Continuing Medical Education Conference Topics & Classes

Are you a nurse practitioner or physician assistant interested in earning CME credits?

Skin, Bones, Hearts & Private Parts is a leading provider of high-quality CME covering Dermatology, Orthopedics, CardiologyEmergency Medicine, and Women’s Health. Enhance your medical education with 4 days of CME from passionate speakers that inspire attendees. Our CME conference is a great way to network with medical industry peers and learn in an intimate group setting. Choose any of our fun conference locations that cover the topics relevant to your practice. Check out all of our amazing topics and CME classes offered below!

Our 2019 CME Conferences for NPs and PAs

Caribbean Cruise: October 20-27
Orlando, FL: October 21-24
Las Vegas, NV: November 12-15

Our 2020 CME Conferences for NPs and PAs

Atlanta, GA: April 21-24
Destin, FL: June 9-12
Myrtle Beach, SC: July 27-30
Virginia Beach, VA: August 11-14
Pensacola Beach, FL: September 15-18
San Antonio, TX: October 6-9
Orlando, FL: October 19-22
Las Vegas, NV: November 10-13

Cynthia Griffith, MPAS, PA-C

It’s Alive: Skin Infections

Bugs, Bugs, Bugs! They are everywhere. Want to become an expert on infections and infestations from Tinea to Herpes to bed bugs and scabies then this systematic look at skin infections is the place to start. Clinical photographs will highlight skin infections you will see daily in your clinical practice and how to diagnoses these using cultures, KOH, and your clinical acumen!

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Hair and money, no one has enough of it! Hair loss complaints can be a last-minute, “Oh by the way” but if they are causing you to pull out your own hair this is right up your alley. We will review the basics: hair anatomy, the phases of hair growth and types of hair loss and then take a comprehensive look at the many types of scarring and non-scarring hair loss. Dissecting cellulitis of the scalp, alopecia areata, trichotillomania… you will have seen it all by the end of this jam-packed session.

The Itch that Rashes

Are your patient’s itchy rashes keeping you up at night? Atopic Dermatitis, nummular dermatitis, dyshidrosis, lichen simplex chronicus. These are itchy and bothersome chronic conditions can be identified and treated by every provider. Learn lifestyle modifications, treatments, and management for these common and troublesome skin rashes.

The Usual Suspects: Rosacea, Acne, Lichen Planus, Psoriasis, Contact Dermatitis

Dermatology can be daunting. Let’s get visual with lots of great clinical photographs and talk about common diagnoses that are high yield to equip you for your everyday skin complaints. Learn tips for diagnoses and treatment of Rosacea, Acne, Lichen Planus, Psoriasis, Contact Dermatitis and practical tips for how to solve all your patients’ skin questions.

Dermatology Updates! Top Tips to Be in the Know

Let’s review clinically important changes in dermatology over the past year, including new medications, new guidelines, and new OTC treatments available. The 2018 American Joint Committee on Cancer cancer staging guidelines for melanoma staging has recently been updated. The National Comprehensive Cancer Network recommendations for sentinel lymph node biopsy were released in 2017. This lecture will also highlight the myriad of new biologic treatments for psoriasis as well as new topicals and injectables to treat atopic dermatitis, urticaria, and hidradenitis suppurativa. It will finish with a new prescription-strength OTC that will be beneficial for many patients to prevent photoaging.

Kara Roman, MMS, PA-C

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..

Tackling Topical Therapies

“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.

Can You “Spot” the Diagnosis? Recognizing Melanoma and Non-

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.

Bacteria, Fungus, or Virus: Oh, My! An Update on Skin and Soft

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.

What’s All the Buzz? Urticaria and other Allergy-Mediated Skin

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.

Karen M. Myrick, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, ANP-BC

Orthopedic Exam and CT Scans, X-Rays and MRIs, OH MY

A head to toe review and presentation of the key components of the examination of the musculoskeletal system will be discussed. High yield history questions and examination techniques will be detailed. Diagnostic testing for orthopedic and sports medicine chief complaints and mechanisms of injury will be discussed and recommended.

Let Me Give You A Hand in Diagnosing and Managing Upper Extremity Injuries and Conditions

Upper extremity injuries and conditions are common causes of patient visits to providers. Up top! This session will review the most common issues, and highlight what the clinician should listen for in the history, and which examination techniques will help arrive at the patient’s diagnosis.

Let me Patella You Something About Lower Extremity Inuries and Conditions

This might be a knee-jerk reaction, but this is a session you all kneed. There is a wide-span of differential diagnoses for the commonly injured or affected knee joint and lower extremities. We will systematically identify the evaluation, diagnosis, and management of conditions and injuries which affect the lower extremities.

When the Bones in the Back are Out of Whack…

The spine is capable of bringing structure and a lot of pain to our patients. Along the continuum of simple and common to complex and rare, the diagnoses of spinal issues will be discussed.

Interactive Case Studies

This session will tie together concepts and techniques learned throughout the day. An interactive session, the participants will be asked to comment, help to come up with a list of differential diagnoses, and to identify key components of the history and physical examination, to make the perfect final orthopedic diagnosis.

Gerald Weniger, MEd, MPAS, ATC, PA-C

Not Just Sprains: Foot and Ankle Pathologies You May Be Missing

Most clinicians are likely familiar with the evaluation and treatment of common conditions like plantar fasciitis, lateral ankle sprains, and Achilles tendinitis. But what about more obscure foot and ankle pathologies? This presentation will review less common musculoskeletal conditions of the foot and ankle such as Morton’s neuroma, Lisfranc injuries, Achilles tendon rupture, and syndesmosis (high ankle) sprains. Often neglected principles for treating inflammation will also be covered.

Don’t Shoulder the Burden: Demystifying Physical Exam of the Shoulder

Many clinicians are comfortable with the evaluation of musculoskeletal conditions of the hand, wrist, foot, or ankle. But for some reason, evaluation of shoulder pain is often more daunting. SLAP tears? Hawkins-Kennedy test? Bankart tears? O’Brien’s test? This presentation will help you make sense of all the orthopedic acronyms and eponyms so that you can more confidently evaluate a patient with shoulder pain.

Keys to the Knee: Simplifying Evaluation of the Knee

Evaluation of the knee has changed and evolved over the years. Do you perform a Lachman’s test or anterior drawer? Is McMurray’s test still clinically useful? What is a Thessaly test? This presentation will discuss these special tests and more; while making sense of a musculoskeletal exam of the knee. Special attention will be directed towards acute and degenerative meniscus tears, and when referral to orthopedics is prudent.

Capture the Fracture: Upper and Lower Extremity Fracture Review

Are you confident in your ability to diagnose upper and lower extremity fractures? Can you accurately and succinctly describe these fractures as seen radiographically? Are you familiar with the conservative vs. surgical treatment options? This presentation will review the evaluation and treatment of common extremity fractures. Attendees will have the opportunity to view and practice describing fracture patterns.

Breaching the Standard of Care: Case Studies in Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice is any act by a clinician during treatment of a patient that deviates from accepted norms of medical practice and causes injury to the patient. This presentation will review several real-life case study scenarios in orthopedics and emergency medicine. Compartment syndrome? Pulmonary embolus? Oh my! Avoid future pitfalls and potential malpractice claims by learning valuable lessons from prior mistakes.


Advanced Cardiovascular Physical Exam

Everyone is familiar with basic techniques for performing a cardiovascular physical exam. This presentation will provide guidance on advanced physical exam techniques and how to integrate these techniques into practice. We will discuss how to perform specific maneuvers to elicit heart murmurs as well as explore physical exam finding that may be indicative of underlying pathology.

Practical Application of 2018 Lipid Guidelines

Implementing clinical guidelines is standard practice in the delivery of care to patients with cardiovascular disease. Previous lipid guidelines focused on specific numeric targets for lowering total cholesterol and low density lipoproteins. During this presentation we will discuss how to utilize risk calculators and the updated guidelines to reduce risk of cardiovascular events and practical application of pharmacologic therapy for dyslipidemia.

Feeling Faint- Evaluation of Syncope and POTS

Patients presenting with symptoms of “fainting or passing out” are clinically challenging. The diagnostic approach to evaluation of syncope is often costly and focuses on ruling out multiple etiologies before a
definitive diagnosis can be achieved. This presentation will provide a focused approach to the evaluation and treatment of syncope and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome. Discussion will cover diagnostic approaches, pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic therapy .

Atrial Fibrillation Management

Atrial fibrillation is the most common dysrhythmia in adults over age forty and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality related to thromboembolic events. As such it is imperative to have the knowledge and skills to manage this diagnosis across settings of care. During this presentation we will discuss rate and rhythm control, anticoagulation as well as left atrial appendage occlusion devices. We will use risk calculators to determine risk of thromboembolic events as well as bleeding events.

Acute and Chronic Heart Failure Management

Heart failure is a clinical syndrome caused by cardiac dysfunction and ventricular remodeling. As a progressive disease which is associated with high mortality, the goal of therapy is to stabilize cardiac function in an effort to manage symptoms and improve quality of life. During the course of the disease process clinical symptoms can vary with both acute and chronic episodes. During this presentation we will discuss evidence based guidelines for managing heart failure with reduced and preserved ejection fraction. We will analyze heart failure case scenarios during acute and chronic episodes.

Shalon R. Buchs, MHS, PA-C

Cardiovascular Disease: Managing the Risks

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains a leading cause of death in both men and women in the US and is a leading cause of death worldwide. Coronary heart disease, stroke, and peripheral artery disease comprise the spectrum of CVD. Prevention, primary and secondary is crucial to properly manage CVD. Screening for and managing various risk factors such as hypertension and dyslipidemia in appropriate populations is essential for reducing the incidence of coronary vascular disease. Guideline based management of modifiable risk factors once CVD is present is vital to reduce disease progression and related morbidity and mortality. This session will review the risk factors for CVD, the populations that are appropriate for screening and management of risk factors such as hypertension and dyslipidemia. Lifestyle modifications and guideline-based pharmacologic management will be discussed for hypertension and dyslipidemia for primary and secondary prevention strategies.

Coronary Heart Disease: An Update

The number of people affected by coronary heart disease (CHD) in the US is astonishing. More than 16.5 million people over the age of 20 have CHD and that number is expected to increase by 15-20% by 2030. CHD remains a leading cause of death in the US. Clinicians caring for patients with risk factors of CHD or for patients that already have the disease should ensure a level of comfort in diagnosing and managing the conditions on the CHD spectrum. This presentation will focus on the diagnostic criteria and management of CHD including stable angina, and the three diseases on the acute coronary spectrum; unstable angina, NSTEMI, and STEMI. Broad coverage of pathophysiology, patient presentation, diagnostic approach and management for these conditions will be covered. Type 2 MI will also briefly be discussed in terms of presentation, evaluation, and management.

Cardiac Pharmacology

Pharmacotherapy is often a large component of care for cardiac patients, the drug list can become daunting. Managing hypertensive patients, coronary heart disease patients, and heart failure patients can become an overwhelming task for any provider. This session will focus on guideline-based indications for medications used for the treatment of common cardiac disorders including hypertension, dyslipidemia, coronary heart disease, and some rhythm disturbances. We will discuss antiplatelet agents and anticoagulants in terms of their role in acute coronary syndrome and some rhythm disturbances. We will discuss several agents in the treatment of hypertension and coronary heart disease. Statins will be discussed in terms of their role in managing cardiac patients. Rate and rhythm control agents will be discussed as will some inotropic agents.

The Nuts and Volts of Interpreting an ECG

Electrocardiography is utilized in many patient evaluations to rule in or out a cardiovascular etiology for a given clinical concern. Interpreting the electrocardiogram (ECG) correctly is pertinent to assuring correct identification of an underlying cardiac problem that may be identified by the ECG. The goal of this session is to review the interpretation of a 12-lead ECG. The session will reinforce the importance of using a systematic approach, cover difficult concepts such as axis and bundle branch blocks while also reviewing concepts such as rhythm and ischemia/infarct patterns. Complex conditions such as Brugada syndrome and application of Sgarbossa criteria will also be covered. Attendees will come away with a new sense of confidence in their interpretation skills and have the ability to apply these pragmatic skills immediately in practice.

Heart Failure: Mending a Broken Heart

Heart failure brings a significant burden to the health system in terms of patient well-being and cost of care. There are approximately 6 million people in the United States with Heart Failure (HF). The condition contributes significantly to emergency department visits and hospitalizations each year. The mortality attributed to HF each year is greater than 75,000 persons. Clinicians should be familiar with diagnosing and managing the various types of HF to keep patients out of the ED and hospital. This session will review the stages and classes of heart failure, discuss acute decompensated heart failure and reinforce the goals of treatment.

Barb Dehn, NP, FAANP, NCMP

Adolescent Sexuality in the Age of Social Media

With the evolution of social media and easy access to a wide range of sexualized topics and images, adolescents today are exposed to many new influences to their emerging sense of identity, their exploration of sexuality and their normal developmental tasks. This lively and engaging session will discuss social comparison theory, how adolescents use social media and how it impacts their psychosocial development and identity formation. Strategies for how to communicate more effectively with adolescents about sexuality will also be reviewed.

The Tip of the Endocrine Iceberg: PCOS Diagnosis and Management

One of the most common and yet overlooked endocrine issues that impacts women is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, PCOS. This complex condition with its underlying insulin resistance has numerous clinical manifestations including the inability to lose weight, acne, hirsutism, abnormal uterine bleeding and infertility. This presentation will focus on evaluation, differential diagnosis, clinical presentation, and evidence-based treatment options.

Menopause Management Update

What every clinician caring for women at midlife needs to know about this hormonal and endocrine transition that may be wreaking havoc in every aspect of your patients’ lives from sleep and weight gain to hot flashes, night sweats, heavy, irregular bleeding and emotional instability. In this session, we’ll review evidence-based algorithms to evaluate, assess and offer treatments for the multiple urgent and chronic concerns women have at midlife. We will review treatment options that include both non-hormonal and hormonal, including updates on bio-identical pharmacologic options. Strategies to help with weight gain and mood will also be discussed with plenty of pharmacology and practice pearls.

Sexuality at Midlife and Beyond

When people are beyond age 50, it’s time to address their sexual health concerns with a matter of fact, inclusive, non-judgmental approach. This talk will address how to take a quicks sexual health history taking and the use of the PLISSIT model in counseling patients about their sexual health concerns. In addition, we will discuss the common sexual concerns and treatment options that arise after 50 including various challenges to arousal, desire, and sexual function. We will also discuss pharmacologic treatment options.

Abnormal Bleeding: Work-up and Treatments

Abnormal Uterine Bleeding (AUB) impacts approximately 50% of women during the perimenopause and menopause transitions. This talk will review the normal menstrual cycle and contrast it with AUB. We will also review the PALM-COEIN nomenclature that separates structural and non-structural etiologies as well as diagnostic procedures, lab tests and the treatment options that can be utilized for various etiologies.

Elyse Watkins, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA

Maternal Morbidity and Mortality

It is almost unthinkable that in 2020, thousands of women still die giving birth, and it is not just a problem in under-resourced countries. Here in the United States, morbidity and mortality rates continue to be high with women of color carrying the greatest risk of an adverse pregnancy outcome. Some of the risk factors for maternal morbidity and mortality are modifiable, but many are not. This session will provide an overview of the epidemiologic data surrounding maternal morbidity and mortality in the US and globally, and will follow with a discussion about what conditions are preventable, modifiable risk factors, and strategies used to help prevent unnecessary deaths. Specific topics to be addressed include race/ethnicity, weight, diabetes, postpartum hemorrhage, and cardiovascular disease.

What’s New in Obstetrics and Gynecology?

The practice of medicine is rapidly evolving and it can be difficult to keep up with the latest breakthrough in treatments or diagnostics, especially when you have a full schedule, plus add-ons, plus administrative duties. This session will provide an overview of some of the most recent updates in obstetrics and gynecology, including new treatment options for common issues encountered in women’s health. Some of the topics discussed will be female sexuality, postpartum depression, cannabis use during the reproductive years, vaginitis, and sexually transmitted infections. New pharmacologic options will be presented as will clinical practice guideline updates regarding specific topics.

Preterm Labor

One of the more frustrating areas of obstetrical practice is trying to stratify a patient’s risk of delivering preterm. During this session, we will discuss the terminologies and definitions surrounding preterm labor, common physical examination findings, and diagnostics available to help diagnose and stratify risk for preterm delivery. A brief historical review will be provided that includes previously used criteria to diagnose preterm labor and medications to treat preterm labor. Also, we will talk about what is on the horizon in terms of research into the possible cause(s) of preterm labor as well as novel testing modalities to help accurately provide a diagnosis and prognosis for the gravid patient. Included in this part of the discussion will be the link between sleep, melatonin, and preterm labor; placental growth factor; and new research about the impact of the vaginal microbiome on preterm labor risk.

Hypertensive Disorders in Pregnancy

Hypertensive disorders in pregnancy are directly responsible for almost 15% of all maternal deaths worldwide, and when we add in the indirect consequence of hypertensive disorders on postpartum hemorrhage, the statistic grows to almost 25%. Hypertensive disorders in pregnancy exist on a spectrum, from pre-gravid or chronic hypertension to eclampsia, with preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome in between. During this session, we will discuss the terminology and diagnostic criteria for each hypertensive disorder. There will also be a discussion on the risk factors associated with hypertension in pregnancy, including modifiable and non-modifiable risks. The session will conclude with a discussion about the consequences of undiagnosed or poorly managed hypertensive disorders as well as the evidence-based guidelines for appropriate treatment of each entity.


Humans are one of the only mammals on the planet that live beyond our reproductive potential. Moving through the transition can be difficult for some women, and often the messages we receive from our culture can be confusing and unhelpful. Once we move beyond the milestone of one year after the last normal menstrual period, we are left with the physical and emotional consequences of lack of estrogen and progesterone, including changes in cognition, bone density, and the urogenital tract. In this session, we will discuss the menopause transition and what happens to our hormones as we progress through these years. We will then discuss treatment strategies, including guidance from the North American Menopause Society and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists regarding peri-menopause and post-menopause. The session will end with a brief exploration of what is on the horizon in terms of menopause management, including novel pharmacotherapeutic options and ovarian tissue transplantation.

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