Neurology and Pharmacology for Primary Care

May 03, 2024 – May 05, 2024

Florida Keys - Hawks Cay Resort

This program includes 2.0 hours of content intended to meet the MATE Act requirements.

In the 60-acre island playground in the Florida Keys is the affluent 4-star Hawk Cay Resort in Duck Key. It comes with a soothing beachfront location, which includes a marina. While in the resort, cool down in one of the 5 swimming pools or have fun with the dolphins in the private saltwater lagoon. Some guests greet the day with hot coffee and pastries near the lobby’s new 1,300-gallon saltwater aquarium or breakfast at the restaurant Ocean, often followed by a toes-in-the-sand lunch at the Beach Grill, poolside refreshments at the Coral Grill, and evenings of Latin American–influenced cuisine at Alma. Hawks Cay has something special for the whole family.


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Physician (MD/DO)
$ 999.00
Other Healthcare Professionals/Residents/Military MD
$ 899.00
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Lodging Reservations*

Tuition Discount Eligibility

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

Neurology and Pharmacology for Primary Care – 12 Credits

This program includes 2.0 hours of content intended to meet the Medication Access and Training Expansion (MATE) Act requirements for DEA license renewal.


This conference is designed to provide primary care practitioners with up-to-date, evidence-based information on commonly encountered issues in Neurology and Pharmacology, 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 Neurology 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 issues in Neurology 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 during a 20 minute office visit.


Friday, May 3rd

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM:
Cognitive Impairment 101: A Provider’s Path to Health Equity
Objectives: 1) Discuss targeted questions while taking patient history for those with suspected cognitive decline 2) Review elements of a mental status examination and relevant supporting elements of the neurological exam 3) Highlight the utility of telemedicine in the evaluation of patients with cognitive impairment

8:30 AM – 8:35 AM ~ BREAK

8:35 AM – 9:35 AM:
Cognitive Impairment 102 – Part 1: How Do We Evaluate Older Adults? A Deep Dive into Cognitive Screening, the Neurobehavioral, and Telemedicine Evaluation
Objectives: 1) Review important necessary labs and imaging 2) Identify patterns of cognitive impairment 3) Discuss system improvements for older adults – age-friendly, annual wellness visit and social determinants of health screening, et cetera

9:35 AM – 9:45 AM ~ BREAK

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM:
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, while highlighting the relevance to primary care providers 3) Determine best practices for managing patients with chronic nonmalignant pain, while highlighting guidance from a regulatory perspective 4) Discuss cases, investigations, and licensure outcomes involving prescribers and opioids to identify practice improvement opportunities

10:45 AM – 10:50 AM ~ BREAK

10:50 AM – 11:50 AM:
Medical Management of Common Substance Use Disorders
Objectives: 1) Explore evidence-based treatment approaches for substance use disorders 2) Discuss strategies to fully engage patients and their families in the process, including shared decision-making and building trust 3) Gain insights into pharmacotherapeutic treatments, including their mechanisms of action, risks, and benefits as well as relevant psychosocial and psychotherapeutic interventions

Saturday, May 4th

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM:
Optimizing Drug Therapy and Avoiding Drug Injury in the Older Adult: Part 1
Objectives: 1) Discuss key physiologic and pathophysiologic changes of aging that impact drug therapy 2) Apply age-sensitive principles for medication dosing and management to patient scenarios

8:30 AM – 8:35 AM ~ BREAK

8:35 AM – 9:35 AM:
Optimizing Drug Therapy and Avoiding Drug Injury in the Older Adult: Part 2
Objectives: 1) List nine key questions useful for identifying and managing inappropriate polypharmacy, such as unnecessary medication use in older adults 2) Apply practical tools to screen and appropriately manage complex drug regimens among older adults with or at-risk for drug injury 3) Discuss high-risk drug-drug and drug-dietary supplement interactions commonly encountered in primary care, including best practices in identifying and managing related toxicities

9:35 AM – 9:45 AM ~ BREAK

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM:
Cognitive Impairment 102 – Part 2: Fountain of Youth – An Evidence-Based Approach to Healthy Aging
Objectives: 1) Review differential diagnostic strategies 2) Appropriately recognize geriatric syndromes, as well as cognitive impairment, using evidence-based pathways

10:45 AM – 10:50 AM ~ BREAK

10:50 AM – 11:50 AM:
All Dementia is NOT Created Equal: Atypical Dementia Presentations
Objectives: 1) Recognize common risk factors for dementia 2) Review causes of atypical dementia 3) Identify sub-phenotyping and the classification of dementia 4) Determine several treatment decisions around case-based scenarios

Sunday, May 5th

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM:
Stroke Basics and Stroke Mimickers: Sometimes It is the Zebra You Are Hearing
Objectives: 1) Recognize common stroke syndromes and review imaging 2) Review the neurological examination of paroxysmal disorders that can mimic stroke 3) Identify the red flags associated with secondary headaches 4) Explore secondary headache syndromes and how to improve history taking in the primary care visit

8:30 AM – 8:35 AM ~ BREAK

8:35 AM – 9:35 AM:
Vitamin Deficiencies and Excess: Too Much of a Good Thing or Not Enough?
Objectives: 1) Review the neurological manifestations of vitamin deficiencies 2) Highlight case-based scenarios of vitamin excess or deficiency 3) Discuss the pathophysiological pathways of vitamin excess and deficiency 4) Review laboratory and imaging data clues for these disorders

9:35 AM – 9:45 AM ~ BREAK

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM:
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) Identify key parameters for medications used to treat mechanism, safety, tolerability, efficacy, cost, and simplicity of use

10:45 AM – 10:50 AM ~ BREAK

10:50 AM – 11:50 AM:
Mood Stabilizers in Primary Care: Brief Review of Bipolar Disorder and Considerations for “Off-Label” Prescribing
Objective: 1) Discuss “off-label” use of mood stabilizers and psychotropic agents for agitation, restlessness, insomnia, and other behavioral symptoms 2) Differentiate commonly prescribed agents by pharmacologic class, mechanism of action, pharmacokinetic factors, indications and uses, tolerability, and efficacy 3) Apply best practices in prescribing and shared decision-making when considering “off label” use of drugs in a case scenario involving dementia and brain injury 4) Consider steps to optimize benefits and reduce risks to patients, while prescribing with liability authority 5) Discuss pharmacologic management options for individuals with bipolar disorder 6) Apply clinical practice guidelines for mood stabilizer therapies in bipolar disorder

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

Program Schedule





May 3, 2024

Hawks Cay Conference Center

Conference - Day 1

Continental Breakfast for Registered Attendees

Check-In Opens at 7:15 AM

7:30 AM - 11:50 AM

May 4, 2024

Hawks Cay Conference Center

Conference - Day 2

Continental Breakfast for Registered Attendees

7:30 AM - 11:50 AM

May 5, 2024

Hawks Cay 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.

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 Neurology and Pharmacology for Primary Care and deemed it acceptable for up to 12.00 Live AAFP Prescribed credit(s). Term of Approval is from 05/03/2024 to 05/05/2024. 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 Reservations -To make your lodging reservation, please Click Here. If you need assistance, please contact our office at 

Accommodations – Hawks Cay guest rooms provide a laid-back tropical setting where you can relax, sip a cool drink, and bury your worries in the sand. Each of the 177 hotel rooms and suites are carefully crafted in Caribbean island decor; furnished with upscale amenities; and set amongst a vivid backdrop of swaying palm trees, historic bridges, and bright blue and green Caribbean waters. All units offer welcomed privacy yet are only steps from the Atlantic Ocean, gourmet dining, swimming pools, and Hawks Cay’s popular Dolphin Connection.

Amenities include – Hawks Cay Resort has been carefully planned to fit in harmoniously with the natural Florida Keys beauty surrounding the property. Watch the Sunrise over the Atlantic and fall behind the Gulf of Mexico. In between, lounge beside the saltwater lagoon or at one of the 5 award-winning pools. Book a Florida Keys fishing or snorkeling charter from the Hawks Cay Marina. Unwind with an exotic treatment at the award-winning Calm Waters Spa or grab a workout in the Fitness Center. When it’s time to dine, our restaurants will meet any whim, be it flip-flop casual or a fabulous night out. Some of the other amenities include Internet Access, On-Resort Transportation, Coral Cay Kids’ Club, Tennis Facility, Bike Rentals, Kayak & Paddleboard Rentals.

  • Hawks Cay King Room – $349 Per Night (Plus Applicable Taxes and Fees)
  • Hawks Cay 2 Qn Room – $369 Per Night (Plus Applicable Taxes and Fees) 
  • Hawks Cay 2 Qn Sleeper Room – $369 Per Night (Plus Applicable Taxes and Fees) 
    • Hawks Cay Rooms feature 376 square feet of elegant interior space, upscale amenities, private furnished balconies, and views of Hawks Cay Resort’s grounds. Choose from either one king or two queen beds.
  • Water View King Room – $399 Per Night (Plus Applicable Taxes and Fees)
  • Water View 2 Qn Room – $429 Per Night (Plus Applicable Taxes and Fees)  
    • A luxurious retreat with 376 square feet of elegant interior space and a private balcony overlooking, in most cases, a full or partial view of the Atlantic Ocean, the pool, or the island waterway. Choose from either one king or two queen beds.

Additional Lodging Information:

  • Resort Fee –  A daily reduced Resort fee of $45 is charged based on a flat fee (per room / per night) and includes the following amenities; Self-Parking, Wireless Internet Access, Tram Transportation throughout the Resort, Complimentary access to Hawks Cay Health Club and Coral Cay, In-Room Coffee (in “hotel” rooms only, coffee is not provided in villas), Local and Toll-Free Calls, Unlimited use of Putting Course, Sports Field, Hard and Clay Court Tennis Facilities, Unlimited use of Kayaks and Paddleboards in the Hawks Cay Saltwater Lagoon.
  • Taxes & Fees – Currently, the applicable state and local taxes 12.5%. Subject to change without notice.
  • Check-In & Check-Out – The Hotel’s check-in time is after 4:00 PM, and check-out time is 11:00 AM. Late checkouts based on availability.

Hotel Parking – Complimentary self-parking is available for all MCE Conferences attendees staying on or offsite.

Lodging Deposit – A Deposit of one-night room & tax is due at the time of booking.

Lodging Cancellation Policy – Reservations deposit is refundable if canceled at least 7 days prior to arrival date.

Register & Book Your Lodging Early! The MCE reduced room rates will be available to registered attendees up until March 25, 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 – Hawks Cay Resort is approximately 130 miles from Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL), approximately 60 miles from Key West International Airport (EYW), and approximately 90 miles from Miami International Airport (MIA).

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.

Airport Transportation – To make your reservation, please click on the following links:

Florida Keys Express Shuttle: Daily door-to-door shuttle service to and from the Florida Keys and Miami and Ft. Lauderdale airports. To make your reservation please call (305)743-7454 or Click Here

Car Service: Ahoy Taxi /Airport Transportation- private transportation to and from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Key West. To make your reservation please call (305)407-0603 or Click Here

Parking – Complimentary self-parking is available for all MCE attendees

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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