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Hot Topics in Hypertension and Heart Failure

Price: $35 | Credits: 4.25

This activity consists of 3 “bundled” courses from SMA’s online library, and includes: The Hypertension Landscape in 2017: The NEW Guidelines are Here; Resistant Hypertension: The New Guidelines; and A Case-Based Update on Heart Failure: Focus on the 2017 Guidelines. The activity concludes with a series of case studies, highlighting the content.

Hot Topics in Psychiatry

Price: $35 | Credits: 3.75

This activity consists of 3 “bundled” courses from SMA’s online library, and includes: The Recognition and Management of Personality Disorders; The Recognition and Management of Depression; and Inappropriate Use of Psych Meds in 2017-What You Need to Know. The activity concludes with a series of case studies, highlighting the content.

Hot Topics in Women’s Health

Price: $35 | Credits: 3.75

This activity consists of 3 “bundled” courses from SMA’s online library, and includes: Vaccines in Women: A Look at HPV and Zoster; The Well Woman Visit: Do Asymptomatic Women Need Annual Gyn Exams?; and Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening In Woman: An Update. The activity concludes with a series of case studies, highlighting the content.

Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening In Woman: An Update

Price: $10.00 | Credits: 1

There are several differing breast cancer screening recommendations for average risk women. Presenting these guidelines to patients and counseling them on which set of guidelines and specific mammographic tests best fit their personal screening risk/benefit equation can be challenging. Understanding the risk/benefit trade offs can help facilitate this shared decision between physician and patient.

Inappropriate Use of Psych Meds in 2017-What You Need to Know

Price: $10.00 | Credits: .75

The goal of the session is to refine the knowledge of the prescriber with respect to diagnosis and potential side effects of medications as well as drug interactions to maximize benefit to the patient.

Medical Management of the Patient with Obesity: Using Drugs, Devices and Surgery to Improve Health

Price: $10.00 | Credits: 1

The goal of this activity is to give health care providers an overview of how to employ more intensive approaches when patients with obesity-related health issues struggle to lose weight. The content will include pharmacology, devices, and bariatric surgery with the perspective of primary care.

A Case-Based Update on Heart Failure: Focus on the 2017 Guidelines

Price: $10.00 | Credits: 1

Heart failure is the leading cause of initial hospitalization and re-hospitalization within 30 days of discharge in those over 65 years of age. While the treatment of heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) remains evidence-based from clinical outcome trials, clinicians fail to use these strategies to keep patients from hospitalization and CV death. This activity will address this practice gap using patient vignettes to suggest how best to treat patients with heart failure. In addition, the concept of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) will be discussed, where the evidence base for improvement in outcome is currently lacking and treatment is based on symptomatic improvement.

The Recognition and Management of Depression

Price: $10.00 | Credits: 1

Clinical depression is the most common psychiatric disorder worldwide; in the United States, approximately one in six people will experience clinical depression in their lifetime. Patients with untreated depression have a lower quality of life, higher risk of suicide, and worse physical outcomes when combined with other medical conditions.

Resistant Hypertension: The New Guidelines

Price: $10.00 | Credits: 1.25

This activity will review key secondary causes of hypertension including endocrine tumors, mineralocorticoid excess, and sleep apnea. A reasonable approach for those with resistant hypertension will be presented to further improve BP control rates in this high-risk population.

The Well Woman Visit: Do Asymptomatic Women Need Annual Gyn Exams?

Price: $10.00 | Credits: .75

Multiple organizations have differing guidelines on the use of routine pelvic exams, and the content/need of "well woman" visits for asymptomatic women. This activity will address how these guidelines came about, how to interpret them, and how to discuss them with patients to come to a shared decision on the need for routine gynecology screening.

Sleep Apnea-When to Consider, How to Diagnose, What to Do

Price: $10.00 | Credits: 1.25

Evaluating patients with sleep apnea requires an understanding of many disorders, which may present with similar symptoms. A correct diagnosis is paramount to managing these patients. The goal of this activity is to update providers about current epidemiology, diagnosis, and management of OSA.

Obesity is a Chronic Disease-Understanding the Pathophysiology, Evaluating the Patient

Price: $10.00 | Credits: 1

Health care providers may be unsure of the biology of regulation of food intake and energy expenditure. That knowledge is important when considering patients with obesity as having a chronic disease and treating them appropriately.

Vaccines in Women: A Look at HPV and Zoster

Price: $10.00 | Credits: 1

32% of Americans will experience a Zoster outbreak during their lifetime, and 1 out of 5 patient with Zoster experience post herpetic neuralgia. Zostavax, a live attenuated vaccine, reduced incidence of shingles outbreaks by 51% and post-herpetic neuralgia by 67%.

The Recognition and Management of Personality Disorders

Price: $10.00 | Credits: 1

The goal of this activity is to describe the characteristics of patients with personality disorders and understand how these conditions may potentially complicate their care.

COPD 2017-An Update on All Things New

Price: $10.00 | Credits: 1

The goal of this activity is to update healthcare professionals about diagnosing COPD using pulmonary function tests, the appropriate use of inhalers, pulmonary rehabilitation, and medications to reduce exacerbations.

The Hypertension Landscape in 2017: The NEW Guidelines are Here

Price: $10.00 | Credits: 1

This activity will highlight the improvements in BP control rates, the proper way to take BP, definitions of white-coat and masked hypertension and the importance of out-of-office BP measurement. It will review the classes of antihypertensive drugs indicated for first-line treatment for hypertension and the differing targets for BP control based on the recent SPRINT trial. It will highlight efforts to improve current BP control rates to what can be achieved in the Kaiser Permanente Health Program when using their algorithm for BP control.

The Enigma of the Southeast: Hypertension and Stroke Risks

Price: $10.00 | Credits: .75

This activity will outline specific factors and interventions that have proven successful in reducing stroke, and clinical practice guidelines outlining target blood pressures.

Intimate Partner Violence

Price: $10.00 | Credits: .75

The goal of this session is to provide clinicians with screening techniques, communication skills, community resources for victims, and skills to recognize patients who may be suffering from depression or other associated health issues related to domestic violence.

Sudden Cardiac Death: Recognizing Cardiac Conditions in the Young Athlete

Price: $10.00 | Credits: 1

The Seattle criteria for interpretation of electrocardiograms (ECGs) in athletes will be discussed, followed by presentation of different ECGs to assist the learner to recognize high risk conditions in athletes that can lead to sudden cardiac death.

Pediatric and Adult Fatty Liver: Diagnosis and Treatment

Price: $10.00 | Credits: 1

The goal of this session is to provide an update regarding the guidelines for diagnosis of fatty liver, including diagnosis and treatment in children versus adults.

Heart Disease in Women

Price: $10.00 | Credits: .75

The goal of this activity is to educate about unique aspects of heart disease and women. The presentation will include review of these unique conditions including: microvascular ischemia, SCAD, cardiac hemodynamics during pregnancy and how to risk stratify women with with cardiac disease prior to pregnancy.

Health Care in the LGBTQ Population

Price: $10.00 | Credits: .75

Many providers are unaware of the unique health disparities that LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) patients face. This activity with provide the learners with the opportunity to better understand the unique needs of the LGBT patient, and be able to translate those needs to better clinical care.

Concussion Management

Price: $10.00 | Credits: 1.25

The goal of this activity is to summarize current concussion guidelines to allow prompt recognition of concussions, explain differences in presentation and time course based on age/gender/relevant comorbidities, review return to play work/guidelines, discuss indications for imaging as well as medication and complementary therapies which can facilitate a rapid return to work/play.

Medical Marijuana and the Endocannabinoid System

Price: $10.00 | Credits: .75

The goal of this activity is to update providers about the human endocannabinoid system, how cannabis works with the endocannabinoid system to directly help with disease processes, and how to use cannabis to decrease, or remove other medications patients are using.

Medical Marijuana Use in End of Life Issues and Pain Management

Price: $10.00 | Credits: .50

The use of medical cannabis is increasing in popularity despite our limited understanding about its clinical benefits and evidence. The information presented during this activity is designed to bridge the gap.

Increasing Breast Conservation Using Oncoplastic Techniques

Price: $10.00 | Credits: .50

The goal of this activity is to present data on the safety of oncoplastic procedures, provide clinical examples of offering breast conserving surgery to those considered likely mastectomy candidates while also discussing the risks and benefits.

Keeping Abreast of Hereditary Cancer Syndromes

Price: $10.00 | Credits: .50

The goal of this activity is to provide the learners with an overview of screening and eligibility for genetic counseling and testing of inherited breast cancer syndromes. Included will be a discussion about the implications for risk assessment, surveillance, and treatment guidelines of high and moderate penetrance genes.

Social Media and Physicians

Price: $10.00 | Credits: 1

The goal of this session is to raise awareness on the potential positive impact of digital communication and social media for patient education, to dispel myths, and for advocacy.

Update on Breast Cancer Survivorship

Price: $10.00 | Credits: .25

A recent guideline published jointly by the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Cancer Society has provided much needed guidance for healthcare professionals who care for female breast cancer survivors. This activity will provide an overview of implementation of the guideline, to hopefully assist providers to work with survivors to reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence and improve the overall health of the patient.

Advances and Challenges in Immunologic Therapy for Breast Cancer

Price: $10.00 | Credits: .50

Immunotherapy is just one of several individualized, personal medical approaches to combating cancer, and it holds promise for many patients, particularly those who struggle with severe side effects from conventional drug, radiation, and hormone therapies.

Domestic Violence Management and Surviorship

Price: $20.00 | Credits: 1.25

Domestic violence is frequently encountered by healthcare providers and should be addressed properly. Victims are often not recognized, and lack of knowledge on adequately identifying domestic violence is commonly presented as a barrier.

HIV/AIDS: Where Are We Now?

Price: $10.00 | Credits: .75

The goal of this activity is to update providers about recognizing the signs and symptoms of HIV/AIDS, and populations at risk. The discussion will include the latest in approaches to treatment, new prevention tools, new ways to help stop the spread of HIV infection, and communication strategies to educate patients about the risks of acquiring HIV.

Identification and Management of Tumor Protein p53 Gene Carriers Detected Through Multigene Panel Testing

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

Technological advances made possible through next-generation sequencing-based tests have led to a broad approach to testing for multiple genes simultaneously (called multigene panel testing), including those for which the patient does not meet clinical testing criteria.

Early Postoperative Complications After Oncoplastic Reduction

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

Breast-conserving surgery with adjuvant radiation therapy (BCT) has been established as safe oncologically. Oncoplastic breast surgery uses both oncologic and plastic surgery techniques for breast conservation to improve cosmetic outcomes. In this study, the risk factors associated with complications after oncoplastic breast reduction is evaluated.

Genomic Assays in Ductal Carcinoma In Situ: Implications for Management Decisions

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is a noninvasive form of breast cancer with an unpredictable risk of either progression to invasive disease or recurrence. The typical treatment of DCIS occurs at the time of diagnosis, which results in the overtreatment of certain patients with a low propensity for disease progression or recurrence.

Hematologic Malignancies Discovered on Investigation of Breast Abnormalities

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

Hematological malignancies of the breast share a presentation similar to primary breast carcinomas but differ substantially in therapeutic approach and clinical outcomes. In this study, the frequency of hematological malignancies, their relative primary and secondary occurrences, and further characterization of the distinct histopathologies of these malignancies with a special focus on lymphomas are investigated.

2017 Menopause

Price: $10 | Credits: 1.25

The goal of this session is to provide essential information about diagnosis and recommended treatments for major depressive illness during the prenatal, perinatal, pre-menopausal and post-menopausal stages of a woman’s lifespan, with a focus on common and severe presentations.

2017 Obesity and Pregnancy

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

The impact of prior bariatric surgery on pregnancy also will be discussed. Information to assist with communication with patients and their families regarding the complications of obesity during prenatal and intrapartum care will be provided.

2017 Management of the Perimenopause

Price: $10 | Credits: .75

The goal of this session is to discuss appropriate treatment of the perimenopause, which requires an understanding of the hormonal and physiologic changes of this period; a review of the symptoms; and a knowledge of effective treatment strategies that address the symptoms allowing comprehensive, yet individualized patient-centered care.

2017 Controversies in Hypertension Therapy

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

Evidenced-based medicine continues to be updated with regard to the clinical management of hypertension. New clinical trials, such as the SPRINT and HOPE-3 trials, which have clinical practice implications have recently been reported.

2017 Controversies in Mammogram Screening Guidelines

Price: $10 | Credits: .50

There is widespread confusion within both the medical community and the general public regarding the differing current mammogram screening guidelines that have been published by various medical specialty societies and organizations.

2017 Osteoporosis Update

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

The goal of this session is to provide guidance about implementing these recommended guidelines, the effective use of medications, and best practices when discussing treatment strategies with patients. There are also new medications on the horizon, which also will be highlighted.

2017 Zika: Where Are We Now?

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently updated its interim guidance for persons with possible Zika virus exposure who are planning to conceive, interim guidance to prevent transmission of Zika virus through sexual contact, and guidance on timing of conception after possible Zika virus exposure.

2017 Choosing the Appropriate Contraceptive

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

There also are unique challenges when offering contraception to patients with complex medical problems. The 2016 U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use is a useful tool for healthcare providers.

2017 Mood Disorders in Women

Price: $10 | Credits: .75

Throughout the stages of a woman’s lifespan, depression presents differently. Women report major depression ta nearly twice the rate of men. Women of childbearing age are at a higher risk for major depression.

2017 Rheumatologic Disorders in Pregnancy

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

The goal of this session is to provide a foundation for the understanding of the role of autoimmune disorders in the development of common morbidities of pregnancy. The importance of a multidisciplinary approach in the care of these patients to improve maternal and neonatal outcomes also will be emphasized.

2017 The Opioid Epidemic: Tools for Solutions

Price: $30 | Credits: 3

Healthcare providers who encounter patients seeking prescription medications or routinely provide care to manage pain need to be able to recognize signs of addiction and identify manipulative patient behaviors, and know appropriate options to assist with managing these patients.

2017 Cardiovascular and Hypertensive in Women

Price: $10 | Credits: 1.25

The goal of this session is to provide an in-depth overview of the major predictors of CVD in women, specifically gender-specific factors.

2017 Women’s Health Smartphone Apps: What You Should Know and Use

Price: $15 | Credits: 2.5

The following apps will be demonstrated, Part 1: ASCCP Mobile (American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology, Frederick MD), ASCVD Risk Estimator (American College of Cardiology, Washington DC, and American Heart Association, Dallas, TX), FRAX (iter9, LLC), and LactMed (National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD); Part 2: MenoPro (North American Menopause Society, Pepper Pike, OH), and STD Tx Guide (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta GA).

2017 Update on Current Pap Smear Screening Guidelines and Management of Abnormal Pap Results

Price: $10 | Credits: .50

To assist clinicians in better understanding and implementing the guidelines, the ASCCP has developed a comprehensive, user-friendly app, by which algorithms and recommendations can be viewed following a few simple keystrokes entering important patient data. This app will be demonstrated during the session.

2017 The Treatment of Depression in Primary Care

Price: $10 | Credits: .75

There are many effective, evidence-based treatments available for depression, including medications, psychotherapy, and self-management; however, major depressive disorder (MDD) is often under-diagnosed and under-treated.

2017 The Use of Mental Health Screening Tools in the Primary Care Setting : PHQ-2, PHQ-9, and GAD-7

Price: $10 | Credits: .50

Depression and anxiety are often comorbid with or the underlying cause of many of the concerns that primary care patients present within the office setting. The use of concise mental health screening tools is designed to assist with the identification of these conditions and facilitate developing treatment plans to address them.

2017 Managing Hyperthyroidism, Subclinical Thyroid Disease and Hyperthyroidism: New Guidelines for Better Care

Price: $10 | Credits: 1.5

In 2016 and early in 2017, the American Thyroid Association (ATA) published new guidelines that provide more effective care for thyroid disease in women including management of thyroid disorders during pregnancy. These guidelines are not widely known or followed.

2017 Update in Diabetes Management and the Role of the Microbiome

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

The goal of this session is to provide evidence-based dietary information that may improve the microbiome. In addition, an overview of the recently Food and Drug Adminstration-approved new diabetes medications and how they may be integrated into practice will be discussed, as well as new important warnings placed on older medications.

2017 Lipid Update: The New Cholesterol Guidelines

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

Clinicians continue to be uncertain regarding which patients benefit most from lipid-lowering therapy. Based on evidence from clinical trials, the most recent 2013 American College of Cardiology (ACC)/American Heart Association (AHA) Guidelines for the Treatment of Blood Cholesterol identified four groups that would benefit from statin-based therapy.

2017 Interactive Case Studies in Dermatology

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

This activity will guide the learner through actual dermatological cases related to hair loss, itching, and benign skin neoplasms. Initial history and clinical images will be shown, along with a differential diagnosis, diagnostic plan, and therapeutic strategy.

2017 See ME Differently

Price: $10 | Credits: .50

Although a great way to get away and discover what’s new, CME activities rarely address the specific needs of healthcare providers. Healthcare providers who continuously examine their practice/departments for deficiencies, identify areas for improvement, and then share these needs with their associations can together develop educational activities that solve problems.

2017 Benign Skin Tumors: Diagnosis and Management Made Simple

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

Benign skin tumors arise from epidermis and related adnexal structures (such as hair follicles and sebaceous glands), from mesenchymal connective tissue and dermal structures (nerves, muscles, and blood vessels), as well as from subcutaneous tissue (adipocytes-fat cells). Benign skin tumors may be seen at all ages, but are particularly common in association with the aging process.

2017 An Update on Heart Failure: Focus on the New FDA-Approved Drugs in 2016

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

Heart failure is one of the leading causes of hospitalization in those over 65 years of age and for rehospitalization within 30 days postdischarge. Although the treatment of heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) is as evidence-based as any in the field of cardiology, clinicians continue to fail to use these strategies to keep patients from hospitalization and cardiovascular death.

2017 “I’m Losing My Hair!” Alopecia and What to Do About It

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

Hair loss is a common patient complaint. In order to correctly diagnose alopecia, it is important to first classify it into one of two categories: scarring (cicatricial) or non-scarring. Scarring alopecia may be due to deleterious hair care patterns. Scarring alopecia can also be due to inflammatory disorders (such as discoid lupus erythematosus and lichen planus) or to rare ethnic scalp diseases.

2017 Medical Evaluation and Management of Osteoporosis

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

This activity will outline the basic evaluation for patients with osteoporosis and reasons to conduct a more thorough search for secondary causes. The speaker will review indications for treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis and briefly touch upon osteoporosis in men and premenopausal women.

2017 Primer on Liver Function Tests: A Guide for Primary Care Providers

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

The assessment of elevated liver function tests (LFTs) is often a confusing topic. This activity will review some commonly encountered causes of elevated liver function tests including fatty liver disease, biliary track disease, and hepatitis C. This will be done using cases that highlight what a primary care provider needs to know.

2017 The Hypertension Landscape in 2016: SPRINTING To Update the Guidelines

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

This activity will highlight the improvements in blood pressure (BP) control rates, the definitions of white-coat and masked hypertension, importance of out-of-office BP measurement, the antihypertensive drugs indicated for first-line treatment for hypertension, the future goals for BP reduction based on the recent SPRINT trial, and an approach to resistant hypertension.

2017 The Itchy Patient: Why Patients Develop Pruritus

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

Itching is a common complaint. In this activity, the speaker will briefly discuss the definition of itch and note phenomena which are associated with inhibition and itch sensitization. The most important way to approach itch is to first determine if a skin disorder ("rash") is present or absent. Itchy eruptions include xerosis, lichen planus, psoriasis, scabies and lice, insect bites, drug reaction, hives, granuloma annulare, tinea, and eczema. Newer drugs to combat these will be reviewed.

2017 Update on the Newer Diabetes Drugs: Wow Has the List Expanded

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

The armamentarium of drugs for diabetes mellitus has expanded greatly in the past decade. In particular, incretin mimetics (especially the GLP-1 receptor agonists) and SGLT-2 inhibitors allow for A1c reduction without weight gain; exciting preliminary data also suggest potential for cardiovascular benefit with select agents in these classes.

2017 Cases in GI and Hepatic Disease

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

In this activity, the speaker will present several interactive case presentations highlighting gastrointestinal conditions commonly encountered in general practice.

2017 Celiac Disease: The Great Masquerader

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

Celiac disease has been diagnosed in approximately 300,000 individuals in the United States. Due to the promotion of gluten-free products, millions of Americans are on a diet which will not be beneficial. In addition, many patients place themselves on a gluten-free diet and then ask us to diagnose whether they have sprue. This activity will provide a review of the common and uncommon clinical manifestations of celiac disease.

2017 Interpreting Abnormal Thyroid Function Tests and Understanding Indications for Treatment

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

Interpretation of thyroid function tests has become increasingly challenging. Myriad factors, including illness, binding globulin abnormalities, and many commonly used drugs, can affect the measured levels of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) and thyroid hormones without causing actual thyroid dysfunction.

2017 Improving Quality of Life in Your Patients With Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

Irritable bowel syndrome affects millions of Americans and can cause much stress to healthcare providers. In this activity, the speaker will review the various presentations of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and review several "pearls" that will make the care of IBS patients more effective.