Primary Care Update: Family Medicine and Geriatrics

Apr 21, 2023 – Apr 23, 2023

San Antonio - Hilton Palacio Del Rio San Antonio River Walk

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MCE Cancellation Policy

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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

Primary Care Update: Family Medicine and Geriatrics – 12 Credits 

This conference is designed to provide primary care practitioners with up-to-date, evidence-based information on commonly encountered issues in Family Medicine and Geriatrics, 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 Family Medicine and Geriatrics 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 goal of improving patient outcomes.

Target Audience
All Physicians and other Healthcare Professionals seeking clinical information about issues in Family Medicine and Geriatrics.

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 during a 20-minute office visit.

Topics and Objectives

Friday, April 21

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM:
Smoking Cessation
Objectives: 1) Recognize the role of smoking in disease etiology 2) Utilize techniques to enhance the patient’s ability to stop smoking

8:30 AM – 8:35 AM: BREAK

8:35 AM – 9:35 AM:
Objectives: 1) Develop a diagnostic strategy to ascertain the etiology of anemia 2) Utilize the guidelines for diagnosing anemia in children and adults in terms of available testing 3) Develop a clinical approach to treating various anemias to include iron deficiency and “anemia of chronic disease”, due to infections, inflammatory diseases, chronic kidney disease, malignancies, cytokines, interferons, tumor necrosis factor, et cetera 4) Describe the role of consultants in the evaluation and management of anemia

9:35 AM – 9:45 AM: BREAK

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM:
Multimorbidity: Discussing Goals of Care and the Challenging Decisions
Objectives: 1) Illustrate the four principles of clinical ethics 2) Discuss principles of shared decision-making and the challenges to achieving this 3) Define the “technological imperative” and how it applies to care of seriously ill patients 4) Interpret preferences regarding survival, quality of life, and costs to patients for optimal patient-centered outcomes

10:45 AM – 10:50 AM: BREAK

10:50 AM – 11:50 AM:
Opioids and Pain Management in the Seriously Ill
Objectives: 1) Discuss how pain management strategies may vary in seriously ill patients, those approaching end-of-life, or those with chronic pain syndromes 2) Describe differences between dose, onset and duration of opioids based on drug formulation, route administered and tolerance 3) List commonly encountered opioid side-effects

Saturday, April 22

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM:
Polypharmacy and Pearls for Non-Pain Symptom Management in the Elderly
Objectives: 1) Compare and contrast efficacy of antiemetics and how to select appropriate medication based on patient symptom profile 2) Interpret evidence of the role of oxygen and opioids in treatment of dyspnea 3) Describe common management strategies for care of patients who are actively dying and/or receiving comfort cares

8:30 AM – 8:35 AM: BREAK

8:35 AM – 9:35 AM:
Non-Malignant Pain Considerations and Safe Opioid Prescribing
Objectives: 1) Understand the neurobiology of chronic pain and how this relates to pharmacologic targets 2) Develop a data-driven and practical understanding of dosing, benefits, and side-effects of common nonopioid pharmacologic agents 3) Become familiar in pharmacologic algorithms for treating common pain syndromes, such as acute back pain, fibromyalgia, and neuropathic pain 4) Develop a practical approach to opioid risk stratification and identification of opioid use disorder

9:35 AM – 9:45 AM: BREAK

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM:
Routine Adult Care
Objectives: 1) Determine which screening tests are indicated for each individual patient, according to USPSTF recommendations 2) Order appropriate immunizations for adult patients

10:45 AM – 10:50 AM: BREAK

10:50 AM – 11:50 AM:
Objectives: 1) State the epidemiology of obesity in America and the health risks associated with obesity 2) Assess patients who are obese and determine if they need treatment 3) Recommend and utilize the ACC/AHA/TOS Guidelines for the Management of Overweight and Obese Adults, including diet, exercise, medications, and bariatric surgery 4) Implement the Endocrinology Society Guidelines on Pharmacological Management of Obesity in your practice

Sunday, April 23

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM:
Recognition and Treatment of Depression
Objectives: 1) Understand the incidence and prevalence of anxiety and depression 2) Evaluate patients with signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression in order to make an accurate diagnosis 3) Prescribe appropriate medications to treat these disorders

8:30 AM – 8:35 AM: BREAK

8:35 AM – 9:35 AM:
Thyroid Diseases
Objectives: 1) Formulate a plan for the evaluation of a patient with presumed thyroid disease 2) Interpret common lab and imaging tests in the evaluation of a patient with thyroid disease 3) Select appropriate treatment modalities, both medical and surgical, for patients with thyroid disease, according to the American Thyroid Association Guidelines

9:35 AM – 9:45 AM: BREAK

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM:
Approaches to Early- and Late-Stage Dementia Syndromes
Objectives: 1) Compare cognitive impairment and dementia, and discuss the common trajectories of each 2) Interpret the best evidence in investigating the role of nutritional support in patients with dementia 3) Describe common prognostic scales for patients with dementia, including the Mitchell Mortality Index and the FAST Score

10:45 AM – 10:50 AM: BREAK

10:50 AM – 11:50 AM:
Ethics in the Geriatric Primary Care Setting: A Case-Based Interactive Approach
Objectives: 1) Identify and differentiate the four prima facie principles of ethics 2) Describe the case analysis approach to ethical dilemmas in clinical practice 3) Identify and describe approaches to commonly encountered ethical dilemmas in clinical practice

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

Program Schedule





April 21, 2023

La Vista Ballroom

Conference - Day 1

Continental Breakfast for Registered Attendees

Check-In Opens at 7:00 AM

7:30 AM - 11:50 AM

April 22, 2023

La Vista Ballroom

Conference - Day 2

Continental Breakfast for Registered Attendees

7:30 AM - 11:50 AM

April 23, 2023

La Vista Ballroom

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.

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 pointsin 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 Primary Care Update: Family Medicine and Geriatrics and deemed it acceptable for up to 12.00 Live AAFP Prescribed credits. Term of Approval is from 04/21/2023 to 04/23/2023. 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 activity has been reviewed and is designated for 3.6 pharmacology contact hours.

Hotel Accommodations

We are currently past our group reservation cutoff date with the property. We may have some rooms available, however this is not guaranteed. Please email to check availability of these final rooms.

If no rooms remain available, please click here for nearby lodging options or call (844) 207-4381 to confirm if Hilton Palacio del Rio has remaining availability for you to book direct.

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

Accommodations and Amenities – On San Antonio’s River Walk, surrounded by dining and nightlife with Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center is a block away. A five-minute walk from Rivercenter Mall and the Alamo. Rio San Antonio cruises and shuttles board just across the river. Enjoy the selection of riverside restaurants, lounges, and entertainment options.

  • King or Dbl Bedded Rooms – $219 Per Room Per Night (Plus Applicable Taxes and Fees) – City views, private balcony, armchair, desk and ergonomic chair, 49-inch flat-screen TV. Enjoy balcony views over downtown San Antonio from this comfortable room with two double beds. Relax in the armchair and put your feet up on the ottoman while you watch an on-demand movie on the 49-inch TV. Work at the desk using WiFi, or unwind in the bathroom with granite countertops. Other amenities in this room include a coffeemaker, mini-refrigerator and premium cable channels.
  • Riverside King or Dbl Bedded Rooms $269 Per Room Per Night (Plus Applicable Taxes and Fees) – River views, private balcony, armchair, desk and ergonomic chair, 49-inch flat-screen TV. Admire views of the San Antonio River from the private balcony of this stylish guest room. Sit back in the armchair or relax on one of the two double beds as you watch the 49-inch TV with premium cable channels. Rejuvenate in the granite bathroom with deluxe bath amenities. Other amenities include a desk, WiFi, coffeemaker, mini-refrigerator and on-demand movies.

Room Amenities: 250 thread count sheets, 50-inch HDTV, Hairdryer, Iron, Iron/ironing board, Radio alarm clock, Air conditioning, Arm Chair with Ottoman, Black-Out Curtains, Bolster Pillow, Clock Radio w/ MP3 Connection, Complimentary HBO(R), Duvet Covers, Ergonomic Desk Chair, Feather Pillows Non Allergenic, Flexible Work Environment, Granite Counter Tops/Vanities, Hilton Eat Right Menu, Hilton Serenity Bed, Hilton Serenity CollectionTM, In-Room Movie Channel, Lever Door Handles, On-Demand Movies, On-Demand Video Games, TV-Cable, TV-Pay per view, TV-Premium HBO,CNN,ESPN, TV-Standard Network, Thermostat (adjustable), Video Games featured on TV, Work Desk with Adjustable Lamp, Workstation, Coffee maker, Bathroom amenities, Convenient Electrical Outlets, Desk Level Electric Plugs, Desk Level HSIA Connection, Evening Room Service Available, High Speed Internet Access, Integrated Business Services, Laundry Valet Caddy, Newspaper M-F (USA Today), Remote-Controlled Television, Surge Protected Desk Outlets, Tea/Coffee Making Facilities, Telephone – Auto Wakeup, Telephone – Voice Mail, Telephone-with Speaker phone.

Room Tax & Fees – Sleeping room rates as noted above are quoted exclusive of applicable state and local taxes, fees and assessments, currently 6% state, 9% city, and 1.75% county.  Hotel room rates are subject to the following: San Antonio Tourism PID Fee (currently 1.25% of the room rate).

Additional Lodging Information –

  • Check-in and Check-out: Check-in is after 3:00 PM and Check-out is before 11:00 AM
  • Additional Occupancy Fee: There will be a $20 fee per adult 18 years of older per night beyond double occupancy

Parking – Hotel will offer discounted parking of $39 per car per night for overnight guests. We suggest local and offsite guests utilize nearby parking garages.

Lodging Deposit – In order to confirm a sleeping room, the sleeping room must be secured by a valid credit card for guarantee only.  If the reservation is cancelled within 72 hours of the arrival date or the guest is a no show, a one night room & tax will be charged towards the credit card on file.

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 23, 2023 (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 – San Antonio International Airport is located approximately 10 miles away from the Hilton Palacio del Rio.

Taxi – Taxi fares range from $24-$29.

Rideshare – The following rideshare service companies are approved for operations at SAT: Uber, Lyft, Wingz, Wridz

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
  • 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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