CME Offerings at Annual Meeting


Friday, August 2 | 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (ET) (7 credits)
Navigating Florida’s Medical Landscape

  • 9 - 10 a.m. | Florida Laws, Rules & Ethics (1 credit)
    This session, required for osteopathic physicians licensed in Florida, is intended to demystify Florida's physician licensure and regulatory process and to highlight the top legal and ethical issues currently affecting Florida-licensed physicians. Allopathic physicians who complete this course can earn general CME credit.

    Presenter: Edwin Bayó, Esq., Partner, Grossman, Furlow & Bayó

  • 10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. | Prevention of Medical Errors (2 credits)
    This session features the mandatory content required by the Florida Boards of Medicine and Osteopathic Medicine for prevention of medical errors, including root cause analysis, error reduction and prevention, patient safety, and the most commonly mis-diagnosed conditions identified by the two Boards.

    Presenter: Vincent Hsu, MD, Medical Director, CME & Assistant Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program, AdventHealth, and Assistant Professor, UCF College of Medicine

  • 1:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. | Controlled Substance Prescribing (2 credits)
    This session fulfills the CME requirement for Florida-licensed MDs and DOs who are registered with the DEA and authorized to prescribe controlled substances. The course will highlight updated and new prescribing laws and rules; emphasize the current standards for prescribing controlled substances, particularly opiates; review alternatives to opiates, including nonpharmacological options; and address the risks of opioid addiction following all stages of treatment in the management of acute pain.

    Presenter: Joshua Lenchus, DO, FMA Past President

  • 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Domestic Violence (2 credits)
    This session fulfills the renewal requirement (two credits every six years) for allopathic and osteopathic physicians licensed in Florida. The content is intended to remind physicians that sometimes the little things they do in everyday practice, like detailed documentation and simple screenings, can make a huge difference in the lives of patients.

    Presenters: Suzanne Harrison, MD, Professor Emeritus, FSU College of Medicine and Robin Thompson, MA, JD, Executive Director, Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center

  • Saturday, August 3, 2024 | 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (ET) (3 credits)
    Obesity Medicine: A Balanced Approach

    This panel-based activity, designed for a general physician audience, aims to highlight a comprehensive approach to obesity medicine. Expert panelists will provide insightful clinical information and strategies to support sensible weight loss for adult and pediatric patients across various weight ranges and health profiles. Topics will include medical nutrition therapy, pharmacotherapy, bariatric and metabolic surgery, and pediatric weight management solutions.

    After completing this activity, learners should be able to:
    • Comprehend obesity more effectively and recognize available treatment options
    • Differentiate between best treatment strategies and approaches for adult versus pediatric patients struggling to lose weight
    • Integrate evidence-based nutritional interventions into clinical practice to prevent and manage obesity
    • Appreciate the role of pharmacotherapy in obesity management, including patient selection criteria and management strategies
    • Provide patients with accurate information about bariatric surgical options and make referrals when appropriate

    • Debra Williams, MD, Moderator
    • Brian Dessify, DO, Orlando Minimally Invasive Surgery
    • Kait Richardson, RDN, LD, Dietitian and Coach, Nutrition Awareness, Orlando
    • Nikita Shah, DO, Founder, Weight Sense Lake Nona
    • Upma Suneja, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, USF Morsani College of Medicine, Tampa

    Sunday, August 4, 2024 | 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (ET) (3 credits)
    Acute Cerebrovascular Disease and Stroke

    This panel-based activity is intended for a general physician audience to broaden their view of cerebrovascular disease and stroke, and to provide insights as to how practitioners can support the improvement of pertinent care in Florida.

    After completing this activity, learners will be able to:
    • Appreciate the current state of stroke care in Florida and recognize opportunities for improvement
    • Reflect on the basics of cerebrovascular care, including anatomy, neurophysiology, and pathology
    • Recognize best practices in medical, interventional, and surgical therapies
    • Utilize resources and tips shared to support their care of patients who may be affected by cerebrovascular disease/stroke

    • Debra Williams, MD, Moderator
    • Gemayaret Alvarez Gonzalez, MD, Asst. Professor of Clinical Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, UM Miller School of Medicine, Miami
    • Michael Dogali, MD, Founder, Pacific Neurosurgery, Tarpon Springs
    • Brian Hoh, MD, MBA, Chair, Lillian S. Wells Department of Neurosurgery, UF College of Medicine, Gainesville
    • Christina Wilson, MD, PhD, Chief, Vascular Neurology Division and Associate Professor of Neurology, UF College of Medicine, Gainesville

    Credit and Designation Statements
    The Florida Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    The Florida Medical Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 13 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.