This conference is designed to provide primary care practitioners with up-to-date, evidence-based information on commonly encountered in Geriatrics, Palliative Care, and Psychiatry 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 Geriatrics, Psychiatry and Palliative Care for Primary Care, with the goal of enhancing the knowledge should improve attendees’ confidence in 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.
Family Physicians and all Physicians and other Healthcare Professionals seeking clinical information about Geriatrics, Psychiatry, Palliative Care 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
Stress Affects the Body not Just the Mind (aka "Depression is not all in your head!" aka "The biology of stress and aging")
Objectives: 1) Stress can kill! 2) Stress affects hormonal and neurochemical systems that can endanger physical health and lead to premature death 3) Stress can lead to premature aging at the cellular level 4) Behavioral techniques to lessen risks of stress-induced damage and disease
Basics of Bipolar Disorder for Primary Care
Objectives: 1) Learn how to diagnose bipolar disorder (and its subtypes) in primary care 2) Learn when to suspect underlying bipolar disorder in your never-manic, depressed patient 3) Learn how to prescribe appropriate drugs for bipolar disorder and how to avoid risky drugs 4) Learn which laboratory tests are important to follow while treating bipolar disorder
Update on New Models of Depression, focusing on Novel Antidepressant Drug Developments
Objectives: 1) Learn new biological models of depression that may change our understanding of this disease 2) Learn the roles of glutamate, neurogenesis, steroids, neuro-inflammation and oxidative stress in depression 3) Learn existing and proposed new drug treatment approaches based on these new model 4) Review evidence of the efficacy of somatic treatments in psychiatry (e.g., VNS, DBS and rTMS)
Update on Treating Anxiety Disorders in Primary Care: Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic, Social Anxiety
Objectives: 1) Learn to recognize anxiety disorders in primary care; what is "normal" anxiety and what is not? 2) Learn up-to-date algorithms and principles of treating generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder 3) Learn appropriate medications for particular patients 4) Learn risks vs benefits of anti-anxiety drugs versus antidepressants for treating anxiety disorders 5) Options for treatment-resistant patients
Rational Selection and Use of Antidepressants
Objectives: 1) Matching the right antidepressant to the right patient 2) Neurochemical and pharmacokinetic differences between antidepressants 3) Options for treatment-resistant patients (What to do when your first choice does not work)