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Use of Point-of-Care Ultrasound in Cardiopulmonary Disease

Price: $10 | Credits: .75

Despite numerous studies documenting the benefits of an ultrasound-enhanced bedside examination, focused or "point-of-care" ultrasound (POCUS) is underutilized, particularly among hospitalists and general practitioners. Cardiopulmonary disease is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality as well as healthcare spending. Use of cardiopulmonary POCUS has significant potential to enhance diagnostic accuracy for these conditions and improve patient care

Orthopedics: Sports Medicine

Price: $10 | Credits: 1.00

In the world of sports medicine, there are, at present, best practices that have been learned in numerous venues from the Olympic Games to high school and age group sports as well as professional athletics. The ability to deliver organized care and screening to the active population is imperative for appropriate safety, clinical interventions, and outcomes.

Newer Orthopedic Modalities & Therapies

Price: $10 | Credits: .75

New and intriguing developments that are in trials will potentially improve, in the future, the ability to appropriately use biologics (stem cells) and other treatments. Examples will be given of several studies that are ongoing to scientifically delineate the safety and effectiveness (or not) of these biologics, and techniques.

An Introduction to Rheumatologic Diseases: Which Ones to Treat, Which Ones to Refer

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

There is a nationwide shortage of rheumatologists; this shortage is even more acute in the southeastern United States, where there is only one rheumatologist for every 60,000 population. As a result, many patients have to travel hours to the closest rheumatologist, and quite often the waiting time can be several months.

Presidential Keynote Speaker: Cardiovascular Disease: Now is the Time to Act Globally

This is a free course. Credits: .75

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the world. Despite the presence of effective strategies, clinicians and health care systems fail to systematically apply these strategies to reduce cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.

Challenges of Physician Leadership

Price: $10 | Credits: .50

In an evolving healthcare system, physicians are now faced with administrative and regulatory burdens. Healthcare today requires innovative, interdisciplinary physician leaders who will envision and shape the future of the business of medicine.

Addressing Hypertension and Diabetes in the Southern Region: The Role of Telemedicine

Price: $10 | Credits: .50

The Southeastern United States lead the nation in prevalence, morbidity, and mortality for hypertension and diabetes. Within this region, there is also a tremendous gap in health equity among rural and low-income patient populations. Interventions using home blood pressure (BP) and glucose monitoring have been successful in lowering BP and hemoglobin A1c.

Pharmacological Therapeutic Advances: From New Pathways to Patient Care

Price: $10 | Credits: .50

Introduction of new drugs in the standard of care continues at a significant rate. Some of these discoveries represent the identification of ways to manipulate novel pathways in disease states. The time lag between discovery and eventual implementation may be significant

Physician Burnout Bundle Course

Price: $25 | Credits: 1.75

Physician burnout is currently recognized as a significant and growing crisis for the healthcare workforce. Over 65% of physicians are experiencing at least one symptom of burnout, and providers have almost a 100% prevalence of burnout over their career lifetime.

Individual Healing in Health Care: Prevent Burnout Through Resilience Building Strategies

Price: $10 | Credits: .50

Physician burnout is currently recognized as a significant and growing crisis for the healthcare workforce. Over 65% of physicians are experiencing at least one symptom of burnout, and providers have almost a 100% prevalence of burnout over their career lifetime.

The National Academy of Medicine Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience

Price: $10 | Credits: .75

Burnout is a syndrome characterized by a high degree of emotional exhaustion and depersonalization (ie, cynicism), and a low sense of personal accomplishment at work. Burnout has been linked to self-reported errors, patient dissatisfaction, and a decreased ability to express empathy. Physicians have twice the risk of burnout as the general population and physician satisfaction with work life balance is one-third less than the general population.

Overview of Common Digestive Disorders: Epidemiology and Treatment Guidelines

Price: $10 | Credits: .75

Gastrointestinal disorders are responsible for many patient visits and hospitalizations. This overview, followed by interactive case discussions, will inform physicians about current epidemiology and guidelines for screening and treatment of five common issues related to common digestive disorders, including those of the esophagus, stomach, colon, pancreas, and liver.

Office Design, Practice Workflow Improvements From the Road

This is a free course. Credits: Non-CME

Listen to Part 4 of the SMA Webcast series, SMA Healthcare Tech Webcast with Andy and Reza.

Choice Apps That Will Help Make Your Practice Run More Smoothly

This is a free course. Credits: Non-CME

Listen to Part 3 of the SMA Webcast series, SMA Healthcare Tech Webcast with Andy and Reza.

Telehealth: Telehealth… What, Why, and How It Can Work For You

This is a free course. Credits: Non-CME

Listen to Part 2 of the SMA Webcast series, SMA Healthcare Tech Webcast with Andy and Reza.

Tech Frustration and Burnout: Making Technology Work for You

This is a free course. Credits: Non-CME

Listen to Part 1 of the SMA Webcast series, SMA Healthcare Tech Webcast with Andy and Reza.

Bladder Basics

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

This activity will facilitate understanding the prevalence of urinary incontinence in women, including common types and their etiology, modalities for screening and early steps in management.

Menopausal Hormone Therapy: Is the Pendulum Swinging Back?

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

This activity, after a short review of the recent literature, will use case presentations to demonstrate appropriate recommendations, decision algorithms, and prescription options for menopausal hormone therapy.

Exercise in an Aging Population

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

The goal of this activity is to provide guidance for clinicians to follow when prescribing exercise in older adults while considering unique characteristics and concerns such as preventing the progression of osteoporosis and osteoarthritis in this population. A rationale for pre-exercise screening prior to initiating an exercise program in patients will also be discussed.

Hypertension Guidelines Update: Where Are We Now?

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

Given the magnitude of the changes in the recently updated ACC-AHA Guidelines, this activity will review the evidence-based medicine that led to the changes proposed and describe the clinical applicability of the guidelines.

Cardiovascular Disease Update: Hypertension, Cardiac Disease, Stroke

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

Cardiovascular Disease continues to be the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States and now globally. Hypertension also remains one of the major risk factors for cardiovascular disease including heart disease (coronary heart disease, congestive heart failure, left ventricular hypertrophy, and arrhythmias) and cerebrovascular disease (stroke).

The Preparticipation Exam and Further Evaluation and Management of Concussions in Adolescents

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

This activity will discuss the use of the preparticipation exam (PPE) for the recognition of at-risk adolescent athletes as well as the earlier evaluation and assessment of the concussed patient.

OB/GYN Cases That Taught Me Something New This Year

Price: $10 | Credits: .75

Each year a patient (or patients) will present to your office with a diagnosis that surprises you, escapes you, or forces you to research something about which you knew little. In this activity, cases on 3 – 4 such patients with problems which range from unusual headaches to unexpected allergic reactions to unanticipated ultrasound findings will be presented.

Cancer Screening Update: Paps, Mammos, Ovaries

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and is second only to lung cancer as a cause of cancer-related death. Ovarian cancer, which accounts for only 3% of reproductive tract cancers, causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system.

Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) for the Generalist: How it is Used and Why it Matters

Price: $10 | Credits: 2

This introduction to POCUS will serve as a broad overview for those not familiar with its use or the emerging technologies and trends in medical education. The content will emphasize core concepts needed for scanning at the bedside and the physics behind ultrasound, and will utilize numerous clinical cases to ensure relevance to daily practice is appreciated.

Cases in Osteoporosis/Managing Thyroid Disorders in Older Patients

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

Using illustrative cases, this activity will highlight new developments in osteoporosis therapy, as well as different approaches and new methods to manage thyroid disease in older patients.

Management of Chronic Medical Conditions: Pre and Post Conception: What’s Different?

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

Healthcare professionals are skilled at treating common medical problems. However, in pregnancy, physiologic changes occur allowing fetal impact of diseases as well as medications to treat them. Providers need to recognize these changes in order to affectively and appropriately manage and treat their patients.

Management of Chronic Conditions: Diabetes Types 1 & 2, Obesity, and Dyslipidemia

Price: $10 | Credits: 1.5

An overview of new medications, devices, and examples of their appropriate use for both Type 1 and Type 11 Diabetes is discussed. The new guidelines in the management of dyslipidemia and new evidence-based medicine suggesting that in certain individuals with dyslipidemia more aggressive reduction in LDL-cholesterol should be achieved is also presented.

Contraceptive Update

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

This activity will review recent contraceptive updates for hormonal, non-hormonal, and surgical options.

Mental Health of Pre-Menopausal Women (Post-partum Depression, Anxiety, Addiction Disorders)

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

Disorders that are present before pregnancy or recurring along with disorders that emerge during pregnancy or in the postpartum period are all considered perinatal mental illness. Early detection and management of these disorders are important for the well-being of women and their offspring.

Managing Exercise During Pregnancy

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

Pregnancy has evolved as a contributor to the worldwide obesity epidemic and multiple related maternal and fetal comorbidities. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recognizes that sedentary lifestyle is a health risk for women, and guidelines for exercise were recently updated.

Infertility: Patient Evaluation, Treatment & Advice for the Non-Infertility Specialist

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

This activity will address recommendations for timing of evaluation, guidelines for general testing of the infertile couple and consideration of a role for targeted testing in some. Primary care treatments and when to refer to a specialist will be reviewed.

Adolescent Gynecology-Pelvic Pain and the Menstrual Cycle: Not Just Little Adults

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

This activity will review the gynecologic etiologies for both acute and chronic pelvic pain as well as the available medical and surgical treatment options. The menstrual cycle in adolescent females will also be discussed.

Early Diagnosis Saves Lives: Endocrinology Screening, Thyroid, Pituitary, Bone Diseases, and Hypertension

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

Illustrative cases will be used to demonstrate diagnostic and therapeutic interventions while explaining new therapies and medications of certain thyroid, pituitary, and metabolic disorders in young women. the effectiveness of using a simple and standardized pharmacologic formulary and treatment algorithm in the management of hypertension will also be highlighted.

Adolescent Sexual Health

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

During this activity, adolescent sexual health including counseling patients about methods to reduce sexual risk behaviors and unintended pregnancies, screening for sexually transmitted infections, and the importance of the HPV vaccination will be discussed.

Teens, Trauma & Turmoil: Forging Resilience in Adolescent Girls

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

By mid-adolescence, girls are more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with a mood disorder as boys, with the prevalence at adult levels, 14 to 20 percent. Serious issues that are directly associated with teenage depression and anxiety include suicidal thinking (or behavior), and substance abuse.

Driving and Patients with Dementia

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

Driving is often a sensitive issue that may pose significant risks to the patient and community. Agnosia, apraxia, and easy distractibility make it unsafe for the patient with Alzheimer’s disease to drive.

Agnosia Interferes with Daily Hygiene in Patients with Dementia

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

Caregivers of patients with dementia often state that they do not know when a catastrophic reaction will unexpectedly erupt. They find themselves sucked in, unable to change course and unable to avoid or change the catastrophic outcome.

Fronto-Temporal Dementia, Diabetes Mellitus & Excessive Eating

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

Diabetes mellitus is common among older people. Hypoglycemia is a sign of poorly controlled diabetes mellitus and may lead to irritability, agitation, anxiety, hunger and an excessive food intake, which in turn may make the control of diabetes more difficult.

Insomnia and Mild Cognitive Impairment

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

Insomnia is a common problem in older people, especially in patients with dementia whose circadian rhythm is often impaired. Insomnia exerts such a toll on caregivers that it is often the main reason for seeking to institutionalize their loved ones with dementia.

Visual Hallucinations and Paranoid Delusions

Price: $10.00 | Credits: 1

Visual well-formed hallucinations, fluctuations in the level of cognition and alertness and extrapyramidal signs are core features of dementia with Lewy bodies. Some patients realize that what they are seeing or hearing are just hallucinations and learn to accept them.

Impulsive, Disinhibited Behavior—Dining in a Restaurant

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

Dining in a restaurant with a loved one who has dementia can be an ordeal, especially if the expectations of the caregiver do not match those of the patient and the restaurant environment is not suitable for patients with dementia.

Repetitive Questioning II

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

Repetitive questioning is a major problem for caregivers, particularly taxing if they are unable to recognize and understand the reasons why their loved one keeps asking the same question over and over again.

Repetitive Questioning Exasperates Caregivers

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

Repetitive questioning is a frequent problem in patients with Alzheimer’s disease resulting from their poor attention span and impaired short-term memory. A number of factors may trigger and maintain repetitive questioning. Caregivers should try identifying and addressing the underlying reason(s) for repetitive questioning.

Patients with Dementia Are Easily Distracted

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) is the middle ground between normal, age-appropriate memory impairment and dementia. Whereas patients with MCI are able to cope with the memory deficit those with dementia are not: their memory impairment and other cognitive deficits are of sufficient magnitude to interfere with the patients’ ability to cope independently with daily activities.

Hallucinations Are Real to Patients with Dementia

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

In this case study, we present a patient with preexistent posttraumatic stress disorder and psychosis who has been recently diagnosed with Dementia with Lewy Bodies. He is experiencing vivid hallucinations. What went wrong between him and his wife as a result of these hallucinations is presented. Alternative actions that could have been used are suggested.

Patients with Dementia are Easy Victims to Predators

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

Patients with dementia, especially Alzheimer’s disease and particularly those in early stages, are susceptible to become victims of predators: Their agnosia prevents them from detecting and accurately interpreting subtle signals that otherwise would have alerted them that they are about to fall for a scam. Furthermore, their judgment is impaired very early in the disease process, often before other symptoms manifest themselves and usually before a diagnosis is made.

Too Many Choices Confuse Patients with Dementia

Price: $10 | Credits: 1

In this case study, we describe how an essentially simple benign task (choosing a dress to wear) can rapidly escalate and result in a catastrophic outcome. We examine what went wrong in the patient/caregiver interaction and how that potentially catastrophic situation could have been avoided or defused

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.

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.

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.

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 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.