Primary Care Update: Internal Medicine, Pain Management and Infectious Diseases

Sep 28, 2024 – Sep 30, 2024

Asheville - Omni Grove Park Inn

This program is offering 15 Hours of CME.

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

Enjoy a vast array of art galleries, local craft breweries, and tons of venues for the performing arts nearby in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. Situated in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the city is one of America’s most vibrant destinations. The breathtaking mountain scenery is met with a sophisticated yet bohemian culture and provides an ideal backdrop for inspired vacations. Named “the best place to live” by many books and magazines, Asheville has a much more cosmopolitan population than most cities of its size and a diversity you won’t find in many cities in the South. The area boasts a thriving arts community, diverse outdoor adventures, a fun and inviting downtown, numerous historic attractions and amazing food. Only one hour away is the most visited national park in the USA, the Smokies. Whether you zip line your way through, take in the sights on horseback, or drift along Cove Scenic Loop — a two to four hour trip that gives you a peek into the surrounding wildlife — Asheville has it all.


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Physician (MD/DO)
15 CME Hours - Early Bird Registration (through June 28, 2024)
$ 1,099.00
Other Healthcare Professionals/Residents/Military MD
15 CME Hours - Early Bird Registration (through June 28, 2024)
$ 999.00
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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

Primary Care Update: Internal Medicine, Pain Management and Infectious Diseases – 15 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 Internal Medicine, Pain Management 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 Internal Medicine, Pain Management 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 Internal Medicine, Pain Management 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.

Topics and Objectives

Internal Medicine Updates

Primary Care Management of Depression
Objectives: 1) Develop an approach to screening for depression in the primary care practice 2) Implement a rational use of antidepressants based on side-effect profiles and the effect on weight and sleep 3) Determine the optimal use of combination therapy for augmenting antidepressant response

Objectives: 1) Appropriately diagnose hypertension and discuss the significance of white coat hypertension2) Discuss new blood pressure targets for patients with hypertension 3) Identify which antihypertensive drug classes are most effective in reducing cardiovascular events 4) Outline an approach to resistant hypertension

New Drugs for the Primary Care Practice
Objectives: 1) Review recently approved drugs and those in the pipeline that will have the largest impact 2) Review the efficacy, side-effects, and cost of important novel drugs 3) Discuss the role of recently approved medications and their place among existing therapies

Common Diagnostic Dilemmas
Objectives: 1) Identify symptoms and signs that may be red flags for serious medical conditions2) Recognize “can’t miss” diagnoses when faced with a challenging patient that may have potentiallyconfusing symptoms3) Discuss which symptoms and exam findings are most helpful when faced with a patient for whom “can’t miss” diagnoses remain possible4) Review clinical decision-making rules to refine diagnostic probabilities

Treatment of Migraine and Tension-Type Headache
Objectives: 1) Discuss recent guidelines regarding the proper role of acute treatments for migraine2) Outline an approach to preventive therapy for patients with disabling migraines 3) Appropriately useCGRP-based treatments for the prevention of acute migraine 4) Determine which complementary and alternative treatments are effective for headache disorders


Pain Management

Update on Pathophysiology of Pain and Review of Multidisciplinary Approaches in the Management of Fibromyalgia
Objectives: 1) Review mechanisms of pain perception, including peripheral and central changes, and how they serve as targets for pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions for pain management 2) Describe recent genetic, biochemical, and imaging evidence that supports the etiology of fibromyalgia 3) Become familiar with the American College of Rheumatology criteria for the diagnosis of fibromyalgia, including the updated 2010 version

Rational Polypharmacy for Chronic Pain Management
Objectives: 1) Apply an updated pathophysiologic understanding to targeting and treating pain 2) Understandmechanisms of action of the various muscle relaxers and anticonvulsants commonly used to treat various chronic pain states 3) Use case examples to better understand titration and adjustment of adjuvant analgesics

Physical Exam for Low Back Pain: A Hands-On Approach
Objectives: 1) Discuss how several structures in the lumbar spine may serve as pain generators, including disc, facet joint, myofascial, and ligamentous structures 2) Review basic physical exam techniques used for assessing spine-related pain conditions 3) Differentiate lumbar radiculopathy signs and symptoms from other causes of low back pain, including facet-mediated, soft tissue, and sacroiliac joint pain

Osteoarthritis Update – Including Assessment of Shoulder and Hip Pain Disorders
Objectives: 1) Become familiar with the evolving understanding of the pathophysiology of OA and the role of the central nervous system 2) Review pharmacologic agents used in treating OA, including NSAIDs, topical analgesics, and opioids 3) Apply physical exam tests to improve a clinician’s ability to diagnose common shoulder, hip, and knee conditions for both in-office visits and telehealth services

Update on Opioid Pharmacology, Risk Management Strategies, and Applying the CDC Guidelines in Primary Care
Objectives: 1) Highlight pharmacologic differences between various opioid products used for chronic pain management 2) Describe risk factors that may help to predict problematic opioid use, including addiction and misuse 3) Review the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for chronic pain and how it can be applied to managing patients in pain, including tapering 4) Understand and utilize urine drug monitoring and prescription monitoring programs, as more comprehensive monitoring of patients that may require opioid analgesics as part of a pain management regimen

Infectious Diseases

Antimicrobial Stewardship
Objectives: 1) Review the current dilemma with multidrug-resistant organisms, antibiotic shortage, and the history of how we got here 2) Summarize appropriate stewardship principles with specific examples

Adult Vaccines
Objectives: 1) Review adult vaccine schedules 2) Summarize practice strategies to increase vaccination rates

Sexually Transmitted Infections
Objectives: 1) Review epidemiology trends of the most common STIs 2) Review updated 2015 CDC treatment guidelines

HIV and Hepatitis C in Primary Care
Objectives: 1) Review the epidemiology of HIV and hepatitis C in the United States 2) Review screening guidelines for HIV and hepatitis C 3) Summarize current treatment strategies for HIV and hepatitis C

Staphylococcus Aureus Infections
Objectives: 1) Review strategies for managing S. aureus soft tissue infections 2) Review diagnosis and workup of more complicated S. aureus infections

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

Program Schedule





September 28, 2024

Conference Rooms

Conference - Day 1

Continental Breakfast for Registered Attendees

Check-In Opens at 6:45 AM

7:15 AM - 12:35 PM

September 29, 2024

Conference Rooms

Conference - Day 2

Continental Breakfast for Registered Attendees

7:15 AM - 12:35 PM

September 30, 2024

Conference Rooms

Conference - Day 3

Continental Breakfast for Registered Attendees

7:15 AM - 12:35 PM


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 15 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 15 (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 15 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 15 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 and Amenities – The Omni Grove Park Inn & Spa offers an 18-hole Donald Ross Designed championship golf course, 43,000-square-foot subterranean spa, multiple casual and formal restaurants with a wide array of cuisine, three indoor and three outdoor tennis courts, sports complex featuring racquetball, yoga, aerobics and health and wellness programs, on-property shuttle service, valet and garage parking, WiFi internet service, refrigerator, and HD flat-screen TV.

  • ROH Guestroom – $399 Per Room Per Night (Plus Applicable Taxes and Fees) – Located in the historic Main Inn, Vanderbilt Wing or Sammons Wing, these rooms overlook the resort’s landscaping, Asheville’s skyline, the Donald Ross-designed golf course or Blue Ridge Mountains and feature one king or two double beds. Approximately 300-350 square feet.
    • Bedding Options: One King or Two Double Beds

Taxes and Resort Fees
– Room rates are subject to applicable taxes and fees, currently 13% and are subject to change without notice.
– Resort Fee -The Resort Service Charge will be reduced to $25.00 per room, per night (taxable) for all rooms reserved within the MCE Conference room block for the September 2024 program  (Currently $35 per room per night). The Resort Fee includes: Toll free and local calling, in room Premium high speed internet access, entrance to our fitness center, in room coffee and tea, guided history tour of the Omni Grove Park Inn and newspaper available upon request.

Additional Lodging Information –

  • Check-in and Check-out: Check-in is after 4:00 PM and Check-out is before 11:00 AM
  • Additional Guests (Ages 18 and Up): There will be a charge of $40 each for third and fourth persons sharing a room.
  • Photo ID is required upon check-in. Individuals 17 years old and younger are considered children.
  • Guests of the Spa must be at least 18 years of age, no exceptions.

Parking: There is a charge for both self and valet parking. The current self-parking rate is $25.00 per vehicle, per night, and the current overnight valet rate is $35.00 per vehicle, per night. The parking rates that are in affect during the dates of your meeting may be greater or less and, will be applicable to those that choose to park in the hotel parking facility. For local and offsite guests driving in the first (1) hour is complimentary thereafter; 1 – 3 hours is $10 3 – 6 hours is $20; 6 – 24 hours is $25 for self-parking; Valet parking is available for $ 30.00 per day. Subject to change based on Hotel’s discretion. 

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

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 August 21, 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 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 – Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) is approximately 20 minutes away from The Omni Grove Park Inn.

Airport Transportation – Taxi and Car Service: MCE Conferences recommends taking a taxi or a ride-share service such as Lyft or Uber to get from the airport to your hotel. Follow signs at the airport for ground transportation and taxi service. For more information or to book a taxi with Asheville Taxi, please Click Here.

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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