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Advances in Hospice Care for PAs

February 2019
4min

In this episode, Kris & Adrian discuss the 2018 legislature that (finally) included PA’s in the management of their patients referred to hospice care.  This is a huge win for AAPA and their lobbying team, to recognize the work that PAs do in managing end-of-life-care for hospice patients.  

Female Alopecia

February 2019
18min

A listener wrote us and asked for a segment on alopecia in women. This is a highly distressing concern for most patients, with a straightforward, algorithmic approach to workup and treatment. In this segment, our own Mizuho Spangler and Neda Frayha look to the scalp and provide an overview of how to diagnose and manage female alopecia.

Paper Chase #1 - Partial Oral versus IV Antibiotic Treatment of Endocarditis

February 2019
6min

BOTTOM LINE: In patients with left-sided endocarditis in stable condition, changing to oral antibiotics was noninferior to continued intravenous antibiotics.

Asymptomatic Hypertension: ED or No ED?

February 2019
16min

When a patient comes into your practice with blood pressures of 180/100 but they feel totally fine, what should you do? How much evaluation should they undergo? Should they be treated in the office? Or should they be referred to the ED? In this segment, Dr. Joseph Martinez chats with our own Mizuho Morrison and Matt DeLaney about the outpatient management of severe asymptomatic hypertension. 

Personality Disorders Part 1: Tricks of the Trade

February 2019
21min

The ever-fantastic Dr. Shawn Hersevoort is back for another installment of Psychiatry Files! In this segment, he and Mizuho Spangler discuss a practical approach to understanding and managing patients with different personality disorders.

Paper Chase #2 - Telemedical Management of Heart Failure

February 2019
5min

BOTTOM LINE: Remote telemedical interventions reduced hospital admission days and all-cause mortality.

Eosinophilia

February 2019
15min

What to do when you notice incidental eosinophilia in a patient? In this segment, Tom walks Neda through a fascinating case of peripheral eosinophilia, what it means, and how to work it up in the most strategic, effective way.

Paper Chase #3 - Thyroid Hormone Therapy on QOL in Subclinical Hypothyroidism

February 2019
5min

BOTTOM LINE: Among nonpregnant adults with subclinical hypothyroidism, the use of thyroid hormone therapy was not associated with improvements in general quality of life or thyroid-related symptoms. These findings do not support the routine use of thyroid hormone therapy in adults with subclinical hypothyroidism

Personality Disorders Part 2: Don't Die, and Document

February 2019
18min

The ever-fantastic Dr. Shawn Hersevoort is back for another installment of Psychiatry Files! In this segment, he and Mizuho Spangler discuss a practical approach to understanding and managing patients with different personality disorders.

It's the System: Organizational Strategies for Burnout

February 2019
20min

In January 2019, we featured two segments on creative approaches to the problem of clinician burnout. In this segment, Aisha and Neda continue this conversation and discuss specific organizational strategies our health systems, hospitals, and clinics can adopt to prevent - and cope with - the epidemic of burnout.

Paper Chase #4 - Statins for Primary CV Prevention

February 2019
4min

BOTTOM LINE: Statin treatment was associated with reductions in the incidnece of atheroscleortic CVD and all cause mortality in elderly adults age 75-84 with diabetes. In adults age > 74 without diabetes or adults >85 with diabetes, statin treatment was not associated with a reduction in CVD or all cause mortality.

DOAC Reversal

February 2019
20min

Continuing the recent discussion between Matt DeClerck and Dr. Tom Deloughery on the direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs), this month we bring you a segment on reversing these DOACs with Matt, Neda, and Dr. Tarlan Hedayati. What are the agents currently on the market, including the newest kid on the block, andexanet alfa? What does the evidence show about their safety and efficacy?

Starting OCPs

February 2019
18min

Listeners have been asking for lots of segments on oral contraceptive pills, especially on how to choose an agent when prescribing OCPs to a patient for the first time. In this segment, Molly and Neda build on our Things I Do But Should I duo’s recent OCP myth-busting and go through a systematic, stepwise approach to understanding and prescribing OCPs.

Paper Chase #5 - Evaluating Galcanezumab for the Prevention of Episodic Migraine

February 2019
4min

BOTTOM LINE: Galcanezumab monthly injections provided clinical benefits and improved functioning in terms of reduced headache days per month, reduced use of acute migraine meds and improved patient symptom scores, with low incidence of adverse effects.

Polymyalgia Rheumatica

February 2019
12min

Matt Delaney interviews Jeff Holmes MD to discuss polymyalgia rheumatica. PMR should be suspected in patients over 50 with symptoms involving aching and stiffness about the upper arms, posterior neck, pelvic girdle, and/or lumbar region (all worse upon arising in morning). Jeff and Matt discuss pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of this condition.

The Summary

February 2019
16min

New Year, New Plans, New Solutions

January 2019
5min

2019 is here and the AAPA Primary Care RAP team is ready to help you face it like a new year champ! In this episode, we cover the latest changes to the NCCPA blueprint, both content and question style to keep you prepared and informed on all things C in your PA-C! We also reflect on (read: gush-over) the insightful segments hosted by Dr. Neda Fraya where she talks with former Pixar CFO, Lawrence Levy as well as internist and educator, Dr. Todd Cassesse about the challenges that health care providers face.

PPI Deprescribing

January 2019
14min

When a listener asked us about the adverse effects of proton pump inhibitors and whether (and how) we should deprescribe these drugs, Neda and Rob jumped all over it. In this segment, they’ll review the major categories of adverse effects described in the literature and figure out what it all means.

TIDBSI: OCP Myths

January 2019
17min

In this Things I Do But Should I segment, Adrien and Vanessa tackle some commonly held misconceptions about oral contraceptive pills. It’s one segment of an ongoing series on OCPs, inspired by questions from our listeners.

Paper Chase #1 | Baloxavir for Uncomplicated Flu

January 2019
7min

BOTTOM LINE: Single-dose baloxavir was without evident safety concerns, was superior to placebo in alleviating influenza symptoms, and was superior to both oseltamivir and placebo in reducing the viral load 1 day after initiation of the trial regimen in patients with uncomplicated influenza. Evidence for the development of decreased susceptibility to baloxavir after treatment was also observed.

Beyond Pixar: Perfectionism, EQ, and the Middle Way

January 2019
22min

What does the former CFO of Pixar have to do with physician burnout and the culture of medicine? We find out in this segment. Neda interviews Dr. Todd Cassese and Lawrence Levy, who helped build Pixar into the company it is today. Together they talk about changing professional cultures, the narrative of medicine being out of sync with the reality of medicine, perfectionism, emotional intelligence, and how Eastern philosophy’s The Middle Way can apply to all of our lives.

Paper Chase #2 | Procalcitonin-Guided Antibiotics in Lower Resp Tract Infection

January 2019
6min

BOTTOM LINE: The provision of procalcitonin assay results, along with instructions on their interpretation, to emergency department and hospital-based clinicians did not result in less use of antibiotics than did usual care among patients with suspected lower respiratory tract infection.

Egg Freezing and Genetic Screening

January 2019
7min

When we last heard from reproductive endocrinologist and fertility specialist Dr. Lauren Roth, she took us through the workup and treatment algorithm of patients with infertility. In this segment, Dr. Roth walks us through the basics of egg freezing and genetic screening.

Beyond Pixar: Self-Care and the System

January 2019
15min

What does the former CFO of Pixar have to do with physician burnout and the culture of medicine? We find out in this segment. Neda interviews Dr. Todd Cassese and Lawrence Levy, who helped build Pixar into the company it is today. Together they talk about the need for continuous self-care rather than “checkbox meditation,” and how to change the system while also working on ourselves to find joy in our work.

Paper Chase #3 | Effect of Pip-Tazo vs Meropenem in Bacteremia

January 2019
5min

BOTTOM LINE: Among patients with E coli or K pneumoniae bloodstream infection and ceftriaxone resistance, definitive treatment with piperacillin-tazobactam compared with meropenem did not result in a noninferior 30-day mortality. These findings do not support use of piperacillin-tazobactam in this setting.

Medicolegal Risks of Low Risk Chest Pain

January 2019
22min

Amal Mattu discusses two large branches of pitfalls in patients being evaluated for ACS: EKG pitfalls and HISTORY red flags. We discuss pitfalls and red flags relating to medical legal risks when dealing with chest pain. Additional talking points: ECG: 25-50 % misses, look closer, nonspecific and normal aren’t to be dismissed, repeat ECG’s, compare with old ones, Hx: don’t be deterred to workup bc of age, women (gender bias)

Hospitalist Corner: Preventing AKI

January 2019
21min

Acute kidney injury in hospitalized patients is a big deal, with significant morbidity and morality. In this segment, Neda asks hospitalist and Med Peds physician Dr. Nidhi Goel and clinical pharmacist Dr. Asha Tata how to prevent AKI in our hospitalized patients.

Paper Chase #4 | Managing Low-Risk PE Patients Without Hospitalization

January 2019
5min

BOTTOM LINE: Increased cancer detection at lower positivity thresholds is counterbalanced by substantial increases in positive tests. Tailored thresholds may provide screening benefits that are more equal among different demographic groups, depending on local resources.

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

January 2019
19min

Miz and Jenny discuss current diagnosis, workup and management of GERD. Jenny highlights the step-up approach to treatment when lifestyle modifications alone are insufficient.

Transient Global Amnesia (TGA)

January 2019
16min

Imagine waking up and suddenly being A&O x 1. You know who you are, but not anything about your surroundings or what day or time it is. Transient global amnesia is a diagnosis that often presents to the primary care office and can be totally alarming for everyone involved. Is it linked to a risk of stroke or TIA? How long does it take to resolve? Can it happen again? In this segment, Tom Robertson and Neda Frayha help us become more A&O to this fascinating diagnosis.  

Paper Chase #5 | Influence of FIT Positivity Thresholds on Cancer Detection

January 2019
7min

BOTTOM LINE: Treatment of carefully selected patients with acute PE and low risk by PESI < 86, echocardiography, and CUS without inpatient hospitalization is safe and acceptable to patients. Results must be viewed with caution because of the small sample size relative to the end point and the generalizability surrounding availability of emergent echocardiography.

The Summary

January 2019
15min