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

Current Topics in Healthcare 2021

Westgate Las Vegas | September 8-10, 2021


Conference as low as $425

Hotel as low as $89

Registration Deadline
Discounted Advanced Registration expires August 9, 2021.

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

Live Pharmacology CME | September 8-10, 2021

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 8-10, 2021,  amidst the vibrant nightlife, shows and fine dining of Las Vegas.

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Conference Registration

Discounted Advanced Registration*:

3 Day Fee: $625

2 Day Fee: $525

1 Day Fee: $425
*Expires August 9, 2021

Regular Registration:

3 Day Fee: $675

2 Day Fee: $575

1 Day Fee: $475

*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 0741-0000-21-007-L08-P, Activity: Application
  • Session 2: 5 Contact Hours ACPE UAN 0741-0000-21-008-L04-P, Activity: Application
  • Session 3: 5 Contact Hours ACPE UAN 0741-0000-21-009-L01-P, Activity: Application

Physicians: Application to the  American Academy of Family Physicians has been made. Determination of credit is pending. 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

Opioids – Maximizing Benefits, Minimizing the Risks

5 hours | Wednesday, 9/8/2021
Check-in and Breakfast: 7:30AM
Educational Session: 8:00AM – 1:30PM

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

  • Describe how the role for the use of opioids in acute, chronic and cancer pain has changed in the past 20 years.
  • Differentiate addiction, physical dependency and pseudo-addiction.
  • State the similarities and differences in the principles for the use of opioids for patients who have chronic non-cancer pain and those who have end-of-life pain.
  • Identify the main characteristics of patients who would be identified as “high risk”, “moderate risk” and “low risk” for chronic opioid use.
  • State the definitions of “tolerance” and “hyperalgesia” and how to prevent/minimize each of these from negatively influencing the care of patients who are receiving opioids.
  • State three reasons why opioids may not be effective for some patients with chronic pain.
  • State key educational statements that should be given to all patients and caregivers about the safe use, proper storage and disposal of opioids.
  • Describe various tamper resistant opioid products on the market and how these products may reduce misuse, abuse and diversion.
  • Compare and contrast the pharmacological benefits and risks of the following non-opioid pharmacological options for managing pain:  a) cannabinoids;  b) NSAIDS;  c) anticonvulsants;  d) antidepressants.
  • State common side effects associated with pain medications and be able to recommend strategies to prevent the side effects from impacting the patient’s quality of life.


Expert Speaker


Gregory L. Holmquist, Pharm D.

Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacist  Specialist, Palliative Care Strategies, Everett, Washington.   Dr. Holmquist has NO financial arrangements with any corporate organization that might have an interest in the subject being presented.

Putting Yes, And To Work: Building a More Adaptable, Empathetic, and Humanizing Healthcare Experience Through Improvisation

5 hours | Thursday, 9/9/2021
Check-in and Breakfast: 7:30AM
Educational Session: 8:00AM – 1:30PM

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

  • Distinguish the core tenets that make improv a useful tool for working in healthcare.
  • Interpret how the guiding principles of improv can enhance healthcare communication.
  • Evaluate how improv fundamentals can foster an environment of collaboration and teamwork.
  • Apply the core tenets that make improv a useful tool for creating an adaptable healthcare experience.
  • Demonstrate how the guiding principles of improv can build empathetic connections with patients and co-workers.
  • Show how improv fundamentals can foster an environment that humanizes the healthcare experience.


Expert Speaker

Cory Jenks PharmD, BCPS, BCACP

Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Southern Arizona VA Healthcare System, Tucson, AZ.

Preventive Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy Update: A Case-Based Approach

5 hours | Friday, 9/10/2021
Check-in and Breakfast: 7:30AM
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 and prevention of cardiovascular disease.
  • Explain recommendations from the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association guidelines for treatment of patients with hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, heart failure with reduced ejection fraction, peripheral arterial disease and atrial fibrillation.
  • Formulate a care plan for patients with resistant hypertension based on the 2018 American Heart Association scientific statement.
  • Describe the evidence supporting bedtime dosing of antihypertensive medications.
  • Apply the treatment approaches recommended in the 2018 ACC-AHA cholesterol guideline to patients with hypercholesterolemia.
  • Define the evidence and role in therapy of nonstatin medications in the treatment of hypercholesterolemia.
  • Examine results from cardiovascular outcome trials evaluating the use of angiotensin–neprilysin inhibition in heart failure with reduce ejection fraction.
  • Compare and contrast the evidence and guideline recommendations supporting the use of antiplatelet therapy for primary and secondary prevention patients.
  • Examine the evidence-based CV risk reduction benefits of medications used to treat type 2 diabetes.
  • Create treatment plans that reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.


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.  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 Reservations:  A block of rooms have been reserved for September 7-10, 2021. The discounted room rate will be available until August 9, 2021. Certain room types may be sold out as the conference date approaches.

Click here to reserve your room online or call 1-800-732-7117 and mention group code, SGULS1.

  • 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

Conference Location

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

Group Reservations available through August 9, 2021.

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