Course Overview



This course will be held again on
Jan. 28 - Feb. 1, 2019.

Information contained in this site is for the 2018 program.
Information for the 2019 program not yet available.

Advances, Updates, Guidelines, and Best Practices in General Internal Medicine—Expressly for Specialists

In this special program, Harvard Medical School's leading clinical faculty, representing more than 30 fields of medicine, share updates and provide recommendations to ensure you are current with the recent advances in general internal medicine that impact the specialists—especially with clinical practice in relevant disciplines outside of your field of expertise.

Whether you are a psychiatrist or pathologist, cardiologist or anesthesiologist, surgeon or hospitalist, you can rely on this program for updates and advances that impact day-to-day practice, clinical decisions, and patient care.

2018 Updates, Strategies, and Tools to Improve Patient Care

The program's curriculum provides broad and inclusive content ranging from clinical controversies to specific new and innovative therapies. It is led by expert practitioners and committed teachers who succinctly and effectively summarize updates and couple them with specific recommendations for incorporating them into practice and improving patient care.  

Topics covered in the 2018 program include: 

  • Ischemic heart disease
  • Antibiotic use in office practice
  • Hepatitis
  • Reducing fractures
  • Stroke
  • Chronic obstructive lung disease
  • Diabetes management
  • Women’s health
  • Anticoagulation
  • Endocrinology
  • Dizziness
  • Cognitive decline
  • Preoperative evaluation
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Common eye problems
  • Diseases of the foregut
  • Lower back pain
  • Breast cancer
  • Differential dx of polyarthritis
  • Cost-effective radiology
  • IBS and IBD
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Lipid management
  • Dermatology
  • Osteoporosis management
  • Asthma
  • Renal medicine
  • Anemia
  • Basic orthopedics
  • Antiplatelet agents
  • Sleep disorders
  • ENT
  • Managing obesity
  • Headaches
  • Allergy medicine
  • Thyroid problems
  • Hypertension
  • Cancer screening
  • Non-opioid pain management
  • Opioid use in medical practice

Whatever your specialty, you need a working knowledge of current internal medicine practice standards, an understanding of treatments and interactions, and a familiarity with the work of your colleagues. This program is designed to meet the needs of the full range of specialists, providing focused updates, and covering a vast amount of information efficiently and effectively, including:

  • Potential adverse interactions between drugs prescribed by you and by others 
  • Addressing comorbidities that are commonly seen outside of your specialty 
  • Current guidelines and management strategies for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, lipid disorders, hypertension, chronic lung disease, sleep disturbances, cognitive decline, chronic pain
  • Clinical examination techniques: back, shoulder, the dizzy patient 
  • Up-to-date interventional therapies in cardiovascular medicine 
  • How your clinical decision making impacts care provided by others
  • New evidence-based screening and prevention practices  

Learn from the Best Clinical Faculty at Harvard Medical School

This program is led by current, expert practitioners and committed teachers, each with significant experience both in the care of patients and in presenting to colleagues. Faculty will provide state-of-the-art advances and recommendations, and you will take home relevant, up-to-date, and evidence-based strategies and tools to improve your patient care.