2020 AANP Pharmacology Update: Chicago

A One-day Event Focused on Primary Care Pharmacology
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April 18, 2020 8:00am – 6:00pm (CST) Chicago, Illinois

CE: 8.75 Contact Hours
including 8 hours of pharmacology; pending AANP approval.

Join us in Chicago for the first-ever one-day pharmacology event from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners® (AANP)! Hear from nationally recognized pharmacology expert Dr. Alan Agins as he covers topics from new drugs and opioids to cannabis and cannabidiol (CBD).

Event Details
  • Why Attend the Pharmacology Update?

    Quick, Easy Pharmacology!

    AANP understands the importance of pharmacology education. That's why, as a leading provider of continuing education (CE) for nurse practitioners (NPs), AANP is presenting a one-day pharmacology conference focused on primary care.

    Attend the 2020 AANP Pharmacology Update to:

    • Earn 8.75 contact hours of CE, including 8.0 contact hours of pharmacology credit, in a one-day, no-filler event.
    • Learn about the newest primary care drugs that received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) between 2018 and 2020.
    • Hear an executive update on AANP's association-wide activities presented by AANP President Sophia L. Thomas.
    • Enjoy a weekend in Chicago!

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  • Registration Information

    Registration Information

    How to Register

    Online

    Log in with your aanp.org username and password and follow the simple online instructions.

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    Registration Fees

    Member Type

    Fee if Received Before
    March 3, 2020

    Fee if Received After
    March 3, 2020

    AANP Member

    $300

    $350

    Non-AANP Member

    $400

    $450

    Registration Questions

    Cancellation and registration policies may be found in the terms and policies tab. If you have a question about registration, please contact AANP:

    Email: conference@aanp.org
    Phone: 512-442-4262
    9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays
    Fax: 512-442-6469
    Mail: American Association of Nurse Practitioners
    P.O. Box 12846
    Austin, TX 78711

  • Speakers

    Alan P. Agins, PhD

    Dr. Alan Agins received a Master of Science in Pharmacology and Toxicology and a doctorate in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Rhode Island.

    He has held faculty appointments at Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Northeastern University School of Pharmacy and the University of Virginia School of Nursing, as well as visiting faculty or adjunct professorship status in a number of NP programs around the country, including the University of Arizona, Virginia Commonwealth University, Pennsylvania State University, Idaho State University, West Virginia University and Radford University. During his tenure at Brown, Dr. Agins was the recipient of the Dean's Teaching Excellence Award for five consecutive years for his insightful and engaging lectures.

    Over the past 25 years, Dr. Agins has presented CE programs nationally on all topics related to pharmacology and pathophysiology to more than 95,000 advanced practice clinicians and allied health care professionals, including more than 130 three-credit-hour or 30- to 45-contact-hour pharmacology courses to NPs seeking to attain or maintain prescriptive authority.

    For the past five years, he has been a content contributor to, and national presenter of, the FDA's Opioids REMS CE program for nurses and NPs under the auspices of the Collaborative for REMS Education (CO*RE). He also created a website and online streaming video version of that program for the Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation.

    Dr. Agins has authored three books, co-authored textbook chapters, written CE monographs and newsletters and produced pharmacology educational DVDs for nursing associations as well as for corporate pharmacies. He has also presented more than 400 live CE webinars to pharmacists, nationally and internationally, over the past 11 years.


    Sophia L. Thomas, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP

    President, American Association of Nurse Practitioners

    Over her 22-year NP career, Dr. Sophia Thomas has been active within several professional organizations, including AANP, Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP) and the Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners (LANP). Dr. Thomas has served in several elected and appointed leadership positions, including as the President of LANP and as the AANP Region 6 Director. She has been appointed to numerous committees within each of these organizations. She was inducted to FAANP in 2012 and as a Distinguished Practitioner Fellow of the National Academy of Practice in Nursing in 2013.

    Dr. Thomas advocates for NP scope of practice legislation and to improve patient access to quality, affordable health care. She has been a health policy voice for the NP profession on both the state and national levels. In addition to her advocacy, she impacts NP education as clinical faculty for Georgetown University’s family nurse practitioner (FNP) program as well as through publications and presentations on multiple clinical topics. Her multimedia reach includes print, radio and television, and she has been an AANP spokesperson, including being featured in Money Magazine and on NBC News with Brian Williams. The interview aired on 110 NBC stations to an audience of 4.9 million.

  • Sessions and Schedule
    CE pending AANP Approval

    8-9 a.m.: New Drugs in the Arsenal (1.0 contact hour CE; 1 Rx)

    This presentation is an examination of primary care drugs that received FDA approval between 2018 and 2020. Within this framework will be a discussion of the basic and clinical pharmacology of each new drug, its benefits or limitations compared to similar or existing medications in the same class and, where applicable, where it fits into current clinical usage. Furthermore, we will look at any newer indications for existing medications, newer generic approvals and any pertinent newer treatment guidelines.


    9-10 a.m.: Pain Management: Opioids (1.0 contact hour CE; 1 Rx)

    This presentation is a review of the recognized, as well as subtle, pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic differences between the most widely used opioid analgesics in pain management with special emphasis on the importance of those differences in drug safety, efficacy and tolerability for any given patient. The presentation will include a discussion of patient variability and specific opioid agent differences that can impact clinical outcomes, including the role of potency and differences between agents with respect to metabolism (pharmacogenetics, drug interactions, etc.) as well as the importance of renal function with select agents.


    10-10:15 a.m.: Break


    10:15-11:45 a.m.: Pain Management: NSAIDs, Acetaminophen and Adjunct Medications (1.5 contact hours CE; 1.5 Rx)

    This presentation provides a review and update on the basic and clinical pharmacology of non-opioid analgesics, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), acetaminophen and adjunct drugs, such as antidepressants, antiepileptics and topicals, with emphasis on opioid-sparing treatment options. We will discuss aspects of appropriate patient selection, options for cardiovascular and/or gastrointestinal (GI) risk reduction from NSAIDs, including use of cyclooxygenase-2s (COX-2s), topical NSAIDs and concurrent use of medications such as histamine 2 (H2), blockers, proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and low-dose aspirin. We also will examine the mechanisms of action and rationale for use of select antiepileptics and antidepressants used as monotherapy or as add-on therapy in the treatment of neuropathic and other chronic pain conditions.


    11:45 a.m.-12 p.m.: Break


    12-12:45 p.m.: AANP Executive Update (0.75 hours CE)

    Presented by Sophia L. Thomas, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PPCNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP, AANP President

    A boxed lunch will be provided to all registrants.


    12:45-1 p.m.: Break


    1-3 p.m.: Basic Psychopharmacology (2.0 contact hours CE; 2 Rx)

    This presentation is a review and update of the basic and clinical pharmacology of medications (antidepressants, antipsychotics, mood stabilizers, etc.) used in the treatment of psychopathological disorders. Emphasis will be placed on newer insights and changes in our understanding of the neuropathological basis of those disorders, including the recognition of newer drug targets and the development of agents that have a better “balance” between efficacy and tolerability.


    3-3:15 p.m.: Break


    3:15-4:15 p.m.: Cannabis and Cannabidiol (CBD) (1.0 contact hour CE; 1 Rx)

    This presentation is an overview and update on the basic and clinical pharmacology of medical marijuana, including pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and CBD, legal and medical differences between cannabis and hemp-derived CBD, potential interactions with prescription medications, existing clinical data on the benefits, side effects and dangers of cannabis-related products, the current health concerns surrounding ”vaping” and other important considerations for both health care providers and patients regarding the use of cannabis for medical or recreational purposes.


    4:15-5:45 p.m.: Cardiovascular Pharmacology (1.5 contact hours CE; 1.5 Rx)

    This presentation is a review and update of the basic and clinical pharmacology of medications used in the treatment of cardiovascular disorders, including antihypertensives, anticoagulants, drugs for heart failure, atrial fibrillation, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) treatment and prevention. Additionally, there will be an update on treatment guidelines for the above disorders, where applicable.

  • Housing

    Stay at the Hilton Chicago O’Hare

    The Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport offers unparalleled convenience to savvy travelers in a quiet, no-fly zone. The hotel is within walking distance to all domestic terminals via underground walkways and offers convenient access to downtown Chicago, via the Chicago Transit Authority Blue Line train, if you want an evening excursion.

    The Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport is the site for the April 2020 Pharmacology Update: Focus on Primary Care conference, including all housing block rooms.

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    Housing Details

    All rooms in the AANP housing block at the Hilton Chicago O’Hare Hotel are standard rooms at the special conference rate of $159.00 single/double occupancy, plus applicable state and local taxes, currently 17.4%. There may also be applicable service and hotel specific fees.

    The conference rate is available for standard rooms Thursday, April 16, through Sunday, April 19, 2020. For dates outside of this range, the housing site will still offer the best available rate.

    All reservations must be made by 11:59 p.m. CT on Friday, April 3, 2020. Room types selected during the reservation process are requests only. The hotel will make every effort to accommodate your room selection at check-in.

    See cancellation policies in the terms and policies tab.

    Book Your Room


    Parking

    The Hilton Chicago O’Hare Hotel offers valet parking only at a rate of $75 per day.

    There are several self-parking options available in the Chicago O'Hare Airport lots and garages starting at $15 per day, with bus service provided between the parking areas and the airport terminal. The Hilton Hotel is connected to the terminal for easy walking access.

    View Self-parking Options and Rates

    View Hotel Valet Parking Information

    Please note that AANP does not validate parking charges.


    Housing Questions

    The AANP Housing Center is available to answer questions from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

    Email: housing@aanp.org
    Phone: 855-857-5933
    Fax: 607-674-6132

  • Terms and Policies

    Important Information and Conference Policies

    AANP reserves the right to change information on this webpage without advance notice.


    Registration Policies

    Cancellations and Refunds

    All cancellation requests must be submitted to AANP no later than 11:59 p.m. CT on Monday, March 2, 2020; no refunds will be granted after this date. To cancel your conference registration, you must submit written notice via email to confcancellation@aanp.org. A refund will then be issued minus a $75 administrative fee.

    Returned Checks

    An administrative fee of $35 will be charged for all checks returned to AANP for insufficient funds.

    No Shows

    If you do not cancel in writing by 11:59 p.m. CT on March 2, 2020, and you do not attend, no refund will be granted.

    Housing Cancellations

    If you cancel your conference registration, remember to cancel your housing reservation within the AANP housing block. AANP reserves the right to remove any housing reservations that are not supported by a conference registration.


    Housing Policies

    Cancellation Policy

    Reservations must be cancelled 48 hours prior to your planned arrival by 3 p.m. CT in order to avoid the cancellation fee of a one-night room rate plus taxes.

    Early Departure Fee

    An early departure fee of $50.00 will be assessed to any guest who departs prior to the date confirmed at check-in. The fee will be automatically posted to the guest folio on or after departure. This fee will be waived only with 24-hour advance notice from your departure date. Emergency and other special circumstance situations will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.


    Parking

    The Hilton Chicago O’Hare Hotel offers valet parking only at a rate of $75 per day.

    There are several self-parking options available in the Chicago O'Hare Airport lots and garages starting at $15 per day, with bus service provided between the parking areas and the airport terminal. The Hilton Hotel is connected to the terminal for easy walking access.

    View Self-parking Options and Rates

    View Hotel Valet Parking Information

    Please note that AANP does not validate parking charges.