This course will be held again on 

October 23 – 25, 2024.

Information contained in this site is for the 2023 program.

Information for the 2024 course not yet available.





The Comprehensive Infectious Disease Update: Prevention, Diagnosis, Treatment

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.



The 2023 program has been enhanced for distance learning. In addition to being live streamed, all sessions will be recorded and made available to participants for online viewing for 4 months after the end of the course.