Alternative Medicine

Alternative Medicine Seminar CME / CPD

Full Course:  20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits for CME / CEU / CPD

Short Course:  10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits for CME / CEU / CPD

Course(s) are appropriate for:  Family Practitioners, Pediatricians, Internists, General Practitioners, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants (PA-C's)

Series 4 (AM4) Topics Include:  Adverse Effects of Common Herbs, Treatment with Cannabis, Administration of Ketamine, Mind-Body Therapies, and more.

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Course Topics

Chronic Kidney Disease /Herbs and Supplements

Review the definition, causes, and complications of CKD; Explain advantages of using cystatin C-based estimations of glomerular filtration rate, compared with creatininebased estimations; Select effective treatment of hypertension, diabetes, and hyperkalemia in patients with CKD; List uses and side effects of common supplements, such as coenzyme Q10, zinc, and melatonin; Counsel patients and parents about supplements that can be used in children with insomnia, autism, and Tourette syndrome.

Opioids and Hepatitis C /Medical Marijuana

Identify patients at high risk for hepatitis C; Recognize the correlation between injected drug use and hepatitis C; Treat a patient with hepatitis C; Cite the medical conditions for which medical marijuana has the strongest evidence of efficacy; Determine whether a patient qualifies for treatment with medical marijuana.

Iron/ Prevention of Heart Disease

Identify causes of high serum ferritin levels; Select appropriate therapy for patients with iron overload; Compare dosing options for oral and intravenous iron supplementation; Counsel patients about the benefits of integrative medicine approaches for cardiovascular disease, blood pressure, and lipid profile; Use mind-body therapies and motivational interviewing strategies to help patients make lifestyle modifications.

Vaccination Update /Cannabinoids for Pain

Recognize at-risk patients who may need to receive the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine or meningococcal vaccine; Cite updated recommendations for the use of pneumococcal vaccines; Use shared decision making based on recommendations made by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices; Educate patients about the risks of cannabis use; Counsel patients about the concomitant use of cannabidiol and tetrahydrocannabinol.

Medical Cannabis/Transgender Health

Recognize medical conditions for which evidence supports treatment with cannabis; Identify adverse events associated with cannabis products; Select patients most likely to benefit from cannabis products; Weigh the advantages and disadvantages of available medical and surgical treatments for transgender patients; Evaluate risk for thromboembolic events in transgender women.

Treatment Options for Chronic Pain

Differentiate the properties of different strains of cannabis; Assess the evidence for the use of cannabis to treat chronic pain; Determine whether a patient is a candidate for the use of cannabis to relieve chronic pain; Elaborate on central sensitization and its implications for the diagnosis and treatment of chronic pain; Recommend a multidisciplinary approach for the management of chronic pain.


Herbal Medicine/Nutritional Supplements

Describe the adverse effects of commonly used herbs and supplements; Perform evidence-based assessments of the efficacy of many herbs and supplements; List the nutritional supplements most commonly used by young athletes to improve performance; Advise against the use of supplements that are unlikely to improve athletic performance or that may cause harm; Recommend appropriate nutritional supplements for patients with underlying medical conditions.

Update on Ketamine and Esketamine

Explain the neurotrophic hypothesis of depression; Sketch the mechanism of action of ketamine and related agents; Summarize the findings of randomized trials that established the efficacy of ketamine and esketamine for treatment of depression; Select appropriate candidates for treatment of depression and suicidal ideation with ketamine or esketamine; Follow consensus guidelines when using ketamine or esketamine.


Decision Support Analytics/Ketamine/Blood Management

Select a machine learning predictive model on the basis of the intended use case; Identify patients most likely to benefit from perioperative administration of ketamine; Implement recommendations developed by the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine when designing institutional protocols for perioperative administration of ketamine; Elaborate on the physiology of oxygen delivery and consumption; Identify clinical parameters to trigger perioperative blood transfusion

Suicide Risk/Alternative Medicine

Teach psychiatric clinicians in training techniques for improving care and avoiding litigation related to suicidal patients; Recognize dynamic and static risk factors for suicide; Identify suicidal patients who are being treated for behavioral health conditions; Avoid drug interactions in patients taking over-the-counter herbal remedies and supplements; Advise a patient who asks about the safety of cannabidiol


Additional Information

Continuing Medical Education options available:

Other courses of interest may include: Internal Medicine, Oncology, Pediatrics, Family Practice, Psychology, and Psychiatry

If you have taken the current Alternative Medicine CME / CPD Review listed above or if you are seeking additional credits, please visit: Medical Courses Coming Soon.  There you will find abbreviated listings of additional courses available related to this specialty and courses that are soon to be released.