CME4Life continues to provide excellent CME courses on a wide range of important topics. This curriculum is focused on improving clinicians’ skills and knowledge using evidence-based medicine concentrating on topics felt to be commonly seen in hospital medicine. Let us help you improve your understanding or provide a refresher on current guidelines and treatment options in topics such as COPD management, PE and DVT, Heart failure and more.
MODULE 1: Arterial Blood Gas
MODULE 2: Management of COPD
MODULE 3: Systolic and Diastolic Heart Failure
MODULE 4: PE and DVT
MODULE 5: Approach to Management of Stroke
MODULE 6: Thyroid Disease
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.
SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES FOR EACH TOPIC:
TOPIC 1: Arterial Blood Gas: A Six Step Approach to Rapid Interpretation.
Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to: COMP
- Distinguish and determine the type of acid base disturbance – Acidosis and Alkalosis.
- Determine the anion gap and its role in defining and treating acid base disorders.
- Assess osmolal gap and urine anion gap.
- Develop the management of acid base disorders by a case based discussion.
TOPIC 2: Update on the Management of COPD and Asthma in the Hospitalized Patient.
Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to: COMP, GL
- Perform initial management and stabilization of the patient with asthma or COPD exacerbation and distinguish between the strategies for each condition.
- Develop an evidence-based strategy for the management of COPD based on the GOLD criteria.
- Prescribe an effective therapeutic strategy for asthma, taking into account recent studies on the safety and effectiveness of various agents.
- Detect conditions that may mimic asthma or COPD in the clinical setting.
TOPIC 3 Systolic and Diastolic Heart Failure.
Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to: EBM, GL, COMP
- Appropriately manage decompensated heart failure in hospitalized patients.
- Assess the indications for positive inotropic agents and ultrafiltration in systolic heart failure.
- Distinguish the treatment of systolic versus diastolic heart failure, as per the 2013 ACCF/AHA Guidelines for heart failure management.
TOPIC 4: PE and DVT in the Emergency Department.
- Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to: EBM, GL, COMP
- Analyze the scope of the problem of thromboembolic disease in the ED.
- Employ the latest diagnostic algorithms and adjuncts available to aid the clinician in the diagnosis of thromboembolic disease.
- Appraise the evidence-based treatment of thromboembolic disease based on the latest applicable literature and apply applicable ACEP Guidelines.
- Assess the limitations of current diagnostic modalities for these diseases.
TOPIC 5: Approach to the Management of Stroke.
Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able utilize the latest evidence based medicine and guidelines to: EBM, GL, COMP
- Develop a strategy to assess the common presentations of stroke/TIA.
- Utilize current initial treatment strategies appropriately.
- Develop a strategy to stratify the risk of stroke.
- Develop a secondary prevention plan.
TOPIC 6: Practical Approach to Thyroid Disease: 1. Hypothyroidism/Elevated TSH 2. Patient with a Thyroid Nodule.
Upon completion of this session, by applying recommendations from the AAFP, AACE, ACP, ATA, USPSTF, IOM, and ACOG, the participant should be able to: GL, COMP
- Appreciate the role of the screening TSH and what to do with the results.
- Develop a reasonable and cost-effective approach to diagnosing the thyroid nodule.
- Discuss the management of hypothyroidism.
AAPA Credit Value:
Approved for 6 AAPA Category 1 CME Credits.
his 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-201042.