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Ambulatory BP monitoring is now the reference standard for assessing blood pressure. In 2011, the United Kingdom issued guidelines recommending ABPM prior to establishing a diagnosis of hypertension [source]. Recently, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued a Grade A recommendation that prior to making a new diagnosis of hypertension, out-of-office measurements should be obtained, with ABPM being the preferred method [source]. ABPM provides a more accurate picture of blood pressure (BP) than measurements taken in the office or at home. In fact, ABPM better predicts target organ damage, cardiovascular disease, and long-term prognosis than office BP measurements.
Participating in this one day course will provide you with information and practical experience that will prepare you to effectively implement and interpret ABPM for your patients. Limited seating allows for an interactive instructional environment, plenty of time to get your questions answered, as well as the opportunity to get hands-on experience with various ABPM devices. This course is led by ABPM experts who are clinicians and researchers themselves; they are strong proponents of the importance of ABPM for gaining an accurate picture of blood pressure and improving patient outcomes.
AAFP: This Live activity, The Ready Clinician's Ambulatory BP Monitoring Training Course, with a beginning date of 09/11/2017, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 3.75 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.
AMA: AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™ toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed, not as Category 1.
Recently, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued a recommendation that prior to making a new diagnosis of hypertension, out of office BP measurement should be used to confirm, with ABPM being the preferred method [source]. The value of ABPM depends on obtaining quality data and interpreting it correctly. Additionally, there is a lot of practical information one has to learn prior to implementing ABPM. Our ABPM course will insure that clinicians have the opportunity to be appropriately equipped to provide this valuable service.
Our primary audience is clinicians who would like to implement ambulatory BP monitoring in their practice for the diagnosis and management of hypertension. Other audiences include nurses or other health care providers (e.g. nurse practitioners) who will be responsible for logistics of ABPM in the practices. Researchers interested in using ABPM will also benefit from the practical information provided in this course.
This will be a one day course on principles and implementation of ABPM. Morning didactic sessions will be followed by a hands-on-segment in the afternoon. The aim of the course is to equip clinicians with the knowledge and skills necessary to implement ABPM in their practice. Attendees will also have the opportunity to interact with ABPM manufacturers. Course content will include:
Registration and continental breakfast will begin at 7:30, course will begin at 8:30 and will conclude at 4:30.
The Course Founders and Directors are Anthony Viera, MD, Daichi Shimbo, MD, and Ray Townsend, MD. Dr. Viera is a family physician at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Dr. Shimbo is a cardiologist at Columbia University, and Dr. Townsend is a nephrologist at University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Viera and Dr. Townsend are also certified as Clinical Hypertension Specialists and all are active researchers in the field of hypertension and ambulatory BP monitoring. Together, their teams have performed over 3,500 ambulatory BP monitoring sessions.
The course is NOT sponsored by any manufacturers or pharmaceutical companies, but ABPM manufacturers are providing support by loaning monitors, bringing computers with software, and contributing a course educational support fee.
The 2017 course will take place on September 11 at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter. The hotel is conveniently located just 8 miles from San Antonio International Airport and is within walking distance (less than 1 mile) of the Henry B Gonzalez Convention Center if you will be attending the AAFP FMX there the next day, The Marriott Rivercenter is just steps away from the world-famous River Walk where you can wander the cobblestone streets for shopping and dining. If you have some extra time, make memories at nearby attractions including SeaWorld San Antonio, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Rivercenter Mall and the San Antonio Zoo. The Alamo, one of the nation's most storied and revered landmarks, is also within easy walking distance from this fantastic hotel.
To make a reservation, click here or call (210)223-1000.
Registration is now OPEN for the September 11, 2017 course!
Early Bird Registration (ends 7/25/17): $250
Regular Registration (closes 8/25/17): $300
Registration fee includes contentinal breakfast, lunch and breaks.
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