Continuing Education for Healthcare Professionals
FCM Joint Providership Services
Within the framework of the ACCME requirements, there are opportunities for ACCME accredited providers like FCM to plan and implement CME activities with organizations that are not accredited by the ACCME. This approach refers to ‘joint providership’ and accounts for a sizable portion of the CME conducted annually by ACCME accredited providers.
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Opioid Addiction: Challenging Cases in Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention
Presented by: Christine Mintz, MD Credits: 1.0 Learn More

It is estimated that each day more than 1000 people are treated in emergency departments for not using prescription opioids as prescribed. Combine this with illicit drug use and the cost of treatment and productivity losses related to addiction and we have a current epidemic costing Americans over 500 billion dollars and rising.

This interactive course will give the participant the resources and tools necessary to identify, educate and treat opioid tolerant and opioid addicted patients in primary care. We will cover the pathophysiology of opioids and their receptors, then we will transition to discussing tolerance vs. withdrawal and addiction. We will also review overdose antagonist medications, medication assisted treatments as well as briefly discuss new treatments and research on the horizon.

Outcome Objectives:
Upon completion of this CME/CE activity the healthcare provider will be able to:

  1. Describe the pathophysiology of opioid receptors in the dopamine reward pathway and how different opioids and opioid antagonists interact and bind to these receptors.
  2. Describe the common clinical features of chronic opioid abuse and suspected opioid withdrawal including appropriate diagnostic work-up.
  3. Discuss the current best practice treatment options for suspected opioid overdose including routes of administration and formulations as well as medication assisted treatment options.
  4. Identify new or emerging areas of research and treatment options for opioid dependence including pharmacologic and psychosocial strategies.

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Plant-Based Nutrition: Research and Application in the Medical Practice
Presented by: Thomas M. Campbell, MD Credits: 5.0 Learn More

A 2010 study found that, among cardiac patients, perceived low-quality of care was associated with not receiving diet and lifestyle advice. Simultaneously, there seems to be a growing awareness that common chronic diseases are profoundly linked to diet and lifestyle practices. In particular, plant-based diets have become more popular. Variations of plant-based diets are espoused by the past-president of the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, the American Institute for Cancer Research, and a variety of new diet and lifestyle programs in medical institutions and lay public communities. The scientific advisory panel for the US dietary guidelines committee advised more plant-based diets, and the US Preventive Services Task Force recommends that all overweight and obese patients with heart disease risk factors be referred to intensive behavioral interventions.

Topics covered include:

  1. Defining Plant-Based Nutrition and its Broad Benefits
  2. Plant-Based Nutrition and Ischemic Heart Disease
  3. Plant-Based Nutrition and Diabetes
  4. Challenges to Behavior Change and Food Addiction
  5. Counseling Patients to Change: Better Addressing Barriers
  6. Setting up Diet and Lifestyle Programs in Medicine

This 6-module course was developed at the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, which offers a renowned certificate program in plant-based nutrition in partnership with eCornell, Cornell University’s online course provider.

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Case Studies In Heart Failure
Presented by: Peter J. Kudenchuk, MD, Nicholas D. Wyatt, PharmD Credits: 2.5 Learn More

Heart failure impacts the lives of thousands upon thousands of patients as well as their family members every year. The disease cost the healthcare system billions of dollars every year and is expected to continue to rise.

This course will give the participant the resources and tools necessary to become a heart failure expert. Our discussion will start with the epidemiology of heart failure. Then we will transition into discussing the stages of heart failure, specifically focusing on the four stages of heart failure and the evidence treatments of these four stages. Thanking you for joining me on your journey to becoming a heart failure expert. Let' get started.

Outcome Objective
Upon completion of this CME/CE activity the healthcare provider will be able to:

  1. Describe the clinical epidemiology of heart failure and its impact on health care delivery and costs.
  2. List the modifiable risk factors of heart failure
  3. Identify the non-modifiable risk factors of heart failure
  4. Describe the population attribution risk of heart failure for modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors
  5. Define the four stages of the ACC/AHA heart failure staging model.
  6. Describe the four classification stages of the NYHA heart failure staging model.
  7. Describe the neurohormonal response in patients with and without heart failure.
  8. Identify key compensatory neurohormones in heart failure patients.
  9. Describe the renin-angiotension system response in patients with heart failure.
  10. List the compensatory responses that maintain circulation as a result of decreased cardiac output.
  11. Name two biomarkers used in the diagnosis and assessment heart failure.
  12. Discuss the four components of examining the heart failure patient.

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HIV Update: Treatment as Prevention and Pre-exposure Prophylaxis
Presented by: Betsy Brown, MD, AAHIVS Credits: 1.0 Learn More

This evidence-based course will provide you with the knowledge and tools to apply antiretrovirals in the prevention of transmission of HIV among at-risk individuals as well as in the treatment of HIV. It argues for treating STDs in the prevention of HIV and against the intermittent use of PrEP.

Outcome Objective
Upon completion of this CME activity the healthcare provider will be able to:

  1. Describe the viral transmission process in sexual transmission of HIV and the importance of treating STDs.
  2. Describe the action of Antiretroviral Therapy (ART).
  3. List and compare the components of pre-exposure and post-exposure prophylaxis, including obtaining an HIV baseline, and regular assessment of HIV status.
  4. Cite the reasons for advising against intermittent use of PrEP.
  5. Apply evidence-based protocols for the use of antiretrovirals for the prevention of transmission of HIV.
  6. Utilize the toolkits provided to insure that protocols are followed and to educate and counsel patients for better patient outcomes.

ABIM MOC LogoSuccessful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 1 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity.

Funded through an educational grant from Gilead Sciences, Inc.

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