Sixth Annual Practical Evidence-Based Medicine for the Primary Care Clinician

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Conference faculty will present reviews and updates of the latest medical evidence as it relates to primary care.


This activity is designed to teach primary care physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners clinically useful topics from various areas of medicine.



Penn State College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Penn State College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)

This Live activity, Sixth Annual Practical, Evidence-Based Medicine for the Primary Care Clinician, with a beginning date of Sept. 21, 2018, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 8.50 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)

This activity is approved for 8.5 contact hour(s) of continuing education (which includes 0.5 hours of pharmacology) by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Activity ID 18073268. This activity was planned in accordance with AANP Accreditation Standards and Policies.

Patient Safety/Risk

This program includes 0.5 hours of patient safety/risk management education as required by the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine. Please see the program schedule for the topic marked with Safety/Risk.


7 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

  • 7 a.m. | Check-In/Continental Breakfast/Visit Exhibits
  • 7:30 a.m. | Welcome and Introductions
    Jay Zimmermann, MD
    Madie Hartman, DO
  • 7:45 a.m. | Refresher in The Management of High Blood Pressure
    M. Joyce Green, MD

    • Discuss the latest diagnostic criteria and categories for hypertension.
    • Review treatment goals and supporting evidence.
    • Identify different non-pharmacologic and medication options for the management of hypertension.
  • 8:25 a.m. | Structural Heart Disease: Percutaneous Treatment Options
    Michael Pfeiffer, MD

    • Identify the evolving role of percutaneous structural heart disease interventions in cardiovascular care.
    • Review the current approved indications for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).
  • 9:05 a.m. | Ask Your Provider If Aspirin Is Right for You (Pharmacology)
    Theodore Demetriou, DO

    • Review recent changes in guidelines and United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations.
    • Discuss the statistical benefits/risks of aspirin therapy.
    • Identify methods for calculating benefits/risk ratios and patient counseling.
  • 9:45 a.m. | Morning Break/Visit Exhibits
  • 10 a.m. | Managing Addiction in The Primary Care Office (Safety/Risk)
    Alexis Reedy-Cooper, MD, MPH

    • Explore the methods used to screen for addiction.
    • Identify local resources for addiction treatment.
    • Describe the options available to treat addiction in the office.
  • 10:40 a.m. | Motivational Interviewing: A Strategy To Engage Your Patients In Behavior Change
    Julie Radico, PSYD, ABPP

    • Recognize several diagnoses/health issues for which motivational interviewing can help promote behavior change.
    • Review three specific motivational interviewing strategies to use in discussions with patients.
    • Discuss how to practice these strategies through role play.
  • 11:20 a.m. | Physician Wellness
    Megan Mendez Miller, DO
    Timothy D. Riley, MD

    • Describe the evidence regarding the prevalence, causes and consequences of burnout among physicians.
    • Review evidence-based techniques to mitigate burnout on a personal and an institutional basis.
    • Explore evidence-based techniques to cultivate wellness and resilience to prevent burnout.
  • Noon | Lunch/Panel Discussion
  • 1:30 p.m. | Resident Mystery Case No. 1
    Zenovia Tarmohamed, MD
  • 1:45 p.m. | The Oral Exam for Health-Care Professionals
    Stephanie A. Gill, MD, MPH

    • Discuss how to perform a consistent, thorough oral examination on patients.
    • Differentiate between healthy and unhealthy teeth, gums and oral mucosa.
    • Efficiently screen patients at increased risk for oral cancer.
    • Institute a plan for the treatment of an unhealthy mouth.
  • 2:25 p.m. | Resident Mystery Case No. 2
    David Lee, MD
  • 2:40 p.m. | 2017-18 Evidence-Based Medicine Update: Top Patient-Oriented Evidence That Matters (POEMs)
    Karl T. Clebak, MD, FAAFP
    Todd M. Felix, MD

    • Differentiate between a disease-oriented evidence (DOE) and a POEM.
    • Evaluate and interpret recent published studies in the medical literature and apply to primary care.
  • 3:20 p.m. | Afternoon Break/Visit Exhibits
  • 3:35 p.m. | Resident Mystery Case No. 3
    Riley J. Manion, DO
  • 3:50 p.m. | Updates in Women’s Health
    Sarah Ines Ramirez, MD

    • Discuss three updates in preventative gynecologic care occurring in the last two years.
    • Review three guidelines for preconception counseling updated in the last two years.
    • Describe three guidelines for prenatal care that were updated in the last four years.
  • 4:30 p.m. | Concussion: What You Don’t Know, May Hurt Them
    Jayson Loeffort, DO

    • Overview of concussion diagnosis.
    • Discuss treatment strategies.
    • Review pros and cons of various testing modalities.
  • 5:15 p.m. | Conference Wrap-Up/Adjournment

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Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Penn State College of Medicine
Department of Family and Community Medicine

Course Directors

Jay Zimmermann, MD
Associate Professor

Madie D. Hartman, DO
Assistant Professor


Karl T. Clebak, MD, FAAFP
Assistant Professor

Theodore Demetriou, DO
Assistant Professor

Todd M. Felix, MD
Assistant Dean for Clinical Medicine
Associate Professor

Stephanie A. Gill, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor

M. Joyce Green, MD
Assistant Professor

David Lee, MD
Resident, PGY-2

Jayson Loeffort, DO
Assistant Professor
Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation

Megan Mendez Miller, DO
Assistant Professor

Michael Pfeiffer, MD
Assistant Professor
Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute

Julie Radico, PSYD, ABPP
Assistant Professor
Board Certified in Clinical Health Psychology

Sarah Ines Ramirez, MD
Assistant Professor

Alexis Reedy-Cooper, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor

Timothy D. Riley, MD
Assistant Professor
Associate Vice Chair for Wellness

Zenovia Tarmohamed, MD
Chief Resident
Family Medicine Residency
State College, PA
Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center

Riley J. Manion, DO
Resident, PGY-3
Family and Community Medicine
Reading, PA


Fee includes instruction, all listed meals, online handout materials and refreshments.

  • $150 per person
  • $65 for residents or students

Registrations received after Sept. 21, 2018, will incur a $25 late fee.


Cancellations received later than Sept. 13, 2018, will incur a $25 processing fee.

No refunds will be given after Sept. 17, 2018.

The University reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course or activity because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances.

If a program is canceled or postponed, the University will refund registration fees but is not responsible for any related costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies. Preregistered participants will be notified if a program is filled or canceled.


This program is a continuing education service of Penn State College of Medicine.

Save the Date

The Seventh Annual Practical Evidence-Based Medicine for the Primary Care Clinician conference will be Aug. 12, 2019, at the Hershey Lodge, 325 University Dr., Hershey PA 17033.

Access (ADA)

Penn State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of special accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Continuing Education at least one week in advance of your participation or visit.


Content and speakers for all programs are subject to change. Registrants will be notified of any significant updates.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest (COI and educational balance)

It is our policy to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of our educational programs. Faculty and course directors have disclosed relevant financial relationships with commercial companies, and Penn State has a process in place to resolve any conflict of interest. Complete faculty disclosure will be provided to program participants at the beginning of the activity.

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