Family physicians, nurses and pharmacists can earn up to 23.75 continuing education hours at the 39th Annual Family Medicine Intensive Review Course May 11-13 at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Stephens Spine and Neurosciences Institute’s Smith Conference Center, 12th floor, 501 Jack Stephens Drive, Little Rock.

A wide variety of sessions will include discussions on diabetes medications, diabetes’ renal and vision complications, diabetes and depression and COPD management.

Dr. Kent McKelvey, director of adult and cancer genetics services at UAMS, and Dr. Phillip Gardiner, a nationally recognized speaker on e-cigarettes and menthol smoking in the black community, will discuss personalized medicine. Dr. Gardiner leads work in the tobacco-related disease research program at the University of California.

Physicians and APRNs also can attend a session on splinting and casting after hours, taught by orthopedic specialists Dr. Robert Martin and Dr. Mark Tait. The session is separate from the main conference and a much needed refresher for health care providers whose patients rely on them for emergency services. It will be held Thursday, from 4:30-6:45 p.m.

Other topics will include the pitfalls of polypharmacy, helping trauma survivors, managing sickle cell disease, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Sessions will also be available on Zika updates, managing spinal injuries, asthma management, long-acting contraceptives and managing small bowel obstructions.

Dr. Heather Moore, an assistant professor with UAMS’ division of palliative care, will discuss effective ways to break bad news to patients.

“Whenever there’s bad news, there’s a potential for conflict. We’ll discuss a few tips for managing that conflict when those times arise. We’re dealing with sick people, we’re dealing with families, we’re dealing with insurance companies.  There are a lot of places bad news can arise,” Dr. Moore said.

Registration will be from 7:30-8 a.m. each day and lunch is included all three days.

Physicians, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists and respiratory therapists can register for the early-bird rate until April 28 by going to cme.uams.edu. You may call 501-686-6626 for information on registering for only one day. Groups that register three or more at a time will receive a 25 percent discount off the standard rate.

The conference hotels are the Little Rock Marriott, 3 Statehouse Plaza, in the downtown River Market District. Mention the conference for a special group rate of $127 + tax. It includes a shuttle service to the conference; or the Marriott Courtyard Little Rock West with a conference room rate of $94 + taxes. Reservations must be made by April 24 and 26, respectively.