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.

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 14 – Early Registration 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Day One – Tuesday, November 15

Women’s Health

Speaker

Mimi Secor, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN

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6:30 – 8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast

7:30 – 8:30 am

Women’s Health Guidelines Update (Rx=0.25)

During this session, the epidemiology of selected conditions (breast cancer, STIs, cervical cancer, contraception, osteoporosis) will be discussed. New guidelines will be described focusing on the changes and rationale for these changes. Controversies among various guidelines will be presented and the clinical implications of these differences will be explored.

8:30 – 9:30 am

Contraceptive Update: What’s New? (Rx=1.0)

During this session, trends and contraceptive challenges facing clinicians and patients will be discussed. The new CDC medical eligibility criteria for prescribing various contraceptive methods and medical conditions will be explained. New contraceptive research regarding efficacy, risks, benefits as this pertains to prescribing will also be presented.

9:30 – 9:45 am

Break

9:45 – 11:15 am

STI Update: Focus on the Female (Rx=0.25)

During this session the epidemiology of STIs will be discussed including recent trends and statistics. Explain diagnostic work-up for selected STIs including changes in HIV testing. Management will focus on recent changes including new gonorrhea treatment. This session will focus on the female and certain selected conditions including Herpes, CT/GC, PID, Cervicitis, HIV and Sexual Assault.

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Lunch & Learn Sponsored by Novo Nordisk, Inc. or Lunch on Your Own

12:30 – 2:00 pm

PCOS: Common, Complex and Serious (Rx=0.25)

During this session the epidemiology, complex pathophysiology, and serious associated risks and complications will be discussed. Symptoms, signs and diagnostic workup will be described. Discuss “best practice” management approaches including pharmacologic treatments and lifestyle approaches.

2:00 – 2:15 pm

Break

2:15 – 3:45 pm

Menopause Alert: Hot Flashes, Vaginal Atrophy, Libido and More (Rx=0.75)

Describe epidemiology/physiology of menopause, Metabolic changes/Risks, Vasomotor Symptoms (VMS), Vulvovaginal Atrophy (VVA) and Low Libido (HSDD). Discuss the diagnosis of VMS and Vulvovaginal Atrophy. Explain pharm/non pharm options/alternatives for treatment of VMS, VVA, and Low Libido/HSDD (hypoactive sexual desire disorder).

Day Two – Wednesday, November 16 (Room A)

Cardiology/Emergency Medicine

Jennifer Ballard
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

CME Lunch & Learn – PrEParing to End the Epidemic: Optimizing HIV Prevention in Primary Care

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 Two – Wednesday, November 16 (Room B)

Mental Health

Speaker

Josh Hamilton, DNP, RN-BC, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, CTMH, CNE, FAANP

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6:30 – 8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast

7:30 – 8:30 am

Pharmacogenomics: Precision Medicine & Mental Healthcare (Rx=0.25)

Pharmacogenomics is the study of how genes affect a person’s response to drugs. This science has given rise to the practice of “precision medicine,” which combines pharmacology (the study of medication) and genomics (the study of genes and their functions) to help prescribers make more personalized medication choices. These include which medications to prescribe to different individuals and what doses will have the best effects. This presentation integrates concepts of neurobiology and neuropathology with genetics and genomics to produce new models for diagnosis and personalized treatment for commonly recurring mental health problems. The results of the GUIDED study are presented to highlight the efficacy of this approach.

8:30 – 9:30 am

Refocusing on ADHD: Genomics, Neurobiology & Treatment

This presentation discusses updated diagnostic criteria and psychometric approaches to improve case identification, diagnosis & treatment of attention deficit-hyperactivity disorders. ADHD is redefined in the context of epigenetics and neurobiology, with specific attention to contemporary pharmacological approaches to manage the symptoms. Practical applications for clinicians are presented.

9:45 – 11:15 am

Keeping it Simple: The Power of Brief Therapeutic Interventions

Compelling evidence suggests that both medications and therapeutic interventions are effective in the treatment of psychiatric disorders. The current “state of the science” involves multiple modalities to produce better outcomes than those observed using either psychopharmacology or therapy alone. Clinicians in all settings need to understand how various therapeutic interventions can profoundly influence clients’ ability to cope and change. Using the unifying framework developed by Hubble, Duncan, and Miller, we examine the four common elements that account for much of the improvement seen in clients, regardless of the approach taken. These constructs are applied to various simple, brief approaches that are easily enacted – and easily adapted – to any patient encounter.

Pain Management/Pharmacology Update

Speaker

Brett Snodgrass, FNP-C, CPE, ACHPN, FAANP

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12:30 – 2:00 pm

Pain Treatment in the Opioid Epidemic: Opioids, Non-opioids, and Complementary Therapies (Part 1)

The opioid epidemic has raised many questions for the health care provider. It can be frustrating and difficult to care for patients in pain. What do you do with pain patients? How can you use opioids, and when? What other options are available? This session will look at the true opioid epidemic while putting things in perspective. We will focus on how to provide appropriate treatment for a patient in pain using opioids, non-opioids, and complementary therapies.

2:00 – 2:15 pm

Break

2:15 – 3:45 pm

Pain Treatment in the Opioid Epidemic: Opioids, Non-opioids, and Complementary Therapies (Part 2) (Rx=1.5)

The opioid epidemic has raised many questions for the health care provider. It can be frustrating and difficult to care for patients in pain. What do you do with pain patients? How can you use opioids, and when? What other options are available? This session will look at the true opioid epidemic while putting things in perspective. We will focus on how to provide appropriate treatment for a patient in pain using opioids, non-opioids, and complementary therapies.

Day Three – Thursday, November 17 (Room A)

Orthopedics

Speaker

Gerald Weniger, PhD, ATC, PA-C

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6:30 – 8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast

7:30 – 8:30 am

Not Just Child’s Play: A Review of Pediatric Orthopedics

Most clinicians are familiar with common pediatric injuries. But are you still confused by the Salter-Harris classification? Do you remember the differences between a slipped capital femoral epiphysis and Legg-Calve-Perthes disease? This presentation will review these pediatric musculoskeletal conditions as well as osteochondritis dissecans, apophysitis, various fracture patterns, and more.

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. Useful special tests will be explained and demonstrated.

9:30 – 9:45 am

Break

9:45 – 11:15 am

We’ll Give You a Hand: Wrist & Hand Pathologies You May Be Missing

Most clinicians are familiar with the evaluation and treatment of common hand and wrist conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome, wrist sprains, and trigger finger. But what about more obscure pathologies? This presentation will review less common musculoskeletal conditions of the hand and wrist such as Keinbock’s disease, mallet finger, Jersey finger, skier’s thumb, scaphoid fractures, and more.

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Sponsored Lunch or Lunch on Your Own

12:30 – 2:00 pm

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.

2:00 – 2:15 pm

Break

2:15 – 3:45 pm

Get a Leg Up on Musculoskeletal Pharmacology (Rx=0.50)

Are you running out of options for treating joint and muscle pain? Have NSAIDS and acetaminophen stopped working? Ready to lessen your use of opioids? This presentation will review alternative medications for MSK pain. It will also provide an introduction to joint injections such as hyaluronic acid injections, platelet-rich plasma therapy, and other emerging procedures.

Day Three – Thursday, November 17 (Room B)

Diabetes

Speaker

Debbie Hinnen, APN, BC-ADM, CDCES, FAAN, FADCES

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6:30 – 8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast

7:30 – 9:30 am

DIY Diabetes (Part 1)

Do not let Diabetes overwhelm you. If you understand the metabolic defects and how medications address those problems, you are well on the way to Doing It Yourself. Do you ever need to refer to a diabetes specialist? Of course. For comprehensive diabetes self-management education and medical nutrition therapy for EVERY patient; at diagnosis, annually and when major medication and life changes occur. Can you manage their medication therapy? Yes! This workshop will help you be pro-active with diagnosis, medication management, therapy intensification, 5-minute nutrition counseling, dealing with barriers your patients with T2DM struggle with, and when to refer to the diabetes specialist.

9:30 – 9:45 am

Break

9:45 – 11:15 am

DIY Diabetes (Part 2) (Rx=1.50)

Do not let Diabetes overwhelm you. If you understand the metabolic defects and how medications address those problems, you are well on the way to Doing It Yourself. Do you ever need to refer to a diabetes specialist? Of course. For comprehensive diabetes self-management education and medical nutrition therapy for EVERY patient; at diagnosis, annually and when major medication and life changes occur. Can you manage their medication therapy? Yes! This workshop will help you be pro-active with diagnosis, medication management, therapy intensification, 5-minute nutrition counseling, dealing with barriers your patients with T2DM struggle with, and when to refer to the diabetes specialist.

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Sponsored Lunch or Lunch on Your Own

ER

Speaker

Melissa Kalensky, DNP, FNP-BC, CNE

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12:30 – 2:00 pm

Making Your “What Can Kill” List & Identifying That “Needle in a Haystack”

We often see the same complaints over and over again yet, less than 10% of those cases are triaged as requiring immediate or emergent intervention upon arrival to the emergency room. This presentation will look at some of the most common clinical complaints – abdominal pain, chest pain, fever, cough, and headache – focusing on quickly identifying “red flags” that require expedient workup. We will focus on elements of the history/physical exam that can help you consider how to triage these patients and work through some cases involving common complaints that end up as clinical zebras.

2:00 – 2:15 pm

Break

2:15 – 3:00 pm

Abdominal & Pelvic Pain- From Cholecystitis to Cervicitis, to Calculi, Oh My! (Rx=0.25)

This presentation will focus on the nearly 1 in 10 patients presenting to the emergency department who have a complaint of abdominal and/or pelvic pain for less than seven days. We will discuss elements of the history and physical exam that are essential in building a broad differential, including atypical presentations. We will review considerations in ordering the most appropriate laboratory and imaging studies to narrow this differential and rule out life-threatening pathology. Particular considerations for changes in pathology with age, acute pain in pregnancy, and pain accompanied by vaginal bleeding will be highlighted as well.

Day Four – Friday, November 18

Dermatology

Speaker

Lakshi Aldredge, MSN, ANP-BC, DCNP

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6:30 – 8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast

7:30 – 8:30 am

Approach to the Patient with Cutaneous Disorders

Does your heart sink when you see a patient on your schedule with the dreaded “skin rash”? Then this session is for you! We will provide a fun and interactive, case-based overview of approaching the patient with a skin complaint. We will review common dermatologic nomenclature, what clues to look for to help nail the diagnosis and provide important tips on managing and educating your patients. This is the “fundamentals in dermatology” session that we all wish we had in our clinical, educational programs!

8:30 – 9:30 am

Overview of Papulosquamous Disorders

This session will provide an engaging overview of the most common skin conditions seen in dermatology, including atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, contact dermatitis, and all those under red itchy rashes and bumps! You’ll have fun viewing many skin condition images and identifying clinical features to help distinguish one skin rash from another. We will also be providing the latest evidence-based guidelines on common conditions so you will be fully updated and “in the know”!

9:30 – 9:45 am

Break

9:45 – 11:15 am

Infectious Disorders of the Skin (Rx=0.50)

This session will provide you with a comprehensive overview on the management of common bacterial, viral and fungal cutaneous conditions from Impetigo to Lyme Disease. Wondering if you need to do a biopsy or send a tissue culture or bacteria swab? We’ll provide you with the latest updates on the most appropriate tests to obtain the correct diagnosis. We will also be updating you on the latest information on the cutaneous manifestations of the COVID-19 virus and treatment management.

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Sponsored Lunch or Lunch on Your Own

12:30 – 2:00 pm

What’s New in the Dermatology Drug Cupboard? (Rx=0.75)

Confounded by that pesky skin rash? What to do with that skin infection? This session will give you the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines for the treatment of common skin conditions. We will review therapeutic classes of topical and systemic medications, treatment parameters, monitoring guidelines, and patient teaching pearls. You’ll leave this session feeling confident and prepared to treat the most challenging dermatologic conditions.

2:00 – 2:15 pm

Break

2:15 – 3:45 pm

Diagnostic Dilemmas in Dermatology (Rx=0.25)

Put your knowledge to practice in this fun and interactive case-based session. We will present some common and not-so-common clinical cases of dermatological dilemmas and help you come up with the best answer. Grab your Sherlock Holmes hat and magnifying glass and prepare to be pleasantly puzzled!