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How To Taper Patients Off Of Chronic Opioid Therapy

This CME activity will enable doctors to recognize when risks of chronic opioid therapy outweigh benefits, and how to safely and compassionately taper patients off of chronic opioid therapy (including the use of buprenorphine to make this transition). A real life patient case scenario will be used to illustrate these principles in practice, including what to say to patients to communicate risks and provide support through the difficult period of withdrawal. When to refer for addiction treatment will also be discussed.


E-Cigarettes: Harmful or Harm-Reducing?

This CME activity focuses on the science of e-cigarettes – particularly health risks and benefits. Based on observed patterns in questions from real patients and answers from practicing physicians, we emphasize potential health impacts of e-cigarettes and regulated alternatives such as nicotine replacement therapy. Opportunities focus on special issues related to youth and use by patients in perioperative phase, cancer treatment or cardiovascular disease treatment. Online learners are engaged through interactive video role-play, expert interviews, and interactive activities.


NETs 101

Over the past several decades, the incidence of neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) has sharply increased. The selection of initial and subsequent therapies requires careful consideration of both tumor and treatment characteristics. This online CME course seeks to update physicians concerning guidelines and best practice recommendations, so they understand the basics of NET nomenclature, pathology, epidemiology, and identify appropriate treatment strategies.


Type 2 Diabetes Management

This CME activity provides a practical approach to lifestyle and medication management for type 2 diabetes mellitus. The course will take the learner through a case-based learning activity focusing on new medications and medication algorithms. Note: Insulin therapy is not addressed in this course. The course will also address culturally sensitive food-based counseling to facilitate lifestyle modifications.


Locating and Using Medical Information in the Digital Age

Given the proliferation of information and information tools, today’s practicing clinicians and nurses need to identify reliable medical information resources, effectively search those sources, and then manage the information that they find efficiently and appropriately. This course will have direct relevance and benefit to any health care provider who seeks efficient ways to apply the most recent evidence-based practices to their patients.


Presentation and Management of Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS) 

This CME activity provides a practical approach to the recognition and management of Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome, also referred to as PANS. PANS is relatively newly understood, under-identified, and therefore under-treated in clinical practice. In PANS, “medical” infectious and inflammatory diseases present with severe, often debilitating “mental” psychiatric and neurological symptoms. When the connections between infection, inflammation and PANS symptoms are not suspected and identified, the opportunity for clinical treatment may be missed or delayed. During this course, typical presentations will be illustrated with case scenarios. Different aspects of evaluation will be demonstrated, including physical examination for neurological soft signs. Treatment algorithms will also be demonstrated, and the role of family education, multidisciplinary coordination and need for school accommodations will be discussed.


An Evidence-Based Approach to the Diagnosis and Management of Migraines in Adults in the Primary Care and General Neurology Setting

This online CME activity provides a practical approach to the diagnosis and management of migraine for primary care providers and general neurologist. We will cover key concepts in the diagnosis and management of migraine through an online interactive video-based course with cases to reinforce your knowledge. Migraine is a type of chronic headache disorder which requires ongoing maintenance to prevent attacks. It is one of the most disabling conditions and a common disorder evaluated by primary care physicians and general neurologists. The diagnosis of migraine and standard of care treatment approaches including pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic strategies will be reviewed. Patient and family counseling as well as educational resources for patients will also be provided upon completion of the course.


Thinking Critically: Interpreting Screening Trials

This course seeks to fulfill the clinical community’s need to improve skills in the critical evaluation of clinical research papers. Competency in critical appraisal skills can have a significant impact by improving clinical practice, quality of research projects, and peer-review of manuscripts and grants. The course will utilize efficient and engaging videos with relevant clinical examples to cover essential research methodology principles. The online format will provide opportunities for self-paced learning and practicing critical appraisal of published studies that evaluate screening efficacy. This applies to all specialties in various settings of practice.


Hypertension in Primary Care: Improving Control and Reducing Risk

This CME activity presents critical information in the diagnosis and management of hypertension in the primary care setting through interactive case presentations. These cases describe common and challenging care dilemmas. The activity will cover the principles of hypertension pathophysiology and diagnosis; recent hypertensive guidelines and trials; and the development of appropriate hypertensive regimens for both uncomplicated and resistant hypertension. In addition, the activity will cover when advanced diagnostics and referral to specialty care are indicated.


SonoDoc

The American Medical Association has recognized the utility of ultrasound; it recommends training and education standards are developed by each physician’s respective specialty.  Emergency medicine was an early adopter of bedside focused ultrasound due to the need for rapid evaluation of critically ill patients and patients in acute pain. Now, other specialty organizations, including critical care, surgery, internal medicine, OB-GYN, and pediatrics are starting to include ultrasound during residency training.  Many currently practicing physicians were trained before ultrasound training was available and may not realize its utility in their practice. This game-based course will provide strategies on how to use bedside focused ultrasound, image interpretation, and integrate it in the clinical practice.


SafetyQuest: Level One - QI Basics

Modern healthcare is complex and has many opportunities for error. To ensure patient safety, hospitals and healthcare systems must continually strive to work together as a team, create a culture of patient safety, and identify and mitigate risks. SafetyQuest is a sequential series of online CME gaming modules (levels 1 - 4) that provide an innovative and immersive experience to understanding the underlying causes of patient safety issues. This unique educational program emphasizes a problem-solving approach to preventing errors in all healthcare settings and seeks to ensure that patients are provided with care that supports the key quality aims of the Institute of Medicine. 


SafetyQuest: Level Two - Moving Beyond QI Basics

Modern healthcare is complex and has many opportunities for error. To ensure patient safety, hospitals and healthcare systems must continually strive to work together as a team, create a culture of patient safety, and identify and mitigate risks. SafetyQuest is a sequential series of online CME gaming modules (levels 1 - 4) that provide an innovative and immersive experience to understanding the underlying causes of patient safety issues. This unique educational program emphasizes a problem-solving approach to preventing errors in all healthcare settings and seeks to ensure that patients are provided with care that supports the key quality aims of the Institute of Medicine. 


SafetyQuest: Level Three - Implementing QI

Modern healthcare is complex and has many opportunities for error. To ensure patient safety, hospitals and healthcare systems must continually strive to work together as a team, create a culture of patient safety, and identify and mitigate risks. SafetyQuest is a sequential series of online CME gaming modules (levels 1 - 4) that provide an innovative and immersive experience to understanding the underlying causes of patient safety issues. This unique educational program emphasizes a problem-solving approach to preventing errors in all healthcare settings and seeks to ensure that patients are provided with care that supports the key quality aims of the Institute of Medicine. 


SafetyQuest: Level Four - Mastering QI

Modern healthcare is complex and has many opportunities for error. To ensure patient safety, hospitals and healthcare systems must continually strive to work together as a team, create a culture of patient safety, and identify and mitigate risks. SafetyQuest is a sequential series of online CME gaming modules (levels 1 - 4) that provide an innovative and immersive experience to understanding the underlying causes of patient safety issues. This unique educational program emphasizes a problem-solving approach to preventing errors in all healthcare settings and seeks to ensure that patients are provided with care that supports the key quality aims of the Institute of Medicine. 


Health Across the Gender Spectrum 

This course offers an intimate, story-based introduction to the experiences of six transgender children and their families. Through illustrated stories and short teaching videos, learners will gain a better understanding of gender identity and the gender spectrum. Stanford physicians, K-12 educators, and transgender faculty members offer practical tips for parents, teachers, healthcare providers and anyone who wants to help create a more gender-expansive environment - one in which all people can live authentically. As a global community of unique individuals, we can begin to build a world that is ready to nurture and love each and every child.


Identifying Early Signs of Psychosis in Adolescents and Young Adults 

This CME activity provides a practical approach to the identification and screening of suspected psychosis. Narrative storytelling and didactic pieces provide a unique insight into the mind of a patient experiencing the early signs and symptoms of psychosis. Case scenarios will be used to demonstrate skills in talking to young people, and their families, about psychosis. Early warning signs will be reviewed along with high-yield screening questions to support understanding, identifying and treating psychosis in adolescents and young adults.


CSI:ME Case Studies in Medical Errors 

This CME activity aims to improve the practicing physicians’ and other health care providers’ knowledge about the types of medical errors that can occur and different methods of mitigating and/or preventing these events from occurring by utilizing The Joint Commission guidelines and standards pertaining to the National Patient Safety Goals.  The activity is a web-enabled, interactive program that permits the participant to work on medical events by investigating and analyzing root causes and/or contributing factors to comprehend how medical errors can occur. These are the skills that can be utilized on a daily basis by healthcare providers to ensure safe patient care. 


Dementia and Diversity in Primary Care: African American Populations

Although dementia is the most common diagnosis in older adulthood it is under-recognized in primary care. This gap in recognition is even greater for patients, their caregivers and families who belong to various ethnic and racial minority populations. As U.S. residents are aging, and becoming more racially and ethnically diverse, physicians and other healthcare providers will increasingly need to tailor their care to specific populations.

This series of continuing education activities is designed to help healthcare providers recognize dementia, select culturally appropriate assessment tools, and communicate effectively about dementia care in ethnically and racially diverse populations. This course, Dementia and Diversity in Primary Care: African American Populations, will provide information on assessing and caring for Dementia patients, their families, and caregivers in African American populations.


Previously Released

Antimicrobial Stewardship: Improving Clinical Outcomes by Optimization of Antibiotic Practices

This video based course will introduce learners to the basic principles of appropriate antibiotic use, demonstrate how to apply these principles to the management of common infections, and outline how to develop and maintain an antimicrobial stewardship program. We will offer a number of illustrative cases, recognizable to the practicing physician in his or her practice to engage learners in the thought processes that lead to optimal decision making, improved outcomes of individual patients, and harm reduction vis-a-vis the bacterial ecology. The course will also explore strategies to implement principles of antimicrobial stewardship both in your practice and also at a program level.


Musculoskeletal Primer for the Non-Orthopedist

This CME activity focuses on providing a biomechanical and anatomic framework for physicians to understand musculoskeletal medicine, providing a clinical paradigm and confidence that clinicians can apply to all musculoskeletal injury care, reducing referral needs, improving recovery timeframes, and reducing condition relapse potential. Interactive Case scenarios, video demonstrations of exam techniques, and computer modeling will augment the didactic material. Patient education tools will be accessible online for reference in an effort to foster further learning and patient independent recovery.


Dementia and Diversity in Primary Care: South Asian American Populations

This series of continuing education activities is designed to help healthcare providers recognize dementia, select culturally appropriate assessment tools, and communicate effectively about dementia care in ethnically and racially diverse populations. This course, Dementia and Diversity in Primary Care: South Asian American Populations, will provide information on assessing and caring for Dementia patients, their families, and caregivers in South Asian American Populations.


Unconscious Bias in Medicine

This CME activity provides education on unconscious bias in the academic medicine workplace. Existing research on unconscious bias will provide a science-based view of this seemingly non-science topic. Case studies with examples of unconscious bias, self-assessment opportunities, and exploring bias busting strategies will enable learners to understand how to bring the content into their own unique environments.


Managing Atrial Fibrillation

This CME online activity seeks to improve the ability and skills of the practicing physician and allied professional to manage atrial fibrilation with appropriate, effective, timely interventions and timely referrals. The online activity will discuss techniques to optimize outcomes of catheter ablation, device therapy, and medical therapy of patients with atrial fibrilation. The online activity will utilize animated videos, interactive case scenarios, and quizzes to optimize learning.


To Prescribe or Not To Prescribe? Antibiotics and Outpatient Infections

This CME activity provides a practical approach to the management of common outpatient infections by the primary care provider through the use of didactic videos, patient role plays and interactive case based video. National guidelines will be reviewed with emphasis on the most appropriate empiric antibiotic choice and duration of therapy. Video role plays will demonstrate communication skills that can be used with patients regarding appropriate antibiotic usage.


HealthPro Advantage: Anti-Doping Education for the Health Professional

Physicians treating recreational and/or elite athletes that are governed by the World Anti-Doping Agency rules and regulations are also subject to anti-doping policies. Failure to adhere to these policies can result in anti-doping rule violations and sanctions for both the athlete and physician. This CME activity provides current anti-doping specific information for physicians and other health and medical professionals. Learners will engage in the educational activity via interactive text, animations, videos, and case-based studies.


Introduction to Food and Health

This CME activity provides a practical approach to supporting healthy eating for a variety of medical needs. Through the use of didactic videos, animated cases, and interactive activities course participants will gain proficiency in recommending well-established nutritional practices and assessing barriers to healthy eating for patients and physicians alike. By evaluating personal eating behaviors and barriers to healthy eating, physicians will emerge from the course better equipped to support sustainable positive change in their patients’ food choices while simultaneously having an opportunity to embark on optimizing their own nutritional health.


Dementia and Diversity in Primary Care: Latino Populations

This series of continuing education activities is designed to help healthcare providers recognize dementia, select culturally appropriate assessment tools, and communicate effectively about dementia care in ethnically and racially diverse populations. This course, Dementia and Diversity in Primary Care: Latino Populations, will provide information on assessing and caring for Dementia patients, their families, and caregivers in Latino/Hispanic American Populations.


Dementia and Diversity in Primary Care: A Primer - Guidelines, Ethnic Differences, and Assessments

As U.S. residents are aging, and becoming more racially and ethnically diverse, physicians and other healthcare providers will increasingly need to tailor their care to specific populations. This series of continuing education activities is designed to help healthcare providers recognize dementia, select culturally appropriate assessment tools, and communicate effectively about dementia care in ethnically and racially diverse populations. This initial course, Dementia and Diversity in Primary Care: A Primer - Guidelines, Ethnic Differences, and Assessment, will introduce primary care physicians and members of their care teams to the “ethnogeriatric imperative” and its impact on dementia.


Prescription Drug Misuse and Addiction: Compassionate Care for a Complex Problem

This CME activity provides a practical approach to the management of prescription drug misuse and addiction, including how to use the clinical interview and CURES (California’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program) to identify if a problem exists, and how to intervene once the problem has been identified. Animated didactic videos, interactive slides, and video case scenarios will be used to put these principles into practice with a treatment algorithm. The most compassionate approach to tapering patients down and off the medication they are misusing will also be discussed.


Optimizing Antimicrobial Therapy with Timeouts

This CME/CPE activity provides a practical approach to performing “Antibiotic Timeouts” in the inpatient setting. Using short, didactic sessions, we will provide examples on how to reassess antibiotic therapy started empirically using clinical, laboratory, and microbiological data. The majority of this CME/CPE will be high-yield, interactive inpatient cases covering skin and soft tissue infections, pneumonia, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, and neutropenic fever, that illustrate the timeout process and the principles of appropriate use of antimicrobials.


Congenital Hypothyroidism: What Every Primary Care Provider Needs to Know

Using a case-based approach, this CME activity will provide practical training on the management of congenital hypothyroidism directed at the primary care physician. The course will address the initial diagnostic testing and initiation of treatment in infancy through childhood and adolescence.

The course will review the clinical signs of hypothyroidism, the initial work up, appropriate dosing and delivery of thyroid hormone replacement, the schedule of lab testing to monitor treatment and how to interpret results. 


Thinking Critically: Interpreting Randomized Clinical Trials

This course seeks to fulfill the clinical community’s need to improve skills in the critical evaluation of clinical research papers. Competency in critical appraisal skills can have a significant impact by improving clinical practice, quality of research projects, and peer-review of manuscripts and grants. The course will utilize efficient and engaging videos with relevant clinical examples to cover essential research methodology principles.

The online format will provide opportunities for self-paced learning and practicing critical appraisal of a variety of published studies that evaluate benefit, harm, and prognosis.


Writing in Science

Many physicians and medical researchers have not had a formal training in scientific writing and have not had mentors in their professional setting to assist them with improving this skill. Scientific writing is an important skill enabling effective disseminating of medical knowledge, clear communication and obtaining grant funding. This course seeks to improve skills in scientific writing as it applies to publishing clear and effective scientific papers and reviewing clinical research.


Statistics for Medical Professionals

This course seeks to fulfill the need in the clinical community to better understand medical statistics as it pertains to practicing evidence based medicine, communicating treatment outcome probability to patients and interpreting the results of studies and scientific papers, and in turn improving quality of patient care. This applies to all specialties in various settings of practice.


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