Live Pharmacology CME in Las Vegas for NPs, PAs, MDs, Pharmacists

Current Topics in Healthcare 2020

Westage Las Vegas | September 16-18, 2020


Conference as low as $399

Hotel as low as $99

Registration Deadline
Discounted Advanced Registration expires August 16, 2020.

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

Live Pharmacology CME | September 16-18, 2020

Our live pharmacology CME is perfect for medical professionals seeking the latest in drug therapy.  Join Family Physicians, Pharmacists, Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants who have been benefiting from our exceptional pharmacology CME for over 30 years. Our courses feature academic experts with proven clinical skills.

This conference provides 15 contact hours (1.5 CEU) of live AAFP/ AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, ACPE and pharmacology CE/ CME credit over three days. With small class sizes and clinical faculty from medical & pharmacy schools, our live Las Vegas CME is perfect for physicians, pharmacists, physician assistants, nurses & nurse practitioners.

Join us for this pharmacology continuing medical education CME at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, September 16-18, 2020,  amidst the vibrant nightlife, shows and fine dining of Las Vegas.

Conference Registration

Discounted Advanced Registration*:

3 Day Fee: $599

2 Day Fee: $499

1 Day Fee: $399
*Expires August 16, 2020

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 0741-0000-20-019-L01-P, Activity: Application
  • Session 2: 5 Contact Hours ACPE UAN 0741-0000-20-020-L01-P, Activity: Application
  • Session 3: 5 Contact Hours ACPE UAN 0741-0000-20-021-L01-P, Activity: Application

Physicians: Application for CME credit from the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) is planned.  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

Opioids, Cannabinoids and Gabapentenoids:  Defining the Best Pharmacological Practice Model for the Treatment

5 hours | Wednesday, 9/16/2020
Check-in and Breakfast: 7:30AM
Educational Session: 8:00AM – 1:30PM

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

  • Discuss the burden of opioid misuse and abuse on the individual and society.
  • Differentiate addiction, physical dependency, tolerance and hyperalgesia.
  • Describe the similarities and differences in the mechanism of action for opioids, cannabinoids and gabapentenoids.
  • Compare and contrast the current best practice model for the use of opioids, cannabinoids and gabapentenoids in: a) acute postoperative pain; b) chronic low back pain; c) neuropathic pain;  d) fibromyalgia;  e) end-of-life pain crisis.
  • Describe how to calculate morphine-equivalent dosages (MED).
  • Demonstrate the value of  morphine-equivalent dosages (MED) in determining the benefit and safety of opioids in the treatment of pain.
  • Identify typical characteristics of patients who would be identified as “high risk” , “moderate risk” and “low risk” for misusing, abusing or diverting opioids.
  • Describe the best practice model for properly monitoring patients on opioids.
  • Describe how a provider should counsel patients who are started on opioids to minimize the risks of adverse reactions, over-dosage and inappropriate compliance.
  • Identify examples of opioids products that have “abuse-deterrent” technology and be able to recommend to prescribers how these products could be utilized to improve patient and community safety.
  • Compare and contrast the most common cannabinoids found in marijuana with regards to their benefits and risks in managing pain.
  • Compare and contrast the following gabapentenoids with respect to their benefits and risks in managing pain:  a) gabapentin (Neurontin); b) Horizant;  c) Gralise; and, d) Lyrica.
  • Describe the risks of combining opioids with:  a) benzodiazepines; b) alcohol; c) gabapentenoids; and, d) cannabinoids.
  • Describe the role of naloxone in preventing deaths from overdosages.



Gregory L. Holmquist, Pharm D.

Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacist Specialist, Palliative Care Strategies, Everett, Washington.

Disclosure: Dr. Holmquist has NO financial arrangements with any corporate organization that might have an interest in the subject being presented. 

Why Nutrition and Supplementation is Important for Patient Wellness

5 hours | Thursday, 9/17/2020
Check-in and Breakfast: 7:30AM
Educational Session: 8:00AM – 1:30PM

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

  • Review food as medicine, food components that heal, and those that cause illnesses.
  • Review the effects and vitamins and minerals within the biochemical pathways .
  • Review the medical conditions that arise from nutrient depletion.
  • Review nutrient drug depletions.
  • Examine the cost of dietary issues in medicine.
  • List various types of nutritional consultations.


Expert Speaker

Lynn Lafferty, Pharm.D., ND

Endowed Assistant Professor of Integrative Medicine ,  Nova Southeastern University (NSU),  Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Diplomate, American Clinical Board of Nutrition, Master Herbalist.

Disclosure: Dr. Lafferty has NO financial arrangements with any corporate organization that might have an interest in the subject being presented.


Topic to be determined

5 hours | Friday, 9/18/2020
Check-in and Breakfast: 7:30AM
Educational Session: 8:00AM – 1:30PM

Objectives to be determined


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, CO.

Disclosure: Dr. Saseen has NO financial arrangements with any corporate organization that might have an interest in the subject being presented

Hotel Information

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

Hotel ReservationsClick here to reserve your room online  or call 1-800-635-7711 and mention our group code, SGULS0S to receive the group rate.

A block of rooms have been reserved for September 15-19, 2020. The discounted room rate will be available until August 16, 2020. Certain room types may be sold out as the conference date approaches.

  • Premium Room – $89.00/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 & Westgate shuttle for easy access to 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

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

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