The Art of Medicine in 2018 – Grenada

22/01/2018 / Conferences /

March 18 – 25, 2018

The Art of Medicine in 2018


16 CME credits certified by ACEP

Learning Objectives:

16 CME credits certified by ACEP

Conference registration includes one entry to the Welcome Buffet and one entry to the Closing Ceremony

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION (Before February 15th):   $550US

Additional Welcome Buffet Tickets:   $40US
(Children under 16 enter FREE)

Additional Closing Ceremony Tickets:    $40US




(Membership Records Will be Checked)



Monday 3/19/18

07:30 – 08:00 Breakfast Buffet & Registration
08:15 – 09:00 Rabies (more detailed topic to come) – Dr. G. Richard Olds

  • Pending

09:00 – 09:45 The opioid abuse problem: The real facts and how you can help – Dr. Bruce Bonanno

  • Learn how and when the opioid abuse problem came about
  • Learn the real facts about the opioid problem
  • Learn what healthcare providers can do to help with the problem

09:45 – 10:00 Break
10:00 – 10:45 Organ donation updates, facts, myths and misconceptions – Dr. Patrick Buddle

  • Describe the organ donation process and how does that process actually work
  • Review myths and misconceptions about the organ donation process
  • Discuss what can be done to improve organ donation awareness and consent rates

10:45 – 11:30 Update on Alzheimer’s dementia – Dr. Tita Castor

  • Describe the latest global facts and figures about Alzheimer’s dementia
  • Review the clinical criteria for the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s dementia
  • Discuss the current best practice approaches in caring for patients with Alzheimer’s dementia

tuesday 3/20/18

08:00 – 08:15 Announcements
08:15 – 09:00 Alphabet soup / Acronyms and healthcare reform – Dr. Michael Gerardi

  • Discuss how to comply with U.S. government healthcare programs that dictate reimbursement by Medicare and commercial insurance plans
  • Discuss how to manage your practice to be compliant with Federal healthcare initiatives such as The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and it’s potential replacement
  • Discuss how to track clinical data to comply with the Department of Health and Human Services’ merit based incentive payment system (MIPS) for payment, incentives, and penalties
  • Learn what a qualified clinical data registry (QCDR) such as ACEP’s Clinical Emergency Data Registry (CEDR) will quantify the high value care provided by emergency physicians

09:00 – 09:45 New strategies and treatment for atrial fibrillation – Dr. Ralph Caradmone

  • Discuss the new concepts regarding atrial fibrillation and it’s treatment
  • Learn treatment strategies to minimize the potential catastrophic complications of atrial fibrillation
  • Discuss anticoagulation strategies including novel agents and approaches to assure patient compliance

09:45 – 10:00 Break
10:00 – 10:45 Ultrasound to improve patient safety – Dr. John Oropello

  • Discuss how to use ultrasound to reduce complications of venous access
  • Become familiar with how to rapidly diagnose pneumothorax using ultrasound
  • Learn ultrasound techniques to guide fluid management

10:45 – 11:30 What’s new other than insulin in the treatment of Type 2 Diabetes? – Dr. Rema Gupta

  • Discuss the biological actions of GLP-1 (Glucagon Like Peptide 1) receptor agonists
  • Discuss the benefits and risks of SGL-2 inhibitors
  • Discuss when to use Metformin

wednesday 3/21/18

08:00 – 08:15 Announcements
08:15 – 09:00 Not all hypertension is systemic: Identifying the patient with pulmonary hypertension – Dr. Craig Conoscenti

  • Discuss the pathophysiology of primary and secondary pulmonary hypertension
  • Discuss how to identify the patient with potential pulmonary hypertension
  • Discuss the current management of the patient with primary and secondary pulmonary hypertension

09:00 – 09:45 High flow oxygen therapy, is it good? – Dr. Daniel Herr


  • Discuss what is high flow oxygen therapy
  • Discuss how does high flow oxygen therapy work
  • Discuss when should high flow oxygen therapy be utilized

09:45 – 10:00 Break
10:00 – 10:45 Stroke Management Update 2018 – Dr. Michael Gerardi

  • Discuss how stroke management begins in the prehospital setting as “systems of care” are creating more timely diagnosis and management
  • Discuss the ACEP clinical policy of stroke from 2015 for evidence based guidelines when treating stroke
  • Discuss the improvements in the management of large vessel occlusions, tPA, and interventional procedures
  • Discuss MRI imaging and tPA in pediatric stroke patients based on understanding the differences between pediatric and adult stroke presentations

10:45 – 11:30 Grenada’s disease and what is needed to help treat them – Dr. Dolland Noel

  • Pending

thursday 3/22/18

08:00 – 08:15 Announcements
08:15 – 09:00 Hypertension: Modifying risk and improving outcomes – Dr. William DiFilippo

  • Define hypertension
  • Establish hypertensive targets in populations at identifiable risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke
  • Discuss the clinical and patient centered programming which can improve outcomes

09:00 – 09:45 Lifestyle modifications to reduce cardiovascular risk – Dr. Ralph Cardamone

  • Discuss the strategies aimed at significantly reducing the risk of cardiovascular events in their patients
  • Review the current understanding of acute coronary syndrome and formulate an evidence based teaching strategy to facilitate patient compliance
  • Discuss what we can borrow from coaching psychology that will effectively alter patient behavior and therefore reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease

09:45 – 10:00 Break
10:00 – 10:45 The downside of mechanical ventilation – Dr. Nirav Shah

  • Discuss the roles of mechanical ventilation and it’s goal in the ICU setting
  • Define ventilator induced lung injury (VLI)
  • Outline and discuss methods to prevent VLI in the ICU

10:45 – 11:30 Pending

  • Pending

Dr. Bruce Bonanno

CME Conference Program Director

SGUSOM graduate 1983, current President of SGUSOM Alumni Association and a member MSNJ (Medical Society of NJ) Opiate Task Force. Recently appointed to the NJ State Trauma System Advisory Committee.

Currently practicing in CentraState Medical Center in Freehold, NJ and is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine. Has been practicing EM for over 30 years in various settings from 12 bed rural hospitals, to a Level One Trauma Center. These hospitals have been in several states including NJ, NY, PA, IA, and SD. Some unusual sites have included an Indian Reservation and a Cruise Ship.


  • Examiner for Board Certification in Emergency Medicine Oral Board.
  • Chief Medical Consultant for News12NJ and host of a thirty-minute TV medical show.
  • Spokesperson of the Opiate Task Force of National ACEP and NJ-ACEP,
  • President of NJ American College of Emergency Physicians (NJ-ACEP), President of National Association of Medical Communicators (NAMC), President of Monmouth-Ocean County Medical Society (MSNJ), and Chairman of National ACEP Public Relations Committee.


Dr. Patrick Buddle

Dr. Buddle is a graduate of St. George’s University Class of 1982.  Prior to that he graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Biology.  He did his internship at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, NJ and completed a year of general surgery at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, NJ; prior to completing his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Pennsylvania.  He is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Since 1987 he has been and remains in private practice in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation.  He is the Director of Rehabilitation at Jersey Shore University Medical Center.  During his over 30 years of practice he has been involved in many professional, hospital, and community affiliations.  This includes 31 years as the team physician for Manasquan High School, Medical Director of the Atlantic Sports and Fitness Club, and a member of the Advisory Committee to the  Health Care Academy at Manasquan High School.  In 2002 he donated a kidney to a physician colleague and became active in the New Jersey Sharing Network, the organ procurement organization of New Jersey.   He is presently a physician member of the organ donor council at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, a member of the Educational Advisory Board which developed the New Jersey High School Heroes Act, member of the New Jersey State Joint Organ Task Force, and past Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Sharing Network.  He remains active in multiple hospital committees at Jersey Shore University Hospital. He continues to lecture on and remains an advocate for those on the waiting list for a life saving organ transplant and tissue donation.

He has received multiple accolades including 2003 Physician of the Year, Nurses choice; 2004 American Heart Association Leadership Award for Stroke Rehabilitation; 2005 Physician Champion Award New Jersey Sharing Network; and 2008 National Regional Physician Champion, US Dept. of Health and Human Resources. During his free time Dr. Buddle enjoys golf, running, teaching martial arts and spending time with with his wife Nancy, and two children Samantha and Vincent.

Dr. Tita Castor

Dr. Castor earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University. She went on to obtain her Doctor of Medicine from St. George’s University. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York City and fellowship in Geriatrics at Mount Sinai in New York City where she held the position of Chief Fellow.

Dr. Castor has been on faculty at Mount Sinai since completion of her fellowship. Medical Education has been an important part of Dr. Castor’s career. She has served as Site Director at the Jewish Home and Hospital for the Mount Sinai Geriatrics fellowship program and later as their Director of Medical Education. In the year 2000, Dr. Castor moved to Elmhurst Hospital, a primary teaching affiliate of Mount Sinai. At Elmhurst co-directed the Geriatrics Unit until 2007 when she helped develop their Palliative Care Program. Dr. Castor has been one of the key faculty for the Internal Medicine Residency program at Elmhurst, responsible for Geriatrics and Palliative Care education. Dr. Castor has also been directly involved in the education of St. George’s University students at NYC Health & Hospitals/ Elmhurst and Queens Hospitals since their program began in 2005. Since 2008 she has served as the Director of Medical Education for the program.

Dr. Castor is the Medical Director of the Palliative Care program at Elmhurst. Dr. Castor also serves as Co-Chair of the Palliative Care Council for NYC Health and Hospitals.

Dr. Castor’s most recent publication is a chapter she co-authored, “Pain Management in Geriatrics Patients” in the textbook “Pain Management and Palliative Care” published by Springer in 2015 which brings together her 2 passions Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine.

Dr. Castor holds board certifications in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She is Assistant Professor in Medicine, as well as Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She is Adjunct Professor at her alma mater, St. George’s University.

Dr. G. Richard Olds

An educator, physician, and administrator during a distinguished career spanning more than 30 years, Dr. G. Richard Olds was named President and Chief Executive Officer of St. George’s University on August 28, 2015. Prior to joining SGU, he was the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Founding Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of California, Riverside (UCR). In 2010, Dr. Olds joined UCR to lead the creation of a new school of medicine – the first LCME-accredited medical school in California in more than four decades.

Dr. Olds is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He was an infectious disease fellow and one of the nation’s first geographic medicine fellows at University Hospitals of Cleveland, where he also served as medical chief resident and faculty member. He served as full professor of medicine, pediatrics, molecular, cell and development biology at Brown University, and professor and chairman of medicine at the MetroHealth Campus of Case Western Reserve University. His role at UCR was preceded by a stint as professor and chair of medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. In addition to his academic background, Dr. Olds is a tropical disease specialist with extensive experience working in Asia and Africa.

Radisson Hotel and Conference Center
Grand Anse Main Road
St. George’s, Grenada West Indies
Phone: (473) 444-4371


We have secured special discount rates with the Radisson for the conference. These special rates apply to dates: 3/15/18 through 3/27/18.

The promotional code is: SAAM18

The promotional code goes into the “promotional code box” on the Radisson website (sometimes this requires changing the dropdown menu from “select rate type” to “promotional code”).

Canadian rates, including return airfare from Toronto and taxes.  The rates below are for single occupancy:


Run of the House room $5795*
Beachfront Grande Luxe Club Level Suite Available on Request
Beachfront Penthouse Club Suite Available on Request
Beachfront One Bedroom Butler Suite Available on Request

An additional person in the room is $1905 extra.

US Dollar rate for single occupancy:

Run of the House room $3750*
Beachfront Grande Luxe Club Level Suite Available on Request
Beachfront Penthouse Club Suite Available on Request
Beachfront One Bedroom Butler Suite Available on Request

An additional person in the room is $1250 extra.

* The rates are based on double occupancy

Cancellation Policy and Schedule:

Full payment due at time of booking.

Trip is 100 % non refundable at time of booking