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Wednesday Pre-Courses

One-Day Pre-Courses

Wednesday, April 22

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PRE 2006 Cardiology for the Internist 2020: The Key Points

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

David L. Fischman, MD, FACP
Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine,
Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

Howard H. Weitz, MD, MACP, FRCP (London), FACC
Bernard L. Segal Professor of Clinical Cardiology, Senior Associate Dean,
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

This Pre-Course will provide a focused update of the diagnostic, preventive, and therapeutic approaches to the patient at risk for, or with known, cardiovascular disease. Expert clinician-educators will focus on the cardiovascular disease issues that internists most frequently encounter and will provide “Key Points” to update the audience and foster patient care. Subjects covered will include identification and management of acute and chronic coronary artery disease, optimal treatment of acute and chronic heart failure, update in the treatment of hypertension, risk assessment and risk reduction for the patient with cardiac disease who undergoes noncardiac surgery, approach to the patient with valvular heart disease, approach to the care of the pregnant patient who has cardiac disease, atrial fibrillation update, approach to the treatment of the patient with edema, and discussion of selected cases.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Update the internist on the diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to the patient with known cardiovascular disease.
  2. Become familiar with the guidelines and recent studies regarding hypertension, valvular heart disease, optimal blood pressure control, and care of the patient with cardiovascular disease who undergoes noncardiac surgery.
  3. Understand approaches for decreasing the risk of complications and decreasing hospital readmissions for patients with a variety of cardiovascular issues.
  4. Become familiar with optimal surgical and pharmacologic treatments for the care of patients with coronary artery disease, heart failure, valvular heart disease, and atrial fibrillation.
  5. Become familiar with the transition of care following hospital discharge for patients with a variety of cardiac issues.

PRE 2007 Advances in Therapy

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

Douglas S. Paauw, MD, MACP
Professor of Medicine, Rathmann Family Foundation Endowed Chair for Patient-Centered Clinical Education,
Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA

This Pre-Course will focus on pearls to help the practicing internist to maximize the utility of drug therapies. Newer medications and new uses for older medications will be covered. Current recommendations for “best therapy” for different diseases will also be covered. Common side effects of medications will be emphasized. Faculty will provide practical information on medications used for common medical problems, diabetes, and infectious diseases; safe use of medications in the elderly; and drug interactions.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Prescribe appropriate drug therapies for diseases commonly seen in the office.
  2. Understand safe drug prescribing in the elderly.
  3. Understand the use and appropriate place of new diabetes therapies.
  4. Gain a better understanding of drug reactions and interactions.

PRE 2008 Hospital Medicine: Success in a Complex Environment

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

Jamie Newman, MD, MHA, MACP
Associate Professor, Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Roger Yu, MD, FHM, FACP
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine,
Scripps Clinic, La Jolla, CA

The hospital is a complex environment. Navigating it on behalf of our patients requires a broad and constantly growing body of clinical knowledge combined with an understanding of the systems that support them. This Pre-Course will take you through the challenges of common and uncommon clinical conundrums, aggravating administrative assignments, and Byzantine bureaucratic barriers.

First and foremost, we will keep in mind the needs of the patient, as well as the impact on the hospital and the hospitalist. Individual lectures will involve review of up-to-date medical care using a case-based format and an audience-response system. This Pre-Course will present an advanced and practical perspective of hospital medicine.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review inpatient management of complex patients in case-based presentations.
  2. Succeed at adapting to new rules and regulations to better advocate for patients.
  3. Updates in the latest hospital medicine literature.

PRE 2009 Practical Office Orthopedics and Sports Medicine for the Internist

Wednesday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Edward (Ted) Parks, MD
Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Internal Medicine,
University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, CO

Musculoskeletal complaints and sport-related injuries are very common in primary care, but internists receive little instruction in office-based orthopedics. Most of these conditions do not require surgery and can therefore be managed by the knowledgeable internist. This Pre-Course is designed to provide participants with the knowledge and tools needed to correctly evaluate, diagnose, and treat most orthopedic complaints seen in the internal medicine office. The Pre-Course will utilize a case-based approach to familiarize participants with basic joint and tendon anatomy and landmarks and make participants comfortable with performing a concise, targeted office exam. This will be combined with knowledge of the epidemiology of musculoskeletal complaints in primary care to develop an accurate diagnostic approach. Treatment of these common conditions will be discussed, with special emphasis on a practical, evidence-based, cost-effective approach to physical therapy and medical devices (e.g., splints).

Learning Objectives:

  1. Know the epidemiology of the most common orthopedic and sports medicine conditions seen in the internal medicine office.
  2. Identify basic joint and tendon anatomy in major joint and musculoskeletal regions.
  3. Perform targeted, practical, evidence-based diagnostic maneuvers for common musculoskeletal complaints.
  4. Feel competent and confident in diagnosing musculoskeletal problems through history and physical examination.
  5. Recognize indications for judicious use of imaging.
  6. Develop treatment plans, including medication, exercises, and use of splints or braces.
  7. Identify clinically appropriate resources for patient education and for home exercise plans.
  8. Recognize which patients require further testing or orthopedics consultation and which can be safely treated under the guidance of the internist.

PRE 2010 Optimizing Pain Management in an Environment of Opioid De-Escalation

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

Tabassum Salam, MD
Vice President, Medical Education, American College of Physicians, Philadelphia, PA

This Pre-Course will provide an in-depth pain management educational program for internal medicine physicians. The case-based format will enable attendees to attain pragmatic, ready-to-implement skills for their own practice. The emphasis will be on pain management challenges in chronic pain, with a focus on the management of osteoarthritis and low back pain. Attendees will take a holistic approach to the care of patients with chronic pain, including assessment of functional impacts of pain and nonpharmacologic approaches to pain management. Practical tips will be shared on the judicious use of medications, including opioids, with an eye toward making safe and appropriate medication choices, de-escalation, and offering effective alternatives. Attendees will be encouraged to share their own best practices. In addition to learning during this Pre-Course, attendees will have access to an online learning hub (multimedia, interactive education platform) that supports clinicians in providing evidence-based and effective care in daily practice.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Acquire practical approaches to clinical management for common forms of chronic musculoskeletal pain.
  2. Identify best practices in functional assessment and treatment of patients with chronic pain, including nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic options.
  3. Formulate safe and appropriate approaches for choosing medications to treat patients with chronic pain, including de-escalation of opioids and offering effective alternatives.

PRE 2011 Developing Into the Leader You Want to Be

(Presented by the American Association for Physician Leadership)

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

This Pre-Course is a primer on the “need-to-know” leadership skills and your tool belt for success in today’s rapidly changing health care environment. In this interactive, content-rich, and skills-oriented course, participants are given an intimate view of what makes today’s physician leaders unique and effective. Learn effective leadership and communication skills, how to become both an effective team member and team leader, and how to build work teams that make a difference.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify leadership goals appropriate for the professional setting.
  2. Understand communication styles and motivators to influence effective change.
  3. Learn strategies to transform a group of individuals into a highly motivated, high-performing team.
  4. Gain a better understanding of how to handle difficult issues, difficult people, and even the difficult parts of ourselves.

This Pre-Course is organized and presented by the American Association for Physician Leadership. Category 1 CME credit will be provided by the American Association for Physician Leadership and not the American College of Physicians. Instructions for claiming credit through the American Association for Physician Leadership will be provided at the Pre-Course. The American Association for Physician Leadership is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Association for Physician Leadership designates this live activity for a maximum of 7 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

PRE 2012 ACP Quality Improvement Leadership Training: Best Practices in Engaging and Empowering Clinical Teams in Continuous Improvement

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

Darlene Tad-y, MD, Member
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine,
Aurora, CO

Julie L. Oyler, MD, Member
Associate Professor, Associate Program Director, Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine,
University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

ACP's sixth annual quality improvement training program aims to support meaningful implementation of quality improvement (QI) strategies on the basis of principles of clinician engagement, patient and family partnership, team-based care, and maximizing efficiency while minimizing burden. Participants will receive step-by-step guidance, based on ACP's QI approach, to help them through their QI journey: 1) establish the what and why for change; 2) identify how to measure change; 3) plan for change and identify solutions; 4) implement and sustain change.

Under the guidance of national expert physician coaches, participants will have the opportunity to work in small groups to apply each step of the ACP QI approach to a practical case example. Participants will be provided with proven and practical tools to improve care for patients, promote patient engagement and partnerships, and apply practice redesign strategies to maximize skills of all team members and reduce administrative complexity. At the conclusion of this Pre-Course, participants will be able to understand and apply QI strategies to tackle a wide range of practice issues that are meaningful to their highest priority challenges. Participants will be invited to join ACP's engaging peer-to-peer learning network to support continued implementation of QI activities. This Pre-Course will launch you on your QI journey and provide you with the skills you will need throughout your career to lead the way through the changing tides of health care.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the four steps of ACP QI approach, including establishing the what and why for change, identifying how to measure change, planning for change and identify solutions, and implementing and sustaining change.
  2. Explain the rationale for integrating clinician engagement, team-based care, patient and family partnership, and the need to maximize efficiency and minimize burden into QI implementation.
  3. Identify and apply practical strategies for QI implementation using ACP resources and tools.

PRE 2016 Point-of-Care Ultrasound: Advanced Skills for Outpatient Practice

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

Michael S. Wagner, MD, FACP
Director of Internal Medicine Ultrasound, Division of Hospitalist Medicine/General Internal Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine,
Prisma Health-Upstate and University of South Carolina School of Medicine-Greenville, Greenville, SC

Point-of-care ultrasound is an emerging patient assessment tool for internists. This 1-day course is designed to build on ACP’s 2-day Point of Care Ultrasound: Foundational Skills for Internists* course, and will focus on extended and advanced point-of-care ultrasound applications tailored for internists who practice in the outpatient setting.

Internationally acclaimed faculty will provide proctored instruction so attendees can gain experience with point-of-care ultrasound and expand their outpatient clinical assessment skills. The learning format will alternate between didactic lectures and small group hands-on training. Attendees will practice with live models to develop bedside image acquisition skills. Attendees will have an opportunity to customize their learning by working on solidifying challenging concepts, learning additional techniques and applications, and receiving individualized feedback from instructors.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify indications and rationale for performing the following examinations:
    • PEARLS approach to a multisystem ultrasound physical
    • AAA screening
    • Gallbladder pathology
    • Skin and soft tissue: lumps and bumps
    • Musculoskeletal ultrasound: joint, tendon, and nerve pathology
  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. Review practical strategies for successful integration of POCUS into the outpatient setting.

*Prerequisite Requirement: Registrants for this course must have attended ACP's Point of Care Ultrasound: Foundational Skills for Internists 2-day course on November 7-8, 2019 or November 9-10, 2019 in Rosemont, IL. Additional information about this course can be found at

Alternate 2-day introductory courses that include a minimum of 50% hands-on time might be considered as a surrogate for ACP's course. A course agenda and certificate of completion must be submitted for approval. Attestation of significant experience might also be considered as a surrogate at the course director's discretion.

Please submit this information to You will receive a response within 10 days. If you are not approved for the course, you will receive a full refund.

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