The science of medicine is forever changing. Data from medical research
and best evidences in clinical practice cause a paradigm shift which overtime
results to changes in clinical interventions, drug therapy, treatment
modalities and diagnostic approaches. The
27th Annual Rio Grande Valley Medical Education Conference & Exposition is designed to provide primary care physicians with concise and authoritative
information on the most up-to-date treatment of problems frequently encountered
yet conundrums in practice. Great efforts were taken to select faculty
who are in the cutting edge in medical research, practice and education
to present lectures and provide in-depth understanding of the most current
medical therapy, novel treatment and diagnostic approaches to fill in
the identified “practice gaps”.
Educational methods used to present the selected subject matters will include:
lectures, case studies, audiovisual presentation, e-proceeding, and audience
participation at sessions for questions-and-answers.
Who Should Attend
27th Annual Rio Grande Valley Medical Education Conference & Exposition with its theme,
“Reaching New Horizons” is primarily designed for primary care physicians and medical practitioners
in the following specialties: family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics,
OB-GYN, surgery, emergency medicine and infectious diseases.
The content is also appropriate for advanced practice nurses (APRN), physician
assistants, pharmacists and registered nurses enrolled in advanced nurse
General Educational Objectives
From each presentation, participants should be able to:
- Review the pathophysiology, current epidemiologic data of disease processes
where practice gaps– may it be knowledge, competence or patient
outcomes had been identified, and their implications on current practice
of the primary care physician;
- Identify the current pharmacologic treatment for the chosen condition/s
for study, the pharmacology, pharmacodynamics and efficacy of each;
- Acquaint with recent guidelines for diagnoses and management of patients;
identify disease markers and characteristic manifestations on patient; and
- Relate the science behind current standards of medical care and clinical
management along with the associated issues like medico-legal and/or ethical factors.
Identification of Learning Needs
The learning needs for this conference were identified from summaries of
written evaluations provided by previous participants along with their
comments and requested topics for future offering. The CME Committee had
formed a Conference Planning Committee and with input from faculty/content
specialists and representatives from potential attendees had decided on
the final content, method of teaching and learning objectives or goals
for each presentation.
Accreditation Statements & Continuing Education Credits
- Knapp Medical Center is accredited by the Texas Medical Association to
provide continuing medical education for physicians.
- Knapp Medical Center designates this live educational activity for a maximum
of 13.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physician should claim only
credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
- The presentation has been designated by Knapp Medical Center for 1.5 hours
of education in medical ethics and/or professional responsibility.
- This live activity, the 27th Annual Rio Grande Valley Medical Education
Conference & Exposition, has been reviewed and is approved for up
to 13.5 Prescribed Credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of
their participation in the activity.
- Texas State Board of Pharmacy accepts certificates of participation for
educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
from organizations accredited by Texas Medical Association.
- Aurora House has approved this live activity for 13.5 contact hours of
Continuing Nursing Education.
Conflict of Interest
It is Knapp Medical Center’s policy that participants in CME activities
should be made aware of any affiliation or financial interest speakers
and conference planners have that may affect the CME presentation/s or
its development. Each speaker and members of the CME Committee and the
Conference Planning Committee has completed and signed a conflict of interest
statement to be disclosed in the course materials.
Discussion of Off-label Use of Drugs
As this CME activity is generally intended to educate physicians with what
is currently in use and what may be available in the future, presentations
may include a discussion of “off-label” use of drug/s. Speakers
have been requested to inform the audience when off-label use of a drug
Along with the universal initiative of going “green” and save
the trees, the proceeding for this year’s conference will be distributed
to registered participants in a jump drive. Registrants are allowed to
bring to the conference their battery-powered PCs. Please charge up your
PC before coming to class.