Susan J. Mandel, MD, MPH
Vice President, Physicians-in-Practice
If you think about what’s important to physicians-in-practice, you know we want to provide the absolute best clinical care that we can to our patients. To achieve that goal, we need to stay up-to-date on the newest innovations. We also have certain criteria to meet for maintenance of certification. Many of us are also educators or participate in some sort of research. So, it’s important to have a program that will meet the needs and advance the learning of physicians in all of those fields: clinical care, maintenance of certification (MOC), educator, and clinical research. Fortunately, all of those aspects are covered at ENDO 2015.
ENDO 2015 really is the premier learning program for physicians-in-practice. The program covers the most recent advances in the science that alters clinical care. In addition, it provides a networking opportunity for physicians-in-practice to meet colleagues and trainees. Importantly, it is the one time we can network with clinical investigators, basic scientists, and translational investigators in one setting.
Clinicians can hear internationally and nationally known speakers who are presenting cutting-edge science and framing it in ways that will benefit a clinician audience. Many of these researchers are fine-tuning their message so that physicians-in-practice can understand the importance of the scientific findings and the potential translation of that into clinical tools that will help diagnose or manage endocrine disorders.
I hope that you’ve been taking advantage of the new ESAP Live program. The Endocrine Society has been on the forefront of specialty societies in providing opportunities for the self-study module aspect of maintenance of certification in the ESAP modules. ESAP Live is providing attendees with daily sessions that will address topics in the 2015 ESAP. ESAP is taken as an open book exam at home, so these live sessions offer a way to help prep in advance so you are up to date and familiar with the material. If you are studying for the boards, ESAP Live may be particularly relevant to topics covered in the board exam.
There are plenty of opportunities for those who are confused about the new MOC requirements to ask questions and better understand the process. For those who missed yesterday’s ABIM MOC Update session, there are staff members who can answer questions in the Society booth. In addition, you can visit the ABIM booth #1724.
Janet Woodcock, Director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), gave an interesting presentation on Friday with a focus on diabetes drugs. We all know that the FDA wants to ensure patient safety, but doesn’t want to impede innovations.
Learning about the effort to balance the need for expedited review of drugs that have novel mechanisms that may be very effective to treat diabetes and the need to ensure patient safety can be enlightening. Even once a drug enters the market, the FDA continues to monitor it. I think overall the presentation provided all of our colleagues with a better understanding of what’s going on at the FDA.
For clinicians balancing roles as educators and/or clinical researchers, ENDO offers plenty of resources. For educators, the Endocrine Educators Forum looks at the most effective teaching tools. For those pursuing clinical research, there’s a special scientific session today on conducting research the right way.
As in past years, there are several summaries of key clinical information built into the meeting, including the Clinical Practice Guidelines, the Year In Sessions, and the Master Clinician Sessions. All three provide venues where a clinician can get the latest summarized knowledge that has been reviewed by experts in the field. The Clinical Practice Guidelines sessions focus on menopause, primary adrenal insufficiency, and Cushing’s syndrome this year. The Master Clinician Session taking place tomorrow examines evaluation and management of pituitary tumors. And our Year In Sessions taking place today and tomorrow, led by nationally and internationally recognized leaders, will focus on bone, pediatric endocrinology, and male reproduction. I’m particularly looking forward to the pediatric endocrinology sessions, which is a fantastic update even for those who do not normally treat children.
The plenaries are another great educational opportunity for the physicians-in-practice. They’ve literally covered the field, with speakers discussing menopause, obesity, thyroid, cancer, and puberty. It’s almost dizzying. All of the sessions will cover how the science has affected clinical practice and its potential to alter or improve patient care. It’s a truly delectable menu of plenaries that the program committee has put together. I think the sessions will really stimulate clinicians to understand the science that goes into these developments and then see the translation into care.