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Advanced Pharmacology Online Course: Cardiac, Respiratory, Diabetes, GI & More

CE Information
32.25 CE credits (25.0 pharmacology)
Completion Time
34 hours, 34 minutes
Available Until
July 19, 2024
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Adult, Family, Gerontological, and Psychiatric / Mental Health
Clinical Topics
COVID-19, Cardiovascular Disease, Depression, Diabetes, Geriatric Medicine, Mental Health, Pharmacology, Primary Care, and Sleep Medicine

You practice medicine in a world that expects clinicians to prescribe with immediacy and no-room-for-error accuracy for multiple – and complex – disease states and comorbid conditions.

And, with rapid medication changes accelerated by post-pandemic demands, it feels impossible to keep up.

Designed for busy health care professionals who need immediate prescribing solutions...

This comprehensive self-study course bundle includes 8 on-demand learning sessions that you can watch – and earn credit on each session – as it works for your schedule.

Our preeminent pharmacology experts – MD, NP, PA, RN and more – in cardiology, respiratory, diabetes, GI, geriatrics and other subspecialties bring decades of combined clinical experience.

Our experts will walk you through new, easy-to-apply strategies for multiple specialties that would otherwise take years to master.

Prescribe with confidence and get the updated skills and strategies that you’ll use throughout your entire career - no matter the setting you work or patient populations you treat.

Learning Objectives

This comprehensive self-study course bundle includes 8 on-demand sessions. Each session has its own learning objectives so you can watch, learn and earn credit one session at a time… or all at once! (Best of all… you don’t need to take the sessions in order to achieve credit for each individual session!)

There are eight sessions with different objectives.


Session 1: Advanced Cardiovascular Pharmacology with Paul Langlois, APN, PhD, CCRN, CCNS

  1. Distinguish the need for cardiac medications and the need for electrolytes or fluids to improve cardiac output. 
  2. Analyze the anti-arrhythmic medications which would benefit your specific patient. 
  3. Plan a list of medications which a STEMI or NSTEMI patient would be expected to take. 
  4. Measure the therapeutic outcome of the STEMI or NSTEMI medications. 
  5. Manage the cardiac work-up and medications for patients with Post-​Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC) or COVID-long haulers 
  6. Formulate a monitoring plan for your heart failure patient. 
  7. Differentiate medication options for patients with hypertension. 
  8. Distinguish between the cholesterol lowering medications. 
  9. Choose the best hypoglycemic agent based upon my patient’s presentation and laboratory parameters. 
  10. Determine the cardiac medications the pregnant woman can and cannot take. 

Session 2: Respiratory Medication Updates for Advanced Practice Clinicians with Paul Langlois, APN, PhD, CCRN, CCNS

  1. Differentiate the two receptors in the lungs which are responsible for airway constriction and dilation. 
  2. Analyze the medication options for patients with alpha-1 anti-trypsin deficiency. 
  3. Choose the medications which are prescribed for asthma and COPD. 
  4. Determine the medications which are used during acute asthma attack. 
  5. Evaluate the vaccines recommended for patients with pulmonary conditions. 
  6. Manage the medications which are recommended for the COVID-19 patient both out- and in-patient. 
  7. Formulate a medication regimen for a tuberculosis patient, both newly diagnosed and with drug-resistant tuberculosis. 
  8. Plan the treatment protocol for a patient with pulmonary hypertension. 
  9. Distinguish between antiviral medications for viral respiratory diseases. 
  10. Choose the best antibiotic for the in- and out-patient with bacterial pneumonia. 

Session 3: Diabetes Medication Updates: Current Standards and Guidelines for Oral and Injectable Prescribing with Laurie Klipfel, RN, MSN, ANP-BC, CDCES, WCC®

  1. Determine best medication choices based on different diagnostic types of diabetes. 
  2. Analyze optimal pharmacological management of diabetes based on ADA Standards of Care. 
  3. Appraise the basal/bolus concept of insulin administration including various insulin administration schedules and adjustment of insulin dosages. 
  4. Plan to address tight glycemic control, including management strategies during hospitalization, illness or surgery.  
  5. Determine evaluation strategies for patient use of insulin pumps. 
  6. Plan to improve overall patient diabetes outcomes through evidence-based strategies. 

Session 4: GI Pharmacology Update: Prescribing for Patient Outcome Achievement with Peter Buch, MD, AGAF, FACP

  1. Determine the current best medication practices for inflammatory bowel disease. 
  2. Detect which medical conditions respond to probiotics. 
  3. Analyze the best pharmacological strategies for PPI use. 
  4. Explore important updates in clostridium difficile treatment. 
  5. Plan to incorporate the newest strategies for successful treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Session 5: Geriatric Pharmacology: Practical Application Through Patient Cases with Kiplee Bell, MD, PA

  1. Differentiate between multiple overlapping comorbidities. 
  2. Determine when Beers Criteria clarifies-risk versus benefit in real time. 
  3. Develop clinical acumen to recognize red flags. 
  4. Analyze the implications of team dynamics when assessing the geriatric client. 

Session 6: Geriatric Psychopharmacology Updates & Trends with Tammy Arms, PhD, DNP, PMHNP-BC, NP-C 

  1. Apply principles of deprescribing anticholinergics. 
  2. Differentiate options for use of anxiolytics. 
  3. Diagnose and treat COVID related delirium. 
  4. Assess common drug interactions for dementia drugs. 
  5. Choose the optimum treatment for late life depression. 
  6. Analyze and prescribe the appropriate new neuropsychiatric medications. 

Session 7: Pharmacology of Pain Management for End-of-Life Care: Recommendations for Advanced Clinical Pharmacy Practice with Paul Langlois, APN, PhD, CCRN, CCNS

  1. Describe the differences among common analgesics for end-of-life care.
  2. Outline an algorithm that optimizes pain management for the patient at the end-of-life.

Session 8: The New Rules for Treating Chronic Pain: Addiction-Free Solutions in the Era of Opioid Crisis with Stephen F. Grinstead, DR AD, LMFT, ACRPS

  1. Investigate two or more reasons why the biomedical approach alone may be ineffective for the low outcome subset of chronic pain clients with coexisting disorders.
  2. Evaluate three successful chronic pain management treatment outcomes.
  3. Differentiate between the physiological and psychological/emotional pain symptoms and have appropriate management strategies for both types.
  4. Develop a treatment plan that helps clients let go of suffering and adequately addresses the psychological/emotional symptoms of their pain.
  5. Analyze the needs of clients as they explore the correlation of increased stress and worsening levels of pain and how to develop appropriate relaxation response skills to reduce their levels of stress and the perception of their pain.
  6. Categorize at least five of the twelve denial patterns (psychological defense mechanisms) that can sabotage treatment outcomes.


Paul Langlois
Paul Langlois APN, PhD, CCRN, CCNS

Paul Langlois, APN, PhD, CCRN, CCNS, is a critical care clinical specialist in the surgical, medical, neurologic, burn, CCU, and trauma ICUs of Cook County Hospital, Chicago. Drawing on over 40 years of experience assessing and managing patients with life-threatening diseases, Dr. Langlois provides advanced-level training to nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, and physicians. Dr. Langlois is committed to providing the highest quality of care to patients through advanced education. His presentations are evidence-based, timely, and provide participants with numerous case studies to facilitate critical thinking. As a bedside clinical nurse specialist, he has developed several institution-wide protocols for the multidisciplinary assessment and management of infectious disease and multi-system organ failure patients. His presentations are enthusiastically delivered and offer highly practical tips that help make the most challenging concepts easy to understand. Linking knowledge to clinical practice is the goal of every educational program.

Laurie Klipfel
Laurie Klipfel RN, MSN, ANP-BC, CDCES, WCC

Laurie Klipfel, RN, MSN, ANP-BC, CDCES, WCC®, has been a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist for over 20 years managing both inpatient and outpatient care for patients with diabetes. She has managed several hospital ADA-recognized diabetes education programs, is a Board-Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner with a specialty in endocrinology, and has a certification in wound care. Laurie is a member of the American Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists and past president of her local chapter. She is a certified insulin pump trainer and has published articles on use of insulin pumps for hospitalized patients. Her practical patient experiences, supported by clinical knowledge, provide a blend of information on how to treat diabetes today.

Peter Buch
Peter Buch MD, AGAF, FACP

An accomplished medical educator and professional speaker on Gastroenterology

Peter Buch, MD, AGAF, FACP, is a double board-certified clinical gastroenterologist, currently leading a team that treats all GI conditions. Dr. Buch sits on editorial boards for numerous professional journals and is a highly sought-after international presenter. Dr. Buch has a passion for teaching. His style is case-based, practical, very interactive and evidence supported. Dr. Buch’s expertise has been shared with experienced clinicians and advanced-level students. He teaches at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Frank H Netter School of Medicine/Quinnipiac University and the University of Connecticut APRN School.

Kiplee Bell
Kiplee Bell MD, PA

Kiplee Bell, MD, PA, earned board certification as a physician assistant, an additional master's degree in Gerontology, and finally her doctorate in medicine. Over the course of her career, Kiplee has worked in acute care, urgent care, ambulatory care, and long-term care settings. Currently, she treats geriatric patients for a wide variety of medical and behavioral symptoms. Kiplee also shares her expertise through her consultation and educational company: www.impactfulcaregiving.com. You can be sure that Kiplee will deliver a comprehensive and up-to-date geriatric pharmacology presentation, walking through the body systems: neuro, endocrine, cardiac, pulmonary, GI, infectious disease, and musculoskeletal.

Tamatha Arms
Tamatha Arms PhD, DNP, PMHNP-BC, NP-C

Tamatha Arms, PhD, DNP, PMHNP-BC, NP-C, is an adult/geriatric and psych mental health nurse practitioner. She has 25 years of clinical experience and 9 years in academia where she teaches psychopharmacology. Her clinical expertise and research area of focus is on geropsychiatry. Tamatha has presented and published nationally and internationally to various interdisciplinary audiences on geropsychiatry. She is the author of more than 20 articles, 5 book chapters, of which 3 were invited, and she has co-authored a book. She is active in international nursing organizations (Sigma) as the North America Region 13 coordinator, and at the national level (the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association [GAPNA]), chair of the Geropsych SIG.

Stephen Grinstead
Stephen Grinstead Dr AD, LMFT, ACRPS

Author of Thank You Adversity For Yet Another Test - Senior Consultant Trainer Gorski-CENAPS

Stephen F. Grinstead, Dr AD, LMFT, ACRPS, has a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Science, a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and a Doctorate in Addictive Disorders (Dr. AD). He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, (LMFT) a past California Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC-II), a Certified Denial Management Specialist (CDMS), and an Advanced Relapse Prevention Specialist (ACRPS). He served on the faculty of UC Santa Cruz Extension Alcohol and Drug Studies Program, taught at Santa Clara University, UC Berkeley Extension and Stanford University Medical School, and served on the faculty of University of Utah’s School on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies, as well as serving as an Adjunct Professor at Alliant University. From 2015 to 2018, Dr. Grinstead was the Co-Founder and Chief Clinical Officer of a Triple Diagnosis Residential and Intensive Outpatient Chronic Pain Management Program in California. He is author of the book Thank You Adversity for Yet Another Test: A Body Mind Spirit Approach for Relieving Chronic Pain Suffering, as well as author of several other pain management books including Freedom from Suffering: A Journey of Hope, Managing Pain, Coexisting Disorders, and the Addiction-Free Pain Management® Recovery Guide. Dr. Grinstead is an internationally recognized expert in preventing relapse related to addiction and chronic pain disorders and is the developer of the Evidence-Based Addiction-Free Pain Management® System. He has been working with chronic pain management, substance use disorders, eating addiction and coexisting mental and personality disorders since 1984. Since 1996, he has trained well over 40,000 healthcare providers in seminars, workshops and trainings across the United States and Canada.

CE Information

This activity offers 32.25 CE credits (25.0 pharmacology) to attendees.

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Financial: Dr. Paul Langlois has employment relationships with Cook County Hospital and Emergency Care Consultants. He receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Paul Langlois is a member of the American Nurses Association, the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, and the Society of Critical Care Medicine.


Financial: Laurie Klipfel has employment relationships with the VA-St. Louis and the Diabetes & Endocrinology Specialists, Inc. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Laurie Klipfel is a member of the St. Louis Nurses in Advanced Practice.


Financial: Dr. Peter Buch has employment relationships with the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, and the Frank H Netter, MD School of Medicine. He receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Peter Buch is a member of the International Association of Medical Science Educators, the American Gastroenterological Association, the American College of Physicians, and the American College of Gastroenterology.

Dr. Buch references the use of antidepressants for Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and the controversial use of Fibrotest to evaluate patients with fatty liver disease who may have fibrosis of the liver. Dr. Buch indicates he wishes to present a fair and balanced approach to practitioners regarding such practices.


Financial: Dr. Kiplee Bell has employment relationships with Impactful Care/Impactful Caregiving and Virtua Hospital. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Kiplee Bell has no relevant non-financial relationships.


Financial: Dr. Tamatha Arms is an Assistant Professor at The University of North Carolina Wilmington. She is a published author and receives royalties. Dr. Arms receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Tamatha Arms is a member of the Southern Nurse Research Society, American Psychiatric Nurses Association, GeroPsyche Focus group, Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association, American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the Sigma Theta Tau International Nu-Omega chapter.


Financial: Dr. Stephen Grinstead maintains a private practice and has an employment relationship with Innovative Treatment Solutions (ITS) . He receives royalties as a published author. Dr. Grinstead receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Stephen Grinstead is a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, International Association of Pain Management, and the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselors.

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