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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 13 – Early Registration 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Day One – Tuesday, September 14

Cardiology & Emergency Medicine

Speaker

Jennifer Carlquist, PA-C, ER, CAQ

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6:30 – 8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast

7:30 – 8:30 am

Basic Rhythm Interpretation

In this lecture, we will cover all the waves on the EKG and what they mean. We will also discuss the intervals, how to use them, and why they are essential. A review of Basic Arrhythmias will also be covered in this presentation.

8:30 – 9:30 am

Basic 12 Lead Interpretation

This course is a one-hour Basic 12 lead review. We will review normal cardiac conduction, normal EKGs, normal intervals and wave morphology, and some basic rhythm interpretation. 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

Challenging Cases

Solve the mystery! In this lecture, we will have the opportunity to discuss the following cases:

  • A 29-year-old with palpitations and went home and collapsed from VT

  • A 10-year-old female with a rash on the face,  transferred to a tertiary facility with a pulmonary embolus, had V-tach on the way and lived. What was the connection between the two?

  • A 36-year-old female thinking she had bronchitis, wanted a Z pack and ended up getting airlifted to a nearby facility. She was diagnosed with prolonged QT syndrome and ended up going into V-tach in the hospital.  

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Sponsored Lunch or Lunch on Your Own

12:30 – 2:00 pm

Afib Masterclass

In this presentation, we will disuss which anticoagulant is the safest, which patients need anticoagulation, and what to do when you can’t anticoagulate your patient. How to risk-stratify your patient for stroke will also be discussed. This lecture has useful tips and a review on how to treat AFIB, including what medications to use. Also included in this presentation is a handy link to the updated CHADs score.

2:00 – 2:15 pm

Break

2:15 – 3:45 pm

ACS Deep Dive

This course will follow a patient with ACS from the emergency room to his cardiology follow up appointment. Learn about the “cardiac happy meal,” a combination of medications used post ACS event. We will conclude this topic with STEMI detection on the EKG.

4:00 – 6:30 pm

Optional Workshop: Conquering Cardiology: Mastering the EKG

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  • Do you know how much to worry about the next EKG that comes across your desk? Do you feel overwhelmed by all the things we have to know but don’t know where to start?
  • You may know how to pick up the big stuff like a STEMI, but do you know the 3 deadly things you can’t miss when the EKG software says non-specific st t wave changes?
  • When you are doing sports physicals, do you know the two deadly things you can’t miss on a Young person‘s EKG?
  • Do you know the 5 things you should always look for and document on any patient with palpitations? Do you know how to find an S1 q3 t3 and why this MATTERS?
  • Do you know what a Q wave is and when to worry about it? Do you know why the numbers on the top of the EKG matter, and how they can help you make the diagnosis of some lethal arrhythmias?

In this 2.5 hours hands-on course, we will cover all these things and more! We will discuss reciprocal changes and contiguous leads. You will get a chance to draw them on your sample EKG and make it into a cheat sheet you can use in the clinic. You will go hands-on in your workbook with 17 EKGs in class using pattern recognition to spot the high-risk findings. This hands-on approach helps you “put it all together” finally. If you feel overwhelmed by all the things we have to know but don’t know where to start, this is a quick condensed course that only focuses on the high-risk findings you need to know to be a safe provider.

Join the thousands of people who have already joined this Course in the past and are feeling more comfortable reading EKGs.

Day Two – Wednesday, September 15 (Room A)

Dermatology

Speaker

Kathleen Haycraft, DNP, FNP/PNP-BC, DCNP, FAANP

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6:30 – 8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast

7:30 – 8:30 am

Common Cutaneous Disorders: Acne/Warts/Pruritis/Atopic Dermatitis/Tinea

“The most frequent presentation in walk-in clinics is of a dermatologic nature. The vast majority of individuals will have experienced these common skin disorders in their lifetime. The ability to deliver expert care and provide relief for these common problems will enhance value in your patient and practice setting. Key pearls will be given in the diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of these disorders. Utilize the evidence based and avoid implementation of ineffective therapies. These practice points will be valuable in your everyday experiences.”

8:30 – 9:30 am

Benign Cutaneous Neoplasms

All providers of care take due pride in their ability to detect a malignant neoplasm. To attain this skill, without the concern of unnecessary biopsies, one must attain an acute eye for the benign neoplasm. You must know what is within the realm of normal before one attempts to master the complex. The treatment of the benign lesion must be judicious because the adverse effects of treatment may outweigh the original appearance of the benign lesion. One must use auditory, visual, and tactile senses to become a master of benign lesions. Become a Master of the benign.

9:30 – 9:45 am

Break

9:45 – 11:15 am

Cutaneous Manifestations of Systemic Disease

The skin is the largest and most expressive organ of the body. Many, if not most, diseases will have a cutaneous manifestation. Common skin lesions are associated with endocrine, renal, GI, and internal malignancies. Developing a superb set of history and physical assessment skills may add to the visual skill set of identifying associated cutaneous lesions. All will be surprised at the number of common skin disorders that also have a correlation to systemic disease. Be prepared to become an ace in this field.

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Lunch on Your Own

12:30 – 2:00 pm

Blistering, Connective Tissue Disease, and Psoriasis

Be prepared for a deep, but rapid, dive into blistering diseases of the skin. These may portray from the fairly innocent to the most serious and occasionally fatal diseases. Connective tissue diseases frequently manifest with physical assessment findings of the skin that range from the obvious to the subtle. Early onset of pharmacologic management is critical to outcome. Psoriasis, affecting approximately 3% of the population, is commonly misunderstood. A review of the disease and treatment will be followed by a correlation of common comorbid conditions.

2:00 – 2:15 pm

Break

2:15 – 3:45 pm

Malignant Cutaneous Neoplasms

Finding melanomas early is a win for the patient and the provider. There are actually malignant cutaneous neoplasms that are far more common (basal and squamous cell) and far more rare (merkel cell and cutaneous lymphoma). The etiology, pathophysiology, and treatment of all of these lesions will be discussed. The prevention is paramount and expect to leave this session as an expert in prevention. Multiple new pharmacologic therapies will be reviewed. You will leave this day with your dermatology skill set dramatically increased.

Day Two – Wednesday, September 15 (Room B)

Pain Management / Pharmacology Update

Speaker

Wendy Wright, DNP, ANP-BC, FNP-BC, FAANP,FAAN, FNAP

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6:30 – 8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast

7:30 – 11:15 am

Management of Acute and Chronic Pain With and Without Opioids in the Primary Care/Urgent Care Setting

Pain is the most commonly reported symptom in a primary care setting. This lecture will take you through the nuts and bolts of acute and chronic pain. Included in this discussion will be a focus on the importance of a comprehensive approach, including pain management specialists, primary care providers, nurses, complementary therapies, and modalities. In addition, a discussion on the importance of narcotic contracts and the regulation of controlled substances.

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Lunch on Your Own

12:30 – 3:45 pm

Pharmacology Update: Latest in the Management of GI, Infectious Diseases and Respiratory Conditions

Keeping up to date on the latest treatment options for GI, respiratory, and infectious diseases is paramount for NPs, PAs, and MDs. This session will provide the attendee with the latest guidelines to treat a variety of conditions related to these body systems.

Day Three – Thursday, September 16 (Room A)

Orthopedics

Speaker

Tom Gocke, DMSc, ATC, PA-C, DFAAPA

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6:30 – 8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast

7:30 – 8:30 am

It Hurts When I Touch Something…. Finger Injuries in the Primary Care Office

Primary and Urgent Care providers often find themselves in a position where they are seeing more and more patients presenting with finger injuries/infections. While these injuries may look dramatic, the reality is that most can be treated in a simple fashion with excellent results. However, if the provider is unfamiliar with recognizing injuries or infections involving the finger, then the outcome becomes uncertain. This lecture will emphasize developing background knowledge that will enhance the provider’s ability to recognize common finger injuries and infections. We’ll focus on key historical findings, appropriate physical exam techniques, radiographic studies, and treatment recommendations. Plus, we’ll drill down on topics such as Subungual Hematomas/Nail bed injuries, Paronychia, Felon, Abscess, and Herpetic Whitlow, Trigger Finger, and Mallet finger injuries.

8:30 – 9:30 am

Flat Tires and Busted Shocks: Foot and Knee Problems in the Not So Young Adult

Patients will frequently show up with recurrent pains that affect the knee and foot. Most of the time, knee pain gets labeled as arthritis, while foot pain mostly goes undiagnosed. If we listen long enough, our patients will tell us what is wrong with them. However, it is our job to decipher those words in order to come up with the correct diagnosis. This lecture will emphasize key historical pearls, focus physical exam maneuvers, order and interpret diagnostic studies appropriately, and provide evidence-based treatment options. We’ll emphasize conditions such as Patellofemoral pain syndrome, osteoarthritis of the knee, Meniscus/Osteochondral injuries, Posterior Tibial Tendonitis, Retrocalcaneal bursitis/tendonitis, Plantar Fasciitis, and 5th Metatarsal Fractures.

9:30 – 9:45 am

Break

9:45 – 11:15 am

The Eyes See What the Mind Lets In… A Review of Essential Skills to Help With Interpretations of Skeletal Radiographs

Many of us look at skeletal x-rays on a daily basis, but how many of us really know what it is that we are seeing? For those less skilled in x-ray interpretation, the task of x-ray review can be daunting and may lead to overlooked diagnoses. The lecture will help you to learn the essentials needed to identify normal skeletal x-ray findings, expand your ability to recognize obvious injury patterns, and most importantly, identify those fracture patterns often missed by the less-skilled provider(s). This lecture will focus on the following regions; shoulder, elbow (Adults and Peds), Wrist & Hand, Ankle, Foot, and Spine.

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Lunch on Your Own

12:30 – 2:00 pm

Pain in the Neck, Pain in the Buttock…..What Really Matters?

I tell patients that when they come in with the obvious injury (broken arm, ruptured tendon, or dislocation) they are making my job easier for me. However, when they show up with vague complaints/symptoms, then my job gets more challenging. I routinely see this occur with patients who complain of neck/shoulder pain and those who have hip and back pain. While their respective presentations are not always straight forward, most of the time, they will lead us in the right direction to making a correct diagnosis. My goal in this session will be to help you focus your history review so that you hear the keys differentiators in neck/shoulder and hip/back pain. This will ultimately make it easier for you to focus your physical exam, order and interpret diagnostic studies more effectively, and provide appropriate treatment options for your patient.

2:00 – 2:15 pm

Break

2:15 – 3:45 pm

MSK Case Studies…… So, You Think You’re Ready to Treat Musculoskeletal Injuries

This lecture will draw upon the information learned from the day’s lectures. These clinical cases will summarize the important points that are often overlooked in patient evaluation, interpretation of radiographic studies, and in the diagnosis of common and not so common musculoskeletal injuries/conditions that confront non-orthopaedic providers.

Day Three – Thursday, September 16 (Room B)

Pediatrics

Speaker

Daniel Wood, PA-C

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6:30 – 8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast

7:30 – 8:30 am

Neurology Snapshot Pediatric Mashup: Pediatric Headache and Rash

In music, a mashup is a creative blend of two different styles to create a transformative experience. Headaches are a frequent chief complaint for children and adolescents in the office and emergency department setting. Headaches can be put into two buckets – primary, such as migraine or tension, or secondary, caused by a tumor or trauma. Via a case study approach, learn about the primary and secondary causes of headaches as well as the formulation of a differential diagnosis and management of multiple childhood headache disorders. This mashup will end with a quick case study of common pediatric rashes.

8:30 – 9:30 am

Cardiology Snapshot
Game Show: Pediatric Chest Pain

In the spirit of a TV game show, we will answer questions about clinical chest pain scenarios in children. Pediatric chest pain is a frequent reason for an unscheduled visit to a primary care office or an emergency department in children and adolescents. Although alarming and unexpected to parents, chest pain in children is usually not caused by a serious disease – unlike in the adult population. Pediatric chest pain can broadly be classified into cardiac chest pain and non-cardiac chest pain. Questions will cover the causes of non-cardiac chest pain, far the most common cause of chest pain, and the differential diagnosis and management for cardiac chest pain, which includes inflammatory, increase in myocardial demand or decreased oxygen supply, and coronary abnormalities. The lecture will finish with a final round for double points.

9:30 – 9:45 am

Break

9:45 – 11:15 am

Gastroenterology Snapshot Pediatric HIIT Workout: Pediatric Abdominal Pain and Limping Child

Abdominal pain is common in children and adolescents, and evaluation requires an understanding of the pathogenesis of abdominal pain. Acute abdominal pain is common in children and adolescents and can range from a harmless bellyache to an emergency requiring immediate action. Assessing acute abdominal pain requires clinical acumen because making the incorrect diagnosis can have devastating consequences. Learn how to differentiate between which complaints require immediate attention and how to categorize abdominal pain as common or uncommon and serious or less serious. In a Tabata style – to avoid brain plateau – this lecture will finish with a quick case study of a limping child.

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Sponsored Session or Lunch on Your Own

Diabetes

Speaker

Ji Chun, PA-C, MPAS, BC-ADM

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12:30 – 2:00 pm

Practical Guidance in Pharmacotherapy for DM 2

Pathophysiology of type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM2) is complex, with multiorgan defects contributing to hyperglycemia and its complications. Eight pathophysiologic organ defects were described as the “ominous octet” and is widely accepted in diabetes management. There are now 12 different classes of antidiabetic medications, including insulin. Each class has its own mechanism of action, and differentiating them is very important in order to build appropriate antidiabetic regimen for patients with DM 2 to address their multiorgan defects and reverse hyperglycemia. Numerous options with potential side effects/adverse events can be overwhelming not only for the patients but clinicians. Using the right medication with appropriate precautions can enhance patients’ adherence and outcomes.

2:00 – 2:15 pm

Break

2:15 – 3:00 pm

Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM)

“Do you remember the times we had to pee in a cup to see how well glucose is managed?” Ever since home fingerstick glucose monitoring was available, monitoring diabetes control using urine glucose became history. With A1c and home glucose monitoring, rates of diabetes complications have significantly decreased, improving the lives of patients with diabetes. However, A1c and home glucose monitoring have its limitations, which can be filled by the new technology, continuous glucose monitoring (CGM). With new advances in technology and improved access, the use of CGM is rising, and more and more patients are interested in it. Soon, we may be saying, “Do you remember the times we had to poke ourselves and get blood out to test it?”

3:00 – 3:45 pm

Type 3 Diabetes?

Due to the “epidemic” of patients with type 2 diabetes (DM2), any patients presenting with hyperglycemia are often defaulted to having DM2. Although much less common than DM2, other forms of diabetes (secondary diabetes) are present in 5-10% of diabetes and shall be considered. Timely and accurate diagnosis of these forms of diabetes will allow patients to address the real underlying pathology and get appropriate treatment to prevent disease progression.

Day Four – Thursday, October 28

Women’s Health

Speaker

Shelagh Larson, DNP, APRN, WHNP-BC, NCMP

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6:30 – 8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast

7:30 – 8:30 am

The “V”: The One Word You Cannot Say on TV

In this session, the discussion of vaginal basics will be presented. From tricks and tips on pelvic exams, infections, referrals, and pain will be shared from a frontline provider. You will learn the techniques of on the spot assessments without feeling awkward or hesitant. A review of a quick assessment of infections and the latest treatments with or without a microscope will be shared. A flip of the wrist can guide you to the proper referral. Treatments for pain, dryness, and itching will be outlined. Scripts for patient education will provide easy understanding for your patients and staff in explaining some of the hard stuff like pain. You will be performing pelvic exams like second nature.

8:30 – 9:30 am

In the Know: Practice Updates on Pap Smears, STD and Contraceptives

In this session, we will review the newest 2020 ACSSP guidelines on Pap Smears and what has changed. This will assist in the proper exams and referrals. The STD rates in this country are at an epidemic level with no relief in sight. We will review each infection, and the other places they hide and treatment guidelines. You will know your role in how to fight this war when medical STD Partner Therapy is presented. Confused by which birth control is best when other morbidities are involved? Or when your patients ask for certain devices or hormones? If you want to look like you are in the know, this is the presentation for you.

9:30 – 9:45 am

Break

9:45 – 11:15 am

Is It Your Mate or Your Medication? Medications That Impact Sexuality

So many people are taking multiple medications for every ailment under the sun. Everyone wants a pill for this and that. But it may be that those pills could be destroying their sexual drive and performances. In this presentation, a review of the stages of sexual response will be presented so further understanding of how and when medications impact this response will be appreciated. A discussion of each medication class will be examined. The drugs that have the most effect on the sexual response and alternatives that may be considered will be outlined. We will conclude with the drugs increase the sexual response in men and women.

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Lunch on Your Own

12:30 – 2:00 pm

Hot and NOT Bothered: Menopause Madness

“I’m always sweating on the outside but frigid in the bed” may be something your patients want to scream but do not know how to start the conversation. Many providers do not feel comfortable starting the conversation either. Obstetrics and birth control is often extensively covered in our education curriculum. But menopause may get one lecture or two. Yet women spend over a third of their life in the phase. Past studies provided some confusing information about treatment and guidelines. In this session, we will discuss what’s out, what’s in and what is coming from hormones to osteoporosis to sexual health. Bring your fan, it may get hot in here!

2:00 – 2:15 pm

Break

2:15 – 3:45 pm

Case Studies of those Difficult Patients: Amenorrhea, Menorrhagia, Sexual Dysfunction

You know those patients that show up on your schedule that you dread all day? Not bleeding, too much bleeding, too much discharge, not enough. Yuck! Pearls will be provided on how to approach these appointments with confidence. We will take what we have learned throughout the day and apply it in these case studies. Interactive participation will keep you on your toes. You will walk away with the knowledge and assurance that you got this!