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UCSF Primary Care Medicine: Principles and Practices 2024

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This online course presents a comprehensive review of new developments in outpatient management, along with controversies, specialty problems, and best practices in the primary care setting. Dr. Robert Baron and a roster of expert UCSF faculty discuss preventive medicine, reduction of cardiovascular risk factors, day-to-day clinical problems, chronic disease management, women’s health, geriatrics, behavioral medicine, optimal use of diagnostic tests and new medications, and more.

UCSF Primary Care Medicine: Principles and Practices uses 20+ continuing medical education lectures and case-based discussions to focus on health disparities and promote quality, safety, equity, and value in the care of vulnerable patients with COVID-19 and other common illnesses.

Date of Original Release: December 15, 2023

After completing the UCSF Primary Care Medicine: Principles and Practices course, participants should be able to:

  • Implement new guidelines in office-based preventive medicine, including new strategies for cancer screening, immunizations, prevention of coronary heart disease, stroke, and STIs
  • Manage common office problems including diabetes, coronary heart disease, valvular heart disease, chronic kidney disease, asthma, COPD, stroke, TIAs, osteoporosis, liver disease, obesity, BPH, anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, eye disease, skin disease, and chronic pain
  • Manage common specialty problems in cardiology, endocrinology, infectious disease, pulmonary medicine, rheumatology, hepatology, nephrology, neurology, urology, dermatology, gynecology, sports medicine, otolaryngology, and ophthalmology
  • Diagnose and treat common problems in women’s health including cancer prevention, family planning, genitourinary symptoms, and osteoporosis
  • Understand the impact that COVID-19 has had on primary care practice and use best practices to treat patients with COVID-related conditions
  • Understand the impact that changes in health policy have on clinical practice
  • Select the best diagnostic tests and enhance value in medical practice
  • Use best evidence and optimize patient communication and shared decision making
  • Become a better clinician and advocate with a deeper understanding of structural racism, health disparities, and the central role of primary care clinicians in providing equitable, patient-centered care


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2. Best Practices in Adult Vaccination – Lisa Winston, MD

3. Chronic Kidney Disease: Integrating New Tests, New Guidelines, and New Medications – Michael G. Shlipak, MD, MPH

4. Diagnosis and Treatment of Osteoporosis – What’s New and Controversial in 2023 – Anne Schafer, MD

5. Current Challenges in Management of Asthma and COPD – Lekshmi Santhosh, MD, MAEd

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11. Prevention, Detection, and Treatment of Common Liver Diseases in 2023 – Rena Fox, MD

12. Cardiology for the Non-Cardiologist – New Innovations and New Guidelines – Krishan Soni, MD, MBA, FACC

13. Urologic Health in the Aging Male – Benjamin Breyer, MD, MAS, FACS

14. Dementia 2023 – The Latest on Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention – Gil D. Rabinovici, MD

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16. STIs In 2023 – Best Practices for Prevention and Treatment – Michael Policar, MD, MPH

17. Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain – Fibromyalgia to Long Covid and Everything in Between – Andrew J. Gross, MD

18. Management of Common Disorders of the Eye – Saras Ramanathan, MD

19. Gynecologic Issues in Older Women – Rebecca Jackson, MD

20. Office Assessment and Treatment of Obesity – Diets, Drugs, and Surgery – Diana Thiara, MD

21. Dermatology in Primary Care – Recognition and Treatment of Common and Uncommon Disorders of the Skin – Lindy P. Fox, MD

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