Course Overview



This course will be held again on
October 21 - 25, 2019.

Information contained in this site is for the 2018 program.
Information for the 2019 program not yet available.


The Comprehensive 2019 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 of clinical teachers from all of the Harvard Medical School teaching hospitals.

Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants and Advanced Nurse Practitioners attending this course can choose from 48 knowledge-enhancing and skills-building workshops to customize a learning experience ideally suited to their practice needs. Sample workshop topics include:

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


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

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

Participants learn:

  • State-of-the-art approaches to weight loss, stress, resiliency, sleep quality and nutrition within a primary care setting
  • Guidance to prescribe exercise for maximal health impact
  • Techniques for health coaching and motivational interviewing
  • Strategies for empowering patients to adopt plant-based home cooking
  • Tips for engaging patients
  • Best practices for incorporating lifestyle medicine into your current practice

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
  • Develop a working understanding of the impact of biomodulators and on concurrent medical conditions and patient medications
  • 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 management and buprenorphine treatment
  • Apply evidence-based palliative care strategies in clinical practice
  • Develop new and innovative skills in clinical problem-solving strategies to achieve the best outcomes for the most challenging patients 
  • Understand the implications of MACRA for clinical practice and quality of care
  • Appreciate and understand the potential patient harm from the unregulated supplement industry 
  • Design new strategies for patient interaction and shared decision-making in order to bring satisfaction to daily practice