Participant Experience

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Past participants consistently report that this program has inspired and improved their clinical practice and outcomes. Here are a few recent voices from course participants:

 

“I learned a great deal about the current evidence-based guidelines for the treatment of UTIs, as well as tuberculosis, HIV, hepatitis, and Lyme disease. I now take a more judicious approach to the treatment of bacteriuria… and take a more proactive approach to screening patients for STDs and other high-risk behavior.”
 

“I was able to take at least 1-2 pearls away from every lecture to directly impact the care I provide and to share with my colleagues.”
 

“This was an excellent course-- so relevant to my practice in primary care!”
 

“I will be keeping the course book in my office as a handy reference.”
 

“I am more solid and up to date on management of PNA, UTI and STDs in my outpatient practice. An excellent review of vaccinations and flu vaccine, about which I feel more confident in explaining and advising on use to patients. Thank you—an excellent course!”
 

“This course has updated my practice re: STI testing and also testing options for H. pylori.”
 

“I now use the practical guidelines presented in this course for treatment of UTIs, Pneumonia, HepC, and skin infections.”
 

“I am now much more judicious in my use of antibiotics.”
 

“I have made many changes to my practice from this course.  I have improved approach to strep throa, updated my knowledge of immunizations; gained important insights into pneumonia and also the Gardasil vaccine use."

"Through this program, I now have a better approach to patients with prolonged fever."

"The faculty gave me an new appreciation of microbiome in context of antibiotic use and showed me a better approach to PCN allergy."

"I needed (and got!) clarification of QuantiFERON Gold test and HIV test.”
 

“I work in the orthopedic and urgent care settings. Recently we have been reviewing readmission data for the orthopedic service s/p hip and knee replacements/hip fractures etc. Two of the biggest causes for readmissions are UTI and PNA. I learned many things from this course that I will bring to my colleagues to help prevent further readmits- i.e,. use of PPI increases risk of PNA.”
 

“I learned a great deal on HIV/HEP C and how I can prescribe those medications comfortably in my urban primary care setting."

"I am reducing the days of UTI antibiotic treatment and am now more confident treating TB.”
 

“I am able to do more site-specific testing for STDs (e.g. vaginal swab for chlamydia in females rather than urine test); am more comfortable knowing when to treat UTIs empirically (without urine collection) vs. running tests, and knowing which antibiotics to use; use quadruple rather than triple therapy for H. pylori; counsel patients more effectively on expected duration of cough after URI; and select coverage appropriately for suspected MSSA vs MRSA in abscesses/cellulitis.”
 

“I have never been to a better conference with better quality speakers.”
 

“This course taught me to improve stethoscope cleaning; prescribe more azithro+augmenting for pneumonia instead of just macrolide; document risk stratification in my pneumonia note; emphasize high-dose flu vaccine for some; access and distribute new online resources for ID; push back harder against requests for dental prophylaxis from ortho pt and emphasize oral hygiene in my pts with artificial joints.”
 

 “I thought that this conference was fantastic. I was pleased with the content covered, and the speakers were excellent. I leveraged the knowledge that I gained right away.”
 

“Wound care, skin infections, respiratory infections as well as viral infections, particularly HIV, HAC, HBV and HAC—[information from this course on] all of the above have had immediate and beneficial impact in my everyday practice involving the care of over 2000 ‘residents.’”
 

“The big things that have changed in my practice are time taken for sexual hx, changes in C. diff treatment, and educating [patients] more on the need to vaccinate.”
 

“Clinical information gained about medications I was not familiar with as well as conditions that I do not normally treat have been very helpful when I am triaging calls on the weekend. I have learned questions to ask that I would not have thought of which will help in either deciding home care, urgent care visit, consult with on call MD, or trip to the ER. I learned so much my brain is full!”
 

“I have improved screening for STDs, especially emerging infections such as Mycobacterium genitalis; I now consider fusobacterium in acute pharyngitis that is not improving; and am more proactive in considering pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV.”
 

“I attend more CME courses than most doctors …. This was one of the best CME courses I have EVER attended.”

“My practice has benefitted significantly from this course, especially in the areas of HIV, sexually transmitted diseases, antibiotic use, immunization, and much more.”

 

“After attending ‘ID in Primary Care,’ I am avoiding unnecessary antibiotics; I have updated my treatment protocols for MSSA and MRSA; I consider acute HIV more frequently; and I treat Lyme empirically more often.”

 

“For many of us in primary care in the US, there has been an erosion/trivialization of our work. It was important to be inspired by big thinking/knowledge/wisdom from such an engaged group of colleagues.”

 

“I have updated my antibiotic prescribing in infections such as cellulitis, UTI, and sinusitis.”

 

“I work in a free clinic where there are a lot of immigrants, and I always wondered why many of them had mild eosinophilia on cbc. Now I will consider testing for some of the specific infections I learned about in this program.”

 

“This course has led me to make further efforts to get HIV-positive patients into treatment, and to consider adopting a PMTCT program with Tenofovir to reduce Hep B transmission in my low- resource setting.”

 

“I use new protocols for the treatment of soft tissue and skin infections, and the treatment of uncomplicated UTIs.”

 

“This was the first time in 35 years since med school graduation that a speaker presented useful and intelligent info about the common cold.”

 

“I have changed my treatment of post-splenectomy patients and gained new resources for advising travelers.”

 

“This program gave me so much feedback on how much more my practice could be doing to avoid transmission of infectious diseases! I have shared a lot of this information with my clinic to improve care.”

 

“I learned new things related to geriatric and chronic disease management—very relevant to adult practice.”

 

“I now prescribe both pneumonia vaccines to my older patients, and have implemented some of the suggestions for infection control in the ambulatory setting.”

 

“Among the changes this course has inspired in my practice: STI testing, travel medicine treatment, Lyme testing, and TB testing and referral.”

 

“The constant relating of new scientific evidence back to clinical practice really stood out as exceptional.”

 

“Some of the drugs presented as first line were not the ones I would immediately reach for--I now go to those first.”

 

“I know now how to use prevnar, and I vaccinate for meningitis in asplenia.”

 

“Our PPD protocol has been updated, and I greatly appreciated the breakdown of STDs into ‘ulcerative’ and ‘nonulcerative.’”

 

“I have changed my practice in many ways, including antibiotic choices, use of certain references, the approach to TB diagnosis, management of Lyme, and broader use of HIV screening.”

 

“I am now prepared for flu/cold season with new methods to protect patients and employees in the ambulatory setting, diagnosis, and treatment.”

 

“I have updated the evaluation and treatment of UTIs in uncomplicated vs. complicated patients.”

 

“My approaches to Hep C screening, infection control in the office, antibiotic use in UTIs and skin infections, and the meningitis b vaccine have all been influenced by this course.”

 

“Every aspect of the course was excellent. It is impressive that you were able to gather such a knowledgeable group of lecturers with great skill in sharing their expertise, most of them with good humor, too.”

 

“There were many times the course material rose above just medical knowledge and reached to teach the fundamentals of medical thinking.”

 

“Frankly, this may be the best course I have ever been to.”