Trending Accredited Continuing Medical Education Activities Topics

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

 What is the problem (C2)?

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), a genetic, hormonal, metabolic and reproductive disorder, is a health issue that affects millions of women in the United States. PCOS is estimated to affect 10% of women of childbearing age, and 50% of women with PCOS go undiagnosed. PCOS is a leading cause of infertility in women, and a risk factor for diabetes or prediabetes, heart disease, endometrial cancer, ovarian cancer, and breast cancer. Presently, no specific drug is commercially available for this condition, therefore treating symptoms is the primary goal of the treatment plan. The global polycystic ovary syndrome treatment market is expected to reach 5.1 billion dollars by 2025.

How do we know this is a problem (C2)?

http://www.pcoschallenge.org/what-is-pcos/

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/us-senate-unanimously-passes-historic-polycystic-ovarysyndrome-pcos-resolution-300575636.html

https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20171227005393/en/Polycystic-Ovarian-Syndrome-PCOSTreatment-Market--

Why does this problem exist? (C2)

  • Lack knowledge about the problem(s)
  • Lack strategies to apply knowledge to practice (competence)

 What do attendees need? (C2)

Participants need education on diagnosis and treatment of patients with PCOS.

Learning Objectives (C3)

At the conclusion of this activity, the learners will be able to:

  1. Cite the clinical features, risk factors and the diagnostic criteria of PCOS,

  2. Evaluate patients with appropriate exam and laboratory tests and assess for other coexisting metabolic conditions,

  3. Differentiate PCOS from other causes of hyperandrogenism and menstrual disorders,

  4. Effectively treat hyperandrogenism, menstrual irregularity, coexisting metabolic conditions, and infertility, with awareness of the benefits, risks, and outcomes,

  5. Integrate awareness of age, cultural, socioeconomic, and racial factors. (IMQ’s CLC requirement)

Educational Delivery Method (C5):

  • Didactic lecture 
  • Question and answer session
  • Case presentations

 Rationale for Delivery Method (C5):

  • Knowledge conveyed in a short time
  • Application of knowledge to potential practice

 Professional Competencies (C6):

  • Patient Care - Provide care that is compassionate, appropriate and effective treatment for health problems and to promote health.
  • Medical Knowledge - Demonstrate knowledge about established and evolving biomedical, clinical and cognate sciences and their application in patient care.
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills - Demonstrate skills that result in effective information exchange and teaming with patients, their families, and professional associates (e.g. fostering a therapeutic relationship that is ethically sound, uses effective listening skills with non-verbal and verbal communication; working as both a team member and at times as a leader).

Thyroid Disease

 What is the problem (C2)?

An estimated 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease, and up to 60 percent of those with thyroid disease are unaware of their condition. Undiagnosed thyroid disease may put patients at risk for certain serious conditions, such as cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis, and infertility. Women are more likely than men to have thyroid disease. One in eight women will develop thyroid problems during her lifetime. The symptoms of thyroid diseases are the same as many other health problems and are therefore often difficult to diagnose. Physicians should be able to take a health and family history report, as well as conduct other tests to be able to diagnose a thyroid disorder.

How do we know this is a problem (C2)?

https://www.thyroid.org/media-main/about-hypothyroidism/

https://www.womenshealth.gov/a-z-topics/thyroid-disease

Why does this problem exist? (C2)

  • Lack knowledge about the problem(s)
  • Lack strategies to apply knowledge to practice (competence)

 What do attendees need? (C2)

Physicians should be aware of the current recommendations for primary and secondary stroke prevention to decrease its incidence and its associated morbidity. Participants need education on the acute process of stroke care and stroke care evidence-based guidelines.

Learning Objectives (C3)

At the conclusion of this activity, the learners will be able to:

  1. Identify patients at risk for stroke, counsel them appropriately, and initiate prevention strategies

  2. Recognize signs and symptoms of stroke to perform an early diagnosis

  3. Follow treatment algorithms

  4. Utilize information learned about the latest advances in stroke treatment to provide better care for patients

  5. Recognize the cultural and gender risk factors unique to particular patient population, and work to educate patients better on stroke risks and prevention, navigating any language barriers.

Educational Delivery Method (C5):

  • Didactic lecture 
  • Question and answer session
  • Case presentations

 Rationale for Delivery Method (C5):

  • Knowledge conveyed in a short time
  • Application of knowledge to potential practice

 Professional Competencies (C6):

  • Patient Care - Provide care that is compassionate, appropriate and effective treatment for health problems and to promote health.
  • Medical Knowledge - Demonstrate knowledge about established and evolving biomedical, clinical and cognate sciences and their application in patient care.
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills - Demonstrate skills that result in effective information exchange and teaming with patients, their families, and professional associates (e.g. fostering a therapeutic relationship that is ethically sound, uses effective listening skills with non-verbal and verbal communication; working as both a team member and at times as a leader).

Stroke Update

 What is the problem (C2)?

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States, killing almost 130,000 Americans each year. Stroke is a major cause of adult disability, costing the United States an estimated 34 billion dollars each year on things like health care services, medications, and missed work days. The risk of having a stroke varies with gender, race and ethnicity. Risk factors for stroke include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking. A new study shows that proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) have been linked to an increased risk for ischemic stroke when blood flow to the brain is blocked. Because this is new information, physicians may not yet be aware of the connection between PPIs and stroke.

How do we know this is a problem (C2)?

 

https://www.cdc.gov/stroke/facts.htm

 Why does this problem exist? (C2)

  • Lack knowledge about the problem(s)
  • Lack strategies to apply knowledge to practice (competence)

 What do attendees need? (C2)

Physicians should be aware of the current recommendations for primary and secondary stroke prevention to decrease its incidence and its associated morbidity. Participants need education on the acute process of stroke care and stroke care evidence-based guidelines.

Learning Objectives (C3)

At the conclusion of this activity, the learners will be able to:

  1. Identify patients at risk for stroke, counsel them appropriately, and initiate prevention strategies

  2. Recognize signs and symptoms of stroke to perform an early diagnosis

  3. Follow treatment algorithms

  4. Utilize information learned about the latest advances in stroke treatment to provide better care for patients

  5. Recognize the cultural and gender risk factors unique to particular patient population, and work to educate patients better on stroke risks and prevention, navigating any language barriers.

Educational Delivery Method (C5):

  • Didactic lecture 
  • Question and answer session
  • Case presentations

 Rationale for Delivery Method (C5):

  • Knowledge conveyed in a short time
  • Application of knowledge to potential practice

 Professional Competencies (C6):

  • Patient Care - Provide care that is compassionate, appropriate and effective treatment for health problems and to promote health.
  • Medical Knowledge - Demonstrate knowledge about established and evolving biomedical, clinical and cognate sciences and their application in patient care.
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills - Demonstrate skills that result in effective information exchange and teaming with patients, their families, and professional associates (e.g. fostering a therapeutic relationship that is ethically sound, uses effective listening skills with non-verbal and verbal communication; working as both a team member and at times as a leader).

Obesity

 What is the problem (C2)?

A new report released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shows that the US obesity rate for adults has increased over the span of 10 years, from 32.2% to 37.7%. Also, women now have higher rates than men (38.3% vs. 34.3%). Obesity rates for youth appear to have stayed steady. Another study has shown that prevalence of diabetes continues to increase. Obesity-related conditions, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and certain cancers, are some of the leading causes of preventable death. Despite clinical guidelines encouraging clinicians to identify and counsel obese and overweight patients, many physicians do not address the issue of weight with their patients.

How do we know this is a problem (C2)?

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/854459?nlid=91636_2981&src=wnl_edit_dail&uac=143831FT&impID=889920&faf=1

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/859513?nlid=100983_2981&src=wnl_dne_160229_mscpedit&uac=143831FT&impID=1006024&faf=1

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23047128

http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/126/24/2870.full

 Why does this problem exist? (C2)

  • Lack knowledge about the problem(s)
  • Lack strategies to apply knowledge to practice (competence)

 What do attendees need? (C2)

Attendees need education on the importance of weight management and recognizing health risks associated with overweight and obese adults.

Learning Objectives (C3)

At the conclusion of this activity, the learners will be able to:

  1. Describe the obesity epidemiology, including its prevalence in children, adults & different ethnic groups (IMQ’s CLC requirement)
  2. Identify causes of obesity, including genetic & environmental factors
  3. Identify risks & comorbidities of obesity
  4. Select effective treatment modalities, including new drugs
  5. Counsel patients on preventive strategies, including diet & physical activity recommendations

Educational Delivery Method (C5):

  • Didactic lecture 
  • Question and answer session
  • Case presentations

 Rationale for Delivery Method (C5):

  • Knowledge conveyed in a short time
  • Application of knowledge to potential practice

 Professional Competencies (C6):

  • Patient Care - Provide care that is compassionate, appropriate and effective treatment for health problems and to promote health.
  • Medical Knowledge - Demonstrate knowledge about established and evolving biomedical, clinical and cognate sciences and their application in patient care.
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills - Demonstrate skills that result in effective information exchange and teaming with patients, their families, and professional associates (e.g. fostering a therapeutic relationship that is ethically sound, uses effective listening skills with non-verbal and verbal communication; working as both a team member and at times as a leader).

Chronic Kidney Disease

 What is the problem (C2)? 

A new report revealed that one in ten people worldwide have chronic kidney disease, and many don’t realize they have it. In the United States, prevalence is 14%. Main causes of chronic kidney disease include high blood pressure and diabetes. Kidney disease is often referred to as a silent disease because it often goes undetected until it is at a very advanced stage. Because chronic kidney disease is a growing health concern, family physicians must be equipped to care for this unique patient population. 

How do we know this is a problem (C2)?

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/878938?nlid=114288_4503&src=wnl_dne_170424_ms cpedit&impID=1334274&faf=1?src=emailthis  (FREE Medscape login required)

https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-statistics/kidney-disease 

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/725635   (FREE Medscape login required)

 Why does this problem exist? (C2)

  • Lack knowledge about the problem(s) 
  • Lack strategies to apply knowledge to practice (competence)  

 What do attendees need? (C2)

Participants need education on the latest guidelines for management of chronic kidney disease (CKD).  

Learning Objectives (C3) 

At the conclusion of this activity, the learners will be able to:

  1. Describe how to calculate an estimation of glomerular filtration rate.
  2. List the implications of different stages of CKD on patient health.
  3. Actively engage as primary care providers in the management of chronic kidney disease.
  4. Review new evidence regarding management of CKD.
  5. Cite the cultural considerations related to prevalence of CKD (IMQ’s CLC requirement)

 Educational Delivery Method (C5): 

  • Didactic lecture 
  • Question and answer session
  • Case presentations

 Rationale for Delivery Method (C5):

  • Knowledge conveyed in a short time
  • Application of knowledge to potential practice

 Professional Competencies (C6):  

  • Patient Care - Provide care that is compassionate, appropriate and effective treatment for health problems and to promote health. 
  • Medical Knowledge - Demonstrate knowledge about established and evolving biomedical, clinical and cognate sciences and their application in patient care. 
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills - Demonstrate skills that result in effective information exchange and teaming with patients, their families, and professional associates (e.g. fostering a therapeutic relationship that is ethically sound, uses effective listening skills with non-verbal and verbal communication; working as both a team member and at times as a leader). 

Snake Bites

What is the problem (C2)? 

North America is home to 25 species of poisonous snakes. Approximately 8,000 bites are reported in the United States annually, with approximately 2,000 delivered by venomous snakes. A bite from a venomous snake can be deadly, and should always be treated as a medical emergency. Venomous snake bites can produce localized pain and swelling, convulsions, nausea, and even paralysis. In the pediatric population, most snakebites occur in school-aged children and adolescents close to home during the summer months. As the season for snakes is just beginning, it is important for physicians to know the guidelines for treatment of snakebites. 

How do we know this is a problem (C2)?

http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/168828-overview

http://www.healthline.com/health/snake-bites 

Why does this problem exist? (C2)

  • Lack knowledge about the problem(s) 
  • Lack strategies to apply knowledge to practice (competence)  

 What do attendees need? (C2)

Attendees need education on providing the best and quickest care for snakebite patients.   

 Learning Objectives (C3) 

At the conclusion of this activity, the learners will be able to:

  1. Recognize the epidemiology of venomous snakebites in the southwest
  2. Implement acute care for victims of rattlesnake bites
  3. Choose the right antivenom (there are 2 FDA approved) and give the right amount
  4. Administer inpatient and aftercare for patients suffering rattlesnake bites
  5. Address common cultural misconceptions and/or beliefs surrounding snake bites and recognize when alternative treatments have been employed. (IMQ’s CLC requirement)

Educational Delivery Method (C5):  

  • Didactic lecture 
  • Question and answer session 
  • Case presentations

Rationale for Delivery Method (C5):  

  • Knowledge conveyed in a short time 
  • Application of knowledge to potential practice

Professional Competencies (C6):   

  • Patient Care - Provide care that is compassionate, appropriate and effective treatment for health problems and to promote health.  
  • Medical Knowledge - Demonstrate knowledge about established and evolving biomedical, clinical and cognate sciences and their application in patient care.  
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills - Demonstrate skills that result in effective information exchange and teaming with patients, their families and professional associates (e.g. fostering a therapeutic relationship that is ethically sounds, uses effective listening skills with non-verbal and verbal communication; working as both a team member and at times as a leader).