Course Overview


The Comprehensive 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

Primary Care Internal Medicine will be held online this year, using live streaming, electronic Q&A, and other remote learning technologies.


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
  • State-of-the-art 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 36 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 2020 program provides updates, strategies, and best practices for primary care clinicians to optimize their approach to:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Cholesterol management
  • Hypertension targets
  • Diabetes optimization
  • Cannot-miss neurology
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Concussions and consequences
  • Anticoagulation
  • COPD
  • Asthma
  • Headaches
  • Diseases of the colon
  • Sleep disorders
  • GERD
  • Polyarthritis
  • Chronic kidney disease

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 36 workshops to tailor the program to your specific practice needs. This year’s workshops include:

  • Complex diabetes
  • Preoperative evaluation
  • Pain management
  • Concussions
  • Tick-borne diseases
  • Dermatology
  • Otolaryngology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Medical marijuana
  • Wellness coaching
  • Pulmonary medicine
  • Office gynecology
  • Movement disorders
  • Allergy medicine
  • Solving abnormal LFTs
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Endocrine challenges
  • Electrolyte imbalances
  • Male urology
  • Joint examination skills
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Incontinence management


The 2020 program has been enhanced for distance learning. In addition to being live streamed, all sessions will be recorded and made available to participants for online viewing for 30 days after the end of the course. 

Learning Objectives

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

  • Assess the clinical value of specific diagnostic tests used in general internal medicine and specialty practices, including test sensitivity, specificity, and predictive values.
  • Recognize the side effects and interactions among medications prescribed by primary care clinicians and their consultants.
  • Summarize the therapeutic potential of newly developed biomodulators and understand interactions with current therapies and newly described untoward side effects.
  • 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.
  • Develop a renewed understanding of how to best manage the stresses that are part of your professional commitment to patient care, continuity, and access.
  • Integrate lifestyle messages for patient self-care into daily practice.
  • Identify the disease prevention and health promotion priorities of general internal medicine.
  • Explain the origins and value of current guidelines for the treatment of elevated cholesterol, diabetes, heart failure, and osteoporosis.
  • Develop new and innovative skills in clinical problem-solving to achieve the best outcomes for all patients.
  • Innovate practice to improve personal satisfaction and office leadership.
  • Assess and adopt updated guidelines for the care of the most common conditions of outpatient practice: hypertension, diabetes, and hypercholesterolism.
  • Design practical and effective approaches to behavioral health challenges including partner violence, alcohol and marijuana misuse, and opioid addiction.
  • Describe optimal pain control, including opioid management and buprenorphine treatment.
  • Apply evidence-based palliative care strategies in clinical practice.
  • Discuss how national support for primary care practice continues to expand.
  • Demonstrate clinical examination skills.
  • Confidently recognize common orthopedic ailments of the back, shoulder, knee, foot, and hand.

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).”