Description & Objectives
This conference is intended for primary-care physicians, family practice physicians, internists, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, physician assistants, speech pathologists, audiologists and other allied health professionals who encounter otolaryngology patients.
Ear, nose and throat (ENT) complaints are the third most common reason primary-care physicians are consulted by their patients, accounting for 20-50% of patient encounters. Primary-care physicians have identified otolaryngology as an area where additional training is needed in order to appropriately manage patients with otolaryngic disorders. This symposium is designed to provide knowledge that will close the gap between current diagnostic methods and treatment modalities used to treat ENT patients in the primary-care setting and the most up-to-date methods that are currently available.
At the conclusion of the symposium, the participant will provide better patient care through an increased ability to:
- Recognize the effect of sinusitis on other diseases and patients' quality of life; provide appropriate diagnosis and management of chronic, acute, and recurrent sinusitis and identify patients who would benefit from referral to a specialist for care
- Review common modalities of in vivo and in vitro testing for inhalant allergies; describe the physiology behind common allergic reactions and explain the benefits of both sublingual and subcutaneous immunotherapy
- List clinical classification of types of asthma; determine appropriate therapeutic strategies for the primary-care setting and discuss low-intensity, high-yield strategies for the management of asthma
- Describe the principles and current modalities used in radiologic evaluation of disorders of the head and neck and discuss the indications, applications and limitations of conventional and high-tech screening methods for otolaryngic disorders
- Review common skin lesions that are likely to be encountered by primary-care physicians, identify lesions that need biopsies and discuss therapies on the horizon for difficult to treat lesions
- Discuss methods for evaluation of patients who present with hearing loss, review conductive hearing loss versus sensorineural hearing loss and discuss management options for patients with hearing loss
- Review Medicare regulations for referral of patients for Audiology services and explain the differences between various hearing aid dispensing models including medical, retail, and direct to consumer models
- Describe the differences between various swallow tests: MBS, esophagram, and FEES/T and explain the role of otolaryngologists and/or speech pathologists in the evaluation of swallowing disorders
- Identify some of the more common causes of hoarseness and review the current guidelines and recommendations for the evaluation and treatment of hoarseness
- Review the epidemiology of thyroid nodules, discuss workup of a thyroid nodule and review treatment of thyroid nodules
- Describe the molecular tests for the evaluation of thyroid nodules, provide an overview of the pathologist’s evaluation of thyroid nodules and discuss categorization of cytology