Daily Schedule For Savannah, GA 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.

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.

Sunday, April 30 – Early Registration 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Day One – Monday, May 1

Dermatology

Speaker

Terri Nagy, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA

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6:30 am

Registration and Breakfast*

7:30 – 8:30 am

It is Getting Kind of Hairy in Here!

Thanks to COVID, hair loss has become much more commonplace. Amanda Mull published an article in The Atlantic on November 12, 2021, entitled “The Year America’s Hair Fell Out,” specifically referring to telogen effluvium. However, there are several different types of hair loss. This session will explore some of the most common types, the clinical presentations, diagnostic criteria, and treatment options.

8:30 – 9:30 am

What is THAT in My Groin?

It hurts! It itches! It won’t go away! Yes, we are going there. Why? Because this particular region presents with concerns that are difficult and embarrassing for patients to discuss, hard to diagnose, and extremely impactful when it comes to quality of life. We will explore such diagnoses as inverse psoriasis, lichen sclerosis, and hidradenitis suppurative.

9:30 – 9:45 am

Break

9:45 – 11:15 am

Skin Cancer! Damn!

What is a dermatology conference without a session on skin cancers? Let’s look at the three big contenders, their presentations, diagnostic methods, and treatment options.

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Sponsored Lunch or Lunch on Your Own

12:30 – 2:00 pm

Kids, Bugs & Drugs

As a derm PA, I can honestly say I have spent the majority of the last 19+ years tending to the needs of pediatric patients. This session will look at some common (and a few not-so-common) pediatric concerns. You will certainly take away a few pearls for diagnosing and treating these little ones.

2:00 – 2:15 pm

Break

2:15 – 3:45 pm

A Year in Pictures

Every year, National Geographic releases their most remarkable photos in a publication called ‘A year in Pictures.’ We will spend our last session together looking at photos depicting various dermatologic conditions. You will have your chance to diagnose these conditions. We will then briefly discuss each case, diagnostic methods, and treatment options.

Day Two – Tuesday, May 2

Orthopedics

Speaker

Christopher Hemmer, DNP, ANP-BC, ONP-C, FAANP

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6:30 am

Registration and Breakfast

7:30 – 8:30 am

I Am Not Spineless

This session will focus on an all-too-common problem, low back pain. A short introduction to the anatomy will take us into the commonly seen complaints in urgent care and PCP offices. Next, we will review and understand red flags and pathologic reflexes that would alert the clinician for a prompt referral. A brief review of the treatment options will also be discussed. Video clips, X-ray, MRI, and CT imaging will be used to help demonstrate pathology. This presentation will help remove some of the fear and uncertainty of low back pain. 

8:30 – 9:30 am

The Pain in My Neck Is Not From the In-Laws 

This session will focus on non-traumatic neck pain and cervical radiculopathy. The participants will learn various exam techniques through video and a strong understanding of the neurologic anatomy associated with neck complaints. Specialized testing for cervical myelopathy will be addressed as well as a physical exam for the non-trauma neck pain patient. A brief review of the treatment modalities and radiographic findings will also be demonstrated. This presentation will assist the clinician in understanding urgent from routine pathology. 

9:30 – 9:45 am

Break

9:45 – 11:15 am

I Think I Broke My Rotary Cup!

This session will address a widespread problem for many generations of patients, shoulder pain. Contrary to many patients’ beliefs, there are numerous pathologies that can affect the shoulder besides rotator cuff injuries. This presentation will assist the clinician in understanding common presentations for shoulder pain with a strong emphasis on physical exam techniques. The exam techniques will better allow the provider to understand the pathology of the complex shoulder joint. Numerous videos will be used in this presentation to teach many of the commonly used specialized shoulder examination tests and what they may imply.

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Sponsored Lunch or Lunch on Your Own

12:30 – 2:00 pm

CXR for the PCP…Do You See What I See?

Chest X-ray (CXR) is the most ordered radiologic diagnostic, yet it can be one of the most complex to understand. CXR combines organs, bones, soft tissue and comprises innumerable pathology of the cardiac, pulmonary, and gastric systems, to name a few. This presentation will break down CXR interpretation by first reviewing what is expected. Then, multiple diagramed studies will be used, and typical findings related to asthma, COPD, cardiomegaly, infiltrates, Covid, CHF, & pneumothorax. Finally, case studies will be used to enhance the learning process.

2:00 – 2:15 pm

Break

2:15 – 3:45 pm

At Least It Is Only Fractured & Not Broken

This session will be a “smorgasbord” of radiologic case studies. Numerous cases from a local emergency department will be reviewed, covering the common and not-so-common osseous diagnosis and treatment options. Topics will also include commonly diagnosed fractures, dislocations, and soft tissue abnormalities diagnosed with plain radiographs. This will be a fun participant interaction presentation. 

Day Three – Wednesday, May 3

Cardiology & Emergency Medicine

Speaker

Leslie Davis, PhD, ANP-BC, FAAN, FAANP, FACC, FAHA, FPCNA

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6:30 am

Registration and Breakfast

7:30 – 8:30 am

Who’s Got Rhythm: 12 Lead ECG Interpretation Part 1

In this session, you will learn how the frontal, augmented, and chest (V) leads of the ECG align with the images on the printed copy of the 12 lead ECG. You will learn which two leads are the most useful to determine rate and rhythm. By the end of the first session, you will be a pro at on-the-spot interpretation of the underlying heart rate and rhythm.

8:30 – 9:30 am

Larger, Slower, Turned to the Side: 12 Lead ECG Interpretation Part 2

In this session, you will learn what is meant by axis, including likely causes and significance of an axis deviation, if present. You will use the “eyeball test” as one of the three ways to determine if left ventricular hypertrophy is present on a 12 lead ECG. You will get hands-on practice using a systematic approach to determine the difference between a right versus left bundle branch blocks in ECGs with wide QRS waves.

9:30 – 9:45 am

Break

9:45 – 11:15 am

Ischemia, Injury, Infarct: Spot the Difference – 12 Lead ECG Case Studies

This session will utilize a systematic approach for recognizing acute ischemia, acute injury, and infarction in case studies of 12 lead ECGs. You will get hands-on practice in interpreting case studies to apply the knowledge gained. After this session, you will be able to recognize acute ischemia like a pro.

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Sponsored Lunch or Lunch on Your Own

12:30 – 2:00 pm

Prevent the Stroke: Stop the Bleed in Adults with Atrial Fibrillation

In this session, you will utilize evidence-based risk stratification scoring tools to determine whether your patient with atrial fibrillation needs chronic anticoagulation to prevent stroke while considering the likelihood of bleeding. We will compare newer versus traditional anticoagulation options to stroke prevention, even for those with chronic kidney disease. The discussion will conclude with reviewing a systematic approach to managing bleeding, including the use of newly approved reversal agents, as appropriate, in patients on chronic anticoagulation.

2:00 – 2:15 pm

Break

2:15 – 3:45 pm

Taking “Failure” Out of Caring for Adults With Heart Failure

The treatment of heart failure (HF) patients has become very complex, including figuring out how to optimize guideline-directed medical therapy for patients with HF with reduced ejection fraction and HF with preserved ejection fraction. This session will cover the latest treatment guidelines for treating adults with both types of HF. We will review how to start and titrate optimal medical therapy, including traditional baseline therapy and two new classes of medications. You will learn strategies for overcoming barriers to medication titration from an expert in the field, including which circumstances would trigger a referral to a HF specialist. Templates for conducting phone visits (within 72 hours) and clinic visits (within 7-10 days) for those hospitalized for HF will be shared for immediate use in your clinical practice. Patient education resources and a user-friendly app for health care providers will also be shared.

Day Four – Thursday, May 4

Women’s Health

Speaker

Melissa Rodriguez, DMSC, PA-C

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6:30 am

Registration and Breakfast

7:30 – 8:30 am

The Ins and Outs of the H-P-O Axis  (Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Ovarian)

In this session, the discussion of hormonal control of the menstrual cycle will be presented. We will also review the hypothalamus to the reproductive organs. In addition, you will learn what happens when things go awry and its implications on fertility quality of life. We will also review the treatments for amenorrhea, anovulation, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and others. Most importantly, patient education techniques will provide an easy tool for your patients and staff. You will understand the normal menstrual cycle and all its distorted presentations.

8:30 – 9:30 am

Abnormal Uterine Bleeding (AUB) in the Reproductive Age

In this session, we will explore irregular menstrual bleeding. This is a common concern experienced by menstruating people and has many potential causes. We will review the oft-cited PALM-COEIN framework, which includes the most common causes, including structural and non-structural causes. There will be a brief review of the assessment process during the focused history and physical exam, that will quickly help to understand the benefits of laboratory and imaging tools. The initial management of the identified condition and available treatment options will also be shared.

9:30 – 9:45 am

Break

9:45 – 11:15 am

The Birthing Process

We were born for this, right? Other than pain, most people generally know very little about the process. Let’s review the physiology of pregnancy and its contributions to the birthing process, including critical hormones and adaptations. A dive in the past shows us prehistorical and ancient depictions of laboring women surrounded by supporting women. We aim to understand this connection, the advancement of maternal care, and tips and tricks for the best experience. We will also review deliveries in low-resource settings.

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Sponsored Lunch or Lunch on Your Own

12:30 – 2:00 pm

Optimizing the Postpartum Period for Primary Care

In this session, we will review what should happen after birth. Historically, women will only follow up with their obstetrician for six weeks postpartum. With the high rate of maternal mortality, particularly in the postpartum period, it is important to identify the specific needs to provide appropriate care better. We will review the most common causes for maternal morbidity and mortality and potential medical complications in the future. Additionally, can the implementation of a postpartum handoff be of use? At your next visit with a mother, know how to best approach the obstetric history to optimize her health.

2:00 – 2:15 pm

Break

2:15 – 3:45 pm

Ovarian Overview

The mighty ovary will be reviewed in this session. We will explore its function from early life until menopause. Additionally, we will discuss the theories behind ovarian cancer formation and its relationship to the fallopian tubes. Ultimately, you will learn to assess ovarian pathology and the dysregulation of hormone synthesis. Next time you have a patient concerned about a corpus luteal cyst, it will be a breeze to explain.

*Breakfast is provided to guests of Embassy Suites by Hilton Savannah, located in the main lobby.