Course Overview


Comprehensive, Evidence-Based Updates for Internal Medicine and Its Subspecialties

This program, the 60th Annual Internal Medicine Update from the leading clinical faculty of Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, provides comprehensive instruction to ensure clinicians are current with the latest evidence and best practices for:

  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Pulmonary Medicine
  • Critical Care
  • Hematology and Oncology
  • Mind-Body Medicine
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Gastroenterology
  • Endocrinology
  • Rheumatology
  • Nephrology
  • Travel Medicine
  • Allergy and Immunology
  • Immunotherapies and Biologics
  • Lifestyle Medicine
  • Women’s Health
  • Obesity Medicine
  • Hospital Medicine
  • Addiction Medicine
  • Geriatrics
  • Neurology
  • Psychiatry
  • Palliative Care
  • Dermatology
  • Pain Medicine

Practical, Results-Focused Education for Ambulatory and Inpatient Settings

Enhance your skills and optimize your patient outcomes by joining Harvard Medical School’s most distinguished faculty—across all relevant fields of Internal Medicine—as they provide updates, best practices and clinical strategies designed to improve day-to-day practice in both ambulatory and inpatient settings.

►Now in its 60th year, this program is among the highest-rated Harvard Medical School CME courses.

Program Highlights:

Highlights of the 2020 program, comprising 80+ high-impact, incisive educational sessions, include:

  • Comprehensive updates across all areas of Internal Medicine presented by Harvard Medical School’s leading clinical faculty and most distinguished teachers
  • Specific evidence-based recommendations to incorporate updates into practice for optimized patient care and outcomes
  • Outcomes-driven strategies to improve diagnosis and management of diseases seen in both ambulatory and inpatient settings
  • Case-based sessions and daily Q&A sessions with Harvard faculty
  • Expanded treatment options for:
    • Cardiovascular disease (including CVD in women)
    • Obesity (including medical and surgical management)
    • Diabetes (including new technologies)
    • Women’s health 
    • COPD, asthma and obstructive sleep apnea
    • Smoking cessation
    • IBD, functional bowel disorders, eosinophilic syndromes and upper tract diseases
    • Vasculitis, SLE, rheumatoid arthritis, and more
  • The state of the art in:
    • Coronary artery disease screening
    • Acute coronary syndrome management
    • Anticoagulation strategies
    • Delirium and its management
    • Thromboembolic disease and its complications
    • Immunotherapies and biologics
    • Cancer screening strategies
    • Practical applications of pharmacology to daily medical practice  
    • Mind-Body Medicine and the evidence behind it
    • Emerging infections and clinical management of pneumonia
    • HIV medicine, care of the immunosuppressed host, and skin/soft tissue infections 
    • Management of C. difficile (including new therapies)
    • Immunization and travel medicine strategies
    • Diagnostic and treatment strategies for viral hepatitis
    • Addiction medicine, including safe opioid prescription
    • Acute kidney injury, acid-base disorders and care of patients with chronic kidney disease
    • Osteoporosis management and approach to the patient with menopausal symptoms
    • Diagnosis and management of anxiety and depression  
  • The latest guidelines for:
    • Breast cancer and GYN cancer screening
    • Additional cancer screening (including prostate and colon)
    • Hyperlipidemia and hypertension
    • Diagnosis and management of sepsis
    • Rational antibiotic use in the era of rising antimicrobial resistance  
  • A live, interactive New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)  Clinicopathologic Conference (CPC) session


Optional Half-Day Add-On Workshop

State-of-the-Art Diagnosis and Treatment of Cardiac Conditions, VTE, and Diabetes in Women
Saturday Afternoon, 1:45 pm – 5:00 pm

New gender-specific findings, practice recommendations, and updates for state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment


This special workshop provides updates to advance your understanding by accounting for sex-specific differences in diagnosing and treating women with cardiac conditions, VTE, and diabetes. Participants will advance and update their understanding of:

  • The underlying physiologic principles that give rise to differences 
  • Where and why symptoms and signs can differ from prevailing principles
  • Why common cardiac and vascular conditions can be misdiagnosed or under-diagnosed and how to optimize your approach to both
  • New and targeted treatment plans and options

Education on cardiac conditions includes:

  • The newest data on sex-specific physiology, biochemistry, and risk factors and their impact on treatment plans and patient outcome
  • “Don’t-miss” and under-diagnosed conditions: properly accounting for sex-specific differences in cardiac symptoms in women – different than the textbook presentations learned in school
  • Treatment approaches for women
  • How to optimize your clinical outcomes – outpatient clinic, emergency room, and inpatient
  • Special considerations for patients with diabetes

Education on VTE includes:

  • New oral anticoagulants: which to use for women
  • The newest data on sex-specific physiology and risk factors and their impact on patient mortality
  • How to discern and account for sex-specific differences in diagnosing VTE
  • Blood clots: optimized treatment and follow-up for women
  • How to better gauge and reduce bleeding risks

Education on diabetes includes:

  • Updates on female biochemistry and targeting interventions appropriately
  • Best practices with the emerging class of SGLT2 inhibitors
  • New diabetes drugs and how to use them for women
  • Appreciation of the growing interrelationship of cardiovascular and metabolic health, realizing that risk factors in women have been under-treated

Seating is limited for this special program. To be assured of a spot, early registration is strongly recommended.