Geriatrics and Rheumatology for Primary Care

Nov 10, 2023 – Nov 12, 2023

Zion National Park - Marriott Springhill Suites Zion National Park

This program includes 1.0 hour of content intended to meet the MATE Act requirements.

A visit to Zion National Park in Utah brings with it many fascinating wonders. Follow the paths where ancient native people and pioneers walked. Gaze up at massive sandstone cliffs of cream, pink, and red that soar into a brilliant blue sky. Experience wilderness in a narrow slot canyon. Zion’s unique array of plants and animals will enchant you as you absorb the rich history of the past and enjoy the excitement of present-day adventures.

Zion is a spectacular network of colorful canyons, forested mesas, and striking deserts. All of the land within the park boundary is preserved by the National Park Service for the benefit of the public. In addition, a remarkable 84 percent of this extraordinary landscape is preserved as Wilderness. This designation ensures that over 124,000 acres of the park will continue to be a place where nature and its “community of life are untrammeled by man, a place where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.”

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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

Geriatrics and Rheumatology for Primary Care – 12 Credits

This program includes 1.0 hour of content intended to meet the Medication Access and Training Expansion (MATE) Act requirements for DEA license renewal.

Overview

This conference is designed to provide primary care practitioners with up-to-date, evidence-based information on commonly encountered issues in Geriatrics and Rheumatology for Primary Care, 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 Geriatrics and Rheumatology 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 about issues in Geriatrics and Rheumatology for Primary Care.

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, November 10 

7:30 AM – 8:30 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 in the care of seriously ill patients 4) Interpret preferences regarding survival, quality of life, and cost to patients for optimal patient-centered outcomes

8:30 AM – 8:35 AM: BREAK

8:35 AM – 9:35 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

9:35 AM – 9:45 AM: BREAK

9:45 AM – 10:45 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

10:45 AM – 10:50 AM: BREAK

10:50 AM – 11:50 AM:
Osteoporosis
Objectives: 1) Review the diagnosis, secondary causes, and fracture risk assessment tool (FRAX) to assist with diagnosing and up-to-date treatment 2) Review dual x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scans and their interpretation

Saturday, November 11  

7:30 AM – 8:30 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    

8:30 AM – 8:35 AM: BREAK  

8:35 AM – 9:35 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  

9:35 AM – 9:45 AM: BREAK  

9:45 AM – 10:45 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 the care of patients who are actively dying and/or receiving comfort cares

10:45 AM – 10:50 AM: BREAK

10:50 AM – 11:50 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 non-opioid pharmacologic agents 3) Review 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

Sunday, November 12

7:30 AM – 8:30 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   

8:30 AM – 8:35 AM: BREAK  

8:35 AM – 9:35 AM:
Delirium and Depression in the Elderly
Objectives: 1) Become familiar with the diagnosis of major depression and its epidemiology in older adults 2) Discuss two quick office-based screening tools 3) Review evidence-based pharmacological and nonpharmacological management strategies 4) Differentiate depression from dementia and delirium (3Ds)

9:35 AM – 9:45 AM: BREAK  

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM:
Fibromyalgia
Objectives: 1) Review this challenging diagnosis 2) Describe approved therapies, as well as additional nonclassical therapies that are used 3) Review the newer diagnostic criteria and compare it to the older one   

10:45 AM – 10:50 AM: BREAK  

10:50 AM – 11:50 AM:
Common Rheumatic Diseases in the Primary Care Office
Objective: 1) Apply the principles from previous lectures and discuss treatment of rheumatic diseases in a case presentation format   

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

November 10, 2023

Marriott Springhill Suite Conference Center

Conference - Day 1

Breakfast for Registered Attendees

Check-In Opens at 7:15 AM

7:30 AM - 11:50 AM

November 11, 2023

Marriott Springhill Suite Conference Center

Conference - Day 2

Breakfast for Registered Attendees

7:30 AM - 11:50 AM

November 12, 2023

Marriott Springhill Suite Conference Center

Conference - Day 3

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 Geriatrics and Rheumatology for Primary Care and deemed it acceptable for up to 12.00 Live AAFP Prescribed credits. Term of Approval is from 11/10/2023 to 11/12/2023. 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 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

Lodging Reservations – To book your lodging reservation please click here. If you need assistance, please contact our office via email at info@mceconferences.com.

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

Accommodations – The award-winning SpringHill Suites Springdale Zion National Park offers a comfortable, elegant setting for travelers seeking inspiration, family adventure, and relaxation. Our premier property is the sole Marriott in Springdale. Located only 1 mile from Zion’s gate and a short distance from Bryce Canyon, the Grand Canyon North Rim, Lake Powell, and Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, our hotel is centrally located to explore everything southern Utah and Greater Zion has to offer. After an exciting day of hiking, biking, climbing, or horseback riding, enjoy the extras the SpringHill Suites has to offer. An outdoor pool and hot tub with amazing canyon views, splash pad, balconies, patios, and fireplaces, or stroll along the Virgin River to take advantage of our dark night sky. Escape everyday life and start planning your family vacation, corporate retreat, wedding, or travel adventure today and let the staff at SpringHill Suites Springdale Zion National Park help you create an unforgettable experience!

Amenities Include – Stylish, spacious guest suites with plenty of natural light and free Wi-Fi to stay connected. Modern amenities you need to stay refreshed and focused. Twin sized, pull-out trundle sofa bed in each guest room. Large closet space for outdoor gear and luggage. A comfortable seating area and work desk. Spa-like bathrooms. This hotel has a smoke-free policy.

  • Standard Rooms – $219 Per Night (Plus Applicable Taxes and Fees)

Bedding: Choose between 2 Queen beds or 1 King bed. (Room type based upon availability at the time of request)

  • Larger 2 Queen Suite – $259 Per Night (Plus Applicable Taxes and Fees. Room type based upon availability at the time of request)

Additional Lodging Information –

  • Taxes: The Group Room Rates are subject to applicable sales and resort taxes, currently 13.62%.
  • Hotel Parking – On-site overnight self-parking is complimentary. Local and offsite attendees may utilize day self-parking complimentary for the hours of the conference on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday if on-site parking spaces are available.
  • Check-In & Check-Out – The hotel’s current Check-in time is 3:00 PM. The current Check-out time is 11:00 AM.

Lodging Deposit – A Deposit of 1 Night + Tax is due at the time of booking. Balance is due to the resort upon arrival.

Lodging Cancellation Policy – Reservation must be modified or canceled 24 hrs prior to arrival by 3 pm local time to avoid a late cancellation fee. All lodging cancellations must be made directly with the lodging venue. Please refer to your lodging confirmation email for contact information and policies.

Register & Book Your Lodging Early! The MCE reduced room rates will be available to registered attendees up until August 10, 2023 (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

St. George Municipal Airport (SGU)
Distance: Approximately 44 miles
Time: About 56 minutes

McCarran International Airport (LAS)
Distance: Approximately 167 miles
Time: About 2 hours 42 minutes

Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)
Distance: Approximately 312 miles
Time: About 4 hours 32 minutes

Note: This hotel does not provide Shuttle Service.

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

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)

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