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It’s challenging today for medical professionals to stay abreast of the latest developments in their specialties to enhance patient care and improve outcomes.

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VIDEO: Oakstone CME is Learning the way I Like it

The pressures on today's healthcare professionals is greater than ever. Navigating COVID threats while continuing to provide the best patient care possible doesn’t leave a lot of time for other priorities. Yet, physicians still must figure out how to meet their CME requirements.

Oakstone CME provides convenient, easy to use and customizable continuing medical education solutions that offer the highest quality content. Our online CME products cover 30+ specialties in video and audio formats, so you can focus on what’s most important to you and learn when and where you want.

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Audio Companions Are A Go To CME Tool For Physicians


It may seem as if there is never a good time to earn continuing medical education credit. Practicing medicine is a busy, stressful endeavor. Full days of patient appointments are often followed by late afternoons and evenings of paperwork and EMR entries. What little free time is left you hope to spend with family, friends, or perhaps a good book. It’s natural to procrastinate -- until you’re faced with a looming CME deadline. On top of it all, your CME options may be limited due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has forced the cancellation of live medical conferences.

Is there an easy way to overcome these hurdles? To earn CME no matter how busy you are? To avoid procrastinating? To replace a canceled conference with something reliable and trustworthy? Fortunately, there is. For years, many of your peers have received CME credits from one of Oakstone Medical Publishing’s acclaimed audio companion CME courses. Oakstone has partnered with top medical institutions to bring written content to life. There are audio companions for internists (based on the American College of Physicians’ Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program), surgeons (based on the American College of Surgeons’ Surgical Education Self-Assessment Program), and those who treat older individuals (based on the American Geriatrics Society’s Geriatrics Review Syllabus). You can take these audio companion CME courses anywhere and learn anytime – at your own pace. And you get online CME credit along the way from renown medical societies.

Don't take our word for it. Here's what your peers are saying.

MKSAP Audio: A CME Course That Makes the Most of ‘Windshield Time’

“I was looking for a way to productively use my ‘windshield time’ commuting to and from the clinic,” explains Prentiss Taylor, MD, FACP, attending physician at Advocate Christ Hospital in the Chicago area, a long-time subscriber to the MKSAP Audio Companion. Dr. Taylor says he appreciates the clinical vignettes presented by host Donald, Deye, MD. He finds the discussions so compelling that “sometimes I spend time at red lights writing down key points that I pick up.”

Greg Burke, MD, of Danville, PA agrees. “I really like the interchange Don Deye has with the expert faculty.” The MKSAP audio online CME resource also helps clinicians who do not practice internal medicine day to day. “I’m a radiation oncologist,” says Steven Gregoritch, MD, PhD, FACP, FACRO, who practices in Seneca, PA and is double boarded in oncology and internal medicine. “I don’t work in internal medicine regularly, so I don’t get that regular reinforcement. I used MKSAP Audio Companion as my primary means of preparing for recertification, and I did it!”

He’s not the only one. Says Bertha S Ayi, MD, of Clinton, MD: “I’m an infectious disease specialist, and it's important for me to stay up-to-date with all fields of general internal medicine. I would highly recommend MKSAP Audio Companion for any internal medicine physician who wants to keep up to date and get a lot of information in a short period of time.”

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SESAP Audio: Board Prep for Residents and a Must-Have Tool for Community Practice

“As a resident, it is often difficult to study and keep up with the most recent literature,” says Melissa Meghpara, DO, who is based in New York. “SESAP audio allows me to listen to lectures on my commute with ease while presenting the most up to date information. It is also an excellent companion to the SESAP questions to help with my board studying.”

Meanwhile, Michael Burchett, DO, of Silvis, IL, calls SESAP Audio Companion “a great resource for learning while driving that is a must for me in community practice.  The CME is great as well.” And Caren Wilkie, MD, of Daytona Beach, FL, points to SESAP audio’s “concise practical material to focus and prepare for board exams.I highly recommend it.”

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Patients Are Turning to CBDs for Self Treatment


What are the hot topics and clinical trends in internal medicine that clinicians are talking about? An expert internist took some time recently to discuss his thoughts on these issues.

Donald L. Deye, MD, FACP, is a general internist who has practiced for over 30 years at Cambridge Medical Center in Cambridge, MN. He is also Chief Medical Officer for Oakstone, and host of the acclaimed MKSAP Audio Companion.

Patients Are Turning to CBD

Dr. Deye: Up next, CBD. When I type CBD into my Epic chart system, it gets automatically changed into common bile duct. These days, it more often means cannabidiol. In places like Minnesota where I practice, you can get CBD from tobacco shops and some drug stores. In Wisconsin, I’ve seen it in the Grantsburg grocery store at the checkout lane and even in a gas station.

Here is a potpourri of anecdotal cases from my practice:

• It appears that for many patients with migraines, CBD can be very effective at headache prevention. One severe migraineur had the migraines stop completely.

• Patients with pain tell me that it doesn’t make the pain go away, but it makes them pay less attention to the pain. It doesn’t obsess them as much.

• For many of my patients it reduces nausea and can improve spasticity in people with cerebral palsy. I have a couple of patients that have significantly reduced their opiate use with CBD.

• For some, it appears to improve insomnia. One patient told me that she had gone for 20 years with never having a good night’s sleep. She took 15 milligrams of CBD and had her first good night’s sleep in 20 years.


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Updates to PSA and Pap Smear Testing Will Help Ease Patients


What are the hot topics and clinical trends in internal medicine that clinicians are talking about? Two expert internists took some time recently to discuss their thoughts on these issues.

Donald L. Deye, MD, FACP, is a general internist who has practiced for over 30 years at Cambridge Medical Center in Cambridge, MN. He is also Chief Medical Officer for Oakstone, and host of the acclaimed MKSAP Audio Companion. Timothy Leigh Rodgers, MD, is an internal medicine specialist practicing in Santa Barbara, CA.

Timing and Use of Pap Smear

Dr. Deye: There’s new data on Pap smears which may radically change our practice, as well. This study not only looked at timing of Pap smears, it also suggested the primary use of Pap smears for cervical cancer screening may no longer be necessary. We currently do Pap smears every three years in the screening setting and every five years if high risk HPV testing is done at the same time. Because of limited resources, some third-world clinicians have been doing just the HPV testing alone, without a Pap smear.

Dr. Rodgers: This is a really interesting situation where limited access to Pap smears may have shown the way to a more optimal way to do screening. When outcomes were analyzed, they found that doing the actual Pap smear did not have any value. Doing just the HPV testing alone was as effective as doing both this and the Pap smear at the same time. No difference. So it appears that we can do HPV testing alone and go for five years before the next test if normal.

Dr. Deye: Watch for guideline changes in the future.

Dr. Rodgers: When you tell women in their 50s about this, they often get a little anxious because they’ve been programmed to get a Pap smear every year. We have to reassure them by going over the evidence using layperson language. That’s where the art of medicine and interpersonal skills come into play.

PSA Testing

Dr. Deye: Timothy, there has been an evolving story on PSA testing and prostate cancer diagnosis. What’s the latest?

Dr. Rodgers: Well Don, routine PSA testing is still controversial, but new approaches to diagnosis appear to show promise. We are seeing more specific imaging approaches to prostate biopsy in patients with elevated PSA, especially if they have a low percentage of free PSA, less than 20 percent. Instead of just doing an ultrasound and biopsy, a fusion targeted biopsy is being done, using a combination of MRI and ultrasound. It appears that this can improve finding the best location for biopsy. This may reduce false negative biopsies and better target the locations with higher grade or higher scored prostate cancer cells.

Dr. Deye: We are also finding that watchful waiting works when you have low-grade Gleason score. Twenty years ago we operated on most patients with prostate cancer including indolent cases. We saw a lot of incontinence and impotence that probably could have been avoided. This more accurate and cautious approach to treatment looks like a great improvement.


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