Cases in Infectious Disease: Anti-Vaccine Concerns, Measles, and New Vaccine Recommendations (Recorded at Pri-Med Midwest)
Over the past 20 years, there has been push back from patients about vaccines. This has been driven by concerns about vaccine safety promoted by the media, celebrities, and (now retracted) scientific reviews. As a result, there have been numerous outbreaks of rare, vaccine preventable infections. There has been a resurgence of mumps, pertussis and respiratory syncytial virus infections. Currently the United States is facing growing numbers of measles cases. These infections put the most vulnerable patients at risk of serious morbidity and mortality. All clinicians should understand what is true and untrue about the anti-vaccine controversy and how to discuss the benefits and risks of vaccination with their patients. Clinicians should also be aware of the most updated adult vaccine recommendations by the CDC and ACIP and ensure their patients are vaccinated properly. Given the recent resurgence of measles, clinicians should also be able to recognize a case of measles, how to diagnose and care for patients with suspected measles, and how to report a case to their local public health department.
Lifestyle intervention is the primary step of obesity management. Multidisciplinary approach was shown to be effective on short and long-term. Several obesity medications are available and are effective for weight management with reasonable risk. Combining medications with lifestyle is more effective then either alone. Bariatric surgery is valuable for patients with severe obesity, but long-term consequences should be carefully evaluated against their benefit.
This session will provide a clear, thoughtful approach to shoulder pain and offer pearls for rapid diagnosis and management. Key concepts will include a review of important structures around the shoulder that can cause pain and the positive impact of ergonomics. The speaker will also discuss decision-making for management and referral.
Initial findings of the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) published in 2002 forever changed the way menopause hormone therapy has been viewed in the United States. After WHI, use of systemic menopause hormone therapy (MHT) decreased by as much as 80 percent among U.S. women. In the following decade and half, additional data derived from WHI coupled with new research findings resulted in confusion and misunderstandings for patients and clinicians alike on the appropriate use of MHT to manage menopause. This presentation will blend the findings of WHI with newer learnings and provide a practical approach to using MHT.
The lecture will review a prominent terrorist attack in Boston at the Boston Marathon and the medical response on a city-wide scale and review some lessons learned and areas of opportunity for further preparedness.
The Future of Medicine: Rekindling Joy, Restoring Resilience, and Improving Fiscal Health (Recorded at Pri-Med East)
Whether we realize it or not, the stories we witness and the narratives we are privileged to co-author give meaning to our work as clinicians. However, stress and burnout prevent many from connecting with these stories. This session will provide the unique perspectives of three different speakers who will discuss storytelling, the “4Rs” (reflection, relationships, resourcefulness, and resilience), and fiscal health. From them, you will learn preemptive approaches for managing stress and promoting resilience as well as strategies to obtain non-medical income streams that could put you in position for a more optimal work-life balance. With these tools, you may find more bandwidth to engage with the stories of your patients and restore satisfaction in your work.
This presentation will provide an updated on newer approaches to the management of lipid disorders for the primary and secondary prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease and hypertriglyceridemia-induced acute pancreatitis. It will also provide an evidence-based approach to the management of lipid disorders in special populations. The focus will be on the recommendations provided by the 2018 ACC/AHA Guidelines on the Treatment of Blood Cholesterol and the application of these clinical guidelines in patient care.
Re-Engineering Your Clinical Practice for Patient and Clinician Well-Being (Recorded at Pri-Med West)
Among physicians and other healthcare practitioners, burnout has reached epidemic proportions. Many physicians feel overworked and frustrated. This session will be designed to offer tips so that you can work more efficiently and get home earlier from your day. The goal of this session is not just to avoid burnout, but to give you at least a few tools to use every day in your practice that will move you closer to thriving at work. While being mindful of practice resource constraints, we will discuss being more efficient with your EMR, utilizing your team to respond to messages, streamlining the refill process and reducing the frustrations from difficult patients.
This talk will focus on the normal aging process in older adults. Specifically, the faculty will discuss hormonal changes, including changes in estrogen and testosterone levels. The faculty will also review physiologic changes and speak to how age impacts the circadian pattern of body temperature, cortisol levels, and sleep. Following this session, you will have a full picture of possible treatments—as well as their risks and benefits—for common symptoms associated with age-related hormonal changes.
Treatment discussion of a patient with intermittent indigestion who develops abdominal pain and diarrhea.
Join an interactive session that simulates a consult with an expert in infectious disease and addresses the most commonly posed questions from primary care practitioners.