Internal medicine – problem oriented approach

Internal medicine – problem oriented approach

Course background and summary:

POA in veterianry internal medicine is a stepwise process of gathering case information; defining problems; making plans for diagnosis, treatment, and client education; and evaluating patient progress over time. This explicit method of diagnostic reasoning forms the basis of evidence-based veterinary medicine and informed decision making.
This three-days course will provide the attendants with a logical, easy to replicate diagnostic approach to the most common clinical signs encountered in general practice. The speakers will use evidence based-medicine and clinical scenarios to show how, by means of a systematic approach, it is possible to start from a clinical symptom and to arrive at a provisional/definitive diagnosis ensuring both clients’ satisfaction and best patients’ care. The participants will find the course very useful and inspiring and will be able to apply what they have learnt into day-to-day practice. Both speakers are European Board-Certified Specialists in small animal internal medicine and have mastered POA-based teaching courses over many years in Europe and worldwide.

Speakers

Federico Fracassi

Federico Fracassi

DVM, PhD, DECVIM (SAIM)

European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine

Dr Fracassi graduated in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) “cum laude” at the University of Bologna, Italy. In 2005 he defended his Ph.D. thesis and then completed a Residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Zurich, Switzerland and became ECVIM-CA (internal medicine) diplomate in 2012. He is now an Associate Professor of Veterinary Internal Medicine at the University of Bologna. His main research focus is the field of small animal endocrinology. His publication list consists of more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals and 10 book chapters. He is the editor of “Veterinaria”, a peer-reviewed journal and associate editor of Journal of Small Animal Practice. He has been president of the European Society of Veterinary Endocrinology, and the Italian Society of Veterinary Internal Medicine, and is currently vice-president of the ECVIM-CA congress board. In 2017 he co-edited “Feline Endocrinology” (a book translated into 6 languages) with Dr Feldman and Dr Peterson. In 2022 has edited “Diagnostic and therapeutic algorithms in internal medicine for dogs and cats” (book translated in 7 languages). Dr Fracassi has lectured in in 22 countries.

Francesca Del Baldo

Francesca Del Baldo

DVM, MRCVS, PhD, Dipl. ECVIM-CA

European Veterinary Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine

Current position
Assistant Professor in Internal Medicine
Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Department of Veterinary Medical Sciences, University of Bologna, Italy, head of Internal Medicine unit
Main Focus: clinical endocrinology and internal medicine

Education and postgraduate training
2022: Dipl. European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine – companion animals (ECVIM-CA), speciality Internal Medicine
2018-2021: Position as Resident ECVIM-CA- Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Department of Veterinary Medical Sciences, University of Bologna, Italy
2020: Defense PhD thesis
2016-2019: PhD Department of Veterinary Medical Sciences, University of Bologna, Italy
2016: Rotating Internship Department of Veterinary Medical Sciences, University of Bologna, Italy
2014: Doctor in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) with 110/110 cum laude State University of Bologna, Italy

Memberships
2021-present: Board member of the European Society of Veterinary Endocrinology (ESVE)
2021-present: Board member of the Italian Society of Veterinary Internal Medicine

DAY 1

Time Topic Speaker
08.15-09.15 Registration
09.15 Introduction
09.30-10.45 Problem-oriented approach: the steps that follow history taking and physical examination Federico Fracassi
10.45-11.30 How to use and maximise scientific sources Federico Fracassi
11.30-12.00 Coffee Break
12.00-13.00 Interactive section: Journal Club Francesca Del Baldo
13.00-14.00 Lunch
14.00-14.45 Approach to the patient with regurgitation Francesca Del Baldo
14.45-15.30 Approach to the patient with vomiting Francesca Del Baldo
15.30-16.15 Diagnostic approach to acute diarrhoea Francesca Del Baldo
16.15-16.45 Coffee Break
16.45-18.00 Problem solving: discussion of clinical cases in small groups Federico Fracassi Francesca Del Baldo

DAY 2

Time Topic Speaker
9.00-9.45 Diagnostic approach to chronic diarrhoea Francesca Del Baldo
9.45-10.30 Approach to the patient with icterus Federico Fracassi
10.30-11.00 Coffee Break
11.00-11.45 Hyperthermia and fever of unknown origin: from the clinical case to the diagnosis Francesca Del Baldo
11.45-12.15 Approach to the patient with pale mucous membranes Francesca Del Baldo
12.15-13.00 Interactive clinical cases Federico Fracassi
13.00-14.00 Lunch
14.00-14.45 Petechia and ecchymosis through the discussion of clinical cases ( part 1) Federico Fracassi
14.45-15.45 Petechia and ecchymosis through the discussion of clinical cases ( part 2) Federico Fracassi
15.00-15.45 Interactive clinical cases Francesca Del Baldo
15.45-16.15 Coffee Break
16.45-18.00 Problem solving: discussion of clinical cases in small groups Francesca Del Baldo Federico Fracassi

DAY 3

Time Topic Speaker
9.00-09.45 Clinical and diagnostic approach to the patient with cough Francesca Del Baldo
09.45-10.30 Clinical approach to nasal discharge Francesca Del Baldo
10.30-11.15 Interactive clinical cases Francesca Del Baldo
11.11-11.45 Coffee Break
11.45-12.30 Polyuria and Polidipsia: from the theory to the clinical case Federico Fracassi
12.30-13.00 Interactive clinical cases Federico Fracassi
13.00-14.00 Lunch
14.00-14.45 Increase in volume of the abdomen / ascites: clinical cases Federico Fracassi
14.45-17.00 Problem solving: discussion of clinical cases in samll groups Federico Fracassi Francesca Del Baldo
17.00-17.30 End of the course and final discussion

Endocrinology

Endocrinology

A crush endocrinology course for clinicians from the busy practice and special interest in endocrinology. The speakers will cover the most common endocrine diseases of dogs and cats and will give you a practical advices on how to recognize, diagnose, and treat the hormonal disorders. You will get the latest insights in monitoring the diabetes mellitus and what the best treatment options are for Cushing’s syndrome. Also, what to do when the thyroid gland gets out of control and how to deal with calcium disorders. And for sure, our endocrine course cannot be complete without discussing adrenal diseases inside out. Finally, you will get a chance to join the interactive discussion of cases, or just listen to the discussion, whatever you prefer and whatever works for you.

Both speakers are passionate about endocrinology and we guarantee that the three days of endocrinology will fly away. This course will make you a better veterinarian, so do not wait and see, but join us as soon as possible!

Normal lectures

Interactive cases (Kahoot)

Problem solving (small groups)

 
DAY 1

Time Title Speaker
08:15 – 09:15 Registration
09:15 – 09:30 Introduction
09:30 – 10:15 Cushing`s Syndrome: making a diagnosis: from clinical signs to endocrine tests and imaging Sara Galac
10:15 – 11:15 Cushing`s treatment: Pituitary-dependent Sara Galac
11:15 – 12:15 Coffee Break
11:45 – 12:15 Cushing`s treatment: Adrenal-dependent Sara Galac
12:15 – 13:00 Interactive section: Clinical Cases Federico Fracassi
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 14:30 Feline hypercortisolism: from diagnosis to treatment Sara Galac
14:30 – 15:15 Canine pheochromocytoma: all you need to know Sara Galac
15:15 – 16:00 Interactive section: Help, I found an adrenal incidentaloma Sara Galac
16:00 – 16:30 Coffee Break
16:30 – 17:15 Addison’s disease: from emergency to long term prognosis Federico Fracassi
17:15 – 18:00 Interactive section: Clinical Cases Federico Fracassi
DAY 2

Time Title Speaker
09:00 – 10:00 Canine and feline diabetes mellitus: epidemiology, clinical aspects and diagnosis Federico Fracassi
10:00 – 11:00 Diabetes Mellitus: treatment and monitoring of the treatment Federico Fracassi
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 – 12:15 Feline hypersomatotropism: more common that you think. Sara Galac
12:15 – 13:00 Interactive cases Federico Fracassi
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:00 Diabetic ketoacidosis Federico Fracassi
15:00 – 15:45 Polyuria Polydipsia: How to successfully solve it. Sara Galac
15:45 – 16:15 Interactive clinical cases Sara Galac
15:45 – 16:15 Coffee Break
16:15 – 18:00 Problem solving: discussion of clinical cases in small groups Federico Fracassi
DAY 3

Time Title Speaker
09:00 – 09:45 Canine hypothyroidism: pathogenesis and clinical signs Federico Fracassi
09:45 – 10:30 Canine hypothyroidism: diagnosis and treatment Sara Galac
10:30 – 11:15 Interactive clinical cases Federico Fracassi
11:15 – 11:45 Coffee Break
11:45 – 13:00 Feline hyperthyroidism: pathogenesis, diagnosis, and treatment Sara Galac
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 14:30 Thyroid tumors in dogs: all you need to know Sara Galac
14:30 – 15:30 Calcium disorders: How to approach it and what to do Federico Fracassi
15:30 – 17:00 Interactive clinical cases Sara Galac
Federico Fracassi
17:00 – 17:30 End of the course and final discussion