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CME SPOTLIGHT SERIES


As part of your Academy's efforts to provide you with high quality, useful, relevant clinical and information, the Committee on Continuing Professional Development is pleased to bring you the CME Spotlight Series. Have a topic you'd like to see covered? Want to contribute a Spotlight? Contact Shelly Rodrigues.

Current Issue: march 2017


Get Informed and Inspired at Family Medicine Clinical Forum, April 8-9 in San Francisco


CAFP’s 2017 Family Medicine Clinical Forum is a wonderful, whirlwind weekend of education and camaraderie that will inform your mind and inspire your heart. In just a day and a half, you can earn up to 29 CME hours, with compelling sessions covering everything from understanding the long-term health ramifications of childhood traumas to managing polypharmacy in the elderly, and everything in between.


Syphilis Cases Surging


During 2015, there were 74,702 reported new diagnoses of syphilis (all stages), compared to 44,784 estimated new diagnoses of HIV infection in 2014 and 395,216 cases of gonorrhea in 2015. Of syphilis cases, 23,872 were primary and secondary (P&S) syphilis, the earliest and most transmissible stages of syphilis.

Past Issues
 

february 2017

THE FLU | WEEK 7: VACCINE EFFICACY AND STATS IN CALIFORNIA

The CDC reported that interim estimates from US Flu Vaccine Effectiveness Network data for the 2016-2017 influenza season showed this year’s flu vaccine has been 48 percent effective in preventing laboratory-confirmed influenza A and B viral infection associated with medically attended acute respiratory illness.
 

 

FAMILY MEDICINE CLINICAL FORUM: CME LEADERS PROMISE TO ADDRESS TOP ISSUES FACING YOU AND YOUR PRACTICE

Five graduates of the CME Leaders Institute will be on tap at the 2017 Family Medicine Clinical Forum April 8-9, 2017. They’ll be leading sessions on issues that are important to your patients – from legal issues for adolescent patients to urgent care concerns.  
 

 

january 2017

YOUR QUICK PICK FOR FEBRUARY: FIVE NEW CME ACTIVITIES DESIGNED WITH YOU IN MIND!

Rating and Improving Diabetes Quality of Care in Daily Interactions, dermoscopy services in family medicine, Integrating Palliative Care into Primary Care, CAFP's Family Medicine Clinical Forum and new online asthma care tools are all available now!
 

 

zika udpate

Many people believe we don’t have to worry about Zika during the colder months, when mosquitoes are less visible and active. But the question of travel related cases continues to arise. We covered information about Zika in the September 2016 CMeSpotlight, but wanted to provide new travel related information and resources for patient education.  
 

 

November 2016

INTEGRATING PALLIATIVE MEDICINE INTO YOUR FAMILY MEDICINE PRACTICE

In the groundbreaking 2014 report Dying in America, the Institute of Medicine recommended that all people with advanced serious illness have access to palliative care specialists. While the recommendation is important, the reality is that there are not enough of these highly trained providers to meet all of the current or future need in the US. This gap is likely to grow as people live longer and the population ages.
 

 

INCREASING THE USE OF LONG ACTING REVERSIBLE CONTRACEPTION (LARC) IS A BENEFIT FOR WOMEN PATIENTS

According to Health Families 2020, unintended pregnancy persists as a major public health challenge in the United States. In 2011, nearly half (45 percent or 2.8 million) of the 6.1 million pregnancies in the United States were unintended; and in California 48 percent of the pregnancies (or 393,000) were unintended. 
 

 

September 2016

Changes Afoot in CME, CPD and MOC

The AAFP and ABFM are making changes in how you report CME credits, where you find your credit reports, the number of credits you need for continued membership and the Family Medicine Certification (MOC) program. We’ve summarized THREE things you need to know as you near the end of the 2016 CME reporting year.
 

 

ZIKA ... Questions Continue to be Asked, Answered

The Zika virus has struck fear throughout the Americas, but determining whether people have been infected can be difficult. To help explain, we offer this article, written by John Pope, originally published by Kaiser Health News, September 19, 2016 and reported in the LA News. Our thanks to all for this important information. 
 

 

August 2016

Opioid Misuse: The Public Health Concerns Continue to Escalate

Last week US Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA took historic action by sending a personal letter to more than 2.3 million health care providers and public health leaders. He is seeking our help to address the prescription opioid crisis through increased education, treatment and support. CAFP sent an email blast to all members and posted his letter on our website.

 

 

College Students Need Vaccines As Well

As you may know, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended the Meningitis B vaccine be, in effect, voluntary – we know this has created some confusion among family physicians and their patients.

 

 

July 2016

Yep, It's Already Time to Think About Flu Vaccines

On March 4, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Vaccines and Related Biologics Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) endorsed the WHO-recommended vaccine viruses for use in all U.S. seasonal flu vaccines for the 2016-2017 flu season.

 

 

July 28 Is World Hepatitis Day

CAFP is actively engaged in the push for more engagement of family physicians and primary care physicians in the screening, diagnosis, treatment and management of patients with hepatitis C.  According to the United States Preventive Health Task Force guidelines, all baby boomers (those born between 1945-1965) should be screened for hepatitis C.