About Our Core Updates and Essentials in Primary Care

Course Director

Mary E. Manning, MD, MPH
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Needham
Lecturer on Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

Course Founder

Michael K. Rees, MD


All lecturers have been selected for proven teaching ability, are affiliated with major teaching hospitals, and hold appointments at one of the following medical schools: Harvard University, Boston University, Tufts University, or University of Massachusetts.

Educational Need Addressed

In these days of fast paced clinical changes it is crucial for primary care practitioners to continuously update their knowledge and skills in the area of evidence based medicine⁠—specifically, current best practices, diagnostic skills, risk factor identification and current treatment options.

Educational Objective

At the conclusion of each of our monthly meetings, the participants will be able to articulate current knowledge in each of the sub-specialty areas. Eighteen areas of study have been identified as basic to primary care adult medicine:

  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Dermatology
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • General internal Medicine
  • Geriatrics
  • Hematology - Oncology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Nephrology

  • Neurology - Psychiatry
  • Ophthalmology - Otolaryngology
  • Pain Management - End of Life Care
  • Preventive Medicine - Genomics
  • Pulmonary Medicine - Allergy
  • Rheumatology - Orthopedics
  • Risk Management
  • Urology
  • Women's Health - Gynecology

Who Should Attend

Core is comprised of primary care providers practicing throughout the New England region and beyond. Core provides AMA PRA Category 1 credits and ABIM MOC points at a low cost and in a convenient format. Because more than 90% of the cost of an educational program relates to income lost from time away from practice, our live programs are routinely held on Saturday mornings and recorded for on demand viewing at any time.

Accreditation Information

September 2023 through May 2024

  • Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Needham is accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Needham designates this live activity for a maximum of forty (40.0) AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s).
  • Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • MOC Statement – Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 40.0 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.
  • Risk Management – This activity meets the criteria of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for 6.00 credits of Risk Management Study, which includes 4 credits of Opioid Education.
  • Please check your individual state licensing board requirements before claiming these credits.
  • Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.
  • Nurse Practitioners and Registered Nurses – For the purpose of recertification, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board and American Nurses Credentialing Center accept AMA PRA Category 1 Credit issued by organizations accredited by state medical associations (Massachusetts Medical Society). We would also suggest that learners check with their state licensing board to ensure they accept reciprocity with AMA PRA Category 1 Credit for re-licensure.
  • Physician Assistants – American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.
  • Physician Assistants – The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) states that AMA PRA Category 1 Credits are acceptable for continuing medical education requirements for recertification. We would also suggest that learners check with their state licensing board to ensure they accept reciprocity with AMA PRA Category 1 Credit for re-licensure.

September 2023 – May 2024

  • September 9, 2023 – General Internal Medicine
  • September 30, 2023 – Treating and Managing Patients with Substance Use Disorders Bonus Session!
  • October 14, 2023 – Dermatology
  • November 4, 2023 – Cardiovascular Medicine
  • December 16, 2023 – Preventive Medicine
  • January 6, 2024 – Neurology-Psychiatry
  • February 10, 2024 – Infectious Disease
  • March 9, 2024 – Endocrinology
  • April 13, 2024 – Hematology-Oncology
  • May 4, 2024 – Pulmonary Medicine-Allergy


All webinars are held virtually via Zoom and the eeds website.

Special Considerations

To request reasonable accommodations for a disability, please email us.