes of patient visits to providers. Up top! This session will review the most common issues, and highlight what the clinician should listen for in the history, and which examination techniques will help arrive at the patient’s diagnosis.

9:30 – 9:45 am

Break

9:45 – 11:15 am

Let Me Patella You Something About Lower Extremity Inuries and Conditions

This might be a knee-jerk reaction, but this is a session you all kneed. There is a wide-span of differential diagnoses for the commonly injured or affected knee joint and lower extremities. We will systematically identify the evaluation, diagnosis, and management of conditions and injuries which affect the lower extremities.

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Sponsored Lunch or Lunch on Your Own

12:30 – 2:00 pm

When the Bones in the Back are Out of Whack…

The spine is capable of bringing structure and a lot of pain to our patients. Along the continuum of simple and common to complex and rare, the diagnoses of spinal issues will be discussed.

2:00 – 2:15 pm

Break

2:15 – 3:45 pm

Interactive Case Studies

This session will tie together concepts and techniques learned throughout the day. An interactive session, the participants will be asked to comment, help to come up with a list of differential diagnoses, and to identify key components of the history and physical examination, to make the perfect final orthopedic diagnosis.

Day Three – Thursday, June 11

Cardiology/Emergency Medicine

Speaker

Shalon Buchs, MHS, PA-C

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6:30 – 8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast

7:30 – 8:30 am

Cardiovascular Disease: Managing the Risks

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains a leading cause of death in both men and women in the US and is a leading cause of death worldwide. Coronary heart disease, stroke, and peripheral artery disease comprise the spectrum of CVD. Prevention, primary and secondary is crucial to properly manage CVD. Screening for and managing various risk factors such as hypertension and dyslipidemia in appropriate populations is essential for reducing the incidence of coronary vascular disease. Guideline based management of modifiable risk factors once CVD is present is vital to reduce disease progression and related morbidity and mortality. This session will review the risk factors for CVD, the populations that are appropriate for screening and management of risk factors such as hypertension and dyslipidemia. Lifestyle modifications and guideline-based pharmacologic management will be discussed for hypertension and dyslipidemia for primary and secondary prevention strategies.

8:30 – 9:30 am

Coronary Heart Disease: An Update

The number of people affected by coronary heart disease (CHD) in the US is astonishing. More than 16.5 million people over the age of 20 have CHD and that number is expected to increase by 15-20% by 2030. CHD remains a leading cause of death in the US. Clinicians caring for patients with risk factors of CHD or for patients that already have the disease should ensure a level of comfort in diagnosing and managing the conditions on the CHD spectrum. This presentation will focus on the diagnostic criteria and management of CHD including stable angina, and the three diseases on the acute coronary spectrum; unstable angina, NSTEMI, and STEMI. Broad coverage of pathophysiology, patient presentation, diagnostic approach and management for these conditions will be covered. Type 2 MI will also briefly be discussed in terms of presentation, evaluation, and management.

9:30 – 9:45 am

Break

9:45 – 11:15 am

Cardiac Pharmacology

Pharmacotherapy is often a large component of care for cardiac patients, the drug list can become daunting. Managing hypertensive patients, coronary heart disease patients, and heart failure patients can become an overwhelming task for any provider. This session will focus on guideline-based indications for medications used for the treatment of common cardiac disorders including hypertension, dyslipidemia, coronary heart disease, and some rhythm disturbances. We will discuss antiplatelet agents and anticoagulants in terms of their role in acute coronary syndrome and some rhythm disturbances. We will discuss several agents in the treatment of hypertension and coronary heart disease. Statins will be discussed in terms of their role in managing cardiac patients. Rate and rhythm control agents will be discussed as will some inotropic agents.

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Sponsored Session or Lunch on Your Own

12:30 – 2:00 pm

The Ins and Outs of Valve Disease

Cardiac valve disease can be mysterious and misunderstood. The murmurs and sequelae associated with valvulopathy can lead to substantial morbidity and mortality. Rhythm disturbances, heart failure and angina may a presenting symptom in some of these patients. Providers should be comfortable with cardiac auscultation of murmurs and be armed with knowledge of an appropriate workup after hearing one. Various valve diseases along with potential symptomology associated with them will be reviewed during this session. This session will primarily focus on left-sided valve disease including aortic stenosis, aortic regurgitation, mitral stenosis and mitral regurgitation, the evaluation of valve disease and associated conditions.

2:00 – 2:15 pm

Break

2:15 – 3:45 pm

Heart Failure: Mending A Broken Heart

Heart failure brings a significant burden to the health system in terms of patient well-being and cost of care. There are approximately 6 million people in the United States with Heart Failure (HF). The condition contributes significantly to emergency department visits and hospitalizations each year. The mortality attributed to HF each year is greater than 75,000 persons. Clinicians should be familiar with diagnosing and managing the various types of HF to keep patients out of the ED and hospital. This session will review the stages and classes of heart failure, discuss acute decompensated heart failure and reinforce the goals of treatment.

4:00 – 6:30 pm

Optional Workshop: Conquering Cardiology: Mastering the EKG

Speaker

Jennifer Carlquist, PA-C, ER CAQ

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Day Four – Friday, June 12

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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