Primary Care Today



Primary Care Today features conversations with clinical experts representing a wide range of medical specialties to highlight the latest trends in primary care practice, from clinical pearls to updated guidelines, health informatics, and practice management. This series is hosted by Dr. Brian McDonough, a nationally recognized clinical expert, teacher, and public speaker in primary care.


  • Part 1: Are You Ready for Biosimilars? What the Oncology Team Should Know


    Host: Matt Birnholz, MD Guest: Gary Cohen, MD What’s the difference between a generic drug and biosimilar? How does the FDA define biosimilarity? And how are biosimilars developed? Get answers to these and other questions with Dr. Gary Cohen, Associate Professor of Oncology at John’s Hopkins School of Medicine and Emeritus Director of the Sandra and Malcolm Berman Cancer Institute at GBMC, in the first episode of this two-part video. ©2020 Amgen Inc. All rights reserved. USA-CBU-80726 10/20

  • Part 2: Are You Ready for Biosimilars? What the Oncology Team Should Know


    Host: Matt Birnholz, MD Guest: Gary Cohen, MD Biosimilars undergo a rigorous evaluation process to ensure high quality and no clinically meaningful difference between biosimilars and the reference product. To learn more about how biosimilar clinical trials are designed to confirm biosimilarity, tune in to the second episode of this two-part series featuring Dr. Gary Cohen, Associate Professor of Oncology at John’s Hopkins School of Medicine and Emeritus Director of the Sandra and Malcolm Berman Cancer Institute at GBMC. ©2020 Amgen Inc. All rights reserved. USA-CBU-80729 10/20

  • Adverse Event Detection & Reporting: What Healthcare Providers Need to Know


    Host: Matt Birnholz, MD Guest: Jessica Ailani, MD What should you do if a patient uses a prescribed medication and experiences an adverse event? Here to walk us through what clinicians need to keep in mind when detecting and reporting adverse events is Dr. Jessica Ailani, Vice Chair of Strategic Planning in Medstar Georgetown Department of Neurology at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC. USA-334-83979

  • Monoclonal Antibodies & Small Molecules: What Clinicians Need to Know


    Host: Jennifer Caudle, DO Guest: Peter McAllister, MD While both small molecule drugs and monoclonal antibodies are considered targeted therapies, they each have unique characteristics that may influence how they’re used to treat diseases. That’s why Dr. Peter McAllister is here to explain how these two modalities differ in terms of structure, administration routes, and distribution. USA-334-83595

  • Vaccinations: How Can HCPs Respond to Patients Choosing Not to Get Them?


    Guest: Jennifer Caudle, DO It’s an unfortunate reality that an increasing number of patients are refusing to get vaccinated—regardless of whether that’s the recommendation for themselves or their children. But luckily, there are ways you can talk to your patients about this, as Dr. Jennifer Caudle explains.

  • Strategies for Success: Exercising Our Mental Muscle


    Host: Brian P. McDonough, MD, FAAFP Guest: Kisma Orbovich Improvement is something we’re all constantly chasing, whether it’s in the form of a promotion, a bigger house, or maybe even an ideal weight. So why do we often fail miserably at these attempts to make our lives better? To get to the bottom of this dilemma, Dr. Brian McDonough is joined by Kisma Orbovich, the CEO of Illumination Academy, to reveal the secret to true success and how gratitude may just be the lifehack we’ve been searching for.

  • The Lasting Effects of Childhood Sexual Abuse: Fighting the Lifelong Battle


    Host: Brian P. McDonough, MD, FAAFP Guest: Teresa Gil, PhD Since about 21 million mothers in America experienced sexual abuse in their childhood, there’s a good chance that some of these women are our patients. So as their physicians, how can we provide them with the best possible care as they continue to cope with the lifelong effects of sexual abuse? That’s what Dr. Brian McDonough explores with Dr. Teresa Gil, author of Women Who Were Sexually Abused as Children: Mothering, Resilience, and Protecting the Next Generation.

  • How Artificial Intelligence Fits into the Pharmaceutical Industry


    Host: Brian P. McDonough, MD, FAAFP Guest: Cecilia Van Cauwenberghe What was once a sci-fi tale is now a reality, but unlike the aliens and monsters common to this genre, artificial intelligence isn’t something healthcare professionals need to fear. On the contrary, it may just be the key to unlocking new solutions in the pharmaceutical industry, as Dr. Cecilia Van Cauwenberghe explains.

  • Computerization of Healthcare: Are Your Patients Better Off?


    Host: Brian P. McDonough, MD, FAAFP Guest: Christopher Spagnuola, MD, FAAOS As with any technology, there are benefits and limitations to the computerization of healthcare. On the plus side, as Dr. Christopher Spagnuola explains, electronic medical records are streamlining communication between medical providers when it comes to prescriptions, and telemedicine is revolutionizing post-op following orthopedic surgery. But there are unfortunately some downsides to this technology as well.

  • IQ vs. EQ: Is Emotional Intelligence Just as Important?


    Host: Brian P. McDonough, MD, FAAFP Guest: David Neagle Is it possible that our environment and experiences have subconsciously programmed our emotional response to the world around us? Joining Dr. Brian McDonough is David Neagle, author of The Millions Within: Tips to Improve Emotional Intelligence, to offer advice on what impacts our emotional intelligence and the changes we can implement to strengthen our own. Produced in cooperation with:

  • Going with Your Gut: Improving Gut Health Through Nutrition


    Host: Brian P. McDonough, MD, FAAFP Guest: Daryl Gioffre, DC Are our diets helping or hurting us? To examine the link between your gut and your overall health, Dr. Brian McDonough is joined by nutritionist Daryl Gioffre, who suggests that an unhealthy gut could very well be the root cause of significant health issues.

  • Defining the Various Aspects of Dementia


    Host: Brian P. McDonough, MD, FAAFP Guest: Patricia (Tia) Powell, MD Since dementia is one of the most common health problems in the United States, it's hard not to know at least one person who is impacted by it. Proof of this is Dr. Tia Powell, who discusses the far-reaching impacts of dementia with Dr. Brian McDonough.

  • Can Listening to Music Improve Your Health?


    Host: Brian P. McDonough, MD, FAAFP Guest: Kenneth Davin Fine, MD Dr. Brian McDonough brings up an age-old question: can listening to music cure your ailments? In an attempt to put this long-lived discussion to rest, Dr. McDonough welcomes Dr. Kenny Fine, a physician-musician of 15 years.

  • What Lessons Will We Learn from the Zika Virus?


    Host: Brian P. McDonough, MD, FAAFP Guest: Jorge Garcia, MD Even though people have gained immunity to the Zika virus in certain parts of the world, Zika outbreaks can—and do—still occur. Tune in as Dr. Jorge Garcia joins Dr. Brian McDonough to discuss the who, what, where, why, and how of the Zika virus, the once headline-dominating epidemic.

  • Behind-the-Scenes Look into Health Information Exchange


    Host: Brian P. McDonough, MD, FAAFP Guest: Martin Lupinetti Guest: Richard Snyder, MD First there was paper, then there were traditional electronic health records…so what’s next? Well, more and more states across the country have been diligently working on the development and implementation of health information exchange, bringing all available information to a single point of care. Join Dr. Brian McDonough as he dives deep into the database with Rich Snyder, Chief Medical Officer of Independence Blue Cross, and Martin Lupinetti, President of HealthShare Exchange.

  • A Pill for Every Ill: A Physician's Transition to Integrative Medicine


    Host: Brian P. McDonough, MD, FAAFP In the early years of Dr. Robin Miller's career, she found herself writing more prescriptions and spending less time counseling the patients sitting in her exam room. It was then that she realized that something had to change…so she quit her job and began a fellowship in integrated medicine. Dr. Brian McDonough talks with Dr. Miller about her decision to switch her career focus and how her approach to diagnosing and treating patients has evolved.

  • Doctor's Guide to Wild Oregano


    Host: Brian P. McDonough, MD, FAAFP Guest: Cass Ingram, D.O. Getting to the root of the intolerable running nose and watery-eyed allergy symptoms is Dr. Cass Ingram, author of Doctor's Guide to Wild Oregano. Reflecting on his research with Dr. Brian McDonough, Dr. Ingram points out the centuries-old natural remedy and the benefits it still possesses today.

  • Confronting the Behavioral Impacts of Cyberbullying


    Host: Brian P. McDonough, MD, FAAFP Guest: Elizabeth Dowdell, PhD, RN FAAN Bullying is an unfortunate reality of the adolescent years. However, the implosion of the internet has created a new digital threat that is faceless and nameless: cyberbullying. Dr. Elizabeth Dowdell uncovers the link between risky online behaviors and their impacts in a discussion with Dr. Brian McDonough.

  • Changing the Conversation in Palliative & Hospice Care


    Host: Brian P. McDonough, MD, FAAFP Palliative and hospice care both have very important roles in healthcare, but unfortunately, they are often overlooked as resources. Dr. Brian McDonough is joined by Chief Medical Officer of Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice Dr. Stephen Goldfine, who offers his perspective on the stigma surrounding these two areas of healthcare and recommendations on how to make the conversation easier for you and your patients.

  • Life Lessons on Coping with the Stress & Pressure of Being a Healthcare Provider


    Host: Brian P. McDonough, MD, FAAFP Physicians have one of the most stressful careers out there, forcing them to learn how to cope with high pressure on a day-to-day basis. And with the rates of physician burnout on the rise, adding a little laughter to your life and practice could be just what the doctor ordered. Sharing their experiences on learning to cope with these pressures and incorporating humor into their practice are Dr. Brian McDonough and Dr. John Kelly, Clinical Professor of Orthopedics at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

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