Feature Article: June 2020 – AMMG Adds to Library of Online Education for Physicians and Healthcare Providers

AMMG Adds to Library of Online Education for Physicians and Healthcare Providers

Jeff Morris

The Age Management Medicine Group is once again expanding the offerings available in its library of online educational resources. The newest additions are Module 2 of Clinical Use of Hormones in Age Management Medicine, the Advanced Course of Essential Knowledge in Peptides for Age Management Medicine, and Practice Management. New free courses and sponsored videos are being added as well.

Module 2 is the second in a series designed to provide clinicians with focused lectures on the topic of Clinical Hormone Use. It provides information on hormone testing, general hormone issues and specifics of men’s and women’s HRT. This set of lectures is a prerequisite for and considered the first part of the full day live session, Advanced Hormone Workshop: Focus on Estrogen, Progesterone, Testosterone, Thyroid and DHEA, which will be held in November 2020 in Dallas, Texas. Speakers will discuss optimization of hormone levels within the context of Age Management Medicine, with case studies and references to support their materials.

The distinguished expert faculty for this series of lectures includes Benjamin S. Gonzalez, M.D., Cheryl Burdette, N.D., William Clearfield, D.O., G. Dean Strobel, M.D., George Shapiro, M.D., Rob Kominiarek, D.O., Eugene Shippen, M.D., John K. Crisler, D.O., and Edwin N. Lee, M.D.

Topics covered include a detailed look at the connection between estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone in both women and men in aging; what testosterone means in women’s health, some of the distinctions between testosterone activity in men and women, where our focus should be for healthy testosterone management, and the physiology and use  of testosterone in women. Also, the physiology of estrogen, the indications and contraindications of estrogen as replacement therapy in the menopausal period, the safety of plant-based “natural” estrogens as opposed to equine based synthetic estrogen, the estrogen dominance syndrome, and the use of estrogen replacement therapy in the face of various hormonally related cancers; the various ways in which estrogen is metabolized and estrogen’s effects on the various organs of the body, as well as how choosing the form of delivery can impact overall health.

Lectures also cover how HRT is associated with a marked improvement in survival in postmenopausal women with advanced HF; how HRT significantly increases apolipoprotein A-I levels and decreases Lp(a) and the effects on serum markers of inflammation in women with CAD; and how HRT protects against smoking-induced changes in vascular structure and function. Covered as well are the dangers of inhibiting estrogen in men; how to diagnose, and treat, male hypogonadism; benefits of boosting testosterone through increasing gonadotrophins or giving them directly in men, and the background literature and some observations on potential problems and benefits of these approaches. Additionally, using a treatment that can help with boosting natural production of testosterone is discussed, with a review of using DHEA, Clomid, Enclomiphene, HCG, SARM and some new peptides.

The Advanced Course of Essential Knowledge in Peptides for Age Management Medicine is presented in conjunction with the Clinical Peptide Society, and features as lecturers Rob Kominiarek, D.O., Edwin N. Lee, M.D., Luis Martinez, M.D., and Kathy O’Neil-Smith, M.D.

The extensive lectures cover numerous different peptides and their plethora of uses. Basic information on what peptides are, their history, and some of the more common uses are included. Additional lectures span the gamut of peptides used for brain health, autoimmune disease, cancer, sleep, libido, memory, healing gastric ulcers, impacting hormonal change, and other uses relevant to an Age Management Medicine practice. Included are discussions regarding those peptides which are approved in the United States and can be compounded, and those which are not.

In addition to the CME courses, a non-CME module focused on Practice Management is being added. AMMG presents these courses because many physicians are attracted to the field of Age Management Medicine, but do not feel qualified, or empowered with the necessary tools, to successfully transition from the well-established structure of disease-based medicine or from the traditional insurance-based reimbursement system into a system which relies to a significant degree upon direct pay.

For those physicians, healthcare professionals and office staff members, the strategies and methods of successfully making this transition are reviewed in detail, and those taking advantage of these online resources will be guided through the process of evaluating their professional goals, and then be helped to create a successful strategy to achieve those goals. They will be equipped with the basic tools for making the decision whether to consider moving into an Age Management Medicine practice and if so, to create a successful transition into this exciting field.

There are now free courses available as well. These complimentary courses are either sponsored by AMMG or by sponsors who have provided lectures on topics that might not normally be considered for continuing education. AMMG strives to provide free lectures that reinforce its goal for the professional dissemination of medical and scientific information in an evidence-based format.

Among the lectures now available are “Telemedicine: Where we are, where we’ve been, and where we are going,” “Why Do Centenarians Live So Long?” “The Etiology of Aging Is Now Understood,” and “Dispelling the Myths of Age Management Medicine.” More will be coming.

For more information on these resources, visit the online training center at agemed.org/online-education/.