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Medical Care of Vulnerable and Undeserved Populations

UCSF CME Course taught by Dean Schillinger, MD & Margaret Wheeler, MD 03/01 - 03/03 Medical Care of Vulnerable and Underserved Populations: Publicly insured and uninsured patients make up about half of all outpatient visits in the US, and millions more previously uninsured patients have gained access to health care through the Affordable Care Act. Becoming an expert in caring for the complicated medical and social needs of vulnerable and underserved patients is crucial to every healthcare provider. World-class experts from the UCSF Division of General Internal Medicine and colleagues at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations will present approaches to mitigate the challenges in caring for vulnerable populations and enhance the profound joy clinicians can experience when engaging with patients in greatest need. Topics to be covered include updates in a broad range of diseases that disproportionately affect vulnerable patients, such as diabetes, hepatitis C, HIV, depression, PTSD, heart failure, and hypertension. In addition, we discuss how clinicians can address social factors that complicate the management of medical illness such as low health literacy, intimate partner violence, and food insecurity, to name but a few. We will also tackle how best to integrate behavioral health care for patients with chronic pain, severe mental illness, substance use and complex post-traumatic stress. Each course day will also feature a nationally renowned figure in the field of the care of vulnerable populations, who will deliver pearls and impart wisdom with respect to how to stay engaged, connected and inspired in this work. Register here.   Read Source »