Las Vegas, NV CME Conference

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Daily Schedule for Las Vegas, NV 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, November 9 – Early Registration 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Day One – Tuesday, November 10

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.

4:30 – 6:00 pm

Join us for Happy Hour!

Every attendee receives a drink ticket at conference check-in.

Day Two – Wednesday, November 11

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, November 12

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, November 13

Women’s Health

Speaker

Barb Dehn, NP, FAANP, NCMP

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6:30 – 8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast

7:30 – 8:30 am

Adolescent Sexuality in the Age of Social Media

With the evolution of social media and easy access to a wide range of sexualized topics and images, adolescents today are exposed to many new influences to their emerging sense of identity, their exploration of sexuality and their normal developmental tasks. This lively and engaging session will discuss social comparison theory, how adolescents use social media and how it impacts their psychosocial development and identity formation. Strategies for how to communicate more effectively with adolescents about sexuality will also be reviewed.

8:30 – 9:30 am

The Tip of the Endocrine Iceberg: PCOS Diagnosis and Management

One of the most common and yet overlooked endocrine issues that impacts women is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, PCOS. This complex condition with its underlying insulin resistance has numerous clinical manifestations including the inability to lose weight, acne, hirsutism, abnormal uterine bleeding and infertility. This presentation will focus on evaluation, differential diagnosis, clinical presentation, and evidence-based treatment options.

9:30 – 9:45 am

Break

9:45 – 11:15 am

Menopause Management Update

What every clinician caring for women at midlife needs to know about this hormonal and endocrine transition that may be wreaking havoc in every aspect of your patients’ lives from sleep and weight gain to hot flashes, night sweats, heavy, irregular bleeding and emotional instability. In this session, we’ll review evidence-based algorithms to evaluate, assess and offer treatments for the multiple urgent and chronic concerns women have at midlife. We will review treatment options that include both non-hormonal and hormonal, including updates on bio-identical pharmacologic options. Strategies to help with weight gain and mood will also be discussed with plenty of pharmacology and practice pearls.

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Sponsored Session or Lunch on Your Own

12:30 – 2:00 pm

Sexuality at Midlife and Beyond

When people are beyond age 50, it’s time to address their sexual health concerns with a matter of fact, inclusive, non-judgmental approach. This talk will address how to take a quicks sexual health history taking and the use of the PLISSIT model in counseling patients about their sexual health concerns. In addition, we will discuss the common sexual concerns and treatment options that arise after 50 including various challenges to arousal, desire, and sexual function. We will also discuss pharmacologic treatment options.

2:00 – 2:15 pm

Break

2:15 – 3:45 pm

Abnormal Bleeding: Work-up and Treatments

Abnormal Uterine Bleeding (AUB) impacts approximately 50% of women during the perimenopause and menopause transitions. This talk will review the normal menstrual cycle and contrast it with AUB. We will also review the PALM-COEIN nomenclature that separates structural and non-structural etiologies as well as diagnostic procedures, lab tests and the treatment options that can be utilized for various etiologies.

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