Family Medicine – Top Health Conditions


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Family Medicine – Top Health Conditions

CME4Life continues to provide excellent CME courses on a wide range of important topics. This curriculum has something for health care professionals wanting to improve their evidence-based knowledge on patient care centering on topics felt to be commonly seen in practice.  Let us help you improve your knowledge or provide a refresher on current guidelines and recommendations in topics such as chronic pain and depression the elderly, ischemic heart disease and more.


MODULE 1: Chronic Pain in the Elderly
MODULE 2: Geriatric Depression
MODULE 3: Inpatient Management of Diabetes
MODULE 4: Ischemic Heart Disease in Women
MODULE 5: Hypertension
MODULE 6: Migraine Headaches


The purpose of this CME Program is to develop and deliver clinically relevant, evidence-based CME activities in an effort to align practitioner’s behavior with current clinical guidelines and the evidence to improve their competence and the care they provide their patients.


Upon completion of this CME activity, through the use of clinical vignettes emphasizing Guidelines and Evidence-Based Medicine, the physician or healthcare provider should be able to formulate a differential, make a diagnosis, and develop a plan for the prevention and/or therapeutic management of the various disorders presented.


TOPIC 1: Treatment of Chronic Pain in the Elderly.

Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to: EBM, GL, COMP

  1. Relate the adverse effects of NSAIDs in the elderly and prescribe them in accordance with the American College of Rheumatology guidelines.
  2. Recognize the risk factors associated with an increased risk of accidental overdose from opiates.
  3. Specify the ADRs associated with opiate use in the elderly.
  4. Develop an evidence based treatment plan for a patient with neuropathic pain. 

TOPIC 2: Geriatric Depression: Advances in Diagnosis and Treatment.

Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to: EBM, COMP

  1. Differentiate the variety of clinical presentations of depressive disorders in seniors.
  2. Appraise the utility of, and plan to use, the Geriatric Depression Scale.
  3. Apply an evidence based approach to antidepressant drug therapy in seniors.
  4. Apply the evidence based recommendations for use of non-drug antidepressant therapy. 

TOPIC 3: The Inpatient Management of Diabetes.

Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to: COMP, GL

  1. Based on the guidance of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the American Society of Clinical Endocrinologists (ASCE), develop an inpatient diabetes plan for patients that defines the target glucose and the strategy to achieve that target.
  2. Design an individualized inpatient management strategy for the diabetic patient that is integrated with the best practice strategies for chronic management.
  3. Apply strategies for the effective use of insulin in the inpatient setting.
  4. Formulate a transitional care plan for the new diabetic patient.

TOPIC 4: Ischemic Heart Disease in Women.

Upon completion of this session, using the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, the USPSTF Guidelines and the Cochrane Abstract Database, the participant should be able to: EBM, GL, COMP

  1. Differentiate the symptoms that women with coronary artery disease (CAD) exhibit in contrast to those experienced by men.
  2. Recommend the evidence-based interventions to prevent CAD in women.
  3. Formulate the recommendations to treat the risk factors for CAD in women.
  4. Specify the treatment required for women with proven CAD. 

TOPIC 5: Practical Approach to the Patient with Hypertension.

Upon completion of this session, using multiple research trials as well as the current JNC recommendations, the participant should be able to: GL, COMP

  1. Apply the current JNC recommendations for treatment of hypertension.
  2. Develop a rational approach to choosing medication in treating hypertension.
  3. Decide when and how to evaluate for secondary causes of hypertension.

TOPIC 6: Migraine Headaches – Update on Diagnosis and Treatment.

Upon completion of this session, using the International Headache Society and U.S. Headache Consortium Guidelines and the National Guideline Clearinghouse and the evidence-based reports from Clinical Evidence, the participant should be able to: EBM, GL, COMP

  1. Construct the approach for evaluating a patient with possible migraine headaches.
  2. Assess the advantages of supportive therapy and lifestyle changes in treating migraine headaches compared to pharmacologic therapy.
  3. Appraise the pharmacologic options for treating the acute pain of a migraine headache.
  4. Recommend a prophylactic therapy regimen for patients with recurrent migraine headaches. 

AAPA Credit Value:

Family Medicine – Top Health Conditions
Approved for 6 AAPA Category 1 CME Credits.

This activity has been reviewed by the AAPA Review Panel and is compliant with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 6 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. Approval is valid from 9/7/2020 to 9/7/2021 . PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation. AAPA reference number: CME-201028.

Family Medicine – Top Health Conditions

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