MODIFIED TO ONLINE LIVE STREAM FORMAT: Primary Care Update: Cardiology, Geriatrics, and Pharmacology

Jun 26, 2020 – Jun 28, 2020

Seattle - Westin Seattle

Important Update: This program has been reformatted to a live stream virtual CME course. MCE will no longer be hosting an in person conference at the Westin Seattle Hotel. For additional assistance, please contact MCE Conferences by email at

To Register for the live stream online CME or for additional information on the course please visit:

Online Live Stream CME

Lodging Information: We strongly recommend that you contact the hotel to confirm the status of your reservation and to cancel your lodging, as well as request a full refund for any deposits that may have been previously processed.

Previous Program Information: Seattle is a city of many neighborhoods: Eclectic, urban, outdoorsy, artsy, gritty, down-to-earth, or posh—it’s all here, from the quirky character of the Seattle Waterfront and the eccentric “Republic of Fremont,” to hipsters walking baby carriages past aging mansions on Capitol Hill. There’s something for just about everyone within this vibrant Emerald City. Centrally located within walking distance of Pike Place Market, CenturyLink and Safeco Fields, the Monorail, and Space Needle, The Westin Seattle Hotel offers the perfect Northwest escape.


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MCE Cancellation Policy

Option 1 Option 2
Up to 90 days before conference date Refund - Less $50 processing fee Credit - 100%
Up to 30 days before conference date Refund - Less $100 processing fee Credit - Less $50 processing fee
Up to 7 days before conference date Refund - Less $250 processing fee Credit - Less $100 processing fee
Within 7 days of conference date No Refund Available Credit - Less $250 processing fee
  • Credits expire three years from the date of issue.
  • Credits applied to a future conference are non-refundable.

Tuition Discount

Past Attendees Save $50: Past MCE Conferences attendees (within the previous three years) automatically receive a $50 discount at checkout.

Bring a Friend or Colleague and Save $50: If you are attending with another healthcare professional you are eligible for a $50 discount.

Overview & Agenda

Primary Care Update: Cardiology, Geriatrics and Pharmacology

This conference is designed to provide primary care clinicians with up-to-date, evidence-based information on commonly encountered issues in Cardiology, Geriatrics and Pharmacology for Primary Care, 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 Cardiology, Geriatrics and Pharmacology, with the goal of enhancing the knowledge-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
All Physicians and other Healthcare Professionals seeking clinical information about Cardiology, Geriatrics and Pharmacology.

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

Topics and Objectives

Looking Up: A (Re)View of Syncope
Objectives: 1) Learn about the causes of transient loss of consciousness (TLOC) 2) Identify which patients are at high-risk for life-threatening events after a TLOC by essential questions, focused physical exam, and electrocardiography 3) Understand the role of additional testing (echocardiography, ambulatory ECG monitoring, tilt table testing) after a TLOC presentation 4) Learn about treatment options and goals of therapy.

How to Live Forever: A Primer on Conventional, Complementary/Alternative, and Futuristic Medicine Strategies for Prevention of Cardiovascular Diseases
Objectives: 1) Explore the conventional methods of screening for cardiovascular diseases using case examples 2) Consider Complementary/Alternative Medicine (CAM) strategies to augment traditional medicine prevention strategies 3) Learn about emerging technologies that may shape the direction of future cardiovascular disease prevention

Truth or A Fib: The Truth about Afib
Objectives: 1) Decide the appropriate triage of patients presenting in atrial fibrillation; 2) Learn the “four pillars” of Afib management; 3) Develop an understanding of the advanced therapies to treat atrial fibrillation and its related conditions, such as ablation procedure and left atrial appendage closure.

Guide Me! A Practical Overview of Cardiology Guidelines and Impact on Primary Care Medicine
Objectives: 1) Understand when to initiate treatment strategies for cholesterol lowering and blood pressure control; 2) Learn the latest goals for appropriate use of cardiac imaging and valvular heart disease; 3) Review reasons to consider cardiac pacing and defibrillator devices for your patients.

Objectives: 1) Describe the relative risk of falls compared to diseases as a cause of mortality in older patients 2) Differentiate between intrinsic and extrinsic risk factors 2) Describe an evidence-based approach to the work-up of the elder who has fallen 3) Describe medical and functional interventions to reduce the risk of falls

Motivational Interviewing
Objectives: 1) Name two words that patients use that indicate ambivalence about behavior change, 2) Name two words patients use that indicate a desire to change behavior (“change talk”), 3) Describe how to use reflective statements therapeutically in motivational interviewing, 4) Describe two behaviors to avoid when using motivational interviewing

Health Screening in Older Persons: Balancing the Benefits Against the Harms
Objectives: 1) Describe the USPSTF and AGS recommendations for screening in those above age 75 2) Discuss 3 controversies in health screening in the “old-old” 3) Describe a patient-centered method for making health screening recommendations 4) Demonstrate use of a health screening app in office practice

Exercise – The Medicine of Choice!
Objectives: 1) List the evidence for the benefits of exercise for longevity and disease prevention 2) Describe the evidence for exercise interventions in conditions such as heart failure, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease 3) Describe the current recommendations for exercise in older adults

Best Practices in Prescribing Opioids: A Regulatory Perspective
Objectives: 1) Describe evolving opioid prescribing and regulatory practices in the United States 2) Discuss recently released opioid prescribing guidelines, highlighting the relevance to primary care providers 3) Describe best practices for managing patients with chronic nonmalignant pain, highlighting guidance from a regulatory perspective

Drug Therapy Challenges in Older Adults
Objectives: 1) Discuss key physiologic and common pathophysiologic changes of aging that impact drug therapy 2) Apply age-sensitive principles for medication dosing and management to patient scenarios 3) Apply practical tools to screen and appropriately manage complex drug regimens among older adults with or at-risk for drug injury

Drug Therapies for the Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis
Objectives: 1) Define treatment goals for patients with or at-risk for osteoporosis 2) Relate treatment strategies to empiric evidence regarding fracture prevention/ treatment 3)Develop a pharmacologic prevention and monitoring plan for patients at-risk for or with osteoporosis 4) Describe pertinent pharmacologic parameters related to pharmaceuticals used in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis.

Optimizing Psychopharmacotherapy in Depression: Clinical Cases
Objectives: 1) Discuss pharmacologic management options within clinical cases of patients with depression 2) Relate physiologic and pathophysiologic alterations of brain neurochemistry to symptoms of depression, including the genetic link and molecular basis of injury 3) Apply clinical practice guidelines for antidepressant therapies 4) Describe key parameters for medications used to treat mechanism, safety, tolerability, efficacy, cost, and simplicity of use

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

Program Schedule





June 26, 2020

Westin Seattle Conference Center

Conference - Day 1

Continental Breakfast for Registered Attendees

Check-In Opens at 7:00 AM

7:30 AM - 11:50 AM

June 27, 2020

Westin Seattle Conference Center

Conference - Day 2

Continental Breakfast for Registered Attendees

7:30 AM - 11:50 AM

June 28, 2020

Westin Seattle Conference Center

Conference - Day 3

Continental Breakfast for Registered Attendees

7:30 AM - 11:50 AM


Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education – ACCME

MCE Conferences is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

MCE Conferences designates this live activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credits commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

American Academy of Family Physicians – AAFP

This live activity has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 12 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.

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.

Pharmacology Credits

This course is being  reviewed and will be acceptable for up to 12 CE credits; please verify with your Medical Board which hours may be applied toward Pharmacology credit.

Hotel Accommodations

Lodging Reservations – To make your lodging reservation, please Click Here.

If you need assistance, please contact our office at 888-533-9031 or 858-566-1500.

Accommodations and Amenities – The Westin Seattle is the front door to downtown shopping, attractions, dining, and much more. This ideal urban retreat is steps away from the Washington State Convention Center, Pike Place Market, and Space Needle. Our unique design offers breathtaking views of the Northwest’s beauty including Puget Sound, the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges. Our 891 smoke-free guest rooms and suites are designed to provide ultimate comfort and tranquility for our guests.

Amenities: All rooms offer high speed internet access, flat screen televisions, the Heavenly® Bed and Heavenly® Bath Air conditioning, Access to the WestinWORKOUT Fitness Studio, Access to the heated indoor pool, Alarm clock, Complimentary Bottled water, Coffee maker/tea service, Crib/Play Yard, Electrical adapters, Individual climate control, Iron and ironing board, Mini fridge: 10.00 USD, Pull-out sofa bed, Rollaway bed, Safe, Bathrobe, Hair dryer, Separate tub and shower.

  • Traditional Guest Room$209 Per Room Per Night (Plus Applicable Taxes and Fees) Bedding Types: 1 king bed or 2 double beds. Note: Room categories are based on availability at the time request.
  • Deluxe View City Guest Room$229 Per Room Per Night (Plus Applicable Taxes and Fees) Bedding Types: 1 king bed or 2 double beds. Note: Room categories are based on availability at the time request.
  • Premium City View Guest Room$239 Per Room Per Night (Plus Applicable Taxes and Fees) Bedding Types: 1 king bed or 2 double beds. Note: Room categories are based on availability at the time request.
  • Premium Water View Guest Room$259 Per Room Per Night (Plus Applicable Taxes and Fees) Bedding Types: 1 king bed or 2 double beds. Note: Room categories are based on availability at the time request.

Additional Lodging Information – Room rates are subject to applicable taxes and fees in effect at the time of check-out, currently 15.6% OCC Tax + $2 Tourism Assessment Fee per night.

Check-in/Check-out times: Check-in time is 4:00 p.m. and Check-out time is at 11:00 a.m.

Maximum Occupancy: 4 Guests Per Room Per Night – Requests for a specific bedding arrangement or room location are fulfilled by the hotel and based on availability. Each Additional Guest is $30 per guest per night.

Roll-Away Fee: A $30 fee applies to requests for roll-away beds per room per stay.

Smoking Policy: This is a smoke free property

Hotel Parking – Overnight On-site Self-Parking is discounted to $35 per night and Overnight Valet Parking is discounted to $45 per night for MCE Conference attendees. Offsite and local attendees will be offered a $27.00 discounted parking rate per day for up to five (5) hours on the conference dates of June 26th, 27th and 28th.

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 – Terms and conditions as per MCE’s room allotment agreement with conference lodging venue:

  • Cancellation made 31 days or more prior to arrival: A full refund will be issued.
  • Cancellation 30 days or less prior to arrival: No refunds will be issued.
  • No-shows and early departures are considered a cancellation: No refunds will be issued.

All lodging cancellations must be made directly with the lodging venue. Please refer to your lodging confirmation for contact information and policies.

All lodging cancellations must be made directly with the lodging venue. Please refer to your lodging confirmation for contact information and policies.

Register & Book Your Lodging Early! The MCE reduced room rates will be available to registered attendees up until May 28, 2020 (based on availability). Our allotment for reduced room rates may sell out before this date. We urge you to secure your lodging reservation as early as possible. Reduced rates will also be offered 3 nights pre and post program dates (based on availability).

Room Reservation Guidelines – The lodging reservation link has been created for the MCE Conference continuing medical education program, and only guests that are registered for this CME conference are eligible to use this site in order to access discounted rooms and/or theme park tickets (if applicable).

  • Attendees must register within (7) seven days of booking MCE discounted lodging to avoid cancellations or increased nightly rates (depending on Hotel/Resort policy).
  • We allow a maximum of 2 room reservations per registered attendee, based on availability and rates at the time of booking.
  • Rooms and/or tickets (if applicable) cannot be purchased for the purpose of, or with the intention of being resold.
  • All reservations must be made under the registered attendee’s’ name, as all reservations and ticket orders (if applicable) will be audited against the CME program registration list. 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 may be cancelled or modified based on the Hotel/Resort policy, and deposits may not be eligible for a refund.

Please note: In order to provide a quality and interactive CME program, MCE Conferences will limit the amount of registrations per conference.

Additional Travel Information

Airport Information – The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) is located approximately 15 miles from The Westin Seattle.

Car Rental – To make your discounted car rental reservation, please click on the following links (please note: car rental company availability may differ based on airport/ destination)

  • AVIS – Click Here and enter G028287 in the “AWD Number” box to receive the Group Discount.
  • Budget – Click Here
  • Enterprise – Click Here and enter XZB6145 to receive the  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.
  • National – Click Here and enter XZB6145 under Contract ID to receive Group Discount.

Taxi’s are available 24 hours and cost approximately $45 USD.

Downtown Airporter
The Downtown Airporter provides service between the airport and major downtown hotels. From baggage claim, cross skybridge 4 and proceed to level 3 of the parking garage. The Downtown Airporter desk is located in the center of the Ground Transportation Plaza. One-way: 18 USD; Roundtrip: 36 USD; Children 17 years and under ride free, one for each paying adult. Payment by credit card only. Rides can be booked online, by phone, and at the airport. Reservations are required, to book your transfer please call 1(855) 566-3300 or Click Here.

Link Light Rail (Central Link)
Link Light Rail provides direct service from the airport to downtown Seattle. Exit the train at Westlake Center Transit Tunnel Station and take the Westlake Center exit. The hotel is a block north on 5th Avenue.
Adult: 3.00 USD; Youth (6 – 18): 1.50 USD; Children under 6 ride free with an adult. Link tickets can be bought from the ticket vending machine with cash or a credit card.

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 trip, guests will need to book each way separately.

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.

Please Note: MCE is not associated with the third party services listed herein and shall not be liable for any services of such third party providers.


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