Primary Care Update: Internal Medicine and Pain Management

Jun 03, 2022 – Jun 05, 2022

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.

IMPORTANT: Reservations are needed to enter Yosemite National Park this Summer. Please select the Additional Travel tab below for more information.


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Overview & Agenda

Primary Care Update: Internal Medicine and Pain Management – 12 Credits 

This conference is designed to provide primary care practitioners with up-to-date, evidence-based information on commonly encountered issues in Internal Medicine and Pain Management, 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 and Pain Management, 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 Internal Medicine and Pain Management.

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, June 3

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM:
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 supporting the etiology of fibromyalgia 3) Become familiar with the American College of Rheumatology criteria for the diagnosis of fibromyalgia, including the updated 2010 version

8:30 AM – 8:35 AM: BREAK

8:35 AM – 9:35 AM:
Rational Polypharmacy for Chronic Pain Management
Objectives: 1) Apply an updated pathophysiologic understanding to targeting and treating pain 2) Understand mechanisms of action of the various muscle relaxers and anticonvulsants commonly used to treat various chronic pain states

9:35 AM – 9:45 AM: BREAK

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM:
Colon, Breast, Prostate, and Lung Screening Update
Objectives: 1) Review current USPSTF recommendations regarding colon, breast, prostate, and lung cancer screening 2) Review the literature that the USPSTF recommendations are based on 3) Consider how to discuss controversial topics, such as breast, lung, and prostate cancer screening with patients

10:45 AM – 10:50 AM: BREAK

10:50 AM – 11:50 AM:
Common Rashes in Primary Care
Objectives: 1) Review identification of common rashes encountered in primary care 2) Review approaches to the treatment of common rashes 3) Review recommendations regarding referral to dermatology

Saturday, June 4

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM:
Ophthalmologic Issues for the Primary Care Physician
Objectives: 1) Review basic eye anatomy 2) Review common ophthalmologic problems seen in primary care, such as eyelid disorders and red eye 3) Consider when an ophthalmology referral is needed and when it is urgent

8:30 AM – 8:35 AM: BREAK

8:35 AM – 9:35 AM:
Potpourri: A Collection of Cases in Primary Care
Objectives: 1) Review management of common conditions seen in primary care 2) Review cases related to hospital medicine 3) Consider when a single study might change or not change your practice

9:35 AM – 9:45 AM: BREAK

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM:
Physical Exam for Low Back Pain: A Hands-On Approach
Objectives: 1) Discuss how a number of 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

10:45 AM – 10:50 AM: BREAK

10:50 AM – 11:50 AM:
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) Understand 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

Sunday, June 5

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM:
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, including pending updates and how it can be applied to managing patients in pain and tapering 4) Understand and utilize urine drug monitoring (UDM) and prescription monitoring programs (PDMPs), as a means of a more comprehensive monitoring of patients that may require opioid analgesics as part of a pain management regiment

8:30 AM – 8:35 AM: BREAK

8:35 AM – 9:35 AM:
Clinical Challenges: Behavioral Health Integration & What Should I Tell My Patients About Cannabis Use for Chronic Pain?
Objectives: 1) Highlight general principles and goals of treatment related to cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness based stress reduction 2) Become familiar with common biofeedback-assisted relaxation techniques used to help patients manage chronic pain including Apps and resources to promote self-management 3) Be familiar with international and national guidance related to the efficacy of cannabis and cannabinoid products for pain management 4) Understand the complexities of cannabinoid pharmacology and the endocannabinoid system

9:35 AM – 9:45 AM: BREAK

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM:
Musculoskeletal Problems in Primary Care
Objectives: 1) Review shoulder anatomy and work-up of shoulder pain 2) Review knee anatomy and work-up of knee pain 3) Review causes and treatments of hip pain

10:45 AM – 10:50 AM: BREAK

10:50 AM – 11:50 AM:
Finding Meaning in One’s Work – Narrative Medicine
Objectives: 1) Employ reflective writing to explore meaning in one’s work 2) Consider ways to enhance resilience in one’s professional life 3) Review approaches to avoid burnout in clinical work

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

Program Schedule





June 3, 2022

Tenaya Lodge Conference Center

Conference - Day 1

Continental Breakfast for Registered Attendees

Check-In Opens at 7:00 AM

7:30 AM - 11:50 AM

June 4, 2022

Tenaya Lodge Conference Center

Conference - Day 2

Continental Breakfast for Registered Attendees

7:30 AM - 11:50 AM

June 5, 2022

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 Primary Care Update: Internal Medicine and Pain Management and deemed it acceptable for up to 12.00 Live AAFP Prescribed credits. Term of Approval is from 06/03/2022 to 06/05/2022. 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

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 559-683-6555 to confirm if Tenaya Lodge has remaining availability for you to book direct.

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.

Tenaya’s Premium 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.

  • Room and Bedding Options:
    – Premium Queen Guest Room: Two Queen-size Beds or
    – Premium King Guest Room: One King-size Bed
    – $329 Per Room Per Night Plus Applicable Taxes and Fees

Additional Lodging Information

Taxes – Room rates are exclusive of a 13% 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
Resort Fee and Amenities – A reduced resort charge of $20.00 for MCE Conferences Guests will be added to each room. Services covered in the Resort Services Fee include: Wi-Fi (high-speed internet), Overnight Parking, Two Bottles of Water Daily Full Access to the Fitness Room, Steam Rooms, and Saunas in Ascent Spa, Access to the Resort Pools and Spas, Business Center Access, Toll-Free and Local Telephone Calls, Newspaper Available Daily in the Lobby, rollaways.

Parking – Parking is included in the resort fee.

Lodging Deposit – All reservations require payment of the first night rate (including tax) as a 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 April 26, 2022 (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: IMPORTANT: Reservations are needed to enter Yosemite this Summer. The National Park Service has instituted a day-use reservations system for peak dates in Yosemite National Park in order to enter the Park beginning Friday, May 20, 2022 through September 30, 2022. Everyone planning to enter the park needs a reservation, including annual and lifetime pass holders. Each reservation is valid for three days. You need one reservation per vehicle and the reservation is valid for everyone inside the vehicle.

The National Park Service will post seventy percent of these daily reservations for park entry dates from May 20 through September 30, 2022, on starting on Wednesday, March 23, 2022. The remaining thirty percent of daily reservations will be made available to the public seven days before each arrival date at 8:00 am (PT). Please note these reservations sell out quickly.

Tip: Be sure to have an account and be logged in and ready to get a reservation promptly at 8:00 am (PT).  If you need to create a new account, make sure to do so before tickets go on sale!

  • Day-use reservations for both advance purchase and seven day pre entry bookings will be made available on

*If you want to avoid the 2022 day-use reservation system, TAKE A TOUR instead! Sit back, relax, and let expert guides take you to all of the must-see spots in the park.

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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