Fall Into a 2014 Continuing Medical Education Conference

Can you believe it's already time to start thinking about fall plans? I received my September schedule for the ER a few days ago which means that if I am going to get a vacation on the calendar for October, I'd better book it soon. One of my favorite trips to plan every year is my continuing medical education conference. 

The nerd in me looks forward to attending a CME conference each year. I relish learning from medicine's best providers. I enjoy connecting with others in my profession from across the country learning about issues affecting nurse practitioners in different states. Most of all, the excuse to travel funded primarily by my employer is simply too good to pass up. 

One of the best parts of any vacation is the process of planning. Sometimes, the build-up and anticipation of what is to come is almost as good as the getaway itself. This is often the case when it comes to planning my CME experience. Every year, I browse the internet, looking for the conference that not only fills my educational gaps, but also offers a unique travel experience. While searching for the perfect fall 2014 conference, I came across these interesting options and thought I would share. 

Hiking Tour of Provence and the French Riviera (September 17-25, 2014)

Yes, that's right. You can complete your continuing medical education requirement while trekking across the French Riviera, sipping wine and eating cheese in the European countryside, and taking a dip in the Mediterranean. Course content in this conference is geared toward wilderness medicine covering topics like altitude illness and surviving the unexpected night out. 

NPACE Primary Care Conference Nashville (September 4-7, 2014)

Did you miss the AANP conference in Nashville this summer? Not to worry- the opportunity to earn CME in Music City this year hasn't passed you by. NPACE is hosting a primary care conference specifically for nurse practitioners at Nashville's new Omni Hotel this September. I will be attending and can't wait to connect with other NPs!

Black Sea and Greek Isles Pediatrics Cruise (October 2-14, 2014)

Ahhh...what better way to learn than cruising among the famed Greek Isles, and touring other exotic locales like Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey. Course content on this continuing education cruise covers all things pedes. From topics like the latest vaccine recommendations to causes of pediatric jaundice, attendees can expect to come away having refreshed their knowledge relating to treatment of children and adolescents. 

Dermatology for the Non-Dermatologist Charleston, South Carolina (October 17-19, 2014)

While I have yet to visit the charming city of Charleston, South Carolina, it's near the top of my list. From spending a day at the beach to touring historic monuments, Charleston has it all to make your vacation complete. Not to mention, this conference hosted by Medical Education Resources will make you an expert in skin problems commonly encountered in the primary care setting. 

Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Clinicians Indianapolis, Indiana (September 8-14, 2014)

Although Indianapolis doesn't feature sand and sun like my prior picks, this conference looks top notch. Hosted by Contemporary Forums, Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Clinicians awards an astonishing 52.5 continuing medical education credit hours. The conference covers all things pharm from cardiovascular pharmacology to women's health drugs. If you could use a refresher when it comes to prescribing, this is the course for you. 

Cardiology Update for Primary Care Napa Valley (October 23-25, 2014)

Hosted at one of the best spas in the country, the Fairmont Mission Inn, this Sonoma CME getaway offers the ultimate relaxing getaway. Between classes, conference attendees may sample wine at Napa Valley's finest vineyards and soak in Sonoma's natural mineral hot springs. Courses cover topics such as sudden cardiac death and treatment of atrial fibrillation. 

Where will you go to complete your 2014 continuing medical education?


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I lived in Charleston for almost 2 years while I was in the Navy, its a great place to visit and the weather is awesome in October.