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The Comprehensive 2019 Primary Care Update

This comprehensive update offers INTERNISTS, FAMILY PHYSICIANS, NPs, PAs and APNs a special learning opportunity. Nationally and internationally recognized leaders in their respective fields of medicine provide updates, strategies, and best practices for primary care clinicians to optimize your 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 the latest strategies and updates for:

  • Evaluation
  • Diagnosis
  • Management
  • New treatment options
  • Screening
  • Drug side effects and interactions
  • In-office procedures
  • Decision support
  • Incorporating new guidelines into practice

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

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

  • Optimizing patient care and outcomes
  • Skills advancement
  • Streamlined education that quickly and effectively provides the updates that are most important to primary care practice
  • Effective approaches to clinical challenges: common and complex

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).”