There has been a dramatic increase in the last decade in nurse practitioners (NP), physician assistants (PA) and clinical pharmacists providing more direct patient care in endocrinology practices. However, access to quality CME that addresses the specific needs of this group of practitioners is not always easy to find. Non-physician endocrinologists will find a useful update during Friday’s “In-Depth Symposium for Endocrine Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners.”
“Specialized endocrine care has never been the exclusive domain of physicians. This in-depth symposium is part of AACE’s efforts to provide sub-specialty continuing education for non-physician endocrinologists,” said W. Reid Litchfield, MD, FACE, ECNU, who is symposium co-chair.
There are four presentations planned. Adi Mehta, MD, FRCPC, FACE, endocrinologist at Cleveland Clinic, will talk about unusual conditions that present as common diseases in his talk “The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing.” Guillermo Umpierrez, MD, FACP, FACE, Professor of Medicine at Emory University, will cover intensive insulin therapy. Sarah Berga, MD, Chair and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wake Forest Baptist Health, will address women’s reproductive endocrinology. The session will wrap up with a discussion by Dr. Litchfield and his co-chair Ji Hyun Chun (CJ), MPAS, PA-C, BC-ADM, on how to successfully integrate non-physician providers into endocrine practice.
“Many endocrine physicians are interested in working with NP/PAs, but often don’t know where and how to start. Sharing the pearls to successfully incorporate NP/PAs into endocrine practice will allow both endocrine physicians and NP/PAs succeed in collaborating care,” said Chun, who is currently president of the American Society of Endocrine Physician Assistants and practices with the OptumCare Medical Group.
Dr. Litchfield noted that the first three talks would contain materials similar to that presented at other in-depth symposia at AACE, however, the material presented would be tailored to meet the specific needs of NPs, PAs and clinical pharmacists in endocrine practice.
“AACE is very interested in providing high-quality endocrine education for all practicing endocrinologists—not just physicians. One of the main goals of this symposium is to help non-physician endocrinology practitioners to look to AACE for ongoing educational needs,” he said.
Session Notes: F61: In-Depth Symposium for Endocrine Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners 9:15 am on Friday in Room 309 Session co chairs are Ji Hyun Chun (CJ), MPAS, PA-C, BC-ADM and W. Reid Litchfield, MD, FACE, ECNU.