Cardiology and Internal Medicine Update for Primary Care

Mar 08, 2024 – Mar 10, 2024

Puerto Vallarta / Punta Mita / Sayulita - Iberostar Selection Playa Mita

This All-inclusive 5-star resort is located in the magical area of Punta Mita, one of the most exclusive destinations on the Riviera Nayarit, on Mexico’s Pacific coast just north of Puerto Vallarta. Its golden sandy beach is the ideal place to witness the divine sunset. The area where the hotel is located is steeped in the culture of the Huichol and Cora, ancient tribes whose ancestry can be traced back to the Aztecs.

At the Iberostar Selection Playa Mita Hotel, you’ll find a fusion of ancient cultures, nature, and innovative facilities, where luxury design meets 100% locally sourced materials. Unwind in one of its charming rooms with unbeatable views of the Pacific Ocean, the mountains and gardens, or relax in its serene spa with treatments that take inspiration from local culture. Delight your palate with the hotel’s extensive range of international cuisine and Mexican gastronomy, prepared using ingredients typical of the region. This all-inclusive resort in Punta Mita guarantees all-around entertainment, with the fabulous Star Camp for the youngest members of the family and a jam-packed daily activity program for adults. Why not dare to explore Monkey Mountain, the Marieta Islands, or the magical village of Sayulita? Or don’t miss your chance to see humpback whales and dolphins, bask in the beauty of the Pacific Ocean, and connect with the Huichol culture in a truly authentic experience!

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  • 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

Cardiology and Internal Medicine Update for Primary Care – 12 Credits

Overview

This conference is designed to provide primary care practitioners with up-to-date, evidence-based information on commonly encountered issues in Cardiology and Internal Medicine, 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 and Internal Medicine 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 issues in Cardiology and Internal Medicine.

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 during a 20 minute office visit.

Topics and Objectives

Friday, March 8

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM:
Aortic Stenosis: An Old Disease with New Treatment Options
Objectives: 1) Review the basic pathophysiology of aortic stenosis 2) Apply the newer concepts in timing of valve replacement, role of stress testing, and biomarkers 3) Discuss transcatheter aortic valve intervention – how is it done, how does it compare with surgical AVR, and whom to refer

8:30 AM – 8:35 AM: BREAK

8:35 AM – 9:35 AM:
Mitral Regurgitation
Objectives: 1) Review the basic pathophysiology of mitral regurgitation 2) Discuss the timing of mitral valve surgical intervention, such as when to treat an asymptomatic patient with severe MR 3) Discuss emerging catheter-based therapies for MR

9:35 AM – 9:45 AM: BREAK

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM:
Medical Myths (Busting Medical Myths)
Objectives: 1) Recognize medical myths 2) Discuss why they occur 3) Explain why they persist despite evidence against them

10:45 AM – 10:50 AM: BREAK

10:50 AM – 11:50 AM:
Drug Interactions and Side-Effects for 2024
Objectives: 1) Effectively manage patients on statins in respect to muscle symptoms 2) Recognize major drug interactions with warfarin 3) Know the dangers of quinolones

Saturday, March 9

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM:
Practical Pearls in Primary Care
Objectives: 1) Develop a plan for treatment of resistant hypertension 2) Recognize hidden presentations of sleep apnea 3) Identify common causes of night sweats

8:30 AM – 8:35 AM: BREAK

8:35 AM – 9:35 AM:
Dermatology for the Primary Care Professional
Objectives: 1) Identify and review the causes of erythema multiforme 2) Discuss how to use topical steroid preparations 3) Recognize common facial rashes

9:35 AM – 9:45 AM: BREAK

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM:
Office Management of Heart Failure: Focus on the Geriatric Population
Objectives: 1) Review the specific diagnosis of CHF in the elderly 2) Discuss the common causes of CHF exacerbation in geriatric populations 3) Discuss lifestyle modification and drug therapy of CHF with an emphasis on the elderly

10:45 AM – 10:50 AM: BREAK

10:50 AM – 11:50 AM:
Interactive EKG Refresher
Objectives: 1) Participate in a fun and interactive EKG review 2) Discuss the common EKG presentations of cardiac conditions and review “pearls” for the practicing clinician

Sunday, March 10

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM:
Pulmonary Hypertension
Objectives: 1) Review the etiology of pulmonary hypertension in adults 2) Differentiate between precapillary and postcapillary pulmonary hypertension 3) Diagnose and determine new medical therapies for pulmonary hypertension 4) Discuss surgical treatment for chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension

8:30 AM – 8:35 AM: BREAK

8:35 AM – 9:35 AM:
Atrial Fibrillation: Practical Management, Monitoring, and Anticoagulation Options
Objectives: 1) Discuss the risk of thromboembolism in AF 2) Review the importance of detecting asymptomatic AF in patients with stroke 3) Determine what to do with device-detected AF 4) Discuss new anticoagulants

9:35 AM – 9:45 AM: BREAK

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM:
Natural Products: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Objectives: 1) Recognize which natural products are effective in the prevention of migraine headache 2) Identify which natural product has good evidence for prevention of urinary tract infections 3) Discuss which natural product has the greatest danger for drug interactions

10:45 AM – 10:50 AM: BREAK

10:50 AM – 11:50 AM:
10 Ways to Best Care for Elderly Patients
Objectives: 1) Recognize the cardiovascular risk of NSAIDs in the elderly 2) Review the risks and/or benefits of aggressively managing diabetes in the elderly 3) Recognize the importance of counseling the elderly to avoid high-risk fall situations

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

March 8th, 2024

Iberostar Playa Mita

Conference - Day 1

Continental Breakfast for Registered Attendees

Check-In Opens at 7:15 AM

7:30 AM - 11:50 AM

March 9th, 2024

Iberostar Playa Mita

Conference - Day 2

Continental Breakfast for Registered Attendees

7:30 AM - 11:50 AM

March 10th, 2024

Iberostar Playa Mita

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 Cardiology and Internal Medicine Update for Primary Care and deemed it acceptable for up to 12.00 Live AAFP Prescribed credits. Term of Approval is from 03/08/2024 to 03/10/2024. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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 CME credits; please verify with your Medical Board which hours may be applied toward Pharmacology credit.

Hotel Accommodations

Lodging ReservationsWe are currently past our group reservation cutoff date with the property.  Please call the hotel at (833) 399-7888 to confirm if the Iberostar Selection Playa Mita has remaining availability for you to book direct. If no rooms remain available, please Click Here for nearby lodging options. If you need assistance, please contact our office at info@mceconferences.com.

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

VAT TAX EXEMPTION: Please note, there is a 17.5% government levied VAT tax which will be added to the below room rates at the time of booking. This VAT tax will be removed for any qualifying group rooms that meet the requirements, the eligible removal of this 17.5% tax may be revoked and added to the cost of your stay at the discretion of the Mexico Government and Hotel.

To qualify for the removal of VAT tax the government requires copies of the following documents from all group participants:

  • 1) A copy of the passport main page with official information of the passport´s holder and,
  • 2) A copy of the page with the official Migration Entry Stamp provided by the Mexican Immigration Authorities.

These items will be required upon check-in to the resort. These requirements are not optional, and are non-negotiable in order to honor the below rates.

Should your room become ineligible for the 17.5% VAT tax exemption, this cost will be added to your room cost via your credit card on file.

Child rates are not eligible for VAT TAX exemption and will be charged at the full rate listed below, which is inclusive of the 17.5% VAT tax.

VAT tax exempt rates will ONLY be honored for (1) day pre and (1) one day post the peak meeting nights (i.e. Wed/Thur/Fri/Sat/Sun). The rooms outside of the (1) night extension will be charged at the rate(s) below plus VAT tax (currently 17.5%).

*VAT Tax rate and exemptions are subject to change without notice.

All-Inclusive Plan Features – Iberostar presents its All Inclusive hotels, your passport to a unique holiday. While you relax in the company of your loved ones, a team of professionals puts everything at your disposal so that nothing is missing, always offering you the best service. This type of accommodation is the best option for all those who wish to leave routine at home and live the most complete holiday experience. Depending on your needs, you can choose from several options.

Accommodations and Amenities – Complete your dream vacation by booking a room at Iberostar Selection Playa Mita. Pick from 8 different suites to accommodate families, have the Star Prestige experience, enjoy ocean views, and delight in extra luxuries. Each accommodation type is elegantly styled to be a multifunctional space with modern amenities and comfortable furnishings. Check into a room that feels personalized to you.

  • Sea front hotel
  • All inclusive
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Exclusive Star Prestige Area ($)
  • Splash pool
  • Star Camp children’s activity programme
  • Pool
  • Children’s Pool
  • Golf ($)
  • PADI Certified Scuba Center ($)
  • Tennis
  • Fitness Center
  • Specialty Restaurants
  • 24 -hour Room Service
  • Salas de reuniones ($)
  • Estacionamiento
  • Babysitting Service ($)
  • Disco/Nightclub

***All-Inclusive rates below are all inclusive of food and drinks during your entire stay and will not have any added fees, within hotel outlets. Upgraded alcohol selections and special request amenities may have added costs.

  • Garden View – Enjoy beautiful views of the hotel’s garden from your room’s private balcony. Inside, luxury and sustainability await you to ensure your 5-star vacation in the Riviera Nayarit is unforgettable. Outside, discover a wide selection of cuisine and an endless array of activities to explore the great outdoors and connect with your surroundings and culture of the area. Nightly Rates Starting At:
    • Double Adult Occupancy: $163.26 Per Person All Inclusive
    • Triple Adult Occupancy: $149.44 Per Person All Inclusive
    • Quad Adult Occupancy: $142.53 Per Person All Inclusive
    • Single Adult Occupancy: $293.69.00 Per Person All Inclusive
    • Child Rate – $95.00 Per Person All Inclusive (3-12 years old)
      • Additional rate information for children listed below.
  • Golf Course View – The Golf Course View Room at Iberostar Selection Playa Mita is on the highest floors of the hotel and offers views of the golf course from the private balcony. The spacious bedroom provides all the amenities you need and is designed using 100% local materials. Nightly Rates Starting At:
    • Double Adult Occupancy: $168.44 Per Person All Inclusive
    • Triple Adult Occupancy: $154.62 Per Person All Inclusive
    • Quad Adult Occupancy: $147.71 Per Person All Inclusive
    • Single Adult Occupancy: $303.20 Per Person All Inclusive
    • Child Rate – $98.00 Per Child All Inclusive (3-12 years old)

      • Additional rate information for children listed below.
  • Sunset View – In the Sunset VIew enjoy the best sunsets over the Pacific Ocean and experience a magical moment in the local Wixárika culture from your own private balcony. Spacious rooms await you, designed with 100% local materials and offering luxury and sustainability. And you have all the amenities you need for an unforgettable vacation in Punta Mita. Nightly Rates Starting At:
    • Double Adult Occupancy: $174.49 Per Person All Inclusive
    • Triple Adult Occupancy: $159.80 Per Person All Inclusive
    • Quad Adult Occupancy: $152.89 Per Person All Inclusive
    • Single Adult Occupancy: $314.63 Per Person All Inclusive
    • Child Rate – $101 Per Child All Inclusive (3-12 years old)

      • Additional rate information for children listed below.
  • Junior Suite Ocean Front – Enjoy magnificent panoramic vistas overlooking the Pacific from your own private balcony. The room welcomes you with all the space and amenities you need for an unforgettable vacation in Mexico. Nightly Rates Starting At:
    • Junior Suite Double Adult Occupancy: $220.27 Per Person All Inclusive
    • Junior Suite Triple Adult Occupancy: $202.13 Per Person All Inclusive
    • Junior Suite Quad Adult Occupancy: $192.63 Per Person All Inclusive
    • Junior Suite Single Adult Occupancy: $396.49 Per Person All Inclusive
    • Child Rate – $118 Per Child All Inclusive (3-12 years old)
      • Additional rate information for children listed below.

Additional Room Rate Information

  • Child Rate:The following conditions will apply to child rates for Double Standard and Superior Rooms: Child from 0 to 2.99 years are free of charge (infant).  Child rates will apply for children aged from 3 to 12.99 years.
  • Children under 3 years old stay free.
  • Children over 12 are charged at the adult rate.

Parking – Complimentary parking is available for all MCE Conferences attendees.

Important Lodging Deposit Information – A deposit of 2-night is due at the time of booking. The remaining full balance will be automatically charged 30-days prior to arrival date (Wednesday, November 8, 2023) to the original credit card used when making your reservation. Should this payment decline, the Hotel will have the right to cancel your lodging at their discretion. Generally the Hotel will send a notification at which point you will be given 48-hours to contact the property with full payment. Should the property still not receive full payment within these 48-hours, your reservation will be automatically canceled with no guarantee for rebooking at the group rate. Please be sure your card is active at this time to avoid cancelation.

Reservation Modification and Lodging Cancellation Policy – Reservations canceled or modified from the time the reservation is made up until 30 days prior to arrival, the Hotel will not charge a cancelation penalty and will refund the initial deposit. From 29 days to day of arrival Hotel will charge the full penalty of the entire stay. Individuals may modify (not cancel) their reservations without penalty only if lengthening their stay from 29 days up until the day of arrival. Early departures will be charged the full stay.

Hotel Access – Registered attendees not staying overnight at the conference hotel are permitted to access the conference property for the general session hours only during the three-day course. Day passes to remain on property after the conference hours to access amenities and dining outlets may be available for purchase and must be secured with the hotel in advance. If you have questions please contact MCE at info@mceconferences.com.

Register & Book Your Lodging Early! The MCE reduced room rates will be available to registered attendees up until January 22, 2024 (based on availability). Our 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 canceled 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 number of registrations per conference.

Additional Travel Information

Airport Information – Puerto Vallarta International Airport – Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR) is located approximately 25 miles away from the Iberostar Selection Playa Mita Resort. A taxi or shuttle would take about 45 min to 60 min depending on traffic conditions.

Airport Transfers – There are numerous websites offering transportation services including both private and shared shuttles to and from the International Airport. We highly suggest you research and book your roundtrip transfer prior to arrival with a reputable company. If you do not prebook please be sure to utilize an authorized taxi driver at the airport line. You may also want to contact the Iberostar Selection Playa Mita Resort to take advantage of any of their third party private airport transfer companies.

Transportation and Driving Advisory – While in the Mexico, you may encounter road conditions that differ significantly from those in the United States.

Breakdown assistance is limited in urban areas and virtually unavailable in rural areas. Nighttime driving is especially dangerous and should be avoided whenever possible. For your safety, MCE Conferences does not recommend renting a car during your stay. If you plan to explore the surrounding areas, we recommend using a tour company, a taxi, or hiring a private driver.

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.

Hotel Access – Registered attendees not staying overnight at the conference hotel are permitted to access the conference property for the general session hours only during the three-day course. Day passes to remain on property after the conference hours to access amenities and dining outlets may be available for purchase and must be secured with the hotel in advance. If you have questions please contact MCE at info@mceconferences.com.

Travel Documents – Travel documents vary based on itinerary. It is the sole responsibility of guests to identify and obtain all required travel documents for the entire duration of their stay and have them available when necessary. Valid travel documents such as passports and visas are required for boarding and re-entry into the United States and other countries.

All guests must carry a valid passport. Passports must be valid for at least six months after your return date of travel. Guests are responsible to ensure the validity dates of passport and to secure proper documentation for countries visited. Please consult your respective State Department or Foreign Ministry for specific Visa and entry requirements for countries scheduled on your travel itinerary. For U.S. citizens, further information can be found by visiting the Travel Website. Consult your healthcare professional for any inoculations you may require, or contact the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) toll-free at 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636) or online at the CDC Website

Note: If your passport is lost or stolen on a trip, you could be denied entry into your home country. To avoid this issue, we recommend following some practical steps: Make two copies of your passport ID page – that’s the page with your picture, your date of birth, etc. This can be an image scan or hard copy. Give one copy to someone you trust – a friend, family member, or assistant – in case you need to contact them while on your trip. Keep the other copy with you. If it’s printed, put it in your carry-on (not your checked luggage – that could go missing). If it’s an electronic copy, make sure you have access to it when you leave the U.S. (on your mobile device, or in your e-mail, for example).

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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