October 2020 Newsletter

Breast Cancer Awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM). First begun as a partnership between the American Cancer Society and anti — breast cancer drug provider AstraZeneca, the purpose of BCAM is to raise awareness of breast cancer in America — while also raising funds for research of its causes, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cures. A major focus of the annual initiative is also the promotion of mammography as the most effective weapon in the ongoing battle against breast cancer. In this month’s AudioDigest newsletter, we present a featured lecture addressing adjuvant and neoadjuvant therapies to treat breast cancer — and preview upcoming meetings and virtual meetings.


Featured Lecture: Clinical Considerations for Neoadjuvant and Adjuvant Therapy for Breast Cancer

Clinician Well-Being

Megan Kruse, MD
Hematology and Medical Oncology, Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Cleveland, OH

In this informative lecture, Megan Kruse, MD, Hematology and Medical Oncology, Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, discusses clinical considerations for adjuvant and neoadjuvant therapy for breast cancer.

In her approximately 31-minute lecture, Dr. Kruse focuses primarily on three abstract presentations (involving over 9,000 patients) relating to adjuvant and neoadjuvant therapies. Neoadjuvant therapy, where patients receive systemic therapy before surgical removal of the tumor, can downstage tumors allowing breast-conserving surgery, rather than mastectomy. Read More

In addition to its impact on surgery, the neoadjuvant setting offers a valuable opportunity to monitor individual tumor response. The effectiveness of standard and/or potential new therapies can be tested in the neoadjuvant pre-surgical setting. It can potentially help to identify markers differentiating patients who will potentially benefit from continuing with the same or a different adjuvant treatment, enabling personalized treatment.

Dr. Kruse executes a deep dive into data in this lecture, which covers a wide range of subjects in an insightful and in-depth fashion.


Featured Meeting: Obstetrics and Gynecology

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Obstetrics and Gynecology Update: What Does the Evidence Tell Us?
The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine
October 21–23, 2020

New information and insights on obstetric and gynecologic practice is now being produced at an increasingly rapid rate. Leaders in the field, including those at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, adopt an evidence-based approach when formulating practice guidelines. This course is designed to provide a comprehensive update for the practitioner — placing emphasis on reviewing current evidence-based data and applying new practice guidelines.

Designed for practicing physicians, residents and allied health professionals seeking an update on a wide range of current issues in obstetrics and gynecology, this valuable three-day course will allow virtual attendees to: Read More

  • Discuss the sensitivity and evidence-based use of noninvasive prenatal diagnostic testing
  • Appropriate use of Betamethasone for women at risk for preterm delivery
  • Manage women with polycystic ovarian syndrome, focusing on long-term health risks
  • Discuss non-surgical management of myomas
  • Perform evidence-based cesarean delivery
  • Employ effective management strategies for sexual pain
  • Define CRISPR and possible uses in obstetrics and gynecology
  • Effectively discuss treatment options, including surgical pathways, with patients

The course is chaired by Amy “Meg” Autry, MD, Professor; Director of Graduate Medical Education, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine. It is also accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians, with UCSF designating this live activity for a maximum of 22.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.


Upcoming Virtual Meetings:

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold and evolve, healthcare professionals and medical societies are taking every precaution available to maximize safety and responsibility. As such, many meetings, conventions, and conferences are being held in a safely-distanced, virtual fashion. Here’s a closer look at upcoming virtual meetings.


Family Medicine
Family Medicine Experience (FMX)
American Academy of Family Physicians
October 13–17, 2020

The flagship event of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), Family Medicine Experience (FMX) is an annual meeting for family physicians focusing on education, inspiration and networking. A virtual event due to the COVID-19 pandemic, FMX 2020 promises to be an unforgettable experience dedicated to assisting family physicians and care teams. FMX lets you stay current with the evolving family specialty, learn from experts in the field and be inspired by energetic Main Stage sessions. Read More

FMX 2020 also gives virtual attendees the opportunity to earn up to 36.5 CME credits — over 160 topics covering the latest, evidence-based information to enhance patient care and outcomes. You can even view the CME schedule to customize a flexible experience through a variety of learning formats. You can also interact with faculty and peers during CME sessions via live chat options.

Included with FMX 2020 registration, FMX On Demand helps reinforce knowledge and insight gained at the virtual event — anytime and anywhere you choose, all on your schedule.

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ASNC's Virtual Board Exam Prep Course
American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
Virtual Meeting
October 17–18, 2020

Whether you’re preparing for 2020 Nuclear Cardiology Board Exams or just want to stay current on board-focused updates in nuclear cardiology, the Virtual ASNC Board Exam Prep Course is for you. The virtual course allows you to learn from a renowned group of faculties who are experts in the field — with content tailored to meet your study needs. Read More

New hot topics for 2020 include three 20-minute “Focused Topics” on SPECT Viability, 99mTcPYP imaging for Cardiac TTR Amyloidosis and Interpretation of cardiac and non-cardiac findings on SPECT and PET CT — along with four mock exams (including faculty review and answer explanations tailored to attendees), interactive Q&A with faculty experts and a study tool personalized to the content areas you need most.

Instead of the traditional two-day course held adjacent to the annual meeting, Board Prep 2020 registrants will have up to 5 weeks, starting Sept 11, 2020, to review recorded lectures and take the self-paced mock exams associated with the lecture material, based on the CBNC blueprint.

The course is chaired by Karthikeyan Ananthasubramaniam, MD, FASNC, Director Nuclear Cardiology/Cardiac PET, Division of Cardiology, Dept. of Internal Medicine, Henry Ford Hospital. The American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians, and designates this live activity for 21.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. You can register online and take advantage of new registration rates now.

Visit the meeting site for more information

General Medicine

Primary Care
Primary Care Medicine: Principles & Practice
The University of California
San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine
October 15–17, 2020

Changing patterns of medical practice are placing greater emphasis on ambulatory medicine today. Increasingly difficult management decisions must now be made in the outpatient setting – and greater emphasis is being placed on office–based preventive medicine, reduction of cardiovascular risk factors, care of elderly patients, special problems in women's health, application of behavioral medicine skills and the rational use of diagnostic tests and new medications. Read More

Designed for practicing internists, family practitioners, and other primary care health professionals interested in providing high–quality primary care, this virtual course will present a comprehensive review of new developments in outpatient medicine. Special attention will be paid to the day–to–day controversies of office practice, and an audience response system will facilitate questions and discussion. An electronic course syllabus will also be distributed to all participants prior to the meeting.

The purpose of this 3–day virtual course is to increase competence and improve clinician practice in primary care. We specifically anticipate improvements in skills and strategies to:

  • Implement new guidelines in office–based preventive medicine, including new strategies for cancer screening, immunizations, prevention of coronary heart disease and stroke
  • Manage common office problems including high blood cholesterol, coronary heart disease, asthma, COPD, gout, stroke, TIAs, vertigo, sexually transmitted infections, diabetes, hearing loss, sinusitis and substance abuse
  • Manage common specialty problems in neurology, cardiology, endocrinology, infectious disease, dermatology, allergy and immunology, otolaryngology, orthopedics and sports medicine, gynecology, psychiatry, nutrition, hospital medicine, perioperative care, geriatrics and palliative care
  • Diagnose and treat common problems in women's health including cervical, breast and ovarian cancer, routine pelvic exams, contraception and osteoporosis
  • Select the best diagnostic tests and enhance value in medical practice
  • Use best evidence and optimize patient communication and shared–decision making
  • Become a better health advocate with a deeper understanding of health disparities and the central role of primary care clinicians in providing equitable, patient–centered care

The course is chaired by Robert B. Baron, MD, MS, Professor of Medicine, Associate Dean for Graduate and Continuing Medical Education at UCSF School of Medicine. The UCSF School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians, and designates this live activity for a maximum of 20.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Visit the meeting site for more information

Primary Care, Rheumatology
Clinical Rheumatology Update
Focus on RA, PSA, Gout, Osteoporosis and
Rare Rheumatological Disorders

Keck School of Medicine at USC
October 17, 2020

USC Clinical Rheumatology Update 2020 is organized by Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC). Designed to provide rheumatologists and primary care physicians with up-to-date information on how to recognize, diagnose, treat and follow common rheumatologic conditions.

Distinguished faculty deliver lectures on disease-specific topics, including the diagnosis and treatment of RA, PSA, gout and osteoporosis. The educational format includes case studies and virtual panel discussions that allow virtual participants the opportunity to attain and integrate practical new information into their clinical practices to patient care and outcomes.

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