*****URGENT COMMUNICATION*****
We are announcing the cancellation of our CME4LIFE Board Review Course in Pensacola, FL originally scheduled for 9/12-9/15.
Our concern for the safety of our attendees is our number one priority and as a result, our Pensacola conference has been cancelled.

Due to the demand of evacuees that are being displaced from other areas, the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front is holding all reservations. However, if you do not plan on using your room and to avoid any cancellation penalties, the hotel asks that you cancel immediately by calling 800-445-8667, 866-916-2699, or on-line at http://www3.hilton.com/en/index.html and click “My Reservation” at the top to cancel.

Our hearts go out to those affected by Irma. We wish you safety in the coming days, and look forward to seeing you in the future.

Please call our office at 800-263-6840 or email us at support@CME4LIFE.com and we will be glad transfer your registration to any of our remaining 2017 board review courses including San Antonio (9/26), Orlando (10/18), Las Vegas (11/7) and Buffalo (12/13). Please see our website http://conferences.CME4LIFE.com for more details on these conferences.

CME Conference – Pensacola, Florida

Learning Objectives

 

Cardiovascular

  • Review cardiomyopathies and the characteristics of each
  • Discuss pericarditis and the signs and symptoms of this disease
  • Understand and review conduction problems and heart rhythms
  • Discuss the treatments of conduction delays such as atrial fibrillation and heart blocks
  • Understand Bundle Branch Blocks and what this means for a patient, including treatments and the significance
  • Know tachycardia, causes and treatments
  • Understand and be able to discuss the lethal arrhythmias
  • Discuss the causes, risk factors, and treatments of CHF
  • Know and differentiate primary versus secondary hypertension
  • Understand and be able to define the difference between pre-hypertension, hypertension, hypertensive urgency and hypertensive emergency
  • Know the treatments for hypertension
  • Review cardiac drugs and the pharmacology
  • Understand orthostatic hypotension and the causes of this disease
  • Discuss the differential diagnosis of chest pain and know how to diagnose them
  • Know acute coronary syndrome
  • Understand prinzmetal angina, angina, and ischemic disease
  • Be able to differentiate the different causes of STEMIs
  • Know the treatments of STEMIs and the contraindications to the treatments
  • Discuss aneurysms and the risk factors for having an aneurysm
  • Understand peripheral arterial disease, causes and treatments
  • Discuss phlebitis, DVT and Virchow’s Triad
  • Differentiate the multiple types of valvar heart disease
  • Know the mnemonic PAPPA and the significance of this in understanding causes of chest pain
  • Discuss cardiac enzymes, what they mean and the significance of them
  • Be able to dissect the EKG and understand the leads and rhythms
  • Discuss the EKG changes associated with a STEMI and the types of STEMI
  • Understand the cardiac blood flow of the heart
  • Discuss the reasons for a widened QRS including WPW
  • Discuss the findings for different tachycardia and whether it is stable or unstable
  • Be able to recognize all major rhythms on EKG

 

Pulmonary

  • Identify how not to make a HORID mistake when diagnosing respiratory complaints
  • Discuss reactive airway disease and the differences in presentation and treatment of asthma versus COPD
  • Understand cystic fibrosis and who this affects
  • Discuss infections of the lungs such as bronchitis, RSV, bronchiolitis, influenza and pertussis
  • Discuss tuberculosis (TB) and know the screening tests, treatment, and risks of TB
  • Review lung cancer and the different types of lung cancer
  • Understand the types of pneumonia and the causes and treatments for these infections
  • Review pleural effusions, pneumothorax and hemithorax
  • Discuss chest radiographs
  • Be able to systemically read a chest radiograph
  • Know some specific and important signs seen on CXRs
  • Know the CXR presentation of common pulmonary and cardiac diseases
  • Review CXRs and practice reading these x-rays

 

Gastrointestinal / Nutrition

  • Discuss and know the buzz words of Gastroenterology
  • Know esophagitis, factors of this disease, symptoms, and treatments
  • Define acute and chronic cholecystitis, cholelithiasis, and cholangitis and know the symptoms, treatments, and surgical options
  • Discuss LFTs and what they mean
  • Know the disease pancreatitis, the enzymes related to this and Ranson’s Criteria
  • Discuss hepatitis and know the differentiation between the different hepatitis diseases and cirrhosis
  • Know acute infections and diseases in Gastroenterology including appendicitis, mesenteric ischemia, and bowel obstruction
  • Differentiate the difference between Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis
  • Know acute infections and diseases in Gastroenterology including appendicitis, diverticulitis, mesenteric ischemia, and bowel obstruction
  • Differentiate between Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis
  • Discuss abdominal neoplasms and know the big statistics
  • Define constipation and diarrhea and know the causes and treatments of these
  • Discuss reasons and complications for bowel obstruction
  • Be able to define and talk about rectal illnesses such as fissures, fistulas, hemorrhoids and perirectal abscesses

 

Musculoskeletal

  • Know common fractures of the upper extremities and how to define and splint them
  • Know common fractures of the lower extremities and know how to define and splint those as well
  • Discuss Salter-Harris fractures in children and know the classifications
  • Understand cauda equine syndrome and know the symptoms of this illness
  • Discuss diseases of the hip such as avascular necrosis, hip fractures, hip dislocations, and slipped capital femoral epiphysis
  • Discuss acute infectious processes of the bone including osteomyelitis and septic arthritis
  • Know compartment syndrome and the significance of the P’s
  • Define arthritic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and gouty arthritis

 

Endocrine

  • Discuss hypo and hyperthyroidism and know the symptoms, complications, and treatments of these diseases
  • Understand diabetes and be able to discuss diabetes
  • Know the symptoms, findings, complications and treatments of diabetes
  • Discuss the adrenal glands and know the difference between Addison’s and Cushing’s Syndrome

 

Hematologic

  • Understand the CBC, the make up of the CBC and the values
  • Know how to work-up a septic patient
  • Understand the difference between AML and CML leukemia
  • Be able to discuss anemia and differentiate between microcytic, normocytic, and macrocytic anemia
  • Understand the electrolytes and the symptoms and causes of sodium and potassium electrolyte abnormalities
  • Discuss kidney function studies, LFTs, and pancreatic enzymes
  • Know what the cardiac enzymes are and what they mean
  • Understand basic microbiology in regards to urine testing

 

Neurological

  • Discuss the five peripheral neuropathies, Bell’s Palsy, diabetic neuropathy, Guillian Barre, Myasthenia Gravis, and Lambert-Eaton
  • Review headaches, differentiate between the types of headaches, symptoms, and treatments
  • Know which headaches are BAD, SAH, meningitis, and Temporal Arteritis and how to differentiate these from non emergent headaches
  • Discuss CVA/stroke and know the symptoms, risk factors, and treatments of stroke
  • Review of concussions and the current recommendations
  • Review multiple sclerosis, the work up and treatment of this disease
  • Review movement disorders such as Huntington’s Disorder and Parkinson’s Disease
  • Discuss seizure disorders, treatments, and potential concerns
  • Review of syncope, types of syncope and when to be concerned
  • Review of the cranial nerves

 

Infectious Diseases

  • Discuss fungal infections and the characteristics of these
  • Understand the fungal infections, treatments and places where these infections present
  • Know meningitis, the work up, treatment, and symptoms of this disease
  • Discuss and review pneumonia, types of pneumonia, causes, and treatments
  • Discuss microbiology and review the types of bacteria
  • Review of common antibiotics
  • Discuss and parasitic diseases
  • Discuss common viral infections such and cytomegalovirus, mono, herpes, HIV, and influenza and know the most common factors and treatments for these diseases
  • Know risk factors for rabies

 

EENT

  • Know the following diseases of the eye and the symptoms, causes and treatments of these diseases: blepharitis, cataracts, chalazion, conjuctivitis, glaucoma, hyphema, and retinopathy
  • Discuss acute illnesses of the ENT track such as pharyngitis, laryngitis, sinusitis, and otitis media
  • Know the acutely emergent causes of ENT acute emergencies and how to differentiate these from other illnesses such as peritonsillar abscesses, Ludwig’s angina, and retropharyngeal abscess’s
  • Review common rashes such as rityriasis rosacea, rosacea, scabies infestation, contact and allergic dermatitis

 

Dermatologic

  • Know the treatments of the discussed rashes
  • Review the types of skin cancer and the differentiation of the types
  • Discuss common infections of the skin such as molluscum, varicella, and varicella-zoster, and tinea infections

 

Reproductive

  • Discuss infections of the reproductive tract such as bacterial vaginitis, candidiasis, and sexually transmitted diseases as gonorrhea and chlamydia
  • Discuss endometriosis and polycystic ovarian syndrome and the causes, symptoms and treatments of these illnesses
  • Know complications of pregnancy and the treatment of these complications such as premature rupture ofmembranes, threatened abortion and abortion, abruptio placentae, and placental previa
  • Understand hypertension and diabetes in pregnancy and the potential complications of each

 

Genitourinary

  • Define hydrocele, varicocele, and spermatocele
  • Discuss testicular torsion and know the emergent nature of the illness
  • Discuss renal failure, the causes, symptoms, and treatment of a patient in renal failure
  • Understand polycystic kidney disease

 

Psychiatric Behavioral

  • Know the DSM axis diagnosis and differentiation of mental disorders
  • Discuss major depression and bipolar disorder and the possible treatments
  • Understand the types of personality disorders and know the types of these disorders
  • Review substance abuse disorders
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