Essentials of Primary Care:
A Core Curriculum for Ambulatory Practice


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Department: Medicine
Course Number: MDM15M02
Activity Date(s): August 3-8, 2014
Location: Resort at Squaw Creek
North Lake Tahoe

$770 Physicians
$620 Allied Health Professionals
$620 Physicians in Training
$30 Optional Printed Syllabus



Changing patterns of medical practice are placing greater responsibility on primary care clinicians. Increasingly difficult management decisions must now be made in the ambulatory setting. Primary care clinicians must be increasingly competent in office skills and procedures more commonly associated with specialist practice. At the same time, many specialty-trained physicians, particularly obstetrician/gynecologists, traditionally trained internists and medical subspecialists are being asked to play an expanding their role in primary care practice. Nurse practitioners and physician assistants are also playing an ever-increasing role. This course is designed to provide a comprehensive core curriculum in adult primary care. The course will serve as an excellent update and review for current primary care physicians and other primary care professionals and as an opportunity for specialists to expand their primary care knowledge and skills.

Particular emphasis will be placed on principles of primary care, office-based preventive medicine, practical management of the most common problems seen in primary care practice, and expanded skills in clinical examination and common office procedures. Special emphasis will be placed on examination, procedural skills and clinical problem solving in dermatology, gynecology and women’s health, psychiatry and neurology. The course will utilize formal lectures, hands-on workshops, case discussions, an audience response system, and questions and answers. A detailed syllabus will be provided for all participants.

This course is presented by the Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine and is sponsored by the Office of Continuing Medical Education, University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine.

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The purpose of this course is to increase competence and improve clinician practice in primary care. We specifically anticipate improvements in skills and strategies to:

  • Implement new guidelines in office-based preventive medicine including cancer screening and management of cardiac risk factors;
  • Manage common problems in women’s health including breast cancer, contraception, menopause, osteoporosis, and office gynecological procedures;
  • Develop strategies to care for common office problems including hypertension, lipid disorders, CAD, CHF, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, stroke, seizures, depression, and dementia;
  • Diagnose and treat common skin disorders and skin cancer;
  • Counsel patients to lose weight, increase physical activity, and address issues of substance abuse;
  • Perform an effective problem-focused history and physical examination for evaluation and treatment of dermatologic, gynecologic, psychiatric, and neurologic complaints;
  • Perform common office procedures in dermatology and gynecology,
  • Counsel patients about diet and nutritional supplements;
  • Understand the strengths and weaknesses of different types of practice guidelines;
  • Increase quality and decrease costs in medical practice.

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The University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

This Live activity, Essentials of Primary Care: A Core Curriculum for Ambulatory Practice, with a beginning date of August 3, 2014, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 20.5 Prescribed credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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Course Outline:


Course Slides



3:00 pm Registration

5:00 Welcome
Robert B. Baron, MD, MS

5:10 G Cancer Screening 2014: Using Best Evidence to
Guide Practice
Judith M.E. Walsh, MD, MPH

6:00 G Assessment and Treatment of Common Dermatologic
Toby A. Maurer, MD

6:50 pm Adjourn



Moderator: Robert B. Baron, MD, MS

7:00 am Continental Breakfast

7:30 G Management of Lipid Disorders: Implications of the
New Guidelines
Robert B. Baron MD, MS

8:20 G Management of CAD: a Primary Care Perspective
Michael G. Shlipak, MD, MPH

9:10 Break

9:30 G Differentiating Pigmented Skin Lesions and
Toby A. Maurer, MD

10:20 G Dermatologic Procedures in Primary Care
Toby A. Maurer, MD

11:10 am Adjourn



Moderator: Leah Karliner, MD, MAS

7:00 am Continental Breakfast

7:30 G Breast CA: Key Topics for the Primary Care Clinician
Leah Karliner, MD, MAS

8:20 G Advances in Prevention and Treatment of Stroke:
What Every Primary Care Clinician Needs to Know
S. Andrew Josephson, MD

9:10 G Update on Mood Disorders
Descartes Li, MD

10:00 Break

10:20 Concurrent Workshops (select one):
G A: Assessment of Psychiatric Disorders in the
Primary Care Setting: DSM5 and Beyond
Descartes Li, MD

G B: Hot Topics in Clinical Nutrition
Robert B. Baron, MD, MS

11:50 am Adjourn



Moderator: Michael S. Policar, MD, MPH

7:00 am Continental Breakfast

7:30 Contraception in Medically Complicated Women
Michael S. Policar, MD, MPH

8:20 G Dementia and Dementia: A Neurologist’s Approach
to Altered Mental Status
S. Andrew Josephson, MD

9:10 G Chronic Kidney Disease: What the Generalist
Needs to Know
Michael G. Shlipak, MD, MPH

10:00 Break

10:20 Concurrent Workshops (select one):
G C: Understanding Practice Guidelines: Separating
the Wheat from the Chaff
Leah Karliner, MD, MAS

D: Clinical Dilemmas in Neurology: Using the
Neurological Exam to Sort Out Common Complaints
S. Andrew Josephson, MD

11:50 am Adjourn



Moderator: Judith M.E. Walsh, MD, MPH

7:00 am Continental Breakfast

7:30 GNew Developments in Osteoporosis: Screening, Prevention and Treatment
Judith M.E. Walsh, MD, MPH

8:20 G Modern Management of Hypertension
Robert B. Baron, MD, MS

9:10 G New Developments in Management of Sexually
Transmitted Infections
Michael S. Policar, MD, MPH

10:00 Break

10:20 Concurrent Workshops (select one):
E: Mastering Office Gynecological Procedures
Michael S. Policar, MD, MPH
F: Clinical Dilemmas in Menopause Management: A Case-based Approach
Judith M.E. Walsh, MD, MPH

11:50 am Adjourn



Moderator: Michael G. Shlipak, MD, MPH

7:00 am Continental Breakfast

7:30 G Congestive Heart Failure: Effective Monitoring
and Treatment
Michael G. Shlipak, MD, MPH

8:20 G Management of Diabetes: a Primary Care Perspective
Robert B. Baron MD MS

9:10 Break

9:30 G Management of Epilepsy in Primary Care Practice
S. Andrew Josephson, MD



10:20 G The “Choosing Wisely” Campaign: Increasing Value
in Primary Care and Women’s Health
Michael S. Policar, MD, MPH

11:10 Adjourn


G = Geriatric Credit

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Robert B. Baron, MD, MS

Professor of Medicine
Associate Dean for Graduate
and Continuing Medical Education; Vice Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine

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(University of California, San Francisco)

S. Andrew Josephson, MD
Vice Chair and Associate Professor of Neurology

Leah Karliner, MD MAS,
Associate Professor of Medicine; Medical Effectiveness Research Center for Diverse Populations; UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Descartes Li MD
Professor of Psychiatry; Director UCSF Bipolar Program

Toby A. Maurer, MD

Professor and Chief of
Dermatology, San Francisco
General Hospital

Michael S. Policar, MD, MPH
Professor of Obstetrics,
Gynecology & Reproductive
Medical Director, UCSF/ Family
PACT Program Support and
Evaluation, California
Office of Family Planning,
Sacramento, CA

Michael G. Shlipak, MD, MPH

Chief, Division of General Internal
Medicine; San Francisco VA
Medical Center; Professor-In-Residence of Medicine,
Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Judith M. E. Walsh, MD, MPH

Professor of Medicine, Women’s
Health Clinical Research Center

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Travel & Lodging:

Resort at Squaw Creek
400 Squaw Creek Road
Olympic Valley, CA 96146
Reservations: (800) 403-4434
Hotel: (530) 583-5300

Hotel Rates*
Deluxe Guestroom $229
Fireplace Suite $279
Deluxe Fireplace Suite $299
*Plus $18 per room, per night resort fee

Hotel Cut-off date: 7/3/2014

To reserve online, please visit this link

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Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations received in writing before the first day of the course will be refunded, less a $75 administrative fee. No refunds will be made on cancellations received after that date.

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