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: Updated Guidance on Invasive Aspergillosis

In 2008, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) released a guideline on the diagnosis and treatment of aspergillosis, a fungal infection caused by the airborne mold

CME/CE: Encouraging Smoking Cessation After AMI

Research shows that smoking is common among many patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and is an important modifiable risk factor for recurrent cardiac events. Studies show

CME/CE: Outcomes After ED Discharge of the Elderly

According to published research, the elderly have the highest rate of ED use among all adult patient groups. Poor outcomes, such as death or an ICU admission

CME/CE – Conference Highlights: CROI 2017

Smoking Cessation & Caner Risk in HIV Patients Previous studies suggest that the impact of smoking is much greater in patients with HIV than in the general

Outcomes After ED Discharge of the Elderly

According to published research, the elderly have the highest rate of ED use among all adult patient groups. Poor outcomes, such as death or an ICU admission

CME/CE – Conference Highlights: AAAAI 2017

New research was presented at AAAAI 2017, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Annual Meeting, from March 3 to 6 in Atlanta. The features below

CME/CE: Guidance on Opioid Prescribing for Patients with Chronic Pain

  Recent estimates show that more than 11% of adults in the United States experience chronic pain, and clinical guidelines indicate that these patients receive appropriate pain

CME/CE – The Cardiac Cath Lab: Updating Best Practices

Several years ago, the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) published an expert consensus statement on best practices in the cardiac catheterization laboratory (CCL) to provide

CME/CE: Updating Comprehensive Type 2 Diabetes Management

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) and the American College of Endocrinology (ACE) recently published an update to their comprehensive type 2 diabetes management algorithm. “The

CME/CE: 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

Kicking the Referral Habit

  “I can do that?” During a recent morning practice session, a resident presented a patient who had several episodes of syncope, which culminated in a trip

Key Concepts in Managing Complicated Pericarditis

Mortality relating to heart disease has continued to decrease over the past several years, making the management of patient morbidity increasingly important. This trend coincides with an

CME/CE: Drug & Dietary Supplement Use Among Seniors

Published research indicates that many older adults in the United States use prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications and dietary supplements, but this can increase their risks for

CME/CE: Analyzing Factors that Link Chronic Rhinosinusitis & Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

Recent data indicate that more than 10 million Americans have chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS), an inflammatory disease that is associated with $50 to $60 billion in annual healthcare

Video CME/CE: Pain Management & Opioids, With ZDoggMD

  Click here to complete the post-test and claim credits.

CME/CE: Preparing to Be a Good Samaritan

Studies indicate that off-duty emergency physicians (EPs) may be called upon at some point in their lives to provide care as bystanders to accidents and emergencies outside

CME/CE: Characterizing Asthma-COPD Overlap Syndrome

National estimates indicate that asthma and COPD are the most common diagnoses for patients with breathlessness and airway obstruction, each affecting greater than 5% of the United

CME/CE – Heart Healthy Diets: Achieving Guideline Adherence

Recent data show that about 55% of children in the United States and 41% of adults have poor dietary patterns. In addition, it is estimated that more

Conference Highlights: ACC 2017

New research was presented at ACC 2017, the American College of Cardiology’s Scientific Sessions, from March 10th to the 12th in Orlando. The features below highlight some

CME/CE: Examining Proneness to Malpractice Claims

Medical malpractice continues to be a significant issue for physicians from all walks throughout the United States, and there are long-standing concerns about those who are claim-prone

CME/CE: A Program to Prevent Catheter-Associated UTIs

Research has shown that urinary catheter-associated urinary tract infections (UTIs) are among the most common healthcare–associated infections both in the United States and throughout the world. Studies

CME/CE – Conference Highlights: WISC 2016

Assessing Asthma Exacerbation Susceptibility Previous research indicates that 50% of patients with asthma report having had an exacerbation in the previous year despite the majority of these

CME/CE – Conference Highlights: ACAAI 2016

New research was presented at ACAAI 2016, the annual scientific meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, from November 10 to 14 in San

CME/CE: Managing Adult Respiratory Syncytial Virus

While it is often thought of as a disease in children, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections cause significant illness and death in older adults every year. Clinicians

Conference Highlights: CROI 2017

Smoking Cessation & Caner Risk in HIV Patients Previous studies suggest that the impact of smoking is much greater in patients with HIV than in the general

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

New Guidelines: Managing Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia & Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia

Hospital-acquired pneumonia (HAP) and ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) are estimated to account for 20% to 25% of all hospital-acquired infections, and about 10% to 15% of these cases

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

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,

Perfecting the Post-Visit Procedure

After-visit calls aren’t working; what can be done instead? Right outside of my office door is one of the workstations where our medical technicians perform one of

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

Improving Lifestyles, One Patient at a Time

I’m sure a lot of people received health-related presents this past holiday season. But will they make us healthier? How many Fitbits are gathering dust, uncharged? How

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

To Standardize or Not to Standardize?

How much can we standardize medicine, and even if we can, is that a good thing? There was a meeting yesterday for all of our Ambulatory Care

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