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 and action-focused update of the most important changes and advances impacting front-line clinicians in primary care practice. Led by Harvard’s leading clinical faculty— representing more than 30 fields of medicine—you will receive comprehensive updates across the full spectrum of primary care medicine, including optimized approaches to patients with complex medical needs, along with guidance to incorporate them into everyday clinical practice.

State-of-the-art approaches to the most frequent primary care clinical challenges

  • COVID-19 endemic update: Epidemiology, prevention, and lessons learned
  • Disease prevention and health promotion: Are you and your patients up to date with current recommendations?
  • Hypertension: Customizing targets and treatment strategies for each individual patient
  • Diabetes: Combining innovative therapeutic combinations with traditional approaches
  • Cholesterol management: Setting targets and achieving goals specific to patient risk
  • Examination skills: Improved techniques for joint examinations, back, shoulder, knee, hand, and foot
  • Depression and anxiety: Practical stepwise approaches for primary care
  • Dyspepsia and dysphagia: Approaching the complexities of the foregut
  • Arthritis: Effective management of articular inflammation
  • Sleep disorders: Alternative approaches to achieving restorative sleep
  • Headaches: Established and innovative options
  • Anemia: Straightforward approaches for abnormal results encountered in office practice
  • Asthma: New innovations for sustained patient comfort
  • Obesity: Employing new therapeutic options in practice 
  • Lifestyle medicine interventions: How to begin healthy changes for your patients (and yourself)
  • Preop evaluation: What is needed for patient safety and optimal outcomes
  • Marijuana: Value or hype?

Along with updates on frequent primary care clinical challenges, this program also delivers up-to-date education recognizing and addressing social, racial, sexual, and cultural differences to ensure optimized care for all patients.

Optimal diagnosis, treatment, and clinical outcomes for complex office-based practice

  • Heart failure: Improving patient functional capacity with combined therapies
  • Biomodulators: Must-know information for primary care clinicians
  • Liver diseases: Treatment strategies that preserve function
  • Neurology: Cannot-miss presentations in primary care
  • Lung: Management of inflammatory conditions
  • Opioids: Dosing, patient selection, addiction, and weaning
  • Anticoagulation: Expanding the use of the new targeted agents
  • Antibiotic stewardship: Advanced decision-making for the most common infections
  • Kidney health: Improved strategies for nephron protection
  • Atrial fibrillation: Pharmacologic and ablation strategies
  • Medication interactions: Avoiding unintended adverse outcomes
  • Our aging demographic: Supporting independence and autonomy
  • Alcohol use disorder: Diverse approaches that expand your repertoire of options
  • Female incontinence: Basic approaches and new options
  • Cognitive decline: What can we do based on the evidence?

Practice management, reimbursement, self-care

We are committed to offering the best practices for managing reimbursement, telehealth, healthcare equity, and the needs of diverse patient populations. Highlights of the program include:

  • Special lecture: Advanced practice management planning based on nationwide experiences
  • Primary care payment reform: What you need to know to have your work recognized and appropriately compensated
  • Coaching: The art of supporting your patients and your colleagues
  • Biases: Strategies for achieving equity and addressing disparities
  • Self-care: Setting boundaries to sustain ourselves
  • Maintaining connections with patients: The elements of a patient-centered neurologic examination 

Knowledge Advancement and Skills Development Workshops

You can choose from 36 live streaming workshops to tailor the program to your specific practice needs. These workshops will all be recorded, allowing you to (re)view them online, at your convenience, for up to 90 days following the conclusion of this program.

This year’s workshop choices include:

  • Advanced diabetes management
  • Preoperative evaluation
  • Concussions
  • Tick-borne diseases
  • Dermatology for office practice
  • Otolaryngology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Exploring the risks of the supplements your patients are taking (without telling you)
  • Medical marijuana
  • Wellness coaching
  • Supporting independence and autonomy for elderly patients
  • Knee orthopedics
  • Shoulder orthopedics
  • Foot and ankle orthopedics
  • Wrist and hand orthopedics
  • Low back pain
  • Contraception
  • Alcohol use disorders
  • Breast and ovarian cancer risk assessment
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Allergy and urticaria
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Adult attention deficit disorder
  • Optimizing independence for older patients
  • Biomodulators 101
  • Biases and behaviors in clinical practice
  • Office gynecology
  • Movement disorders
  • Unraveling the mysteries of LFTs
  • Non-diabetes endocrinology
  • Electrolyte imbalances
  • Male urology
  • Psychopharmacology in the context of dementia
  • Incontinence management


The 2022 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 90 days after the end of the course. 

Learning Objectives

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

  • Develop new and innovative skills in clinical problem solving.
  • Assess the clinical value of specific diagnostic tests used in general internal medicine and specialty practices, including test sensitivity, specificity, and predictive values.
  • Apply up-to-date skills to diagnose, treat, and manage short and long-term complications of COVID-19 in the outpatient setting.
  • Understand COVID-19 prevention strategies.
  • 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 strategies to help patients (and yourself) achieve greater stress resiliency.
  • 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 and develop implementation office strategies to ensure treatment of elevated cholesterol, diabetes, heart failure, hypertension, and osteoporosis.
  • Design practical and effective approaches to behavioral health challenges, including 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.
  • Create practical home-based interventions for elderly patients that support their autonomy and independence.
  • Understand how federal payment policies offer new opportunities for successful primary care practice.
  • Confidently examine and assess patients with common orthopedic back, shoulder, knee, and hand complaints.

Educational 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.”

“I feel energized and equipped to be the best primary care doctor I can be.”

“I will have a more up-to-date approach to management of common problems such as diabetes, hypertension, headache, sleep disorders.”

“I will definitely employ the latest recommendations for HTN, lipids, bone density, lifestyle modification, COVID.”

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

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