CME - Endocrinology and Rheumatology: The Most Useful Topics in Both Specialties

Venue: Hyatt Sarasota on Sarasota Bay

Location: Sarasota, Florida, United States

Event Date/Time: Jan 14, 2008 End Date/Time: Jan 18, 2008
Early Registration Date: Dec 15, 2007
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SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES – DAY 1 - CLINICAL AND LABORATORY APPROACH TO RHEUMATIC DISEASES – Approach to the evaluation of the patient with rheumatic disease including: Relate the central role of the history and physical examination. Key x-ray findings in patients with rheumatic diseases. Importance of synovial fluid analysis. Use and limitations of laboratory testing. OSTEOARTHRITIS: DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT – Distinguish osteoarthritis from other forms of arthritis. Appropriate use of medical, physical and surgical treatments. MANAGEMENT OF TYPE 1 DIABETES – Diagnostic criteria for the diagnosis of diabetes. New insulin regimens for intensive glucose control. Screen for and manage cardiovascular complications of diabetes based on evidence-based studies. TREATMENT STRATEGIES IN TYPE 2 DIABETES – New pharmacologic agents available for glucose control. Apply concepts of pathophysiology to the selection of pharmacotherapy for Type 2 diabetes. Cost-effective approach to the management of diabetic complications. DAY 2 - POLYCYSTIC OVARY SYNDROME – Concepts in risk factors and pathophysiology. Simple laboratory screening process for diagnosis. Apply pathophysiology to design a treatment strategy. ADRENAL CASE STUDIES – Evaluation of the incidental adrenal mass. Diagnose and treat adrenal insufficiency. Manage patients with excessive adrenal steroid levels. CLINICAL ASPECTS OF RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS – Clinical features of rheumatoid arthritis. The systemic nature of the disease. TREATMENT OF RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS – Approach to the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Use and toxicity of disease modifying agents. DAY 3 - CRYSTAL ARTHROPATHIES – Describe the diagnosis and treatment of crystal arthropathies including gout and pseudogout. OSTEOPOROSIS: EVALUATION AND TREATMENT – Pathophysiology and epidemiology of osteoporosis. Role of bone mineral density measurement in the diagnosis of osteoporosis. Nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic treatments for osteoporosis. THE DYSLIPIDEMIAS: EVIDENCE-BASED DECISION MAKING – Landmark outcomes studies in reducing cardiovascular risk. Lipid lowering therapies. Apply evidence based protocols to at-risk patients. DISORDERS OF CALCIUM METABOLISM – Differential diagnosis of hypercalcemia. Cost effective workup to elevated calcium states. Evaluate hypocalcemic disorders using common laboratory studies. DAY 4 - THYROID CASE STUDIES, PARTS 1 & 2 – Etiologies and pathogenesis of hyper and hypothyroidism. Cost effective principles in the laboratory evaluation of thyroid conditions. Treatment protocols for various thyroid conditions. PSORIATIC ARTHRITIS AND THE SPONDYLOARTHROPATHIES – Clinical features of psoriatic arthritis and the spondyloarthropathies. Treatment modalities. SYSTEMIC LUPUS AND CONNECTIVE TISSUE DISEASES – Varied clinical presentations of SLE, Scleroderma and Myositis. Use of laboratory testing in diagnosis. Treatment options in systemic lupus erythematosus. DAY 5 - VASCULITIS – Clinical manifestations of the various vasculitides and diagnostic evaluation. Treatment modalities used in vasculitis. SOFT TISSUE RHEUMATOLOGY – Diagnosis and treatment of soft tissue rheumatic conditions. Clinical aspects of entrapment neuropathies and their association with systemic conditions. MALE HYPOGONADISM CLINICAL FEATURES – “Male menopause”. Cost-effective strategy to investigate causes of male hypogonadism. Treat various endocrine conditions arising in men. PITUITARY POTPOURRI – Differential diagnosis based on clinical features. Laboratory workup using a “best test” approach. Treatment options.


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