Course Overview



This course will be held again on
July 25 - Aug. 1, 2021.

Information contained in this site is for the 2020 program.
Information for the 2021 program not yet available.


Intensive Review of Internal Medicine

The 43rd annual Intensive Review of Internal Medicine is presented in 2020 as a distance learning program featuring:  

  • Live streaming education that provides strategies for state-of-the-art care in today’s healthcare environment
  • Updates across all major areas of Internal Medicine
  • Online, interactive Q&A with the clinical leaders who are providing these updates
  • A new library of prerecorded instruction that our faculty provide to supplement your learning experience with a deeper dive into important topics  
  • Recordings of the live stream sessions that enable you to watch them at your convenience for a period of 30 days


With an extensive array of distance-learning lectures, case discussions, and board preparation sessions, this CME program is one of the most comprehensive reviews of internal medicine offered by the clinical faculty of Harvard Medical School.

It offers accelerated learning:  

► For clinicians seeking a practical and comprehensive review that ensures you are up to date across all major fields of internal medicine:

  • Newer options for diagnosis: what to choose, when, and why
  • Treatment and care management strategies to optimize patient outcomes
  • How to avoid medical mistakes
  • Improved approaches to common and complex clinical challenges
  • Navigating screening controversies
  • COVID-19 updates and implications for clinical practice
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 For physicians preparing to certify or recertify and are seeking a rigorous, proven preparatory course in advance of taking the ABIM board examination:

  • Board review questions
  • Sessions to guide efficient preparation and study
  • Four exam practice sessions
  • Study guides
  • Test-taking strategies and skills development
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COVID-19 tops a staggering list of recent changes to the practice of internal medicine. Even before this pandemic, the past year has introduced an avalanche of medical advances and critically important updates that need to be understood and deployed for state-of-the-art patient care.

The 43rd Annual Intensive Review of Internal Medicine (IRIM) synthesizes this vast amount of information and presents it with efficiency and effectiveness to ensure that you are current with these updates and the best ways to incorporate them into practice.

And for those of you who are preparing to certify or recertify, we complement this education with extensive board examination preparation and test-taking skills.

Sessions and board preparation span all major fields of internal medicine and are led by Harvard Medical School’s most distinguished clinical faculty in the fields of:

  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Oncology
  • Neurology
  • Critical Care
  • Nephrology
  • Hematology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Infectious Diseases 
  • Pulmonary Medicine
  • Women's Health
  • Rheumatology
  • Endocrinology
  • Allergy and Immunology
  • Hospital Medicine
  • Dermatology
  • Biostatistics
  • General Internal Medicine


The 2020 program provides:

  • Comprehensive COVID-19 updates for diagnosis, clinical presentation, testing, infection control, treatment, prevention, and mental health  
  • Updates are also embedded within sessions dedicated to specialized areas of Internal Medicine

Educational highlights include:  

  • Clinical overview of COVID-19
  • Diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19
  • Coagulation issues in COVID-19 patients 
  • Immunological testing for COVID-19 
  • Cardiac issues in COVID-19 patients
  • AKI in COVID-19 patients 
  • ICU management of COVID-19 patients 
  • Emergency preparedness during the COVID-19 pandemic 
  • Managing stress and psychological complications during the COVID-19 crisis
  • Update on COVID-19 vaccine development
  • Clinician wellness and safety in a COVID-19 world
  • Ventilator management in COVID-19
  • Hematologic manifestations of COVID-19
  • Global epidemiology and status
  • Management of diabetes in critically ill patients with COVID-19
  • Racial disparities and COVID-19
  • Mental health and wellness amidst COVID-19