Course Overview


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

Updates in General Internal Medicine for Specialists will be held online this year, using live streaming, electronic Q&A, and other remote learning technologies. 


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 all 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.

2021 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 2021 program include: 

  • Ischemic heart disease
  • COVID-19 across specialties
  • 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
  • Preoperative evaluation
  • Breast cancer
  • Differential dx of polyarthritis
  • 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
  • Lower back pain

Whatever your specialty, you can rely on this program for practical updates that ensure a working knowledge of current internal medicine practices and a familiarity with the work of your colleagues. The COVID-19 pandemic has created added clinical dimensions across a broad range of specialties. These will all be addressed. 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:

  • Current guidelines and management strategies for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, lipid disorders, hypertension, chronic lung disease, sleep disturbances, cognitive decline, chronic pain
  • Strategies for assessing and managing interacting comorbidities
  • Potential adverse interactions between medications you prescribe and those prescribed by others
  • Focused examination techniques: basic orthopedics and the neurologic examination
  • Up-to-date interventional therapies in cardiology, rheumatology, gastroenterology, neurology, dermatology and more
  • Inter-specialty clinical decision-making
  • The most current evidence-based screening and prevention practices
  • Breakthrough innovations with proven patient benefit
  • How medical practices have changed as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic

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.

Optimized for Remote Education

The 2021 program has been enhanced for distance learning. In addition to being live streamed, all sessions will be recorded and made available to participants for online viewing for 30 days after the end of the course.