Upon completion of this course the participant will be able to:
1. Demonstrate proficiency in the medical literature that supports biologically identical hormone replacement in contrast to chemically altered hormones and realize that “all hormones are not the same” as demonstrated in the literature.
2. Describe the diagnosis and treatment of adult onset growth hormone deficiency.
3. Identify the techniques used to administer acceptable levels of human growth hormone (HGH).
4. Examine and discuss possible side effects of HGH and how to properly adjust dosing.
5. Distinguish the different types of secretagogues and evaluate their effectiveness as an alternative to HGH therapy.
6. Implement therapeutic management of andropause based on studies reported in prestigious medical journals.
7. Identify the types, doses and methods to administer testosterone to men and women.
8. Determine the uses of testosterone for men and women, including complications, precautions, side effects and monitoring.
9. Discuss the uses of Finasteride, Dutasteride, Anastrozole in the management of testosterone administration.
10. Identify the uses of melatonin including correct dosing and monitoring.
11. Apply strategies for the effective uses of DHEA and pregnenolone including correct dosing and monitoring.
12. Determine how DHEA and pregnenolone benefit the physical and mental well-being of patients and overall quality of life.
13. Describe new evidence that contradicts the WHI Study on estrogen treatment in women.
14. Demonstrate an understanding of the health benefits of estrogen and progesterone in contrast to the health detriments of synthetic estrogen and progestin.
15. Describe the types, doses and methods used to administer estrogen and progesterone.
16. Discuss recent literature, questions and answers that demonstrate the beneficial effects of hormones in improved function and healing and a better quality of life.
17. Explain current concepts of thyroid replacement and compare and contrast different types of thyroid as supported in the medical literature.
18. Recognize various methods of testing for thyroid deficiencies and what labs and approaches are best.
19. Discuss and analyze interesting cases in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
20. Recognize the difference between “normal levels” and “optimal levels” of hormones and the benefits or detriments as demonstrated by current medical studies.
21. Apply current prescribing strategies for hormones to maintain adequate levels.
22. Implement best clinical practices in diagnosing, prescribing, monitoring and adjusting of BHRT for improved function and quality of life.
23. Develop and apply business management principles to set up a preventive medicine practice.
24. Analyze and review treatment protocols in case management and troubleshooting techniques used in BHRT.
25. Utilize the knowledge gained to improve patient outcomes in BHRT.
26. Describe how to write prescriptions for compounded hormones to pharmacies, and how different formulations can affect absorption, efficacy and side effects.
27. Adjust any inaccurate or inappropriately prescribed hormone therapy to conform to scientific standards as seen in medical literature.
28. Implement current strategies into your practice to improve the level of care and patient compliance in the treatment of adult hormone deficiencies.
29. Assure that prescribed hormones meet industry standards based on attaining adequate serum levels and symptom improvement.