Hot Topics

Jackson Hole, WY • June 28 - July 1, 2018

 The 9th annual Hot Topics conference is returning to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Surrounded by this stunning natural setting and a town filled with adventures, NPs, MDs, RNs and PAs will expand their knowledge and sharpen their skills.

Conference Details

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Highlights & Benefits

The 9th annual Hot Topics conference is returning to Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  Surrounded by this stunning natural setting and a town filled with adventures, NPs, MDs, Pas and RNs will expand their knowledge and sharpen their skills.  This conference addresses the challenges faced by practitioners in primary care settings, including updates in disease prevention, treatment and management.  It emphasizes on the areas of Cardiovascular, GastroIntestinal (GI), Endocrinology, Rheumatology, and Gerontology, featuring topics such as diabetes, new medications in Cardiology, Acute Kidney Injury (AKI), dietary dilemmas, obesity, weight management, and elderly care.  Join your colleagues and our outstanding panel of clinically active faculty members in thought-provoking discussions throughout this conference.

Highlights of the conference include:

  • A preconference, “The Management of Acute-on-Chronic Illness” underlines acute exacerbations of chronic conditions, their prevention and management.
  • A comprehensive approach to primary care, including discussions on cardiologic issues, gastrointestinal and kidney disease, elderly care, dermatology prescribing and nutrigenomics.
  • “Hot Topics” practitioners face in their daily practice, addressed in a variety of teaching styles including didactic sessions, faculty panels, Concurrent Sessions, and interactive case study discussions.
  • The wonders and natural beauty of Jackson Hole, where visitors can explore both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks and endless outdoor activities.

Donald Gardenier, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN
Program Chair
Desert Oasis Health Care

Adriana LeBer, MAOM
Continuing Education and Conferences Manager
Contemporary Forums


Conference Objectives

  • Define the up-to-date options and approaches of care to enhance the Primary Care setting and patient engagement.
  • Discuss diagnostic and management options for a variety of common conditions seen in the primary care settings, including cardiorespiratory problems, GI complaints, endocrinology ailments and others.
  • Identify current approaches for treating certain acute/chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity, CKD, rheumatologic and dermatologic conditions.
  • Explore the impact of dietary issues and nurtrigenomics on disease and healthcare management.


Who Should Attend?

  • Family and Adult Health Nurse Practitioners
  • Family Physicians
  • Internists
  • Physician Assistants
  • Office and Clinic Staff Nurses

… and anyone else interested in providing state-of-the-art, comprehensive primary care.

Conference Faculty

Donald Gardenier, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN
Nurse Practitioner
Program Chair
Desert Oasis Health Care
Palms Springs, California

Lili Cargill, ANP, GNP, PMHNP
Nurse Practitioner
Grafton County Nursing Home
Mountain Valley Treatment Center/ Cottage Hospital
North Danville, Vermont

Victor Czerkasij, MS, MA, FNP-BC
Nurse Practitioner
Skin Care and Cosmetic Dermatology, PC
Cleveland, Tennessee
Clinical Instructor and Adjunct Faculty
Family NP/MSN Program
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, Tennessee

Ji (CJ) Chun, PA-C, MPAS, BC-ADM
American Society of Endocrine Physician Assistants (ASEPA)
Physician Assistant
OptumCare Medical Group: Endocrinology
Irvine, California

Paul Fenster, MD, FACC
Associate Professor of Medicine
The University of Arizona College of Medicine
Tucson, Arizona

Christine A. Kessler, MN, CNS, ANP, BC-ADM, CDTC, FAANP
Founder, Nurse Practitioner
Metabolic Medicine Associates
King George, Virginia

Associate Professor of Nursing
Columbia University School of Medicine
Director, Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Program
Director, HIV/AIDS Sub-Specialty
Director, Collaborative Access for LGBT Adults (CALA)
Columbia University Medical Center
New York, New York

Adriana LeBer, MAOM
Program Manager
Contemporary Forums

Founder and Past President
Society of PAs in Rheumatology
Dept. of Rheumatology
Western CT Medical Group
Danbury, Connecticut

Kristine Anne Scordo, PhD, ACNP-BC, FAANP
Professor and Director Adult Gerontology Acute Care
Nurse Practitioner Program
College of Nursing
Wright State
Dayton, Ohio
Cardiology ACNP
Schuster Cardiology
Kettering, Ohio

Kim Zuber, MS, PAC
Past Chair National Kidney Foundation/Council of Advanced Practitioners
American Academy of Nephrology PAs
Oceanside, California


Summer in Jackson Hole is breathtaking with beauty, back-country solitude, and western ambiance.  It offers an experience unmatched anywhere else. Set in the shadow of the towering Grand Teton Mountains, Jackson Hole is a unique blend of Old West charm and cosmopolitan atmosphere. Nowhere else will you find such a magnificent display of nature mixed with unlimited activities. Within its confines lie Grand Teton National Park, the National Elk Refuge and the friendly town of Jackson — the gateway to Yellowstone National Park. Bring your family and friends … it’ll be a trip like no other!


Hotel Accommodations

  • The conference will be held at Snow King Resort & Grand View Lodge, 400 East Snow King Avenue, Jackson Hole, Wyoming 83001. A limited block of rooms is being held for you and your guests at special group rates which will be in effect, based on room availability, from June 26 to July 2, 2018.  The discounted room rate may be available before and after the conference for those wishing to extend their stay.  Please inquire when making your hotel reservation.
  • To obtain the special group rates, make your reservation before May 27, 2018. Rooms may sell out before this date so be sure to make your reservation now.  After the release date, call the hotel as rooms and group rates may no longer be available.
  • For room reservations, call (800) 522-5464 inform them that you are attending the Contemporary Forums/Hot Topics. Request a confirmation number and written confirmation of your reservation.
  • Rates: Starting at $249/ single
  • At the time of booking, a deposit equal to 2 nights (room, tax, and resort fee) will be required. For arrivals after 3 p.m., call the resort on the day of travel to reconfirm reservations.
  • Resort Fee: $35.00.  Contact the hotel or visit their website for more details.
  • To reserve your room online, Click Here
  • For additional hotel information, call Snow King Resort Hotel at (307) 733-5200.


Contemporary Forums has a special discount agreement with United Airlines unavailable to the general public. To obtain these special conference fares visit or (800) 426-1122 insert Offer Code ZEFA851558. Ticketing and payment can be done directly by you or through your travel agent. To ensure the best flights and times, since seats are limited, make your reservations early. Fares are guaranteed at the time of the ticket purchase.

Hertz is the official car rental agency for the conference. Special rates will be in effect throughout the conference as well as one week before and after. For special rates and reservations, call HERTZ at (800) 654-2240 or (405) 749-4434, or go online at and refer to Contemporary Forums plus the conference discount code CV#03000265. 

In support of improving patient care, Contemporary Forums is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.



Nurses and Nurse Practitioners
Preconference A: 5.25 ANCC/ 6.3 CA BRN contact hours
Main Conference: 14.5 ANCC/ 17.4 CA BRN contact hours
Contemporary Forums is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #04516.
(CA BRN contact hour = 50 minutes) 

Pharmacology Credit for Prescriptive Authority 
Preconference A: 2.25 hours 
Main Conference: 7.75 hours available
Rx indicates pharmacology content. Because states’ requirements vary, contact your Board of Nursing and certifying agency for the specifics of individual Rx requirements.

Preconference A: 5.25 credits 
Main Conference:  14.5 credits
Contemporary Forums designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 19.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician Assistants
Preconference A: 5.25 hours 
Main Conference: 14.5 hours
AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.  Physician Assistants may receive a maximum of the listed hours of Category I credit for completing this program.

Other Professionals
Preconference A: 5.25 hours 
Main Conference: 14.5 hours
You will receive a Certificate of Completion verifying your attendance at this course.  Please comply with the guidelines of the appropriate boards, organizations or agencies in registering your credit.

Joint Accreditation
Contemporary Forums is awarded Joint Accreditation to advance Interprofessional Continuing Education. Joint Accreditation is the leading model of interprofessional collaboration designed to be independent, free from commercial bias, and effective in improving the quality and safety of care delivered by the healthcare team.

Exhibit with Contemporary Forums and Reach your Target Audience at the Hot Topics conference.

Exhibiting at a Contemporary Forums conference will cost-effectively increase your brand and product visibility with your targeted customers. Your resources will be focused on an optimal, attentive, engaged audience.  Become an exhibitor, register today!

Why Exhibit

  • Enhance the profile of your organization by supporting a premier healthcare conference
  • Interact with a target audience of top healthcare specialists from around the country
  • Create marketing and sales opportunities for both your national affiliates and global operation

Become an Exhibitor

Contact the Contemporary Forums exhibit team today to learn how one of our events can help you achieve your sales and branding objectives.

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Register to become an exhibitor

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Questions about your exhibit space or sponsorship, please contact or call (925) 361-4807 for details.


Out of consideration to registrants, children of any age and spouses may not attend the sessions.

Your tuition includes continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks, Certificate of Completion and online access to posted presentation handouts before and after the conference.

  • Reserve your spot now! Only a $75 refundable deposit necessary. The deposit becomes non-refundable and non-transferable if balance is not paid in full at least 30 days prior to the start of conference. To guarantee Early Registration pricing, attendee must make deposit prior to the Early Registration deadline and pay balance in full at least 30 days prior to the start of conference; thereafter, Early Registration pricing will be forfeited. All other cancellation terms apply.
  • Registrations faxed without deposit or payment will not be processed. Conference communications are sent via email. When registering please provide attendee’s best email address as some emails are filtered and blocked. Since conference registration and hotel rooms are limited, early registration is advised.
  • Register Online, or by Phone, Fax or Mail (Deposit or full payment is required to register)

Register only ONCE, online at, by mail or fax (800) 329-9923, or call (800) 377-7707, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Pacific Time). Before calling, complete all registration information.

  • Method of Tuition Payment

Make payment by check (payable to Contemporary Forums and enclose with Registration Form), Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or Purchase Order.

A $30 fee is charged for any returned check. Personal checks are NOT accepted at the conference. Purchase Orders must be received with registration by the conference date and include the P.O. number, invoice address, tuition, approval signature, contact name, email address and phone number.

  • Group Discounts (Mail, fax or call in together. Online registration is not available)

Tuition discounts are given to groups of 3 or more registering for the complete Main Conference.

Discounts do not apply to the Preconference.. To qualify for the group discount, all registration information must be complete for all group members, payment included and forms sent together. If faxing, list all group members on cover sheet. Subtract the discount from the tuition fee. Groups may not be formed after individual registrations are received.

                $25 per person discount for 3 or 4 in a group

                $45 per person discount for 5 or more in a group

  • Partial Attendance (Online registration is not available)

To register, call Contemporary Forums for tuition and CE credit for individual days. Group discounts do not apply.

      Registrations may not be shared.

  • CancellationsA $75 processing fee (“Fee”) applies to all cancellationsCancellations must be made in writing to prior to Conference start date. Only cancellations received no later than 30 days from Conference start date are eligible for refund, less the Fee. Attendees may apply non-refunded tuition, less the Fee, towards one future Contemporary Forums conference occurring within twelve (12) months of original conference.   No credit issued if future conference tuition is less than original tuition paid.  Attendees who “No Show” forfeit entire tuition paid.
  • Program Changes

Contemporary Forums reserves the right to make necessary changes in speakers, topics or schedule. The most current program can be found on our website.

  • Questions? Contact Contemporary Forums at (800) 377-7707, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Pacific Time)  or email

If you require special arrangements at this conference, call (800) 377-7707, at least 30 days prior to the conference.

Host City: Jackson Hole, WY

Set in the shadow of the towering Grand Teton Mountains, Jackson Hole is a unique blend of Old West charm and cosmopolitan atmosphere.


All Attendees
Early Registration Fee
(On or before May 23, 2018)
Regular Registration Fee
(After May 23, 2018)
Nurses, PAs,Others Physicians
Early Registration Fee
(On or before May 23, 2018)
$515.00 $615.00
Regular Registration Fee
(After May 23, 2018)
$575.00 $675.00