Gastroenterology and Infectious Diseases for Primary Care

Nov 15, 2024 – Nov 17, 2024

Palm Springs - Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa

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Physician (MD/DO)
Early Bird Registration (through August 15, 2024)
$ 899.00
Other Healthcare Professionals/Residents/Military MD
Early Bird Registration (through August 15, 2024)
$ 799.00
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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

Gastroenterology and Infectious Diseases for Primary Care – 12 credits 

This conference is designed to provide primary care practitioners with up-to-date, evidence-based information on commonly encountered issues in Gastroenterology and Infectious Diseases, 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 Gastroenterology and Infectious Diseases, with the goal of enhancing the knowledge-base and core competence of attendees. The successful completion of this interactive program will help you in 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 Gastroenterology and Infectious Diseases.

Our presenting national faculty speakers make it their professional goal 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, November 15th

Skin and Soft Tissue Infections
Objective: 1) Review terminology, anatomy, pathophysiology, clinical presentation, and management of skin and soft tissue infections, including hair follicle-associated infections, erysipelas, cellulitis, and necrotizing fasciitis

Primary Care-Associated Infections: Part 1
Objective: 1) Review the approach to selected primary care infectious disease topics, including urinary tract infections, pharyngitis, community-acquired pneumonia, and endocarditis prophylaxis, in a case-based format      

Celiac Disease: Is There More to Gluten?
Objectives: 1) Identify which patients should be screened for celiac disease 2) Discuss the tools necessary to differentiate between gluten disorders

Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Constipation: How to Treat It
Objectives: 1) Discuss a symptom-based approach in differentiating between irritable bowel syndrome, chronic constipation and opioid-induced constipation 2) Determine which therapy will work best

Saturday, November 16th

GERD, NERD and the Role of PPI Therapy
Objectives: 1) Recognize the epidemic of PPI use 2) Discuss the necessity and the safety of medications3) Discuss common conditions that may have potential risks of malignancy

Colon Cancer Screening: 2024 Update
Objectives: 1) Increase compliance with colon cancer screening in the general population 2) Review available colon cancer screening tests and the latest guidelines

Primary Care-Associated Infections: Part 2
Objective: 1) Review the approach to primary care infectious diseases, including selected viral infections, diarrheal infections, and recreational water-associated infections, in a case-based format      

Clostridioides Difficile
Objectives: 1) Review current epidemiology, clinical presentation, and diagnosis of C. difficile infections 2) Discuss updated treatment strategies for C. difficile infections     

Sunday, November 17th

Infectious Diseases 2024: An Update
Objective: 1) Identify the most significant recent papers and topics that highlight emerging themes in infectious diseases

Mimics of Infectious Diseases
Objective: 1) Review multiple case-based presentations, which may or may not, be due to an infectious disease       

How to Approach Liver Enzymes
Objectives: 1) Differentiate hepatocellular from cholestatic changes 2) Interpret hepatitis B labs3) Determine how to proceed once findings are present and discuss risk stratification on these findings

What to Do with All the Cysts 
Objectives: 1) Differentiate benign from malignant findings on imaging 2) Tailor further surveillance and therapy based on these findings

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

Program Schedule





November 15, 2024

Omni Rancho Las Palmas Conference Center

Conference - Day 1

Breakfast for Registered Attendees

Check-In Opens at 7:15 AM

7:30 AM - 11:50 AM

November 16, 2024

Omni Rancho Las Palmas Conference Center

Conference - Day 2

Breakfast for Registered Attendees

7:30 AM - 11:50 AM

November 17, 2024

Omni Rancho Las Palmas Conference Center

Conference - Day 3

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

This live activity is being reviewed and will be 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

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 

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

Accommodations – Let the relaxed desert lifestyle transcend the hustles and bustles of life the second you step foot into the luxurious rooms and suites of the resort hotel in Rancho Mirage, CA, located between Palm Springs and Palm Desert. Unwind in one of 444 well-appointed guest rooms or 22 luxury suites that offer an oasis in the California desert with vibrant pops of color in Spanish Colonial-inspired style. Premium king and queen beds topped with crisp white cotton-rich linens will lull you into a peaceful night’s sleep in the comfort and elegance you deserve during your stay at the Palm Springs resort. All of the hotel rooms have French doors that open to furnished private patios or balconies with breathtaking views of the luscious grounds and the San Jacinto and San Bernardino Mountains.

The hotel suites at Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa afford you undeniable opulence with extras including separate rooms for sleeping and living, wet bars, dining tables, fireplaces, pool tables and grand bathrooms with dual vanities and granite countertops. Unwind in your guest rooms after a day at the resort’s golf course, dipping in the pool, or following a massage at the spa.

  • Vista View Room – $259 Per Night (Plus Applicable Taxes and Fees) Each of the Vista View Rooms feature a private furnished balcony or patio with sweeping views of the golf fairways set against the timeless backdrop of the Palm Desert mountain side. Rooms offer one plush king bed or two queen beds. 450 square feet

Amenities (Subject to change at hotel discretion): 

  • Luxurious linens
  • Newspaper delivery
  • Coffeemaker
  • Safe
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Furnished patio
  • Wet bar and pantry (in select suites)
  • Dining table (in select suites)
  • Extra bathroom (in select suites)
  • Pool table (in select suites)
  • Pack-and-Play available upon request
  • Pet friendly
  • WiFi Internet service – included in Resort Service Charge
  • Individual climate control
  • In-room movies

Additional Lodging Information:

  • Resort Service Charge – The prevailing resort charge will apply to all group rooms. Currently the resort charge of $40.00 has been reduced for MCE Conference attendees booked within the block to $25.00 per night (taxable), which includes; toll free, credit card, and local calling, entrance to the fitness center, in-room and meeting space high-speed Internet access*, self-parking*, in-room coffee and tea, access to Splashtopia for registered resort guests and daily newspaper available at Front Desk. These items are subject to change unless marked with an asterisk.
  • Taxes & Fees – All special guestroom rates are exclusive of appropriate state and local taxes, fees and assessments, currently 13.195% and taxes are subject to change without notice. Taxes and fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Additional Guests: There may be an additional person charge for occupancy beyond double occupancy.
  • Check-In & Check-Out – The Hotel’s check-in time is currently 4:00 PM, and check-out time is 11:00 AM. On the last day of the program the hotel will honor a late check out of 12pm to accommodate conference hours, based on hotel’s availability.

Parking – There is a charge for valet parking. The current self-parking rate is included in the resort fee, and the current overnight valet rate is $30.00. Complimentary self-parking will be offered to offsite and local guests driving in each day of the program for the hours of the general session.

Lodging Deposit  – Individual attendees are required to provide a valid major credit card at the time of reservation for purposes of guarantee.

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 October 8, 2024 (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 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 – Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa sits on 240 lush acres in the heart of the Coachella Valley near Palm Springs, California. The luxury Rancho Mirage resort offers easy access to Palm Springs International Airport.

Exiting the airport, turn left onto El Cielo (0.5 mile). Turn left onto Ramon Road (5.5 miles). Turn right onto Bob Hope Drive (5 miles). Turn left into Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa.

Exiting the airport, turn left onto Archibald Avenue (0.2 mile). Merge onto I-10 Eastbound (75 miles). Take I-10 East and exit Bob Hope Drive (5 miles). Turn left into Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa.

Exiting the airport, stay straight to go onto Michelson Drive (0.1 mile). Turn left onto MacArthur Boulevard (0.4 miles). Merge onto I-405 North toward Long Beach (0.6 mile). Merge onto CA-55 North via Exit 9A toward Riverside (12 miles). Merge onto CA-91 East toward Riverside (31 miles). Merge onto CA-60 East toward Indio (23 miles). Merge onto I-10 East (37 miles). Take I-10 East and exit Bob Hope Drive (5 miles). Turn left into Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa.

Exiting the airport, merge onto South Sepulveda Boulevard toward I-105 East (0.7 mile). Merge onto I-105 East (17miles). Merge onto I-605 North (13 miles). Merge onto I-10 East (100 miles). Take I-10 East and exit Bob Hope Drive (5 miles). Turn left into Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa.

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

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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