Convenient care clinics, NPs and PAs take center stage at RCEC 2013

The importance of convenient care clinics within the U.S. healthcare system, along with the nurse practitioners and physician assistants who work in them, rang loud and clear at the sixth annual Retail Clinician Education Congress held in May.

The three-day educational and networking forum, which is accredited for both nurse practitioners and physician assistants, was held May 14 to 16 at the Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas. The Drug Store News Group, in conjunction with the Convenient Care Association and Partners in Healthcare Education, hosted the conference.

In addition to a track accredited for nurse practitioners and physician assistants, RCEC 2013 once again held the Executive and Health Systems Leadership Colloquium, a special executive track for management, upper management and C-level executives of retail clinic operators, as well as companies and organizations interested in entering the retail clinic industry.

A CEO/Leadership Panel offers attendees healthcare industry updates relevant to clinical practice.

New wrinkles in this year’s RCEC included a poster session program, which not only represented an important opportunity for healthcare providers to share research, programs and results with their peers, but it also increased the number of CE credits that clinicians could earn at RCEC. Attendees mingled with the authors to learn more about their poster presentations  during the Meet the Author events. The posters covered such topics as weight management and infectious diseases.

Marking its third year on the program, the CEO/Leadership Panel discussion offered attendees a first hand update from top clinic executives on critical healthcare changes, challenges and opportunities. A transcript of the CEO/Leadership Panel will be published in the next issue of DSN Collaborative Care.  

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