Primary Care Update: Pharmacology, Pulmonology and Rheumatology

Sep 22, 2023 – Sep 24, 2023

San Diego - Paradise Point Resort & Spa

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

In addition to its idyllic year-round temperatures and 70 miles of pristine coastline, San Diego showcases many popular attractions for the whole family to enjoy. Some of these include: Sea World San Diego, LEGOLAND California, the world-famous San Diego Zoo, the Cabrillo National Monument, Balboa Park, and many historic parks and museums. Visit the famous beaches of La Jolla and watch the Sea Lions sun bathing or root for the home team at the Padres stadium downtown. Boasting a citywide population of more than 1.3 million, San Diego is California’s second largest city, and has aptly earned its nickname as “America’s Finest City”. Enjoy the laid-back lifestyle of a beachside retreat with all the amenities of a major metropolis, but with less hustle and bustle.

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  • 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

Pharmacology, Pulmonology 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 Pharmacology, Pulmonology and Rheumatology, 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 Pharmacology, Pulmonology and Rheumatology, 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 Pharmacology, Pulmonology and Rheumatology.

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, September 22

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM:
“I Can’t Breathe!” – Approach and Management of Acute Respiratory Failure 
Objectives: 1) Employ an approach to the assessment of patients with acute respiratory failure 2) Recognize manifestations and etiologies of hypercapnic and hypoxemic respiratory failure 3) Describe an approach to utilizing non-invasive ventilation and high-flow nasal canula

8:30 AM – 8:35 AM: BREAK

8:35 AM – 9:35 AM:
Case Studies in Venous Thromboembolism 
Objectives: 1) Review risk stratification and modalities used for the diagnosis of acute venous thromboembolism 2) Compare inpatient vs outpatient management of venous thromboembolism 3) Assess interventions for the management of acute and subacute pulmonary embolism 4) Apply current guidelines for the management of venous thromboembolism

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:
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

Saturday, September 23

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM:
Approach to a Patient with Multiple Aches and Pains
Objectives: 1) Recognize the importance of pathophysiology in understanding rheumatic disease – target tissue and characteristic joint distribution 2) Distinguish inflammatory from non-inflammatory (degenerative) arthritis and non-articular (soft-tissue) rheumatic conditions 3) Recognize the role of laboratory and imaging studies in the rheumatologic diagnosis 4) Identify the features that distinguish Fibromyalgia from other rheumatic diseases 5) Distinguish symptoms of COVID-19 long haul syndrome and similarities to Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome

8:30 AM – 8:35 AM: BREAK

8:35 AM – 9:35 AM:
Clinical Aspects and Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis 

Objectives: 1) Effective recognition of the prevalence, and symptoms and physical findings of patients with RA 2) Diagnosis of RA and risk assessment for potentially severe disease outcome 3) Strategy on the use of conventional disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs, biologic and synthetic agents with a treat-to-target approach 4) Timing of medication use and vaccination schedule in current COVID-19 Pandemic

9:35 AM – 9:45 AM: BREAK

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM:
Long Covid: What’s New and What to Do
Objectives: 1) Distinguish between acute and chronic symptoms for COVID-19 2) Describe the multi-system physical and psychological impact of long COVID 3) Review characteristics and effect of post-ICU recovery and post-ICU syndrome 4) Apply current management strategies for the treatment of long COVID

10:45 AM – 10:50 AM: BREAK

10:50 AM – 11:50 AM:
COPD: Current Management and Treatment
Objectives: 1) Review diagnostic criteria and multi-system manifestations of COPD 2) Apply the GOLD guidelines to the evaluation and management of patients with COPD 3) Identify patients who should be recommended to lung transplant, endobronchial valve replacement, and/or lung volume reduction surgery

Sunday, September 24

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM:
Gout and Other Crystal Arthropathies 

Objectives: 1) Identify the populations at risk for gout 2) Look for comorbidities and risk factors in gout patients 3) Diagnose gout and order appropriate laboratory and imaging studies 4) Recognize pseudogout and other crystal arthropathies 5) Treat acute gout effectively and initiate a strategy for successful long-term treatment 6) Develop a strategy to manage asymptomatic hyperuricemia

8:30 AM – 8:35 AM: BREAK

8:35 AM – 9:35 AM:
How Do I Identify and Treat Lupus and other Autoimmune Diseases? 

Objectives: 1) Recognize the features of an autoimmune disease and make a definitive diagnosis of lupus 2) Understand the pathophysiology of lupus as an immune-complex disease 3) Properly order laboratory studies and kidney biopsy to diagnose and manage lupus 4) Treat lupus and instruct the patient on self- management

9:35 AM – 9:45 AM: BREAK

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM:
Pharmacotherapy and Mood Stabilizers in Primary Care: 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

10:45 AM – 10:50 AM: BREAK

10:50 AM – 11:50 AM:
Drug Therapy for the Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis
Objectives: 1) Define treatment goals for patients with or at-risk for osteoporosis 2) Relate treatment strategies to empiric evidence, regarding fracture prevention and treatment for women and men 3) Develop a prevention and monitoring plan for patients at-risk for osteoporosis 4) Describe pertinent pharmacologic parameters related to pharmaceuticals used in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis

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

September 22, 2023

Mission Bay Room

Conference - Day 1

Continental Breakfast for Registered Attendees

Check-In Opens at 7:15 AM

7:30 AM - 11:50 AM

September 23, 2023

Mission Bay Room

Conference - Day 2

Continental Breakfast for Registered Attendees

7:30 AM - 11:50 AM

September 24, 2023

Mission Bay Room

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 Primary Care Update: Pharmacology, Pulmonology and Rheumatology and deemed it acceptable for up to 12.00 Live AAFP Prescribed credits. Term of Approval is from 09/22/2023 to 09/24/2023. 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 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

We are currently past our cutoff date and sold out of group rooms with the property.

Please click here for nearby lodging options or call (858) 240-4913 to confirm if Paradise Point has remaining availability for you to book direct.

Accommodations – Paradise Point and its amenities offer a unique San Diego resort experience for both families and couples with a location that is secluded, yet centrally situated; the airport, downtown San Diego and top attractions including Old Town, the San Diego Zoo, and Balboa Park are all just minutes away from our Mission Bay shores.

  • Lanai Garden View Guestroom – $259 Per Room Per Night Plus Applicable Taxes and Fees
    • The most popular room type at our San Diego resort is the intimate 460 square-foot Lanai guest room, offering garden views and patios that lead straight into the natural beauty of these surrounding outdoor areas. Lanai guestrooms have several options for connecting rooms.
    • One queen/one king or two queen beds available with rooms from 460sqft.
  • Lanai Garden Premium Guestroom – $269 Per Room Per Night Plus Applicable Taxes and Fees
    • Upgrade your Lanai guestroom experience with this popular room type. Rooms may include a walk-in closet, preferred location, and/or lagoon view in a luxurious room nestled among the San Diego resort’s lush landscaping. Patio with Resort Garden OR Lagoon Views.
    • One king or two queen beds available with rooms from 460sqft
  • Lanai Bayside Guestroom – $499 Per Room Per Night Plus Applicable Taxes and Fees
    • Upgrade your Lanai guestroom to a Bayside room with a Bayfront Patio Steps from the Sand.
    • One king or two queen beds available with rooms from 460sqft
  • Garden Junior Suite – $499 Per Room Per Night Plus Applicable Taxes and Fees
    • Upgrade your stay to a Garden Junior Suite hosting One King Bed & a Sofa Sleeper with a Garden View Patio, Dining Area, and Wet Bar. Rooms may include a walk-in closet, preferred location, and/or lagoon view in a luxurious room nestled among the San Diego resort’s lush landscaping. Patio with Resort Garden OR Lagoon Views.
    • One king with rooms from 550sqft

Additional Lodging Information –

Resort Fee: there will be a daily Resort Amenities Fee discounted to $10.00 per room per night for the Group (valued at $36.00 per room, per night), plus California Tourism Assessment Fee (which is currently 0.4% per room, per night, plus applicable taxes which are currently 12.4%), which includes: High-speed wireless and hard-wired Internet access in guest rooms, domestic phone calls in guest rooms, unlimited access to Fitness Center, Putting Course, Basketball, Tennis, Ping Pong, Croquet, Horseshoes, and Bocce Ball. (Amenities subject to change based on Resort’s policy)

Taxes and Fees: California Tourism Assessment Fee (which is currently 0.4% per room, per night, plus applicable taxes which are currently 12.4%)

Check-in/Check-out: Check-in is after 4:00 p.m. and Check-out is before 11:00 a.m.

Parking: Complimentary Parking for all-day guests, and discounted overnight parking at $10.00 per car, per night.

Lodging Deposit – A credit card will be required to secure a room within the group block, with the remaining balance charged 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 June 22, 2023 (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 for 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 – For transportation planning assistance, please call Instant Service at 858-274-4630.

  • San Diego International (Lindbergh Field) Airport – 10 minutes from hotel.
  • Carlsbad (McClellan – Palomar) Airport – 50 minutes from hotel

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  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.

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