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  • Recognize and treat anaphylaxis
  • Diagnose and treat urticaria and angioedema
  • Diagnose and treat allergic rhinosinusitis
  • Apply lipid lowering treatment based on patient characteristics/risk utilizing AHA/ACC guidelines
  • Identify, diagnose, and manage hypertension based on consideration of medical comorbidities

 

  • Determine appropriate method for evaluating coronary artery disease based on pre-test probability of disease
  • Evaluate and manage perioperative testing and medications in patients with known, or at risk for cardiovascular disease
  • Recognize right ventricular infarction and select appropriate management strategies
  • Select the appropriate timing of elective operations in patients after coronary stenting
  • Select appropriate management of an acute myocardial infarction, including management of NSTEMI

 

  • Use the fundamentals of ECG to recognize common arrhythmias
  • Design appropriate evaluation and management strategies for patients with atrial fibrillation
  • Recognize and manage common arrhythmias, excluding atrial fibrillation
  • Assess the risks and benefits of anti-coagulation therapies to design appropriate management strategies

 

  • Manage acute and chronic heart failure with lifestyle, pharmacological, and device therapies
  • Discuss the diagnosis and evaluation of heart failure with reduced ejection fraction and heart failure with preserved ejection fraction.
  • Recognize the presentation and select appropriate management for patients with pericardial disease, including acute pericarditis, constrictive pericarditis, and cardiac tamponade
  • Diagnose, classify, and manage common cardiomyopathies
  • Recognize the presentation and select appropriate management for patients with pericardial disease, including acute pericarditis, constrictive pericarditis, and cardiac tamponade
  • Diagnose, classify, and manage common cardiomyopathies

 

  • Outline risk factors for and recall the diagnosis and presentation of management aortic stenosis and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Recognize the pathophysiology and presentation of mitral stenosis, select appropriate testing, and interpret the findings accurately
  • Delineate risk factors for and recall the diagnosis and management of aortic regurgitation, mitral regurgitation, and tricuspid regurgitation
  • Identify risk factors for and presentation of congenital valve abnormalities, and choose appropriate management

 

  • Describe the risk factors for, and the evaluation and management of aortic aneurysm
  • Describe the risk factors for, and the evaluation and management of aortic dissection
  • Identify the initial method for evaluating and managing peripheral vascular disease
  • Recall the diagnosis and management of hypovolemic, distributive, cardiogenic shock and tamponade
  • Recall the etiology and pathophysiology of respiratory failure and select appropriate testing and management strategies
  • Diagnose and manage transfusion-related reactions
  • Select appropriate tests and management strategies for sepsis based on pathophysiology
  • Diagnose and manage basal and squamous cell carcinoma
  • Diagnose and develop initial management strategies for melanoma
  • Recognize and manage acne vulgaris
  • Recognize and treat psoriasis
  • Recognize and treat drug eruptions
  • Identify the diagnosis and management of common primary care skin conditions, such as vitiligo, pitayriasis rosea, rosacea, and scabies
  • Identify overweight and obese patients and identify their health risks
  • Review medical and surgical management of obesity
  • Recognize and manage dietary factors in hypertension
  • Recognize nutrition deficiencies
  • Diagnose and manage malnutrition using oral, enteral, or parenteral therapies

 

  • Select appropriate evaluation and management strategies of pituitary tumors
  • Evaluate and manage adrenal incidentaloma
  • Diagnose and manage Cushing’s Syndrome and adrenal insufficiency
  • Identify the appropriate evaluation of primary and secondary amenorrhea
  • Identify the appropriate evaluation and management of male hypogonadism
  • Outline the risks, benefits, and indications for hormone replacement therapy in women

 

  • Evaluate and manage hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism, including subclinical disease
  • Diagnose and manage thyroid medical emergencies
  • Evaluate and manage thyroid nodules
  • Describe and manage the different types of thyroid cancer

 

  • Identify strategies to prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Diagnose and manage Type 1 and gestational diabetes mellitus
  • Diagnose and manage Type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Diagnose and manage diabetic ketoacidosis
  • Diagnose and manage diabetic hyperosmolar nonketotic state
  • Diagnose and manage hypoglycemia in the diabetic patient

 

  • Use risk factors to diagnose and manage male and female osteoporosis
  • List key aspects of the diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment decisions in Paget disease of the bone
  • Recall the evaluation and management of primary hyperparathyroidism
  • Employ a stepwise approach to evaluate and treat hypo- and hypercalcemia
  • Distinguish osteomalacia from osteoporosis by listing its distinct clinical features
  • Recall the diagnosis, management, and complications of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Diagnose and manage Helicobacter pylori infection
  • Diagnose and manage peptic ulcer disease
  • Recognize common clinical situations requiring endoscopic evaluation
  • Diagnose and manage candida esophagitis
  • Diagnose and manage gastric polyps

 

  • Interpret abnormal liver function tests to diagnose common patterns of liver injury
  • Identify risk factors and appropriate screening intervals for hepatocellular carcinoma
  • Diagnose and manage major complications of chronic liver disease (e.g. ascites, variceal bleeding, and hepatocellular carcinoma)
  • Interpret ascites fluid chemistries
  • Diagnose and manage common biliary disease
  • Diagnose and manage Hepatitis A, B and C infections

 

  • Evaluate and manage acute and chronic diarrhea
  • Diagnose and manage celiac disease
  • Evaluate gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding
  • Diagnose and manage bowel ischemia, including colon ischemia

 

  • Identify the appropriate management and follow-up of colon polyps
  • Recognize the cause, diagnosis, and management of acute pancreatitis
  • Select appropriate management options for the patient with inflammatory bowel disease
  • Recall when to initiate colon cancer screening given patient and family history
  • Recall evidence-based fall prevention strategies and use this information to effectively manage patients
  • Diagnose and manage patients with mild cognitive impairment and dementia in the elderly
  • Evaluate and manage urinary incontinence in the elderly
  • Recognize high-risk medications in elderly patients and develop strategies for preventing medication-related side effects
  • Prevent and manage pressure ulcers in the elderly

 

  • Incorporate patient/family beliefs and values in end-of-life care
  • Assess and manage pain using pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic techniques
  • Diagnose and manage delirium in hospitalized patients
  • Summarize the evaluation of abnormal red blood cell counts
  • Describe the evaluation of abnormal white blood cell counts
  • Identify and evaluate pancytopenia
  • Recall the diagnosis and treatment of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP)
  • Review the evaluation of elevated platelet counts

 

  • Recall the evaluation and initial management of chronic lymphoproliferative disorders
  • Describe the differences between Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin lymphoma with respect to diagnosis and treatment
  • Diagnose and treat acute lymphocytic leukemia

 

  • Compare and contrast the monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS), smoldering myeloma, and multiple myeloma according to presentation, evaluation, and management
  • Recall the clincal presentation, diagnosis, and management of amyloidosis
  • Recognize the presentation of and select management strategies for patients with Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia

 

  • Recall the evaluation and initial management of chronic lymphoproliferative disorders
  • Describe the differences between Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin lymphoma with respect to diagnosis and treatment
  • Diagnose and treat acute lymphocytic leukemia

 

  • Evaluate and manage thrombocytopenia
  • Recall the evaluation and management of superficial and deep venous thrombosis
  • Diagnose and manage pulmonary embolism
  • Diagnose and manage heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT)
  • Identify and manage coagulation factor deficiencies and dysfunction
  • Recall the diagnosis and management of congenital and acquired bleeding disorders
  • Review the indications for and management of infective endocarditis (IE) prophylaxis
  • Review the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of infective endocarditis
  • Diagnose and treat bacterial meningitis
  • Identify the diagnosis and management of viral meningitis/encephalitis

 

  • Identify the diagnosis and management of community-acquired pneumonia in outpatient and inpatient settings
  • Identify infection control strategy for hospitalized patients
  • Review indications for prophylactic antimicrobials in international travel
  • Diagnose and treat hospital-acquired pneumonia

 

  • Identify the differences in treating non-severe, severe, and recurrent Clostridium difficile infections
  • Diagnosis and manage patients with urinary tract infections
  • Screen for and treat localized and systemic sexually transmitted infections

 

  • Identify the indications for varicella-zoster testing, vaccination, and treatment
  • Select vaccines that can be safely given in pregnancy
  • Diagnose and manage gas gangrene
  • Prevent and treat measles
  • Identify, diagnose, and manage toxoplasmosis
  • Diagnose and manage complications of rheumatic fever
  • Review evaluation and management of common tick-borne diseases
  • Review evaluation and management of common fungal infections throughout the US

 

  • Identify, diagnose, and treat lower extremity cellulitis
  • Discuss prophylactic antimicrobial therapy in patients with prosthetic joints
  • Diagnose and treat osteomyelitis
  • Diagnose and treat septic bursitis
  • Identify pathogen specific treatment of skin and soft tissue infections

 

  • Review appropriate screening, diagnosis, and initial management of HIV/AIDS
  • Review prophylaxis and screening for opportunistic cancers and infections during HIV infection
  • Diagnose and treat tuberculosis
  • Identify the most common adverse reactions with tuberculosis treatment
  • Identify the screening strategies, diagnosis, and management of prostate cancer
  • Recall the evaluation, diagnosis, and initial management strategies for erectile dysfunction
  • Describe an approach to diagnosing & treating benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH)
  • Describe how these principles and obligations relate to the law
  • Describe the four *prima faci* principles of ethics and professional obligations
  • Reflecting on case presentations, identify and describe approaches to common clinical ethical dilemmas
  • List resources for resolving clinical ethical dilemmas

 

  • Review relative risk, absolute risk, and number needed to treat
  • Describe the basic terminology and definitions of epidemiology
  • Review likelihood ratios and apply them to clinical situations
  • Describe diagnostic test characteristics including sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values
  • Apply an algorithm to diagnose acid-base disorders

 

  • Recall the diagnosis and management of syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone secretion (SIADH)
  • List appropriate treatment strategies for hypo- and hyperkalemia
  • Identify, evaluate, and manage hypo- and hypernatremia

 

  • Identify causes of chronic kideny disease (CKD) and strategies to prevent progression of CKD
  • Identify risk factors and recognize the presentation of nephrogenic systemic fibrosis
  • Manage calcium-phosphorous homeostasis, anemia, and other issues in chronic kidney disease (CKD)

 

  • Identify indications for renal biopsy
  • Diagnose and manage acute interstitial nephritis
  • Describe the diagnosis, evaluation, and management of glomerular disorders
  • Prevent, recognize, and manage contrast-induced nephropathy
  • Recall the guidelines for screening and preventing sexually transmitted infections
  • Outline the principles of contraception and contraceptive counseling
  • Review the management of common medical conditions in pregnancy
  • Recall the evaluation of abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Review the diagnosis and management of female urinary incontinence
  • Recognize the characteristic findings of and basic treatment approaches to glioblastoma multiforme
  • Recognize the clinical presentation and common imaging characteristics of various adult bone cancers
  • Identify oncologic emergencies and select appropriate management strategies
  • Recognize the clinical presentation and evaluation of cancers of the head and neck
  • Recognize the presentation and evaluation of soft tissue sarcomas
  • Identify appropriate breast cancer screening techniques for women
  • Describe the diagnostic evaluation of findings worrisome for breast cancer
  • Recall the adjuvant treatments indicated to reduce breast cancer recurrence
  • Identify risk factors for cervical cancer and know appropriate screening and management principles
  • Identify the presentation of uterine cancer and review basic management principles
  • Identify risk factors and know basic management principles of ovarian cancer

 

  • Evaluate and manage a solitary pulmonary nodule
  • Identify the most common forms of lung cancer, their staging, and respective treatments
  • Diagnose paraneoplastic syndromes associated with lung cancer
  • Integrate smoking cessation options into treatment plans
  • Identify risk factors for lung cancer
  • Recognize indications for lung cancer screening
  • Recall the clinical presentation and diagnosis of lung cancer

 

  • Stage and treat colon cancer
  • Diagnose and stage pancreatic cancer
  • Evaluate and diagnose esophageal cancer
  • Diagnose and treat gastric cancer, including MALT lymphoma
  • Evaluate and manage epistaxis
  • Identify the presentation, evaluation, and management of glaucoma
  • Diagnose and treat infectious pharyngitis
  • Develop initial evaluation and management strategies for the acute red eye
  • Diagnose and treat acute and chronic infectious sinusitis
  • Review diagnosis and treatment of depression
  • Recognize the presentation and management of substance use disorder
  • Diagnose and manage schizophrenia, including medication adverse side effects
  • Identify and treat bipolar disorder
  • Recall the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety spectrum disorders
  • Recognize the presentation of and evaluation for different types of pulmonary vasculitis
  • Identify patients presenting with and recall the different causes of diffuse alveolar hemorrhage
  • Identify the different causes and select appropriate treatment for interstitial lung disease
  • Describe the causes, presentation, and basic treatment of pulmonary hypertension

 

  • Use an algorithm to correctly interpret spirometry and direct management
  • Recall diseases with a restrictive, obstructive, or mixed picture on spirometry
  • Evaluate and interpret pleural fluid tests

 

  • Recall the differential diagnosis and management of pneumothorax
  • Describe the classification schemes for asthma and use this information to effectively diagnose and manage patients
  • Recognize features of obstructive sleep apnea and select appropriate testing for diagnosis
  • Recall the diagnosis and management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Diagnose and treat fibromyalgia
  • Utilize physical exam and laboratory studies to diagnose and manage rheumatoid arthritis
  • Diagnose and manage symptomatic osteoarthritis

 

  • List common causes of foot and ankle pain and their treatments
  • Identify the diagnosis and treatment of spondyloarthropathies
  • Diagnose and treat crystalline induced disease

 

  • Identify initial treatment strategies for vasculitis
  • Recognize the various forms of vasculitis (non-pulmonary manifestations)

 

  • Review the laboratory evaluation and diagnosis of common rheumatologic diseases including: Sjögren’s syndrome, scleroderma (diffuse and limited), polymyositis, dermatomyositis, and mixed connective tissue disease
  • Review complications of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  • Diagnose and develop initial management of systemic lupus erythematousus (SLE)
  • Assess and manage antiphospholipid antibody syndrome
  • Diagnose and manage secondary Raynaud phenomenon
  • Review the laboratory evaluation and diagnosis of common rheumatologic diseases including: Sjögren’s syndrome, scleroderma (diffuse and limited), polymyositis, dermatomyositis, and mixed connective tissue disease
  • Review complications of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  • Diagnose and develop initial management of systemic lupus erythematousus (SLE)
  • Assess and manage antiphospholipid antibody syndrome
  • Diagnose and manage secondary Raynaud phenomenon

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Geriatrician Internist at Mayo Clinic

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