Principles of Prevention in Primary Care: Practical Tools to Improve Your Practice

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March 30–April 1, 2023 • LIVESTREAM

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Review updates, advances & best practices in all areas of primary care.

Among the Highest-Rate CME

Program is among the highest-rated CME courses at Harvard Medical School

24.75 hours of Continuing Education

Earn up to 24.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

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Featuring Best Practices and Effective Preventive Medicine Strategies to Improve Your Practice


A major challenge we face today as primary care clinicians is staying current with the rapid advances in prevention. Prevention is a major component of effective primary care practice and one of the unique strengths that we must possess. Most existing CME courses focus on prevention in one or several limited spheres. In this course, we will focus on screening and prevention and teach you innovative and novel strategies across multiple disciplines. Sessions include prevention of cancer, heart disease, infectious diseases, obesity, diabetes, and risk management issues in primary care, plus hot-off-the-press emerging topics will be addressed to ensure you are up to date with the latest information during the ongoing COVID pandemic. We will address:

  • Outpatient treatment of COVID-19 and management of COVID long-haulers
  • Vaccine angst
  • Racial inequalities in medicine
  • Genetic causes of cancer: which patients should be screened
  • Patient management in the face of alcohol or opioid use
  • Screening and treatment of depression
  • Nutrition counseling and healthy-lifestyle coaching to prevent chronic illnesses
  • Preventative therapies for migraine
  • Evolving vaccine recommendations, including COVID-19
  • Lifestyle changes to prevent type 2 diabetes, cardiac disease, hypertension and hyperlipidemia
  • Strategies for smoking cessation
  • Recommendations for preventing dementia and osteoporosis
  • Reducing medical errors
  • Menopause and hormone replacement therapy

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  • Registrations for Harvard Medical School CME programs are made via our secure online registration system. To register for this course, please click on the “register” link above
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“This was the best course I have attended in seven years of practice, with immediate benefits for my patients as a result of information presented. It reignited my passion for primary care!”

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Course Directors

Gerald W. Smetana, MD, MACP

Gerald W. Smetana, MD, MACP

Course Director

Professor of Medicine | Harvard Medical School
Howard Libman, MD, FACP

Howard Libman, MD, FACP

Course Director

Professor of Medicine, Emeritus | Harvard Medical School
Maura Moran Brain, DNP, CDCES

Maura Moran Brain, DNP, CDCES

Course Director

Certified Adult & Geriatric NP
Certified Diabetes Care & Education Specialist | Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Frequently Asked Questions

Refund Policy

Refunds, less an administrative fee of $75 will be issued for all cancellations received two weeks before the start of the course. Refund requests must be received by email.

Where is the course located?
This course is presented as a live-streaming program.
Which sessions are included in the course?

Thursday, March 30, 2023 (Day 1)

8:00 AM 8:10 AM Introduction and Welcome
Principles of Screening and Prevention
8:10 AM 8:50 AM Prevention of Dementia*
Daniel Press, MD, MMSc
8:50 AM 9:30 AM Screening and Treatment of Depression
Michael W. Kahn, MD
9:30 AM 9:50 AM Break and Optional Guided Meditation✻
9:50 AM 10:30 AM Communication and Resolution of Medical Error*
Melinda Van Niel, MBA, CPHRM
10:30 AM 11:10 AM Evidence-Based Approach to Prevention*
Quyen Ngo-Metzger, MD, MPH
11:10 AM 11:20 AM Break
11:20 AM 12:20 PM KEYNOTE – Outpatient Management of COVID-19

Paul E. Sax, MD
12:20 PM 1:10 PM Lunch Break
1:10 PM 1:50 PM Prevention of Colon Cancer: Does Anything Besides Aspirin Decrease the Risk of Colon Cancer?*
Helen M. Shields, MD, FACP
1:50 PM 2:30 PM Prostate Cancer – Screening and Beyond: Genetics, Prevention and Therapy*
Marc B. Garnick, MD
2:30 PM 2:40 PM Q&A
2:40 PM 3:00 PM Break and Optional Rejuvenation Exercises✻
3:00 PM 3:40 PM Breast Cancer Prevention and Screening: What We Know, What We Do and Does it Make Sense?*
Nadine M. Tung, MD
3:40 PM 4:20 PM Which Patients Should be Screened for Genetic Causes of Cancer?*
Nadine M. Tung, MD
4:20 PM 4:30 PM Break
4:30 PM 5:00 PM Screening for Skin Cancer*
Rachel V. Reynolds, MD
5:00 PM 5:40 PM Cervical Cancer Prevention: Is the Pap Smear Obsolete?*
Amy R. Weinstein, MD, MPH


Friday, March 31, 2021 (Day 2)

Healthy Lifestyles
8:00 AM 8:30 AM Motivational Interviewing: A Proven Approach for Weight Loss
Frank J. Domino, MD
8:30 AM 9:15 AM Lifestyle Changes to Prevent Diabetes
Martin J. Abrahamson, MD, FACP
9:15 AM 9:55 AM Pharmacological Management of Weight Loss*
Maura Moran Brain, DNP, CDCES
9:55 AM 10:15 AM Break and Optional Guided Meditation✻
10:15 AM 11:05 AM Osteoporosis Prevention and Management*
Harold N. Rosen, MD
11:05 AM 11:45 AM Obstructive Sleep Apnea*
Eric J. Heckman, MD
11:45 AM 12:35 PM Lunch Break
Infectious Diseases
12:35 PM 1:35 PM KEYNOTE – Gun Violence†
Matthew J. Miller, MD, ScD
1:35 PM 2:15 PM Travel Medicine
Paula Stering, PA-C
2:15 PM 2:35 PM Break and Optional Rejuvenation Exercises✻
2:35 PM 3:15 PM COVID-19 Vaccines
Lindsey R. Baden, MD
3:15 PM 3:55 PM 2023 Adult Vaccine Schedule: A Framework for Primary Care Providers*
Robin Wigmore, MD
3:55 PM 4:05 PM Break
4:05 PM 4:45 PM Screening, Prevention and Treatment of HCV: A Shifting Paradigm for Primary Care
Andrew J. Hale, MD
4:45 PM 5:40 PM Common Outpatient Infections*†
Howard Libman, MD, FACP


Saturday, April 1, 2022 (Day 3)

8:00 AM 8:30 AM Managing Menopause
Marybeth Meservey, RNP, MS
8:30 AM 9:20 AM Preventive Therapies for Migraine
Gerald W. Smetana, MD, MACP
9:20 AM 9:40 AM Break and Optional Guided Meditation✻
9:40 AM 10:20 AM Perspectives on Drug and Alcohol Misuse and Use Disorders
Daniel P. Alford, MD, MPH
10:20 AM 10:50 AM Treating Tobacco Users: Strategies and Controversies*
Nancy A. Rigotti, MD
10:50 AM 11:00 AM Break
11:00 AM 12:00 PM KEYNOTE – The History of Antibiotic Medicine*†

Paul E. Sax, MD
12:00 PM 12:50 PM Lunch Break
Cardiovascular Disease Prevention
12:50 PM 1:30 PM New Developments in the Management of Hyperlipidemias
Mark D. Benson, MD
1:30 PM 2:20 PM Hypertension 2023: Recent Evidence that Will Change Your Practice
Jennifer Cluett, MD
2:20 PM 2:40 PM Break and Optional Rejuvenation Exercises✻
Special Lectures
2:40 PM 3:20 PM Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
Michelle Lai, MD
3:20 PM 4:00 PM Palliative Care Pearls for Primary Care
Brook A. Calton, MD, MHS
4:00 PM 4:10 PM Closing Remarks

* Qualifies for Risk Management Credits
† Live Session
✻ Optional Wellness Activity

Principles of Prevention in Primary Care: Practical Tools to Improve Your Practice

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March 30 – April 1, 2023 • LIVESTREAM