Primary Care Update on Infectious Diseases, Hypertension, and Diabetes

March 13, 2018 to March 15, 2018


This course is open to St. Lucia physicians, nurses, pharmacists, physiotherapists, social workers, and allied health staff.

This educational activity is in partnership with the Des Moines University Global Health Department and Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, IA, and St. Jude Hospital.


Tuesday, March 13, 2018
3:30 pmRegistration and Welcome
4 pm

HIV: Basics
Aneesa Afroze, MD, FACP, AAHIVS

  • Review epidemiology and pathophysiology of HIV globally. 
  • Discuss high risk for contracting HIV. 
  • Review updated guidelines for HIV screening and diagnostic testing. 
  • Describe clinical presentation of patients infected with HIV. 
  • Review HAART therapy and management goals in HIV/AIDS.  
5 pm

HIV: Opportunistic Infections and Management
Aneesa Afroze, MD, FACP, AAHIVS

  • Review defining an AIDS diagnosis.
  • Discuss opportunistic infections in patients with HIV/AIDS.
  • Review Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEp) guidelines.
  • Discuss what’s new in HIV research.
6 pmAdjourn


Wednesday, March 14, 2018
3:30 pmRegistration and Welcome
4 pm

From Triumph to Trepidation: Role of Antimicrobial Stewardship
Aneesa Afroze, MD, FACP, AAHIVS

  • Describe the rising menace of antimicrobial resistant pathogens due to overuse and misuse of antimicrobials.
  • Changing antibiotic prescribing behaviors in an effort to fight antimicrobial resistance.
  • Role of penicillin skin testing in antimicrobial stewardship.
  • Antimicrobial stewardship and its benefits.
5 pm

Clostridium Difficile: An Overview and Update on Management 
Aneesa Afroze, MD, FACP, AAHIVS, Lucas Vocelka, DO, Lindsey Rearigh, DO

  • Review the epidemiology and pathophysiology of Clostridium difficile.
  • Describe known risk factors associated with C.diff diarrhea.
  • Discuss severe C.diff infection and its potential complications. 
  • Discuss diagnostic testing currently available for patient with suspected C.diff diarrhea.
  • Compare and contrast management strategies of C.diff diarrhea and with updated recommendations.
  • Review C.diff prevention strategies. 
6 pmAdjourn


Thursday, March 15, 2018
3:30 pmRegistration and Welcome
4 pm

Update and Overview Diabetes Mellitus 
Lucas Vocelka, DO

  • Discuss the pharmacokinetics of the oral medications used for diabetes.
  • Review the current guidelines regarding glucose control in diabetics in both the outpatient and inpatient settings.
  • Discuss initial management of a patient with newly diagnosed diabetes mellitus
  • Manage diabetic ketoacidosis and hyperglycemic hyperosmolar syndrome
  • Manage the chronic complications associated with diabetes mellitus.
5 pm

Update and Overview of Hypertension
Lindsey Rearigh, DO

  • Review recent evidence affecting the diagnosis and management of patients with elevated blood pressure.
  • Discuss the therapeutics of various antihypertensive agents used in managing patients with hypertension.
  • Compare and contrast BP targets and first-line therapy options from various clinical practice hypertension guidelines (JNC 8, ACA, AHA).
6 pm Adjourn


Aneesa Afroze, MD, FACP, AAHIVS
Infectious Disease and Travel Medicine, Mercy Medical Center

  • Residency: University of Missouri, Columbia School of Medicine
  • Fellowship: University of Missouri, Columbia School of Medicine
  • Medical School: Deccan College of Medical Sciences

Lindsey Rearigh, DO
Resident, Mercy Medical Center

  • Undergrad Degree: Biology, Pfeiffer University
  • Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Carolinas Campus

Lucas Vocelka, DO
Resident, Mercy Medical Center

  • Undergrad Degree: Biomedical Sciences, St. Cloud State University
  • Masters: Bioethics, Kansas City University
  • Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences

Relevant to the content of this CME activity, the speakers indicated they have no financial relationships to disclose.

    Course summary
    Available credit: 
    • 6.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
    • 6.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
    Course opens: 
    Course expires: 
    Event starts: 
    03/13/2018 - 4:00pm CDT
    Event ends: 
    03/15/2018 - 6:00pm CDT
    International American University College of Medicine Daher Building
    Banse, VF
    Saint Lucia

    Continuing Education Credit

    • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS). Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
    • Other: This live activity is designated for 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™

    Educational Grants

    No commercial interest provided financial support for this continuing education activity.


    Everyone in a position to control the content of this educational activity will disclose to the CME provider and to attendees all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. They will also disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. Firms providing financial support did not have input in these areas. The information provided at this CME activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

    Available Credit

    • 6.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
    • 6.00 CE Contact Hour(s)


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