Women’s Health CME
Answering patient questions about women’s health can be challenging. This course walks you through topics ranging from Menopause to prevention and screening guidelines.
Package 1 – Labia & LARCs & Libido, Oh My!
Classes by Nisha McKenzie, PA-C, CSC, NCMP, IF
LARCs: Use of Contraception Across the Lifespan (Rx=0.50)
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.
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.
The “S” Word: Demystifying Female Sexual Health (Rx=0.50)
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.
V is for Vagina, Vestibule, Vulva – And All Things Amazing (Rx=0.50)
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!
From Menstrual Disorders to Menopause (Rx=0.25)
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.
Classes by Mimi Secor, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN
Women’s Health Guidelines Update (Rx=0.25)
During this session, the epidemiology of selected conditions (breast cancer, STIs, cervical cancer, contraception, osteoporosis) will be discussed. New guidelines will be described focusing on the changes and rationale for these changes. Controversies among various guidelines will be presented and the clinical implications of these differences will be explored.
Contraceptive Update: What’s New? (Rx=1.0)
During this session, trends and contraceptive challenges facing clinicians and patients will be discussed. The new CDC medical eligibility criteria for prescribing various contraceptive methods and medical conditions will be explained. New contraceptive research regarding efficacy, risks, benefits as this pertains to prescribing will also be presented.
STI Update: Focus on the Female (Rx=0.25)
During this session the epidemiology of STIs will be discussed including recent trends and statistics. Explain diagnostic work-up for selected STIs including changes in HIV testing. Management will focus on recent changes including new gonorrhea treatment. This session will focus on the female and certain selected conditions including Herpes, CT/GC, PID, Cervicitis, HIV and Sexual Assault.
PCOS: Common, Complex and Serious (Rx=0.25)
During this session the epidemiology, complex pathophysiology, and serious associated risks and complications will be discussed. Symptoms, signs and diagnostic workup will be described. Discuss “best practice” management approaches including pharmacologic treatments and lifestyle approaches.
Menopause Alert: Hot Flashes, Vaginal Atrophy, Libido and More (Rx=0.75)
Describe epidemiology/physiology of menopause, Metabolic changes/Risks, Vasomotor Symptoms (VMS), Vulvovaginal Atrophy (VVA) and Low Libido (HSDD). Discuss the diagnosis of VMS and Vulvovaginal Atrophy. Explain pharm/non pharm options/alternatives for treatment of VMS, VVA, and Low Libido/HSDD (hypoactive sexual desire disorder).
Package 2 – Menarche to Menopause & More!
Classes by Aleece Fosnight, PA-C, CSC-S, CSE, NCMP, IF
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Classes by Shelagh Larson, DNP, APRN, WHNP-BC, NCMP
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.
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.
Is It Your Mate or Your Medication? Medications That Impact Sexuality (Rx=0.75)
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.
Hot and NOT Bothered: Menopause Madness (Rx=0.25)
“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!
Case Studies of those Difficult Patients: Amenorrhea, Menorrhagia, Sexual Dysfunction (Rx=0.25)
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!