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2024 Therapy Update in Primary Care 

Conference Description

The Therapy Update in Primary Care is designed to assist primary care providers with the how, when and why to consider the application of new knowledge and/or new medications where appropriate based upon the evidence that is available at the time. Areas where considerable new information and/or medications have become available in the last year will be included in this update. The purpose of this conference is to review common problems and chronic conditions in family medicine and provide practical approaches to their prevention, evaluation and treatment. Statement of Purpose.

Our primary goal is to provide these practitioners with the most appropriate, up-to-date, cost-effective and evidence based pharmacotherapy information so that they can apply this information to the care of their patients. Our overall goal is to assist these providers in obtaining the best patient oriented outcomes for their patients.

Overall Learning Objectives

At the completion of this conference, you should be better able to:

  • Recognize the new guidelines that use inhaled corticosteroids and formoterol long acting beta agonists for prn use.
  • Become aware of albuterol and ICS combination medication products.
  • Use a checklist for patients who are poorly controlled on current asthma therapy.
  • Determine when to refer patients for biologic therapy for asthma.
  • Identify that COPD is commonly seen without a cigarette smoking history
  • Distinguish to adjust medication classes on the basis of both symptoms and exacerbation frequency.
  • Define the definition of a COPD exacerbation.
  • Distinguish when a CT scan is indicated for obstructive lung diseases to detect emphysema, bronchiectasis, and lung cancer.]
  • Identify indications and contraindications to hormone therapy.
  • Formulate individualized plan for hormone therapy in menopause.
  • Compose a strategy for initiating and maintaining testosterone therapy in males.
  • Discuss legal and regulatory updates impacting the provision of immunizations.
  • Discuss updates to ACIP recommended vaccines in the adult population.
  • Apply knowledge utilizing vaccine schedules to a patient case
  • Manage early stages of CKD in Primary Care. Approach Hypertension treatment confidently.
  • Troubleshoot electrolyte abnormalities.
  • Recognize when to refer to Nephrology.
  • Assess for treatment of Opioid Use disorder use disorder.
  • Evidence based treatment protocols for Opioid use disorder treatment,  including (MOUD) Medications for Opioid use Disorder, harm reduction strategies and psychosocial interventions.
  • Discuss the FDA Warnings and label changes that relate to medication safety and how this information should be applied in the selection and monitoring of evidence-based pharmacotherapy to achieve better patient related outcomes;
  • Describe the current information concerning newly FDA approved medications (pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, efficacy and safety data, drug interactions, dosing, monitoring and cost) in the selection of evidence-based pharmacotherapy;
  • Compare and contrast these selected newer agents to the existing therapies and be able to recommend an appropriate medication regimen for a specific patient.
  • Discuss the presumed pathophysiology of heart failure syndromes (HFpEF & HFrEF).
  • Clarify some of the pearls and pitfalls surrounding diagnosis of HFpEF.
  • Recognize current recommendations for guideline directed medical therapies.
  • Recognize a patient with heart failure who is struggling and feel comfortable phoning a friend.
  • Identify patients with heart failure who might benefit from enrollment in a clinical trial.
  • Discuss the use of musculoskeletal ultrasound in sports medicine and in procedures.
  • The learner will leave with more knowledge of advanced US guided procedures.
  • Recognize the difference of normal vs abnormal US findings.
  • Identify indications for PrEP. mplement appropriate laboratory testing and other diagnostic procedures in patient’s receiving PrEP.
  • Appropriately prescribe PrEP.
  • Appropriate follow up care visits for oral PrEP patients
  • Incorporate primary palliative principles in primary care practice.
  • Utilize evidence-based communication tools in goals of care discussions.
  • Confirm one clinical practice based upon an updated hospital medicine article.
  • Modify one clinical practice based upon an updated hospital medicine article
  • Identify five changes with the new ADA guidelines.
  • Recall drug treatments to prioritize based on a patient’s comorbidities.
  • Adjust drug treatment based on continuous glucose monitor data
  • Define treatment resistant depression.
  • Describe interventions for treatment resistant depression.


Conference Faculty

The conference faculty can be found on the Conference Brochure

Conference Brochure

Therapy Update Conference Brochure

Online Syllabus

The syllabus will be provided online. Information will be emailed to you the week of the conference so that you may download/print a copy.

Credit Designation

The Medical University of South Carolina designates this live activity for a maximum of 20.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AAFP: Application for Continuing Medical Education credits has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credits is pending.

Nurses: Nursing Credit: Most states accept CMEs that apply to a specific nursing specialty as nursing continuing education. Please check with your respective State Board of Nursing to ascertain the equivalent number of contact hours offered for 20.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™

ACPE imagePharmacy Accreditation: The University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This activity is eligible for ACPE credit; see final CPE activity announcement for specific details.

PLEASE NOTE: For non-pharmacy attendees, you now receive your CME and CEU credits online. After the conference, you will be emailed instructions and a link to claim your credit online and print your credit certificate. On the registration form, please provide the email address that you actively use to ensure that you receive these important emails.


In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education anyone involved in planning or presenting this educational activity will be required to disclose any financial relationships with any ineligible companies. An ineligible company is any entity whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, reselling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. Any financial relationships with these ineligible companies have been mitigated by the MUSC Office of CME. Speakers who incorporate information about off-label or investigational use of drugs or devices will be asked to disclose that information at the beginning of their presentation.


The Medical University of South Carolina is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Access to Recorded Presentations

The MUSC Office of CME, with the permission of each speaker, will be recording each presentation of the conference. The videos will be posted online after the conference and be available for those who are not able to live stream the entire conference. Viewing the videos will offer the same amount of CME credit and can be viewed for up to 14 days following the posting date. The non-refundable fee for this service is $100.00 and is only available to individuals registered for the conference. Access to the videos will be granted to attendees who purchase this option in advance of the conference.

Credit Designation:

The Medical University of South Carolina designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category I Credit(s)™ for each video. Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Americans with Disabilities Act

It is the policy of the Medical University of South Carolina not to discriminate against any person on the basis of disabilities. If you feel you need services or the auxiliary aids mentioned in this act in order to fully participate in this continuing education activity, please call the Office of Continuing Medical Education at (843) 876-1925, or attach a note to your registration.

Registration (In-person & Virtual)

  Early Bird Regular

Registration(4-day In-person)  $749  $795
Registration (4-day Virtual)  $775  $835
Registration (Monday/Tuesday In-person)  $450  $495
Registration (Monday/Tuesday Virtual)  $475  $535
Registration (Wednesday/Thursday In-person)  $350 $395
Registration (Wednesday/Thursday Virtual)  $375 $435

Access to Recorded Videos (Optional) $100 $100

Early registration fees apply if registration is received on or before December 11, 2023.

The fee for in-person attendance includes tuition, breaks, online syllabus and certificates of attendance. The fee for virtual attendance includes tuition, online syllabus, and certificates of attendance. Please note: for virtual registrations, a minimum number of participants must register to be able to offer the virtual meeting. If this minimum is not met, you will be notified by January 5, 2024, and will be given the option to change to in-person registration or receive a full refund. If the virtual registration option is canceled, the video access option would also be canceled and a refund will be issued to anyone that purchased access to the videos

Please make your check payable to Medical University of South Carolina and mail with the registration form included in this brochure to:
Monica Conetta, MUSC Office of CME, 96 Jonathan Lucas Street, HE 601, MSC 754, Charleston, SC 29425 


A refund will be made upon written request prior to January 5, 2024; however, $100 will be retained for administrative costs. No refunds will be made after January 5, 2024. We reserve the right to cancel the program if necessary. Full registration fees will be refunded for canceled programs. By registering for this conference, you agree to this cancellation policy.

Registration Methods

(Please use ONE of these methods to register. Do not mail if previously faxed or telephoned).

Mail registration form with check made out to “Medical University of South Carolina” or credit card information to:
Monica Conetta MUSC Office of CME 96 Jonathan Lucas Street HE 601 MSC 754 Charleston, SC, 29425

Telephone: (843) 876-1925 – Registration by credit card only

Fax: (843) 876-1931 – Registration by credit card only


Online:  Online Registration Portal

Hotel Information

Hyatt Place
Charleston Historic District
560 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 414-0722

Nestled in the Upper King Historic District, Hyatt Place Charleston / Historic District offers spacious rooms, well-equipped meeting spaces, and access to some of the best attractions in downtown Charleston. Explore the Restaurant District, South Carolina Aquarium, and Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry nearby or take in city views from the rooftop bar of our Pour Taproom with over 40 craft beers on tap. The best of Charleston is within easy reach when you stay at the Hyatt Place Charleston / Historic District.. The hotel offers valet parking, indoor swimming pool, fitness center, onsite restaurant and concierge. Special group rates start at $199.00 plus tax, per night. A limited number of guest rooms have been reserved and are being offered on a first come, first serve basis. The room block will be held until January 12, 2024 (EXTENDED);  however the room block may be filled prior to this date. In such a case, neither the group rate nor guest room availability can be guaranteed. Therefore, we recommend you make your reservation as soon as possible. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly at 843-414-0722 or Toll Free at 877-803-7534 and identifying yourself as being a participant in this meeting, or by following the online directions below. Link for online reservations:

Online Booking Link: Therapy Updates in Primary Care

Valet parking at the hotel is available at $38.00 plus tax, per day and can be added to your guest folio. In addition, self-parking is available at $20.00 per day. Rates are subject to change with notice.