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Cardiovascular risk factors leading to the leading causes of death in the United States have their origins in the pediatric age group. This session is intended to give primary care providers a high level view of screening and management for cardio-metabolic risk factors in the pediatric age group based on the most up-to-date guidelines.


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Now that the capabilities of medicine provide increasingly complex care and technology to keep patients alive in health states they might not desire, the clinician is responsible for anticipating future care needs and guiding treatments as patients become more ill and less functional. Advance care planning is an essential tool in the primary care practitioner’s armamentarium, and this skill set must be honed to ensure that patients receive care consistent with their informed preferences and appropriate to their prognosis. Clinicians must feel comfortable introducing advance care planning, carrying out serial discussions with patients about prognosis, using appropriate tools and practice structures, and coordinating care among the team of clinicians caring for their patients across care venues. Sometimes the process requires setting limits and addressing maladaptive coping. Building strong relationships with patients and families and a consistent focus on goals of care is key to high quality treatment for the complex patient and achieving optimal end of life care.


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In this informative session, the speaker will help clinicians build better understandings with their patients and discuss how to make the office a more welcoming environment. Participants will walk away with culturally-informed and -sensitive approaches to counseling and an enhanced comprehension of the unique mental health problems faced by the LGBTQ population.


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Heart failure (HF) affects 6.2 million people in the United States, with 1 million new cases occurring annually and a resultant 1 million hospitalizations, which translates into an annual estimated cost of over $30 billion dollars. Mortality with this condition is high, approximately 50% at five years. Implementation of the advances in management of heart failure have the potential to improve patients' quality of life, reduce the need for hospitalizations, reduce total medical costs, and prolong survival. This lecture will review the current evidence-based, guideline-recommended diagnosis and management of heart failure. You will learn the essential roles of evidence-based heart failure medications, device therapy, patient education, and disease management.


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In this session faculty will discuss pertinent updates for the primary care provider related to community acquired pneumonia (CAP). Dr. Ellie JC Goldstein will walk you through the bacteria which leads to CAP, in order to help understand how this disease evolves. He will describe the most up to date testing and treatment guidelines and explain who procalcitonin can play a role in the diagnosis and management of CAP. Please note that any data, indications, and guidelines presented in this activity are current as of the recording/release on 11/18/2020, and they are subject to change as new information is published.


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A patient presents with joint pains. How should we approach the history, physical examination, laboratory tests, and imaging studies to arrive at a correct diagnosis? The discussion points out how to differentiate between rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, lupus and fibromyalgia to correctly diagnose these conditions.


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For four decades, leading physicians have called patients the most under-used resource in healthcare, a sentiment amplified by statements like "Nothing about me without me." But slogans alone don’t cause change, and the time has come to teach clinicians (and patients/caregivers) to evolve healthcare in the internet age and to seek the evidence, rationale, and theoretical basis for these practices. While many patients are not yet "e-patients" (empowered and engaged), new care models are emerging and real. When new methods are understood and developed, the workload can be rebalanced, and the results can be more fulfilling for all. This unconventional keynote will be shared, fittingly, by the best-known exemplars of this new model: stage IV cancer survivor "e-Patient Dave" deBronkart and his physician, Dr. Danny Sands. They are two of the co-founders of the Society for Participatory Medicine and co-authors of "Let Patients Help: A Patient Engagement Handbook." Participants will learn about the transformative and potentially disruptive movement of participatory medicine, and they will leave informed -- even empowered -- to take effective new actions on behalf of their patients.


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Most physicians are consumers of commercial air travel, and half of physicians have responded to a medical emergency on an airplane. Responding to a medical problem on an aircraft is one of the purest expressions of our Hippocratic Oath but provokes anxiety in many providers because of patient populations and conditions outside our normal scope of practice and the haphazard environment of an aircraft. Medical emergencies on flights are becoming more common as air travel is more accessible, people fly greater distances in larger aircrafts, and the inflight population ages. This talk will cover the pathophysiologic stress of commercial air travel, the approach to a midair patient and common inflight emergencies, interventions that can be performed in response to a medical emergency, the equipment available on the aircraft, as well as preparatory flight strategies for physicians. We will also discuss management considerations if asked to serve in other community medical emergencies such as encountering a motor vehicle accident.


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Kevin Pho, MD is a practicing board-certified internal medicine physician and a health care social media leader since 2004. He is co-author of the book, "Establishing, Managing, and Protecting Your Online Reputation: A Social Media Guide for Physicians and Medical Practices." Dr. Pho will take you through his decade-long social media journey, and show how social media can make a profound difference in 3 important ways. First, how social media can facilitate the connection between health professionals and patients. Second, how social media can proactively define and protect an online reputation. And finally, how social media can share the stories of those who intersect with our health care system, but are rarely heard from. Not only will you see how social media made a difference in Dr. Pho's life, you will also be inspired to use social media and make your own difference in health care.


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Imagine the impact of diet and lifestyle on the human condition if knowledge were power; now consider the toll associated with failing to use that power. This keynote address will look closely at the body of evidence relating dietary pattern to human health and make the case that we are NOT clueless about the basic care and feeding of our species. Endless debate about the details of optimal diets, and an insatiable pop culture fascination with scapegoats and silver bullets, distract us from the well-known fundamentals of healthful eating and forestall the stunning advances in public health that would ensue were we to turn what we know into what we do. Dr. David Katz will make the case that lifestyle is the best, readily available medicine and culture could be the spoon that helps it go down. In the service of adding years to lives and life to years, learn what can be done to leverage lifestyle in both clinical and cultural settings.


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This lecture will provide a comprehensive overview of contraceptive options for women of child-bearing ages. The significance and impact of prescribing practices on women will be discussed highlighting the importance of reproductive planning in all female patients with childbearing potential. Principles of effective contraceptive counseling will be outlined. Risks, benefits and medical indications for various contraceptive methods will be reviewed. Initiation and management of noncompliance with various contraceptive methods will also be discussed. A practical approach to management of contraceptive side effects will be discussed as well as risk/benefit assessments in choice of most appropriate contraceptive options.