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GAPA GO on-demand CME – Recorded sessions from the 2020 CME Conference in Sandestin, Florida. Complete the videos and evaluation by October 1, 2021 and earn your CME at your convenience.

 This activity has been reviewed by the AAPA Review Panel and is compliant with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 36 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

Attendees can earn up to 28.75 AAPA Category 1 CME Credits.

This activity was planned in accordance with AAPA CME Standards for Live Programs and for Commercial Support of Live Programs. This program was planned in accordance with AAPA’s CME Standards for Live Programs and for Commercial Support of Live Programs.

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Available Sessions

Optional Workshop: Board Review (Gilboy) (8 CME Hours)
Joe has been giving the PANCE/PANRE review class for 29 years throughout California and the country. This class will teach you how to prepare for the PANCE/PANRE and we will go over the following topics:

  1. Cardiac Pharmacology
  2.  Antiplatelets
  3. Heart Murmurs
  4. Community-Acquired Pneumonia
  5. COPD
  6. Pulmonary diseases
  7. Renal

Will go over test questions and how to approach them by doing high-quality habits




Uncontrolled Asthma-Changing the Patient Experience (Sponsored session by GSK)*

EKG 101 (Lucas) (.25 CME Hour)
An electrocardiogram is a reflection of the heart’s electrical activity. The EKG is one of the most commonly used tests to assess electrical and muscular functions of the heart. While this is a simple test, the interpretation of EKG’s requires a significant amount of training. This presentation will teach a standardized approach to EKG interpretation. At the conclusion of the course, the attendee will be able to identify ischemia, ST-elevation myocardial infarction, and common arrhythmias.

Cardiac Arrhythmias (Lucas) (.75 CME Hour)
Cardiac arrhythmia refers to any abnormal heart rhythm or heart rate. Approximately 14 million people in the United States have arrhythmias, accounting for 5% of the population. The rhythm of the heart is regulated by pacemakers cells located within the SA node. An arrhythmia occurs when the rhythm becomes too slow (bradycardia), too fast (tachycardia), or irregular. This presentation will review the most common arrhythmias and discuss management and treatment. We will discuss medical therapy with anti-arrhythmics as well as indications for cardioversion.

Acute Coronary Syndrome Overview – Case Studies (Lucas) (1 CME Hour)
In the United States, more than 900,000 people have a sudden cardiac death or heart attack each year. Approximately 400,000 deaths each year are attributed to acute coronary syndromes (ACS). Most of these individuals have underlying coronary artery disease. While mortality has improved, coronary heart disease still causes one-third of all deaths in those older than 35. ACS is commonly associated with unstable angina (38%), STEMI (30%), or NSTEMI (25%). This presentation will review ACS in regard to clinical presentation, pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. We will also review several case studies related to patients who presented with acute coronary syndromes and discuss their presentation, workup, and treatment plans.

Heart Failure and Cardiogenic Shock (Lucas) (1.5 CME Hours)
According to the CDC, heart failure costs the nation approximately 30.7 billion dollars each year. The cost is comprised of healthcare services, medications, and missed workdays. Most heart failure patients are initially diagnosed and treated by their primary care provider. Early recognition of heart failure can decrease mortality rates and improve quality of life. If the provider is unable to recognize the progression of the disease, these patients are at an increased risk of delayed intervention, rapid disease progression, repeat hospital admissions, and ultimately cardiogenic shock. Following the presentations, the attendees will be able to assess and manage different types of heart failure. As part of the presentation, we will have case presentations and an interactive discussion with our expert panel of Cardiac Advanced Practice Providers (APPs).

Cardiogenic Shock (Lucas) (1.5 CME Hours)

Rapid Response Cases (Lucas) (1.5 CME Hours)
What do you do when you get called to see a patient on the floor who has an acute change in clinical status? How do you approach your patient who has a sudden drop or rise in blood pressure, a change in heart rate or rhythm, acute respiratory failure, or crushing chest pain? What are your differential diagnoses? What is your patient assessment? What data can you collect at the bedside? Do you have time to manage this patient at the bedside or do they need emergent ICU transfer? This presentation will review several rapid response cases and discuss the best way to approach these patients.



Women’s Health

Women’s Sexual Health Trivia (Fosnight) (1 CME Hour)
Ready to test your skills on women’s sexual health trivia? The audience will be asked to participate by assembling into teams to answer questions on topics ranging from anorgasmia, vulvodynia, hypoactive sexual desire disorder, dyspareunia, BDSM/Kink, and many more! Each question will encompass a clinical case presentation and follow with a discussion on diagnosis, lab/imaging testing, and treatment plan of care.  Bring your brain for some friendly competition with prizes awarded to the winning team!  You don’t want to miss this!

Prevention and Screening: Women’s Health Guidelines Update (Fosnight) (1 CME Hour)
Let’s start with a review of the clinically important updates to cervical cancer screenings, HPV testing and guidelines, CDC STI updates, breast cancer screening for the average risk woman, contraception, and clinical pearls for well-woman visits. We will also take a more in-depth look at prevention and screening for interpersonal and domestic violence, sexual health and incontinence concerns, and HIV.

AUB- What’s “Normal” Anyways? (Fosnight) (1 CME Hour)
With more than half of all women experiencing abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB) at some point in their life, we will discuss the importance of understanding the normal menstrual cycle and etiologies contributing to irregularities in bleeding. This lecture will look at common causes of AUB through the use of the PALM-COEIN classification system. There will be clinical case presentations, including diagnostic work-up and treatment strategies for review and discussion.

To MENOPAUSE and Beyond! (Fosnight) (1 CME Hour)
More and more women in the United States are entering the menopause phase of their life with a laundry list of questions and concerns related to this change.  We will look at the normal physical, hormonal and emotional changes that occur through menopause, as well as discuss appropriate health evaluations, risk assessments, screening methods, and evidence-based treatment options for women in the perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopausal stages including hormone/non-hormone therapy options.  And lastly, we will examine appropriate counseling strategies and best clinical practices that lead to positive lifestyle changes for women at menopause and beyond.




Solutions for Hip Pain in the Young Active Patient (Deshpande) (1 CME Hour)
Hip pain in the young active patient can vary from an occasional nuisance to a debilitating problem. Symptoms around the hip can present at an early age and in various forms and etiologies consisting of:

  1. Soft tissue strains
  2. Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI)
  3. Hip dysplasia
  4. Arthritis.

This lecture will focus on various solutions for treating hip pain in the young, active patient that is too young for arthroplasty but has a debilitating hip disease.

Low Energy Trauma – Management of Common Orthopaedic Injuries (Deshpande) (1 CME Hour)
Trauma can occur from any injury, either high energy or low energy, resulting in enough force to cause a fracture or significant damage within the body. This lecture will discuss the evaluation and management of common low energy injury fractures, sprains, and strains that may walk into an Urgent Care clinic and /or Emergency room setting. At the conclusion of this lecture, attendees will be proficient in recognition of common low impact orthopedic injuries. At the conclusion of this session, attendees will be able to evaluate common low impact Orthopedic trauma injuries and manage there care appropriately.

Fractures in the Elderly – from Osteoporosis to O.R. (Deshpande) (1 CME Hour)

  • Each year over 300,000 people— 65 and older—are hospitalized for hip fractures.
  • More than 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling, and the most common mechanism is usually by falling sideways.
  • Women experience over 60% of all hip fractures.
    • Women fall more often than men.
    • Women have a higher incidence of osteoporosis, making them more susceptible to fractures.
  • The chances of breaking your hip increase as your age increases

It is hard to recover from a hip fracture and the condition is often life-altering. As the U.S. population gets older, the number of hip fractures is likely to go up. This lecture will discuss geriatric hip fractures and some periprosthetic fractures. At the conclusion of this session, attendees will understand the hard facts associated with hip fractures and treatment options. Attendees will be knowledgeable in fracture treatment pharmacology and DVT prophylaxis. At the conclusion of this session, attendees will also have a better understanding of clinical treatment for osteoporosis.


Poster Presentation




The Pipes are Leaking – Bleeding Disorders (Platt) (1 CME Hour)
Increased bleeding and bruising are common complaints in primary care including epistaxis, menometrorrhagia, GI bleeding, and post-procedure bleeding. Preoperative assessment of the clotting system is a very common task for primary care providers. A working knowledge of the clotting system is necessary for diagnostic work-up, laboratory interpretation, and treatment of common bleeding disorders.






General Dermatology Pearls (Cheyney) (1 CME Hour)
In this lecture hour, we will be taking a look at the more common skin diagnoses seen in patients.  We will be breaking the session apart with a robust acne discussion and then transitioning into the common inflammatory and infectious disease seen daily.  We will be discussing the evaluation and management of these common diseases so that you can confidently treat these patients and increase their satisfaction in your clinical skills.

Cutaneous Malignancies and Simple Procedures (Cheyney) (1 CME Hour)
In this lecture hour,  we will discuss the pathogenesis of skin malignancies and take a deep dive into the management of the common skin cancers seen in a busy practice.  We will then be taking a look at the appropriate biopsy and treatment techniques with video and photo examples.  We will also take a look at the more common skin procedures that can be utilized in a primary practice to enhance patient satisfaction.  This will lead to a better understanding and increase your confidence in the management of these sometimes complex cases.


Amy Butts | GAPA 2020 CME Conference



What Do I Do After Metformin? A Review of Pharmacologic Approaches to Glycemic Treatment in Type 2 Diabetes (Butts) (1 CME Hour)
30.3 million Americans live with diabetes and 84.1 million have prediabetes. Diabetes is a growing epidemic in the United States. Despite the rates of diabetes remaining high, we have a decline in endocrinologists available in the U.S. to treat the patients. Diabetes is a primary care disease. Physician assistants will be responsible for treating many people with type 2 diabetes. Individualization to care is imperative for the patient with type 2 diabetes. This presentation will focus on the 2020 ADA Standards of Care pharmacologic approaches to glycemic treatment. It will focus on helping the physician assistant to evaluate the patient to guide their decision making for treatment management.

Insulin Initiation and Intensification (Butts) (1 CME Hour)
Type 2 diabetes is a progressive disease. It has been shown that beta-cell function declines with prolonged duration of disease. All or most patients may require insulin initiation and/or intensification during the disease state. Type 1 diabetes requires intensive insulin management. The decline in endocrinologists puts physician assistants at the forefront of treating type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The presentation will review how to initiate and titrate basal insulin therapy. It will also help physician assistants in how to intensify insulin therapy with prandial insulin and alternative postprandial glucose-lowering options.


Brian Wingrove | GAPA 2020 CME Conference



Pediatric Respiratory Infections (Wingrove) (1 CME Hour)
Children frequently present to PAs in many settings – primary care, specialty care, ER, urgent care – with respiratory complaints. It can be challenging to differentiate among the varied respiratory infections that young children can have. It is important to recognize the different presentations of respiratory infections, whether croup, pneumonia, bronchiolitis, or a common cold. This presentation will look at these and other respiratory pathologies in children with a review of diagnostic modalities and up to date treatment strategies.

Chronic Cough in Children (Wingrove) (1 CME Hour)
Cough is the most common chief complaint in the United States. A chronic cough in children is defined as a daily cough lasting for 4 weeks or longer. Diagnosing the underlying cause of a cough in children can be challenging and the differential diagnosis is extensive. A chronic cough can pose significant morbidity in children with missed days of school, interruptions in sleep, and an inability to play and engage socially. It is important to be able to recognize key elements in the history to guide PAs in treating these children, and knowing when to refer. This presentation will explore the differential for chronic cough in children, including diagnostic evaluation and management.




Stop the Clot – Hypercoagulable States (Platt) (1 CME Hour)
Hypercoagulable states can cause MIs, DVTs, PEs, and Thromboembolic strokes. AFib is one of the most common reasons for anti-coagulation therapy to prevent stokes. PAs need to know the common presentations, diagnostics, prevention, and therapy for hypercoagulable states. The pharmacology and indications of antiplatelet, anticoagulation, and thrombolytic drugs will be discussed.





Urgent Care

Urgent Care in A Nutshell – Part 1 & 2 (Gaylor) (2 CME Hours)
Urgent care is shaking up the landscape of traditional medicine. By the year 2020, there will be nearly 10,000 urgent care centers in the United States, many of which are staffed with physician assistants and nurse practitioners. Interest in the on-demand, affordable option of urgent care continues to grow. Health care providers in this trend need the skills, tools, and strategies to make urgent care shifts as fun, safe, and productive as possible. Whether you are a newbie or a seasoned crustacean, this rapid-fire, two-hour workshop will include a wide-ranging variety of information, including the approach to the urgent care patient and why it’s such a fun, but intense specialty, and how to make it as safe as possible for you and your patients, regardless of your level of experience. We will cover hoofbeats and zebras and what that expression means in the urgent care setting, the importance of disposition and follow up and how this guides your decision making, what constitutes an emergency vs an urgency, bread, butter, and jam, how to deal with overwhelm and multitasking, and your ownership of patients, for better and for worse. We will discuss topics including the skin and its contents, we will take you back to the basics, we will address the antibiotic dance, we will remind you that sometimes a headache is a brain tumor, we will cover coughing and sneezing and buggers (oh my), heartaches, belly aches, waterworks, bones, and groans, and then there’s the fun stuff, including kids (more fun stuff), procedures, and drugs, as well as what to do when you don’t know what to do. After attending this workshop, you will leave with a toolbox full of skills and a much better understanding of the nuances and joys of urgent care medicine.



Emergency Medicine

What Could Go Wrong? A Differential of Right Lower Quadrant Pain (Sparkes) (1 CME Hour)

In general, Abdominal pain is one of the most difficult symptoms to evaluate. As a clinician, it is important to determine the location of the pain during history taking when establishing a differential diagnosis as this will guide the continued evaluation. Abdominal pain can be classified into 3 classifications: visceral pain, parietal pain, and referred pain. Criteria for diagnosis, management, and common pitfalls will be discussed during this lecture. At the conclusion of this lecture, clinicians will be confident in their ability to formulate a differential diagnosis and work up the patient who resents with RLQ pain.

I’m Feeling A Little Short of Breath – A Differential of Pulmonary Disease. Men As Minimizers and Why We Need to Interview the Wife (Sparkes) (1 CME Hour)

During a normal day, you breathe nearly 25,000 times. People with lung disease have difficulty breathing and complain of shortness of breath. Pulmonary diseases are some of the most common medical conditions in the world. Tens of millions of people suffer from pulmonary disease in the U.S. If all types of lung disease were grouped, it is the number three killer in the United States. The term lung disease refers to many disorders affecting the lungs, such as asthma, COPD, infections like influenza, pneumonia and tuberculosis, lung cancer, and several other breathing problems. Many lung diseases can lead to respiratory failure. Smoking, infections, and genetics are responsible for most Pulmonary diseases.


“Despite the recent COVID19 global pandemic, GAPA continued to execute an outstanding 2020 Annual CME Conference with appropriate safety measures in place for a live-in person option and a newly offered socially distant live-streaming option.  GAPA responded to my need for continuing education and provided this opportunity during a challenging time in our history. These CME opportunities allow me to succeed in my efforts to provide top-notch health care to patients in Georgia.” — Negin Bauer, PA-C


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