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Ranked among the highest-rated Harvard Medical School CME courses, past participants consistently report that this program has inspired and improved their clinical practice. Here are a number of comments about the course from recent attendees:
 

“The best broad scope educational series I have attended in 20 years.”

“The overall emphasis on being intellectually rigorous in evaluating both new and traditional therapeutic approaches.”

“I appreciate that each speaker was an engaging speaker, passionate in their field, current, knowledgeable, actively practicing and additionally publishing.  Their attitude to patient care was genuine.”

“I’ve been coming to Harvard from the west coast for years.  That should speak for itself.”

“I have attended many, many conferences including several Mayo Clinic conferences, and your conference had both superior content and quality of speakers.”

“The entire course was exceptional.”

“Renewed my commitment to medicine.”

“The lectures were captivating and the best review course I have ever attended.” 

“The small groups were very helpful and the presenters very helpful in answering our day-to-day practice problems.”

“Amazing instructors, great opportunity to reconnect with colleagues, rejuvenate what is fun about practice.”

“I come to Boston, to the course (and others) to understand the rationale behind what we're doing. So many algorithms and guidelines and "quality metrics" are directing care, that I sometimes lose confidence in my advice and treatment. I regain that when the data is well presented and well critiqued, and that's what I get from the course.”

“This course is just excellent.  I have been attending this course as my only CME course for several years now and hope to be able to do so in the future.  I learn something new every year.”

“I am so lucky to have been part of the amazing week, listening to excellent presenters and taking home wonderful pearls.”

“I flew all the way from Lebanon (my country) to attend this course and it exceeded my expectations.  The choice of the topics was excellent, it included everything a primary care physician must know and there was not a single topic that was out of context.  The workshops were also very interesting with a wide selection that can match every physician’s preference or to strengthen some gaps we all have.” 

“What was very pleasant in this educational activity is that every presentation and every information given to us was backed up with the most recent studies, trials, statistics and evidence-based medicine.  In medical school, learning is a never-ending process, but learning and receiving information that is not only extracted from text books.”

“I learned so much. I think an analogy would be a polishing or buffing up an existing fund of knowledge/set of practice skills that maybe aren't tarnished but not lustrous. I especially appreciate the updates, the lectures which gave detailed ‘best practices,’ the workshops.”

“There were so many practical takes away from this including how to deal with the most common primary care problems including hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, depression/anxiety, musculoskeletal problems, sleep disorders.”

 

Attendees report that they have made specific changes to their practice due to the education received at Primary Care Internal Medicine:

“I plan to follow the newest guidelines, such as in hypertension, working toward a goal of 130/80 in patients that would be best meeting this goal, choosing chlorthalidone over HCTZ.”

“I will be being less hesitant to use HRT for post-menopausal women.”

“I will start using a combination of NRT and medications such as Chantix or bupropion when assisting patients in their attempt to stop smoking.”

“I will be changing my approach on managing obese patients.

The most important thing I took away from this conference was that I absolutely have to take care of myself first and then my patients.

I have plans to change some activities such as how we look at medication management with renal-impaired folks.

I will be more diligent in my counseling re importance of lifestyle factors in health. I will use exercise prescription to motivate patients.

“I have more confidence in evaluating fluid and electrolyte disorders, especially hyponatremia.”

“I will intensify medical management for patients with stable ischemic heart disease, i.e. not acute coronary syndrome and not unstable angina.”

“I will stand more every day and sleep more every night.”

“I will always remember to check vaccines for routine health maintenance.”

“The knee and shoulder sessions will be very helpful in improving my exam skills.”

“My conference book, which is very ‘highlighted,’ will be put at everybody’s disposal at our clinic and I will share some of my learnings with my colleagues in a provider’s meeting.”

“I will write more detailed comments to radiologists when ordering imaging.”

“I will be more vigilant about needed preventative screening in my patients on biological therapy.”

“I will change my low back pain assessment and management moving forward.”

“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).”

“I plan to address concerns re MCI more in depth, given that there are some interventions that may be helpful in preventing progression.”

“I will order fewer labs and X-Rays and discuss plan of care with patients more.”

“I plan to redouble my efforts to get patients to stop smoking, increase physical activity, get adequate sleep, eat a healthier diet, etc.”

“I plan to utilize a more simplified regimen for patients with diabetes.”

“I plan to promote and encourage the recognition of the primary care role.”

“I am more comfortable using ACE/ARB in patients with CKD.”

“I will take a closer look at adult asthma patients who don't clearly fit the picture--more likely to refer for spirometry to confirm dx.”

“I will be more cautious about checking drug interactions in any patient on HIV meds.”

“I will try to get a certification in suboxone, which is a huge shift for me.”

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

“I make sure patients are empowered to make decisions for themselves based on their discussion with me as their physician.”

“I have a better sense of how to apply evidence-based medicine, incorporate new evidence and recommendations that come through, while at the same time balancing patient preference and values.

“I will find more joy in primary care.”