Course Overview



This course will be held again on
March 21 - 26, 2022.

Information contained in this site is for the 2021 program.
Information for the 2022 program not yet available.

The Comprehensive 2021 Update on Office-Based Primary Care Medicine

Taught Online by Harvard Medical School's Leading Clinical Faculty

Office Practice of Primary Care Medicine will be held online this year, using live streaming, electronic Q&A, and other remote learning technologies.


Office Practice of Primary Care Medicine provides comprehensive reviews of the most important recent advances impacting primary care medicine and guidance to assimilate these changes into practice for state-of-the-art care. Education is practical and results-focused, designed to help you optimize your approach to the wide array of conditions seen in primary care practice.

Lectures, interactive discussions, and skills advancement workshops are taught by nationally and internationally recognized leaders in their respective fields of medicine. 

2021 Updates and Skills Development

This year’s lectures and workshops are fully updated with a focus on the most important clinical challenges affecting the practice of primary care medicine in 2021. Comprehensive updates of all aspects of COVID-19 will be provided. Highlights are summarized below.

Best practices for treating challenging conditions

  • Comprehensive COVID-19 update for primary care practice
  • Optimizing primary care for patients of color
  • Guidelines for hypertension and lipid care
  • Practical pointers for treating diabetes
  • Updates on screening for breast, colorectal, lung, cervical, and prostate cancer
  • Congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, and atrial fibrillation
  • Challenging women's health cases
  • Menopause management and treatment of osteoporosis
  • Update on treating headaches
  • Updates in men's health
  • "Can't-miss" diagnoses
  • Chronic cough
  • Assessing and treating addictions
  • Challenging rheumatology cases
  • Chronic kidney disease management
  • Sleep disorders: insomnia and sleep apnea
  • Pre-op cardiac and pulmonary consultation

The latest evidence-based treatments and guidelines

  • Using the novel anticoagulants
  • COPD and solitary pulmonary nodule guidelines
  • Hepatitis C and NASH
  • Treating obesity: new medications, lifestyle medicine interventions, surgery
  • Top primary care articles
  • Complementary and integrative medicine
  • Antibiotics in office practice
  • Update on thyroid problems
  • Common eye problems
  • Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses
  • Optimal pain management: opioids and non-opioids
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Functional assessment of the geriatric patient

Practice tips from world-renowned experts

  • Telemedicine and virtual care
  • Current approaches to anemia
  • Diagnosis and treatment of cognitive impairment
  • Challenging cases of electrolyte abnormalities
  • Patient information handouts that are relevant to your practice

Education to improve your physical exam skills and use of diagnostic tools

  • Evaluating lower back pain
  • Hands-on evaluation of knee pain
  • Physical examination of the hand, elbow, and shoulder
  • Evaluation of peripheral neuropathy
  • Dermatology update
  • Interpreting ECGs
  • Radiology: choosing the best test

Optimized for Remote Education

The 2021 program has been enhanced for distance learning. In addition to being live streamed, all sessions will be recorded and made available to participants for online viewing for 60 days after the end of the course. 


The Participant Experience

Participants consistently report that this program has inspired and improved their practice of medicine: 

"Every lecture gave me at least one take-home point to change in my practice."

"I am in awe of the quality of the presentations and the outstanding commitment to the highest level of patient care exhibited by the presenters. I value all of the clinical pearls offered in the case-based presentation approach. The level of dedication and passion for the topics that the presenters had was fabulous. For example, 'I love that question.' You can tell that most of the presenters love what they do and are so interested in sharing their wisdom and knowledge with others." 

"In just the week following this course, I had already changed HTN management on several patients, recognized suboptimal lipid management in several others, and changed how I field questions on breast cancer screening."

"The quality of the main presentations was above anything I have previously experienced. Worth every penny (and I do not have CME funds available to me)!"

"This course has led to many updates in my own practice and significantly improved management of patients with HTN, DM, skin disorders, COPD, BPH, GERD, PUD, pneumonia, bronchitis, STDs, UTIs, asthma, chronic pain, etc."

"The caliber of the teaching physicians and their experience, as well as the practical experience they share, made many aspects of this conference pivotal."

"I have updated my practice in many ways, including UTI treatment, antibiotic use, travel recommendations, and PreP for high-risk patients."

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