Course Overview



This course will be held again on
October 15-19, 2018.

Information contained in this site is for the 2017 program.
Information for the 2018 program coming soon.

The Comprehensive 2017 Primary Care Update

Updates, advances, and best practices to optimize patient care and clinical outcomes.

Designed for busy clinicians, this comprehensive Harvard Medical School CME program ensures that you are current with the most important clinical changes and innovations impacting primary care, and prepared to integrate them into your practice. In one immersive experience, participants learn advances and improved approaches 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

All sessions are led by active clinical faculty – the top tier who have been selected as the best clinical teachers from all of the Harvard Medical School teaching hospitals.

Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants attending this course can choose from dozens of knowledge- and skills-building workshops to customize a learning experience ideally suited to their practice needs. Sample workshop topics include:

  • Practice innovation
  • Pain management
  • Preoperative evaluation
  • Complex diabetes
  • Medical marijuana
  • Suturing techniques
  • ENT
  • Dermatology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Movement disorders
  • GYN
  • Allergies
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Thyroid disease
  • Prostate conditions
  • Joint examination skills
  • Joint injection skills
  • Incontinence management
  • Travel medicine


Optional Half-Day Add-On Program
Treating Obesity in Primary Care: Strategies and Tools to Optimize Patient Care and Outcomes
Friday Afternoon, 1:45 pm – 5:00 pm

This special workshop provides strategies, tools, and guidance to treat obesity and its comorbidities more effectively. This education ensures you are current with the latest data and clinical practices for treating obesity, including:

  • Lifestyle-Directed Anti-Obesity Therapy
  • Pharmacological Treatment of Obesity
  • Surgical Treatment of Obesity

Seating is limited for this special program. To be assured of a spot, early registration is strongly recommended.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Apply improved strategies in the outpatient care of the most common conditions: hypertension, diabetes, and hypercholesterolism
  • 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 goals of general internal medicine
  • Recognize the side effects and interactions among medications prescribed by general internists and specialty physicians
  • Discuss the expected results of therapies and summarize the current treatment strategies for common conditions in medical and nonmedical specialties, including cardiovascular, pulmonary, neurologic/neurovascular, endocrine, ophthalmic, orthopedic, immunologic, reproductive, dermatologic, gastrointestinal, hepatic, geriatric, psychiatric, metabolic, and sleep medicine
  • Describe clinical strategies for optimal pain management, including opioid and buprenorphine treatment
  • Apply evidence-based palliative care strategies in clinical practice
  • Develop new and innovative skills in clinical problem-solving strategies to achieve better patient outcomes
  • Understand the implications of MACRA for clinical practice and quality of care
  • Undertake practice-based quality improvement projects
  • Design new strategies for patient interaction and shared decision making