This conference is designed to provide primary care practitioners with up-to-date, evidence-based information on commonly encountered endocrinology and diabetes medical 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 endocrinology and diabetes for Primary Care, with the goal of enhancing the knowledge base and core competence of attendees. The successful completion of this interactive program should improve attendees’ confidence in diagnosing, treating, and prescribing the most effective courses of treatment, with the ultimate goal of improving patient outcomes.
Family Physicians and all Physicians and other Healthcare Professionals seeking clinical information about Endocrinology and Diabetes issues.
Our presenting national faculty speakers made it their professional goals to enhance the training of primary care healthcare professionals. This Continuing Medical Education program promises to help learn the most current, best medicine, and techniques for making the diagnosis easier and quicker during a 20 minute office visit.
Topics and Objectives
Osteoporosis: A Global Epidemic in Our Communities
Objectives: 1) Understand the epidemiology of fractures 2) Understand how to apply the FRAX algorithm to men and women 3) Appreciate how to get the most of the DXA scans in the initial diagnosis and follow-up of your patients
Osteoporosis Management and Its Controversies
Objectives: 1) Know the laboratory workup for secondary osteoporosis and when you should apply it 2) Appreciate nutritional and lifestyle changes that can help your patients with osteoporosis 3) Understand the controversies regarding calcium therapy for osteoporosis prevention and treatment and vascular complications 4) Know the safety, efficacy, and duration of therapies for treatment of osteoporosis
Aging Endocrine Function in Men: Testosterone and Skeletal Health
Objectives: 1) Understand what is a “low T” and the signs and symptoms of low testosterone and hypogonadism 2) Appreciate the problems associated with measuring testosterone in clinical practice 3) Know the means to replace testosterone, assess response to replacement and monitor safety of testosterone in older men
Disorders of Vitamin D and Calcium Metabolism
Objectives: 1) Understand the definition of vitamin D deficiency 2) Know when to measure vitamin D metabolites and how to treat vitamin D deficiency
3) Understand the pathophysiologic basis for hypercalcemia and hypocalcemia 4)Understand the workup and management for renal stones
Common Thyroid Disorders in Office Practice
Objectives: 1) Understand the signs and symptoms of hyperthyroidism and what testing the clinician should do 2) Understand the diagnosis and safe treatment of hypothyroidism 3) Appreciate how drugs can alter thyroid function tests and when treatment is needed
Adrenal Hormones in Practice
Objectives: 1) Review the effects of glucocorticoids on bone and carbohydrate metabolism and how to safely taper these drugs 2) Review the indications for aldosterone antagonists in cardiovascular disease 3) Understand the causes of hyponatremia and new agents that are used to treat it
Individualization of Care of Type 2 Diabetes Objectives: 1) Recognize atypical forms of diabetes 2) Apply the ADA recommendations for individualizing glycemic targets for patients with diabetes 3) Apply patient-centered approach for management of type 2 diabetes
Initiation and Intensification of Insulin Therapy in Diabetes Objectives: 1) Understand indications for insulin therapy 2) Recognize and overcome barriers to insulin therapy in type 2 diabetes 3) Apply options for control of post-prandial insulin therapy 4) Apply optimal titration for basal and bolus insulin therapy
Prevention and Management of Complications of Diabetes Objectives: 1) State the role of control of hyperglycemia in pathophysiology of complications of diabetes 2) State 2014 recommendations for control of metabolic risk factors for complications of diabetes 3) Compare AHA and ADA recommendations for lipid management 4) Apply strategies for the statin-“intolerant” patient
Practical Management of Obesity in the Office Objectives: 1) Outline the clinical evaluation of the obese patient 2) Apply strategies for counseling patients on changing lifestyle 3) Review the mechanisms and action and use of currently approved medications for weight loss
Obesity: Changing the Treatment Paradigm Objectives: 1) State medical complications of obesity 2) State the pathophysiology of obesity 3) State medical complications of obesity
Endocrine Potpourri Objectives: 1) Outline the evaluation of incidental masses on endocrine glands: thyroid, pituitary, and adrenal tumors 2) Recognize and apply appropriate screening for pituitary diseases: hypopituitarism, hyperprolactinemia, hypercortisolism, acromegaly