Daily Schedule for Virginia Beach, VA 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, August 8 – Early Registration 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Day One – Tuesday, August 9

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.

Day Two – Wednesday, August 10

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 Three – Thursday, August 11

Orthopedics

Speaker

Sarah Bolander, DMSC, PA-C, DFAAPA

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6:30 – 8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast

7:30 – 8:30 am

Gain the Upper Hand for Evaluating Conditions from the Wrist to the Digits

Hand conditions can make activities of daily living particularly challenging. A thorough history and physical exam will narrow down your differential and guide the need for imaging. Specialized exam techniques will be demonstrated, and initial management options reviewed. Many of these conditions respond well to conservative treatment when recognized early.

8:30 – 9:30 am

I Spy: Basics of Skeletal Radiology and Fracture Identification

Can you spy the fracture line, or do you wait on the radiology report? Interpreting skeletal radiology may be daunting, but this skill allows providers to correlate imaging findings with a clinical exam to identify even subtle fractures. This interactive session will offer the essential tools needed to identify and describe fracture findings from plain radiographs appropriately.

9:30 – 9:45 am

Break

9:45 – 11:15 am

Name-That-Fracture: Eponyms and Other Named Injuries

What is in a name? Eponymous fractures allow for rapid, succinct identification of complex injuries. Unfortunately, these named injuries are often mistermed, which can create confusion and misdirect management. Commonly named injuries of the upper and lower extremities will be clarified, and the language of orthopaedics will be further discussed.

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Sponsored Lunch or Lunch on Your Own

12:30 – 2:00 pm

Kids Can Run, But They Can’t Hide a Limp: Atraumatic Lower Extremity Conditions

A limping child can be a challenging presentation and is typically a worrisome feature in the absence of trauma. This session will outline an approach to pediatric lower extremity pain and discuss common causes for an atraumatic limp. Critical physical exam findings will be reviewed to guide the diagnostic assessment, and we will narrow the differential diagnosis to determine the urgency of management.

2:00 – 2:15 pm

Break

2:15 – 3:45 pm

This Is… Ortho Jeopardy!

Play along as we review orthopaedic topics from the day and introduce a few more. This interactive opportunity will allow you to put your knowledge to the test. Categories will include clinical presentation, mechanism of injury, specialized physical exam techniques, imaging, and management of common musculoskeletal complaints.

Day Four – Friday, August 12

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.