Family Medicine: A Review and Update of Common Clinical Problems

Venue: Hyatt Sarasota on Sarasota Bay

Location: Sarasota, Florida, United States

Event Date/Time: Jun 08, 2009 End Date/Time: Jun 12, 2009
Registration Date: Jun 08, 2009
Early Registration Date: May 09, 2009
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SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES FOR THIS COURSE: ROUTINE ADULT CARE - Primary care guidelines for recommended screening tests. Immunizations. RATIONAL DRUG THERAPY IN THE ELDERLY - Differences in pharmacokinetics and dynamics seen in the elderly. Strategies for safe prescribing. Beer's List of Unsafe Drugs in the Elderly. IMPROVING COMPLIANCE - Communication issues that enhance compliance. Techniques to increase compliance. Follow-up plan for each STI. GERIATRIC DEPRESSION - Atypical presentations for depression. Utility of various diagnostic tools including the Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS). Unique aspects of treatment for Geriatric Depression. Pseudo-dementia as a presentation of depression. DAY 2 - ASTHMA - Epidemiology. Modalities to diagnose asthma. Treatments for asthma, pharmacological and environmental. ATRIAL FIBRILLATION - Incidence, prevalence, complications in the elderly. Advantages and disadvantages of rate vs rhythm control in the elderly. CHAD score and the indication for anti-coagulation in the elderly. Potential benefit and harm of antiarrhythmic therapies. CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE - Common presenting symptom complexes. Diagnostic evaluation of chest pain. Medication and surgical treatment options. FALLS IN THE ELDERLY - Common causes of falls. Assessment of risk factors. Fall prevention programs. DAY 3 - EATING DISORDERS - Behavioral and psychosocial triggers that promote eating disordered behaviors. Anorexia, bulimia, binge eating behaviors. Clinical “red flags” that indicate eating disordered behavior. Interventions designed to treat eating disordered behaviors. MUSCULOSKELETAL DISEASE IN THE ELDERLY - Typical symptoms, physical findings, laboratory abnormalities in Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR). Differential diagnosis of monoarticular arthritis in the elderly. Typical and atypical presentations of Giant Cell Arteritis (GCA). Difference in treatment for PMR and GCA. ANEMIA - Guidelines for diagnosing anemia. Common diagnostic studies available for diagnosing etiology. Role of consultants in evaluation and management. OSTEOPOROSIS - Pathological and clinical manifestations. Approach to Osteoporosis screening in the elderly. Treatment of Osteoporosis including Ca, Vitamin D, Bisphosphonates, Calcitonin. DAY 4 - IDENTIFICATION AND TREATMENT OF TRAUMATIZED PATIENTS - Characteristics associated with traumatic events. “Red flags” or symptomatic manifestations of trauma. How to obtain a trauma history. Interventions designed to treat symptoms of trauma. DELIRIUM IN THE ELDERLY - Diagnostic features and common causes. Distinguish between delirium and dementia. Non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic treatment approaches. DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY - Incidence and prevalence. Associated signs and symptoms. Treatment strategies. DEMENTIA IN THE ELDERLY - Prevalence and significance of dementia. Causes of dementia. Treatable dementia syndromes. Risks and benefits of commonly used drugs to treat dementia. Reasonable medical evaluation of a newly identified patient. DAY 5 - SMOKING CESSATION - Role of smoking in disease etiology. Smoking cessation techniques. ETHICAL DECISION MAKING AT THE END OF LIFE - Ethical principles often used in end-of-life decision making. Differences between Power of Attorney, Living Wills, Guardianship. Advantages and disadvantages of PEG feeding. Role of Hospice in end-stage dementia. OBESITY - Epidemiology of obesity and associated health risks. Patients that are obese and in need of treatment. Treatment options available: diet, exercise, medications, bariatric surgery. URINARY INCONTINENCE - Differentiate between detrusor instability, stress, overflow incontinence. Treatment of each type of Urinary Incontinence. Standard of care in the treatment of asymptomatic bacteruria in the elderly.


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