Course Overview


The Comprehensive Infectious Disease Update: Prevention, Diagnosis, Treatment

Education for Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants

Infectious Diseases in Primary Care is presented in 2020 as both a LIVE CME program (hosted in Boston, MA) and as a LIVE STREAMING CME program. You can register for either program.


This acclaimed course provides a comprehensive ID update. 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:

  • Updated guidelines for adult immunization
  • New diagnostics for respiratory tract infections
  • Travel medicine and infectious diseases in immigrants
  • 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
  • Managing infection in pregnancy and pre-pregnancy
  • Treatment of highly resistant infections
  • Protecting our patients with weakened immune systems
  • Evaluation and treatment of latent tuberculosis
  • Infection control in the office setting
  • Updates on emerging infections, including COVID-19
  • New guidelines for management of urinary, gastrointestinal, respiratory, and soft tissue infections

Specially designed for the needs of busy clinicians, Harvard Medical School faculty provide outcomes-driven and evidence-based answers to questions that PHYSICIANS, NPs and PAs face every day, such as ...

  • What immunizations are indicated for my patients traveling to developing countries?
  • How can I interpret the results of different tests for latent tuberculosis?
  • How should I manage recurrent C. difficile?
  • How do I diagnose, treat, and counsel patients about Lyme disease? 
  • What are the recommendations for the new zoster vaccine?
  • How do I manage infections in patients with substance use disorder?
  • What can we expect with the upcoming flu season?
  • What advice can I give my patients about emerging infections, such as COVID-19?
  • How can I manage resistant and recurrent urinary tract infections?
  • Who should be tested for HIV and viral hepatitis?
  • What patients with gastroenteritis should receive antibiotics?
  • What strategies are recommended for treating and preventing MRSA infection?
  • What are the new tests our lab is using to diagnose HIV and other sexually transmitted infections?
  • How should I answer patient questions about vaccine safety?
  • How do I manage patients with antibiotic allergies?

Optional Half-Day Treatment Workshop
Treating Viral Hepatitis and HIV in Primary Care Practice:

State-of-the-Art Approaches to Optimize Patient Care and Outcomes
Friday Afternoon, November 6, 2020 • 1:15 pm – 5:15 pm

This special half-day workshop provides comprehensive updates, cases, and state-of-the-art approaches for care of patients with viral hepatitis (including hepatitis C) and HIV within primary care settings. 

Physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners can rely on this program ...

> To advance your understanding of:

  • HIV treatment: when, what, how
  • The latest guidelines for selecting the optimal antiretroviral regimen
  • Practical, “must know” information for high quality HIV and HCV care

> For guidance to:

  • Select HCV regimens for each genotype
  • Stage and monitor patients with chronic hepatitis B, and how to choose the best therapy
  • Determine when HIV treatment regimens should be switched, and how to do this safely – both with virologic suppression and treatment failure/resistance
  • Manage infectious and non-infectious HIV-related comorbidities
  • Apply advances in HIV prevention to your clinical practice, including pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)