Myrtle Beach, SC CME Conference

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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.

Sunday, October 18 – Early Registration 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Day One – Monday, October 19

Dermatology

Speaker

Kara Roman, MMS, PA-C

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6:30 – 8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast

7:30 – 8:30 am

A “Rash”ional Approach to Dermatologic Differential Diagnosis

This session is designed to equip the primary care provider with the skills to recognize over 40 common dermatologic conditions. By reviewing lesion morphology and distribution patterns, participants will be able to sharpen their skills and gain confidence in making these important diagnoses. Case presentations will stimulate discussion along with hundreds of interesting dermatologic images to assist in disease recognition. Don’t miss this opportunity to refine your ability to quickly and confidently diagnose dermatologic disease.

8:30 – 9:30 am

Tackling Topical Therapies

“If it is wet, dry it; if it is dry, wet it; and if you don’t know what to do, put a steroid on it.” Dermatologic pharmacology is not so simple. A plethora of topical medications is utilized in primary care to manage conditions ranging from xerosis to contact dermatitis to cutaneous infections. To be utilized most effectively, the proper preparation, amount, and duration of therapy should be considered. This presentation will help the primary care provider make sense of the various commonly prescribed topical medications including topical corticosteroids, anti-infective agents, emollients, and several new agents that have recently become available. Medication dosing and safety will be addressed, as well as pearls and practical pointers for the most effective use of these products. Learn the what, when and how of dermatologic pharmacology.

9:30 – 9:45 am

Break

9:45 – 11:15 am

Can You “Spot” the Diagnosis? Recognizing Melanoma and Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer in the Primary Care Setting

More people in the United States are diagnosed with skin cancer every year than all other cancers combined. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70, and nearly two persons will die from it every hour. It’s common, it’s deadly, and it’s important to review these suspicious “spots” in our primary care patients. This session will provide the participant with the opportunity to review the clinical characteristics and visual clues that should prompt early biopsy and/or referral of suspected skin cancers.

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Sponsored Session or Lunch on Your Own

12:30 – 2:00 pm

Bacteria, Fungus, or Virus: Oh, My! An Update on Skin and Soft Tissue Infections

The skin is a great line of defense, but it is not always perfect at keeping out microbial invaders. When microbes invade, infection ensues. The epidemiology and clinical presentations of common skin infections including tinea (capitis, corporis, pedis, cruris, unguium), HPV, molluscum, cellulitis, and abscesses will be reviewed in this session. The differential diagnosis and methods for confirming a diagnosis based on clinical presentation will be discussed and recommended treatment options for each type of infection will be specified.

2:00 – 2:15 pm

Break

2:15 – 3:45 pm

What’s All the Buzz? Urticaria and Other Allergy-Mediated Skin Conditions

Something stings you, you eat something, you take a new medication, you use a new product…you get a rash, and it itches. When an allergen is responsible for triggering the immune system, an allergic skin condition results. Allergy-mediated skin manifestations can be superficial like contact dermatitis or urticaria or can lead to more systemic reactions such as toxic epidermal necrolysis or anaphylaxis. Participants in this session will review the common skin findings in several allergic conditions and the diagnostic testing and management strategies that will both improve the look of the skin and potentially save lives.

4:30 – 6:00 pm

Join us for Happy Hour!

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

Day Two – Tuesday, October 20

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 – Wednesday, October 21

Cardiology/Emergency Medicine

Speaker

Midge Bowers, DNP, FNP-BC, CHSE, AACC, FAANP

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6:30 – 8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast

7:30 – 8:30 am

Advanced Cardiovascular Physical Exam

Everyone is familiar with basic techniques for performing a cardiovascular physical exam. This presentation will provide guidance on advanced physical exam techniques and how to integrate these techniques into practice. We will discuss how to perform specific maneuvers to elicit heart murmurs as well as explore physical exam findings that may be indicative of underlying pathology.

8:30 – 9:30 am

Practical Application of 2018 Lipid Guidelines

Implementing clinical guidelines is standard practice in the delivery of care to patients with cardiovascular disease. Previous lipid guidelines focused on specific numeric targets for lowering total cholesterol and low density lipoproteins. During this presentation we will discuss how to utilize risk calculators and the updated guidelines to reduce risk of cardiovascular events and practical application of pharmacologic therapy for dyslipidemia.

9:30 – 9:45 am

Break

9:45 – 11:15 am

Feeling Faint- Evaluation of Syncope and POTS

Patients presenting with symptoms of “fainting or passing out” are clinically challenging. The diagnostic approach to evaluation of syncope is often costly and focuses on ruling out multiple etiologies before a definitive diagnosis can be achieved. This presentation will provide a focused approach to the evaluation and treatment of syncope and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome. Discussion will cover diagnostic approaches, pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic therapy.

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Sponsored Session or Lunch on Your Own

12:30 – 2:00 pm

Atrial Fibrillation Management

Atrial fibrillation is the most common dysrhythmia in adults over age forty and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality related to thromboembolic events. As such it is imperative to have the knowledge and skills to manage this diagnosis across settings of care. During this presentation we will discuss rate and rhythm control, anticoagulation as well as left atrial appendage occlusion devices. We will use risk calculators to determine risk of thromboembolic events as well as bleeding events.

2:00 – 2:15 pm

Break

2:15 – 3:45 pm

Acute and Chronic Heart Failure Management

Heart failure is a clinical syndrome caused by cardiac dysfunction and ventricular remodeling. As a progressive disease which is associated with high mortality, the goal of therapy is to stabilize cardiac function in an effort to manage symptoms and improve quality of life. During the course of the disease process clinical symptoms can vary with both acute and chronic episodes. During this presentation we will discuss evidence-based guidelines for managing heart failure with reduced and preserved ejection fraction. We will analyze heart failure case scenarios during acute and chronic episodes.

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 – Thursday, October 22

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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