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Virtual Conference

Emergencies & COVID

Total Credits: 2.75 including 2.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™, 2.75 AOA Category 1-A Credit(s), 1.00 AOBIM Specialty Credit(s)


This program will expire and must be completed by 03/29/26.

*** Please note this classroom webinar was part of the KCU Homecoming 2022. If you participated in the live event, you would not want to choose this program. ***

This is a bundle of four programs from the 2022 KCU Homecoming. These programs and their descriptions & objectives are listed below.

Asymptomatic Severe Hypertension

This presentation is an update of the latest world literature on the topic of Asymptomatic Severe Hypertension and the use of PRN antihypertensives.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the impact of Severe Acute Hypertension on patient populations.
  • Understand the Harms associated with PRN anti-hypertensive use.
  • Understand the benefits of a more targeted strategy of matching individual patient risks to their blood pressure in the treatment decision-making process.

Clinical Updates in Emergency Medicine

Learning Objectives:  

  • Appendicitis in Children.
  • POCUS for Diagnosis of Rib Fractures.
  • Re-emergence of Monkey Pox.
  • Eval/TX of Low-Risk Recurrent Abdominal Pain.
  • Opioid Overdose.
  • De-escalation of the IVF in Sepsis.
  • Pediatric Head Injury.

COVID-19 Challenges, Lessons Learned, & How to Prevent the Next Pandemic

This presentation will discuss why COVID crushed us, focusing on what needs to change so that we are better prepared for the next pandemic, whether originating overseas or on a pig farm in Missouri. Concrete examples of how osteopathic physicians can individually and collectively advocate for changing the failed systems that resulted in the US not being as successful as many other nations in preventing excess morbidity and mortality. Physicians interested in protecting their staff and patients from the predicted resurgence of COVID this fall and the inevitable next pandemic.

Learning objectives:

  • Identify failures of the US medical and political systems.
  • Understand what went wrong with our US response to the pandemic.
  • Gain motivation to demonstrate behavior consistent with Section 13. When necessary a physician shall attempt to help to formulate the law by all proper means in order to improve patient care and public health of the AOA's Code of Ethics which provides guidance on medical ethics and professional responsibilities
  • The physician learner will commit to becoming stronger advocates, both individually and collectively, for changing systems that allowed so many US residents to die from this and future pandemics.

Sepsis Management Update

This presentation will focus on key safety considerations for pain, depression, and anxiety medication management in the primary care setting. The pain management section will provide information about buprenorphine and cannabis and review basic safety guidelines. The depression segment will focus on diagnostic accuracy and suicide risk and explain the use of recommended atypical antipsychotics. The anxiety section will focus on the detriments of long-term treatment with benzodiazepines and recommend safer alternatives. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss current approaches to treatment in patients with sepsis.
  • Discuss the individualized approach to fluid resuscitation in patients with sepsis.
  • Discuss options for assessing patient responsiveness to fluid resuscitation.

Accreditation Statement:
The event has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) through the joint providership of the Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (MAOPS) and Kansas City University (KCU) College of Osteopathic Medicine. MAOPS is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA (Allopathic) Credit Designation:
MAOPS is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. MAOPS designates this activity for a maximum of 2.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)
ä. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AOA (Osteopathic) Credit Designation:
MAOPS is accredited by the AOA to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. MAOPS designates this program for a maximum of 2.75 AOA Category 1-A CME Credit(s) and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.

Planning Committee:
The KCU CME Committee members serve as the CME Planning Committee for this conference. Membership of the committee includes faculty and staff from KCU and may include physicians from local communities. Members of the committee are listed on the KCU CME webpage at

Each of the members of the Conference Planning Committee discloses that the relevant parties have no actual or potential conflict of interest in relation to this program or presentation, including no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests relative to the content of this program. Speaker disclosures are included within each bio and will be shown at the beginning of each presentation.

Grievance Policy for AOA Credit:
All grievances should be in writing and should specify the nature of the grievance. Initially, all grievances should be directed to MAOPS Executive Director, who will then forward said grievance to the Education & Convention Committee. All grievances will receive an initial response in writing within 30 days of receipt.  If the participant does not receive a satisfactory response, they can submit a complaint in writing to the Council on Continuing Medical Education of the AOA at 142 East Ontario Street, Chicago, IL 60611.




Rex Archer, MD, MPH's Profile

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Professor and Director of Population and Public Health

Kansas City University

Rex D. Archer, MD, MPH, is the Director of Population and Public Health and Professor for Curriculum and Integrated Learning at the College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kansas City University.                             

Retired from KCMO after 23 years as Director of Health for the City of Kansas City, Missouri. He was responsible for safeguarding the public health of nearly half a million residents and a daytime population of almost one million. He presently serves as Chair of the international Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) and as a member of the Past President Council of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO).

Dr. Archer has served on numerous national committees involved with public health including most recently the Council of Linkages between Academia and Public Health Practice, Public Health Foundation.

Under Dr. Archer’s leadership, the Kansas City, Missouri, Health Department is, to date, the only health department in the country to win NACCHO’s Local Health Department of the Year award more than once! They are also one of a handful to have earned both PHAB national reaccreditation, and to have led their community to a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Prize. 

Dr. Archer completed his medical degree at the University of Kansas and his General Preventive Medicine Public Health Residency and Master’s in Public Health degree at the University of Michigan. He is recognized as a Public Health Leadership Institute Scholar by UCLA/CDC. He has served as Physician in Charge of Employee Health Programs for the Ford Motor Company and has held local and state public health positions in Maryland.

Dr. Archer was the recipient of the 2013 Milton and Ruth Roemer Prize for Creative Local Public Health Work. The award is the top honor given annually to a local health director by the more than 25,000 members of the American Public Health Association.

In July of 2018, Dr. Archer received NACCHO’s Maurice “Mo” Mullet Lifetime of Service Award for noteworthy service to NACCHO that has reflected the commitment, vigor, and leadership exemplified by Mo Mullet’s distinguished career.

Rex D. Archer, MD, MPH, has no relevant financial relationships with any organization producing, marketing, reselling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients relative to the content of this presentation.

Dr. Archer can be reached at

Robert S. Arnce, MD, FACEP's Profile

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Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

Kansas City University - COM

Dr. Robert Arnce is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Kansas City University. He is also an attending physician at the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at Freeman Hospital in Joplin, Missouri. He has practiced emergency medicine for 30 years. Dr. Arnce received his board certification in Emergency Medicine from the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) in 1999. He graduated from William Jewell College, Liberty, Missouri, and the Mayo Medical School, Rochester, Minnesota. He completed his residency training in Emergency Medicine at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky, and received his fellowship from the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) in 1999.

He is actively involved in Sepsis, Covid-19, and Pneumonia Research. Other areas of interest include Point-Of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS), Tick-borne illness, Emergency Department Practice Management, and quality improvement.

Dr. Arnce discloses that he has no relevant financial relationships with any organization producing, marketing, reselling, or distributing healthcare goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients relative to the content of this presentation.

Chad Boulware, DO's Profile

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Freeman Health Systems

Chad Anthony Boulware, DO, was born in Joplin, MO and grew up in Webb City, where he graduated high school in 1995.  He attended Missouri Southern State University, graduating from the Honors Program in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in science majoring in biology/premed.  He then pursued his doctorate in osteopathy at Kansas City University, graduating in 2003.  After a one-year traditional rotating internship, he completed residency in Emergency Medicine at Freeman Health System in Joplin, MO in 2007.  He is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine by the AOBEM and is currently confused regarding the CORE, as most of you are.

Dr. Boulware has practiced Emergency Medicine for fifteen years with special interests in Wilderness Medicine, Sports Medicine, and CrossFit.  He recently obtained his CF-L1 and is a member of CrossFit Health.  He is an active member of the Wilderness Medical Society, the ACOEP, and ACEP/MoCEP.  In 2020, he was inducted into the Webb City R-7 Hall of Fame for his community service during his career, including the aftermath of the Joplin Tornado of 2011 and the frontline of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dr Boulware has been involved in teaching students and residents as teaching faculty for the past 15 years, recently becoming a Core Faculty member in the Emergency Medicine residency this past March.  He lives in Webb City, MO with his wife of 24 years, Brandi, and their three children, 2 dogs, and 2 cats.

Dr. Boulware discloses that he has no actual or potential conflict of interest in relation to this program or presentation.  He also discloses that he has no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests relative to the content of this presentation.

Matthew Grounds, DO's Profile

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Freeman Health Systems

Matthew Grounds, DO started his medicine career as an emergency department unit clerk.  Guided by his continued interest in medicine he completed a BS in Biology at Pittsburg State University, emphasizing in pre-medical studies.  He was accepted to KCUMB-COM in 2003 and completed his medical degree in 2007. He matched into the emergency medicine residency at Freeman Health system where he completed his post-doctoral training in June of 2011.  He began his post-residency career with the recovery, rebuilding, and renewing efforts of the medical community for patients following the devastating F-5 Joplin Tornado in May 2011. 

Dr. Grounds continued his education with certifications in Advanced Sigma Black belt and Lean techniques to progress efficiency of emergency medicine care delivery with goals to provide the most efficient highest quality care available. 

He graciously accepted an appointment as a member of teaching faculty for the emergency medicine residency program at Freeman Health System. He has maintained his status with the program in the role of assistant program director as well as being involved with student and resident mentorship programs. 

Dr. Grounds has served as medical director at Freeman West Hospital Emergency department, a level II trauma center with STEMI and Stroke accreditations that serves a 4-state region of more than 500,000 people with nearly 50,000 very high acuity emergency department visits.  He is a physician advisory member of the regional STEMI and Stroke programs for his practice region 

He fiercely defends his time with his family and maintains them and his faith as his highest priorities.  He is an avid gardener and considers himself a 40+ year novice for vertical horticulture. 

Dr. Grounds has no relevant financial relationships with any organization producing, marketing, reselling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients relative to the content of this presentation. 

Dr. Grounds can be contacted at

Robert McNab, DO, FACP, FACOI's Profile

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Vice President of Medical Education

Freeman Health Systems

Dr. Robert McNab is a practicing Internist in Joplin, MO. He has a passion for medical education. As such he serves as Vice President of Medical Education for Freeman Health Systems.  In this role he manages the educational needs of 50 resident doctors and 120 core medical students. Further, he has served as the program director of Internal medicine for Freeman Health Systems since 2012.

Dr. McNab serves as the director of COVID care for Freeman Health system, managing both an isolation ICU unit and a step-down unit devoted to the care of COVID patients. Dr. McNab is board certified in Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine and in Lifestyle Medicine by the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine. 

Dr. McNab is a 2002 graduate of the Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience. He holds fellowships from both the ACOI and the ACP.

Dr. McNab believes firmly that healthy lifestyles are the foundations of good health. His medical practice and educational focus reflect this.

Robert McNab, DO, has no relevant financial relationships with any organization producing, marketing, reselling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients relative to the content of this presentation.

Dr. McNab can be reached at



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