| Emergency Medicine remains one of the most popular specialties for PA practice both for the full time clinician as well as for those who need to fulfill their dreams on a part time basis. I personally spent 16 years in this specialty and taught it for five years at a PA program because the emergency department, like all things in medicine, constantly changes and demand continued surveillance and education to stay on the cutting edge. Reading a book on emergency medicine is not cutting edge because the book was written from information that has surfaced in the last three to five years. Don’t get me wrong, the reading is always fruitful but is it “cutting edge?” Cutting edge in February, 2013 is what has happened in 2012 and what is beginning to surface in 2013. Where but Las Vegas, Nevada would you choose to confront this educational opportunity and to simultaneously melt the ice that is forming in your blood by the frigid winter?
CMR are the initials of a special group that has at least a 6 year history and represents Chamberlain Medical Resources. This group of educators led by the president of the company, Jay Chamberlain, PA-C, started as a retreat group for a local hospital and began to define itself by its excellence in teaching hospital based and specialty based medicine. Jay also focused on having authentic workshops on subjects such as Ultra-sound , so that the PA/NP could develop in their career path and become the essential expert providers in their institutions. I personally know quite a few of the faculty of this particular program and they are “our experts” who maintain their excellence and simultaneously are in the trenches practicing their craft.
Specialty Training for Emergency Medicine will be presented in Las Vegas, Nevada from Thursday Feb 7 through Sunday, Feb 10. This special event will be held at the historic New York, New York Hotel and Casino and as a gift to you; it will not include Hurricane Sandy. The lights are on, the food and the opportunities to collaborate with other colleagues will be plentiful. This program will provide you with 25 hours of CME and will have six live workshops which will be as good as any of the live shows on the strip although we suggest that you take one or two of them in while in Vegas. The special workshops will be hands on sessions in splinting; suturing, EKG, CXR Interpretation, Upper External Ortho Physical Exam and Lower External Ortho Physical Exam These courses change from program to program and yet are the most requested hands on workshops for those who are developing their skills to better treat their patients.
Why is this program worthwhile to attend? We have many specialty societies and many CME opportunities but the selection of subjects, the expertise of the faculty and the opportunity to network with other EM clinicians are the reason why most would choose this course. The unfortunate thing is that they limit their course to a certain number for effectiveness and as of this week there are 36 seats remaining. Thursday starts at 12:30 and covers OB/GYN, Neurology, ENT, Infectious disease, Trauma Management, Airway Management and an introduction to the ED. When I first started teaching on this subject, Terry Mize sent me his notes on introduction to the Emergency department and they were terrific and allowed me to put additional meat on the bone. Terry will be a major speaker at the conference but well known Eric Fogg will give the introduction lecture. The clinical day ends at 6 PM.
Friday will start at 9 AM and have the optional hands on workshops which will end at noon. The afternoon program starts at 1 PM with Toxicology, Dyspnea, small group cases with chance to interact and to learn from your colleague’s suggestions. Orthopedic will be the next lecture and the day will culminate with Errors in Diagnosis. As a person who often speaks on medical malpractice and the need for personal liability insurance, this is a must go to course. You can change your life in two manners; first, get the personal liability insurance which is approved by the AAPA, CM&F. secondly, attend this lecture and prevent yourself from making the common errors presented. It’s now 6 PM and time to enjoy the night with your friends and new acquaintances.
Saturday will be chuck full of courses from 0730 as Asthma and COPD are discussed, followed by pediatric fever, otitis and pharyngitis, more small group presentations and the afternoon will focus on orthopedic 2, Cards-ACS, more small group sharing case sessions and Cards-Other chest pain causes. The day will come to an end at 5:15 with NP Matt Brown speaking on Psyche issues in the ED. I used to trade and accept two acute abdomens to rid myself of psyche patients as this was my weak area. We should strive to have no weak areas, just areas that we can attain greater excellence in.
Sunday will be the last day and will commence at 07:30 and conclude at noon. General GU Emergencies will be addressed followed by GI Complaints, Emergency Medicine Dermatology will follow so that you can be the “go to” person in your ED and the day will conclude with Malpractice Issues for you. You are getting this information on the week of November 19 so contact CMR at their website and sign on to complete the limit that was extended. This is a conference that you don’t want to miss.