Cardiology and Rheumatology for Primary Care

Jun 07, 2024 – Jun 09, 2024

Yosemite National Park - Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

Framed by noble evergreen forest and a rich range of Sierra Recreation, Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite is a resort with summer time activities to keep you busy and fulfilled from sunrise to a starry night sky. Near Yosemite National Park’s south gate, it is easy to get to all of the Classics that this geological wonder has to offer: Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point, Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, Yosemite Falls (the highest waterfall in North America) and more! Tenaya offers much more than other Yosemite hotels: five restaurants, a world-class spa, three pools, a skating rink (winter), horseback riding, mountain biking, and guided tours with expert locals. At Tenaya Lodge you rest, play and rejuvenate. You make memories that you never forget.

Reservations may be needed to enter Yosemite National Park in the Summer. Please select the Additional Travel tab below for more information.


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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

Cardiology and Rheumatology 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 Cardiology 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 Cardiology 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 Cardiology and Rheumatology.

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, June 7th

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM:
Approach to the Treatment of Essential Hypertension 
Objectives: 1) Understand the underlying pathophysiology of essential hypertension 2) Outline a reasonable treatment approach to essential hypertension based on pathophysiologic principles 3) Appreciate the role of the renin-angiotensin and aldosterone system in control of blood pressure

8:30 AM – 8:35 AM ~ BREAK

8:35 AM – 9:35 AM:
Resistant Hypertension 
Objectives: 1) Review the definition of resistant hypertension 2) Outline the common causes of secondary hypertension 3) Suggest a reasonable evaluation for patients with resistant hypertension

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 are used and how to best interpret them

10:45 AM – 10:50 AM ~ BREAK

10:50 AM – 11:50 AM:
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, June 8th

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM:
Objectives: 1) Review the diagnosis of the most common arthritis currently seen 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:
Atrial Fibrillation and the New Anticoagulants 
Objectives: 1) Review the indications for anticoagulation for patients with atrial fibrillation 2) Discuss the use of new novel anticoagulants and their bleeding risks 3) Outline a rational approach to the treatment of atrial fibrillation

10:45 AM – 10:50 AM ~ BREAK

10:50 AM – 11:50 AM:
Novel Lipid-Lowering Agents Beyond Statin
Objectives: 1) Review PCSK9 therapy and newer medications for the treatment of hyperlipidemia 2) Understand the role of risk in determining hyperlipidemia therapy 3) Outline management algorithms to determine when to use combination therapy for hyperlipidemia

Sunday. June 9th

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM:
Approach to the Management of Heart Failure
Objectives: 1) Review guideline-directed medical therapy for patients with heart failure 2) Outline a practical approach for the optimal use of RAS blockers and beta blockers in heart failure 3) Understand the role of BNP as a guide to optimal heart failure therapy

8:30 AM – 8:35 AM ~ BREAK

8:35 AM – 9:35 AM:
Microvascular Coronary Artery Disease 
Objectives: 1) Determine the prevalence and presentation of microvascular coronary artery disease 2) Review the presentation and management of spontaneous coronary artery dissection 3) Outline a treatment management plan for patients with microvascular disease

9:35 AM – 9:45 AM ~ BREAK

9:45 AM – 10:45 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 

10:45 AM – 10:50 AM ~ BREAK

10:50 AM – 11:50 AM:
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

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

Program Schedule





June 7, 2024

Tenaya Lodge Conference Center

Conference - Day 1

Continental Breakfast for Registered Attendees

Check-In Opens at 7:15 AM

7:30 AM - 11:50 AM

June 8, 2024

Tenaya Lodge Conference Center

Conference - Day 2

Continental Breakfast for Registered Attendees

7:30 AM - 11:50 AM

June 9, 2024

Tenaya Lodge 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 Cardiology and Rheumatology for Primary Care and deemed it acceptable for up to 12.00 Live AAFP Prescribed credit(s). Term of Approval is from 06/07/2024 to 06/09/2024. 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

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

Accommodations – The Lodge Rooms at Tenaya Lodge offer the refined details you would expect in a Four-Diamond Yosemite resort — deluxe baths, plush bedding, flat-screen TVs, mountain charm and access to limitless recreation.

Premium Lodge Guestroom – $359 Per Room Per Night, Plus Applicable Taxes and Fees: Tenaya’s Premium Lodge Rooms inside the main lodge building measure 350 square feet and offer a preferred view of Tenaya’s mountainous surrounding. The room offers newly upgraded bathrooms with granite countertops, rustic style sliding doors and an updated décor throughout the whole room.
– Premium Queen Guest Room: Two Queen-size Beds
– Premium King Guest Room: One King-size Bed

Additional Lodging Information

Resort Fee and Amenities – In lieu of several incidental amenity charges, a fee of $25.00 per room, per night, will be added to each individual room account as an incidental charge. The resort fee supports expanded services & amenities your guests receive. Reservations & Cancellation Policies–Tenaya at Yosemite, For a full list of included services & amenities
Taxes – Room rates are exclusive of a 13.5% occupancy tax and a $.75 per room per night California Tourism Assessment. All Taxes are subject to change at any time without notice.
Additional Guests – There is no additional charge for children under 18 staying with an adult. Each additional adult (over 2 adults) will incur a $15 charge per night.
Check-in/Check-out – Accommodations are available for check in at 4:00 PM. Check out is at 11:00 AM.
Smoking Policy – For the health of all its guests, Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite is an entirely non-smoking and non-vaping resort

Parking – Parking is included in the resort fee.

Lodging Deposit – All reservations require payment of the first night rate (including tax) as a deposit. All individual guest rooms must be cancelled 14 days or more prior to arrival to receive a full refund of the one (1) night deposit.

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 May 1, 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

Yosemite National Park: Reservations are sometimes needed to enter Yosemite in the Summer. The National Park Service may institute a day-use reservations system for peak dates in Yosemite National Park in order to enter the Park. Everyone planning to enter the park may need a reservation, including annual and lifetime pass holders. Please check the website and search for Yosemite National Park to confirm your arrival needs.

Airport Information and Transportation 

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite is located:

– 62 miles from Fresno International Airport (FAT) 1.5 hours driving (est).
– 281 miles from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) 4 hours driving (est.)
– 212 miles from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) 4.5 hours driving (est.)
– 204 miles from Sacramento International Airport (SMF) 3.5 hours driving (est.)

Public Transportation:

-FROM FRESNO OR YOSEMITE VALLEY (SUMMER ONLY) During the summer months, YARTS, the Yosemite Area Rapid Transit System, has regular bus service between Tenaya Lodge and Fresno Airport, as well as other destinations along the way.. They also offer service between Tenaya Lodge and destinations in Wawona and Yosemite Valley. Please see the YARTS website for a complete schedule of the Fresno to Yosemite route.

-FROM SAN FRANCISCO OR OAKLAND AIRPORTS (SUMMER ONLY) Both San Francisco and Oakland Airports are served by the BART commuter train. Take BART for either airport to the Coliseum station in Oakland. See the BART website for details.Transfer to Amtrak. Depending on schedules, you can either take Amtrak by train to Merced and from there by bus to Yosemite Valley. From Yosemite Valley you can take the YARTS bus to Tenaya Lodge. Alternatively, you can take Amtrak to Fresno and transfer to YARTS in Fresno. Amtrak schedules and details YARTS schedules.Take YARTS to Tenaya Lodge.

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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