Pri-Med’s Integrated Approaches to Cardiometabolic Care Conference Demonstrates Strong Demand for Case-Based Learning Between Specialists and Primary Care Teams

Majority of cardiologist, endocrinologist and primary care clinician participants now better prepared to collaborate outside practice areas and coordinate care for patients

Pri-Med’s Conference Demonstrates Strong Demand for Case-Based Learning Between Specialists and Primary Care Teams

PAN CommunicationsMatthew Briggs, 617-502-4357

, the leading provider of professional medical education to a community of more than 260,000 clinicians, launched its inaugural (IACC) conference on June 15 in Anaheim, Calif. The event is a foundational component of Pri-Med’s vision to develop in-depth integrated medical education which provides state-of-the-art, clinically relevant practice strategies that can be easily implemented at the point-of-care. IACC emphasizes the need for collaboration and coordination between healthcare teams to improve the quality of patient care and subsequent health outcomes.

“This first-of-its-kind forum for Pri-Med offered cardiologists, endocrinologists and primary care clinicians the opportunity to share lessons from the front lines for preventing, diagnosing, treating and managing complex cardiometabolic issues,” said IACC Course Director Peter Libby, MD, FACC, Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital. “The smaller breakout sessions and discussion topics enabled attendees to fully utilize their time together while capitalizing on their shared knowledge and expertise.”

Peter Libby, MD, directed the program with course chairs Michael H. Davidson, MD, FACC, FACP, Director of Preventive Cardiology, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Immediate Past President, National Lipid Association; Yehuda Handelsman, MD, FACP, FACE, Medical Director & Principal Investigator, Metabolic Institute of America, President, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, Private Endocrinology Practice; and Dr. Pamela Kushner, MD, MA, FAAFP, Clinical Professor of Family Medicine, University of California, Irvine.

Following the program, 92 percent of participants reported that the event has better prepared them to collaborate with doctors outside of their practice areas and coordinate care for patients with cardiometabolic risk and disease. Further, 98 percent of attendees plan to incorporate the information presented at the IACC into future clinical decision-making.

Broad participation from primary care clinicians, cardiologists, endocrinologists and internal medicine specialists was due in part to Pri-Med’s partners in this program including, The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, National Lipids Association and The American Society for Preventive Cardiology.

“Today is the age of accountable and collaborative patient care where all stakeholders – patients, doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, hospitalists and others – must work together to optimize patient outcomes,” said Pri-Med CEO and Founder John Mooney. “We are pleased with the success and positive feedback generated by participants of our inaugural IACC program and look forward to expanding other multidisciplinary activities to additional geographic markets and specialty areas.”

“Collaborative, team-based care is essential as the state of healthcare evolves and becomes increasingly complex,” said Co-chair, Pamela Kushner, MD, MA, FAAFP, Clinical Professor of Family Medicine, University of California, Irvine. “As physicians, patients turn to us every day for our expertise, so it is imperative to refer to the latest research and practical experiences to optimize care.”

A cardiologist who attended the program, Harvinder Sahota, MD, FACC, FSCAI, said, “I found the program thorough and informative because it involved multi-specialty approaches to common medical problems that doctors come across on a daily basis. Furthermore, the breakout sessions allowed for more intimate interactions with generous amounts of time for specific case Q&As.”

Pri‐Med is an operating division of Diversified Business Communications, and has been a trusted source for professional medical education to over 260,000 clinicians since 1995. Through a network of live meetings in over 30 U.S. cities and digital content designed to meet the clinical education needs of actively practicing clinicians, Pri‐Med is the primary professional resource for opportunities to engage with their peers, expert faculty and world‐class content. For more information, visit: .

, based in Portland, Maine, provides information and market access through face-to-face events, magazine publishing, and eMedia on four continents. In addition to health care, Diversified serves a number of industries including: technology, retail, food and hospitality and business management solutions. Diversified operates divisions in Australia, Hong Kong, India, the UK and Canada.

Based on IACC survey results obtained June 15, 2012 Based on IACC survey results obtained June 15, 2012

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