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Harvard Infectious Diseases in Primary Care 2023


The Comprehensive Infectious Disease Update: Prevention, Diagnosis, Treatment
October 18 – 20, 2023
Education for Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants
Infectious Diseases in Primary Care will be held online this year, using live streaming, electronic Q&A, and other remote learning technologies. 
This acclaimed course provides a comprehensive ID update for front-line primary care clinicians. Led by Harvard Medical School’s leading ID faculty and clinicians, this program provides guidance to improve the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of infectious diseases. Participants learn the practice implications of important new innovations and ensure that their ability to address ID challenges is fully current.
Focus areas in the course curriculum include:

Vaccines in 2023 and beyond: what’s new and what’s coming
New diagnostics and treatments for respiratory tract infections
Strategies for avoiding antibiotic overuse
Lyme disease: controversies and solutions
How to counsel reluctant patients about vaccine benefits
Can’t-miss diagnoses: infectious disease emergencies
Treatment of highly resistant infections
Protecting our patients with weakened immune systems
COVID-19 updates for primary care practice, adapted for current disease activity and variants
New or emerging infections, such as Mpox: recognition, diagnosis, management, and prevention
Evaluation and treatment of latent tuberculosis
Infection control in the office setting
Updates on emerging infections
New guidelines for management of urinary, gastrointestinal, respiratory, and soft tissue infections

Specially designed for the needs of busy clinicians, this course features Harvard Medical School faculty who provide outcomes-driven and evidence-based answers to questions that active PHYSICIANS, NPs and PAs face every day:

How can I manage resistant and recurrent urinary tract infections?
What strategies are recommended for treating and preventing MRSA infection?
How can I interpret and manage the results of different tests for latent tuberculosis?
How should I deal with recurrent C. difficile?
How do I manage patients with antibiotic allergies?
How do I diagnose, treat, and counsel patients about Lyme disease and other tick-related infections?
What immunizations are indicated for my traveling patients?
What are the recommendations for the new pneumococcal vaccines?
What can we expect with the upcoming respiratory virus season?
Who in my practice should receive PrEP for HIV, and how do I start it?
What is the best approach to refractory H. pylori infection?
What patients with gastroenteritis should receive antibiotics?
What are the new tests our lab uses to diagnose HIV and other sexually transmitted infections?
How should I answer patient questions about vaccine safety?

The 2023 course includes a half-day in-depth update on adult vaccination. Sessions include:

Vaccines in 2023: Promises and Perils
Top Vaccine Updates for the PCP
Vaccines for the International Traveler
The Future of Vaccines: What Comes Next? COVID, HIV, RSV and More

We are pleased to welcome two distinguished guest speakers to our 2023 program:

Dr. Eric Rubin, Editor-in-Chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, who will present The Top ID Papers in the New England Journal of Medicine
Dr. Emily Vraga, University of Minnesota, who will speak on Combating Health Misinformation in Clinical Practice.

NEW: ID Case Challenges
A faculty panel will present and discuss their most challenging outpatient referrals.


Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Moderator: Dr. Paul E. Sax

9:00am to 9:05am

Welcome Remarks

Paul E. Sax, MD

9:05am to 9:50am

Antibiotic Update for Office Practice

Paul E. Sax, MD

9:50am to 9:55am


9:55am to 10:40am

Skin Infections and Infection-Mimickers

Adam Lipworth, MD

10:40am to 10:55am


10:55am to 11:40am

Tropical Infections in Clinical Practice

James H. Maguire, MD

11:40am to 11:45am


11:45am to 12:30pm

Corticosteroids, Biologics, and More: Infections in the Non-HIV Immunocompromised Host

Amy Sherman, MD

12:30pm to 12:35pm


12:35pm to 1:20pm

Urinary Tract Infections: The Common and the Complicated

Sigal Yawetz, MD

1:20pm to 2:05pm


Moderator: Dr. Jacob Johnson

2:05pm to 2:50pm

Gastrointestinal Infections: Evaluation and Treatment

Jacob Johnson, MD

2:50pm to 2:55pm


2:55pm to 3:40pm

Lyme Disease: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Controversies

Daniel A. Solomon, MD

3:40pm to 3:45pm


3:45pm to 4:30pm

Infection Control for the Primary Care Provider: COVID-19 and Beyond

Michael Klompas, MD

4:30pm to 4:45pm


4:45pm to 5:30pm

Top Myths about Antibiotics We Wish Every Clinician Would Know

Jeffrey Pearson, PharmD

5:30pm to 5:35pm


5:35pm to 6:20pm

Tuberculosis for the Non-ID Specialist

Jacob Johnson, MD

Thursday, October 19, 2023

Special Half-Day Program

Moderators: Dr. Daniel A. Solomon and Dr. Mary Montgomery

9:00am to 9:45am

Introduction: Vaccines in 2023: Promises and Perils

Daniel A. Solomon, MD

9:10am to 9:45am

Top Vaccine Updates for the PCP – Part 1

Mary Montgomery, MD

9:45am to 10:15am

Top Vaccine Updates for the PCP – Part 2

Daniel A. Solomon, MD

10:15am to 10:20am


10:20am to 10:35am

Vaccines for the International Traveler

Mary Montgomery, MD

10:35am to 10:50am

Vaccine Q+A

Mary Montgomery, MD and Daniel A. Solomon, MD

10:50am to 11:05am


11:05am to 11:45am

The Future of Vaccines: What Comes Next? COVID, HIV, RSV and More

Stephen Walsh, MD

11:45am to 11:50am


11:50am to 12:20pm

Special Presentation: The Challenges of Online Health Misinformation: Best Practices to Effectively Respond

Emily Vraga, PhD
Don and Carole Larson Professor in Health Communication, University of Minnesota

12:20pm to 12:25pm


12:25pm to 1:10pm

Pneumonia: Updates in Diagnosis and Management

Mary Montgomery, MD

1:10pm to 1:55pm


Moderator: Dr. Sigal Yawetz

1:55pm to 2:40pm

C. difficile: What’s New for the PCP

Elizabeth Hohmann, MD

2:40pm to 2:45pm


2:45pm to 3:30pm

Management of Antibiotics and Other ID Challenges in Pregnancy

Sigal Yawetz, MD

3:30pm to 3:35pm


3:35pm to 4:20pm

How to Evaluate and Manage Antibiotic Allergies

Paige Wickner, MD, MPH

4:20pm to 4:35pm


4:35pm to 5:20pm

H. pylori: Diagnosis, Management and Controversies

Molly Perencevich, MD

5:20pm to 5:25pm


5:25pm to 6:10pm

Optimizing Curbside Consults in Infectious Diseases

Paul E. Sax, MD

Friday, October 20, 2023

Moderator: Dr. Jennifer A. Johnson

9:00am to 9:45am

KEYNOTE: My Favorite ID Studies from the New England Journal of Medicine

Eric Rubin, MD, PhD
Editor-in-Chief, New England Journal of Medicine

9:45am to 9:50am


9:50am to 10:35am

Sore Throats, Common Colds, and Coughs That Won’t Go Away

Jennifer A. Johnson, MD

10:35am to 10:40am


10:40am to 11:25am

Update in Sexually Transmitted Infections

Howard M. Heller, MD, MPH

11:25am to 11:40am


11:40am to 12:25pm

HIV and Hepatitis for the Non-ID Specialist: The Basics

Paul E. Sax, MD

12:25pm to 12:30pm


12:30pm to 1:15pm

Can’t-Miss Diagnosis in Infectious Diseases

Jennifer A. Johnson, MD

1:15pm to 2:00pm


Moderator: Dr. Paul E. Sax

2:00pm to 2:45pm

HIV Pre- and Post-Exposure Prophylaxis: Why the PCP Is Critical

Sigal Yawetz, MD

2:45pm to 2:50pm


2:50pm to 3:35pm

COVID-19: The Latest in Clinical Presentation and Treatment

Paul E. Sax, MD

3:35pm to 3:50pm


3:50pm to 4:35pm

Treatment of Viral Hepatitis in the Primary Care Setting

Jennifer A. Johnson, MD

4:35pm to 4:40pm


4:40pm to 5:25pm

ID Case Challenges: How We Approach Our Toughest Outpatient Cases

Panel (moderated by Paul E. Sax, MD)

5:25pm to 5:30pm

Course Wrap-Up