MARCH 19TH - MARCH 22TH, 2018

We have an amazing schedule in store for you during your stay in Grenada!

From mechanical ventilation to a discussion on high flow oxygen therapy to stroke, learn about an amazing array of topics during the next four days.

Interested in some extra-curricular activities that we'll be hosting? Click here for the non-academic schedule.

Monday 3/19/18

07:30 - 08:00 Registration
08:15 - 09:00 Rabies (more detailed topic to come) - Dr. G. Richard Olds

  • Identify the changing pattern of animal rabies in the US and how it changes the risk of human disease
  • Review human rabies, how it presents, recent cases in the US and post Rabies exposure prophylaxis

09:00 - 09:45 What's new other than insulin in the treatment of Type 2 Diabetes? - Dr. Rema Gupta

  • Discuss the biological actions of GLP-1 (Glucagon Like Peptide 1) receptor agonists
  • Discuss the benefits and risks of SGL-2 inhibitors
  • Discuss when to use Metformin

09:45 - 10:00 Break
10:00 - 10:45 Organ donation updates, facts, myths and misconceptions - Dr. Patrick Buddle

  • Describe the organ donation process and how does that process actually work
  • Review myths and misconceptions about the organ donation process
  • Discuss what can be done to improve organ donation awareness and consent rates

10:45 - 11:30 Update on Alzheimer's dementia - Dr. Tita Castor

  • Describe the latest global facts and figures about Alzheimer's dementia
  • Review the clinical criteria for the diagnosis of Alzheimer's dementia
  • Discuss the current best practice approaches in caring for patients with Alzheimer's dementia

tuesday 3/20/18

08:00 - 08:15 Announcements
08:15 - 09:00 Alphabet soup / Acronyms and healthcare reform - Dr. Michael Gerardi

  • Discuss how to comply with U.S. government healthcare programs that dictate reimbursement by Medicare and commercial insurance plans
  • Discuss how to manage your practice to be compliant with Federal healthcare initiatives such as The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and it's potential replacement
  • Discuss how to track clinical data to comply with the Department of Health and Human Services' merit based incentive payment system (MIPS) for payment, incentives, and penalties
  • Learn what a qualified clinical data registry (QCDR) such as ACEP's Clinical Emergency Data Registry (CEDR) will quantify the high value care provided by emergency physicians

09:00 - 09:45 New strategies and treatment for atrial fibrillation - Dr. Ralph Caradmone

  • Discuss the new concepts regarding atrial fibrillation and it's treatment
  • Learn treatment strategies to minimize the potential catastrophic complications of atrial fibrillation
  • Discuss anticoagulation strategies including novel agents and approaches to assure patient compliance

09:45 - 10:00 Break
10:00 - 10:45 Ultrasound to improve patient safety - Dr. John Oropello

  • Discuss how to use ultrasound to reduce complications of venous access
  • Become familiar with how to rapidly diagnose pneumothorax using ultrasound
  • Learn ultrasound techniques to guide fluid management

10:45 - 11:30 The opioid abuse problem: The real facts and how you can help - Dr. Bruce Bonanno

  • Learn how and when the opioid abuse problem came about
  • Learn the real facts about the opioid problem
  • Learn what healthcare providers can do to help with the problem

wednesday 3/21/18

08:00 - 08:15 Announcements
08:15 - 09:00 Not all hypertension is systemic: Identifying the patient with pulmonary hypertension - Dr. Craig Conoscenti

  • Discuss the pathophysiology of primary and secondary pulmonary hypertension
  • Discuss how to identify the patient with potential pulmonary hypertension
  • Discuss the current management of the patient with primary and secondary pulmonary hypertension

09:00 - 09:45 High flow oxygen therapy, is it good? - Dr. Daniel Herr


  • Discuss what is high flow oxygen therapy
  • Discuss how does high flow oxygen therapy work
  • Discuss when should high flow oxygen therapy be utilized

09:45 - 10:00 Break
10:00 - 10:45 Stroke Management Update 2018 - Dr. Michael Gerardi

  • Discuss how stroke management begins in the prehospital setting as "systems of care" are creating more timely diagnosis and management 
  • Discuss the ACEP clinical policy of stroke from 2015 for evidence based guidelines when treating stroke
  • Discuss the improvements in the management of large vessel occlusions, tPA, and interventional procedures
  • Discuss MRI imaging and tPA in pediatric stroke patients based on understanding the differences between pediatric and adult stroke presentations

10:45 - 11:30 HTLV-1 & 2 infection in Grenada, Clinical Cases from the St. Georges General Hospital - Dr. Dolland Noel

  • Provide an overview of HTLV-1 and 2 infection in Grenada
  • Describe the complications of HTLV-1 and 2 infection
  • Describe the common complications of HTLV-1 and 2 infection seen at the St. Georges General Hospital
  • Discuss the clinical management and outcome HTLV-1 and 2

thursday 3/22/18

08:00 - 08:15 Announcements
08:15 - 09:00 Hypertension: Modifying risk and improving outcomes - Dr. William DiFilippo

  • Define hypertension
  • Establish hypertensive targets in populations at identifiable risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke
  • Discuss the clinical and patient centered programming which can improve outcomes

09:00 - 09:45 Lifestyle modifications to reduce cardiovascular risk - Dr. Ralph Cardamone

  • Discuss the strategies aimed at significantly reducing the risk of cardiovascular events in their patients
  • Review the current understanding of acute coronary syndrome and formulate an evidence based teaching strategy to facilitate patient compliance
  • Discuss what we can borrow from coaching psychology that will effectively alter patient behavior and therefore reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease

09:45 - 10:00 Break
10:00 - 10:45 The downside of mechanical ventilation - Dr. Nirav Shah

  • Discuss the roles of mechanical ventilation and it's goal in the ICU setting
  • Define ventilator induced lung injury (VLI)
  • Outline and discuss methods to prevent VLI in the ICU

10:45 - 11:30 St. George's University SOM - Where are we going? - Dr. Richard Olds

  • Identify the curricular and methodology changes at the school of medicine
  • Review the school of medicine's vision for the future and the strategic plan to get there
  • Identify how SGU plans to do a better job at addressing our country's physician shortage
  • Discuss the physician shortage in the US and internationally