2023 Subspecialty Focused Meeting Hero

Thursday, May 11

8:00 - 8:45 AM Cardiovascular Risks of Endurance Sport
Tamanna K. Singh, MD, FACC
In this session, you'll learn how to:

  • Discuss the primary causes of sudden cardiac arrest/death in athletes.
  • Discuss management of CVD in athletes.
  • Discuss controversial cardiac findings in athletes with relation to sport participation.

8:50– 9:30 AM Chest Pain Guideline Updates: Role of SPECT vs Coronary CTA
Philip M. Riley, DO, FACOI
In this session, you'll learn how to review the 2021 ACC/AHA Chest Pain Guidelines.

9:35 – 10:25 AM Updates on Heart Failure with Reduced EF
George Sokos, DO, FACOI
In this session, you'll learn how to:

  • Describe what’s new in HFrEF in 2022​
  • Describe the expected course of patient with Heart Failure with reduced Ejection Fraction with appropriate Guideline Directed Medical Therapy (GDMT)
  • Identify who has advanced HF and when to consider referral to Advanced Heart Failure Services

10:30 - 11:10 AM Updates on Heart Failure with Preserved EF
Raghavendra Makam, MD
In this session, you'll learn how to:

  • Discuss current definitions and categories of Heart Failure.
  • Understand epidemiology, pathophysiology and outcomes of HFpEF.
  • Evaluate current evidence and discuss up-to-date, comprehensive management of patients with HFpEF.

11:15 - 11:55 AM Role of Left Bundle Pacing
Alan Welter-Frost, MD
In this session, you'll learn how:

  • To discuss the history of cardiac resynchronization therapy
  • To discuss the utility of left bundle branch pacing
  • To discuss the limitations of left bundle branch pacing

11:55 AM - 12:55 PM LUNCH BREAK

12:55 - 1:40 PM Smoke in Mirrors: The Good, Bad and the Ugly Consequences of Vaping
Mary R. Suchyta, DO, FACOI
In this session, you'll learn how to:

  • Discuss the current state of EVALI
  • Discuss other associations of vaping w/lung disease
  • Discuss effectiveness of E-cigs in smoking cessation

1:45 - 2:25 PM Approach to an Abnormal CT Chest: Do We Need to Chase all Micronodules
Hermes Velasquez, MD
In this session, you'll learn how to:

  • Review the prevalence and epidemiology of pulmonary nodules
  • Review current guidelines for evaluation of incidental pulmonary nodules
  • Review the process of estimating risk of malignancy and shared decision making in pulmonary nodule evaluation

2:30 - 3:20 PM Update on Pulmonary Hypertension
Diego A. Maldonado, MD, FCCP
In this session, you'll learn how:

  • To review the classification of pulmonary hypertension and the new definition of pulmonary arterial hypertension.
  • To understand the physiopathology and pathways of pulmonary arterial hypertension.
  • To understand the importance of early diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension.

3:25 - 4:00 PM Lung Exams with POCUS (point of care ultrasound)
Peter Bonadonna

Friday, May 12

8:00 - 8:35 AM H. Pylori Update and Approach to Refractory Patients
Mia A. Taormina, DO, FACOI
In this session, you'll learn how to:

  • Review the history and pathophysiology of Helicobacter pylori infection.
  • Discuss clinical findings in patients with H. pylori and diagnostic testing.
  • Review standard first line therapies for H. pylori as well as treatment options for refractory cases.

8:40 - 9:10 AM Third Space Endoscopy/Intramural Endoscopic Surgery
Tolga Erim, DO
In this session, you'll learn how to:

  • Discuss the novel endoscopic treatment options for achalasia.
  • Compare the surgical vs endoscopic efficacy and risks of treatment of achalasia, gastroparesis and Zenker's diverticulum.
  • Compare the surgical vs endoscopic treatment of Zenker's diverticulum.

9:15 - 9:45 AM Colonoscopy at 45? What Does the Data Say?
Garieann Fish, DO
In this session, learn more about:

  • Why should I screen for colorectal cancer?
  • What do the most recent guidelines recommend for ages and screening tools for those with average risk for colorectal cancer and those with a family history of colorectal cancer?
  • What are the different screening tests available and what are frequency of those tests?

9:50 - 10:35 AM Update in Gastroenterology
Maryam R. Kashi, DO
In this session, learn how to:

  • Become familiar with 2022 American Gastroenterology Association Clinical Guidance of management of medically refractory gastroparesis
  • Become familiar with 2021 American College of Gastroenterology Clinical Guideline for the diagnosis and management of gastroesophageal reflux disease.
  • Become familiar with American College of Gastroenterology 2022 Guideline Update on diagnosis and management of barrett's esophagus.

10:40 - 11:30 AM Care of the Transgender Patient
Danit Ariel, MD, MS
In this session, learn how to:

  • List key concepts and terms pertaining to transgender and gender diverse identities.
  • Outline the principles of creating a respectful and inclusive clinical environment.
  • Outline the principles of gender-affirming hormone therapy.

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Break for Lunch

12:30 - 1:15 PM Preventative Health Maintenance: Vaccines You Probably Forgot to Give
Mia A. Taormina, DO, FACOI
In this session, learn how to:

  • Review and discuss latest guidelines regarding COVID and seasonal influenza vaccinations.
  • Review updated vaccination guidelines for routine adult vaccines.
  • Understand additional vaccine recommendations for certain higher risk travel abroad.

1:20 - 2:05 PM What We Learned from the 2022-2023 Tripledemic: Reflecting on the Simultaneous Flu/RSV/COVID Surge
MarkAlain Dery, DO, FACOI 
In this session, learn how to:

  • Compare and contrast the four main endemic fungal infections.
  • Analyze the geographical and environmental implications of these infections when considering treatment and prevention interventions.
  • Appreciate Candida auris as an emerging and serious fungal infection with inherit multi-drug resistance.

2:10 – 2:55 PM There is a Fungus Among Us! Updates on Outpatient Treatment of Systemic and Endemic Fungal Infections
MarkAlain Dery, DO, FACOI
In this session, learn how to:

  • Define the ‘tripledemic’.
  • Comprehend immunity debt.
  • Recognize the importance of the RSV vaccine and its target the F-protein.

3:00 - 3:45 PM Quick and Easy Tips for Documentation Medical Decision Making for E&M Services in 2023
Jill M. Young, CEMC, CPC, CEDC, CIMC

Saturday, May 13

8:00 - 8:40 AM Updates on Cardio-Oncology
Vikranth Gongidi, DO, FACOI
In this session, you'll learn more about:

  • Definition of  cancer therapy–related cardiac dysfunction (CTRCD)
  • Role of imaging in the management of CTRCD
  • Review recent guidelines and pragmatic approach to managing cardio-oncology patients

8:45 - 9:30 AM Anticoagulation Options: DOAC vs Left Atrial Occlusion Device
Brett Faulknier, DO
In this session, you'll learn how to:

  • Define the recommendations for use of Novel Oral Anticoagulants (NOACs) for treatment of Atrial Fibrillation and exclusion criteria for their use based upon the 2019 ACC/AHA/HRS Focused Update of Treatment Guidelines to Prevent Thromboembolism in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation.
  • Discuss the research literature that led to the Centers for Medicare Services (CMS) to adopt the National Coverage Decision for Left Atrial Appendage Occluder Device Implant and review the specific criteria that must be met for a patient to be considered eligible to receive a Left Atrial Appendage Occluder Device.
  • Discuss the up-to-date literature that compares Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion, Direct Oral Anticoagulants and Warfarin usage for patients with Nonvalvular Atrial Fibrillation

9:35 - 10:20 AM Tricuspid Valve Interventions
Laura Sullivan, MD
In this session, you'll learn how to:

  • Discuss the pathology of tricupsid regurgitation including CIED (cardiac implantable electronic device) related tricuspid regurgitation.
  • Review current assessment recommendations with echocardiography for severe tricuspid regurgitation and tricuspid valve disease.
  • Discuss current and upcoming options for repair and replacement for severe tricuspid regurgitation.

10:25 – 11:45 AM Curbside Consultations: "Hey, Doc. Got a Minute?"
Gerald W. Blackburn, DO, MACOI, Moderator
Kevin P. Hubbard, DO, MACOI
Joanne Kaiser-Smith, DO, FACOI
Charlene A. LePane, DO, FACOI
John E. Prior, DO, FACOI
In this session, you'll learn:

  • To help make our Osteopathic Internists more thoughtful, more compassionate, more knowledgeable, and overall uniquely more capable clinicians than their allopathic counterparts
  • To (hopefully) provide “pearls” useful to the internist in the care of his/her patients with complex or otherwise challenging medical problems
  • In the appropriate scenario, to remind clinicians to consider Toxic Shock Syndrome, potentially resulting in an improved outcome where current mortality estimates are 30-70%

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM LUNCH BREAK

12:45 - 1:30 PM Sleep Apnea: The Need for Evaluation and Management
Michelle F. Zetoonny Nudell, DO, FACOI
In this session, you'll learn:

  • Sleep apnea is a common medical condition and all patients should be at least screened for the risk factors.
  • Testing can be done easily in the outpatient setting for sleep apnea.
  • Monitoring compliance to assure adequate treatment is needed.

1:35 - 2:05 PM Patient-Centered Clinical Care of African Americans
Gregory Hall, MD
In this session, you'll learn how to:

  • Review the latest life expectancy data for the US population by race/ethnicity.
  • Examine the historical events that impacted health disparities by race/ethnicity in the US including segregation, redlining, and mistrust.
  • Review clinical interventions that can lower a variety of risks for African Americans.

2:10 - 2:55 PM Medicine and Social Media
Zachary Rubin, MD 
In this session, you'll learn how to:

  • Understand how social media is used by patients and physicians.
  • Identify online misinformation and how it impacts healthcare.
  • Learn strategies to grow your social media following.

3:00 - 3:40 PM OMM for the Subspecialist
Antonios Tsompanidis, DO
In this session, you'll learn how to:

  • Review basic Osteopathic philosophy, physiology and the application of OMT.
  • Review OMT techniques that subspecialists can utilize safely for patients.
  • Review how these techniques can be easily become adjuncts to our standard medical care to improve patient outcomes.

3:40 - 3:45 PM Closing Comments
Mia A. Taormina, DO, FACOI & Vikranth Gongidi, DO, FACOI