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Tuesday and Wednesday Pre-Courses

Two-Day Pre-Courses

Tuesday, April 21 and Wednesday, April 22

Register for Pre-Courses

PRE 2013 Critical Care Medicine 2020

Tuesday and Wednesday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Robert A. Balk, MD, MCCM, MACP, FCCP
Professor of Medicine, Director, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine,
Associate CMO for Critical Care, Department of Internal Medicine, Rush Medical College and Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL

This Pre-Course will provide the opportunity to understand the principles of diagnosis and management of common clinical issues encountered in the management of patients in the intensive care unit. Particular attention will be placed on the recognition of disease process, acute management of critical illness, and prevention of complications in the critically ill adult patient.

Topics discussed include management of acute coronary syndromes and myocardial infarction, acute stroke, acute respiratory failure (including acute respiratory distress syndrome), circulatory shock, pulmonary embolism, drug overdose, sepsis and septic shock, surgical emergencies (i.e., ischemic bowel and necrotizing fasciitis), acute airflow obstruction in obstructive lung disease, and severe pneumonia. Also discussed will be the management of patients with a wide variety of infectious diseases, approaches to acute encephalopathy, blood product utilization, mechanical ventilatory support of the critically ill patient, care of the cancer patient in the intensive care unit, and methods for preventing common complications in the critically ill patient.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Update the internist on common disorders and diseases encountered in the intensive care unit.
  2. Review the diagnostic techniques used in the management of the critically ill adult.
  3. Discuss recommendations for the management of common critical illnesses encountered in the intensive care unit and strategies for the prevention of complications of critical illness.

PRE 2014 Update in General Internal Medicine and MOC Exam Prep

Tuesday and Wednesday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Fred A. Lopez, MD, MACP
Richard Vial Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Medicine,
Louisiana State University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA

G. Nicholas Verne, MD
Professor and Chair, Department of Medicine,
Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA

This Pre-Course provides an update in internal medicine and preparation for an MOC exam. Taught by a faculty of clinician-educators, each an expert in his/her subspecialty, the course uses a highly interactive format to engage participants. Clinical scenarios and challenging multiple-choice questions are springboards for discussion of recent advances across the spectrum of internal medicine. With the use of an audience-response system, participants can compare their clinical judgement with that of their peers. This course is an effective way to update your knowledge and/or prepare for an ABIM exam.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Increase and refresh knowledge of internal medicine through discussion of challenging cases frequently seen in practice.
  2. Become adept at working through difficult exam type questions logically and successfully.
  3. Implement changes in clinical practice in accordance with recent advances and guidelines.

PRE 2015 Point-of-Care Ultrasound: Foundational Skills for Internists

Tuesday and Wednesday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Renee K. Dversdal, MD, FACP
Associate Professor of Medicine, Director, OHSU Point of Care Ultrasound, General Medicine Ultrasound Fellowship Director,
Division of Hospital Medicine, Department of Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR

David M. Tierney, MD, FACP
Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency, Director - IMBUS Program, Division of Internal Medicine,
Department of Graduate Medical Education, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, MN

Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) is an emerging patient assessment tool for internists. This intensive 2-day Pre-Course is designed to teach core point-of-care ultrasound skills to internists who practice in a variety of settings.

If you are excited about the potential for point-of-care ultrasound to expand your clinical assessment skills, come join this course taught by internationally acclaimed faculty. Online prelearning assignments and live lectures will provide a comprehensive foundation of core ultrasound knowledge. Utilizing a small-group, hands-on format, attendees will practice ultrasound scanning on live models to support the development of bedside image acquisition skills.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify indications and rationale for performing the following examinations:
    • Pulmonary ultrasound
    • Focused cardiac ultrasound
    • Kidney and bladder ultrasound
    • Evaluation of abdomen for free fluid
    • Evaluation of lower extremity for deep venous thrombosis
  2. Perform the ultrasound exams listed above.
  3. Interpret normal and abnormal images for the applications listed above.
  4. Interpret point-of-care ultrasound findings in clinical case scenarios.
  5. Perform ultrasound-guided thoracentesis, paracentesis, and vascular access using simulators.
  6. Describe the principles of ultrasound operation, artifacts, and image optimization.

Note: This is a POCUS foundation course. Internists who complete this course will meet prerequisite training requirements for enrollment in additional internal medicine POCUS courses that will be offered by ACP. Visit acponline.org/pocus for more information.

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