Infectious Diseases and Rheumatology for Primary Care

Apr 08, 2022 – Apr 10, 2022

Charleston - Francis Marion Hotel

Historic Charleston is bursting with Southern charm and hospitality. The city feels a bit like it’s suspended in time, thanks to its antebellum architecture and surrounding plantation landscapes. Take in incredible views of the Battery and the French Quarter as you stroll the Waterfront Park, then become inspired by the cultivated beauty of the gardens at Middleton Place. At night, try a ghost tour for an introduction to the spooky side of the city.

Named for Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion (the “Swamp Fox”), the Francis Marion Hotel became an instant Charleston landmark when it opened in 1924. Rising 12 stories above the Historic District, the hotel offers spectacular views of Charleston’s church steeples, historic mansions, and famous harbor, providing easy access to the wealth of Charleston’s attractions.

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  • 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

Infectious Diseases and Rheumatology for Primary Care – 12 Credits 

Overview
This conference is designed to provide primary care clinicians with up-to-date, evidence-based information on commonly encountered issues in Infectious Diseases and Rheumatology, 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 Infectious Diseases and Rheumatology 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 and updates in Infectious Diseases and Rheumatology.

Speakers
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

Friday, April 8

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM:
Primary Approach to Inflammatory Arthritis
Objectives: 1) Review the differential diagnoses when confronted with a patient who has joint inflammation and discuss various treatment alternatives 2) Identify the various lab tests that we use and how to best interpret them

8:30 AM – 8:35 AM: BREAK

8:35 AM – 9:35 AM:
Osteoporosis
Objectives: 1) Review the diagnosis, secondary causes, and fracture risk assessment tool (FRAX) to assist with the diagnosis and up-to-date treatment 2) Review of dual x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scans and their interpretation

9:35 AM – 9:45 AM: BREAK

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM:
Covid Primer

Objectives: 1) Discuss aspects of diagnosing and management of Covid-19 2) Case-based approach to common Covid-19 scenarios

10:45 AM – 10:50 AM: BREAK

10:50 AM – 11:50 AM:
Antibiotics 101
Objectives: 1) Discuss properties of various commonly used antibiotics including spectrum of activity, indications, and pharmacology 2) Case-based discussion to introduce newer anti-infectives and how they may be used in clinical practice

Saturday, April 9

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM:
ID Curbside Consultation
Objectives: 1) Discuss commonly asked questions to infectious disease providers 2) Review questions regarding Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses, Zika virus, CA-MRSA, and rabies

8:30 AM – 8:35 AM: BREAK

8:35 AM – 9:35 AM:
ID Jeopardy
Objectives: 1) Discuss case studies in an interactive format regarding bacterial, viral, fungal, and parasitic infections 2) Use heuristics to help with rapid diagnosis and treatment with these real-life cases

9:35 AM – 9:45 AM: BREAK

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM:
Osteoarthritis
Objectives: 1) Review the diagnosis of the most common arthritis we see 2) Discuss treatment and new drugs on the horizon, including case reports

10:45 AM – 10:50 AM: BREAK

10:50 AM – 11:50 AM:
Crystal-Induced Arthritis
Objectives: 1) Identify how to evaluate and treat patients who present with what appears to be a crystal-induced arthritis diagnosis 2) Discuss treatments, including joint aspiration, synovial fluid analysis and dietary considerations

Sunday, April 10

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM:
Fibromyalgia
Objectives: 1) Review this challenging diagnosis 2) Describe approved therapies, as well as additional non-classic therapies that are used 3) Review the newer diagnostic criteria and compare it to the older one

8:30 AM – 8:35 AM: BREAK

8:35 AM – 9:35 AM:
Rheumatology Pearls
Objectives: 1) A concise review on topics of rheumatology reviewed during the first part of the lecture series with some added gems.

9:35 AM – 9:45 AM: BREAK  

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM:
2022 STI Update
Objectives: 1) Review diagnosis and treatment of common and less common STI’s 2) Review principles of STI prevention

10:45 AM – 10:50 AM: BREAK

10:50 AM – 11:50 AM:
Clostridium difficile Update

Objectives: 1) Review new guidelines regarding C-diff management. 2) Interactive case-based questions regarding C-diff infections

Please 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

April 8, 2022

Francis Marion Conference Center

Conference - Day 1

Continental Breakfast for Registered Attendees

Check-In Opens at 7:00 AM

7:30 AM - 11:50 AM

April 9, 2022

Francis Marion Conference Center

Conference - Day 2

Continental Breakfast for Registered Attendees

7:30 AM - 11:50 AM

April 10, 2022

Francis Marion Conference Center

Conference - Day 3

Continental Breakfast for Registered Attendees

7:30 AM - 11:50 AM

Accreditation

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.

ABIM MOC Recognition

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 12 (part II) MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

American Academy of Family Physicians – AAFP

The AAFP has reviewed Infectious Diseases and Rheumatology for Primary Care and deemed it acceptable for up to 12.00 Live AAFP Prescribed credits. Term of Approval is from 04/08/2022 to 04/10/2022. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AMA/AAFP Equivalency:AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™ toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed, not as Category 1.

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

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

Hotel Accommodations

We are currently past our group reservation cutoff date with the property. We currently have some rooms available, however these are not guaranteed. Please email info@mceconferences.com or call 888-533-9031 to check availability of these final rooms.

If no rooms remain available, please click here for nearby lodging options or call (843) 722-0600 to confirm if the Francis Marion Charleston Hotel has remaining availability for you to book direct.

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

Accommodations – An award-winning restoration in 1996 refurbished all of the 234 guestrooms and suites, which now feature plush furnishings and marble baths. Located downtown on Marion Square, the hotel is within walking distance of the magnificent gardens, house museums, antique shops, local boutiques, restaurants, and nightlife that has made Charleston one of the south’s premier cities.

  • Traditional Room $279 – Beautifully restored room offering one queen or two double beds with heavenly pillow-top mattress and luxurious bedding with triple sheeting. Features marble and granite bathroom, dedicated work area with desk, a vanity, complimentary wireless internet, flat-panel TV with HD cable, coffee maker. Higher floor rooms offer unsurpassed views of the historic Charleston harbor.
  • Deluxe Room $319 – Deluxe Room: Large, beautifully restored room offering one king or two double beds with heavenly pillow-top mattress and luxurious bedding with triple sheeting. Features sitting area, marble and granite bathroom, dedicated work area with desk, a vanity, complimentary wireless internet, flat-panel TV with HD cable, coffee maker, and small refrigerator. Higher floor rooms offer unsurpassed views of the historic Charleston harbor.

Room Amenities: 

  • Complimentary wireless Internet access
  • Flat HD cable TV
  • Bluetooth Alarm Clock
  • Heavenly pillow – top mattress
  • Vanity and Desk sitting area
  • Coffee Maker
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Room Service available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Wake-up calls
  • Concierge
  • Starbucks Coffee Shop

Additional Lodging Information:

  • Taxes & Fees – Hotel room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes, which currently total 14% and are subject to change. A destination marketing fee of two dollars per room night will also be applied to each individual guest folio and is subject to sales tax.
  • Check-In & Check-Out – The Hotel’s check-in time is after 4:00 PM, and check-out time is 12:00 PM.

Parking – Hotel parking is available at the City of Charleston-owned parking garage adjacent to the Hotel. The prevailing rates for overnight parking are currently: $28 per day, plus tax for valet service and $20 for self-parking per day. Both options are billed directly to your guest room. Pricing is subject to change.

Lodging Deposit  – A deposit equal to one night’s stay is required to hold each individual’s reservation.

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.

Register & Book Your Lodging Early! The MCE reduced room rates will be available to registered attendees up until March 1, 2022 (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 Charleston International Airport is located 11.6 miles from The Francis Marion Hotel.

Airport Transportation – To make your airport transfer reservation, please see below:

Taxi Service: A taxi ride from the airport to the hotel is approximately 12-miles and costs about $31 for 2 passengers (+ $14 extra charges per additional passenger). For non-metered rides make sure you agree on a fixed rate beforehand.
Shuttle Service: CHS airport downtown shuttle departs roughly every 15 minutes, and cost $14.00 per person. Advanced reservations are not necessary. The shuttle is a shared ride, so be prepared to make several stops depending on how many passengers there are. The shuttles and taxis are in front of the terminal building, outside of the baggage claim area.

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 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.
  • National – Click Here and enter XZB6145 under Contract ID to receive Group Discount

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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