Join your clinician colleagues, expert faculty, and moderators Ty J. Gluckman, MD, FACC, FAHA; Richard J. Hamill, MD; and Charles Vega, MD, FAAFP, for PrimaryCareNOW: A Pri-Med Virtual Conference, on Thursday–Friday, June 10–11.
Conference highlights include:
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Jeffrey Rado, MD, MPH, FAPA
Bipolar disorder is common affecting approximately 1% of the population. Individuals most often initially seek help in primary care settings. Diagnosis can be challenging even for seasoned clinicians. This presentation will review common and uncommon presentations of bipolar including tips to making the diagnosis. Initial treatment strategies will be discussed.
Associate Professor, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
Lauren S. Blieden, MD
Ophthalmology emergencies in primary care can have profound consequences and ruling out urgent referrals can be challenging. This session will provide you with a toolbox of tips and strategies to help triage urgent ophthalmic conditions in your practice.
Associate Professor & Vice-Chair of Education, Cullen Eye Institute, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Michael Miller, MD | Erin D. Michos, MD, MHS
This clinically-focused activity will interactively address many important clinical issues regarding the management of LDL cholesterol and elevated triglycerides with the goal of providing the insight, strategies, and practical guidance to effectively manage patients at high ASCVD risk. The expert faculty will compare clinical trial data on safety, tolerability, and different effects on lipid-lowering and cardio-protective benefits of the various treatment strategies available.
Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine & Epidemiology, Director of Women’s Cardiovascular Health, Associate Director of Preventive Cardiology, Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Supported by Amarin Pharma Inc.
Armando G. Correa, MD, FAAP
This presentation will highlight recent developments and controversies in the pediatrics field by utilizing case-based discussions, and reviewing current evidence-based guidelines. Among the topics discussed, emphasis will be placed on the appropriate selection of antibiotics for common skin and soft tissue infections in the era of bacterial resistance. Additionally, this session will include a review of the impact that COVID-19 has had in the pediatric population, and the potential hesitancy that providers will encounter once a pediatric COVID-19 vaccine becomes available.
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Section of Academic General Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Medical Director, International and Destination Medicine, Texas Chilren's Hospital, Houston, TX
Pamela Kushner, MD, FAAFP
Discussion on developments in VTE Prophylaxis of Acutely Ill Medical Patients and treatment of DVT/PE.
Clinical Professor, University of California Irvine Medical Center, Director, Kushner Wellness Center, Los Alamitos, CA
Sponsored by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
David Scheiderer, MD,MBA
President, Tiberius Enterprises, Inc., Roanoke, Virginia
Sponsored by AbbVie
Sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Paul E. Sax, MD
These troubling times require communication among specialists and primary care. In this COVID-19 panel, primary care, and infectious disease faculty will team up to discuss the most pressing and frequently asked questions about this disease and its complications.
Clinical Director, Division of Infectious Diseases, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Marco Marcelli, MD
Throughout this 60-minute session, we will discuss a number of cases where correct interpretation of the clinical presentation and thyroid function tests leads to the correct diagnosis and treatment.
Professor of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Acting Chief, Division of Endocrinology, Baylor College of Medicine, Chief Endocrine Services, Michael DeBakey VA Medical Center
Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA, FAAP, FACP, FTOS | Gregory L. Hall, MD | Sammy Saab, MD, MPH, AGAF
What do primary care providers need to know about managing pre/post bariatric surgery, health disparities, and HCV? Join obesity medicine physician scientist Fatima Cody Stanford, primary care physician Gregory Hall, and gastroenterologist Sammy Saab, as they review important questions, they get asked about these topics!
Obesity Medicine Physician Scientist, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Associate Professor of Integrative Medical Sciences, Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, OH, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, OH, Assistant Clinical Professor in Medicine, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH, Director, Center for African American Health, Research, Education & Policy, Cleveland, OH
Professor, Medicine and Surgery, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, Head, Outcomes Research in Hepatology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Aanand D. Naik, MD | Kyler M. Godwin, PhD, MPH
What do primary care providers need to know about the foundations in quality improvement? Join geriatrician Aanand Naik, and quality improvement expert Kyler Godwin, as they review important questions, they get asked about these topics!
Professor and Luchi Chair in Geriatric Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Assistant Professor of Medicine and Assistant Director of Education, Institute for Continuing Professional Development in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Neil Skolnik, MD
This session will use a case presentation to discuss the impact of uncontrolled asthma and tools for assessing asthma control as well as asthma management. Learn to identify ways to customize management of uncontrolled asthma by exploring medication options for appropriate patients.
Professor of Family and Community Medicine, Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, Associate Director, Family Medicine Residency Program, Abington Jefferson Health
Sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline
James O'Keefe, MD
The objective of this program is to discuss the pathophysiology, disease burden, and management of heart failure (HF). The program will present data on HF prevalence and health outcomes, review the implications of type 2 diabetes as a common comorbidity, and provide guidance on diagnosing HF. It will conclude with a brief overview of current treatment options for HF.
Director of Cardio Wellness Center, Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute, Professor of Medicine, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri,
Sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Lilly USA, LLC
Rashmi B. Halker Singh, MD, FAHS, FAAN | Rajeev Raghavan, MD | Lee A. Lindquist, MD, MPH, MBA
What do primary care providers need to know about migraine, CKD, deprescribing? Join neurologist Rashmi Halker Singh, nephrologist Rajeev Raghavan, and geriatrician Lee Lindquist, as they review important questions, they get asked about these topics!
Associate Professor of Neurology, Director, Headache Medicine Fellowship Program, Division of Headache Medicine, Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ
Associate Professor of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Chief of Geratrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
Meroë B. Morse, MD | Krishna B. Shah, MD
Throughout this 60-mintute session, learners will broaden their multimodal toolkit for pain management using a case-based format of three common pain conditions seen in the primary care setting. Participants will hear from two collaborating presenters - a primary care physician and a board-certified, pain-trained anesthesiologist, who manage and collaborate on patients with pain conditions. Emphasis will be placed on the evidence in support of non-opioid therapies for pain management, including pharmacologic, non-pharmacologic, and interventional strategies.
Assistant Professor, Integrative Internal Medicine-Primary Care, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Assistant Professor, Director of Interventional Pain, Department of Anesthesiology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Arun J. Ramappa, MD
Session Overview to Come
Chief of Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Richard J. Hamill, MD | Edward Lee Poythress, MD
What do primary care providers need to know about wound care and the diabetic foot? Join infectious disease expert Richard Hamill, and internist Edward Lee Poythress, as they review important questions, they get asked about these topics!
Professor, Departments of Medicine and Molecular Virology & Microbiology, Vice-Chair for Education, Department of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Staff Physician, Infectious Diseases Section, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
Director, Wound Care Clinical Ben Taub Hospital, Associate Professor of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
• Recognize the health burden and prevalence of CKD
• Understand CKD risk factors and the progressive nature of renal function decline
• Identify the risk of CKD in patients with T2D
• Review screening and monitoring recommendations in CKD
• Highlight current approaches to the management of CKD
Sponsored by AstraZeneca
Peter J. Hotez, MD, PhD
Globally, we are seeing a mixed picture of vaccinating the U.S. and the world against COVID-19, with tremendous progress containing the B.1.1.7 variant in the US, but failing to control widespread transmission in Africa and Latin America. Dr. Hotez will discuss the progress made to date with the US vaccination program, what we can expect towards the end of 2021 into 2022, and how we advance vaccinations globally. This session will also explore the impact of a rising and shifting antivaccine movement.
Dean, National School of Tropical Medicine, Professor, Departments of Pediatrics, Molecular Virology & Microbiology, Co-Head, Section of Pediatric Tropical Medicine, Health Policy Scholar, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Atul Deodhar, MD, DNP, FACR, FACP
Axial spondyloarthritis/ankylosing spondylitis (axSpA/AS) imparts a significant burden on patients and caretakers. It negatively affects not only patient well-being and quality of life but also productivity during the prime of patients’ working lives. PCPs at the frontlines of care for patients with back pain are ideally positioned to identify individuals who may be suffering from axSpA/AS. Identification relies on a thorough understanding of the disease and its characteristics in addition to a high index of suspicion. This education will help PCPs to shorten the delay between symptom presentation and diagnosis and to improve rates of referral to rheumatology for diagnostic evaluation and confirmation.
Professor of Medicine, Medical Director, Rheumatology Clinics, Division of Arthritis and Rheumatic Diseases, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR
Supported by AbbVie Inc.
Maria Monica Gramatges, MD, PhD | Julie Nangia, MD
Dr. Nangia will discuss cancer survivorship, and will review what long term follow-up cancer patients need. This section will also cover potential long term and late adverse events cancer patients can experience and how to manage them. Learn what survivorship care plans are and how they can help primary care providers.
Dr. Gramatges will present an overview of late effects experienced by survivors of childhood cancer, focusing on general patterns, common outcomes, and excess morbidity/mortality risk. She will also discuss follow up patterns and distribution (primary care vs. oncology specialty care), need for subspecialty care, and the concept of a ‘shared-care’ model. Dr. Gramatges will introduce the evidence-based guidelines for childhood cancer survivors, where they may be accessed for public use, and strategies for guidelines dissemination and adherence, such as Passport for Care.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Medical Director Breast Oncology, Dan L. Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Uncovering the burden of COPD exacerbations may help in generating an appreciation of the range of associated consequences to the patient. This program will define exacerbation severity in COPD, review the possible impact of both moderate and severe COPD exacerbations, and highlight important considerations for appropriate COPD management.
Sponsored by AbbVie
Learn more about the relationship between chronic kidney disease (CKD) and diabetes, and the impact of these comorbidities on patients. This presentation will review the definition, clinical characteristics, and epidemiology of CKD. It will explore the implications of diabetes as a coexisting morbidity and discuss challenges that patients and healthcare providers face in managing these concurrent conditions. Additionally, it will highlight the importance of a collaborative approach to care for patients with CKD and diabetes.
Sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Lilly USA, LLC
Abena Osei-Wusu, MD, FACC, FSCAI | Mark Stampehl, MD, FACC, FHFSA
This program follows two patients on their cardiovascular disease (CVD) journeys. Risk factors leading to the development and progression of atherosclerotic CVD and heart failure are discussed in the context of the patient experience over time. Strategies for primary and secondary prevention and optimization of guideline-directed medical therapy are also highlighted.
Medical Director, Atherosclerosis, Cardiovascular, Renal & Metabolism Medical Unit, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
Executive Medical Director, Cardiovascular, Renal & Metabolism Medical Unit, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation,
Sponsored by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
Philip Schoenfeld, MD, MSEd, MSc
This activity will provide an evidence-based approach to the diagnosis and management of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC), with minimal diagnostic testing. The faculty will describe evidence-based treatment guidelines and discuss the efficacy of over-the-counter and prescription agents prioritized within the guidelines. This will help you navigate the progress from patient education to diet plus over-the-counter agents to prescription agents.
Chief (Emeritus) - Gastroenterology Section, John D. Dingell VA Medical Center, Detroit, MI
Supported by Allergan and Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Salix Pharmaceuticals
Clifford C. Dacso, MD, MPH | Stacey Rose, MD, FACP
What do primary care providers need to know about telemedicine, burnout, and wellness? Join infectious disease experts, Clifford Dacso and Stacey Rose, as they review important questions, they get asked about these topics!
Jr. Professorof Molecular and Cellular Biology and Medicine, Philip J. Carroll, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Assistant Dean of Clinical Curriculum, Baylor College of Medicine, School of Medicine, Assistant Professor of Infectious Diseases, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Ty J. Gluckman, MD, FACC, FAHA | Karol E. Watson, MD, PhD
Session Overview to Come
Medical Director, Center for Cardiovascular Analytics, Research, and Data Science (CARDS),, Providence Heart Institute, Providence St. Joseph Health, Portland, OR
Professor of Medicine/Cardiology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Co-director, UCLA Program in Preventive Cardiology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Director, UCLA Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Health Program, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Sunjay R. Devarajan, MD | Anupam Kumar, MD, FCCP
Human beings have understood the effects of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) for centuries. Dozens of medications and interventions have been approved and prescribed to combat these diseases, and treatments strategies have been developed that depend largely on severity of symptoms and disease staging. In this discussion, Dr. Devarajan will review the staging of COPD and how staging ties into optimal treatments. We will also spend some time reviewing useful prognostic scores, lung cancer screening practices in 2021, and the approach to the breathless patient.
Dr. Kumar will focus on the topic of essential basics of interstitial lung diseases for the community of physicians and other clinical healthcare professionals. This will include an overview of various types of interstitial lung diseases with brief discussion on clinical features and radiographic features that distinguish them from each other. This presentation will also highlight some of the newer therapies and advanced treatment options.
Assistant Professor, Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Sponsored by Immunovia, Inc.
Daniel A. Solomon, MD
In this presentation on Lyme and other tickborne diseases, Dr. Solomon will review the clinical approach to patients with suspected tickborne disease. He will focus on a comprehensive review of Lyme disease including the clinical manifestations, the challenges and pitfalls in diagnostic testing, prevention of Lyme through the use of post-exposure prophylaxis, and the potential co-infections carried by the same vector. He will review the evidence on management of Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome and offer a rational approach to treatment. Finally, he will discuss the social controversy around “Chronic Lyme.”
Associate Physician, Division of Infectious Diseases, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Instructor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
R. Michelle Schmidt, MD, MPH
Throughout this 60-minute session, learners will review cases that are commonly seen in an urgent care setting, understand problems that are frequently encountered in an urgent care, and know how to best approach these issues to benefit both the health care provider and the patient. Participants will learn when patients may avoid a trip to the urgent care center and when providers should refer to a specialist. Additionally, learners will review cases that highlight certain problems that primary care providers may encounter in their practices.
Assistant Professor, Section of General Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Martin J. Abrahamson, MD, FACP | Jennifer Haley, MD
Session Overview to Come
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Director, Division of CME, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA
Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine/Dermatology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Mohit Khera, MD, MBA, MPH
Aging men often experience three conditions which are strongly associated with one another. These conditions are hypogonadism, BPH, and erectile dysfunction. It is not uncommon for older men to have all three of these conditions. The aim of this presentation is to give a better understanding of how to diagnose and treat men with BPH, hypogonadism, and erectile dysfunction. In addition, Dr. Khera will highlight the key concepts from the 2018 American Urologic Association (AUA) ED Guidelines and the 2018 AUA Testosterone Guidelines.
Professor of Urology, Scott Department of Urology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Damon Raskin, MD
In a presentation with Dr. Raskin, learn about the pivotal clinical data and a pilot study that evaluated the next-dose transition from a treatment to this treatment option.
Physician in Private Practice Pacific Palisades, CA