2020 ACOI Annual Convention and Scientific Sessions

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This course contains recordings from the 2020 ACOI Annual Convention and Scientific Sessions, held October 21 - October 24, 2020. The complete course offers 52 AOA Category 1A CME credits. 

After actively participating in this educational activity, learners will be able to:

Address the challenges of end stage dementia in the geriatric population;

Assess the role of home dialysis therapy in the treatment of End Stage Renal Disease;

Engage in discussions and review resources for difficult conversations and end of life discussions;

Summarize insights and recommendations for the treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Disease and non-alcoholic liver disease;

Describe the link between inflammatory diseases and cardiovascular risk;

Discuss the role of Positron Emission Tomography in the diagnosis and staging of tumors;   

Describe the approach to the care of the Cancer survivor and the role of genetics in the field  of oncology;

Utilize state of the art approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis;

Describe the latest evidence to support clinical decision making in lipid management to reduce arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease;

Develop essential skills in interprofessional education and integration of social media required for Undergraduate, Graduate and Continuing Medical Education;  

Define how Osteopathic Manipulative Techniques (OMT) can be used as a modality for treatment for common inpatient and outpatient conditions; 

Fulfill state licensure CME  requirements in topics including prevention of medical errors, human trafficking, domestic violence and ethics; 

Advance mastery of the latest Opioid Analgesic Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS); 

Define issues facing our internal medicine residents and students including board certification, job seeking, debt management; 

Discuss the pros and cons related to Physician Assisted Suicide;  

Apply population health strategies to medical practice for better patient care outcomes; 

Employ Principle Centered Medicine skills and patient centered high value care to achieve the best health outcomes for patients while balancing life, work and health;  

Describe the effects of COVID 19 infection on adult patients from epidemiology to recovery.

  • COVID-19 and the Kidneys

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/24/2020

    This activity is certified for 0.75 AOA 1-A Credit. Recorded October 24, 2020. Identify the at risk groups for COVID-19 infection, mortality, and morbidity and the common clinical manifestation and clinical course for patients with COVID-19 infection; Describe the role of the systemic anti-inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) in generating the “cytokine storm” and its role in acute kidney injury.

    After participating in this educational activity, learners will be able to:

    • Identify the at risk groups for COVID-19 infection, mortality, and morbidity and the common clinical manifestation and clinical course for patients with COVID-19 infection;

    • Describe the role of the ACE 2 receptor in infection;

    • Describe the role of the systemic anti-inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) in generating the “cytokine storm” and its role in acute kidney injury.

    Mark D. Baldwin, DO, FACOI

    Professor of Medicine

    Professor and Chair, Department of Internal Medicine
    Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences
    Yakima, Washington

  • Tests I Wish You’d Never Ordered

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/21/2020

    This activity is certified for 2.0 AOA 1-A Credits. Recorded October 21, 2020. Address the overuse and appropriate use of diagnostic testing for hepatitis, dyspnea, thyroid disease; DVT/PE. Evaluate mismatch of decisions to test in the context of hospital and nursing home policy. Compare value of quantitative and qualitative driven decision-making on clinical outcomes.

    After participating in this educational activity, learners will be able to:

    • Discuss the differential diagnosis of acute hepatitis in the young adult;

    • Discuss the serologic evaluation of the patient with acute and chronic hepatitis;

    • Discuss when to proceed to liver biopsy in the patient with acute and chronic hepatitis;

    • Discuss the role of ultrasound in the diagnosis of undifferentiated dyspnea;

    • Discuss the unique ultrasound findings associated with the most common etiologies of dyspnea;

    • Discuss the pros and cons of ultrasound and chest x-rays in the evaluation of dyspnea;

    • Illustrate mismatch of test vs hospital and nursing home policy;

    • Compare how qualitative vs quantitative results may impact decision making;

    • Discuss common public misconception of testing results;

    • Discuss appropriate determination of adequacy of levothyroxine dose in patients with panhypopituitarism;

    • Discuss appropriateness of ordering thyroid ultrasounds and scans;

    • Discuss ordering frequency of 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels;

    • Discuss how to evaluate patient for testing for DVT/PE;

    • Discuss PERC and WELLS scoring;

    • Discuss Choosing Wisely recommendations;

    Gerald W. Blackburn, DO, MACOI (Moderator)

    Clinical Professor of Medicine

    Teaching Faculty, Section of Infectious Disease, Beaumont Hospital/ Botsford Campus, Farmington Hills, MI Clinical Professor of Medicine Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

    Damon L. Baker, DO, FACOI

    Professor and Chair

    Professor and Chair
    Department of Internal Medicine
    Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences

    Patrick C. Cullinan, DO, FACOI

    Neurosurgical Intensivist Specialist

    Neurosurgical Intensivist Specialist, Department of Neurosurgery, UTHSCSA, San Antonio, TX
    Adjunct Associate Clinical Professor, University of Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine, San Antonio, TX
    Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Downers Grove, IL

    Rick A. Greco, DO, MACOI

    President, Trinity Health Physician Enterprise

    President, Trinity Health Physician Enterprise
    Internal Medicine Residency Program Director
    Trinity Health
    Steubenville, Ohio

    Jack L. Snitzer, DO, FACOI

    Clinical Endocrinologist

    Clinical Endocrinologist
    Peninsula Regional Endocrinology
    Peninsula Regional Medical Center
    Salisbury, MD

    Mary R. Suchyta, DO, FACOI

    Associate Medical Director

    Associate Medical Director, Select Health
    Pulmonary Division Intermountain Medical Center
    Instacare Urgent Care Centers

  • Emergency Neurologic Assessment

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/22/2020

    This activity is certified for 0.75 AOA 1-A Credit. Recorded October 22, 2020. Review the range of common neurologic emergencies, assessment, diagnosis and AHA guideline-based recommendations.

    After participating in this educational activity, learners will be able to:

    • Discuss potential neurologic emergencies;

    • Discuss what neurologic exams assist in diagnosing neurologic emergencies;

    • Identify the most recent American Heart Association guideline changes and recommendations.

    Patrick C. Cullinan, DO, FACOI

    Neurosurgical Intensivist Specialist

    Neurosurgical Intensivist Specialist, Department of Neurosurgery, UTHSCSA, San Antonio, TX
    Adjunct Associate Clinical Professor, University of Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine, San Antonio, TX
    Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Downers Grove, IL

  • New Diabetes Medicine: Protecting the Heart or Hyperbole?

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/22/2020

    This activity is certified for 0.5 AOA 1-A Credit. Recorded October 22, 2020. Explore how newer diabetes medications deliver clinical benefits beyond glucose lowering, including cardiovascular risk reduction and benefits for patients with heart failure and/or chronic kidney disease.

    After participating in this educational activity, learners will be able to:

    • Discuss treatment options for managing adult type 2 diabetes;

    • Identify the relevance of these agents in improving renal and cardiovascular outcomes and understand latest treatment guidelines;

    • Apply our knowledge to improve glycemic and nonglycemic outcomes.

    Craig W. Spellman, DO, FACOI

    Professor of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology

    Craig W. Spellman, DO, PhD, FACOI, FACE is Professor of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and Director of the MCH Diabetes Center at Medical Center Hospital, Odessa, Texas 2007-present.  He was Chair of Endocrinology at the University North Texas Health Science Center from 1997-2007 and served as the Regional Associate Dean for Research at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center from 2007-2014.

    He is Chairman of the subcommittees of the Texas Diabetes Council and Principal and member of the American Osteopathic Association, American College of Osteopathic Internists, American Diabetes Association and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.  In addition, Dr. Spellman is an ordained pastor working with 2500 youths in the TeenFLOW ministry, Midland, TX.

  • New Strategies for Thyroid and Diabetes Testing

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/22/2020

    This activity is certified for 1.00 AOA 1-A Credit. Recorded October 22, 2020. Summarize test selection, timing, and monitoring for patients with thyroid and/or glucose dysfunctions.

    After participating in this educational activity, learners will be able to:

    • Recognize substances that might interfere with Thyroid function testing;

    • Recognize limitations in testing for diagnosis and follow-up of Diabetes;

    • Describe applications of the use of Continuous Glucose Monitoring.

    John R. Sutton, DO, FACOI

    Past President of ACOI

    Past President ACOI
    President Nevada AACE
    Adjunct Assistant Professor Department of IM ATSU-KCOM, Instructor in Clinical Endocrinology
    Assistant Professor Internal Medicine/Endocrinology Touro University COM, Nevada
    Kirksville Alumni Association Board of Directors

  • Improving Diabetic Health of Populations

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/22/2020

    This activity is certified for 0.75 AOA 1-A Credit. Recorded October 22, 2020. Assess the population health challenges associated with diabetes. Summarize diagnostic, treatment, and monitoring options across the spectrum of patient needs.

    After participating in this educational activity, learners will be able to:

    • Discuss early identification and prevention strategies of diabetic complications;

    • Discuss mental health issues and well-being of people with diabetes;

    • Discuss continuous glucose monitors (CGM), insulin pump therapy, and hybrid closed loop technology as they relate to blood sugar control, lifestyle benefits, and prevention/detection of hypoglycemia/hyperglycemia.

    Jack L. Snitzer, DO, FACOI

    Clinical Endocrinologist

    Clinical Endocrinologist
    Peninsula Regional Endocrinology
    Peninsula Regional Medical Center
    Salisbury, MD

  • Controversies in the Control of the Spread of COVID-19

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/22/2020

    This activity is certified for 1.0 AOA 1-A Credit. Recorded October 22, 2020. Define high and low risk factors for COVID. Determine public health strategies for special populations such as children and teachers.

    After participating in this educational activity, learners will be able to:

    • Describe the dynamics of COVID-19 in children;

    • Describe the clinical aerodynamics of the SARS-CoV-2 virus;

    • Identify what a super spreader event is;

    • Review the updated definition of a “high risk” encounter;

    • Review and define social distancing with COVID-19;

    • Discuss controversies related to the health and safety needs of our children and teachers during this school year;

    • Identify events/situations that significantly contribute to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic;

    • Describe the cost in human lives to be paid to achieve “herd immunity” to COVID-19;

    • Describe the additional concerns regarding “herd immunity” if immunity, either from infection or immunization, is not long lasting.

    MarkAlain Dery, DO, FACOI

    Medical Director of Infectious Diseases

    Chief Innovation Officer; Access Health Louisiana
    Medical Director of Infectious Diseases; Access Health Louisiana

    Mia A. Taormina, DO, FACOI

    Chair, Department of Infectious Disease

    Chair, Department of Infectious Disease - DuPage Medical Group
    Chair, COVID Task Force - DuPage Medical Group
    Adjunct Clinical Faculty - Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

    Gerald W. Blackburn, DO, MACOI

    Clinical Professor of Medicine

    Teaching Faculty, Section of Infectious Disease, Beaumont Hospital/ Botsford Campus, Farmington Hills, MI Clinical Professor of Medicine Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • Cardiac Implications of COVID-19

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/22/2020

    This activity is certified for 0.75 AOA 1-A Credit. Recorded October 22, 2020. Discussion of the potential risk of HTN medications, the implications of elevated troponin levels, and the pathophysiology of cardiac dysfunction in the era of COVID-19.

    After participating in this educational activity, learners will be able to:

    • Discuss the potential risk of HTN medications in the era of COVID-19;

    • Discuss the implications of elevated troponin levels in COVID-19 patients;

    • Discuss the pathophysiology of cardiac dysfunction in COVID-19 infections.

    Kenneth J. Tobin, DO, FACOI

    Clinical Cardiologist

    Clinical Cardiologist, Structural Heart Program Borgess Medical Center Kalamazoo, Michigan

  • Pulmonary Manifestations and Treatment of COVID-19

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/22/2020

    This activity is certified for 0.75 AOA 1-A Credit. Recorded October 22, 2020. Differential diagnosis of COVID pulmonary symptoms. Treatment options and strategies.

    After participating in this educational activity, learners will be able to:

    • Describe the various manifestations of COVID-19 related lung disease;

    • Discuss potential disease mimics and overlap;

    • Discuss the current state of treatment and support.

    Mary R. Suchyta, DO, FACOI

    Associate Medical Director

    Associate Medical Director, Select Health
    Pulmonary Division Intermountain Medical Center
    Instacare Urgent Care Centers

  • COVID-19: Lessons Learned In the Hospital

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/22/2020

    This activity is certified for 0.50 AOA 1-A Credit. Recorded October 22, 2020. Explain the role of hospitalization in the treatment of patients with COVID-19. Transmission, diagnosis, isolation, and treatment are addressed.

    After participating in this educational activity, learners will be able to:

    • Review COVID transmission and testing highlights and discuss disease progression and threshold for hospitalization;

    • Discuss the available investigational use medications in hospitalized patients;

    • Discuss antibody development and discontinuation of isolation status.

    Mia A. Taormina, DO, FACOI

    Chair, Department of Infectious Disease

    Chair, Department of Infectious Disease - DuPage Medical Group
    Chair, COVID Task Force - DuPage Medical Group
    Adjunct Clinical Faculty - Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine