Myrtle Beach, SC CME Conference Session Descriptions

Day One


Jason Cheyney, MPAS, PA-C (Click Here for Bio)

So You Want to Be A Derm Rock Star?!

This session is going to delve into the nuts and bolts of the more common dermatology diagnoses. Its focus is to refresh and reinforce what is going on in dermatology today and get you feeling much more confident about the skin problems you will see no matter your specialty. Not only will we discuss common diagnoses but also the treatments that will leave you looking like a superstar.

Popping Pimples Made Easy

The most sought after treatments in dermatology or related to skin and complexion. This can be a very difficult area to navigate with the number of cosmeceuticals and prescription meds available today. We will take a look at what is the pathogenesis of acne and how to logically prescribe meds and make OTC recommendations. This is a must for anyone in the general medicine field.

Hey Doc, What’s Up with My Scaly Red Scalp?!

Over 750,000 people in the US are plagued with psoriasis and the number is steadily growing. This has also led to a explosion of new prescription meds available for therapy. Come along for this educational ride and learn the fundamentals of the disease and how to effectively diagnosis and treat.

I Love the Sun

This is going to be a 3-hour tour of the understanding of skin cancers and the appropriate procedures to secure the diagnosis. Procedures are a large part of dermatology. This course will not only explain the complexity of skin cancer but how to biopsy and treat if necessary. Come along for this fun filled ride and there will be no unexpected shipwrecks along the way. Sorry, there will be no visits from Ginger or MaryAnn either.

Day Two


Thomas Gocke, MS, ATC, PA-C, DFAAPA (Click Here for Bio)

Hand & Finger Injuries Abstract

This lecture will empower providers to identify general anatomy and anatomic landmarks essential in performing physical examination assessment for Hand & Finger injuries. We will provide you with the essentials to consistently interpret x-ray images for common acute injuries of the hand & fingers. We will describe injuries frequently encountered by providers who treat: finger fractures/dislocations, flexor and extensor tendon injuries, infection, injection injuries, bite wounds and fingertip/nail-bed injuries.

The Musculoskeletal (MSK) Nuisance Problems that You Will Grow to Love

It is not uncommon for providers to treat a variety on nuisance musculoskeletal (MSK) complaints on any given day. Patients that suffer from nuisance MSK problems present with complaints of persistent aches, limitations in activity, forced alterations in work or recreational and generally not happy campers (about their injury). My goal will be to give you the tools necessary to recognize the more common locations that nuisance MSK problems can occur. I will outline the usual presentation of symptoms, and give you tips to focus your physical exam and radiographic diagnostic skills. Lastly, we will look at a variety of treatment options best suited to treat MSK nuisance problems.

The Eyes Only See What the Mind Lets In

This course is designed to incorporate x-ray case studies that will enhance you to identify frequently overlooked injury findings seen in shoulder injuries, ankle/foot injuries, wrist/hand injuries, injuries of the spine and pediatric fractures.

You Want to Give Me A Shot Where?

This course will hone a provider’s skill necessary to become proficient with musculoskeletal (MSK) injection and aspiration techniques. This course reviews pharmacologic agents (local anesthesia and corticosteroid) frequently used for MSK injections seen in the office environment. You will develop consistency identifying anatomic landmarks used to successfully deliver common MSK injections and knee joint aspirations

Day Three

Emergency Medicine / Cardiology

Jennifer Carlquist, PA-C (Click Here for Bio)

EKG 123 – Back to the Basics

This course will review normal cardiac conduction, as well as normal intervals and wave morphology. Participants will learn how to assess heart rate using the EKG and just a rhythm strip, as well as some basic rhythm interpretation. The PQRST model of EKG interpretation will be discussed, along with normal EKG review, troubleshooting the EKG, to include artifact and 60 cycle interference.

Cardiac Mixology – A Bartender’s Guide

Participants will learn strategies to combat AF and how to use the CHADS score to define risk. CHF recipes will be discussed on how to adjust/maximize diuretics and how the new novel agents may play a role in treating CHF. Discussion of the role of the “Cardiac Happy Meal” and how to tailor the medications to prevent side effects. A case based review of some of the more common side effects of cardiac medications and how to identify them.

Young People Don’t Have Heart Disease

Young people can have heart attacks. Case based review of ten patients that died or almost died and lived to tell about it. A retrospective review of these cases and how these near misses could have been prevented. Participants will walk through actual cases of cardiac arrest survivors, people who had near fatal myocardial infarctions with focus on how to prevent other patients from the same fate.

EKG Boot Camp

The course will progress from a basic level, to intermediate to advanced. Participants will learn a chief based complaint approach to reading EKGS and how not to miss the pertinent findings associated with high risk findings like PE or MI. Participants will also learn the different etiologies of palpitations and how to differentiate between their EKG patterns. A unique look at the EKG will be introduced using it as a diagnostic tool for lab abnormalities and to detect chamber size abnormalities WITHOUT the echocardiogram. Subtle STEMI as well as STEMI mimics will be reviewed. A triage approach to reading EKGS will be reviewed.

Day Four

Women’s Health

Shelagh Larson, WHNP, NCMP (Click Here for Bio)

The “V”: The Word You Could Not Say on TV!

Up until very recent there were only two words that you could not say in TV. Vagina was one of them. Pelvic disorders in women is the #1 reason for medical visits. Yet, many times it appears to be a cryptic conversation. In this presentation we will discuss how to perform the perfect pelvic exam with expert differential diagnoses that will make the ObGyn envious. Learn the right way to bring up the real reason why they are there. Also, learn when to do a wet prep or UA, refer to a urologist vs gastroenterologist or gynecologist and basically what to do next when she no shows up on your schedule.

Contraception Update

SO many options! Every month there is a new one on the market. To LARC or not to LARC? Does anyone still use pills and which one? Keeping up with which one is best for which patient and why can be a full time job. From the days of rocks in uteruses to today’s IUDs and tomorrow non-surgical, reversible vasectomy contraceptives are a hot topic. This presentation will focus heavily on pharmaceutical contraception and when to suggest one over the other. Not prescribing contraceptives? Then learn the differences between them all so you can give educated counseling to your patients about how they interact with other medications.

Is It Your Man or Your Medication?

Is it your meds or your man? Could your prescription medication be impacting your sexuality? Or is it you? Join us in learning the different phases of sexuality and how medications impact sexuality. You will also learn some better options for those medications.

Menopause Madness

Menopause, the misunderstood, under examined yet most experienced time in a woman’s life. Menopause is more than hot flashes, sleepless night and vaginal dryness. This can be a very exciting and sexual time for women if they have the knowledge of what it is. Most important, how to live with it. Pharmaceutical hormones are first line. But which one? For how long? What is menopause and was it is not? These and many more questions will be answered in this presentation.

Sex, Drug and LOVE! STI Update

CDC came out with new STD guidelines last year. Did you get the memo? The latest diagnosis and treatment guidelines will be presented. Perils of wisdom will be shared on how to discuss this topic, treat both patient and partners and when to retest.