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Day One:

Abby A. Jacobson, MS, PA-C

Saving your patient’s life: How to evaluate skin lesions and rashes that are malignant

Description: Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers and something easily detectable by the healthcare provider who knows what to look for. Additionally, there are some malignant rashes that warrant a further work up for an underlying malignancy. During this session we will prepare participants to screen their patients for skin cancers on a daily basis. This session may save your next patient’s life!

Psoriasis Skin and joints, depression, and increased cardiac events – how to stop the silent suffering for your psoriasis patients

Studies show that 52% of psoriasis patients are dissatisfied with their care. Help this group of patients suffering from more than a skin disease. Psoriasis is a multi-system systemic autoimmune disease that has a marked increase risk of cardiac events, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, depression, anxiety, joint disease, and even higher rates of obstetrical complications. We will review the amazing new cadre of treatment options to end these patients’ suffering in silence.

Acne and Rosacea Update

Approximately 17 million Americans between the ages of 12 and 24 have acne. Another 16 million American suffer from Rosacea. During this session we will review the similarities and differences between these two diseases. Stop your patients from endless picking and popping as well as spending thousands of dollars on over the counter medications and procedures. Participants will be given real world tools to help patients with both acne and rosacea.

Is this Rash Fungus or Dermatitis? When to Use A Steroid and When to Use An Anti-fungal Treatment

With “rash” being one of the most common chief complaints for a primary care visit one of the hardest questions can be distinguishing a steroid responsive dermatitis from an infective fungal infection. The treatments are polar opposites. Using patient case scenarios and high resolution images this session will help you develop a systemic approach to rashes that will allow you to make the correct diagnosis. Don’t dread the chief compliant of “rash”! Come to this session and build your confidence in diagnosing and treating the common rashes you will see in the office.

Day Two:

Michael Zychowicz, DNP

Not Funny, Just A Little Humerus

Following this presentation, attendees will have an appreciation for shoulder anatomy, pathophysiology and etiology of selected shoulder problems.  Shoulder exam techniques and findings will be described.  Attendees will be able to describe effective management strategies and patient education.  Injection indications and techniques for selected shoulder conditions will be discussed.

The Tricky Knee

Following this presentation, attendees will have an expanded understanding of normal knee anatomy, pathophysiology and etiology of selected knee conditions.  Techniques for examining the knee will be described along with pertinent findings.  The attendee will be able to describe effective management strategies and necessary patient education.  Knee injection indications and techniques will be discussed.

Don’t Sugarcoat It, I’m Diabetic

Among the many manifestations and complications of diabetes are the musculoskeletal manifestations.  Diabetic patients are at greater risk for several musculoskeletal conditions.  Many of these conditions will be discussed in relation to the diabetic patient in the perspective of the primary care setting.

Lift With Your Legs

Through the use of lecture and case studies, the attendees of this workshop will develop a solid understanding of evidence based back pain management in primary care.  Case studies will be used to describe common, red-flag and uncommon causes for back pain.  Evaluation techniques for the patient with back pain will be described.  

Day Three:


Susan Symington DFAAPA, MPAS, PA-C   |  Sharon Kelley, MS, PhD

This COUGH will NOT STOP!  Chronic Cough through the ages

This session will discuss chronic cough from newborns to geriatrics.  This is a common problem seen in all areas of medicine and can be very difficult to treat.  The focus will be on the work up for a chronic cough including all of the different causes of chronic cough and eliminating and or treating those causes.    Case studies will be introduced along with video clips showing typical sounds of cough to help the clinician distinguish between the typical characteristic sounds to help with differentiating between them.

“My ASTHMA is BIPOLAR!” Gaining control of those moderate to severe asthmatic

 Discuss current recommendations and treatment guidelines for decreasing risk and gaining control for the moderate to severe asthmatics.   The Step up and down treatment guidelines with clinical case studies of the more moderate to severe asthmatic will be reviewed.   At what point should a patient be referred to an allergist for immunotherapy (allergy shots).

Secrets for Making EKG Interpretation Simple

This session will provide participants with a clear, and simplistic, strategy for interpreting EKG rhythms.  Worksheets will be provided as faculty conduct a “hands on” learning session including various non-lethal, potentially lethal and lethal arrhythmias.

Cardiac Pharmacology – “The Necessary Nine”

This session will provide participants with a thorough but concise workable knowledge of various cardiac pharmacological agents.  A special emphasis is placed on drugs utilized during the enactment of ACLS and PALS protocols.

 Day Four:

Sharon Kelley, MS, PhD

Trauma Surveys for GP’s/ER’s:  When Did This Happen???

This session features special nuances for conducting primary and secondary surveys specific to problem identification and proper disposition for patient care.  A special emphasis will be placed on both acute as well as delayed traumatic findings.

Street & Rx Drug Abuse: An Exam That Reveals What Patient’s Won’t Nuances for Treating

Actual medical and law enforcement cases are reviewed providing participants with special methods for recognizing street and prescription drug abuse.  Physical signs and symptoms, paraphernalia, street terminology, radiologic and laboratory “pearls” are reviewed to maximize the participant’s ability to appropriately treat patients as well as protect staff from potential harm.

Military “Athletes”:  A Different Standard of Care

This session is designed to provide participants with special insight into the challenges which may be faced when treating military personnel.  Decisions based on histories, physical examinations, pain assessment and pharmacologic agents may need to derivated when dealing with patients from military and athletic backgrounds.

 Optional Workshops:


Sharon Kelley, MS, PhD

This workshop is designed to provide participants with the convenience of renewing their ACLS and/or BLS while at the conference.  Both courses are taught by AHA training center faculty members and provider cards are awarded upon successful completion of the respective courses.

The Inside Story

Michael Zychowicz, DNP

Following this workshop, attendees will understand the systematic approach to interpreting musculoskeletal x-rays. Attendees will be able to utilize common descriptors when communicating fracture types and patterns.

Interpreting 12 Lead EKGs – The Aerobic Knitting Needle Technique

Sharon Kelley, MS, PhD

Participants will discover that aerobics, knitting needles and crayons can actually lead them to a greater level of comfort in interpreting 12 Lead EKG’s.  This unique style by the workshop faculty member has been successfully utilized many times in teaching recognition of acute coronary syndromes, axis deviation and hypertrophic signs.

Pulmonary Function Testing

Susan Symington DFAAPA, MPAS, PA-C

Case studies will be provided on how to interpret PFT’s.  Common errors in technique will be discussed and how to determine if proper technique gave you an accurate reading.

Skin Procedures Commonly Performed in Your Office

Abby A. Jacobson, MS, PA-C

Being able to appropriately perform skin procedures in your office provides patients with quicker access to care at the same time providing your practice with a billable profitable procedure.  During this workshop we will review hot to properly anesthetize the skin for a biopsy, how (and when) to perform a punch biopsy vs a shave biopsy, how to suture a punch biopsy, how to drain (and if necessary pack) an infected cyst, and two techniques to excise a cyst.

Strategy for Working a Successful Code

Sharon Kelley, MS, PhD

This session provides participants with a valuable strategic tool to increase the efficiency of a resuscitation event.  Participants will interact with faculty both as team leader and team member reviewing various strengths and weaknesses of code team roles and how to promote successful outcomes for patients.