Course Overview



This course will be held again on
October 19 - 23, 2020.

Information contained in this site is for the 2019 program.
Information for the 2020 program not yet available.

The Comprehensive 2019 Primary Care Update

Updates Across All Major Areas of Primary Care and Guidance to Incorporate Them Into Practice for State-of-the-Art Patient Care

This program provides a comprehensive update of the most important changes and advances impacting primary care and guidance to incorporate them into everyday clinical practice.

What distinguishes this program is its practical and state-of-the-art focus on:

  • Optimizing patient care and outcomes for the wide range of conditions seen in primary care practice
  • Skills advancement for examination, diagnosis, treatment, and in-office procedures
  • Streamlined education that quickly and effectively provides the updates that are most important to primary care practice
  • New approaches to primary care clinical challenges (common and complex), including:
    • Hypertension: Navigating the conflicting recommendations
    • Diabetes: Treatment strategies for challenging cases
    • Cholesterol management: Setting targets and achieving goals specific to patient risk
    • Anticoagulation: Choosing the best anticoagulant for each patient
    • Disease prevention and health promotion
    • Biomodulators: Education expressly for primary care clinicians
    • Clinical examination skills: Improving your techniques
    • Opioids: Dosing, patient selection, addiction, and weaning
    • Medication interactions: Avoiding unintended interactions among medications prescribed by primary care clinicians and their consultants
  • The educational experience:
    • All lectures and skills development workshops are led by clinical faculty from Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, and other Harvard-affiliated hospitals. Faculty are leaders in more than 30 fields of medicine.
    • The learning experience is active and personalized. In addition to interactive lectures that span all major areas of primary care, you can choose from more than 48 knowledge- and skills-advancement workshops to customize a learning experience ideally suited to your specific interests.

Guidance to Optimize Diagnosis, Treatment, and Clinical Outcomes

The 2019 program provides updates, strategies, and best practices for primary care clinicians to optimize their approach to:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diseases of the colon
  • Smoking cessation
  • Obesity
  • Hematologic disorders
  • Cerebrovascular disease
  • Asthma care
  • Pain control
  • Cholesterol management
  • Hypertension 
  • Cognitive decline
  • Liver disease
  • Headaches of all types
  • Osteoporosis
  • Polyarthritis
  • COPD
  • Menopause management
  • Anticoagulant use
  • Kidney disease
  • GERD
  • Sleep disorders
  • Depression and anxiety

Coverage includes updates and state-of-the-art approaches to examination, diagnosis, screening and management.

Knowledge Advancement and Skills Development Workshops

You can choose from 48 workshops to tailor the program to your specific practice needs. This year’s workshops include:

  • Pain management
  • Preoperative evaluation
  • Complex diabetes
  • Medical marijuana
  • Suturing techniques
  • Otolaryngology
  • Dermatology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Movement disorders
  • Gynecology
  • Allergies
  • GI cases
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Prostate conditions
  • Joint examination skills
  • Dementia and delirium
  • Incontinence management
  • Travel medicine


NEW | Optional Half-Day Program
Lifestyle Medicine in Primary Care Practice
Friday Afternoon, 1:45 pm – 5:00 pm




The 2019 program introduces an optional, add-on educational program:
Lifestyle Medicine in Primary Care Practice. 

This special program teaches expedient, evidence-based lifestyle medicine interventions for preventing, treating, and even reversing chronic disease. 
Click here for additional details.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Develop new and innovative skills in clinical problem-solving to achieve the best outcomes for all patients
  • Evaluate updated guidelines for the care of the most common conditions of outpatient practice: hypertension, diabetes and hypercholesterolism
  • Design practical and effective approaches to behavioral issues including partner violence, alcohol and marijuana misuse, and opioid addiction
  • Assess the clinical value of specific diagnostic tests used in general internal medicine and specialty practices, including test sensitivity, specificity and predictive values
  • Identify the disease prevention and health promotion priorities of general internal medicine
  • Recognize the side effects and interactions among medications prescribed by primary care clinicians and their consultants
  • Develop a working understanding of biomodulators and the interactions of these novel agents with the medications prescribed in primary care practice
  • Discuss the expected results of therapies and summarize current treatment strategies for cardiovascular, pulmonary, neurologic/neurovascular, endocrine, ophthalmic, orthopedic, immunologic, reproductive, dermatologic, gastrointestinal, hepatic, geriatric, psychiatric, metabolic, and sleep medicine conditions
  • Describe optimal pain control, including opioid management and buprenorphine treatment
  • Apply evidence-based palliative care strategies in clinical practice
  • Explain how national payment policies impact primary care practice
  • Demonstrate clinical examination skills
  • Integrate lifestyle messages into daily practice and self-care
  • Develop a renewed understanding of how to best manage the stresses that are part of your professional commitment to patient care, continuity, and access

Participant Experience

Past participants consistently report that this program has inspired and improved their practice of medicine: 

“The best broad scope educational series I have attended in 20 years.”

“Renewed my commitment to medicine.”

“My TIA and stroke management will change most dramatically.”

“I will be changing my approach on managing obese patients.

"Every presentation and every information given to us was backed up with the most recent studies, trials, statistics and evidence-based medicine."

“I plan to be more aggressive with blood pressure management, and more aggressive with statin use in patients that meet certain criteria (higher risk groups).”