Title: Internal Medicine – Challenges: HIV, Immunocompromised Patient; Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Faculty: Valerianna Amorosa, M.D., Stephen J. Gluckman, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.I.D.S.A., Jerry Zuckerman, M.D.
Original Release Date: July 1, 2019 Expiration Date: July 1, 2022
TOPIC 1: HIV Primer for the Primary Care Physician.
Using recommendations and evidence-based guidelines from IDSA, HIVMA, USPHS, CDC and ACP, upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to: COMP, GL, EBM
- Relate the latest epidemiology of HIV infection.
- Interpret recommendations for HIV screening.
- Interpret diagnostic tests (e.g. viral load, CD4 count) and apply them to HIV management.
- Illustrate the principles of antiretroviral treatment.
TOPIC 2: Infections in the Immunocompromised Patient.
Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to: COMP, EBM
- Appraise the immunocompromised patient who is at most risk for serious infections due to diabetes, malignancy, and chemotherapy or medications such as the immunomodulators as per the published EBM/RCT studies in Diabetes Care, Infectious Disease Clinics N.A., Journal of Rheumatology and others.
- Employ standard of appropriate preventative care in various immunocompromised populations seen in primary care.
- Apply an approach to the treatment and follow up of these infections for each type of at risk patient.
TOPIC 3: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to: EBM, COMP
- Demonstrate how to diagnose CFS and how to distinguish it from chronic fatigue.
- Relate the history of CFS.
- Determine the management and how not to mismanage, a patient with CFS as per the current Institute of Medicine Diagnostic Criteria.