Current Topics in Healthcare 2019

Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino | September 11-13, 2019


Conference as low as $599

Hotel as low as $120

Registration Deadline
Discounted Advanced Registration expires August 11, 2019.

Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino
3000 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Live Pharmacology CME | September 11-13, 2019

Join us for live medical CME and vibrant nightlife, shows and fine dining in Las Vegas. This conference, Current Topics in Healthcare 2019, includes information on the latest new drug information. Held at the centrally located Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino , September 11-13, 2019, this conference 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.

Treat yourself this summer and live it up on the Las Vegas strip for pharmacy CE and medical CME 2019. With small class sizes and clinical faculty from medical & pharmacy schools, our live Las Vegas CE/CME is perfect for physicians, pharmacists, physician assistants, nurses & nurse practitioners. We travel to Las Vegas for live pharmacology CME four times each year!

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

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Hotel Information

Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino
3000 Paradise Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Hotel Reservations Click here to reserve your room online or call 1-800-635-7711 and mention our group code, SGULS9S.

A block of rooms have been reserved for September 10-13, 2019. The discounted room rate will be available until August 11, 2019. Certain room types may be sold out as the conference date approaches.

  • Premium Room – $120.00/night
  • Reduced Resort Fee – $23.00/night, regularly $34.00/night

Check In Time: 3:00 PM

Check Out Time: 11:00 AM

The above guest room rates and fees do not include state and local taxes, currently at 13.3%, and are subject to change. Room deposit is refundable if reservation is canceled at least 3 days prior to scheduled arrival.

Hotel Amenities & Local Attractions

  • Variety of suites and onsite amenities.
  • Onsite Las Vegas Monorail to easily access other Las Vegas attractions.
  • World’s Largest Race & Sports Book.
  • Extensive dining options, including The Edge Steakhouse and the world-famous Benihana.
  • Newly opened Serenity Spa.
  • Registered guests can take a dip in the outdoor pool.

Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino

Conference Registration

Discounted Advanced Registration*:

3 Day Fee: $599

2 Day Fee: $499

1 Day Fee: $399
*Expires August 11, 2019

Regular Registration:

3 Day Fee: $650

2 Day Fee: $550

1 Day Fee: $450

*Conference Surcharge (if not staying at hotel) – $50

Registration Details

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 0741-0000-19-020-L01-P, Activity: Knowledge
  • Session 2: 5 Contact Hours ACPE UAN 0741-0000-19-021-L01-P, Activity: Application
  • Session 3: 5 Contact Hours ACPE UAN 0741-0000-19-022-L01-P, Activity: Knowledge

Physicians:  This Live activity, Current Topics in Healthcare 2019, with a beginning date of 09/11/2019, 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

Review of Common  GI Issues: 2019 : Colon Cancer prevention, IBD/IBS, Probiotics

5 hours | Wednesday, 9/11/2019
Check-in and Breakfast: 7:30AM
Educational Session: 8:00AM – 1:30PM

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

Colon Cancer Prevention 2019: 

  • Describe the best practices that lead to colon cancer prevention.
  • Describe screening test preps.
  • Review types of polyps and their consequences.
  • Review the pitfalls of colonoscopy screening.
  • List alternatives to colonoscopy including their benefits and limitations.
  • Demonstrate that young patients do get colon cancer.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Maximizing Successful Treatment:  

  • Discuss the various manifestations of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
  • Distinguish Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) from Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).
  • Describe “Alarm” symptoms.
  • Review an “appropriate” workup for IBS.
  • Review the treatments for IBS.
  • Discuss how to partner with your patient.
  • Discuss when to refer the patient.

Probiotics 2019: 

  • Review the proven uses of probiotics.
  • Describe the difficulty in comparing strains, studies, potency and results.
  • Describe how fecal transplants may be the ultimate probiotic.
  • Review the potential future uses of probiotics.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease:  

  • Describe the workup of Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
  • Distinguish Crohn’s Disease from Ulcerative Colitis.
  • Describe extra intestinal manifestations.
  • Discuss which medication is indicated for which patient.
  • Review the new world of biosimilars.
  • Review what are the Inflammatory Bowel Disease questions yet to be answered?

Expert Speaker 

Peter Buch, M.D., AGAF

Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of Connecticut School of Medicine; Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine , Coordinator for Internal Medicine Sub-specialties UNECOM/Eastern CT Health Network, Digestive Health Specialists of Eastern Connecticut. Disclosure: Dr. Buch 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

5 hours | Thursday, 9/12/2019
Check-in and Breakfast: 7:30AM
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.  Disclosure: Dr. Kays has NO financial arrangements with any corporate organization that might have an interest in the subject being presented.


Healthy People 2020 and Beyond: Topics in Health and Wellness to Improve Patient Quality of Life

5 hours | Friday, 9/13/2019
Check-in and Breakfast: 7:30AM
Educational Session: 8:00AM – 1:30PM

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

  • Discuss guidelines for low risk use of alcohol and consequences of alcohol abuse
  •  Explain Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans and benefits of regular participation
  • Describe the controversy over e-cigarette use and potential for use as a smoking cessation aid.
  • Discuss sleep health, guidelines, and benefits/risks of sleep behavior.
  • Provide updated immunization information.
  • Discuss the benefits and potential problems associated with use of wearable technology.
  • Describe direct-to-consumer genetic testing and potential benefits/problems associated with this technology.
  • Discuss weight management and current fad diets.
  • Identify other healthy lifestyle trends including sun safety.

Expert Speaker

Peggy Piascik  Ph.D., R.Ph.

Professor, University of Kentucky, College of Pharmacy, Lexington, Kentucky. Disclosure: Dr. Piascik has NO financial arrangements with any corporate organization that might have an interest in the subject being presented.



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Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino
3000 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, NV 89109

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