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July 10 - 13, 2020


In light of the recent COVID-19 developments, and specifically, extended stay-at-home orders and restrictions on mass gatherings in Seattle, NPACE has made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel the NPACE Primary Care and Pharmacology Update Conferences on Seattle, WA (July 10-13). Those registered for the conference were notified by email on June 2nd and provided with details on registration refunds and guidance on canceling hotel and travel arrangements. Please continue to monitor your email, the NPACE web site, and our social media channels for the latest details. Any questions please email us at npace@npace.org 

Stay safe!


Seattle, WA Conference

2-day Primary Care + 2-day Pharmacology

July 10-13, 2020

Westin Seattle




Fulfill your professional development and specific licensure needs at 2-day Primary Care and 2-day Pharmacotherapeutic continuing education conferences. Seattle, WA Conference sessions emphasize the latest evidence and guideline-based clinical knowledge needed to prescribe and manage high priority primary care topics.

Primary Care (July 10-11) | 10 Contact Hours/(TBA Pharm Hours)
Pharmacology (July 12-13) | 12 Contact Hours/12 Pharm Hours

Conference Registration Deadlines/Fees

Early Registration – by June 5, 2020
General Attendee: $355 (one conference) I $680 (both conferences)
Senior (60+), Student, New Grad: $315 (one conference) I $635 (both conferences)

Standard Registration (all types except Military)  – after June 5, 2020
$420 (one conference) I $800 (both conferences)

Military – (anytime)
$295 (one conference) I $585 (both conferences)

All registrations are subject to a $50 non-refundable administration fee.

Keynote Speaker

Josh Hamilton, DNP, RN-BC, FNP-C,

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Nancy R. Berman, MSN, ANP-BC, NCMP, FAANP
Nancy R. Berman has been in practice as an Adult Nurse Practitioner with emphasis in women’s health care since 1978. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan and her Master of Science in Nursing from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Currently, she specializes in women’s health care at Millennium Affiliated Physicians, a division of Michigan Healthcare Professionals, in Farmington Hills, Michigan. She is a clinical instructor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan. She holds the certification of Menopause Practitioner from the North American Menopause Society. She is a fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Ms. Berman has taught extensively on lower genital tract disease, including HPV, cervical cancer prevention, HPV testing and HPV vaccine, management of the abnormal Pap test, colposcopy and vulvar and vaginal disease. She has also been active in education in the management of menopause and osteoporosis. She served on the Board of Directors of the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP) from 2009 to 2016, co-chaired their education committee, and holds their Colposcopy Recognition Award. She serves on the Michigan Cervical Cancer Consortium and served on the Michigan Governor’s Task Force on Cervical Cancer. Recent publications by Ms. Berman have appeared in The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, ADVANCE for Nurse Practitioners, Women’s Health in Primary Care, and chapters in Advanced Health Assessment of Women 4th edition and the Atlas of Primary Care Procedures, 3rd edition, Lippincott, Williams.
Jennifer Carlquist, PA-C
Jennifer Carlquist is a physician assistant who speaks nationally on cardiology topics. She specializes in teaching the high risk findings that the machine software may miss. She works in the ER and cardiology. Jennifer has a special interest in electrophysiology, but her main area of focus is on preventative care.
Josh Hamilton is a family psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner with more than 20 years of experience. He has full prescriptive authority in Nevada and has been licensed to practice in several states as well as in British Columbia. He earned his doctorate in nursing from Rush University and bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Wyoming. He is nationally certified as a psychiatric-mental health nurse; family nurse practitioner; family psychiatric nurse practitioner and nurse educator. He has been nominated for the AACC David R. Pierce Faculty Technology Award and was recognized as a doctoral scholar by the National League for Nursing. In 2017, he was inducted as a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. He is a certified master clinical psychopharmacologist through the Neuroscience Education Institute. Previously, Dr. Hamilton worked for UNLV, the College of Southern Nevada, Touro University, Wyoming Behavioral Institute, University of Victoria, Casper College and Harmony Healthcare, where he was associate medical director. In addition to his private practice, he is a contributing professor at Walden University and Adjunct Professor at Roseman University of Health Sciences. He speaks regularly around the country about new advancements in behavioral health and psychiatry. Dr. Hamilton is interested in neurobiology and epigenetics. His clinical practice and research have been focused on pediatric mental health, producing a model of adolescent insight development. He has studied the impact of culture on the presentation of anxiety disorders in young adult populations and has gained expertise in nursing educational administration, program development and evaluation.
Theresa Mallick-Searle, MS, RN-BC, ANP-BC
Theresa Mallick-Searle is an Adult Nurse Practitioner with over 20 years’ experience at Stanford Health Care in Palo Alto, California. Theresa’s current clinical practice within the Division of Pain Medicine, focuses primarily on evaluation and treatment of individuals suffering from acute and chronic pain conditions in both the hospital and outpatient settings. As part of her commitment to education and professional development, she lectures extensively on topics surrounding pain management both locally and regionally. She has authored and co-authored numerous articles, abstracts, and book chapters on topics pertaining to pain assessment and management. Theresa is a clinical preceptor for NP and PA students in the greater Bay Area; she also mentors and instructs the fellows and residents on the Stanford Pain Service. Theresa is actively involved in multiple professional organizations including: The American Association of Nurse Practitioners, California Association of Nurse Practitioners, American Society of Pain Management Nursing and American Academy of Pain Medicine. As part of her commitment to safety and ethical treatment of patients with pain; Theresa has provided services as an independent expert witness on issues related to pain management and treatment.
Dr. Sally Miller has been practicing as a nurse practitioner for 25 years. She is board certified as a family NP, Adult/Geriatric, Acute NP, and recently as a Psych/Mental Health NP. Dr. Miller is an associate professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Affairs at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. She maintains an active clinical practice with ICarePsychiatry. Sally has published over 30 research and clinical articles with emphasis on issues related to adult health and illness as well as obesity. She has been an active conference presenter and author in the NP community since 1996.
Karen M. Myrick, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, ANP-C
Dr. Karen M. Myrick is Associate Professor of Nursing, with a Joint Appointment in the School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, and Nurse Practitioner at Orthopedic Associates. Dr. Myrick has 30 years of nursing experience, nurse practitioner for 19, and professor for 7. She continues to maintain a clinical practice in orthopedics and sports medicine in the orthopedic urgent care, and is an avid half marathoner, triathlete and martial artist. The recipient of multiple research grants, she publishes regularly in peer-reviewed journals, and actively reviews for several. Her research focus is sports medicine, and she has contributed to multiple published books, and is the primary author and editor of a book for Springer Publishing released in September 2016. Dr. Myrick received the 2016 National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) “Outstanding Researcher Award” and multiple “Outstanding Poster Awards”. Committee work includes Membership for the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS), Education and Resources for the (National organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty) NONPF, Government Relations for CTAPRNs. Board work includes Strategic Advisory for the global, interprofessional Clinical Case Reports Journal, and the Center for Responsibility, Education and Action, and the New England Shoulder and Elbow Society. Dr. Myrick has worked with a national workgroup to draft the guidelines for appropriate use of injections in osteoarthritic knees. Proudly, Dr. Myrick is also the room parent for her daughter’s fourth grade.
Sohera N. Syeda, MD
Dr. Syeda is an Assistant Professor at Boston University School of Medicine’s Section of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep and Allergy Medicine and holds a Lecturer of Medicine appointment at the Harvard Medical School. She is a full-time VA faculty member and practicing physician at the VA Boston Healthcare System in West Roxbury, MA and Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VA Hospital in Bedford, MA. She is also a medical staff at Steward Norwood Hospital’s intensive care unit in Norwood, MA. She serves as a consultant to the Boston University School of Medicine, Barry M. Manuel Office of Continuing Medical Education and COPD Quality Improvement Consortium and has engaged in several collaborative COPD QI projects. Dr. Syeda received her medical degree in 2005 in Chicago’s west loop at Rush University Medical Center and then moved east to complete residency and Chief Residency in Internal Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. She completed a Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellowship at Boston University School of Medicine and conducted health services research focusing on the impact of prolonged mechanical ventilation and use of tracheostomy on chronic critical illness. She is ABIM board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine. At the Boston VA, Dr. Syeda is engaged in various clinical, educational and administrative initiatives. She is responsible for, and is strangely enthusiastic about, the interpretation of all the hospital’s pulmonary function tests, an estimated 3,300 per year! She regularly teaches medical students, residents and fellows at Boston VA and is actively engaged in various hospital initiatives to improve transitional care and reduce admissions and readmission's for patients with COPD and Heart Failure. To this end, she developed and served as a medical director of a successful intensive care and case management program for veterans with advanced heart failure and COPD.
Wendy received her Doctor of Nursing Practice in 2019 from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. She is a 1992 graduate of the Adult Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts and completed a family nurse practitioner post-master’s program in 1995. She is an adult and family nurse practitioner and the owner of two, nurse practitioner owned and operated clinics within New Hampshire named: Wright & Associates Family Healthcare. Her family practices have won numerous awards, including Top Providers in New Hampshire 2018, Top 20 Fastest Growing Family Business, and Top 20 Women-Owned Business in New Hampshire. In addition, she is the Owner of Partners in Healthcare Education, a medical education company. She is the Past President of NPACE and the Senior lecturer for Fitzgerald Health Education Associates. She is the recipient of numerous awards and was chosen by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as the 1999 recipient of the New Hampshire State Excellence Award. In addition, she received the 2009 NH Nurse Practitioner of the Year and the 2014 Top 5 Women in New Hampshire Business Award. In 2005, she was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners; in October 2014, a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, and in March 2017, a Fellow into the National Academies of Practice. She is the founder of the NH Chamber of Entrepreneurial Nurse Practitioners, an organization designed to assist nurse practitioners with independent practice issues. In addition to full-time clinical practice, she presents nationally to different audiences and has been a speaker at over 1000 conferences in 47 states. She is the nurse practitioner representative to the State of NH Immunization Advisory Board. She has been a medical media spokesperson for numerous companies and has appeared on radio, television, and in print magazines. Wendy is frequently consulted by malpractice attorneys around the area of clinical practice and has worked on more than 100 malpractice cases involving nurses and nurse practitioners.


Friday, July 10, 2020


7:00 am - 8:00 am
Primary Care Conference Registration

Primary Care Conference

8:00 am - 9:00 am
Keynote: Leading with Urgency
9:15 am - 10:15 am
PCEC1: IBS: Easing the Patient Burden

Family care clinicians are the first line of defense for patients suffering from IBS, a common disorder that causes substantial reduction in health-related quality of life. The diagnosis of IBS, whether it is IBS-D, IBS-M, or IBS-C, is generally made clinically, which is impacted by recent changes in the Rome criteria. Now recognized as both a brain-gut and a gut-brain disorder, the treatment of patients with IBS has evolved significantly in the past year. Understanding the patient burden of disease, particularly symptoms that are most troublesome, is helpful in individualizing therapy. The 2018 American College of Gastroenterology IBS guidelines lend clarity to treatments found effective, including soluble fiber and several medications, while finding little evidence to support the use of therapies such as a gluten-free diet, prebiotics/probiotics/synbiotics, and antispasmodics.

Presentation presented by the Primary Care Education Consortium (PCEC). You will receive a certificate of participation for this activity. ANCC accepts AAFP Prescribed credit. and AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.

Grant funded by Salix Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

10:25 am - 11:25 am
A1: Depression in LGBTQ Community
11:25 am - 12:00 pm
Sign in with Sponsor for Product Theater
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
LP1: NON-CE Product Theater Lunch Session

This session is provided by a commercial interest. Contact Hours will not be awarded.

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
PCEC2: Diabetes Management: Putting the Patient First

The management of patients with T2DM has undergone a seismic shift from a glucose- centric to a patient-centric focus with a primary goal of reducing cardiovascular risk. The shift to focus on cardiovascular risk stems not only from the fact that microvascular and macrovascular complications continue to be common in persons with type 2 diabetes mellitus, but also from evolving evidence clearly demonstrating cardiovascular risk reduction with some antidiabetic medications. To reduce the burden of disease and improve the journey of persons with type 2 diabetes, however, requires understanding the evidence base for these benefits and differences among the antidiabetic medications, and how treatment can be individualized to address the unmet needs of each patient. Presentation presented by the Primary Care Education Consortium (PCEC). You will receive a certificate of participation for this activity. ANCC accepts AAFP Prescribed credit. and AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Grant funded by Lilly.

2:25 pm - 3:25 pm
B1: Common Orthopedic Conditions in Primary Care
Saturday, July 11, 2020

Primary Care Conference

8:00 am - 9:00 am
C1: Dizziness and Vertigo: Assessment and Treatment
9:00 am - 9:30 am
Exhibit Hall Grand Opening
9:30 am - 10:30 am
D1: Orthopedic Examination and Diagnostic Imaging
10:40 am - 11:40 am
11:40 am - 12:15 pm
Sign in with Sponsor for Product Theater
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
LP2: NON-CE Product Theater Lunch Session

This session is provided by a commercial interest. Contact Hours will not be awarded.

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
F1: Important Cardiology Considerations when Performing Sports Physicals
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sunday, July 12, 2020


7:00 am - 8:00 am
Pharmacology Conference Registration

Pharmacology Conference

8:00 am - 9:30 am
PH1: Pharmacologic Management of Depression in Primary Care
10:00 am - 11:15 am
PH2: Diagnosis and Management of ADHD for the Primary Care Provider
11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Sign in with Sponsor for Product Theater
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
PH-LP1: NON-CE Product Theater Lunch Session

This session is provided by a commercial interest. Contact Hours will not be awarded.

1:15 pm - 2:45 pm
PH3: COPD Pharmacology Update
2:55 pm - 4:25 pm
PH4: Vaping Update and Smoking Cessation Pharmacology
Monday, July 13, 2020

Pharmacology Conference

7:00 am - 8:00 am
PH-BR1: Expanding the Role of the NP in Managing Major Depressive Disorder: Challenge Accepted

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc. and Lundbeck.

This continuing nurse education activity is provided by Vindico Medical Education.



8:15 am - 9:45 am
PH5: Challenges in Osteoporosis and Fracture Prevention
10:00 am - 11:30 am
PH6: Update on the Management of Peri-menopuasal and Menopausal Women
1:15 pm - 2:45 pm
PH7: Migraine: What's Old, What's New
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
PH8: Non-Opioid Pharmacology for Treating Pain



General Attendee $800.00
Discounted Price
If Registered By


Friday, June 5, 2020

Senior (60+) /Student/New Grad $800.00
Discounted Price
If Registered By


Friday, June 5, 2020

Military $585.00


General Attendee $420.00
Discounted Price
If Registered By


Friday, June 5, 2020

Senior (60+)/Student/New Grad $420.00
Discounted Price
If Registered By


Friday, June 5, 2020

Military $295.00


General Attendee $420.00
Discounted Price
If Registered By


Friday, June 5, 2020

Senior (60+)/Student/New Grad $420.00
Discounted Price
If Registered By


Friday, June 5, 2020

Miltary $295.00
All registrations are subject to a $50 non-refundable administration fee.


All registrations must be paid in full by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover) at the time of registration. NPACE no longer accepts payment by check. 4th for Free, Letter of Credit and complimentary registrations all require a $50 non-refundable administration fee upon registration.

If using Letter of Credit, 4th for free, or complimentary registration, please contact NPACE 508-907-6424 x1 for registration information.

Written notice of cancellation must be received by email or letter. A refund, excluding the $50 non-refundable administrative fee, will be issued when cancellation is received no later than one month prior to the conference start date. Refunds are processed based on the original form of payment.

A letter of credit, excluding the $50 non-refundable administrative fee, will be issued when cancellation is received between 30 and 8 days of the conference start date. This is valid for 12 months from issuance and may be used for towards any NPACE conference.

No refunds will be issued for cancellations received within 7 days of the conference start date.

In the very unlikely event that NPACE cancels or postpones a conference due to circumstances beyond its control, NPACE’s liability shall be limited to refund of paid registration fees.



The Westin Seattle
1900 5th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
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Cut Off Date: June 17, 2020
Discounted Rate: $229 (plus local/state taxes)
Based on availability; Group rates can apply 3 days before and after the conference dates

Other Information

Complimentary Basic High-Speed Internet in sleeping rooms of group attendees
Discounted day parking for up to 10 hours at $27 per vehicle (based on availability)

NPACE Room Block Note

NPACE strongly advises that you do not make travel reservations until you have a confirmed conference registration. NPACE conferences frequently sell out prior to early registration date.

Hotel Rates are based on room block availability and can’t be guaranteed if room block sells out before cut off dates. Space and room types are limited, so please make your reservations early! Hotel cancellation policies vary, check with hotel for cancellation policy if you need to cancel your reservation. Only reservations made through the group block are eligible for additional amenities and discounts.

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Lobby Sunset outside hotel
Premium Water View Double Deluxe City View Double
Pool Fitness Center

Abstract Submission

NPACE is currently accepting poster abstracts for our 2020 conference in Seattle. Research should be focused on health policy, innovation, evidence based clinical practice, scientific research, or collaboration and interdisciplinary practice. Sub-topic ideas should include primary care, mental health, pediatrics, geriatrics, or palliative- end of life care. Submission is open to students and faculty from MSN, DNP, and PhD programs.

Simply complete the Abstract Submission Form below to submit your abstract for review.


April 27, 2020 Online submission of abstracts close
May 1, 2020 Email notification sent to all submissions
May 15, 2020 Deadline to return completed Presenter Agreement
May 22, 2020 Deadline to register for conference



  1. Full name of submitting/corresponding author and all co-authors
  2. Abstract text:
    1. Use Times New Roman, 12 Font, 1-inch margins
    2. Limit to 300 words excluding title, authors info (affiliations) and references
  3. Highlight the main points
    1. Introduction: Info statement with purpose of the presentation
    2. Methods: Brief description of the research-background
    3. Discussion: Summary of the unpublished data or other relevant info
    4. Conclusion: Summarize in 1 or 2 sentences the primary outcomes of the study, including their potential significance
  4. Funding sources:  Funding sources (organizations, institutions, agencies) for the research included in the abstract should be listed.
  5. Must not contain any commercial bias


  • Resume(s) for author(s)
  • Short bio statements for all poster authors
  • One measurable learning outcome.
  • 50-word presentation summary that will be used for conference publication
  • Entire poster must fit onto a 3-foot x 4-foot board
  • Co-authors submitted with the accepted abstracts will be included in the conference materials.
  • Decisions on abstract acceptance are final.


Accepted abstracts must have a presenter in attendance during conference session breaks on Friday, July 10, 2020 to present their poster(s).

It is not mandatory that the first author be pre-registered and present; the presenter may be any of the contributing authors or a colleague.


Author associated with an abstract must register for the conference and are responsible for all travel expenses (airfare, hotel, etc.) associated with presenting at the meeting. The conference registration is separate from the abstract submission. Abstracts will be removed from the conference if author(s) are not registered for the conference by May 22, 2020. If a presenter(s) withdraws from the conference the poster submission will be removed.

Note our Faculty Program: We recognize the important role of academic faculty in preparing the next generation of NP leaders, and as a show of support, we offer one free conference registration per 24-month period to full-time faculty of NP academic programs. A limited number of seats are put aside at each conference for faculty taking advantage of this NPACE Perk.


All abstracts will be reviewed and selected based on criteria requirements by an NPACE nurse planner. This will ensure adherence to ANCC Commission on Accreditation CE provider guidelines.


Upon acceptance of an abstract, presenters will receive a presenter agreement with dates and guidelines. This agreement will need to be signed and returned to NPACE within one week of receipt of email notification of poster acceptance. Failure to return agreement will result in removal of the abstract from the presentation.

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