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There are countless vitamins and supplements that patients use for a variety of conditions. Many patients prefer these substances because they believe them to be more natural than pharmaceutical products. Patients often turn to clinicians for advice on these agents. This case-based session will feature many of the most commonly used products and review evidence assessing their efficacy and harms.


In the United States, approximately 4 in 10 adults are using some form of complementary and alternative medicine treatment (CAM). While scientific evidence exists on some of these therapies, for many there are key questions that have yet to be answered in well-designed scientific studies. Through patient cases, this talk will explore the data behind some of the most common CAM therapies.


Get your questions answered by an expert faculty in Alternative Medicine. You ask: we listen. You will learn practical solutions to common clinical challenges and tips to apply the latest knowledge in practice.


The amount of information available in the form of clinical trials and cohort studies is overwhelming, especially for primary care clinicians. Moreover, practice guidelines do not always reflect what is feasible or even best practice in specific clinical settings. This session will highlight some of the strongest research and guidelines that may alter clinical practice, with a focus on literature published in the past year. Every participant should take away several practical points that help them provide better patient care. The session will have an interactive component, which will allow for different perspectives and collective wisdom to make the best use of current evidence.


This program is designed to address some of the practical clinical issues from the recent literature. You will learn about controversies and caveats that will help you interpret recent updates. A few case examples of routine practice encounters will illustrate how to apply this new information in daily practice. Please note that any data, indications, and guidelines presented in this activity are current as of the recording/release on February 9, 2020, and they are subject to change as new information is published.


Cannabinoids: What PCPs Need to Know to Keep Patients Safe

0.25 CME/MOC
0.36 AANP | 0.36 Pharmacology

As cannabis products become increasingly popular and gain legality throughout the United States, it can be confusing to understand the difference between those your patient can purchase at the corner store vs. FDA-approved products. This webcast will explain those distinctions as well as discuss safety concerns with the use of cannabis products. Please note that any data, indications, and guidelines presented in this activity are current as of the recording on 11/11/2020 and they are subject to change as new information is published.


Increasingly, patients are approaching their clinicians with questions about cannabis products. This webcast aims to answer these common questions including the difference between cannabis products that are FDA-approved compared to those that are not, and what conditions have evidence and approvals for the use of cannabinoids. Please note that any data, indications, and guidelines presented in this activity are current as of the recording on 11/11/2020 and they are subject to change as new information is published.


Cannabis use continues to rise in the United States, driven by expansion of laws legalizing recreational and medical use. With this increased use comes an increase in side effects, such as lung injuries from vaping and a rise in cannabis use disorder. We will discuss what practitioners should know about vaping and cannabis use, and what they should tell their patients. This session will also inform the attendees the most recent clinical and radiographic findings in patients diagnosed with e-cigarette and vaping associated acute lung injury.


When should you recommend Vitamin D to your patients? Based on the latest evidence, which conditions does Vitamin D supplementation help and which does it hinder? Tune in as Dr. Frank Domino sheds some much-needed light on a topic that continues to perplex patients and clinicians alike.


This talk provides a brief summary of the alternative systems of healing and contrasts them with conventional modern medicine. Current use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in rheumatic diseases is described followed by dietary intervention and the role of the microbiome in rheumatic diseases and the rationale for using probiotics. Current evidence-based findings for CAM in osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia are reviewed and the role of platelet-rich plasma injections in treating arthritis.

several spoons filled with different supplements

Despite the array of products and minimal regulation, it is possible to find high quality dietary supplements and use them in a rational evidence-informed manner in the care of many primary care problems. Discussion goes beyond the management of so-called short latency deficiency syndromes taught in the past to current applications for a few common primary care problems such as anxiety, depression, emotional and physical exhaustion and insomnia. We will also identify those who may need adjuncts to their diet and useful databases to find more information.