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Primary Care Update: Rheumatology, Musculoskeletal, and Endocrinology

April 6, 2018 - April 8, 2018

Austin, Texas - Omni Austin Hotel Downtown

Austin is known for its legendary live music, burgeoning restaurant scene, and unique culture. It’s also a center for film and home to the University of Texas and Formula 1's Circuit of the Americas raceway. Its abundant parks and lakes are popular for hiking, biking, swimming, boating, and other outdoor pursuits. Overlooking Lady Bird Lake in beautiful downtown Austin, the Radisson Suites is located within walking distance of boutique shopping and dining on 2nd Street, as well as premier entertainment and nightlife on 6th Street. Additionally, attractions like the State Capitol, the University of Texas at Austin, and the Warehouse District are just minutes from the Radisson.


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Primary Care Update: Rheumatology, Musculoskeletal, and Endocrinology CME Continuing Medical Education Conferences
Accreditation
AMA/AAFP Equivalency – American Academy of Family Physicians This live activity is being reviewed for up to 15 Prescribed credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians. AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to the AMA PRA category 1 credit toward the AMA Physicians Recognition Award. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
American Medical Association – AMA AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award.
The College of Family Physicians of Canada – Mainpro-M1 The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) is the accrediting body for family medicine continuing medical education (CME) in the United States of America.

CFPC members who complete any live CME/CPD program accredited by the AAFP for Prescribed credit can claim the equivalent number of Mainpro-M1 credits.

Canadian Healthcare professionals in other specialties need to verify with their licensing board the reciprocal credit agreement with the AAFP.

American Osteopathic Association – AOA CME activities approved for AAFP credit are recognized by the AOA as equivalent to AOA Category 2 credit.
American Academy of Physician Assistants – AAPA AAPA accepts Category 1 CME approval from the AAFP.
American Association of Nurse Practitioners – AANP AAFP Prescribed Credits are accepted by the AANP.
American Nurses Credentialing Center – ANCC According to the ANCC, the continuing education hours approved by the AAFP meet the ANCC-accredited CNE criteria.


Tuition Fee
Type Price

Physician

725

Military MD/Residents/Other Healthcare Professionals

625

Tuition Notes

Tuition Discount

Receive a $50 discount if you are a past MCE Conferences attendee, or for two or more healthcare professionals attending together. Receive a $100 discount if you are a past conference attendee AND if you are registering for the conference with another healthcare professional.

Tuition Cancellation Policy without Protection:

• Cancellation made within 7 days of registration: The full tuition fee will be refunded minus a 10% processing fee for all credit card transactions. This cancellation policy is not applicable to registrations made 21 days before the conference date.

• Cancellation made up and until 15 days before the conference date: Full tuition fee minus a 10% processing charge will be applied towards a future MCE Conference.

• Cancellations made within 14 days before the conference date: No refunds or credits will be issued. The full tuition fee will be forfeited.


Tuition Cancellation Protection - $50 per tuition registration:

• Tuition cancellation protection: Allows attendees to cancel up to 15 days before the conference date and receive a full refund.

• Cancellations made within 14 days of the conference date: The full tuition amount will be applied towards a future MCE conference.

Please Note: Travel Insurance, does not cover tuition fee cancellation.

Program Information

Primary Care Update: Rheumatology, Musculoskeletal and Endocrinology

Overview
This conference is designed to provide primary care practitioners with up-to-date, evidence-based information on commonly encountered in Primary Care Rheumatology, Musculoskeletal, and Endocrinology issues, while suggesting pragmatic approaches to clinical management. The discussion-based format of the conference will encourage audience participation through dynamic interactive lectures and case-based studies. Our national speakers will present and critically assess recent advancements and industry updates in Primary Care Rheumatology, Musculoskeletal, and Endocrinology issues, with the goal of enhancing the knowledge base and core competence of attendees. The successful completion of this interactive program should improve attendees’ confidence in diagnosing, treating, and prescribing the most effective courses of treatment, with the ultimate goal of improving patient outcomes.

Target Audience
Family Physicians and all Physicians and other Healthcare Professionals seeking clinical information about Primary Care Rheumatology, Musculoskeletal, and Endocrinology issues.

Speakers
Our presenting national faculty speakers made it their professional goals to enhance the training of primary care healthcare professionals. This Continuing Medical Education program promises to help learn the most current, best medicine, and techniques for making the diagnosis easier and quicker during a 20 minute office visit.

Topics and Objectives

Clinical Approach to Rheumatic Diseases
Objectives: 1) Construct an approach to the evaluation of the patient with rheumatic disease 2) Define the central role of the history and physical examination 3) Differentiated several patterns that allow clinical diagnosis of rheumatic diseases

Laboratory and Radiology in Rheumatic Diseases
Objectives: 1) Interpret the various classes of synovial fluid analysis 2) Determine the use and limitations of laboratory testing with emphasis on the American College of Rheumatology Choosing Wisely recommendations 3) Discuss key radiological findings in patients with rheumatic diseases

Crystalline Arthropathies
Objectives: 1) Apply principles from the 2012 American College of Rheumatology Guidelines in the diagnosis and treatment of crystal arthropathies including gout and pseudogout 2) Outline the sequence of treatment to achieve the best outcomes for patients with gout 3) State the goal serum uric acid level for patients with gout

Osteoporosis
Objectives: 1) Identify patients who are at risk for osteoporosis and should be evaluated with bone density testing as recommended by the International Society of Clinical Densitometry and National Osteoporosis Foundation Guidelines 2) Recommend the various non-pharmacological treatments for osteoporosis as recommended by the National Bone Health Alliance 3) Recommend the various pharmacological treatments for osteoporosis as recommended by the National Bone Health Alliance

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Clinical Aspects and Treatment
Objectives: 1) Discuss the articular and extra articular features of rheumatoid arthritis 2) Discuss the use of NSAID and corticosteroids in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis 3) Summarize the use and toxicities of disease modifying as recommended by the 2015 American College of Rheumatology Guidelines

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Objectives: 1) Describe the varied clinical presentations and manifestations in the course of systemic lupus erythematosus 2) Order and interpret laboratory tests used in the diagnosis of systemic lupus erythematosus in accordance with the American College of Rheumatology guidelines 3) Monitor and employ treatment for patients with systemic lupus erythematosus according to the European League Against Rheumatism and American College of Rheumatology recommendations and guidelines

Spondyloarthropathies
Objectives: 1) Distinguish clinical features of the different spondyloarthropathies to improve diagnostic accuracy 2) Utilize clinical features, laboratory studies, and radiological studies to make a diagnosis of axial and peripheral spondyloarthropathy 3) Prescribe pharmacologic agents according to the American College of Rheumatology and European League Against Rheumatism recommendations

Scleroderma and Raynaud’s Disease
Objectives: 1) Specify the clinical manifestations of scleroderma and employ the 2013 Classification Criteria for Scleroderma for accurate diagnosis 2) Apply diagnostic work-up and treatment of Raynaud’s phenomenon 3) Employ the current practical recommendations for the treatment of scleroderma including the European League Against Rheumatism recommendations

Osteoarthritis
Objectives: 1) Employ the history and physical exam to make an accurate diagnosis of osteoarthritis 2) Differentiate osteoarthritis (structural) from rheumatoid arthritis (inflammatory) 3) Recommend and prescribe nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic therapies for patients with osteoarthritis according to the American College of Rheumatology recommendations

Lyme Disease and Other Topics in Rheumatology
Objectives: 1) Apply CDC and Infectious Disease Society of America guidelines for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of Lyme disease 2) Evaluate skin rashes as manifestations of systemic disease 3) Use the guidelines of the Bone Research Society of the United Kingdom and Endocrine Society to prescribe appropriate therapy for patients with Paget’s disease of the bone

Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus prevention by Detection
Objectives: 1) Outline the rationale for detecting pre-diabetes 2) Discuss approved schedules for screening for diabetes mellitus 3) Highlight the interconnections between pre-diabetes, gestational diabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome and obesity

Diabetes: Examining the Providers Tool Box
Objectives: 1) Review current approved pharmacotherapy for diabetes mellitus and obesity 2) Discuss choices of treatment options for diabetes mellitus 3) Review differences in Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes mellitus

Diabesity: A surgical problem?
Objectives: 1) Review evaluation of the bariatric patient 2) Develop a schedule (HMP) for post-op patients 3) Identify common complications of bariatric surgery

Motivating the Patient to MOVE Objectives: 1) Examine health benefits of activity 2) Review fitness apps and there utility 3) Discuss the power of the group in motivation Obesity: A Disease Worth Treating? Objectives: 1) Identification of the physiology of Obesity 2) Recognize facilitators for weight gain 3) Formulate an approach to manage obesity

Note: Content is subject to change without notice. Please refer to the activity website for the most current information.

Program Schedule
Date Location Description Time Image
April 6, 2018 Omni Conference Center
Conference
Snacks and Beverages for Registered Attendees
Registration is at 1:00 PM
1:00 PM - 6:20 PM Primary Care Update: Rheumatology, Musculoskeletal, and Endocrinology CME Continuing Medical Education Conferences
April 7, 2018 Omni Conference Center
Conference
Continental Breakfast for Registered Attendees
7:30 AM - 12:50 PM Primary Care Update: Rheumatology, Musculoskeletal, and Endocrinology CME Continuing Medical Education Conferences
April 8, 2018 Omni Conference Center
Conference
Continental Breakfast for Registered Attendees
7:30 AM - 12:50 PM Primary Care Update: Rheumatology, Musculoskeletal, and Endocrinology CME Continuing Medical Education Conferences

Additional Information
       
Omni Austin Hotel Downtown -

Register Early! - We only accept up to 150 registrations per conference.

Conference negotiated reduced room rates are offered 3 nights (or more) pre and post program dates (based on availability), and will be available to registered attendees up until February 20, 2018. Our allotment for conference negotiated reduced room rates might sell out before this date, and resort regular rack rates will apply (based on availability). We urge you to please make your lodging reservation early. For additional information or assistance with your reservation, please contact our office at 1-888-533-9031 or 1-858-566-1500.

Room Reservation Guidelines - In order to provide a quality and interactive CME program, MCE Conferences will limit the amount of registrations per conference. Some conferences may have a lower registration limit due to the destination logistics and lodging availability.

MCE Conferences does not accept commercial support for our Continuing Medical Education programs. We rely solely on tuition fees and discounted group rates for lodging, food and beverage, as well as other meeting costs to cover the expenses of holding this conference. It is required that all participants and their families book within the meeting group allotment for MCE Conferences, in order to participate in this program. We very much appreciate your cooperation.

Please Note: This site has been created for the MCE Conferences continuing medical education program. Only guests that are registered for this CME conference are eligible to use this site in order to get access to the pre-blocked rooms and/or Theme Park Tickets at the special contracted rate. We allow a maximum of 2 room reservations per registered attendee, based on availability and rates at time of booking. All reservations must be made under the registered attendee's' name since reservation and ticket order will be audited against the CME program registration list and should it be necessary we reserve the right to contact you to request proof of registration. If it is discovered that the reservation and/or ticket order is not for an MCE Conferences participant, the reservations and/or ticket order will be cancelled, the tickets blocked (if applicable), and any deposit or payment will not be eligible for a refund. In addition these tickets cannot be purchased for the purpose of or with the intention of being resold.

Lodging Reservations - To make your lodging reservation, please contact our office at 1-888-533-9031 or 1-858-566-1500.

Please note: Room categories are based on availability at the time of request.

Accommodations - There's so much for you to enjoy in the beautiful Omni Austin Hotel Downtown accommodations. Rooms feature dazzling views of the city or hotel atrium and are appointed with handsome furnishings and first-class amenities for the modern traveler. Room features include: Fully stocked refreshment center, coffee maker, plush robes, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, in-room safes, evening turndown service available upon request, non-smoking luxury hotel, complimentary USA Today delivered to your room each morning, alarm clock, in room wireless Internet service – complimentary for MCE attendees, two dual-line phones, voicemail, express check-in/check-out, 32” flat screen HDTV with cable channels, in-room movies available.

Deluxe Rooms - The Classic Deluxe Room has one king bed or two double beds with contemporary classic décor, including dark woods and crown molding, a 32” flat screen television, and a spacious bathroom with a granite vanity and lighted makeup mirror.

Bedding: One King Bed or Two Double Beds

Bedding type is based on availability at time of booking.

Primary Care Update: Rheumatology, Musculoskeletal, and Endocrinology CME Continuing Medical Education Conferences

$239 Per Room, Per Night, Plus Applicable Taxes

Other Room Categories Based on Availability and Rates - You can reserve other room categories not contracted based on availability and rates as follows:

One Bedroom Suite
A “home away from home” feel with a residential layout perfect for extended stays and gatherings. Features include approximately 760 sq. ft., separate living room, desk, treadmill in workout nook with flat screen TV, Yoga Mat, resistance bands, free weights, views of the Atrium, and is located on restricted access floors.

$329 Per Room Per Night, Plus Applicable Taxes and Fees

Club Level Room
Access top of the line amenities in the Club Lounge, in addition to some of Texas' most exciting nightlife and Hill Country living. Features include approximately 392 sq. ft. room with contemporary Texas décor with dark woods and crown molding, WIFI access/high-speed internet available, 32'' flat screen television, luxurious bathroom with granite vanity and lighted make-up mirror, Club Lounge privileges include turndown service, complimentary continental breakfast, hors d'oeuvres and cocktails served in the lounge. Club Lounge Hours: Monday through Friday 6:30am - 9:30am and 5pm - 7pm; Saturday and Sunday 7am - 10am and 5pm - 7pm. Views available.

$289 Per Room Per Night, Plus Applicable Taxes and Fees

Additional Lodging Information - Room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes and are subject to change without notice, currently 15%.

Additional Guests: Room rates are based on single and double occupancy, additional guests will be an additional $20 per room per night. Children ages 17 and under are free when staying in the same room as their parents.

Maximum Occupancy: 4 Guests Per room Per Night

Lodging Deposit - A Credit Card is used at the time of booking to guarantee your reservation. Balance due to the hotel upon arrival.

Lodging Cancellations - Per our lodging agreement, these are the cancellation terms and conditions:

Cancellation 60 days or more before arrival - you will receive full deposit
Cancellation 59-31 days before arrival - a one night deposit is forfeited
Cancellation 30 days or less before arrival - no lodging refunds can be made
No-shows and early departures are considered a cancellation

All cancellations must be made via e-mail to info@mceconferences.com by the dates stated above.

Airport Information - Austin–Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) is approximately 9 miles from the Omni Austin Hotel Downtown.

Airport Transportation - To make your airport transfer reservation or for transportation information, please click on the following links:

Super Shuttle: 1-800-258-3826. Click Here

Metro Public Transportation Click Here

Groundlink Private Car Service - Conference attendees will receive a 15% discount on airport transfer fares when they Click Here and enter the Promo Code: MCEREBATE when booking online, using the mobile app, or calling 877-546-6903.

Please Note: In order to receive 15% off both portions of your Groundlink trip, guests will need to book each way separately.

Parking - Overnight self-parking in secured, underground garage is $30 plus tax for overnight guests. Overnight valet parking in underground, secured lot is $40 plus tax for overnight guests and includes in/out privileges. The parking fees that are in affect during the meeting dates may be greater or less and will be applicable to those that choose to park in the hotel parking facility.

Car Rental - To make your discounted car rental reservation, please click on the following links:

AVIS - Click Here and enter G028287 in the "AWD Number" box to receive the Group Discount.

Budget - Click Here

Enterprise - Click Here and enter NA32N54 to receive the MCE Conferences Group Discount.

Hertz - Click Here and check the "Enter a Discount or Promo Code" and "I am a Corporate Customer" boxes. Enter 2086989 in the "Discount/CDP/Club Code" box to receive the Group Discount.

Alamo - Click Here and enter 7014125 under Contract ID to receive the Group Discount.

National - Click Here and enter 5025990 under Contract ID to receive Group Discount.

Travel Protection - Plan benefits, limits and provisions may vary by state jurisdiction. To review full plan details online, please Click Here for Travel Guard Trip Insurance or call Travel Guard direct at 1-800-826-4919. Please consider this plan for protecting your travel arrangements, your belongings and most importantly, you!

Please Note: Trip cancellation insurance does not cover the tuition fee.

Disclaimer - A portion of your room rate will be applied to offset the cost of the food and beverage served during the meeting to participants only. This includes daily breakfast and AM coffee breaks during meeting hours for registered attendees. Conference registrations must be accompanied by payment. We cannot confirm your course registration until payment is received.

Special Assistance - MCE's policy is to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If special arrangements are necessary for an individual with a disability to attend a conference, please contact our office at 1-888-533-9031.

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