Daily Schedule for San Antonio, TX 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.

APRN 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, October 4 – Early Registration 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Day One – Tuesday, October 5

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.  

11:30 am – 12:25 pm

Shifting Perspectives: How Do You Choose the Next Oral Therapy for T2D? (Lunch & Learn Sponsored by Novo Nordisk, Inc.) or Lunch on Your Own

12:30 – 2:00 pm

Afib Masterclass (Rx=0.25)

In this presentation, we will discuss 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, October 6

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 (Rx=1.0)

“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

Lunch on Your Own

12:30 – 2:00 pm

Bacteria, Fungus, or Virus: Oh, My! An Update on Skin and Soft Tissue Infections (Rx=0.25)

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 (Rx=0.25)

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.

Day Three – Thursday, October 7

Orthopedics

Speaker

Laurel Short, DNP, FNP-C

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6:30 – 8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast

7:30 – 9:30 am

How to Master Your Upper Extremity Exam and Treatment of the Lower Extremity

Musculoskeletal (MSK) problems are among 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. Emphasis will be placed on practical options for multimodal pain management in your busy practice setting.

9:30 – 9:45 am

Break

9:45 – 11:15 am

Heads Up: Concussion Management

A majority of traumatic brain injuries in the United States are mild traumatic brain injuries (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 postconcussion syndrome. Topics will include assessment, medication and non-medication therapies, patient education, and return to learn/return to play.

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Lunch on Your Own

12:30 – 2:00 pm

The Three Common Mistakes in Spine Assessment

Is it a shoulder issue or neck problem? Is it a 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. The discussion will include the use of both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic modalities.

2:00 – 2:15 pm

Break

2:15 – 3:45 pm

Become an Orthopedic Injection Pro with this Essential Toolkit (Rx=0.25)

Pain. It’s a significant topic, and the two epidemics of chronic pain and misuse of pain medications can be overwhelming as a healthcare provider. 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.

Day Four – Friday, October 8

Women’s Health

Speaker

Aleece Fosnight, PA-C, CSC-S, CSE, NCMP, IF

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6:30 – 8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast

7:30 – 8:30 am

Prevention and Screening: Women’s Health Guidelines Update

Let’s start with a review of the clinically important updates to cervical cancer screenings, HPV testing and guidelines, CDC STI updates, breast cancer screening for the average risk woman, contraception, and clinical pearls for well-woman visits. We will also take a more in-depth look at prevention and screening for interpersonal and domestic violence, sexual health and incontinence concerns, and HIV.

8:30 – 9:30 am

AUB: What’s “Normal” Anyways? (Rx=0.25)

With more than half of all women experiencing abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB) at some point in their life, we will discuss the importance of understanding the normal menstrual cycle and etiologies contributing to irregularities in bleeding. This lecture will look at common causes of AUB through the use of the PALM-COEIN classification system. There will be clinical case presentations, including diagnostic work-up and treatment strategies for review and discussion.

9:30 – 9:45 am

Break

9:45 – 11:15 am

GYN Evaluation Workshop Demo (Rx=0.25)

This interactive workshop will look at concerns south of the cervix, including pelvic exam best practices, tips and tricks for treating challenging vaginitis, the role of the pelvic floor muscles, applying the biopsychosocial model to female sexual health concerns, and evaluation and management of pelvic pain. Be ready to stand up, use props, laugh, and learn!

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Lunch on Your Own

12:30 – 2:00 pm

Women’s Sexual Health Trivia

Ready to test your skills on women’s sexual health trivia? The audience will be asked to participate by assembling into teams to answer questions on topics ranging from anorgasmia, vulvodynia, hypoactive sexual desire disorder, dyspareunia, BDSM/Kink, and many more! Each question will encompass a clinical case presentation and follow with a discussion on diagnosis, lab/imaging testing, and treatment plan of care. Bring your brain for some friendly competition with prizes awarded to the winning team! You don’t want to miss this!

2:00 – 2:15 pm

Break

2:15 – 3:45 pm

To MENOPAUSE and Beyond! (Rx=0.75)

More and more women in the United States are entering the menopause phase of their life with a laundry list of questions and concerns related to this change. We will look at the normal physical, hormonal and emotional changes that occur through menopause, as well as discuss appropriate health evaluations, risk assessments, screening methods, and evidence-based treatment options for women in the perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopausal stages including hormone/non-hormone therapy options. And lastly, we will examine appropriate counseling strategies and best clinical practices that lead to positive lifestyle changes for women at menopause and beyond.