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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.

2019 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 2019 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
  • The neurologic exam
  • Cognitive decline
  • Travel medicine
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Common eye problems
  • Diseases of the foregut
  • Lower back pain
  • Breast cancer
  • Differential dx of polyarthritis
  • Challenging cases from outpatient psychiatry
  • 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 disorders
  • Hypertension
  • Cancer screening
  • Non-opioid and opioid pain management

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:

  • Patient care innovations across the full range of specialties
  • Updates on critical drug-drug interactions
  • State-of-the-art management strategies for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, lipid disorders, hypertension, chronic lung disease, sleep disturbances, cognitive decline, chronic pain
  • Expert examination techniques: back, shoulder, complete neurologic
  • Options for and value from cardiovascular interventions
  • Practical approaches to disease prevention and health promotion
  • Best practices for cross-specialty collaboration

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.