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

Destin, FL: June 11-14
Myrtle Beach, SC: July 22-25
Virginia Beach, VA: August 13-16
Pensacola Beach, FL: September 10-13
San Antonio, TX: October 8-11
Caribbean Cruise: October 20-27
Orlando, FL: October 21-24
Las Vegas, NV: November 12-15

Terri Nagy, MPAS, PA-C

So Many Rashes, So Little Time!

Daily in our practices, we care for patient after patient complaining of a ‘rash’. Differentials seem endless and determining cause – sometimes impossible. In addition, with today’s managed care, providers have less and less time to spend with each patient, which makes diagnosing a ‘rash’ even that much more daunting. This session will present a systematic approach to the patient with a ‘rash’ which will result in a narrower list of differentials. Dermatology is certainly a visual specialty and therefore photographs will be utilized to display the various common presentations. This session will build a foundation for the sessions to follow.

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Don’t You, Forget About Me! The AutoImmune Conundrum

We are fortunate to live in this time in medical history. There have been numerous advances in medicine which have greatly impacted the quality of life and survival in our patients. However, when it comes to autoimmune disorders, we as practitioners can still experience frustration over improving the lives of our patients. This session will discuss common dermatologic autoimmune disorders, the clinical presentations and current advancements being made in regard to treatment options.

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Dermatology Near Misses: Look-A-Likes and Zebras

As providers, one of the things that should keep us awake at night is our fear of missing that subtle change on an EKG, a consolidation on a CXR or a melanoma. This session will build on our first discussion and consider diagnoses which have similar presentations. At the conclusion, the audience will better be able to differentiate one disease state from another and discuss challenges in current treatment options. We will also take a look at some of the zebras in dermatology that one certainly does not want to miss.

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Only Skin Deep: A Cutaneous Look at Current Events

In 1967, the Surgeon General William H. Stewart was heard saying, “It’s time to close the books on infectious diseases, declare the war on pestilence won…” Yet daily, our news feeds tell us a completely different story as we read headline after headline regarding new and re-emerging infectious diseases, many of which have a cutaneous presentation. This session will educate participants on these various diseases and assist them in recognizing these diagnoses at initial presentation to aid in more accurate and immediate diagnosis and treatment.

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Pediatric Dermatology – A Primary Care Approach

Acne and warts and molluscum, oh my! Anyone who sees kids feels the frustration of treating these diagnoses. Not only are the treatments not perfect, but sometimes we end up with a frustrated, crying child and an even more frustrated parent. We’ll take a look at some of the common dermatological diagnoses seen in kids, rethink what we know and discuss some novel approaches to treatment.  

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Andrew Berg, PA-C

Marine Dermatology

Water is the key to life…and a lot of other troubles for the skin. Thanks to the trend that began with the left over DC-9’s from WW2 , our patients now have easy access to remote tropical destinations. These changes in latitudes expose our patients to more than just intense sun. We will take a look at how to diagnosis and treat these exotic presentations of tropical bacterial, viral, and parasitic infections. This lecture will also discuss how to recognize, prevent, and treat marine envenomations. If you travel, or know someone who does, bring some sunscreen, and a good dose of education.

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Melanoma Updates

The guidelines for Melanoma staging have changed. What are the current AJCC Melanoma Staging Criteria? Why do some people have better outcomes with their melanoma than others? How are new genetic tests on individual melanomas affecting the Dermatologist, the Surgical Oncologist and the Medical Oncologists? What you need to know about melanoma to stay informed for counseling your patient.

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Psoriasis and Atopic Dermatology

We now know that Psoriasis and Atopic Dermatitis are serious systemic diseases… with a skin manifestation. Angry skin is often the red flag that stops us in dermatology and asks us to look deeper at what is going on and why. We have had the treatments for these two common skin diseases backwards for decades. It is now recognized that treating systemically with steroid free options rather than the traditional topical steroid may be in our patients best interest. What are the key inflammatory mediators for each disease and what comorbidities do these two systemic disease share?

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Biologics and Beyond

Imagine practicing medicine prior to the age of antibiotics. One of my first patients, an Internist who started practicing 1930’s related her practice of medicine, and how it changed overnight. We have entered into a similar, rapidly developing advancement in medicine. It was just as exciting.. and overwhelming to the practitioners then as it to us now. The list of medications and uses is growing daily. Just what are these TNF Inhibitors, Interleukin Inhibitors,  Phosphodiesterase Inhibitors, and JAK Inhibitors. A look at the proposed mechanisms of action and pharmacologic “personalities”, a discussion about half lives, and other pertinent questions about these new classes of medications that are being used in dermatology.

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Acne and Rosacea

Common problems are common. The treatment however isn’t. How do we manage these patients? Learn the proposed theories of what is actually going on that creates Acne and how that differs from Rosacea. What do the medications actually do to treat these difficult to manage skin conditions. What is a retinoid? What about BPO? The role of antibiotics, why… and why not to use them. Wait..why Ivermectin? Sulfur? Are we just shooting from the hip? A thoughtful discussion to help you on decide what is right for both topical and systemic therapy choices.

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Frank Caruso, MPS, PA-C

Pearls in the Musculoskeletal Examination

Did you know the average human body contains enough bones to make an entire human skeleton? Learn to conduct a thorough musculoskeletal physical exam and identify common musculoskeletal diseases and conditions of adult and pediatric patient populations. Don’t miss this “humerus” presentation.

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Musculoskeletal Disorders and Conditions of the Adults

To thrive in life, you need three bones: a wishbone, a backbone, and a funny bone! Learn the clinical manifestations and natural history of common musculoskeletal conditions due to inherited, degenerative, infectious, metabolic, traumatic, and inflammatory conditions and causes utilizing evidence-based medicine. Develop an understanding of the diagnostic approach and treatment plan from adult patients that are suffering from common musculoskeletal conditions due to degenerative, infectious, metabolic, traumatic, and inflammatory causes utilizing evidence-based medicine.

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Musculoskeletal Disorders and Conditions of the Pediatrics

Orthopedic practitioners, all the cool kids are doing it! Learn the clinical manifestations and natural history of common musculoskeletal pediatric conditions due to inherited, metabolic, traumatic, and inflammatory conditions and causes utilizing evidence-based medicine. Understand the physiology, pathologic, and sociologic issues relevant to the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions that are unique to childhood, with emphasis on the impact of those conditions on normal development utilizing evidence-based medicine.

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Geriatric Foot Care

Protect your patients from developing UFS: Ugly Foot Syndrome! Learn how to examine the Geriatric Foot and understand how to diagnose and treat common disorders and conditions of the Geriatric Foot utilizing evidence-based medicine.

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Pearls in Injection Therapies for Musculoskeletal Disorders

Learn how to STICK THEM without STICKING YOURSELF! Understand when, how, why and when not to utilize injection therapies to either diagnose or treat musculoskeletal disorders and conditions utilizing evidence-based medicine.

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Sarah Bolander, MMS, PA-C

Making Musculoskeletal Radiology More Black and White

Identifying and describing fractures is a skill necessary for many providers. This interactive session will provide the tools needed to appropriately identify, document, and articulate fracture findings from plain radiographs. Additionally, eponymous fractures, including Salter-Harris classification, and fractures with other unique names will be defined.

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Concerning Features and Pathologic Fractures

Worrisome orthopedic patient presentations may be difficult to navigate. Similarly, asymptomatic conditions with concerns only on imaging can be just as challenging. This session will discuss physical exam findings, labs, and imaging for the most common benign and malignant orthopaedic complaints. Classification of lytic lesions, bone tumors, and normal growth variants will be provided and the differential diagnosis will be narrowed based on age, clinical presentation, location of the lesion/tumor, and radiographic findings.

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Beyond Inspection and Palpation to Specialized Examinations

There are numerous musculoskeletal and neurovascular specialized examination techniques. It can be difficult to select which exams would be the most beneficial based on the patient’s clinical presentation. This interactive session will guide participants through the selection process and provide the appropriate physical exam techniques. Understanding the results of these exams will better guide the diagnosis and management of common orthopedic complaints.

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Back to School Means Back to the Playground

The majority of childhood injuries occur on the playground or with school sports participation. The most common injuries seen on the playground are from falls causing orthopedic complaints. A thorough history can often be key in guiding your evaluation based on the mechanism of injury and specific playground equipment involved. This session will provide an interactive pediatric case-based approach to injuries on the playground and common school sports complaints. 

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When to Wake Your Orthopedic Provider

Orthopedic emergencies can occur at any age and not all orthopaedic emergencies are caused by massive trauma. These patients may present to not only the emergency department but also an urgent care or primary care office. Knowing how to quickly identify and treat these clinical scenarios is critical to prevent morbidity and mortality. The most common traumatic and atraumatic musculoskeletal emergencies will be introduced with the focus of the session on early diagnosis and emergent treatment options.  

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Pearls for Cardiac History & Physical Exam

When caring for adults with acute or chronic cardiovascular conditions, clinicians are tasked with completing a focused history and physical exam with each encounter. Cardiac auscultation is an essential component of the physical exam.  This presentation describes specific cardiovascular history questions and exam techniques for assessing adult patients. The history includes an assessment of the present illness, relevant past medical, surgical, and social history. Physical exam techniques such as inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation will be demonstrated. Pearls for auscultating heart sounds (S1, S2, murmurs, rubs, and gallops) will be shared, including what to do if heart sounds are difficult to hear.  Discussion about implications for abnormal assessment findings will be included.

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Treating Hypertension: What May Change Your Practice in 2019

The talk will discuss the latest guidelines for treating hypertension (HTN) in adults. Emphasis will be on treatment goals for treating adults, pros and cons of lower targets for systolic blood pressure, and new strategies to improve blood pressure control in those with HTN.    

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Managing Patients with Heart Failure: Focus on Reduced Ejection Fraction

The talk will discuss the latest guidelines for treating adults with heart failure with an emphasis on patients with reduced ejection fraction. Focus will be on how to optimize guideline-directed medical therapy in these complex patients. Strategies will be provided for ways to overcome barriers to medication titration.

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12 Lead EKG Interpretation: Using A Systematic Approach

Didactic content and case studies will be used to increase participants’ knowledge and skills for interpreting 12 Lead ECGs in adult patients. During the session, participants will practice hands-on activities to increase their confidence in applying a systematic approach to interpretation.

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12 Lead EKG Interpretation: Looking for CAD

This session will utilize a systematic approach to assess for coronary artery disease on the 12 lead EKG, including acute ischemia, acute injury, and infarction. Practice cases will be used to apply the knowledge gained. Resources will be shared with participants to use in the practice setting.

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Zachary Hartsell, MHA, PA-C

Every Breath You Take: Respiratory Cases

This presentation will provide an overview of the distinctive types of acute respiratory failure, as well as, an overview of mechanism and pathophysiology. Emphasis will be placed on 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 with a focus on diagnostic criteria and a review of evidence-based treatment guidelines.

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Evaluating Chest Pain: Approaches and Controversies

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 initial evaluation. Finally, this presentation will provide a review of optimal testing strategies for both cardiac and non-cardiac etiologies of chest pain including current controversies and guidelines.

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Not for the Faint of Heart: Evidence-Based Evaluation & Management of Syncope

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.

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GI Cocktails: Cases to Remember

GI and liver disease account for a disproportionate amount of emergency room visits. Despite recent updates in care guidelines and evidence-based recommendations, the management of patients admitted with these disorders is often variable. This presentation will focus on the updated guidelines and management protocols for acute gastrointestinal bleeding, acute hepatitis, small bowel obstruction, and diverticulitis. While this presentation will focus on the acute management, specific recommendations and best practices for a safe transition to home will also be reviewed.

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Alphabet Soup: Evaluation and Management of CAP, HAP, and VAP

Trouble remembering the right acronym for the type of pneumonia your treating? Not to worry, this presentation will differentiate the types of pneumonia including community-acquired, hospital-acquired, ventilator-associated, and aspiration. Emphasis will be placed on a cost-efficient diagnostic approach and strategies to identify patients that require admission or higher level of care. Finally, a review of the guidelines including antibiotic selection will be discussed for each type of pneumonia.

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Women’s Health Guidelines Update

During this interactive session presented by a national women’s health expert, you will learn about the newest, hot off the press, evidence-based women’s health guidelines. Selected hot topics will include cervical cancer screening, contraception, STIs, menopause, osteoporosis and breast cancer. The rationale for these guidelines and controversies will also be discussed. 

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Contraceptive Update: The New CDC MEC & More

During this session, you will learn about the NEW CDC Contraceptive Guidelines including how to use the free App and resources available from CDC. You will also learn about late-breaking research and the clinical implications. This session is essential to ensure you are up-to-date and a safe contraceptive prescriber.

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STI Update: Everything You’re Itching to Know

Did you know STI rates are the highest since written records have been kept? During this session you will learn everything you’re itching to know about the latest epidemiology, diagnosis, and management of STIs in the US. Management of selected STIs focusing on the female including, genital herpes, chlamydia, gonorrhea, PID and cervicitis will be addressed. HIV prophylaxis (PrEp/PEP) and post-sexual assault STI screening will also be discussed.

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PCOS Update: Contemporary Diagnosis and Management

PCOS is increasingly common, underdiagnosed and recognized as more serious than ever. During this interactive session, attendees will learn about the newest understanding of the complex pathophysiology, and associated risks and potential complications/sequelae including ObGyn risks. You may be surprised to learn about some of these underrecognized risks and health threats. The recommended diagnostic workup and management guidelines (one size does not fit all) will also be discussed.

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Menopause Update: Vasomotor Symptoms and Vulvovaginal Atrophy: What’s New? 

Every day in the US, about 8,000 women become post-menopausal and many will be seeking care to manage their bothersome symptoms. During this session, attendees will learn about the epidemiology, symptoms and clinical challenges in managing post-menopausal women. The most recently released management guidelines from the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) will be discussed with a focus on vasomotor symptoms and vulvovaginal atrophy (VVA) /dyspareunia, now referred to as genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM). Attend this session and learn how to provide cutting-edge care to your post-menopausal patients.

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Aleece Fosnight, PA-C, CSC, CSE

Wonder Woman Part I and II

In this two-part series, we will be discussing women’s health challenges, access to care, and treatment/prevention across a woman’s life span. Part One will include brief pediatric gynecological concerns, the reproductive time-line, contraceptive options, fertility/infertility, benign breast disease, STI update, HPV, and well-woman exams for women under 45. In Part Two, we will tackle MENOPAUSE – the good, the bad, and the ugly – and many more topics including beefing up your bones, hormone replacement therapy, mental health, and cardiac concerns.

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Power of the Pelvis

Remember the saying…I laughed so hard I peed! Well, ladies and gentlemen, as true of a saying as this, peeing in your pants can be embarrassing, socially isolating, and depressing.  Not only will we discuss incontinence during this lecture, we will hone in on all the gynecological concerns women with pelvis’ face including pelvic pain, genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM), pelvic organ prolapse, and challenging vulvovaginitis.

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Sex Trivia: Ready to Test Your Knowledge?

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, sexually transmitted infections, hypoactive sexual desire disorder, dyspareunia, and BDSM/Kink. 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 from some friendly competition with prizes awarded to the winning team! You don’t want to miss this!

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What’s Normal Anyway? AUB

With the majority of women experiencing abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB) at some point in their life, this topic will discuss the importance of understanding the normal menstrual cycle and when bleeding goes wrong. This lecture will look at common causes of AUB through use of the PALM-COEIN classification system – polyp, adenomyosis, leiomyoma, malignancy/hyperplasia, coagulopathy, ovulatory dysfunction, endometrial, iatrogenic, and not yet classified. There will be a clinical presentations including diagnostic work-up and treatment strategies for review and discussion.

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