Las Vegas, NV CME Conference

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Las Vegas, NV CME Conference Session Descriptions

Day One


Terri Nagy

So Many Rashes, So Little Time!

Daily in our practices, we care for patient after patient complaining of a ‘rash’. Differentials seem endless and determining cause – sometimes impossible. In addition, with today’s managed care, providers have less and less time to spend with each patient, which makes diagnosing a ‘rash’ even that much more daunting. This session will present a systematic approach to the patient with a ‘rash’ which will result in a narrower list of differentials. Dermatology is certainly a visual specialty and therefore photographs will be utilized to display the various common presentations. This session will build a foundation for the sessions to follow.

Don’t You, Forget About Me!  The AutoImmune Conundrum

We are fortunate to live in this time in medical history. There have been numerous advances in medicine which have greatly impacted the quality of life and survival in our patients. However, when it comes to autoimmune disorders, we as practitioners can still experience frustration over improving the lives of our patients. This session will discuss common dermatologic autoimmune disorders, the clinical presentations and current advancements being made in regard to treatment options.

Dermatology Near Misses: Look-A-Likes and Zebras

As providers, one of the things that should keep us awake at night is our fear of missing that subtle change on an EKG, a consolidation on a CXR or a melanoma. This session will build on our first discussion and consider diagnoses which have similar presentations. At the conclusion, the audience will better be able to differentiate one disease state from another and discuss challenges in current treatment options. We will also take a look at some of the zebras in dermatology that one certainly does not want to miss.  

Only Skin Deep: A Cutaneous Look at Current Events

In 1967, the Surgeon General William H. Stewart was heard saying, “It’s time to close the books on infectious diseases, declare the war on pestilence won…” Yet daily, our news feeds tell us a completely different story as we read headline after headline regarding new and re-emerging infectious diseases, many of which have a cutaneous presentation. This session will educate participants on these various diseases and assist them in recognizing these diagnoses at initial presentation to aid in more accurate and immediate diagnosis and treatment.

Pediatric Dermatology – A Primary Care Approach

Acne and warts and molluscum, oh my! Anyone who sees kids feels the frustration of treating these diagnoses. Not only are the treatments not perfect, but sometimes we end up with a frustrated, crying child and an even more frustrated parent. We’ll take a look at some of the common dermatological diagnoses seen in kids, rethink what we know and discuss some novel approaches to treatment.  

Day Two


Sarah Bolander Skin Bones CMESarah Bolander

Making Musculoskeletal Radiology More Black and White

Identifying and describing fractures is a skill necessary for many providers. This interactive session will provide the tools needed to appropriately identify, document, and articulate fracture findings from plain radiographs. Additionally, eponymous fractures, including Salter-Harris classification, and fractures with other unique names will be defined.      

Concerning Features and Pathologic Fractures

Worrisome orthopedic patient presentations may be difficult to navigate. Similarly, asymptomatic conditions with concerns only on imaging can be just as challenging. This session will discuss physical exam findings, labs, and imaging for the most common benign and malignant orthopaedic complaints. Classification of lytic lesions, bone tumors, and normal growth variants will be provided and the differential diagnosis will be narrowed based on age, clinical presentation, location of the lesion/tumor, and radiographic findings.

Beyond Inspection and Palpation to Specialized Examinations

There are numerous musculoskeletal and neurovascular specialized examination techniques. It can be difficult to select which exams would be the most beneficial based on the patient’s clinical presentation. This interactive session will guide participants through the selection process and provide the appropriate physical exam techniques. Understanding the results of these exams will better guide the diagnosis and management of common orthopedic complaints.

Back to School Means Back to the Playground

The majority of childhood injuries occur on the playground or with school sports participation. The most common injuries seen on the playground are from falls causing orthopedic complaints. A thorough history can often be key in guiding your evaluation based on the mechanism of injury and specific playground equipment involved. This session will provide an interactive pediatric case-based approach to injuries on the playground and common school sports complaints.

When to Wake Your Orthopedic Provider

Orthopedic emergencies can occur at any age and not all orthopaedic emergencies are caused by massive trauma. These patients may present to not only the emergency department but also an urgent care or primary care office. Knowing how to quickly identify and treat these clinical scenarios is critical to prevent morbidity and mortality. The most common traumatic and atraumatic musculoskeletal emergencies will be introduced with the focus of the session on early diagnosis and emergent treatment options.

Day Three

Cardiology/Emergency Medicine

ZacharyHartsellZachary Hartsell

Every Breath You Take: Respiratory Cases

This presentation will provide an overview of the distinctive types of acute respiratory failure, as well as, an overview of mechanism and pathophysiology. Emphasis will be placed on initial evaluation including oxygen supplementation techniques and indications/contraindications for the use of NIPPV. Finally, this presentation will provide an overview of acute respiratory distress syndrome with a focus on diagnostic criteria and a review of evidence-based treatment guidelines.

Evaluating Chest Pain: Approaches and Controversies

Chest pain is one of the most common chief complaints to the emergency departments with definitive diagnosis elusive in most cases. However, who gets to be sent home? Who requires admission? This presentation addresses those specific questions with a review of the challenges in delineating cardiac vs. non-cardiac chest pain. A heavy emphasis will be placed on risk stratification methodologies for patients with suspected cardiac chest pain and an evidence-based approach to initial evaluation. Finally, this presentation will provide a review of optimal testing strategies for both cardiac and non-cardiac etiologies of chest pain including current controversies and guidelines.

Not for the Faint of Heart: Evidence-Based Evaluation & Management of Syncope

This session will help you understand primary and secondary morphology for benign lesions, skin cancer, and dermatoses. Instruction on how to approach and apply these terms to describe “the suspects”.

GI Cocktails: Cases to Remember

GI and liver disease account for a disproportionate amount of emergency room visits. Despite recent updates in care guidelines and evidence-based recommendations, the management of patients admitted with these disorders is often variable. This presentation will focus on the updated guidelines and management protocols for acute gastrointestinal bleeding, acute hepatitis, small bowel obstruction, and diverticulitis. While this presentation will focus on the acute management, specific recommendations and best practices for a safe transition to home will also be reviewed.

Alphabet Soup: Evaluation and Management of CAP, HAP, and VAP

Trouble remembering the right acronym for the type of pneumonia your treating? Not to worry, this presentation will differentiate the types of pneumonia including community-acquired, hospital-acquired, ventilator-associated, and aspiration. Emphasis will be placed on a cost-efficient diagnostic approach and strategies to identify patients that require admission or higher level of care. Finally, a review of the guidelines including antibiotic selection will be discussed for each type of pneumonia.

Day Four

Women’s Health

Mimi Secor

Women’s Health Guidelines Update

During this interactive session presented by a national women’s health expert, you will learn about the newest, hot off the press, evidence-based women’s health guidelines. Selected hot topics will include cervical cancer screening, contraception, STIs, menopause, osteoporosis and breast cancer. The rationale for these guidelines and controversies will also be discussed. 

Contraceptive Update: The New CDC MEC & More

During this session, you will learn about the NEW CDC Contraceptive Guidelines including how to use the free App and resources available from CDC. You will also learn about late-breaking research and the clinical implications. This session is essential to ensure you are up-to-date and a safe contraceptive prescriber.

STI Update: Everything You’re Itching to Know

Did you know STI rates are the highest since written records have been kept?  During this session you will learn everything you’re itching to know about the latest epidemiology, diagnosis, and management of STIs in the US. Management of selected STIs focusing on the female including, genital herpes, chlamydia, gonorrhea, PID and cervicitis will be addressed. HIV prophylaxis (PrEp/PEP) and post-sexual assault STI screening will also be discussed. 

PCOS Update: Contemporary Diagnosis and Management

PCOS is increasingly common, underdiagnosed and recognized as more serious than ever. During this interactive session, attendees will learn about the newest understanding of the complex pathophysiology, and associated risks and potential complications/sequelae including ObGyn risks. You may be surprised to learn about some of these underrecognized risks and health threats. The recommended diagnostic workup and management guidelines (one size does not fit all) will also be discussed. 

Menopause Update: Vasomotor Symptoms and Vulvovaginal Atrophy: What’s New? 

Every day in the US, about 8,000 women become post-menopausal and many will be seeking care to manage their bothersome symptoms. During this session, attendees will learn about the epidemiology, symptoms and clinical challenges in managing post-menopausal women. The most recently released management guidelines from the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) will be discussed with a focus on vasomotor symptoms and vulvovaginal atrophy (VVA) /dyspareunia, now referred to as genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM). Attend this session and learn how to provide cutting-edge care to your post-menopausal patients. 

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