Symposium Overview

The primary care practitioner has the special and important responsibility to diagnose and manage patients with every category of ailment, injury and disease. This symposium will provide practical, evidence-based strategies to strengthen healthcare competencies. The expert faculty will explain recent advances in diagnosis, management and treatment and address compelling issues as they relate to cardiovascular risk lowering drugs, atrial fibrillation, chronic kidney disease, benign breast disease, women’s health, osteoporosis, female sexual dysfunction, transitions of care and preventing hospital readmission, antibiotic stewardship, COPD, Parkinson’s, knee and hip injuries, climate change and health, generalized anxiety disorders, and more. There will be ample opportunity for Q&A with the faculty during the panel discussion.

Symposium Director

Agueda Hernandez, M.D., FAAFP


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Topics This Year

  • Cardiovascular Risk-Lowering Drugs
  • Benign Breast Disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Transition of Care and Preventing Hospital Readmission
  • COPD
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Women's Health
  • Female Sexual Dysfunction
  • Antibiotic Stewardship
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorders
  • Parkinson’s
  • Knee and Hip Injuries
  • Climate Change and Health
  • Palliative Care's Role in Today's Primary Care World of Practice: Beyond Hospice and End-of-Life

Who Should Attend?

  • Family Physicians
  • Psychologists
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Pharmacists
  • General Internists
  • Nurses
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • All other interested healthcare practitioners

Sponsorship & Exhibit Information

On behalf of the symposium directors and the Baptist Health Continuing Medical Education Department we are pleased to invite you and your company to participate as a sponsor and exhibitor at our upcoming event.


Upcoming Courses

Visit our Continuing Medical Education Website for upcoming symposiums, as well as our local conferences and online courses, both available at no charge.



*Schedules are subject to change.

Friday Jul. 10 (Day 1)

Registration and Visit Exhibits
11:30 a.m.
Welcome and Introductions
(​Agueda Hernandez, M.D.​, FAAFP)
12:55 p.m.
Novel Pharmaceuticals for Cardiovascular Risk Reduction
(​Jonathan A. Fialkow, M.D., FACC, FAHA)
1:00 p.m.
Atrial Fibrillation Management
(​Mario I. Pascual, M.D., FHRS)
1:45 p.m.
Knee and Hip Injuries
(​Juan Carlos Suarez​, M.D.)
2:30 p.m.
Break and Visit Exhibits
3:15 p.m.
The Role of a Nurse Practitioner-led Transition of Care Clinic in Preventing Hospital Readmission
(​A. Chika Ohaeto, DNP, APRN, ACNP)
3:45 p.m.
Update on COPD
(Seema Chandra, M.D.​)
4:30 p.m.
Parkinson’s at the Early Onset
(Bruno V. Gallo, M.D.​​)
5:15 p.m.
Questions-and-Answer Session
6:00 p.m.
6:30 p.m.
Welcome Reception (Light Appetizers)
6:45 p.m.

Educational Objectives and Accreditation & Credits

Upon completion of this conference, participants should be better able to:

Educational Objectives

  • Appropriately prescribe newer pharmacologic agents that reduce cardiovascular risk.
  • Identify risk factors for and manage patients with atrial fibrillation.
  • Diagnose and treat disorders of the hip and knee and recognize when to refer for specialized care.
  • Apply the most effective measures to reduce hospital readmission.
  • Appropriately evaluate and manage common benign breast conditions.
  • Recognize early symptoms of Parkinson’s disease to aid in early diagnosis.
  • Prescribe evidence-based treatments to reduce the progression of renal dysfunction in patients with chronic kidney disease.
  • Perform a comprehensive well woman preventive visit.
  • Evaluate, diagnose and treat common disorders of female sexual function.
  • Implement evidence-based approaches for diagnosing and treating osteoporosis.
  • Recognize antimicrobial stewardship challenges and solutions in the primary care setting.
  • Describe the effects of climate change on health.
  • Diagnose and treat common anxiety disorders..
  • Identify patients who could benefit from palliative care.

Accreditation and Credits

  • Baptist Health provides accredited continuing education (CME/CE) to doctors, nurses and allied health professionals.

  • Baptist Health South Florida is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Baptist Health has been re-surveyed by the ACCME and awarded Commendation for 6 years as a provider of CME for physicians.

  • Baptist Health South Florida designates this live activity for a maximum of 12 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    Automatically Reports

  • American Academy of Family Physicians
    Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.

  • Physicians, Psychologists and Physician Assistants
    This activity has been approved for 12 credit hours by the Florida Boards of Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, Psychology and the Florida Council of Physician Assistants. 5 credits for the Friday session (CE Broker #20-684837); 4 credits for the Saturday session (CE Broker #20-684841) and 3 credits for the Sunday session (CE Broker #20-684845).

    PAs may claim a maximum of 12 Category 1 credits for completing this activity. NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

  • Nurses, Pharmacists, and Respiratory Therapists
    This activity has been approved on a session-by-session basis for a total of 12 contact hours by the Florida State Boards of Nursing, Pharmacy and Respiratory Care (Category: Personal Growth), CE Broker Provider #50-182. 5 credits for the Friday session (CE Broker # 20-684837); 4 credits for the Saturday session (CE Broker #20-684841) and 3 credits for the Sunday session (CE Broker # 20-684845).

  • Dietitians
    This activity has been approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration for 12 CPEUs.

  • Social Work
    In accordance with criteria outlined in Florida Statutes and by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations, this educational activity is approved for 12 continuing education units for licensed clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists and mental health counselors. CE Broker Provider #50-182. Expiration date Aug. 31, 2020
AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ claimed by physicians attending live events certified and organized in the United States for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ can be claimed through the agreement on mutual recognition of credits between UEMS and AMA, considered as being equal to the European Continuous Medical Education Credits (ECMEC©) granted by the UEMS. One AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ is equivalent to one (1) hour of European EACCME Credit (ECMEC©). Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Summit Registration

Registration Fees

Physicians and Psychologists * $495
Other Healthcare Professionals $295
Baptist Health Employees $145
Physicians in Training ** ​$295
International Physician ​$396
International Healthcare Professional ​$236

Symposium fee includes Friday Break and Reception, Continental Breakfast and Break on Saturday and Sunday, and Lunch on Saturday.

*Group discounts available for three or more physicians who register together as a group by Friday, June 26. No add-ons. Call 786-596-2398 for details.

**Registration must be accompanied by a letter from the Fellowship/Residency Director.

Mail-In Registration

With check payment only to Baptist Health CME Department, 8900 North Kendall Drive, Miami, Florida 33176.

Online Registration

Pay via Master Card, Visa, American Express online

Note: Credit card payment will not be accepted over the phone.

  • Faculty Disclosures and Resolution of Conflict of Interest

    Individuals participating in this CME activity are responsible for identifying references to off-label or unapproved product usage in their discussions and recommendations.

    Non-faculty Contributors and others involved in the planning, development, and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.


    Baptist Health is not responsible for any image/illustration content prepared by faculty members for their presentations.

  • All course activities (including educational sessions, meal functions, exhibit hall, etc.) are exclusively reserved for registered attendees. Non-registered guests (including children, family members, colleagues, etc.) are not allowed in the training areas. Badges provided at registration are required for entrance into all functions and will be strictly enforced.

  • In consideration of the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact us to determine your special service requirements.

  • Changes may occur that are beyond our control. In the unforeseen event the symposium is canceled, Baptist Health will refund attendees the entire amount of their registration fees. If you are traveling from outside of the area, we strongly suggest purchasing travel insurance.

    Cancelations must be received by June 26, 2020 to receive a refund of the registration fee, less a $25 administrative fee. Registration fees are not refundable after June 26, 2020.


  • Agueda Hernandez, M.D., FAAFP

    Agueda Hernandez, M.D., FAAFP

    Symposium Director

    Chief Medical Officer and Designated Institutional Official
    Baptist Health South Florida Center for the Advancement of Learning
    Miami, Florida

Location and Accommodations

Location and Accommodations

The Ritz-Carlton, Naples
280 Vanderbilt Beach Rd. Naples, Florida 34108

The special group rate of $249, plus applicable taxes, will be honored through Monday, June 15, based on availability.

A limited amount of hotel rooms are also available at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort at the special group rate of $179, plus applicable taxes.

NOTE: Partial credits are not available. Where credits are approved on a session-by-session basis, participants must attend each session in its entirety to receive complete credit for the session. (This does not apply to M.D.s and D.O.s.)


By attending our symposium, you consent to photography and videography of your image and likeness for use on Baptist Health websites, social media pages and press releases distributed for marketing purposes. Should you not agree to be photographed or recorded, you are responsible to notify us prior to this symposium.

Photography and recording of presenters and presentations are prohibited in the General Session, unless authorized by Baptist Health South Florida.


Baptist Health South Florida presents this CME activity for use by healthcare professionals for educational purposes only. Opinions, perspectives and information presented by the faculty represent their ideas and views, and participants should carefully consider all available scientific data before acting on knowledge gained through this activity. Additionally, participants should consult the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for approved uses prior to prescribing medications or utilizing medical devices discussed in this activity.

While Baptist Health makes reasonable efforts to ensure that accurate information is presented, no warranty, expressed or implied, is offered. Participants should rely on their own clinical judgment, knowledge and experience before applying information acquired to their professional use.