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Pharmacology Conference

DateBox EventDetailTime EventDetailLocation
Sep 20, 2019
7:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Western Technical College (Lunda Center)
La Crosse, WI

The conference offers an interactive forum to update associate staff, residents and physicians on current medication trends and disease management.

Registration Details

Registration is closed.

The registration deadline is Friday, September 13, 2019. Registrations will not be accepted after this date. Advance registration is required. Registration fees include light breakfast, lunch and certificate. An email will be sent the week of the conference to registered participants with parking information and other details about the conference.

Fees & Payment

  • There is no charge for Gundersen students, residents, fellows, emeritus
  • $45: Gundersen and affiliate physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, and others
  • $125: Non-Gundersen physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, and other providers or community members


Friday, Sept. 20, 2019
Lunda Center, Western Technical College
400 7th Street N
La Crosse, Wis.

Intended Audience and Purpose: Nurse practitioners, physician assistants, physicians, students, residents and nurses are encouraged to attend this conference. The Pharmacology Conference provides advanced practice providers tools to improve competency in safely prescribing medications in their daily practice.

Accreditation: Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation Inc. is accredited by the Wisconsin Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation Inc. designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Certificates: Certificates will be emailed to attendees within four weeks of completion of the conference.

Agenda Friday, Sept. 20, 2019
7 to 7:25 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
7:25 to 7:30 a.m. Opening Remarks
7:30 to 8 a.m. Treatment of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Pulmonary Embolism (PE): A Focused Review and Emerging Evidence
Alice Johnson, PharmD, Pharmacy-Hospital, Gundersen Health System
  • Compare oral anticoagulation options for treatment of DVT and PE in non-cancer patients
  • Evaluate literature for preferred agent for treatment of acute DVT and PE in active cancer patients
8 to 8:45 a.m. Antiplatelet Therapy in Ischemic Stroke
Lisa Meyer, PharmD, Pharmacy-Hospital, Gundersen Health System
  • Identify patients where dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) should be considered
  • Identify duration of DAPT therapy
8:45 to 9:30 a.m. Dementia Prescribing
Mary Bassing, MD, Internal Medicine, Gundersen Health System
  • Identify indications for the effect of cholinesterase inhibitors and memantine in the treatment of dementia
  • Describe pharmacologic management strategies for behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia not responding to nonpharmacologic interventions
9:30 to 9:45 a.m. Break and Vendors
9:45 to 10:30 a.m. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: Medical Management Through the Ages of Women
Catherine Ryan, MD, Fertility Center, Gundersen Health System
  • Describe symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome that may require medical management
  • Describe treatment options in adolescents related to their presenting symptoms
  • Describe treatment options in reproductive-age women who desire pregnancy
  • Describe treatment options in post-menopausal women
10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Common Dermatological Conditions
Abigail Taub, MD, Dermatology, Gundersen Health System
  • Recognize common dermatological conditions
  • Identify treatment options for common dermatological conditions 
11:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. Clinical and Lab Monitoring and Perioperative Management
Douglas White, MD, Rheumatology, Gundersen Health System
  • Describe routine monitoring involved in safe administration of biologics for rheumatology diseases
  • Outline modern strategies for perioperative management for biologics used in rheumatology diseases
12 to 12:45 p.m. Lunch and Vendors
12:45 to 1:30 p.m. Vaccine Update: Strategies for Success
Robyn Borge, MD, Family Medicine Residency Clinic, Gundersen Health System

Laura Jacobson, Resident MD, Medical Education, Gundersen Health System

  • Review methods of how to approach vaccine resistant parents
  • Review updates on Shingrix, HPV, meningococcal, and pneumococcal vaccines. 
1:30 to 2:15 p.m. Suicide Risk Assessment
Neil Brahmbhatt, DO, Behavioral Medicine, Gundersen Health System
  • Identify the elements needed for assessing the risk of suicide for the primary care provider
  • Perform risk assessments for suicide
  • Outline how to accurately document risk assessments for suicide
2:15 to 3 p.m. Cardiorenal Syndrome from a Nephrologist's Perspective
Leah Metz, MD, Nephrology, Gundersen Health System
  • Define and classify the different types of cardiorenal syndrome
  • Describe and apply different treatment strategies for cardiorenal syndrome
3 to 3:15 p.m. Break and Vendors
3:15 to 4 p.m. Fundamentals of Restless Legs Syndrome
Erica Neumeister, RN, NP, Sleep Lab/EEG, Gundersen Health System
  • Name the diagnostic criteria for restless legs syndrome
  • Identify therapeutic treatment options for restless legs syndrome
  • Describe symptoms of augmentation related to dopaminergic drugs
4 to 4:45 p.m.  An Update in Diabetes Medication Management
Chelsea Pintz, PharmD, Pharmacy-Hospital, Gundersen Health System
  • Review recent guidelines regarding diabetes management
  • Discuss recent changes regarding treating diabetes patients
  • Identify different treatment plans using case studies

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be requested via email or phone prior to Sept. 13, 2019. A refund minus a $25 administration fee will be issued. No refunds will be made after Sept. 13, 2019.

If the 2019 Pharmacology Conference is postponed or cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, a full refund of registration fees will be provided. Gundersen Medical Foundation Inc. will not be responsible for any related travel costs to the conference.

ADA: In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Gundersen Medical Foundation Inc. seeks to make this conference accessible to all. If you have a disability requiring special accommodations, please email your needs to or call (608) 775-6909.

Contact Information: If you have questions, need additional information or have special dietary needs, please email or call (608) 775-6909.

2019 Pharmacology Conference: The planning committee has no affiliation/financial relationships to disclose.

Special Thank You: This conference is underwritten in part by the Janis Memorial Fund of Gundersen Medical Foundation


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Schedule & Location


Date Time Location
1. Fri, September 20 7:00 AM to 4:45 PM Western Technical College (Lunda Center)

Location Details

  • Western Technical College (Lunda Center)
    319 7th Street North
    La Crosse, WI 54601

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