What is being planned for 2018?  Lots!

Friday, June 15, 2018

3:30pm - 4:30pm

Ascertaining the Role of the Primary Care Clinician in the Recognition and Management of Patients with Multiple Sclerosis in the Modern Era
Clyde E. Markowitz, MD

The diagnosis and treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS) have evolved considerably over the past several years. Patients with this disease frequently present to clinicians in the primary care setting at the time their symptoms initially manifest. This session will provide an overview of the common signs and symptoms of MS; discuss how this disease is formally diagnosed; summarize the key findings with respect to the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of disease-modifying therapy; and provide insight into how family physicians can coordinate the management of their care in a timely manner.

4:30pm - 5:30pm
Evolving Practice Models: Which is Right for Me?
Ryan Kauffman, MD – Direct Primary Care
Claudine DeDan, MD – Concierge Medicine
TBD - Employed Physician

Considering your career path, or a change in how you practice medicine? Join this fast-paced session and listen the pros and cons of practice models delivered by experienced physicians and then participate in the following moderated discussion. Leave this session better informed about what practice model is right for you.

5:30pm - 6:30pm

Simulation Workship: Effective Communication Strategies to Facilitate the Recovery of Patients Who Misuse and Abuse Drugs

Joseph Ranieri, DO

Michele Smith, MA, ICADC, WTS

Allan Carlsen: Director: University of Delaware’s Healthcare Theatre

The right treatment at the right time can save a patient’s life. The proper care by a primary care physician can make a huge difference in the recovery and well-being of patients with problems related to their use of drugs. How do you best reach and communicate with these patients? Join this session and be guided through an interactive learning experience. You will leave this session with the tools you need to engage with this patient population.

 This presentation qualifies for the one credit of opioid prescribing/pain management CME requirement for your 2017-2019 biennial license renewal, as well as satisfies the recommended education in addiction medicine and treatment when applying for medical marijuana prescribing in New Jersey with NJHDOH.


Saturday, June 16, 2018

8:00am - 9:15am

Frank Snope Keynote Address

John Cullen, MD, President-Elect, AAFP


Concurrent Sessions: 9:20am - 10:20am

LGBTIQ Health Care Primer for the Health Care Provider 

Tom Ziering, MD

Eliminating LGBTIQ health disparities and enhancing efforts to improve LGBTIQ health are necessary to ensure that LGBTIQ individuals can lead long, healthy lives. The many benefits of addressing health concerns and reducing disparities include: reductions in disease transmission and progression, increased mental and physical well-being, reduced healthcare costs and increased longevity. This session will focus on LGBTIQ health concerns and how family physicians can best serve this patient population.

Patient-Centered Communication Skills for Improved Depression Treatment Outcomes (MDD Part 1)

Scott Glassman, PsyD

There is no doubt that the technological advances of recent decades have greatly increased treatment options. However, studies show that a compassionate and caring physician remains the best therapeutic tool in medicine. Open communication between physician and patient is an essential part of effective care, can improve patient adherence to treatment regimens, and help the physician experience greater professional fulfillment and avoid burnout. The physician’s ability to promote healing through their presence and their words is a fundamental component of good medical care. Yet, it can be difficult to effectively communicate with patients who are experiencing major depressive episodes. In part one of this 3-part session, you wiil learn the art of communicating with patients experiencing MDD and provide guidance for reaching this patient population.


Concurrent Sessions: 10:45am - 11:20qm

Using the AHA Million Hearts Change Package to Improve Diagnosis and Management of Hypertension
Rocco F. Caveng, DO, MBA

Patients with undiagnosed hypertension are “hiding in plain sight.” There is clear evidence that patients at risk for undiagnosed hypertension make regular visits to their primary care physician and have a blood pressure measurement that should raise red flags, but doesn’t. Clinical inertia is a symptom of physician, patient and system factors. The physician and patient consider the measurement episodic and there are no system tools (i.e., pre-visit planning, decision support) to indicate past high measurements in the patient record. Practical difficulties to detecting and managing hypertension require practical solutions: processes and tools that have a basis in the Chronic Care Model. Using reports and algorithms, family physicians can identify undiagnosed patients; implement protocols for testing and diagnosis, and develop registries for sustainable population management and quality improvement. This session will provide the tools that you need to identify these patients, improve patient outcomes, and ensure appropriate reimbursement for services through proper coding.

Simulation Workshop: Communication Strategies for Improving the Outcomes of Depressed Patients in Crisis (MDD Part 2)
Scott Glassman, PsyD
Allan Carlsen: Director: University of Delaware’s Healthcare Theatre

Patients in crisis often rely on their physician for advice and support. Many physicians lack skill, confidence, and experience in providing appropriate interventions and satisfactory care to patients in crisis. It can be disconcerting to find yourself in a place where you don’t know what to say to help your patient. In part 2 of this 3-part session you will engage in a facilitated discussion on how to provide care for patients experiencing a mental health crisis.

Concurrent Sessions: 11:25am - 12:00pm

DSME/DPP – Levering Community Resources to Improve Diabetes Care

Fran Griffin, RRT, MPA

According to the NJ Department of Health, diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death and is a major contributor to heart disease. Heart disease and diabetes are among New Jersey's top 10 causes of disability. Controlling diabetes can mean lowering risk of cardiovascular complications, which is diabetes' most deadly complication. The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) and Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) are key resources to helping your patients diagnosed with pre-diabetes or diabetes. DSME and DPP are proven to reduce the associated complications of diabetes and help patients increase their overall quality of life. Clinically, DSME is shown to reduce HBA1c by as much as one percent in people with type 2 diabetes, as well as, reduce fasting glucose and LDL. This session will review a “How to Guide” your practice can use to identify patients who are candidates for DPP or DSME, successfully refer those patients to these resources, and track their success and outcomes.


Outcomes of Depressed Patients in Crisis (MDD Part 3)

Scott Glassman, PsyD
Allan Carlsen:
Director: University of Delaware’s Healthcare Theatre

This session is a continuation of the workshop on communicating with patients in crisis.


1:45pm - 2:15pm

Research Posters

Talk, listen, and learn from the research being conducted by NJAFP physician and resident members. You are sure to leave this session with pearls you can take back to your practice.


2:15pm - 3:00pm

Choosing Wisely: Lessons Learned From the First Five Years

Daniel Wolfson, MSHA

Executive Vice President

American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation

We have learned many lessons from the Choosing Wisely campaign that can be applied to the implementation of waste reduction initiatives in clinical and community environments. These efforts are built largely on a framework of complexity theory and self-determination theory — such as simple rules, engagement and empowerment of clinicians and patients, and a bottom-up approach. Attendees will hear stories and lessons learned so they can advance activities to reduce overuse at their institutions.


Concurrent Sessions: 3:10pm - 4:00pm

Making the Connection: A Call to Action Against Undiagnosed Atrial Fibrillation Improving Detection -- Reducing Risk


Atrial fibrillation (AF) affects an estimated 2.7 to 6.1 million people in the United States, a number that is expected to potentially double by 2030 due to an aging population. AF is associated with increased morbidity and mortality and is a significant risk factor for stroke. Although anticoagulation for AF reduces the risk for stroke by about 70%, recent evidence indicates many individuals have undiagnosed AF, placing them at an even greater risk. It is essential that healthcare professionals become proficient at effective screening practices to ensure individuals with AF are diagnosed and treated appropriately. Through this presentation, we aim to discuss the importance of screening of individuals at high risk for AF and stroke, as well as safety, efficacy, and real-world data on non–vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulation (NOAC) for thromboembolic risk reduction.


A Case Study Exploring the Use of New and Emerging Basal Insulins

Richard Sadovsky, MD

The introduction of insulin to treat diabetes nearly a century ago has saved countless lives of patients with diabetes. Improvements in insulin therapy and delivery methods continue to evolve and a new generation of long-acting basal insulins has emerged. In this session you will learn about the emerging data for modern insulin products in the treatment of type 2 diabetes (T2D) and their clinical application.


Concurrent Sessions: 4:10pm - 5:00pm

Across the Ages: Vaccines Roundtables


Ryan Kauffman, MD   Everett Schlam, MD

Robert Kruse, MD       Geronima Alday, MD

Based on last year’s very successful session on vaccines and teens, we are expanding the conversation. Join in table top discussions centered on the challenges and the successes of administering vaccines to teens, adults and seniors.


Across the Ages: Obesity and its Effects on Women’s Health

Anna Silwowska, MD

Obesity in women, no matter what their age, diminishes almost every aspect of health, from memory to mood and from respiratory function to reproduction. The presence of obesity increases the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers. It does this through a variety of pathways. Some of these pathways are complex, involving metabolism and hormones. Others are more straight forward, such as the mechanical stress of carrying extra weight. This session will examine the effects of obesity on women’s health and provide insights into the best methods for managing this population.


Sunday, June 17, 2018

Concurrent Workshops: 8:30am - 10:30am

To Bleed or Not to Bleed: An Experiential Learning Activity - Part 1

Terry Hoben MAS, MICP and the University Hospital EMS, Newark, NJ
Lt. Thomas Carlucci, EMT-B/EMT-T
Joe Grassi, EMT
Timothy Phelan, EMT

In the wake of recent mass causality events such as the Las Vegas and Florida shootings, it is increasingly likely that you will find yourself involved in a crisis situation. Will you know how to respond? This is an experiential session designed to prepare physicians to respond to in a crises and control bleeding emergencies. This includes performing a rapid casualty initial assessment, formulating a medical threat assessment, and initiating a plan of action using simulation medicine for a "real world" application of self-aid/buddy aid. This 2-part session is a combination of class instruction, skill application, and scenario-based learning with state-of-the-art bleeding mannequins that adapt to various environments.


Joint Injections Workshop

Steve Weintraub, DO

Joint injection is a procedure easily performed in the family physician office. Attend this hands-on workshop to improve your skills in this important area.

11:00am - 1:00pm
To Bleed or Not to Bleed: An Experiential Learning Activity - Part 2
Terry Hoben MAS, MICP and the University Hospital EMS, Newark, NJ
Lt. Thomas Carlucci, EMT-B/EMT-T
Joe Grassi, EMT
Timothy Phelan, EMT

This is a continuation of the session above.
11:00am - 12:00pm
Testing and Treatment of TB Infection for Family Physicians
Henry Fraimow, MD
Studies have shown that Immigrant populations have high rates of active tuberculosis. Family Physicians can play an important role in tuberculosis control through early detection of the disease. As part of the national strategy for the elimination of tuberculosis (TB) in the United States, this one-hour lecture will cover the importance of testing for TB infection for at-risk persons and offering treatment.
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Is There a Doctor On Board? Dealing with Medical Emergencies
Robert Kruse, MD
Zeeshan Khan, MD

Will you know what to do when that question is asked? Join this case-based, interactive discussion on how to respond to medical emergencies when you become the first-responder.

1:00pm - 4:00pm

KSA – Pain Management

Ryan Kauffman, MD

Participants will work together to complete the pain management knowledge self-assessment (KSA) during this study group. Answers will automatically be sent to the ABFM on your behalf, so all participates will pass the self-assessment and get 8 hours of prescribed CME credit (and 10 ABFM points). Those who wish can stay to complete the clinical self-assessment (CSA) and get another 4 hours of prescribed CME credit (and 5 ABFM points).