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Interprofessional Collaboration in Health Science Education (To err may be human, but together we can do something about it!)

Thomas Morrissey, MD, PhD, Frank J. Genuardi, MD, MPH, Jane Gannon, DNP, CNM, CNL, Carol Motycka, PharmD, and Eric F. Egelund, PharmD, PhD

Communication errors can occur between two or more healthcare providers, or between healthcare providers and the patient. ts. Many strategies have been developed and proven to help ameliorate these issues, and they share a common theme of team approaches and structure.


Medicare: Past, Present, and Future Directions

Ross Jones, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Given the significant changes in payments due to health policy legislation, understanding government-funded health programs is crucial in the current environment. As the population grows older, Medicare will continue to grow in importance due to cost and the number of beneficiaries covered by the program.


Management of Menopausal Symptoms in Breast Cancer

Deanna C. McCullough, MD, FACOG and Andrew Kaunitz, MD, FACOG, NCMP

As the number of breast cancer survivors increases in the United States, many of these women will suffer from climacteric symptoms and a reduced quality of life as a result of adjuvant therapy, chemotherapy, or natural menopause. As such, physicians caring for breast cancer survivors should address survivorship issues related to hypoestrogenism.


Progress in the Management of Metastatic Breast Cancer in 2018: Is a Cure in the Horizon?

Gerardo Colón-Otero, MD

Progress in the management of breast cancer over the last 40 years has resulted in a decrease in breast cancer mortality and morbidity. Major advances include the significant prolongation of life in patients with HER2 positive subset breast cancers and the addition of new agents for the treatment of the most common type of breast cancer.


Polypharmacy; A Case-Based Primer

Michael J. Schuh, PharmD, MBA, FAPhA, Haya S. Kaseer, PharmD, Robert P. Shannon, MD, FAAHPM, Jessica Peterson, PharmD

Polypharmacy in the geriatric population is challenging for all caretakers involved. Those patients often have a variety of comorbid medical conditions requiring numerous medications.


Falls in the Community-Dwelling Elderly

Reetu Grewal, MD

Falls are a substantial source of morbidity and mortality in the community-dwelling elderly, leading to physical and psychological injury, increased healthcare costs, and risk of long-term care admission.


Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence: Screening, Detection and Intervention

Linda Edwards, MD, Jeffrey Winder, DO, Brittany Lyons, DO, and Francys Calle Martin, Esq., LHRM

It is important for healthcare providers to be aware of the prevalence of domestic violence and become familiar with appropriate screening and referral tools in order to identify victims and provide resources.


Promoting Wellness in Residency Training

Mary S. Hedges, MD, Monia E. Werlang, MD, Chrysanthe M. Yates, BA, Michele D. Lewis, MD

Physician burnout levels have become alarmingly high in recent years. The tendency towards depressive symptoms and suicidal ideation appears to start early in medical training, and accelerate through medical school and residency.


Quality of Care of Patients with HIV Infection


The management of HIV infection has improved significantly over the last three decades of the epidemic. The treatment of HIV/AIDS infection has benefited significantly from the progress.


Two Keys to Connection in Healthcare: Presence and Reflective Listening

William J. Maples, MD, Sandra Argenio, MD, Jennifer Krippner

The single most important factor in creating an excellent patient experience is the patient’s interaction and relationship with his or her healthcare provider. In multiple studies over the past few decades, patients tell us what they desire most in their healthcare provider- someone who respects and listens to them.


Review of Adult Obesity Management in Primary Care

Carmen L. Isache, MD, Ghania Masri, MD

Obesity is common, serious, and costly. Management of adult obesity includes behavioral therapy and lifestyle intervention, pharmacological adjunctive weight loss medication, and bariatric surgery.


Prevention of Medical Errors & Patient Safety

Linda Edwards, MD, Francys Calle Martin, Esq., Kari Aasheim, JD

Following a number of studies on the high incidence of medical errors and increasing efforts to improve patient safety, the prevention and reduction of medical errors has become a priority for federal and state regulatory agencies and healthcare providers across the nation.


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