Virtual Rounds 2022 Program

Endocrinology Track
Updates to 2022 American Diabetes Association Standards of Medical Care
Joy Moverley, DHSc, MPH, PA-C

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) updates its Standards of Medical Care every year. The 2022 updates have significant changes that most PAs are not yet aware of, such as new treatments for diabetic kidney disease and new recommendations for the prevention and management of diabetic conditions. Using patient cases, PA Joy Moverley will present each new guideline update. 

This lecture will:
  1. Apply 2022 ADA Standards of Medical Care to patients scenarios.
  2. Review pharmacology updates for chronic kidney disease and cardiovascular disease.
  3. Present psychosocial aspects of diabetes care based on new guideline recommendations.
Differentiating Common Thyroid Disorders
David Doriguzzi, PA-C

The thyroid is a profoundly important gland whose hormone influences nearly every system in the body, whether directly or indirectly. Disorders of the thyroid are very common, affecting as many as 1 in 20 patients. Yet, fewer than half of those individuals are even aware of the condition. Given that the vast majority of these conditions can be readily managed at the primary care level, PA David Doriguzzi seeks to equip providers with the knowledge and tools to recognize and manage thyroid disorders.

Participants in this session will learn:
  1. To recognize several common disorders of the thyroid
  2. To recognize the typical signs and symptoms of common thyroid disorders
  3. To use readily available lab and imaging analyses to assist in making a diagnosis
  4. To develop an appropriate treatment plan for the thyroid disorders discussed
Hypercalcemia: A Focus on Hyperparathyroidism
Sondra O'Callaghan, PA-C, MPH, CHES

Discerning the etiology of hypercalcemia is crucial for a provider to recommend the best, effective treatment.  Given that hyperparathyroidism is the most common cause of hypercalcemia in the outpatient setting, developing a strong working knowledge of the disease state is necessary to ensure therapy is optimized and tailored to the patient.

Past President of the American Society of Endocrine Physician Assistants, Sondra O’Callaghan, will provide PAs with the information needed:
  1. To develop an appropriate differential diagnosis for hypercalcemia
  2. To recognize hyperparathyroidism as the most common etiology of hypercalcemia in the outpatient setting
  3. To describe appropriate treatment for hyperparathyroidism
Adrenal Disorders: Insufficiency, Hypercortisolism, Adenomas, and More...
Jesse Lyon, PA-C

Adrenal disorders include hyperaldosteronism, Cushing’s Syndrome, pheochromocytoma, and congenital hyperplasia. Understanding adrenal gland anatomy, physiology, and appropriate screening recommendations will increase detection rates of adrenal disorders and allow patients to receive earlier care.

In this session, PA Jesse Lyon of Arizona Diabetes & Endocrinology will present clinical cases to:
  1. Review adrenal gland anatomy and physiology
  2. Exam guidelines for the screening of adrenal disorders
  3. Demonstrate ability to diagnose and treat adrenal disorders
Update on Diabetic Retinopathy and Current Therapies
David Telander, MD, PhD

One of the earliest complications of diabetes is diabetic retinopathy and vision loss.  It is essential that health care providers are aware of these risks and are looking out for their patients to prevent permanent vision loss.  Vision loss caused by diabetes is often preventable and treatable with the current available therapies.  Knowledge of appropriate screening, risk factors, and therapies will result in higher quality patient care.

PAs that attend this session with David Telander, Clinical Professor at UC Davis and California Northstate Medical School, will learn to:
  1. Understand and identify systemic risk factors 
  2. Differentiate the stages diabetic retinopathy and pathophysiology
  3. Understand screening guidelines and latest treatment strategies
  4. Recognize the importance of team approach