CME Corner

Physician’s Weekly has partnered with AKH, Inc. Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare to provide the following continuing education activities. Click on a title to read the activity (don’t forget to view the tables and figures!) and then click over to the AKH website to complete the post-test and obtain your credit.


CME/CE – Advanced Cancer: Analyzing Patient Discussions

Research suggests that physicians who manage patients with advanced cancer often struggle with whether and how best to convey sensitive information about prognoses to these individuals for

CME/CE: AAA Repair – Comparing Techniques & Mortality

Clinical studies have shown that patient- and hospital-level factors often play a significant role in surgical outcomes, particularly mortality, for both general surgeries and vascular surgical procedures.

CME/CE: Conference Highlights – CHEST 2016

New research was presented at CHEST 2016, the annual international scientific assembly of the American College of Chest Physicians, from October 22 to 26, 2016 in Los

CME/CE – Conference Highlights: IDWeek 2016

New research was presented at IDWeek 2016, the combined annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, HIV Medicine Association,

CME/CE – Conference Highlights: Anesthesiology 2016 for Surgeons

Preoperative Anxiety Among Latinos While preoperative anxiety is common and studies have shown that culture and religion can influence these feelings, data are lacking on self-reported changes

CME/CE: Recent Trends in Triglycerides

Studies have shown that elevated triglyceride levels can increase risks for cardiovascular disease (CVD), stroke, and premature cardiovascular death. The American Heart Association also notes that high

CME/CE: Chronic Pain & Mental Health

According to published research, chronic musculoskeletal pain conditions account for four of the top nine diseases that contribute to years lived with disability in the United States.

CME/CE: Improving Asthma Control Dialogue With Patients

Healthcare providers tell their well-controlled asthma patients that they should experience few symptoms and no limits to everyday activities. And yet, many do. According to the recent

CME/CE: Initial Opioid Use & Long-Term Risks

As opioid prescribing has increased over the past two decades, the United States healthcare system has also seen rising rates of overdoses and addiction treatment resulting from

CME/CE: Guidance on Implementing Antibiotic Stewardship

As part of the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, hospitals and healthcare systems have been called upon by the White House to implement antibiotic stewardship

CME/CE: Bariatric Surgery & Mental Health

Bariatric surgery is recognized as a viable option to promote weight loss and to treat obesity-related comorbidities among the severely obese. “While bariatric surgery is increasingly being

Video CME/CE: Understanding the Righteous Mind – With ZDoggMD

Read all the “front matter” information to the right, watch the video below, then click the link at the bottom right to complete the post-test and obtain

CME/CE: Knee Osteoarthritis: Guidelines for Surgery

According to current estimates, 27 million adults in the United States—or more than 10% of the adult population—have clinical osteoarthritis, a condition that ranks among the leading

CME/CE: Disparities in Older Patients with Diabetes

Studies show that the prevalence of type 2 diabetes among adults aged 65 and older in the United States ranges between 20% and 25%. However, controversy has

CME/CE: Treating Asthma in Older Women

Among older individuals, women are significantly more likely than men to report having asthma and also have a 30% higher asthma-related mortality rate. In addition, women are

CME/CE: Cholesterol & Cardiorespiratory Fitness

Published research suggests that cholesterol levels commonly rise as people age and then decrease later in life. “Abnormal lipids are important risk factors that play a critical

CE: The Impact of Abuse-Deterrent Opioids

According to current estimates, the number of prescription opioid overdose deaths in the United States quadrupled between 1999 and 2010, and this increase occurred in parallel with

CME: Coronary Heart Disease: Stagnation in Young Adults & Women

Recent reports have shown that coronary heart disease (CHD) continues to be a leading cause of death among Americans despite a remarkable decline in cardiovascular deaths related

CME: Decision Making Matters in Appendicitis

Studies show that acute appendicitis accounts for more than 11% of pediatric ED admissions, and more than 70,000 children in the United States are hospitalized for it

CE: Guidance on Treating Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

In 2011, the American Thoracic Society, the European Respiratory Society, the Japanese Respiratory Society, and the Latin American Thoracic Association published an evidence-based guideline on the diagnosis

CME – Genetic Risk in Breast Cancer: Addressing Concerns

Among women with breast cancer, an initial diagnosis can lead to a series of complicated decisions about what options should be considered for treating the disease. Further

CME: Guidance on Treating Unexplained Chronic Cough

Previous studies indicate that unexplained chronic cough—persistent cough with no identifiable cause after investigation and therapeutic trials—occurs in up to 10% of patients seeking medical assistance for

Conference Highlights: AHA 2016

New research was presented at AHA 2016, the annual scientific sessions of the American Heart Association, from November 12 to 16 in New Orleans. The features below

CME: A Strategy for Decreasing Influenza’s Impact

Research indicates that about 60% of influenza-related hospitalizations occur in adults aged 65 and older during most influenza seasons in the United States. Many of these patients

CME: Examining Medication-Related Pediatric ED Visits

Physician’s Weekly talked with Peter J. Zed, BSc, BSc (Pharm), ACPR, PharmD, FCSHP, and Neil J. MacKinnon, PhD, FCSHP, about their recent study that found that about one of every 12

Conference Highlights: CHEST 2016

New research was presented at CHEST 2016, the annual international scientific assembly of the American College of Chest Physicians, from October 22 to 26, 2016 in Los

CME: E-Cigarettes & Cough Reflex Sensitivity

Evidence suggests that electronic cigarette (e-cig) use has grown rapidly in recent years. “There seems to be a perception among the public—and perhaps even some physicians—that e-cigs

CME: Making the Case for Increasing DSME/S Use

According to recommendations from the American Diabetes Association, all individuals with diabetes should receive diabetes self-management education and support (DSME/S) when they are diagnosed with the disease

CME: Examining Medicare Prescribing of Painkillers

According to published data, there has been a 10-fold increase in the misuse of opioid painkillers in the United States over the past 2 decades. Questions remain,

CME: A Program to Rapidly Test for Hepatitis C

An ED screening and diagnostic testing program found a high prevalence of hepatitis C. Results suggest that continued efforts are needed to develop and evaluate policies for

CME: Defibrillator Use After Myocardial Infarction in Older Adults

According to current estimates, more than 350,000 people experience sudden cardiac death in the United States each year. Patients with low ejection fraction (EF) are at risk

CME: Guidance on Treating Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

In 2011, the American Thoracic Society, the European Respiratory Society, the Japanese Respiratory Society, and the Latin American Thoracic Association published an evidence-based guideline on the diagnosis

CME: The Impact of Abuse-Deterrent Opioids

According to current estimates, the number of prescription opioid overdose deaths in the United States quadrupled between 1999 and 2010, and this increase occurred in parallel with

CME: Opioid-Induced Constipation in Cancer Patients

Cancer patients who receive opioid therapy for the management of persistent pain commonly experience opioid-induced bowel dysfunction. Constipation is one of the most frequent manifestations. Other symptoms

CME: Chest CT & Blunt Trauma Cases

According to published research, the use of CT when evaluating adults with blunt trauma injuries has risen dramatically in the past 2 decades. CT can provide clinicians

CME: Dietary Supplements & ED Visits

Herbal products, complementary nutritionals, and micronutrients are all considered to be dietary supplements. The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act is a 1994 law that defined supplements

CME: Needle Exchange Cuts HIV Transmission

Research has shown that needle exchange programs can effectively lower the risk of HIV transmission among injection drug users. In 1988, Congress passed legislation prohibiting the use

CME: An Update on Preventing CVD in Diabetes

Diabetes is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD), which is the most common cause of death among adults with diabetes. “This relationship underscores the need

CME – Smoking & PAD: Assessing the Costs

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is one of the most common cardiovascular diseases among adults in the United States. The risk for developing PAD increases as people age

CME: Improving ED Care for LGBT Patients

As the patient census has become increasingly diverse, it has become more challenging for EDs to provide quality care in emergency situations. Studies show that marginalized populations

CME: Guidance for Managing ACL Injuries

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), about 252,000 people in the United States suffer anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries each year. ACL ruptures are

CME: Cardiac Rehab & Heart Failure

According to recent estimates, heart failure (HF) affects an estimated 6 million Americans, and 870,000 people in the United States are newly diagnosed with HF each year.

CME: Migraine & Stroke Risk

Migraines affect more than 10% of all Americans and are three times more common in women than in men, according to data from the National Institute of

CME: Examining Emergency Department Returns for Kidney Stones

According to published estimates, kidney stones afflict nearly one in 11 people in the United States at least once in their lifetime and cause excruciating pain, especially

CME – Ulcerative Colitis Treatments: Comparing Mortality

According to data from the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, ulcerative colitis (UC) is an inflammatory bowel disease that affects up to 700,000 Americans. Current medications

CME: Systolic Hypertension & Cardiovascular Mortality

Studies have shown that isolated systolic hypertension (ISH)—defined as having a systolic blood pressure (BP) of 140 mm Hg or higher with a diastolic BP less than

CME: Endoscopic Sinus Surgery & Sleep Dysfunction

Research has shown that there are important links between quality of life (QOL), sleep quality, and chronic rhinosinusitis. Studies suggest that more than 75% of patients with
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AKH CME: Emerging Strategies for Preventing and Treating Clostridium difficile Infections

A complimentary, 0.25-hour activity that discusses the epidemiology and treatment of Clostridium difficile infections.
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AKH CME: End of Life Care

A $15.00, 1.25-hour activity that reviews the the principles of pain management, palliative care, and symptom management near the end of life; the levels of hospice care; and

CME: Pathogen-Directed Respiratory Infection Care

Antimicrobial resistance poses a serious public health threat and is an especially challenging issue when treating respiratory infections. Research shows that the number of pneumonia cases caused