Primary Care Update: Cardiology, Endocrinology and Gastroenterology

Nov 20, 2020 – Nov 21, 2020

Charleston - The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel

Important Update: This program will now be presented as a live stream virtual CME course now covering Primary Care Update Infectious Diseases, Office Orthopedics, and Pain Management, Pharmacology – Nov 20 to Nov 21, 2020, from 10:00 AM – 2:20 PM Eastern Time (7:00 AM – 11:20 AM Pacific Time).

This online live stream CME and the enduring recordings for this program will be accepted for up to 8 Prescribed credits by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and all live stream portions will be accredited by the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Please note MCE will no longer be hosting an in-person conference at the destination as this will be presented entirely online.

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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. Opened in 1853, The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel is a unique hotel close to the Museum Mile and many historic downtown sights.


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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

This live streaming course is designed to provide primary care clinicians with up-to-date, evidence-based information on commonly encountered issues in Cardiology, Endocrinology, and Gastroenterology while suggesting pragmatic approaches to clinical management. The online learning format 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, Endocrinology, and Gastroenterology for Primary Care, 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 Cardiology, Endocrinology, and Gastroenterology for Primary Care.

Presenting Faculty Speakers
Our presenting national faculty speakers make it their professional goal to enhance the training of primary care clinicians and to help you learn the most current, best medicine, and techniques for making the diagnosis easier and quicker during a 20-minute office visit.

Eli V. Gelfand, MD – Assistant Professor, Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. Chief, General Cardiology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA. Founder and Director, Russian and Latino Cardiovascular Programs, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA. Director, Medical Services, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston, MA.
Damon Tanton, MD –  Endocrinologist, Obesity Medicine Specialist, and Medical Director, Clinical Practice, Florida Hospital Diabetes Institute, Orlando, FL. Endocrinologist and Obesity Medicine Specialist, Florida Diabetes & Endocrine Center, Orlando, FL.
Rimma Shaposhnikov, MD Director, Endoscopy Unit, West Hills Surgical Center, University of California Los Angeles. Board Certified, Internal Medicine, and Gastroenterology. Member, American College of Gastroenterology, and the American Gastroenterology Association.

Schedule, Topics, and Learning Objectives

Friday, November 20th 

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM (ET) / 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM (PT):
Aortic Stenosis: An Old Disease with New Treatment Options– Dr. Eli Gelfand
Objectives: 1) Understand the basic pathophysiology of AS 2) Understand the newer concepts in the timing of valve replacement, the role of stress testing, and biomarkers 3) Transcatheter aortic valve intervention: How is it done, how does it compare with surgical AVR, and whom to refer

11:00 AM – 11:05 AM (ET) / 8:00 AM – 8:05 AM (PT) ~ BREAK

11:05 AM – 12:05 PM (ET) / 8:05 AM – 9:05 AM (PT): 
Mitral Regurgitation– Dr. Eli Gelfand
Objectives: 1) Understand the basic pathophysiology of MR 2) Timing of mitral valve surgical intervention: when to treat an asymptomatic patient with severe MR? 3)Emerging catheter-based therapies for MR

12:05 PM – 12:15 PM / 9:05 AM – 9:15 AM (PT) ~ BREAK

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM (ET) / 9:15 AM – 10:15 AM (PT): 
Obesity: Introduction, Etiologies, Lifestyle Modifications– Dr. Damon Tanton
1) Definition of obesity 2) Measurement modalities 3) Scope of the problem 4) Association with illness 5) Global impact 6) Obesogenic Environment 7) Fat-promoting foods 8) The problem of exercise inequity 9) Fat-promoting medications 10) Endocrinologic causes [with focus on Insulin Resistance]  11) Psycho-Social influences 12) Fat-fighting foods 13) Discussion of diets [with focus on Volumetrics and Low Glycemic Load Diet]  14) The importance of protein and fiber 15) Avoidance of starvation 16) Grazing vs. Gorging 17) Optimal exercise 18) Stress reduction 19) Spiritual awareness

1:15 PM – 1:20 PM / 10:15 AM – 10:20 AM (PT) ~ BREAK

1:20 PM – 2:20 PM (ET) / 10:20 AM – 11:20 AM (PT): 
Obesity: Pharmacological and Surgical Treatments – Dr. Damon Tanton
1) FDA-approved medications 2) Other commonly used treatments [will discuss off-label use] 3) Potential side effects 4) Precautions for use 5) Expected results of medications 6) Criteria for Bariatric Surgery 7) Surgical options [with emphasis on Gastric Sleeve, Laparoscopic Banding, and Roux-En-Y] 8) Potential complications of surgeries 9) Anticipated outcomes 10) Metabolic surgery

Saturday, November 21st 

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM (ET) / 7:00 AM – 7:30 AM (PT):  
Case Base Studies – Obesity (30 minutes) – Dr. Damon Tanton 
Objectives: 1) Appropriate hormonal workup for weight pain 2) Algorithm for medicinal treatment of excessive fat 3) Escalation to various bariatric procedures 

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM (ET) / 7:30 AM – 8:00 AM (PT): 
Case Base Studies – Diabetes Management (30 minutes)- Dr. Damon Tanton
Objectives: 1) Use of oral agents 2) Addiction of non-insulin injectables 3) Escalation of care with multiple daily shots of insulin 4) Introduction of diabetes devices 

11:00 AM – 11:05 AM (ET) / 8:00 AM – 8:05 AM (PT) ~ BREAK 

11:05 AM – 12:05 PM (ET) / 8:05 AM – 9:05 AM (PT): 
Diabetes 1 and 2 – Dr. Damon Tanton 
Objectives: 1) Incidence, screening, classification, genetics, diagnosis, and complications of diabetes 2) Major pathophysiologic defects in type 2 diabetes 3) ADA/EASD and AACE treatment goals 4) Non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic treatment options 5) Diabetes technology/devices 6) Case studies in diabetes 

12:05 PM – 12:15 PM / 9:05 AM – 9:15 AM (PT) ~ BREAK 

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM (ET) / 9:15 AM – 10:15 AM (PT): 
Colon Cancer Update 2020– Dr. Rimma Shaposhnikov
Objective: 1) Increase compliance with colon cancer screening in the general population 2) Review available colon cancer screening tests and the latest guidelines 

1:15 PM – 1:20 PM (ET) / 10:15 AM – 10:20 AM (PT) ~ BREAK 

1:20 PM – 2:20 PM (ET) / 10:20 AM – 11:20 AM (PT): 
Celiac Disease – What’s in a Name?– Dr. Rimma Shaposhnikov
Objective: To raise awareness of which patients should be screened for celiac disease and to provide the tools necessary to differentiate between gluten disorders 

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

Program Schedule





November 20, 2020

Online Live Stream

Webinar - Day 1

Online live stream access information will be provided upon registration.

10:00 AM - 2:20 PM ET (7:00 AM - 11:20 AM PT)

November 21, 2020

Online Live Stream

Webinar - Day 2

Online live stream access information will be provided upon registration.

10:00 AM - 2:20 PM ET (7:00 AM - 11:20 AM PT)


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 during MCE’s business hours.

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

Accommodations – The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel offers the following amenities: High-speed Internet & Wi-Fi, full access to the Business Center, Fitness Center, Outdoor Pool, Fire Shot Lounge, The Barbados Room Restaurant, Concierge Service, Nightly Turndown Service, and Lush Courtyard. In-room amenities include Air Conditioning, Cable/Satellite TV, Coffee/tea maker, Desk, Electrical Outlet at Desk, Free Newspaper, Complimentary High-Speed Internet Access, In-Room Movies, Shower, Telephone with Voice Mail, Work Desk with Lamp, and a 36 inch HD TV.

  • Standard Guest Room – An immediate sense of relaxation washes over you upon entering the Deluxe Rooms. Designed to reflect a true sense of Charleston style, these accommodations come with the option of one king bed or two double beds.
  • View Guest Room – The signature rooms feature views of church steeples in the distance, picturesque rooftops, and colorful gardens. Wake up to the beauty of Charleston and enjoy the comfort of a king bed or two double beds.
  • Junior Suite – A suite fit for royalty with almost 50% more space than most of the rooms. The Junior Suite offers relaxing amenities like a king bed, a small sofa, a large working area, comfortable chairs, and a wet bar.

Additional Lodging Information:

  • Taxes & Fees – Currently, the guestroom tax rate is 14% + $2.18 destination marketing fee. Taxes and fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Check-In & Check-Out – The Hotel’s check-in time is after 3:00 PM, and check-out time is 11:00 AM.

Parking – The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel does not own or operate the parking facilities. Parking fees may change without notice. Current Parking fees per day are as follows:

  • Valet Parking – rate is currently $39.00 per day and will be charged to individual guestrooms on a nightly basis.
  • Self-parking – is located in the Charleston County Municipal Parking Garage located behind the Hotel. Self-parking is a separate charge paid directly to the garage upon exiting.

Lodging Deposit  -Individuals are required to guarantee their reservation with a valid credit card.

Additional Travel Information

Airport Information – The Charleston International Airport is located 12 miles from The Mills House Wyndham Grand 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.

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.

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

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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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