December 4, 2020
Get Updates on Family Medicine During 2021 We Are Family (Medicine) Conference
January Conference to Feature Live Virtual and Self-Paced Online Sessions
October 28, 2020
Ready for a primer on what you need to know as a PA in family medicine? Or do you need an update on the latest clinical practices? The AAPA We Are Family (Medicine) Conference is designed to provide PAs and NPs with essential updates and skills necessary for family medicine practice.
The inaugural 2021 event is virtual and includes three days of live virtual CME from Sat, Jan. 23 to Mon., Jan. 25, plus an additional 26 self-paced online sessions. It’s ideal for those of all experience levels practicing in family medicine and offers up to 37.25 AAPA Category 1 CME credits.
We Are Family (Medicine) course directors include Ben Taylor, PhD, PA-C, DFAAPA; Leslie Clayton Milteer, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA; and Jeffrey Katz, PA-C, DFAAPA. These PAs have more than 60 years of combined experience and they have carefully selected the topics and faculty for the 2021 course.
The course directors have learned many lessons during their primary care careers. Taylor shares, “Enjoy the deep and mutual interactions between patients and yourself, balance your homelife and work, and treat every patient as if they were a member of your family.” Milteer adds, “Learning the patient’s personal story helps to improve their health. No one is an expert at everything so knowing where and who to get help from is key to being a successful provider. Never be afraid to say you don’t know the answer and be brave enough to try and figure it out.”
Sessions applicable to PA and NP day-to-day work
The We Are Family (Medicine) sessions were selected to be applicable to PAs’ and NPs’ day-to-day work in family medicine. According to Taylor, “This conference has been tailored specifically for PAs and NPs. It is a way to obtain new clinical information, keep current with family medicine trends, and learn what’s on the horizon for primary care.”
Each course instructor is a strong advocate of family medicine. “Family medicine allows PAs and NPs to care for the entire family throughout their lifespan,” says Milteer. “We Are Family (Medicine) will address the varied aspects of family medicine including pediatrics, chronic disease management, psychiatry, disease prevention, and ways to identify leadership opportunities for PAs and NPs.” Milteer will speak during the live session, “Advanced Practice Providers in Leadership in Primary Care,” on Jan. 23. as well as during “Pre-Operative Medication Management,” a self-paced session.
Taylor says the conference encompasses the entire spectrum of common disease states seen by advanced practice providers in family medicine. His self-paced sessions include “Legal Medicine: Avoidance of Law Suits,” which will address “how your documentation may save you in a pending malpractice lawsuit and how to deal with pending litigation” and “That Doesn’t Look Quite Right: Refining Your EKG Reading Skills,” which will teach attendees “how to deal with EKGs that appear abnormal, but you have no clue what is going on and all AMIs do not appear as STEMIs.”
It is important for PAs and NPs in family medicine to attend, says Milteer, because “Education that focuses on the expansive topics of family medicine helps to keep PAs’ and NPs’ skills current and clinically applicable.” She adds, “Family medicine is a rich and wonderful area of medicine and this conference will touch on many of the aspects that make caring for patients so rewarding.” Taylor and Katz concur, and stress the focus on information that will be helpful in everyday clinical practice. “The conference will be a professionally rewarding experience for all who attend.”
PAs and NPs will benefit from the virtual session format because they can be viewed “on your own time as opposed to only at a certain time to interrupt work and family life as little as possible,” Katz says. Milteer also reminds participants that they will have the ability to watch a lecture more than once to deepen understanding.
“The main benefit for our participants will be increased convenience,” says Taylor. “Without the location or time limitations of a traditional conference setting, learners have the freedom to absorb content at a time and location that they deem best for them. Virtual sessions allow learners to comprehend topics on their own terms, on many different devices, and anywhere there is internet.”
The live virtual sessions will take place from Jan. 23 – 25, 2021. Can’t make the live virtual sessions? No worries – recordings will be available afterward so you won’t miss a thing! In addition, there will be 26 additional self-paced sessions released on Jan. 23 that attendees can watch whenever is convenient for them. PAs and NPs will have access to those recordings for a year.
Register here for the 2021 We Are Family (Medicine) Conference.