Patient Care Update Austin Live Austin CME

The Driskill Hotel, Austin, Texas | October 28-30, 2019


Conference as low as $599
Hotel as low as $265

Registration Deadline
Discounted Advanced Registration Expires September 30, 2019.

The Driskill Hotel
604 Brazos Street
Austin, TX 78701

Live Pharmacology CME | October 28-30, 2019

Join us for live Austin CE/CME in the Live Music Capital of the World! Hosted at the iconic Driskill Hotel. Primary Care Update Austin provides 15 contact hours (1.5 CEU) over three days, 5 hours per day, of live AAFP/ AMA PRA Category 1™, ACPE and pharmacology CE/ CME credit.

Take in the vibrant music scene, inspiring cuisines, explore Lady Bird Lake, all while earning medical CME & pharmacy CE credits during this three day conference. Classroom hours begin each morning and take five hours per day, and with our small class sizes and top clinical faculty, all of your questions will be resolved. Our live pharmacology CME is perfect for physicians, pharmacists, physician assistants, nurses & nurse practitioners.

This live CE / CME experience is accredited for MDs, PAs, Pharms, NPs and Nurses!

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Hotel Details

Hotel Name: The Driskill Hotel
604 Brazos Street
Austin, TX 78701


Hotel Reservations: Our block of rooms has sold through! Click here for a list of other nearby hotels.

Hotel Amenities

  • 189 historic guestrooms, including 14 spacious suites.
  •  18,000 sq. ft. of unique, sophisticated meeting and event space.
  •  Complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi in guestrooms and public space.
  • Extensive collection of museum quality artwork.
  • Located on Sixth Street in the heart of downtown Austin’s music scene.
  • Grand columned lobby with marble floors and stained-glass dome.
  • Daily live music at the authentically Texan Driskill Bar.
  •  Sunday’s Blues Brunch with Antone’s.
  •  Upscale dining in the elegant and intimate Driskill Grill.

Conference Registration

Discounted Advanced Registration – $599*
*Expires September 30, 2019

Regular Registration – $650

Conference Surcharge if not staying on site at hotel: $50.00 ( see Conference Policies)

Conference registration includes workshop attendance, handouts, breakfast or refreshments during the meetings and documentation of continuing education credit*.

Spouses, family and friends are welcome and do not need to register unless they attend the educational sessions. Special seminar fees are available for non-professional accompanying persons who wish to attend one or more session (no special receipt, certification or credit issued).

Conference Credit

University Learning Systems ACPE Pharmacy CE

University Learning Systems is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. These programs are accredited for pharmacists.

  • Session 1: 5 Contact Hours ACPE UAN 0741-0000-19-029-L01-P,  Activity: Knowledge
  • Session 2: 5 Contact Hours ACPE UAN 0741-0000-19-030-L01-P,  Activity:  Knowledge
  • Session 3: 5 Contact Hours ACPE UAN 0741-0000-19-031-L01-P,    Activity:  Knowledge

Physicians: This Live activity, Patient Care Update Austin , with a beginning date of 10/28/2019, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 15.00 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. 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™ 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.


Conference Policies

Thyroid Disorders Update

Date: Monday, 10/28/2019
Check-in: 7:30AM-8:00AM
Educational Session: 8:00AM – 1:30PM

At the conclusion of this program, the participant will be able to:

  • Review Thyroid Anatomy/Physiology and Common Thyroid Disorders.
  • Identify the 3 most common mistakes made by Providers regarding Thyroid Disorders.
  • Describe the best way to Identify Thyroid Disorders.
  • Review the association between the Thyroid Gland and Connective Tissue Diseases.
  • Identify the risks/benefits of Imaging Studies in Thyroid Disease.
  • Discuss the unique challenges of Thyroid Disease in Pregnancy.
  • Discuss infiltrative Thyroid Disease and Thyroid Cancer.
  • Review what every provider should know about Thyroid Disease.
  • Create treatment plans based on actual patient cases presenting with various thyroid disorders.

Expert Speaker 


Jose Luis Hinojosa, MD, MHA, CIME

Logan County Health Services, Vice-Chief of Staff 2019, Chief of Staff 2020, Oakley, Kansas. Official Team Doctor of US Tae Kwon Do National and Olympic Teams, 1993-1998.  Dr. Hinojosa has NO financial arrangements with any corporate organization that might have an interest in the subject being presented.


Reducing Risk of Cardiovascular Disease: Optimizing Lipid-Lowering Therapy in Primary and Secondary Prevention Patients

Date: Tuesday, 10/29/2019
Check-in: 7:30AM-8:00AM
Educational Session: 8:00AM – 1:30PM

At the conclusion of this program, the participant will be able to:

  • Review medications and lifestyle modifications that are recommended for the treatment of hypercholesterolemia.
  • Identify the patient populations that benefit from statin therapy based on evidence from clinical trials.
  • Apply the treatment approaches recommended in the 2018 ACC-AHA cholesterol guideline to patients with dyslipidemia.
  • Define the role and optimal use of nonstatin therapy to lower LDL-C.
  • Examine newer and emerging lipid-lowering by describing their mechanism of action, role in therapy, and efficacy in treating patients with dyslipidemia.
  • Interpret results from large outcome studies evaluating lipid-lowering drug therapies, including omega-3 fatty acids and nonstatin medications used to lower LDL-C.
  • Compare and contrast other cardiovascular drug treatments that are used to reduce risk of CV events in primary and secondary prevention patients.
  • Examine the CV risk reduction benefits of medications used to treat type 2 diabetes.
  • Create treatment plans for patients presenting with various lipid disorders.

Expert Speaker


Joseph Saseen, Pharm.D., FASHP. FCCP, BCPS, BCACP

Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Clinical Pharmacy; Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, CODr. Saseen has NO financial arrangements with any corporate organization that might have an interest in the subject being presented.


Infectious Diseases Update 2019: Antibiotic Resistance, Stewardship, Old Drugs, New Drugs, and New Studies

Date: Wednesday, 10/30/2019
Check-in: 7:30AM-8:00AM
Educational Session: 8:00AM – 1:30PM


At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • Characterize the problem of antibiotic resistance and describe resistance trends and mechanisms among common pathogens in the United States.
  • Define the scope and implications of antibiotic misuse in the hospital, community, and long-term care settings.
  • List the most common reasons for inappropriate antimicrobial prescribing by health care practitioners.
  • Define antimicrobial stewardship and describe the current federal regulatory requirements and state initiatives regarding antimicrobial stewardship in the United States.
  • Compare current antimicrobial stewardship guidelines for different clinical practice settings, and identify opportunities for stewardship in these settings.
  • Outline the essentials for personnel, clinical microbiology, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and infectious disease state management necessary in antimicrobial stewardship programs in different settings.
  • Describe the steps and skills needed to implement an antimicrobial stewardship program in different practice settings.
  • Describe the role of rapid diagnostic tests in antimicrobial stewardship, identify available rapid diagnostics tests to aid in the diagnosis of certain infectious disease syndromes, and discuss how rapid diagnostic tests can improve clinical outcomes.
  • Discuss penicillin allergy, risks of cross reactivity among beta-lactam antibiotics, and the utility of skin testing for patients who are “penicillin-allergic”.
  • Design a plan to assess the effectiveness of antimicrobial stewardship program interventions by collecting, analyzing, and utilizing data to measure outcomes.
  • Propose different approaches to viewing antibiotic use data to assess an antimicrobial stewardship program.
  • Review current dosing and monitoring recommendations for vancomycin and formulate new dosing recommendations based on pharmacodynamic exposures.
  • Compare and contrast new FDA-approved antibiotics and select investigational antibiotics and propose appropriate patients/infections for use of these agents.
  • Critically evaluate recent guidelines for treatment of Clostridioides (Clostridium) difficile infections and compare and contrast treatment options based on recent studies.
  • Review recent studies and propose a treatment plan with durations of therapy for patients with gram-negative bacteremia.
  • Discuss current treatment of osteomyelitis and critically evaluate recent data for oral or long-acting intravenous therapy.

Expert Speaker


Michael B. Kays, Pharm. D., BCPS, FCCP

Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Department of Pharmacy Practice, College of Pharmacy, Purdue University. Dr. Kays has NO financial arrangements with any corporate organization that might have an interest in the subject being presented.


Conference Location

The Driskill Hotel

604 Brazos Street

Austin, TX 78701

Tel:  512-439-1234


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Local Transportation

  • Austin Bergstrom International Airport (AUS)- located 11 miles from The Driskill Hotel.
  • Taxi/Ride Services: Taxis available outside the airport terminals; ride services Uber, Lyft and Ride Austin all service Austin.
  • Car Service: For information on car and limo services, click here. 
  • CapMetro, Austin Station located 1 mile from The Driskill.
  • Rental Cars: Various rental car agencies available at AUS, use this link for reference.
  • Super Shuttle Austin

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