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This case-based lecture will provide the active clinician with strategies, updates, and specific practice recommendations in clinical infectious diseases. Prevention and treatment of Infectious Diseases in the ambulatory setting will be emphasized, with coverage of advances in antimicrobial therapy and immunization. Special attention will be given to the responsible use of antibiotics to reduce the risk of both toxicity and antimicrobial resistance.


Common Outpatient Infections for Primary Care

0.75 CME
0.66 AANP | 0.08 Pharmacology

This talk will highlight common infectious disease issues seen in the primary care clinic. Topics will include diagnosis and management of community-acquired pneumonia, acute bronchitis, rhinosinusitis, and urinary tract infections. The focus will be on practical approaches for management of these conditions with an emphasis on medical decision-making and rational antibiotic selection.


Infectious diseases cause some of the more common problems seen in the ambulatory setting and are the most common reasons for prescribing antibiotics. However, choosing appropriate therapy for these disorders can frequently be difficult due to patient demands, practitioner unfamiliarity with appropriate indications for antibiotics, local microbial resistance patterns, and formulary restrictions. The purpose of this talk is to discuss some of the more common infectious diseases seen in outpatient clinics and identify which ones require antibiotic therapy. The speaker will discuss some of the more commonly available antibiotic agents, how to prescribe them appropriately, and some of the problems associated with their use. Participants will also learn about concepts of antibiotic stewardship.


This talk will review the diagnosis and treatment of C. difficile. The speaker will focus on treating severe and recurrent infections and updating participants on new guidelines for the management of C. difficile associated diarrhea.


This presentation will update the audience on the current knowledge of Zika infection with a focus on practical information that primary care providers can use to educate their patients and answer their questions. It will also address Zika and other recent examples of emerging infections to underscore the dynamic nature of the epidemiology of infections and the role of primary care providers in their detection and control.


Get your questions answered by Dr. Richard Hamill, a faculty expert in Infectious Disease. You ask: we listen. You will learn practical solutions to common clinical challenges and tips to apply the latest knowledge in practice.


A differential diagnosis of fever in returned international travelers will be outlined in this activity. The incubation period of various febrile conditions will be discussed to help further define the differential diagnosis, and conditions where there is urgency in establishing a diagnosis and initiating therapy. Finally, the faculty will discuss emerging infectious disease threats and the importance of zoonoses.


This case-based, interactive lecture will cover the current epidemiology of HIV in the United States, and then focus on issues critical for the primary care provider - HIV testing, identification of acute infection, initiating a baseline work-up, and understanding the basics of antiretroviral therapy. HIV prevention will be covered citing both the pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis strategies.


Infectious diseases syndromes are common in primary care practices. However, staying current with relevant literature that may influence appropriate evaluation and treatment of patients with these syndromes can be difficult, given the volumes of applicable articles and diversity of journals publishing these reports. This session will present some common infectious disease scenarios and provide crucial literature updates. You will learn about how responding to histories of penicillin allergy may result in adverse patient outcomes, the proper timing of influenza vaccination, the influence of substance abuse on risk medication adherence and infectious diseases risk, the appropriate evaluation of patients with suspected cellulitis syndromes, and the role of preoperative urine screening.


Antibiotics are frequently prescribed for upper respiratory infections, even when they are likely due to viral etiologies, or will resolve just as quickly without antibiotics. Many clinicians believe convincing patients they do not need to take an antibiotic is time consuming and frustrating for both parties. In fact, patients are often receptive to information on appropriate use, and the conversation can be done efficiently with practice.


Globally, human papilloma viruses (HPV) are responsible for virtually 100% of cervical cancers, 75% of vaginal cancers, 69% of vulvar cancers, 91% of anal cancers, 63% of penile cancers, approximately 70% of oropharyngeal cancers, and almost all cases of genital warts. This activity provides an update on the prevention of HPV-related cancers and the newly expanded vaccine indications.


Taking Aim Against Shingles: Strategies for Success (Part 3)

0.25 CME/MOC
0.32 AANP | 0.23 Pharmacology

Shingles, or herpes zoster (HZ), is a common secondary infection. More than 95% of immunocompetent individuals aged > 50 years are seropositive for the varicella zoster virus (VZV) and are at risk of developing shingles. This podcast series will address the pathophysiology, clinical presentation, and complications of shingles, in addition to the strategies to prevent it.