Wednesday, April 25 - Saturday, April 28, 2018 | Washington, DC (Reston, VA)

Emergency and Urgent Care Live Course

Improve patient satisfaction while learning the latest required emergency care updates. Learn best practices on relevant clinical topics, including acute respiratory infections, opioid management, and more.

Course Details

Attend Emergency and Urgent Care

Wednesday, April  25 - Saturday, April 28, 2018

Washington, DC (Reston, VA)
Hyatt Regency Reston


Registration is now closed.
On-site registration begins on Wednesday, April 25 at 6:30 a.m.



Registration Fees

AAFP Member

New Physicians

Student or Resident

Allied Health



Earning CME Credit

Approved for up to 26.25 AAFP Prescribed credits. Credits include clinical procedural workshops. View all statements and agreements »

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Prepare treatment plans for patients who present to emergency departments and/or urgent care clinics.
  • Evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients with acute health needs affecting any number of body systems, including cardiovascular, respiratory, neurological, maternity, psychological, or musculoskeletal conditions.
  • Incorporate emergency plans into practice, including written protocols and necessary equipment/tools for treatment.

Event Schedule

Download the complete schedule(4 page PDF), which includes session times, topics, and faculty.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 : 6:45 - 7:30 a.m. Registration/Hot Breakfast Provided
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 : 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.General Sessions
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 : 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.Lunch on Your Own
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 : 1:30 - 5:00 p.m.General Sessions
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Thursday, April 26, 2018: 7:00 - 7:40 a.m. Hot Breakfast Provided
Thursday, April 26, 2018: 7:40 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.General Sessions
Thursday, April 26, 2018: 12:15 - 1:45 p.m.Lunch on Your Own
Thursday, April 26, 2018: 1:45 - 4:45 p.m.Clinical Procedural Workshops*
Friday, April 27, 2018
Friday, April 27, 2018: 7:00 - 7:40 a.m. Hot Breakfast Provided
Friday, April 27, 2018: 7:40 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.General Sessions
Friday, April 27, 2018: 12:15 - 1:45 p.m.Lunch on Your Own
Friday, April 27, 2018: 1:45 - 4:45 p.m.Clinical Procedural Workshops*
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Saturday, April 28, 2018 : 7:00 - 7:40 a.m. Hot Breakfast Provided
Saturday, April 28, 2018 : 7:40 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.General Sessions
Saturday, April 28, 2018 : 12:15 p.m.Course Adjourn

* Separate registration and fee required.
Note: Times are subject to change.


Note: Topics are subject to change.

  • Animal Bites & Stings
  • Blast Topic: Common Skin Rashes
  • Blast Topic: Electrolyte Imbalance – Magnesium, Potassium, Sodium, Calcium
  • Blast Topic: Physician Wellness: Tools to Combat Burn-out
  • Blast Topic: RSV Bronchiolitis
  • Blast – Slit Lamp Examination
  • Care of Transgender Patients in the ER & UC
  • Cellulitis and Cellulitis Mimics
  • Dental Pain & Injuries
  • Dizziness & Vertigo
  • Dysuria & Urinary Tract Infections
  • Fatal Headaches
  • Gastrointestinal Emergencies – Acute Abdominal Pain 
  • HIV Prophylaxis Guidelines
  • International Traveler Disease Recognition Update
  • Interpreting Medical Literature
  • Interventions to Abandon in the ER/UC
  • OB Emergencies
  • Patient Satisfaction and Health Care Literacy
  • Pediatric Emergencies
  • Pediatric Fevers
  • Stroke & Stroke Mimics
  • Stump the Expert
  • Top 10 Hot Topics this Year
  • Vascular Emergencies

Case Study Submission

The “Stump the Expert” panel session provides an opportunity for participants to interact with faculty experts, and gain from their knowledge base of information. Participants are invited to present a challenging case to our expert panel to discuss and analyze the case. An overview of the session follows: 

“Family physicians manage care for a wide variety of patients, including many possible complex conditions and patients with multiple chronic co-morbidities. Usual evidence-based recommendations and education surrounding management of these patients may be difficult to apply due to inherent disease management difficulties.”

Cases must be submitted by April 25, 2018 to Karla Krause at

How to Add Clinical Procedural Workshops

Separate registration and fee required to attend a clinical procedural workshop. Seats are limited and are only available to course registrants. Select a workshop during online registration.

Already registered for the course? You may now edit your registration online to add a procedural workshop session. Register now »

Clinical Procedural Workshops

ECG Interpretation (Basic and Advanced)

(#101) Thursday, April 26, 2018, 1:45 - 4:45 p.m. (SOLD OUT) or
(#104) Friday, April 27, 2018, 1:45 - 4:45 p.m.

  • Describe the normal cardiac anatomy and physiology, and normal electrical conduction through the heart.
  • Recognize various dysrhythmias on ECG and relate cause, significance, symptoms and treatment (using audience response system). 
  • Apply basic ECG interpretation skills to advanced rhythms including heart block, tachyarrhythmias, and rhythms in cardiac arrest.
  • Discuss clinical management of patients experiencing abnormal ECG rhythms. 

Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS)

(#102) Thursday, April 26, 2018, 1:45 - 4:45 p.m. (SOLD OUT)

  • Identify the most common conditions and injuries that are detectable with ultrasound.
  • Explain how bedside ultrasound may be used to reduce the time to actionable diagnosis.
  • Show the regions and probe positions of the FAST exam.
  • Interpret diagnostic imaging results and render treatment accordingly.

Suturing Techniques

(#105) Friday, April 27, 2018, 1:45 - 4:45 p.m. (SOLD OUT)

  • Demonstrate proficiency in a variety of suturing techniques.
  • Choose preferred suturing methods for wound closure.
  • Perform local anesthesia with minimal pain and maximum effectiveness for patients.

Joint Reduction and Injection

(#103) Thursday, April 26, 2018, 1:45 - 4:45 p.m. or
(#106) Friday, April 27, 2018, 1:45 - 4:45 p.m.

  • Discuss the diagnostic and therapeutic rationale for joint injections being performed. 
  • Explain the risks and benefits of joint injections. 
  • Describe appropriate equipment/supplies for performing joint injections.
  • Using models, perform joint injections.
  • Demonstrate evidence based techniques recommended for joint reductions.

Invited Faculty

Theodor W. Pesch, MD, PhD, Course Chair, Wilmington, Delaware

Mark A. Graber, MD, MSHCE, FACEP, Professor of Emergency and Family Medicine, University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine, Solon, Iowa

Margot Savoy, MD, MPH, FAAFP, CPE, CMQ, Medical Director, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Christiana Care Health System, Wilmington, Delaware

Paul D. Simmons, MD, FAAFP, Faculty Physician, St. Mary’s Family Medicine Residency Program

Kelly Sinclair, MD, FAAP, FACEP, Associate Professor of Pediatrics; Division of Emergency and Urgent Care Services; Section on Child Abuse and Neglect; Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, Missouri

Vu Kiet Tran, MD, MHSc(Ed), MBA, CHE, Emergency staff, University Health Network; Medical Director, UHN/St-Hilda partnership, Transitional Care Program; Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

David Weismiller, MD, ScM, FAAFP, Professor, University of Nevada School of Medicine, Las Vegas, Nevada

Kim Yu, MD, FAAFP, Director, Quality and Practice, Ambulatory/Urgent Care Division, CEP America

Course Materials

Registration includes online access to the syllabus and other on-site resources one week before the course. A hard copy of the syllabus may be purchased for $60 when registering for the course. A limited number of syllabuses will be available for purchase on site. Additional information will be provided by email after you register.

Hotel Information

Contact the hotel directly to make arrangements for your accommodations during this course.

Hyatt Regency Reston(
1800 Presidents Street
Reston, VA 20190
Phone: (888) 421-1442

$209 Single/Double Occupancy
+ current tax rate

Accommodation Cutoff -- March 24, 2018

CME Course in Reston, VA

Note: A limited number of rooms at the discounted group rate are available for conference registrants on a first-come, first-served basis, and cannot be guaranteed by the AAFP. 

  • Reservations made after March 24, 2018, will be confirmed on a rate and space available basis. The conference rate is not guaranteed for reservations made after this date.
  • Hyatt Regency Reston guarantees reservation by credit card. Credit cards will not be charged prior to scheduled arrival date.
  • Reservations may be cancelled without charge up to 24 hours prior to arrival.

CME Credit Statement

This live activity, Emergency and Urgent Care, with a beginning date of April 25, 2018, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 26.25 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.

The AAFP is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Academy of Family Physicians designates this live activity for a maximum of 26.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CME activities approved for AAFP credit are recognized by the AOA as equivalent to AOA Category 2 credit.
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