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Internal Medicine Update: Neurology, Psychiatry, and Pharmacology 2019

  • Venue: Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock
  • Location: Sedona View Map
  • Start Date: March 8, 2019
  • End Date: March 10, 2019
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  • Overview 
    This conference is designed to provide primary care practitioners with up-to-date, evidence-based information on commonly encountered Internal Medicine issues, while suggesting pragmatic approaches to clinical management. The discussion-based format of the conference will encourage audience participation through dynamic lectures, case-based studies, and hands-on workshops. Keynote speakers will present and critically assess recent advancements and industry updates in Neurology, Psychiatry, and Pharmacology, with the goal of enhancing the knowledge-base and core competence of attendees. The successful completion of this interactive program diagnosing, treating, and prescribing the most effective courses of treatment, with the ultimate goal of improving patient outcomes.

    Target Audience
    All Physicians and other Healthcare Professionals seeking clinical information and updates in Neurology, Psychiatry, and Pharmacology.

    Our presenting national faculty speakers make it their professional goals to enhance the training of primary care clinicians. This Continuing Medical Education program promises to help you learn the most current, best medicine, and techniques for making the diagnosis easier and quicker during a 20 minute office visit.


    Topics and Objectives

    Stroke Prevention and Secondary Treatment
    Objectives: 1) To review common stroke syndromes and the diagnosis of acute stroke 2) To learn about the treatment of acute stroke 3) To learn about the secondary prevention of acute stroke

    Multiple Sclerosis Update
    Objectives: 1) To learn about the common presentations and diagnosis of multiple sclerosis 2) To learn about the treatment of multiple sclerosis

    Parkinson’s Disease Update
    Objectives: 1) To learn about the common presentations and diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease 2) To learn about the treatment of Parkinson’s disease 3) To review the differential diagnosis of possible Parkinson’s disease

    Cranial Nerves Video Review
    Objectives: 1) To review the function and anatomy of the cranial nerves through video presentations

    Classic Presentations of Behavioral Neurology
    Objectives: 1) To review classic disorders in behavioral neurology (aphasias, neglect syndrome, etc) through video presentations

    Dealing with Difficult Patient Personalities 
    Objectives: 1) Understand what borderline personality disorder (BPD) is and how it is diagnosed 2) Identify two specific skills that a primary care provider can use in working with borderline patients 3) Review how BPD impacts medical illnesses and what can be done to help improve outcomes

    Anxiety Disorders Update 
    Objectives: 1) Define anxiety and understand when it becomes a disorder 2) Identify psychological treatment approaches that can be provided in 3 minutes in a PCP office 3) Know when and how to use medications – and when not to use them – including particularly SSRI’s and benzodiazepines

    Depression in Primary Care 
    Objectives: 1) How to diagnose and when to treat 2) What to choose and what to do if that doesn’t work 3) When to refer

    Basics of Bipolar Disorder for Primary Care 
    Objectives: 1) Diagnosing bipolar disorder and differentiating from common masqueraders, including borderline, trauma, and substance abuse 2) How to choose and use mood stabilizers, including FDA-approved atypical antipsychotics

    What’s New in Psychiatry in 2018
    Objectives: 1) Review new concepts around somatic symptoms that deemphasize cause and emphasize effective care 2) Review old and new antipsychotic medications – use, monitoring, and management, 3) Understand new antidepressants and some older ones that warrant review

    Evidence Based Management of Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus 
    Objectives: 1) Describe the relationship between obesity and the risk of Type 2 diabetes and the benefits of lifestyle modification (IE diet and exercise) in reducing the risk and helping to prevent and manage patients with Type 2 diabetes 2) Describe the current 2018 ADA Standards of Medical Care for the diagnosis and management of diabetes mellitus and the AACE/ACE Comprehensive Diabetes management Algorithm 2018 and the evidence on which they are based 3) Discuss the appropriate use of evidence-based and cost-effective therapies in the management of patients with Type 2 diabetes mellitus including the new CV outcome trials Empa-Reg Outcomes, CANVAS and CANVAS-R, SUSTAIN 6, EXSCEL, ELIXA and LEADER Trials 4) Describe the benefits of treating glucose, blood pressure and lipids in patients with Type 2 diabetes

    Making a Difference in Cardiovascular Disease: Update on Lipids 
    Objectives: 1) Describe the new ACC/AHA; NLA and VA/DOD Lipid Guidelines and the evidence on which they are based 2) Discuss the benefits/outcomes and risks associated with the use of HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (statins) either alone or in combination with other agents (to include potential adverse effects and drug-drug interactions) 3) Describe the mechanism, effects, CV outcome data (FOURIER and ODYSSEY Outcomes Trials) and clinical use of the two new PCSK-9 inhibitors evolocumab and alirocumab

    Evidence Based Management of Patients with Heart Failure with Reduced Ejection Fraction 
    Objectives: 1) Describe the 2017 ACC/AHA/HFSA Focused Update of the 2013 ACCF/AHA Guideline for the Management of Heart Failure and the ACC 2017 Pathways for Optimization of Heart Failure Treatment 2) Discuss the benefits/outcomes, dosage and risks associated with each of the medications that could be used alone or in combination to improve patient outcomes (ACEI, ARB, ARNI, BB, Aldo antag, hydralazine/nitrates, ivabradine and digoxin)

    The Opioid Epidemic: Safe Prescribing-Balancing the Benefits and Risks for Patients with Acute and Chronic Pain 
    Objectives: 1) Describe the current data on the use and abuse of opioids in the US. 2) Discuss the evidence concerning efficacy of the options for treating patients with acute and chronic pain 3) Assess patients with pain for consideration of an opioid trial and establish realistic goals for pain management and restoration of function 4) Initiate, titrate, monitor and when necessary discontinue opioid treatment (IR and ER/LA) safely and judiciously, maximizing efficacy while minimizing risks. 5) Counsel patients and caregivers about use, potential adverse effects, misuse, abuse, diversion, overdose, naloxone administration, safe storage and proper disposal of opioids

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