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.

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, August 9 – Early Registration 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Day One – Tuesday, August 10

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, August 11

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 Three – Thursday, August 12

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

Sponsored Session or 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

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, August 13

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!