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The HealthHIV HIV Primary Care Training and Certificate Program is a professional development course to help the recommendation for universal screening of adolescents and adults aged 15 to 65 years for HIV infection, issued by the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) in April 2013, which highlights the growing role for primary care physicians (PCPs) in HIV care. The effectiveness of standardized regimens for many patients, and the growing number of HIV patients, are two other significant factors leading to an expanded role for PCPs in managing HIV.

Overview

This program is based on HealthHIV's STEP (Staged Training to Engage Providers) Model.

This activity is jointly sponsored/co-provided by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and HealthHIV to help primary care clinicians develop new skills and professional competencies in order to optimize the quality of care they provide to patients infected with HIV. By participating in this web-based certificate program, you will be able to immediately apply lessons learned to your practice. All participants will receive a certificate documenting their completion of this online program from HealthHIV.

This program is for primary care providers (Medical Doctors, or Doctors of Osteopathy, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants) who are responsible for caring for patients at-risk for or infected with HIV. The program supports a national mentoring effort run by HealthHIV to address the workforce shortage -- The HIV Workforce Capacity Building Initiative -- which pairs HIV experts with providers to increase the capacity of those providing, or interested in providing, quality HIV care. The mentoring initiative includes mentees who work in HIV clinics, community health centers, and other primary care settings. Click here for more information on the Workforce Initiative.

In total, there are five sequential CME activities that you must complete before you can take the final program exam and receive your certificate. Each activity ranges between .5 and .75 credit hours and is approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. You must complete the activities' pre-and posttests as well as each STEP's self-assessment exam before you can continue on to the next activity. All Step activities are sequential in nature and act as a prerequisite to the next activity.

This activity is jointly sponsored/co-provided by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and HealthHIV.


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This activity is not supported by educational grants.

 

Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of primary care physicians, registered nurses, and other allied healthcare professionals who treat and care for patients with HIV/AIDS.

Educational Objectives

After completing each activity, the participant should be better able to:

Activity Title

Educational Objectives


Activity 1: HIV Management in Primary Care – Foundations Course

 

 

  • Describe HIV surveillance data and the implications for individual and public health
  • Discuss the natural history of HIV disease and the implications for individual and public health
  • Explain the differences between risk-based and "opt-out" HIV screening and summarize the current recommendations
  • Utilize the most appropriate HIV test in different clinical settings
  • Summarize methods to reduce HIV transmission

 


Activity 2:
Core Skills for HIV Management in the Primary Care Setting

 

 

  • Identify appropriate patients and methods to screen for HIV
  • Describe methods to assess patients' willingness and readiness to begin antiretroviral therapy
  • Review considerations in selecting initial antiretroviral therapy
  • Discuss methods to assess and promote adherence to antiretroviral therapy

 


Activity 3a:
Assessment and Treatment Decisions in HIV/HCV Co-infection

 

 

  • Identify indications for the treatment of chronic HCV infection and reasons to consider delaying HCV treatment in patients with HIV/HCV co-infection
  • Explain the reported safety and efficacy of currently available treatments for HCV in patients coinfected with HIV
  • List HIV/HCV drug combinations to avoid based on potential for drug-drug interactions
  • Describe guidelines-recommended monitoring for patients being treated for HIV/HCV co-infection

 


Activity 3b:
Considerations in the Management of HIV in Older Adults

 

  • Identify common comorbidities in older adults with HIV
  • Describe the potential impact of long-term antiretroviral therapy on cardiometabolic risk and other comorbidities
  • Design a strategy to manage both antiretroviral therapy and cardiometabolic risk factors in patients with HIV
  • Implement evidence-based methods to encourage smoking cessation in patients with HIV

 


Activity 4:
Improving Communication in the Clinical Setting

 

 

  • Assess patients' health literacy and health beliefs
  • Employ evidence-based techniques to foster open patient-provider communication
  • Describe methods for coordination of care between primary care and specialist settings
  • Identify barriers to patient adherence in HIV-infected individuals and methods to overcome these barrier

 

Faculty

Jonathan S. Appelbaum, MD, FACP

Laurie L. Dozier Jr., MD, Education Director and Professor of Internal Medicine
Florida State University College of Medicine
Tallahassee, FL

Katherine Brown, MD, FACP, AAHIVS
Group Health Cooperative
HIV Program Medical Director
Seattle, WA

Susan LeLacheur, DrPH, PA-C
Associate Professor of Physician Assistant Studies
Assistant Professor, Department of Health Care Sciences
School of Medicine and Health Sciences
George Washington University
Washington, DC

Donna E. Sweet MD, MACP
Professor, Medicine
Director, Internal Medicine Education
University of Kansas School of Medicine - Wichita
1010 North Kansas Street
Wichita, KS

Physician Continuing Medical Education

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the essential areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and HealthHIV. The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation

The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Activity Title

Credit Hours

HIV Management in Primary Care – Foundations Course

 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™

Core Skills for HIV Management in the Primary Care Setting

 

0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™

Assessment and Treatment Decisions in HIV/HCV Co-infection

 

0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™

Considerations in the Management of HIV in Older Adults

0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™

Improving Communication in the Clinical Setting

 

0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(

Fee Information

There is no fee for this educational activity.

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) requires instructors, planners, managers and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest (COI) they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified COI are thoroughly vetted and resolved according to PIM policy. PIM is committed to providing its learners with high quality CME activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial interest.

The faculty reported the following financial relationships or relationships they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this continuing education activity:

Name of Faculty

Reported Financial Relationship

Jonathan S. Appelbaum, MD, FACP

Fees for Non-CME: Merck

Katherine Brown, MD, FACP 

No financial relationship to disclose

Susan Lelacheur, DrPH, PA-C

No financial relationship to disclose

Donna E. Sweet MD, MACP

Consulting Fees: Pfizer
Fees for Non-CME: BMS, Gilead

The planners and managers reported the following financial relationships or relationships they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this continuing education activity:

The following PIM planners and managers, hereby state that they or their spouse/life partner do not have any financial relationships or relationships to products or devices with any commercial interest related to the content of this activity of any amount during the past 12 months: Laura Excell, ND, NP, MS, MA, LPC, NCC, Trace Hutchison, PharmD, Samantha Mattiucci, PharmD, CCMEP, and Jan Schultz, RN, MSN, CCMEP.

The following HealthHIV staff and consultants, state that they or their spouse/life partner do not have any financial relationships or relationships to products or devices with any commercial interest related to the content of this activity of any amount during the past 12 months: Sherlyn Celone, Julio Fonseca, Brian Hujdich, Michael Shankle, MPH and Joshua Kilbride. Medical writer Mary Anderson, PhD discloses the following: Speakers' bureaus: Gilead, Spouse/Life Partner - Promotional writing services: Novartis, Sanofi Aventis, Mylan, and Pfizer.

The following RealCME staff state that they or their spouse/life partner do not have any financial relationships or relationships to products or devices with any commercial interest related to the content of this activity of any amount during the past 12 months: Donna Fucello, Steven Haimowitz, MD, and Susan Gallagher-Pecha.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. The planners of this activity do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications.

The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of the planners. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

Disclaimer

Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient's conditions and possible contraindications and/or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer's product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

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HIV Specialist Credential

If you are interested in a career in HIV Medicine, an HIV specialist credential is available through the American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVM). Please click here to visit AAHIVM's website for more information on their HIV Specialist credential.

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