Phoenix/Scottsdale, AZ CME Conference

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Phoenix/Scottsdale, AZ CME Conference Session Descriptions

Day One


Speaker Headshot: Kathleen HaycraftKathleen Haycraft

Another Rash? (Rx=0.2hr)

This session is a review of patients that presented with a description of “rash”. A wide variety of rashes will be reviewed with a treatment algorithm for common rashes.

Benign Cutaneous Neoplasms (Rx=0.2hr)

This discussion will overview common benign cutaneous neoplasms. The focus will be on the importance of knowing what is common and benign to build on the ability to identify benign cutaneous neoplasms. Pathology, treatment, and prognosis will be reviewed.

Malignant Cutaneous Neoplasms (Rx=0.1hr)

We will review cutaneous malignant neoplasms via a pictorial class. Pathology, treatment, and prognosis will also be discussed.

Cutaneous Manifestations of Systemic Disease (Rx=0.1hr)

This review will focus on pictures of patients who have cutaneous signs of systemic disease. The skin is the largest organ of the body and the most expressive one. Pathology, treatment, and prognosis will be discussed.

Blistering, Palpulosquamous, Connective Tissue, and Alopecia (Rx=0.2hr)

Blistering and connective tissue disease, as well as types of alopecia will be reviewed in a pictorial fashion. Pathology, treatment, and prognosis will be discussed.

Day Two


Head Shot: Laurel ShortLaurel Short

Mastering Your Musculoskeletal Exam

Musculoskeletal (MSK) problems are in the top reasons for primary care visits. Over half of chronic medical conditions in the United States are related to MSK diagnoses. These conditions are a leading cause of disability, resulting in both individual and societal burden. Achieving confidence with your head-to-toe musculoskeletal exam is the first step in diagnosing and managing MSK issues. This interactive session will provide a solid foundation for optimizing orthopedic care in the primary care setting.

Heads Up: Concussion Diagnosis and Treatment (Rx=0.1hr)

A majority of traumatic brain injuries in the United States are mild (mTBI). Traumatic brain injury often occurs from sports injury, motor vehicle accidents, falls, and military trauma. By definition concussion is mTBI, and there is growing knowledge about the pathophysiology and management strategies for concussion. This session will utilize case studies to inform your practice of assessment and treatment of acute concussion, as well as post-concussion syndrome. Topics will include assessment, medication and non-medication therapies, patient education, and return to learn/return to play.

Peak Performance for Spine Assessment (Rx=0.1hr)

Is it a shoulder issue or neck problem? Is it pain related to the lumbar spine or hip? These are common challenging scenarios for the primary care provider. There are many etiologies for neck and back pain, and often symptoms resolve with conservative measures. This session will focus on history and exam findings that allow for accurate diagnosis of neck and low back pain. Teaching approaches include exam demonstration, when to consider diagnostic testing, and comprehensive treatment plans. Discussion will include use of both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic modalities.

The Essential Toolkit for Musculoskeletal Injections (Rx=0.5hr)

Performing joint and periarticular injections will enhance your practice and improve patient access to care. These injections are utilized to address pain, improve tolerance for rehabilitation, and diagnose musculoskeletal conditions. This session will include general information for musculoskeletal injections, as well as specific training for multiple injection sites. The presentation toolkit will include everything from needed supplies and procedure codes to video demonstration and patient aftercare.

Healthy Bones: Osteoporosis Management (Rx=0.3hr)

It is estimated that approximately 10 million individuals in the United States have osteoporosis. Up to half of women and a quarter of men over age 50 will sustain a low impact fracture in their remaining lifetime. Patients with osteoporosis are seen across the healthcare system, and many go untreated due to the silent nature of poor bone quality. This presentation will review the pathophysiology of osteoporosis, with emphasis on current treatment guidelines and strategies for implementing bone health programs in clinical practice.

Day Three

Emergency Medicine / Cardiology

Sandra Keavey

Cardiac Testing – How Is It Done

Understanding the various cardiac tests can be challenging. This presentation will review the types of tests available for evaluating heart disease. What is the appropriate test, how those tests are performed and what do the results mean is explained to improve participant understanding and patient management.

Acute Coronary Syndrome – Part I – Evaluation

Evaluation basics of acute coronary syndrome are covered. This includes a review of prevalence, risk factors, and pathogenesis. The types of myocardial infarction (MI), the approach to diagnosis of MI using history, physical exam, and EKG findings are presented.

Acute Coronary Syndrome – Part II – Management (Rx=0.8hr)

After diagnosing Acute Coronary Syndrome the treatment and management for acute and outpatient is reviewed. The medications and their uses are explained, risk assessment tools are reviewed, and common pitfalls are addressed.

Heart Failure (Rx-0.3hr)

Basics of evaluation and management of heart failure will be reviewed, as well as the recent change in heart failure nomenclature and the new medications available for management.

Cardiac Evaluation Prior to Non-Cardiac Surgery (Rx=0.3hr)

Requesting cardiology to evaluate a patient’s cardiac status before a non-cardiac surgery is a common practice. This presentation reviews when this evaluation is indicated and what tests and management would be helpful.

Day Four

Women’s Health

Head Shot: Nancy BermanNancy Berman

HPV: Everything You Want to Know: Part 1. Natural History, Screening Guidelines, Pap and HPV Co-Testing, and Vaccines (Rx=0.1hr)

Cervical cancer prevention has changed significantly in recent years with widened screening intervals, the increased use of HPV testing and primary prevention by vaccination. This session will build a foundation in the understanding of the natural history of HPV and the rationale for current screening guidelines. The session will address the benefit of co-testing with Pap and HPV and the appropriate use of genotyping for HPV 16 and 18. There will be a review of current ACIP recommendations for the administration of the 9vHPV vaccine.

HPV: Everything You Want to Know: Part 2. Primary (Stand alone) HPV Testing, Anal Cancer Screening, and Counseling Tips

Primary HPV Screening with a stand-alone HPV test has been approved in the United States for one HPV test and is currently the screening algorithm of choice in many countries in Europe and Australia. This session will describe the appropriate use of primary HPV testing in practice including current interim guidance. There will be a review of anal cancer screening with cytology and high-resolution anoscopy for screen positive patients. This session will also address basic counseling strategies for using HPV testing in practice.

Menopause Magic: Learn Tricks for the Management of Women at Midlife and Beyond (Rx=0.8hr)

This session will provide the attendee with an overview of the menopause transition into the post-menopause with an emphasis on symptom management. There will be an update on guidelines for hormone therapy including issues of long term use and use after the age of 65. There will be discussion of FDA approved hormonal and non-hormonal therapy and dietary supplement options for the treatment of hot flashes. There will be a discussion of the treatment of vulvovaginal atrophy. Case studies will be utilized to provide clinical management decision-making.

Treasure the Bones: Osteoporosis and Fracture Prevention Strategies (Rx=0.8hr)

This session will provide information regarding the identification of women and men at risk for fracture based on bone densitometry and their 10-year fracture risk using the FRAX calculation. Pharmacologic therapies will be reviewed including their risks and benefits. Current issues in management will be discussed including long-term use of drugs, drug holidays, and the use of the FRAX calculation to identify patients at high risk for fracture, in the absence of osteoporotic scores on their bone density. Case studies will be used to provide real clinical scenarios.

Alphabet Soup: AUB and PALM COEIN for Systematic Diagnosis and Management of Abnormal Uterine Bleeding (Rx=0.2hr)

Abnormal Uterine Bleeding is a symptom and not a diagnosis! This session will review a systematic approach to the identification and classification of abnormal uterine bleeding by using the PALM-COEIN system. Each letter of PALM COEIN stands for a structural or non-structural diagnosis for AUB and is a system that helps the clinician determine a diagnosis that leads to appropriate interventions. There will be a review of the diagnostic workup for AUB including history, physical exam, and screening for coagulopathies. The session will review management options including both pharmacologic and surgical interventions such as endometrial ablation.