Spring CME Conference Agenda

The health and safety of our members, associates and stakeholders is of paramount importance. In light of the recent developments with COVID-19, and our responsibility to our healthcare providers, the MAPA executive committee and CME committee has decided to cancel the 2020 Spring CME Conference.

Canceled – Friday, March 20, 2020

Radisson, 100 W. Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo

11:00 – 11:30 am – Check In

11:30 am – 4:00 pm – Adolescent Focused Motivational Interviewing Workshop

Canceled – Saturday, March 21, 2020

Fetzer Center, 2251 Business Ct, Kalamazoo

Earn up to 6.75 CME Credits

7:00 am – 8:00 am

Registration and Breakfast

8:00 am – 8:45 am

Issues and Answers

This session will consist of several brief presentations on current issues impacting Michigan PAs and then a Q&A. Our guest speaker will be Senator John Bizon, MD. An update on Mental Health Providers Bill; Michigan patients across border states; AAPAs Leadership Summit; request to meet with BCBS for reimbursement of services.

8:45 am – 9:30 am

Management of Headaches – Drew Zolp, PA-C

An overview of the pharmacological treatments of headaches.

9:30 am – 10:15 am

Infertility 101, Dr. Carole Kowalczyk

Define infertility, common reasons for infertility, workup for causes of infertility, and when to refer to a specialists.

10:15 am – 10:30 am


10:30 am – 11:15 am

PA Aware: Understanding Healthcare Fraud & Kickback Schemes, Natalie Dillman, PA-C 

This session will define terms related to healthcare fraud and kickbacks, help participants identify areas commonly infiltrated with fraud and how to identify “red flags”.

11:15 am – 12:00 pm

PAs in Leadership – the Time is Now! – Keith Hustak, PA-C, MPH

In this lecture we will review the dos and don’ts of leadership, “the how: and most importantly, “the why” behind PAs getting involved today.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Management of Acute Coronary Syndrome, Natasha Smith, M.S., PA-C

Definition of Acute Coronary Syndrome and Differentiation between the Pathophysiology and Treatment of Acute Myocardial Infarction, Unstable Angina, and NSTEMI.

1:45 pm – 2:30 pm

Melanoma 101, Susan King-Barry, MPAS, Bachelors of Science in Nursing

Melanoma as a tumor of melanocytes will be discussed, with a review of the different clinical presentations and treatment approaches available in 2020.

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm


2:45 pm – 3:15 pm

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), Jim Lile, PB, PharmD, BCGP

A brief history of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), medications used for PrEP, clinical use and monitoring of the medications used for PrEP, and clinical case discussions.

3:15 pm – 4:00 pm

CBC Abnormalities: What Not to Miss, Steve Stone, PA-C

Case based review of CBC anomalies. Presentation will focus on narrowing extensive differential diagnoses for various abnormalities noted in the CBC in an interactive case based manner.

4:00 pm – 4:45 pm

Risky Alcohol Use: How Physician Assistants Can Screen and Intervene Efficiently and Effectively with their Patients, Tiffany Lee, PhD, LPC, CAADC

Attendees will engage in a discussion related to symptoms of problematic alcohol use and learn about the drinking limits set for adults, both by gender and age. Various screening tools will be introduced, including those for adolescents. An overview of the brief negotiated interview will be presented, along with information on the stages of change and how to identify/use patients’ “change talk” (i.e., DARN-CAT) to increase their motivation for addressing their risky alcohol use behaviors.