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Course Description

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 28th 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

The 28th 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 practice programs.

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 14 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 2 hours of education in medical ethics and/or professional responsibility.
  • This live activity, the 28th Annual Rio Grande Valley Medical Education Conference & Exposition, has been reviewed and is approved for up to 14 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 14 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 is discussed.