Primary Care Focus – 17th Annual Symposium

Key Largo, FL US
June 29, 2018 to July 1, 2018

The primary care practitioner has the special and important responsibility to diagnose and manage patients with every category of ailment, injury and disease. This symposium will provide practical, evidence-based strategies to strengthen healthcare competencies. Expert faculty will explain recent advances in diagnosis, management and treatment and address compelling issues as they relate to managing cholesterol, adolescent medicine, common sports injuries, evaluation of abnormal menstrual bleeding and other women’s health concerns, atrial fibrillation, collagen vascular diseases, common eye problems, physician well-being, nutrition, pain management and fatty liver disease. There will be ample opportunity for Q&A with the faculty during the panel discussion.

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New Session Added:

Saturday, June 30, 2018  2:00 – 3:00 p.m. - Limited Space Available
Food as Culinary Medicine

Culinary Medicine is an evidence-based field of medicine that blends the art of cooking with the science of medicine. Session highlights include preparation of plant-based recipes and demonstrations on simple cooking techniques. This session is aimed at helping people reach good personal medical decisions about accessing and eating high quality meals that help prevent and treat disease and restore well-being.

Speaker: Natalie Castro, M.S., R.D., LDN


Registration Fees:  Please choose Register tab to process your registration.

Attendee TypeCost              
BHSF Employee$95
Nurses and Allied Health Professionals$295
International Physician$372
International Healthcare Professional$236







Target Audience

Family physicians, general internists, psychologists, hospitalists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, registered dieticians and respiratory therapists



Learning Objectives

FRIDAY, June 29 (5.0 Cat. 1)

  • Diagnose and manage acute atrial fibrillation.
  • Describe the pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic options for atrial fibrillation management.
  • Recognize when and how to use anticoagulation for stroke prevention.
  • Implement the latest screening guidelines for cholesterol-related risk based on recommendations of the American Heart Association.
  • Recognize the risk factors associated with heart disease, stroke and cancer and initiate effective patient discussions to motivate risk mitigation.
  • Implement common treatments for diseases of the heart and recognize when referral to a specialist is warranted.
  • Describe the epidemiology and pathophysiology of collagen vascular diseases most commonly seen in the primary care practice and know when referral to a specialist is necessary.
  • Identify the most common signs and symptoms of collagen vascular diseases and describe the diagnostic tests most helpful in recognizing them.
  • Discuss the scientific evidence debunking diet misconceptions associated with heart disease etiology.
  • Identify foods that reduce the risk of developing heart disease and describe the mechanisms that make these foods effective.
  • Recognize how emotional exhaustion correlates to interpersonal disengagement and a reduced sense of personal accomplishment.
  • Explain how clinician well-being impacts patient satisfaction, safety and outcomes.
  • Implement strategies to improve personal resilience and an optimal state of personal, physical, mental and social well-being.

SATURDAY, June 30 (4.0 Cat.1)

  • Implement recommendations for appropriate antibiotic prescribing, including clinical practice guidelines that have been developed to improve outpatient treatment of common infections in children and adults.
  • Compare common methods for isolation, identification and antimicrobial susceptibility testing of microorganisms, and recognize the basic mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance.
  • Recognize pathogenic microorganisms that currently present major treatment challenges due to antimicrobial resistance.
  • Identify patients with sight-threatening and life-threatening conditions of the eyes.
  • Combine patient history, physical examination and appropriate clinical suspicion to determine best-practice management.
  • Explain the factors leading to sports injuries and describe symptoms, causes and treatment of common sports injuries.
  • Recognize the epidemiology and pathophysiology of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and cirrhosis.
  • Differentiate the prognosis of nonalcoholic fatty liver from nonalcoholic steatohepatitis.
  • Design a lifestyle modification treatment plan for patients with NAFLD.
  • Effectively explain to patients the mechanisms of action of nutrient-dense diets to prevent, treat and reverse illnesses that are highly influenced by diet.
  • Improve patient engagement in preventing the onset of chronic health conditions attributed to poorly managed blood sugar levels related to consumption of foods high in sugar and processed carbohydrates.

SUNDAY, July 1 (3.00 Cat.1)  

  • Utilize a simple, straightforward template to evaluate premenopausal abnormal uterine bleeding in the primary care setting.
  • Implement the most up-to-date treatment options for heavy menstrual bleeding.
  • Effectively evaluate and manage the patient with postmenopausal bleeding.
  • Implement strategies to improve urinary complaints such as stress incontinence and overactive bladder and explain the therapeutic options available.
  • Identify how to screen and apply treatment options for atrophic vaginitis and dyspareunia, which is often overlooked and underdiagnosed.
  • Implement the most current recommendations for mammogram, cervical cancer, osteopenia and osteoporosis screening in the adult woman.
  • Apply appropriate psychosocial screening tools for adolescents.
  • Recognize a subset of common adolescent conditions.
Course Summary
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
06/29/2018 - 1:00pm EDT
Event ends: 
07/01/2018 - 11:00am EDT
Ocean Reef Club
201 Ocean Reef Drive
Key Largo, FL 33037
United States
+1 (305) 367-2611
Don’t delay. Make your hotel reservation today by calling 1-305.367.2611 or go to GroupMAX to receive the special group rate of $249, plus applicable club fees and taxes. Group rates will be honored through Thursday, June 7, 2018. Hurry though – hotel rooms go very quickly!



For the complete faculty list, please click HERE.


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Non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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Baptist Health South Florida is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Baptist Health has been re-surveyed by the ACCME and awarded Commendation for 6 years as a provider of CME for physicians.

Baptist Health South Florida designates this live activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity has been approved for 12 credit hours by the Florida Boards of Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, Psychology (12 credits) and the Florida Council of Physician Assistants. 5.0 credit for the Friday session (CE Broker #20-702226), 4.0 credits for the Saturday morning session (CE Broker #20-702228), and 3 credits for the Sunday session (CE Broker #20-702230).

Successful completion of this CME activity enables the participant to earn up to 12 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC point’s 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 points.

Your participation information will be shared with the ACCME, which will in turn report your points to ABIM. Successful completion of a course examination is required to earn ABIM MOC points.
American Academy of Family Physicians
Application for CME has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physician Determination of credit is pending.
Approved on a session-by-session basis for a total of 12 contact hours by the Florida State Board of Nursing CE Broker Provider #50-182.
5.0 credit for the Friday session (CE Broker #20-702226), 4.0 credits for the Saturday morning session (CE Broker #20-702228), and 3 credits for the Sunday session (CE Broker #20-702230).
This activity has been approved on a session-by-session basis for a total of 12contact hours by the Florida State Board of Pharmacy, CE Broker Provider #50-182; 5.0 credit for the Friday session (CE Broker #20-702226), 4.0 credits for the Saturday morning session (CE Broker #20-702228), and 3 credits for the Sunday session (CE Broker #20-702230).
This activity has been approved on a session-by-session basis for a total of 12 contact hours by the Florida State Board of Respiratory Personnel, CE Broker Provider #50-182; 5.0 credit for the Friday session (CE Broker #20-612281), 4.0 credits for the Saturday session (CE Broker #20-612283), 1.0 credit for the Saturday afternoon session (CE Broker #20-655162) and 3 credits for the Sunday session (CE Broker #20-612287).
Approval pending. 

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ claimed by physicians attending live events certified and organized in the United States for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ can be claimed through the agreement on mutual recognition of credits between UEMS and AMA, considered as being equal to the European Continuous Medical Education Credits (ECMEC©) granted by the UEMS. One AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ is equivalent to one (1) hour of European EACCME Credit (ECMEC©). Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) accepts CEs accredited by the ACCME.  Individuals are responsible for checking with the AANPCB for further guidelines.

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Pre registration is now closed.  We will accept registrations on-site, however, because of Ocean Reef's strict entrance policy, we must have your name and anyone traveling with you.  Please email only your intent to register on-site to

Things to know before the symposium.

Bring a sweater/jacket with you to the meeting area. Room temperatures tend to be cool and personal comfort levels vary.

Valet Parking at Ocean Reef Club is complimentary.

Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. on Friday and 7:15 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Meeting Room Location: Carysport Ballroom

Exhibit Location: Tarpon Cooking School

Special Events Location: Town Hall Ballrooms


Things to know about Ocean Reef Club before your arrival.

Ocean Reef Club is a cashless property. A valid credit card is required to hold on file for incidentals when you check-in at the Front Desk. Ocean Reef Club will provide you with a card for spending on property and the card will also serve as your room key.

Ocean Reef Club is a private gated community. Anyone not on your rooming reservation will need to be cleared in advance. Please include the name(s) of those staying in your room in your online reservation information page. Not providing names in advance may cause a disruption in your day. You may also let us know if a family member is traveling/visiting you separately so we may notify security.

Shuttle Service: Ocean Reef Club offers 24-hour on-demand shuttle transportation throughout the property.

Electric Road Carts are available at the special group rate of $35+tax per day-not including optional insurance.

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