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Classes and Events

Sharp HealthCare's 2017 Primary Care Conference

Join us at the Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort in Maui. Register now.


Grand Wailea

3850 Wailea Alanui Drive
Wailea-Makena, HI 96753
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Thursday, Nov. 30, 4:30 to 6:15 pm
Friday, Dec. 1, 7:30 to 11:45 am
Saturday, Dec. 2, 7:30 to 11:45 am
Sunday, Dec. 3, 1:30 to 5:45 pm
Monday, Dec. 4, 7:30 to 11 am

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  • Registration closes Nov. 30

Presented by Sharp HealthCare plus

Aloha from Maui! Sharp HealthCare invites you to attend its 14th annual Primary Care Conference from Thursday, Nov. 30, to Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. 

This year’s conference will focus on the educational needs of primary care physicians, including family physicians, internists and other health care providers interested in learning about the latest developments in the field of primary care medicine.

Conference Objectives
Following this conference, attendees should be able to:

  • Identify misleading or misinterpreted information found in medical literature 
  • Describe the latest approaches to managing heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux 
  • Discuss the evaluation and management of common causes of red eyes 
  • Identify common ophthalmologic emergencies 
  • Identify strategies to facilitate improved care for patients with bipolar disorder 
  • Summarize effective strategies for managing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) 
  • List at least three opportunities to improve care for the frail elderly patient
  • Review key studies published in the last year that will impact clinical practice 
  • Explore opportunities for shifting from a disease-focused model of health care to one of patient empowerment 
  • Employ Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) guidelines for improved management of obstructive lung disease patients 
  • Summarize the role of alternative therapies for managing obstructive sleep apnea 
  • Outline effective treatment approaches for refractory hypertension 
  • Illustrate the clinical importance of an elevated urine albumin-to-creatinine ratio (UACR) as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease and the progression of chronic kidney disease
  • Identify effective strategies for improving diabetes management to prevent complications

About the Grand Wailea Resort
The Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, is situated on 40 lush, tropical acres fronting Wailea Beach on the southwest shore of Maui. The resort features endless activities, an award-winning spa and championship golf and tennis, as well as several pools and a water park. The ultimate destination for an immersive Hawaiian getaway, the Grand Wailea is consistently ranked among the world’s best resorts.

Cancellation Policy plus

If you need to cancel your registration for this event, please call 1-800-827-4277 Monday through Friday, 7 am to 7 pm, or log in to your account to cancel online.

A fee of 1000 percent will be deducted from the amount paid if you cancel your registration less than 60 days before the event.

Parking Information plus

Overnight parking at the resort is $10 per car, per night.

Fee Information plus

Please note, there is a $50 discount ($645) available to Sharp-affiliated participants and those who have previously attended this conference.

When you add the conference to your registration cart, please make sure to select the correct fee type in the drop-down menu of the "sign-up now" box. All discounts are already reflected in the current pricing.

Special Instructions plus

Contact Peak Travel via phone at 1-800-366-0455 to book hotel and air reservations. Their office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm PST.

Attendee room rates available through peak travel (single or double occupancy):

  • Terrace Room (standard room): $180 plus tax per night
  • Ocean View Room: $239 plus tax per night

There will be an additional charge of $50 per person plus tax per night for more than two persons in any room, with a maximum of four persons per room. There is no charge for children 17 years of age and younger staying in the same room with parents using existing bedding.

There will be a $10 daily resort charge, per room, per night, plus tax posted to the guest room. Peak Travel will share what is included in the resort fee when you book your hotel.

A one-size-fits-all baseball conference hat is included in your enrollment fee.

Presenter Information plus

Faculty Speakers

Neil W. Treister, MD, MBA, FACC
Conference Chair
Medical Informatics Officer, Sharp Community Medical Group, San Diego, California

G. Michael Allan, MD, CCFP
Professor and Director of Evidence-Based Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, University of Alberta
Director of Evidence and Continuing Professional Development, Alberta College of Family Physicians, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Daniel Einhorn, MD, FACP, FACE
Medical Director, Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute, San Diego, California
Clinical Professor of Medicine, UC San Diego School of Medicine, La Jolla, California
President, Diabetes and Endocrine Associates, La Jolla, California

Elan Hekier, MD
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group, San Diego, California

Tommy Korn, MD, FACS
Cataract Surgery and Cornea External Disease, Attending Ophthalmologist, Sharp Memorial Hospital
Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group, San Diego, California

Christian W. Mende, MD, FACP, FACN, FASN, FASH
Clinical Professor of Medicine, UC San Diego School of Medicine, La Jolla, California

Tim Murphy, MD, DLFAPA
Immediate Past President of the California Psychiatric Association
Private Practice, Fallbrook, California

David Rakel, MD
Professor and Chair, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Richard J. Snyder, MD
Gastroenterologist, San Diego Digestive Disease Consultants
Sharp Community Medical Group, San Diego, California

Schedule plus

Thursday, Nov. 30
4:30 pm: Registration
5 pm: Aloha! Welcome and Reception (registrants only; light hors d’oeuvres) – Loretta Thompson, MBA, CHCP,
Director, CME, Sharp HealthCare
5:05 pm: Ohana: That Is Why We Are Here – Neil W. Treister, MD, MBA, FACC
5:15 pm: Baffled, Befuddled and Bemused: How We Get Fooled by Medical Information  – G. Michael Allan, MD, CCFP 
6:15 pm: Adjourn

Friday, Dec. 1
7:30 am – Noon: Exhibits
7:30 am: Breakfast (registrants only)
8 am: Probiotics: The Cure for Everything or Does the Emperor Have No Bacteria? – Richard J. Snyder, MD
8:45 am: GERD and Dyspepsia: The Heartburn of Heartburn – Richard J. Snyder, MD
9:30 am: Q&A Session
9:45 am: Break
10 am: The Red Eye and Common Eye Conditions in Primary Care – Tommy Korn, MD, FACS
10:45 am: Eye Emergencies Not to Miss in Primary Care – Tommy Korn, MD, FACS
11:30 am: Q&A Session
11:45 am: Adjourn

Saturday, Dec. 2
7:30 am – Noon: Exhibits
7:30 am: Breakfast (registrants only)
8 am: Life on a Rollercoaster: Recognizing and Treating Bipolar Disorder – Tim Murphy, MD, DLFAPA
8:45 am: Broken and Afraid: Effects of Trauma on Brain, Mind and Body, and New Approaches to Healing – Tim Murphy, MD, DLFAPA
9:30 am: Q&A Session
9:45 am: Break
10 am: Don’t Just Do Something, Stand There: Brief Topics in Care of the Elderly – G. Michael Allan, MD, CCFP
10:45 am: Top Pearls From the Literature for 2016-17 – David Rakel, MD
11:30 am: Q&A Session
11:45 am: Adjourn

Sunday, Dec. 3
7 am: Aloha Fun Run: 5K and 10K (optional)
12:30 – 5 pm: Exhibits
2 pm: Sleep Tight: Getting Past CPAP – Elan Hekier, MD
2:45 pm: COPD: Striking GOLD With the New Guidelines – Elan Hekier, MD
3:30 pm: Q&A Session
3:45 pm: Break
4 pm: The Triple Win: Practice Strategies to Improve Health Outcomes, Funds Flow and Joy in Your Practice – David Rakel, MD
4:45 pm: Hypertension Update: Blood Pressure Goals for the Elderly, Diabetes, CVD and CKD – Christian W. Mende, MD, FACP, FACN, FASN, FASH
5:30 pm: Q&A Session
5:45 pm: Adjourn

Monday, Dec. 4
7:30 am – 11 am: Exhibits
7:30 am: Breakfast (registrants only)
8 am: CKD, Micro- and Macro-albuminuria: Implications and Therapeutic Options – Christian W. Mende, MD, FACP,
8:45 am: Diabetes Made As Simple As Possible – Daniel Einhorn, MD, FACP, FACE
9:30 am: When Do Endocrine Diseases Begin and What Are Reasonable Treatment Targets? – Daniel Einhorn, MD, FACP, FACE
10:15 am: Q&A Session
10:30 am: Aloha 2017: Hello, I Must Be Going – Neil W. Treister, MD, MBA, FACC
11 am: Adjourn

CME plus

Sharp HealthCare is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CME Credit:
Sharp HealthCare designates this live activity for a maximum of 14.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 14.50 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

Cultural and Linguistic Competency:
This activity is in compliance with California Assembly Bill 1195, which requires that all CME activities comprising a patient care element include curriculum addressing the topic of cultural and linguistic competency. The intent of this bill is to ensure that health care professionals are able to meet the cultural and linguistic concerns of a diverse patient population through effective and appropriate professional development. Cultural and linguistic competency was incorporated into the planning of this activity.

As an organization accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), Sharp HealthCare requires everyone who is in a position to control the content of an education activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. The ACCME defines “relevant financial relationships” as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months, including financial relationships of a spouse or life partner that could create a conflict of interest.

During an educational activity, Sharp HealthCare encourages faculty to identify investigational products or off-label uses of products regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration at first mention and where appropriate in the content.

American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
This Live activity, Sharp HealthCare’s 2017 Primary Care Conference, with a beginning date of Nov. 30, 2017, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 14.50 prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

It is mandatory that you provide your email address to register.

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