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Primary Care Update: Pharmacology, Psychiatry, & Internal Medicine

May 27, 2020 - May 29, 2020

Nashville, Tennessee - Loews Vanderbilt Hotel

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Primary Care Update: Pharmacology, Psychiatry, & Internal Medicine   CME Continuing Medical Education Conferences
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
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Military MD/Residents/Other Healthcare Professionals


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

This conference is designed to provide primary care practitioners with up-to-date, evidence-based information on commonly encountered Primary Care issues, while suggesting pragmatic approaches to clinical management. The discussion-based format of the conference will encourage audience participation through dynamic lectures, case-based studies, and hands-on workshops. Keynote speakers will present and critically assess recent advancements and industry updates in Primary Care, with the goal of enhancing the knowledge should improve attendees’ confidence in base and core competence of attendees. The successful completion of this interactive program 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 interested in learning more about Primary Care issues.

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

Diagnostic Dilemmas in Primary Care
Objectives: 1) Learn diagnostic clues for “can’t miss” diagnoses and avoid “near misses” 2) Learn which features of the history and physical examination are most useful to establish the correct diagnosis 3) Learn risk scores and clinical prediction rules when available

Diagnosis of Primary Headache Syndromes
Objectives: 1) Learn which features most accurately distinguish tension-type for migraine headaches 2) Understand the importance of lifestyle triggers and precipitants for migraine 3) Learn red flags for potential worrisome causes of headache

New Drugs for Primary Care
Objectives: 1) Learn which recently approved drugs and drugs in the pipeline will have the largest impact on primary care practice 2) Understand the efficacy, side effects, and costs of important, novel drugs in primary care practice 3) Learn the role of recently approved medications and their place among existing therapies

Management of Primary Headache Disorders
Objectives: 1) Learn indications for preventive therapy for migraines and which medications are most effective 2) Understand complementary and alternative treatment strategies for migraines 3) Develop a rational approach to abortive therapy for migraines

Preoperative Cardiac Evaluation
Objectives: 1) Describe the patient and procedure-related risk factors for postoperative cardiac complications 2) Learn to incorporate the 2014 updated ACC/AH”A guideline into practice 3) Know which medications reduce the risk of postoperative cardiac complications

Making a Difference in Cardiovascular Disease: Update on Lipids - 2013 and 2016 ACC/AHA, 2014 and 2015 NLA, and 2014 VA/DOD Expert Panels
Objectives: 1) Describe the new ACC/AHA; NLA and VA/DOD Lipid Guidelines and the evidence on which they are based 2) Discuss the benefits and risks associated with the use of HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (statins) either alone or in combination with other agents (to include potential adverse effects and drug-drug interactions) 3) Describe the recent lipid trials which have been published and or presented after the release of NCEP ATP-III to include the Heart Protection Study, CARDS, TNT, FIELD, PROVE-IT, SEARCH, AIM-HIGH, ACCORD-Lipid, HPS-2 THRIVE and IMPROVE-IT ) 4) Describe the potential benefits and risks of the currently available non-statin medications for the management of patients with dyslipidemia (bile acid sequestrants, niacin, fibrates, ezetimibe, fish oil and cholesterol ester transfer protein (CETP) inhibitors (investigational) 5) Describe the mechanism, effects and clinical use of the two new PCSK-9 inhibitors evolocumab and alirocumab

Strategies for Treating Patients with Hypertension to Goal: JNC-8, ASH and UK – NICE Guidelines and potential implications based upon the SPRINT Trial
Objectives: 1) Discuss the importance of systolic blood pressure vs. diastolic blood pressure in the risk of cardiovascular events and the benefits of blood pressure lowering and what are the best goal BP levels given new evidence from ACCOMPLISH, Kaiser and the Sprint Trial 2) Describe the current evidence-based strategies for the management of patients with hypertension including the JNC-8, ASH and the UK-NICE evidence-based guidelines 3) Describe the data that the Committee (JNC-8) and other National Guidelines used in deciding upon the compelling indications for specific antihypertensive agents in treating selected patients 4) Recommend a specific evidence-based treatment regimen for a patient with hypertension and concurrent conditions

Evidence Based Management of Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
Objectives: 1) Describe the relationship between obesity and the risk of Type 2 diabetes and the benefits of lifestyle modification (IE diet and exercise) in reducing the risk and helping to prevent and manage patients with Type 2 diabetes 2) Describe the current 2016 ADA Standards of Medical Care for the diagnosis and management of diabetes mellitus and the AACE/ACE Comprehensive Diabetes management Algorithm 2015 and the evidence on which they are based 3) Discuss the appropriate use of evidence-based and cost effective therapies in the management of patients with Type 2 diabetes mellitus 4) Describe the benefits of treating glucose, blood pressure and lipids in patients with Type 2 diabetes

The Assessment and Management of Suicide Risk
Objectives: 1) Understand the factors that interfere with accurate recognition of suicide risk 2) Learn the risk factors for suicide 3) Learn the principles of, and strategies for, suicide assessment

Assessment and Management of Depression
Objectives: 1) Learn how to diagnose depression 2) Understand the downstream consequences of untreated depression 3) Learn practical treatment strategies for depression

Normal and Maladaptive Responses to Medical Illness
Objectives: 1) Understand a variety of coping strategies 2) Learn how people with certain personality styles react to having a medical illness or condition 3) Learn how to interact successfully with people who have difficult-to-manage personality traits or disorders

Psychopharmacology: Medical Complications of Psychotropics and Psychiatric Complications of Non-Psychiatric Drugs
Objectives: 1) Review the principles of pharmacology and to understand the mechanisms of drug-drug interactions 2) Learn the side effect profiles of antidepressants, antipsychotics, and anxiolytic drugs 3) Learn how to recognize and treat drug-induced syndromes

Recognition, Treatment, and Prevention of Delirium
Objectives: 1) Learn an approach to the recognition of altered mental status and delirium 2) Learn treatment strategies for delirium 3) Learn how delirium can be prevented

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
May 27, 2017 Loews Vanderbilt Conference Center
Continental Breakfast for Registered Attendees
Registration is at 7:00 AM
7:30 AM - 12:50 PM Primary Care Update: Pharmacology, Psychiatry, & Internal Medicine   CME Continuing Medical Education Conferences
May 28, 2017 Loews Vanderbilt Conference Center
Continental Breakfast for Registered Attendees
7:30 AM - 12:50 PM Primary Care Update: Pharmacology, Psychiatry, & Internal Medicine   CME Continuing Medical Education Conferences
May 29, 2017 Loews Vanderbilt Conference Center
Continental Breakfast for Registered Attendees
7:30 AM - 12:50 PM Primary Care Update: Pharmacology, Psychiatry, & Internal Medicine   CME Continuing Medical Education Conferences

Additional Information
Loews Vanderbilt Hotel -

Lodging Reservations -

Please note: Lodging may no longer be available at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel. Lodging is based on availability at the time of request. We do offer other lodging options nearby if the property is unable to accommodate your request.

For assistance with your lodging reservation, please contact our office at 888-533-9031 or 858-566-1500.

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

Lodging Cancelations - 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 by the dates stated above.

Additional Information - Room rates are based on single or double occupancy. There is no extra charge for children up to and including the age of 17 years who share the room with their parents.

Maximum Occupancy: 3 Guests Per Room Per Night with 1 King bed or 4 Guests Per Night Per Room with 2 Double Beds.

Hotel Fees: Room rates are subject to applicable taxes and fees, which are currently 15.25% (sales tax 9.25%, occupancy tax 6%, city tax $2.50 per night).

Airport Information - The hotel is located approximately 15 minutes from the Nashville International Airport (BNA).

Airport Transportation -

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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.

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