The fourteenth annual Vermont Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Geriatrics Conference will be a one-day symposium covering practical and innovative approaches to the medical care of older adults. Physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, and other health professionals with an interest in the care of older adults are encouraged to attend. The morning agenda will start with a keynote address on drug therapy, and include sessions on the medical use of cannabis and CBD, Act 39 (Patient Choice and Control at End of Life Act), and substance use in older adults. The afternoon concurrent sessions will include discussions on compassionate and motivational interviewing for opioid prescribing, medications for osteoporosis and fragility fractures, changing guidelines and goals for management of diabetes and blood pressure, and stem cell therapies in the older adult. To end the day, a group of panelists will discuss current telehealth practices and their advantages and challenges. Ample time for discussion and questions has been built into the schedule.
At the end of this conference, participants should be able to:
- Describe practical steps to reduce polypharmacy and improve medication management in older adults.
- Describe the science and clinical use of medical marijuana use.
- Describe an update on Act 39 and its impact on care of older adults at the end of life.
- Describe the epidemiology of alcohol use disorder in the older adult and services available in the state to address this issue.
- Identify key components and skills for motivational interviewing for opioid use.
- Describe changing guidelines and goals for management of blood pressure and diabetes in older adults.
- Explain the use of stem cell therapies in older adults.
- Describe current telemedicine practices with emphasis on their advantages and challenges.
In support of improving patient care, The Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
The University of Vermont designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This program has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 7.25 Nursing Contact Hours.
This program has been reviewed and is approved for pharmacists for up to 7.25 hours/.725 CEU.
This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 7.25 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.
Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.
Determination of Pharmacotherapeutic Credit is pending. Credit is pending for the following providers: Nursing Home Administrator, Psychology and Social Work.
This conference includes 1 credit in Prescribing Controlled Substances and 1 credit in Hospice, Palliative Care, Pain Management.
The conference syllabus will be available as an electronic download with presentations as PDF files. Please bring your laptop or other electronic device to view presentations as well as to complete the electronic conference evaluations. You will receive a notification via email prior to the conference start date with instructions for accessing the presentations. Printed syllabus, paper evaluations and paper CME certificates will no longer be available.
- $250 Physicians
- $175 Other Healthcare Professional and Residents
- $75 Students (proof of full-time student status required)
This fee includes the online course syllabus, continental breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks. Enrollment is limited; please register by March 23, 2019. An additional $50 will be added after that date.
Refunds may be obtained, minus a $50 administrative fee, if notice of cancellation is received by March 23, 2019. No refunds are possible after that date.