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This activity has been reviewed by the AAPA Review Panel and is compliant with AAPA CME Criteria.

This activity is designated for 8.5 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation. Approval is valid from 3/11/2022 to 4/15/2022. 

AAPA reference number: CME-205833.

Pharmacology and Therapeutic Applications of Antiarrhythmic Medications - Grant Shaddix, PharmD, BCPS
Heart not beating right? Don’t miss this review of current updates!

Learning Objectives

  • Describe basic physiological characteristics of the cardiomyocyte action potential and its relationship with common antiarrhythmic medications
  • Classify antiarrhythmic medications based on basic pharmacology and their relation to the Vaughan-William Classification System
  • Discuss common indications for antiarrhythmic medications as they relate to atrial and ventricular arrhythmias
  • Evaluate patients that may benefit from specific antiarrhythmic therapy and optimize patient therapeutic outcomes
  • Develop specific patient monitoring plans for antiarrhythmic therapy
  • Identify common adverse effects associated with the antiarrhythmic medications and initiate beneficial mitigation strategies

My Head Hurts – Current Treatments for Migraine Headaches - Nancy Rodriguez-Weller, RPh., FASCP
Current diagnosis and treatment options.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe three critical concepts for treating migraine headaches
  • Identify pharmacological options for both acute and preventative treatment of migraine headaches
  • Describe a multidisciplinary approach as part of the treatment plan for treating migraine headaches

Traditional and Alternative Strategies for Anxiety, Mood, and Cognitive Support - Jamie Garonzik, PA-C
Traditional treatments are reviewed as well as additional considerations such as supplements and lifestyle modifications to maximize the benefits.

Learning Objectives

  • Clinicians will identify approaches for attention, anxiety, and depressive disorder management, utilizing holistic treatment modalities in place of or in addition to typical pharmacological agents
  • Clinicians will develop understanding of neurocognitive imbalances and their role in mood disorders, and how to approach treatment focusing on underlying etiology vs symptom management
  • Clinicians will explore common mood disorders, consideration of typical pharmacological treatments and side effects, and discuss alternative approaches for euthymia 

Thyroid Function: Beyond TSH and T4 - Jim Paoletti, BS Pharmacy, FAARFM, FIACP
An in depth review of lab testing, evaluating options, synthetic and natural treatment options as well as supplements to consider to optimize thyroid function.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the causes of symptoms of low thyroid function and appropriate testing to identify which may be occurring in the patient
  • Identify what things can inhibit conversion of T4 to T3
  • Discuss the contents of the different thyroid preparations available to the practitioner and therapeutic use of each

Menopausal Hormone Replacement: Twenty Years in Review - Zachary Phillips, PharmD
A re-evaluation and what that means for Hormone Replacement. A look back at this landmark study and what we have learned. Traditional vs. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement and what to consider when prescribing.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss findings of landmark trials relevant to menopause hormone therapy.
  • Describe the risks and benefits of hormone treatment in women.
  • Identify candidates for hormone therapy. 4. Prescribe treatment for hot flashes in postmenopausal patients.

The Lowdown on the New Covid Treatment Pills - Rohini Dave, PharmD
A review of Pfizer’s Paxlovid (nirmatrelvir tablets and ritonavir tablets, co-packaged for oral use) and molnupiravir, developed by Merck. Studies, prescribing practices and more!

Learning Objectives

  • Compare various therapeutics authorized for use for the treatment of COVID-19 in the outpatient setting.
  • Describe important safety considerations associated with use of various COVID-19 therapeutics.
  • Summarize clinical efficacy data associated with novel oral antivirals.

Head to Toe: A Focus on First-Line Antibiotics in the Treatment of Common Infections - Brittany LaViola, PharmD
What are the offending bugs and what are the current recommendations for treatment. A head to toe review of the up to date treatments.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify first line antibiotics used in treating a variety of infections.
  • Recall antibiotics used in the treatment of multi-drug resistant organisms.
  • Describe common adverse drug reactions of first line antibiotics.
  • Compare and contrast monitoring parameters of first line antibiotics.

The Who, What, When, and Why of Continuous Glucose Monitoring - Nimita Sharma, PharmD and Laura Demilio, PharmD, AAHIVP
What, who, how and more!

Learning Objectives

  • Describe characteristics of the four FDA approved CGMs available in the United States
  • Identify and assess patients who are candidates for CGMs and determine which device is most appropriate
  • Discuss how to interpret glucose report and use to make clinical/shared decision making
  • Explain goals of therapy and how to measure outcomes

Videos are available to view until April 15th.

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