Daily Schedule for Pensacola Beach, FL 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.

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.

Monday, September 12 – Early Registration 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Day One – Tuesday, September 13

Dermatology

Speaker

Cynthia Griffith, MPAS, PA-C

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6:30 – 8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast

7:30 – 8:30 am

Psoriasis: Presentation, Exacerbators and Treatment

Psoriasis is a common chronic inflammatory disease of the skin that is increasingly being recognized as a systemic inflammatory disorder. According to current studies, more than 8 million Americans have psoriasis. A rapidly expanding body of literature supports additional associations between psoriasis and cardiometabolic diseases, gastrointestinal diseases, kidney disease, malignancy, infection, and mood disorders. Given the variety of manifestations of this condition, education of healthcare providers is essential to ensuring comprehensive medical care for patients with psoriasis. This session will provide an update on the diagnosis and treatment of psoriasis.

8:30 – 9:30 am

Benign Skin Lesions Uncoded

Can you recognize benign skin lesions from cancerous ones? So much of skin lesion identification and diagnosis is pattern recognition. This is a photo-filled talk that will expand your clinical diagnostic skills and ability to visually diagnose seborrheic keratoses, dermatofibromas, cherry angiomas, venous lakes so that you can distinguish them from skin cancer.

9:30 – 9:45 am

Break

9:45 – 11:15 am

Dermatologic Drugs and Drug Reactions

What is the difference between a cream and a lotion? In the first half of this two-part talk, we will review common dermatologic drugs, vehicles and their uses. In the second half of the talk, we will discuss drug reactions ranging from the serious Toxic Epidermal Necrosis and Steven Johnson Syndrome to the benign. This lecture will demystify common medication culprits that cause drug reactions as well as initial labs to elucidate severe from self-limited drug rashes.

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Sponsored Lunch or Lunch on Your Own

12:30 – 2:00 pm

Skin Cancer Explained

The majority of skin lesions are benign, but when do you need to worry or biopsy? Skin cancer is by far the most common type of cancer. Basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma could be cancers that you either diagnose or miss on a daily basis. This lecture will equip you to look at a spot and recognize concerning clinical features, be equipped to take the next step and biopsy the site, and have the knowledge to direct treatment of the cancer with medical or surgical treatments.

2:00 – 2:15 pm

Break

2:15 – 3:45 pm

Common Culprits in Pediatric and Adult Dermatology

Every clinician that sees children and adults could benefit from this refresher on everything that is common in skin disease. In this case-based discussion, we will cover diagnosis and treatment tips for acne, warts, fungal infections, atopic dermatitis, and more. This will be a fast-paced and high-yield discussion packed with clinical pearls that you can use every day in your clinical practice.

Day 2 – Wednesday, September 14 (Room A)

Cardiology/Emergency Medicine

Speaker

Zach Hartsell, DHA, PA-C

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6:30 – 8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast

7:30 – 8:30 am

Respiratory Cases

This presentation will provide an overview of the distinctive types of acute respiratory failure and an overview of mechanism and pathophysiology. Emphasis will be placed on the 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, focusing on diagnostic criteria and a review of evidence-based treatment guidelines.

8:30 – 9:30 am

Managing Airline Emergencies

As the world gets back to travel, medical emergencies on airlines will once again be on the rise. Before the pandemic, it was estimated that approximately 1 in 10,000 passengers have a medical event onboard aircraft each year. Seventy-five percent (75%) of these are minor medical events that can be treated with simple first aid. While serious medical events are rare, clinicians need to know how to respond to such emergencies. Using a case-based format, this presentation will review the common medical conditions encountered in flight, resources available to providers, and the legalities surrounding responding to out-of-hospital emergencies. Infectious disease considerations will be reviewed and discussed. In addition to general concepts, this presentation will focus on problem-specific treatments.

9:30 – 9:45 am

Break

9:45 – 11:15 am

Acute Kidney Injury Cases

With kidney disease on the rise, a patient presenting to the emergency department with acute kidney injury will continue to increase. This case-based presentation will allow participants to confidently assess and classify patients with suspected kidney injury, identify the most common precipitants of acute kidney injury, differentiate between acute and chronic disease, and understand the first-line therapy for the treatment of acute kidney injury. We will also review indications for urgent dialysis.

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Sponsored Lunch or Lunch on Your Own

12:30 – 2:00 pm

Chest Pain Evaluation: Mimic, Red Herring, or the Real Deal?

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 the initial evaluation. Finally, this presentation will review optimal testing strategies for both cardiac and non-cardiac etiologies of chest pain, including current controversies and guidelines.

2:00 – 2:15 pm

Break

2:15 – 3:45 pm

Syncope Evaluation and Management

This presentation will review the common cause of syncope and pathophysiologic mechanisms that commonly lead to syncope. With a focus on initial evaluation and management, this presentation will review the guidelines and risk stratification tools available to aid in diagnosis. Finally, this presentation will provide an evidence-based approach to disposition and follow-up.

Day Two – Wednesday, September 14 (Room B)

Pain Management/Pharmacology Update

Speaker

Brett Snodgrass, FNP-C

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6:30 – 8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast

7:30 – 9:30 am

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.

9:30 – 9:45 am

Break

9:45 – 11:15 am

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

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.

Mental Health

Speaker

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

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11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Sponsored Lunch or Lunch on Your Own

12:30 – 2:00 pm

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.

2:00 – 2:15 pm

Break

2:15 – 3:45 pm

Benzodiazepines: Safe Prescribing in the Era of Prescription Drug Abuse

This presentation will focus on the class of anxiolytics known as benzodiazepines. Over the years, prescribers have had a love/hate relationship with these controlled substances. Upon completion of this presentation, participants will learn the benefits and risks related to the safe prescribing of benzodiazepines for individuals with various symptom presentations. The presentation will address the risks and cautions related to the prescribing of benzodiazepines with various medications, including opioids and stimulants, and in different healthcare settings. Participants will also receive tips from identifying the warning signs of benzodiazepine abuse and techniques to safely taper and discontinue these medications to minimize withdrawal discomfort.

Day Three – Thursday, September 15 (Room A)

Orthopedics

Speaker

Gerald Weniger, MPAS, MEd, 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

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, September 15 (Room B)

Diabetes

Speaker

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

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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)

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!

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, September 16

Women’s Health

Speaker

Nisha McKenzie, PA-C, CSC, NCMP, IF

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6:30 – 8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast

7:30 – 8:30 am

LARCs: Use of Contraception Across the Lifespan

What are some of the reasons we might start a patient on hormonal contraception? How and when in the month should they start? And what are some of the reasons you might NOT begin them? This talk will walk you through the long-acting reversible contraceptive options, risks, benefits, and efficacy, as well as placement and removal techniques. We’ll go through case studies with twists and turns representative of what we see in real life.

8:30 – 9:30 am

LGBTQIA+ Informed Health Care: Making Sense of the Letters

This discussion will offer a healthy foundation and increase familiarity with providing informed, non-biased healthcare to members of the LGBTQIA+ community. We will work through language as it applies to the LGBTQIA+ community and the additional risks and apprehensions members of this community face in relation to healthcare. Learn how to assess heart rate using the EKG and just a rhythm strip and how to trouble-shoot the EKG (artifact and 60 cycle interference). We will also discuss the PQRST model of EKG interpretation.

9:30 – 9:45 am

Break

9:45 – 11:15 am

The “S” Word: Demystifying Female Sexual Health

Female sexual health is given very little time within medical training. Here we will discuss the science behind female sexuality and address the fact that it is not merely a light version of male sexuality. For decades women have asked their medical providers to “clean out the cobwebs” while doing pelvic exams. This cry for help often remains unanswered due to, well due to so many factors – lack of time, lack of training, lack of available resources, discomfort, or bias within the topic of sexuality. Let’s debunk some of the myths. Open and transparent talk about female sexuality and how we can address this to help our patients within our daily practice.

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Sponsored Lunch or Lunch on Your Own

12:30 – 2:00 pm

V is for Vagina, Vestibule, Vulva – And All Things Amazing

Often the vulva, vestibule, and vagina serve simply as a conduit to get to that cervix and screen for cancer. We are going to take a pause at these important layers discussing dermatologic disorders, vulvar and vestibular pain disorders, and recurrent vaginal infections. We will go through recognition, evaluation, and treatment of all disorders of the V!

2:00 – 2:15 pm

Break

2:15 – 3:45 pm

From Menstrual Disorders to Menopause

The span of time between menarche and menopause can be fraught with complications, from no bleeding to irregular bleeding, to heavy bleeding and all things between. PCOS, Endometriosis, Primary Ovarian Insufficiency, and PMS/PMDD are just a few of the things we will cover. Learn how to recognize and treat some of the most common menstrual disorders, as well as how to address some of the most common symptoms people endure as they approach and walk-through menopause.